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Collection of short comics by Red Eye, Black Eye creator K. Thor Jensen about clouds and cloud phenomena.
Collection of short comics by Red Eye, Black Eye creator K. Thor Jensen about clouds and cloud phenomena.
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I'm K. Thor Jensen. I've been drawing comics professionally for over two decades.

After I finished my last book, Red Eye, Black Eye, other things like having two kids and moving across the country took my attention away from comics for a while. When I started drawing again, the work I produced wasn't hindered by any expectations - I was just producing comic stories from some unexplored place inside me.

As I drew more of them, I started to notice a weird thematic undercurrent of clouds - atmospheric clouds, clouds of gas, clouded perceptions, clouds of information. As I explored these themes, new stories that touched on other aspects of them came to me. It's been invigorating and rewarding to develop these comics totally unconcerned with any commercial considerations.

Cloud Stories is going to be a dense, rewarding book. The material ranges from horror to memoir to slapstick comedy. The style of each piece varies wildly from the one before it. But as I finish these stories, I find they all mesh with each other and illuminate each other.

Cloud Stories will be a 150-180 page softcover graphic novel, 5.5" x 8.5" size, black and white interiors and color covers. It will be finished in July and printed in September. Approximately 15% of the work has seen publication before in various small-press anthologies that you probably don't have a copy of. The rest is all new. About 80 pages are complete at the start of this campaign.

Because I don't think it's fair to ask people to fund something if I'm not confident enough in it to fund it myself, I am putting $2,000 of my own money into the project. The amount from this Kickstarter will pay for the remainder of the cost for printing, shipping and warehousing the completed books.

The project funds are exclusively for the purpose of producing this book and shipping the backer rewards.

If we do manage to exceed these modest goals, any additional funds will be put into improving the book. There are a few stories that would look good in color, so adding a color signature or two to the book is possible.

Here are some preview pages from the book. More will be added as the campaign continues.

Risks and challenges

The only significant challenge for this book is completing the actual comics pages. I have a weekly planner with goals that need to be met to complete the book on schedule to go to press in September, and so far I am right on target. I will be posting monthly progress updates here after the campaign finishes for transparency as well.

All financial estimates for printing, shipping and warehousing have been completed and quotes are in place from vendors.

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    An original postcard-size drawing of a cloud formation of my choice. On a postcard. Mailed to your address of record, or any other address you like.

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    Copy of the finished Cloud Stories book shipped to any United States address. You will have the book before stores do. Also cloud postcard from above.

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    Copy of the finished Cloud Stories book shipped to an address outside the United States but still on Earth. You will have the book before stores do. Also cloud postcard from above.

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    Retailer pack: four signed copies of Cloud Stories for you to push on your customers with vague platitudes about how it's really good but you don't really understand it. Also your name in the Special Thanks section of the book.

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    Copy of Cloud Stories shipped to any address on Earth, cloud postcard and an original page of artwork from my last book, Red Eye, Black Eye. I suppose you need to own a copy of the book to choose your page. Check your local library or drainage ditch. Also your name in the Special Thanks section of the book.

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    Copy of Cloud Stories shipped to any address on Earth, cloud postcard and an original page of artwork from Cloud Stories. I will send you a PDF before the book's release so that you can choose your page. Also your name in the Special Thanks section of the book.

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    Copy of Cloud Stories shipped to any address on Earth, cloud postcard and the cover painting from Cloud Stories. Also your name in the Special Thanks section of the book.

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    Copy of Cloud Stories shipped to any address on Earth, cloud postcard and the original artwork for one entire story in Cloud Stories. I will send you a PDF before the book's release so that you can choose your story. Also your name in the Special Thanks section of the book.

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    Copy of Cloud Stories shipped to any address on Earth, cloud postcard and the original artwork for one entire story in Cloud Stories plus I'll dedicate the book to you. Sorry, Grandma. Maybe next time.

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