Hello. I'm Jerry Beck. Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about my comic book project, HOW TO DRAW MONSTERS.
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BOOK. Autism, much like artwork...is a very real, important part of my life. My daughter Jena, 9, is Autistic...and she is also a HUGE inspiration to me, so it makes perfect sense that I put my efforts into combining both Autism and artwork. In fact, Its my duty at this point.
As a kid, back in the 70's (don't laugh, I know I'm getting old! lol), I was a big fan of the British cartoon, "SIMON and the LAND of CHALK DRAWINGS". I always thought it would, one day, be a fun concept to create from a more adult perspective. But that is even more interesting to me now that I have become intrigued by all the things I'm learning and observing while raising and helping my daughter during her experience with Autism.
THE STORY. The story centers around a young boy named Simon Scott. Simon is a high-functioning autistic kid. His parents died when he was young, and he was forced to grow up in and out of abusive foster home environments. Simon would always use artwork as his escape from all the things that threatened his well being or the well being of others. Events unfold, and it becomes very apparent that there is much more to Simon's Autism than that of any other case on the spectrum. The results of his extraordinaire abilities show through in his artwork.
More so than anyone could ever imagine.
The following images preview the artwork from
HOW TO DRAW MONSTERS.
THE BUDGET . I'm asking for $6,000 to fund HTDM. I'm not paying myself for the illustrations, but I do need to compensate the colorists, Rick Ehm and Jason Jensen, as well as a competent letterer and the co-writer, Ian Ascher. Let's not forget the printing of the book which has 35 pages of art. A lot of time is clearly invested in making all of this come to life. Let's also realize that shipping for all of the rewards as well as Kickstarter fee's have to be factored into all of this too. So, as you can see...$6000 will be spent with a quickness. If anything above and beyond the goal is met that money will allow me to refrain from taking on freelance work, so I can focus entirely on completing the book. If this is well received there is much more of HTDM that can be told.
Risks and challenges
The only risk to me, would be failing to make this attempt. This book means a lot to me for obvious reasons. The bulk of my days are spent doing freelance work, as well as running my website, www.illustratusmaximus.com. Let's not forget the time spent with Jena... which there never seems to be enough of. As of this submission (Jan 13,2016) I have the covers done as well as 23 of the 35 interior pages laid out and well into the penciled stages. Some inks are done and page 1 is actually completed too. (Posted in the above section) I have self-financed all production so far. I've invested in very a skilled team, which will be evident upon completion. I would love nothing more than to have this book done sooner than August 1st, but I can't say for sure until I see where this Kickstarter campaign leads me. The more money it brings in, the less freelance work I need to seek out which will allow me to get ahead on the book without concern for funding it.
Although delays can present themselves, I have made conservative projections on the release date.
I like our chances and I appreciate your support!
Thank you for your time.
Best to you all.
- (44 days)