**11/17/15 - Stretch goals added (and explained) in Update #1 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595152427/redd-velvette-1/posts/1416852
**12/12/15 - New art added, click image below
I'm Joe Pekar and if you're not familiar with my work, I've drawn comic book covers and pinups for Zenescope (Grimm Fairy Tales, etc.) over the years. I've also had a book of my pinup girl art published by SQP, inc. and I've worked within the video game industry for companies like Activision and Nintendo.
I've also created a number of creator owned comics thru kickstarter for the past few years with co-creator Jeff Outlaw, such as the Brandi Bare series and Hopeful Spring. Both titles can be found on Comixology.com. (https://www.comixology.com/Brandi-Bare/comics-series/14592 and https://www.comixology.com/Hopeful-Spring-1/digital-comic/167536)
This is my fifth Kickstarter campaign, and the first one for my new series that I'm writing and drawing myself called "REDD VELVETTE". (Don't worry though, Jeff and I will still be working together on future Brandi Bare and Hopeful Spring stories).
Redd Velvette is the story about a pirate captain...without a ship (for now). This first issue will explain the events of how Redd and her companion, Lass, got stranded on a deserted island in the middle of the Caribbean. Featuring a mix of comedy, sexy girls, and some action.
Redd Velvette started out life as a reward for my backers on Patreon.
Once a month I create and post a new page of the story (fully colored and lettered) on my Patreon page. The only drawback there is that I'm only working on one page at a time. I really enjoy working on the adventures of Redd (and Lass) and with Kickstarter I'm hoping to fund the creation for the whole first issue within a couple months, rather than the two years it would take to create it thru Patreon. (New pages will still be posted once a month on Patreon)
The comic is full of nudity, so be aware of that. :) (The pages here on kickstarter are censored for the public, but the original pages posted on Patreon and in the finished comic are uncensored).
Here's a look at some of the already finished pages:
The issue is shaping up to be around 24 pages. Like with my past kickstarter campaigns there will be multiple covers for the issue, with one exclusive only to kickstarter backers.
And a close up of the pencils...
And just for fun, I'll also be creating nude versions of the covers. :)
Like with some of my past comics, I'll be creating all the interior pages digitally, just to speed up the process a bit. (The original pencil art for the 2 covers are available as rewards.)
Why Kickstarter? What I'm looking to do with Kickstarter is to raise enough money that I can focus all of my time on finishing up the art for the issue (and putting aside other commercial work) and getting it printed. Without Kickstarter, it took me years to complete a single issue. With Kickstarter, I've been able to finish a fully colored issue in about 2 months (and then work on the art rewards after that). Everyone will either receive digital PDF's of the issue (via email/download) or printed versions in addition to the different rewards that I'll be providing.
Copies of the comic book, print and/or digital copies! Original art! and more!
Here are a few photos of some of the rewards I created for my last Kickstarter 'Brandi Bare: Field Trip':
and here are some of the rewards backers received from my last kickstarter "Brandi Bare: Field Trip".
Stretch goals included 8"x10" prints, postcards, and more!
I created over 120 individual art rewards for my last Kickstarter and I shared photos with all the backers during the campaign. I post weekly updates every Wednesday all thru the life of the project so all the backers can see how it's progressing. I'll also show teaser images from the actual comic as I'm finishing it up...without giving away too much of the story :).
I hope Redd Velvette is a project you'd like to see!
Risks and challenges
This is my fifth Kickstarter campaign and each time has been a new learning experience. As always, communication with backers is the most important issue in a campaign and that's one part I really enjoy. I send out frequent updates about the progress of the book's creation and I'm always around to answer questions.
One of the challenges from the last Kickstarter was the sheer number of art rewards I needed to create. To streamline the process a bit (and keep my sanity) I've decided to make almost all art reward revolve around color copic marker pieces. There will be a variety of sizes available, but with sticking to one medium this time, I'm trying to see if that will make the process easier on every one (and get them done in a more efficient manner).
Now that Kickstarter allows the shipping costs to be more targeted to specific locations, the rewards on the main page do not factor in shipping since it can vary widely. (Once you select a reward level, it will give a breakdown on shipping per location.) Shipping to US locations is usually priority mail. International shipping is First-Class international via the US post office. If insurance or a different service is requested, just let me know and I can give a quote on differing shipping costs.
The only other possible problem I could run into is when the book is printing (as then it's out of my hands). I'm using the same printer as I have in the past and there were no problems at all on the last four campaigns, so I'm not anticipating any this time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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