About this project
Meet Ida and Kumi: two young women who make their living buying, selling, and trading authentic collectibles from planet Earth, which was destroyed twenty years previously in a mysterious attack. They travel the galaxy in the Red Grapefruit, a salvaged alien ship, always seeking the big score that would let them settle down and live comfortably in the Charm Quadrant. Unfortunately, their days are more often filled with double-crossing clients, technological disasters, and sub-standard replicated nachos. See what it's all about at http://heartbreakquadrant.tumblr.com/
The goal of the Heartbreak Quadrant Kickstarter is to fund a print edition of the first issue. This issue is full color, oversized (10" x 10"), and more than double the length of a standard comic (54 pages of story). It's a "pilot episode" of sorts, giving you an introduction to the story and characters of Heartbreak Quadrant. You can check out 40+ pages of the story at heartbreakquadrant.tumblr.com. There is some violence and mild language, but it's definitely within the Teen+ rating zone.
Thanks to the support of all you wonderful Heartbreak Quadrant backers, we have reached our funding goal! I'm now happy to announce the following stretch goals:
If the campaign raises at least $4,750, I will include a minimum of 5 bonus pages of material which will give you a window into the creation of HQ: character designs, preliminary drawings, process images, etc. These pages will be included in both the PDF and print editions!
If the campaign raises at least $5,000, every backer who has pledged at the $15 level or higher will receive an exclusive new 8" x 10" Heartbreak Quadrant print! The prints will be signed, numbered, and available ONLY to Kickstarter backers! (The image above is the working version; final prints will be full color.)
The financial goal of the campaign is $3,750.00. About 40% of that money will be used for printing, about 25% will go to shipping, 5% for producing premiums, and the remaining 30% will cover Kickstarter's fees, taxes, and provide a small cushion for unforeseen expenses. Any additional money raised will help to keep the series going.
I've spent the last couple of years developing and working on this issue, and it is now finished and ready for printing - all I need is your help in raising the funds to do it. In return, you can get a copy of the book, as well as prints, original art, and other bonuses. The story arc which begins here will encompass six issues, and the second issue is already underway (the first six pages of the second issue are drawn and inked), so if we make the first issue a success, it will help to keep the series going strong.
What can I buy?
I'm providing a selection of options for those who'd like to support the project. Here is a list of the rewards (scroll down to see the pledge packages):
The Pledge Packages:
This is the budget package: a high-resolution digital copy of the first issue in PDF format. It will be emailed to you for the price of $3 USD. Your name will also appear on the thank you page of the digital and print editions.
This is the basic package: one copy of the print edition, 54 pages in full-color, 10" x 10" size. You also receive the high-res PDF via email and your name will appear on the thank you page of the digital and print editions. This package is $15 USD and includes domestic shipping (international shipping will be extra.)
This package gets you everything from Phase 2, plus a signed 10" x 10" print (choose Ida, Kumi, or Nim). Phase 3 is $25 USD and includes domestic shipping (international shipping will be extra.)
This package gets you everything from Phase 3, plus a Heartbreak Quadrant mini-movie poster, plus a 4" x 6" hand-drawn character sketch (you choose the HQ character!). Phase 4 is $50 USD and includes domestic shipping (international shipping will be extra.)
This deluxe package gets you everything from Phase 2, all three 10" prints (signed), the mini movie poster, and a full-color, hand-drawn 7" x 10" character drawing in ink and watercolor (you choose the HQ character!) Phase 5 is $100 USD and includes domestic shipping (international shipping will be extra.)
Phase six is for the ultimate Heartbreak Quadrant fan: you can become part of the story! For $500 USD I will create a character based on YOU, which will feature in a special 5-page black and white spin-off comic in the HQ universe. You will receive the original artwork, plus the story will appear as a bonus in the second issue of Heartbreak Quadrant!
I hope you'll support the Heartbreak Quadrant Kickstarter - thank you for reading and sharing!
Risks and challenges
The basic elements for the comic are all in place - the artwork is finished and ready, and I've been communicating with the printer I'll be working with to establish the costs. Producing the artwork for the premiums is the final component, but I don't foresee any issues completing those on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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