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Help us send pure Book of Mormon awesomeness out to the world by funding the publication of iPlates: Volume 2.
iPlates: A Book of Mormon Comic Book
iPlates: Volume I burst onto the LDS scene in 2012, instantly gaining an eager following.
"Not only does Joe insist I read a chapter of [iPlates] to him each night,” wrote Doug Gibson of the Ogden Standard-Examiner, “he then ... reads the whole shebang himself."
“[My] 9-year-old daughter DEVOURED iPlates,” wrote one religion blogger.
"This book was awesome. I even took it to school and showed it to some of my friends. I can't wait for the next one," said Jeffrey M., an 11-year-old fan.
Volume I focused on Book of Mormon characters Zeniff, Abinadi, and King Noah, bringing their characters to life and fleshing out their back stories. Take a look at what we did with the story of Ammon.
And now Volume II is waiting in the wings: a graphic novel (a.k.a. a long comic book) guaranteed to enthrall your kids through many a Sunday afternoon. 128 pages of everything that makes the Book of Mormon awesome: action, intrigue, heroism, and inspiration.
The initial campaign goal ($3500) will fund a black-and-white version of the book. $16,000 will fund a full-color version. See below for more stretch goals.
Alma sits shivering in the wilderness outside the city of Shilom. That morning he had been one of King Noah’s priests, living a sumptuous lifestyle and wielding great power.
But then a lone prophet named Abinadi had preached to the king’s court and changed Alma’s heart. When King Noah decreed Abinadi's execution, Alma tried to defend the prophet, but barely escaped with his life.
Fortunately, Alma meets Gideon, a man who heads a group of revolutionaries dedicated to overthrowing the king. Gideon is intrigued by Alma’s message and decides to help him.
But then Sybil, a woman Alma had known at the palace, emerges from the forest. Is she a spy from the king, or an honest seeker of truth?
Meanwhile, the Lamanites are about to launch a surprise attack on Shilom. The king, along with most of the men, will abandon the city, and Zerin will find herself leading a desperate attempt to save the women and children.
(The story is based on events in Mosiah chapters 12 and 13.)
Jett Atwood (iPlates artist, writer) is an Eisner-nominated animator and illustrator who works as a storyboard artist at a Los Angeles animation studio. She graduated from Sheridan College in classical animation and has since produced animations for many feature films. She is probably best known for being a member of the Aurora Light Painters, featured on America’s Got Talent. She is in charge of producing her ward’s sacrament meeting programs, which always have an artistic flair.
Stephen Carter (iPlates creator, writer) is a stay-at-home dad by day and a professional editor by night. His writing on Mormon themes has won many awards including citation in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006 (Mariner Books). He earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks where he wrote a screenplay that took third place in the 2006 LDS Film Festival. He recently published The Hand of Glory (Leicester Bay Books), a young adult paranormal suspense novel. He is the first counselor in his ward’s Sunday School presidency and just loves to ring the bell.
We Need Your Help
The story is complete, the pages have been roughed out, and the printers contracted. Now we just need your help to take this project to completion. We will use Kickstarter funds to finish the last pieces of the project, pay the printers, and ship the book to you.
But more than just this book, you’re funding a lifelong fascination with the Book of Mormon for your children. What a great parent you are!
If this campaign is successful, we’ll immediately start on the next iPlates project: a graphic novel about Book of Mormon heroine Abish.
Watch Sybil and Zerin get drawn to life in the video below.
UNLOCKED!: $5000 = An iPlates bookmark comes with every book.
$7000 = Hugo award-winning artist Galen Dara creates an original piece of Book of Mormon art for inclusion at the end of iPlates: Volume II.
$9000 = Woodcut artist Kelly Brooks creates an original piece of Book of Mormon art for inclusion at the end of iPlates: Volume II.
$11,000 = Stained glass artist Noelle C. Campbell creates an original piece of Book of Mormon art for inclusion at the end of iPlates: Volume II.
$13,000 = Animation artist BJ Crawford creates an original piece of Book of Mormon art for inclusion at the end of iPlates: Volume II.
$14,000 = An ad for King Noah's Barbecue Hut appears at the end of iPlates: Volume II.
$15,000 = An ad for King Noah's wicked priests' boy band appears at the end of iPlates: Volume II.
$16,000 = iPlates: Volume II becomes full-color. A glorious thing to behold! Everyone who pledged for a physical copy of iPlates (or above) receives this.
$18,000 = The full-color iPlates: Volume II becomes a hardback! Everyone who pledged for a physical copy of iPlates (or above) receives this.
$20,000 = The full-color, hardback iPlates: Volume II comes with a dust jacket! Everyone who pledged for a physical copy of iPlates (or above) receives this.
$23,000 = We take iPlates: Volume I to full color and send everyone who pledged for a physical copy (or above) a PDF copy of the colorized Volume I. (The full-color physical version of iPlates: Volume I will be available September 2014 for purchase from Amazon, our publisher, and many fine LDS bookstores.)
$28,000 = Volumes I and II are joined together in great power! Everyone who pledged for a physical copy of iPlates (or above) receives for their reward a perfect-bound, full-color compendium of iPlates: Volumes I and II. Almost 200 pages of pure Book of Mormon awesomeness!
$31,000 = The full-color compendium of iPlates: Volumes I and II becomes a hardback! Everyone who pledged for a physical copy of iPlates (or above) receives this.
$33,000 = The hardback, full-color compendium of Volumes I and II comes with a dust jacket. Everyone who pledged for a physical copy of iPlates (or above) receives this.
Thanks for your support!
Vast expanses of appreciation go out to David Carter, Miriam Carter, the Hall Family, and Richard Holdman for their indispensable help with the video.
Here's a curelom.
Risks and challenges
Both Jett and Stephen have been working in their respective professions for over a decade each and have brought many projects like this to completion. If one of us falls seriously ill or encounters a family tragedy, that could complicate matters. But beyond catastrophic occurrences, we should be able to power through anything.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
How do I add on extras beyond my original pledge (for example, to get some "ite yourself" portraits)?
If you want to buy multiple books, we give the option of pledging for 1, 2, 5, and 10 books (each at a better discount than the last).
If you're looking to pledge for other things, such as buying "ite yourself" portraits, follow these directions.
Click the Manage Your Pledge Button. (If you have not pledged yet it will say Back this Project.)
Increase your pledge in the Pledge Amount box by the total of the add-ons you want to add.
Do not change the tier you are currently pledged at, unless you also want to change it while you are on this screen.
So, for example, if you pledged for the $35 tier and wanted three "ite yourself' portraits, you would add $45 for a grand total of $80.
After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned. At that point, you can tell us which extras you would like (for example: 3 "ite yourself" portraits).
Sorry, we wish this process were simpler. Thanks for your support!
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