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When Alice witnesses a murder, she does the only thing she can think of - hide in plain sight at the world's largest comic convention!
When Alice witnesses a murder, she does the only thing she can think of - hide in plain sight at the world's largest comic convention!
When Alice witnesses a murder, she does the only thing she can think of - hide in plain sight at the world's largest comic convention!
319 backers pledged $12,025 to help bring this project to life.

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 THE BOOK

Alice just wants to hit up the big San Diego comic book convention, meet her Magefire guildies in real life, and maybe, just maybe, score a con exclusive Assault on Saturn action figure.

Her plans go awry when Alice witnesses a murder. On the run from a corrupt cop, Alice and her friends take to the con in hopes of blending in with the throngs of cosplayers, gamers, Whovians, Browncoats...the cornucopia of Fandom. And maybe still get that sweet sweet action figure.

FANGIRL will be a full color 74 page hardcover young adult graphic novel that mixes geek culture with a heavy dose of crime thriller. 

MEET THE GANG

ALICE

Likes: Classic rock, all night gaming sessions, Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Dislikes: Bros, mansplaining, anyone using Vine.

Magefire Character: Lilira Flametongue, Rogue.

SCOTT

Likes: Comics, Firefly, karaoke.

Dislikes: Awkward silence, gym class, clutter. 

Magefire Character: Tristan Truthseeker, Paladin.

GWEN

Likes: Field hockey, geometry, rainbows.

Dislikes: Juggalos, dresses, wasabi anything.

Magefire Character: Perty Stonemasher, Cleric.

JIMMY

Likes: Speed metal, Pokemon, reptiles.

Dislikes: Haircuts, One Direction, rules.

Magefire Character: Scrumpy Frumplebutt, Mage

 AARON

Likes: Legend of Zelda, Imagine Dragons, slasher movies.

Dislikes: Needles, selfies, dubstep.

Magefire Character: Titus Dogstarr, Warrior.

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

TOM STILLWELL: Tom Stillwell is the creator and writer for FANGIRL. Tom has been creating, writing and self-publishing comics for over a decade. His books include the all-ages superhero titles HONOR BRIGADE & TOY BOY and the mature reader urban horror story UNDERNEATH.

JESSICA LYNN: Jessica Lynn is the artist for FANGIRL. This is Jessica's first comic book project but she is no stranger to illustration. She's a well loved Artist Alley staple and sought after for her commission work. Aside from FANGIRL, Jessica is hard at work on her own webcomic AIRICA. Jessica studied at the JOE KUBERT SCHOOL OF ART.

ZAC ATKINSON: Zac Atkinson is the colorist for FANGIRL. Zac is a cartoonist and digital artist working in the comic book and gaming industry. He has been the colorist on such titles as DC's MAGIC OF SHAZAM, TEEN TITANS, YOUNG JUSTICE, IDW's TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and numerous others. 

CRANK: Crank is the letterer for FANGIRL. Crank has been a prolific letterer and his works include IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS, REVIVAL, HACK/SLASH, and the award winning webcomic BATTLEPUG. When not lettering Crank runs the popular CRANKCAST podcast and plays music with The VLADIMIRS.

THE REWARDS

Alice character print by Yanick Paquette
Alice character print by Yanick Paquette

 We have some sweet rewards planned for our backers. 

First and foremost...the book! Whether you are totally digital or old school, you can get your hands on FANGIRL before it's available to the rest of the world.

Like art? We've got you covered! Fan favorite artists like Yanick Paquette and Colleen Doran are joined by aspiring comic artists like Brigid Allanson and Bella Rachlin. These mega talents will be providing character prints to accompany your copy of FANGIRL. Is original art more your thing? You're in luck because FANGIRL artist Jessica Lynn will have signed pages from the book available to a limited amount of backers!

Have you always wanted to be in a comic? Now you can! A limited number of backers will be in the book as non-speaking characters and a few people will have major speaking roles!

ADD-ONS

Want to add an extra print or graphic novel to your pledge? For backers pledging at $25 or above you can do that!

$10 Print Add-On: 1 print of your choice 

Now that we've hit our mark it's time to talk about a stretch goal. There's not much time left in the campaign but we feel this goal is doable. Plus we realllllly want to do this cool thing.

If we hit $11,000 in funding we'll include in the FANGIRL graphic novel a separate 4 page short story featuring Alice and her guild's MAGEFIRE avatars on an epic adventure. For every $1000 in funding after that we'll add 2 more pages.

Now that we've hit our mark it's time to talk about a stretch goal. There's not much time left in the campaign but we feel this goal is doable. Plus we realllllly want to do this cool thing.

If we hit $11,000 in funding we'll include in the FANGIRL graphic novel a separate 4 page short story featuring Alice and her guild's MAGEFIRE avatars on an epic adventure. For every $1000 in funding after that we'll add 2 more pages.

$15 Graphic Novel Add-On: 1 extra copy of Fangirl

Alice & Gwen print by Ayşegül Sinav
Alice & Gwen print by Ayşegül Sinav

STRETCH GOALS

Alice & her guild
Alice & her guild

Now that we've hit our mark it's time to talk about a stretch goal. There's not much time left in the campaign but we feel this goal is doable. Plus we realllllly want to do this cool thing. 

If we hit $11,000 in funding we'll include in the FANGIRL graphic novel a separate 4 page short story featuring Alice and her guild's MAGEFIRE avatars on an epic adventure. For every $1000 in funding after that we'll add 2 more pages. 

WHY FANGIRL?

The short answer? 

We need more comics with strong females characters as the protagonists.

The long answer? 

I'm a father with a thirteen year old daughter named Miranda. Miranda loves comics, superheroes and video games. She's my movie buddy with each new Marvel cinematic release. We geek out together over Sims 4. Arthur Curry by Ookla The Mok is on her playlist. 

I love this kid to pieces and I want to write comics for her. I want her to read a comic and think HEY! THAT'S ME! I DO THAT! 

And I want that for any girl out there like her. For the geek girls. The fangirls.

So I put together a new book with strong female characters my daughter could identify with and love. It's a mash-up of Scooby Doo and Veronica Mars. If it wasn't for those meddling kids...

Another reason for Fangirl to exist is that I wanted to give an up-and-coming female artist a showcase to shine. Not to mention a positive experience working with a publisher that cares about creative talent and most importantly...pays that talent.

That's my WHY for FANGIRL. I'm hoping it resonates with you and you'll give us a chance. 

Thanks for reading,

Tom Stillwell

Alice explains Kickstarter!
Alice explains Kickstarter!

Oh, and Kick it forward.

http://kickingitforward.org

FANGIRL uses PrintNinja
FANGIRL uses PrintNinja

Risks and challenges

The risks are pretty low. I've run two previous successful Kickstarter campaigns (HONOR BRIGADE: SPACE FIGHT! and UNDERNEATH) with 100% of backer rewards being fulfilled.

Should an unforeseen obstacle arise (which would have to be like death since there's no other reason to not fulfill pledges) every possible action within my power will be taken to make sure backers get their rewards.

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