FREEWHEEL is an ongoing surreal fantasy hobo comic I've been serializing on the web for a little over a year. It's the story of a young girl named Jamie whose older brother goes missing from their foster home one day and she sets off to find him on her own. Along the way, she discovers an underground network of people who are more than willing to help her on her quest and a secret world she never knew existed. You can check it out online at www.freewheelcomics.com
Last year, I self-published the first five chapters of FREEWHEEL as a graphic novel - FREEWHEEL: VOL. 1. This year, I plan to self-publish the second volume, which will collect chapters 6-10 in addition to a bonus side story called "The Raids of '65." FREEWHEEL: VOL. 2 will be printed using 100% recycled paper and soy-based inks for the interiors (Due to technical limitations, the cover can not be printed in this way).
I believe this to be the most environmentally friendly way that I can print this book and still keep it affordable. However, these additions do raise the cost of printing somewhat as compared to other options (such as traditional petroleum-based inks).
The total amount of money I need to raise for this project is $2,775
This is how that cost breaks down:
Printing (for 500 copies) - $2,450
Bar Code - $25
Shipping the books to me from the printer (estimated): $150
Shipping the backer rewards (books and other merchandise) from me to backers (estimated): $150
I already have an ISBN number, so that doesn't factor into the equation (I bought a set of ten when I published Vol. 1)
If I raise a significant enough amount above the goal amount, I will use that money to print more books!
If you have any questions about how the costs break down, please feel free to ask!
Books will be shipped out by the end of April. .PDFs of the book will be available as early as mid-March.
DISCLAIMER: Rewards that include a print or a commission or anything else that I have to create will be fulfilled within 6 months of the funding of this project. If you choose a reward that involves picking a particular page of original art or having me do a commission, you MUST choose it within 6 months of the funding of this project. If you do not choose a page or choose what you want me to draw for your commission within 6 months, you forfeit your chance to do do. However, I *do not* want you to go without your rewards, so I *will* remind you!
Thanks for reading!
- (40 days)