7 years ago I started a little webcomic about a 5 year old monster who came from a magical land to live with characters who were very much like myself, my niece Marah and my housemate Charles. Since then Modest Medusa has become a huge part of my life and my full time job, and over 900 strips later the story of a little girl who is trying hard to find her place in a new world is still going strong!
Modest Medusa Season 4 is a story about loss, and about finding strength in your family. Jake and Modest return from their devastating adventure in Yeld... without Marah. Jake has lost his niece and Modest has lost her only friend, and now they need to figure out how to be a family without her. I lost my own father when I was not much older than Modest, and I believe that confronting and accepting loss and finding a way to keep going is an important part of growing up. So this is the story of how Modest Medusa starts to grow up!
This is the 4th time I've brought a Season of Modest Medusa to Kickstarter and asked for your support. Because you are all totally amazing I was able to release 3 really fantastic looking books! Now it's time to produce the Modest Medusa Season 4 book and I'm here to ask for your help again!
So... what is Modest Medusa all about?
Of course, you can read the full web comic for free at ModestMedusa.com!
Modest Medusa Season 4 is a full color softcover book, sized 9 x 6 inches to match the previous Seasons. The book contains the entire Season 4 story line plus a whole bunch of bonus content ! Here's what you'll get:
- A brand new 6 page prologue featuring the origin of Lawyer Medusa!
- Extensive page by page author commentary!
- The unpublished Vacation Comics. These were strips I did between Seasons and feature Modest getting into all kinds of trouble.
- probably a bunch of stretch goal comics. In past Kickstarters our stretch goals have allowed me to include an extra 20+ pages of bonus comics focusing on characters like Charles, the Pirates, the Chainsaw Unicorn and more!
Where does the money go? Money for this project will be spent on:
- Prepping, printing and shipping this book. An expensive endevor!
- Shipping supplies.
- Covering Kickstarter fees! Kickstarter takes 5% of the total, and another 5% goes to credit card fees.
- Taxes! You gotta pay taxes on Kickstarter income. I usually end up scrambling at tax time,s o this time I'm making sure mt Kickstarter Goal can cover that expense.
- Reprinting Season 2. I ran out of Season 2 books last year and did a quick band aid Kickstarter to print more. Now I'm out of those too, so I need to go back to press again! So I've incorporated the cost of printing another run of Season 2 books into this Kickstarter.
- Paying for my time. Making Modest Medusa is my full time job, and the way I make my living is selling Modest Medusa books and stuff, donations fro Patreon and whatever income is left over from Kickstarters like this one. After my last Kickstarter I decided that I need to include enough money in my goal to actually pay myself, so a (relatively small) portion of this Kickstarter income will go to paying for my time and labor during the 6 weeks I'll be working to create new content for this book and put it together.
Add this cool Medusa stuff to your pledge! Just increase your pledge by the amount listed! Some items include an extra shipping amount, so please make sure to add that. And I'm so sorry shipping is so expensive. It sucks. Send me a message if you're not sure how much to add on!
Modest Medusa enamel pin $12 each (or 2 for $20) get this cute 2 inch enamel pin! Wear it on your hat, bag or jacket!
Modest Medusa Season 1, 2 or 3 Books $16 each + shipping (US +$1 per book/ Rest of the world +$9 per book) Get the whole Medusa story in the full color books, signed by Jake and complete with bonus comics and author commentary. Note: Season 1 and 3 are available as hardcover books, and Season 2 is softcover. These are my very last hardcover copies of Season 1 and 3, and once they're gone they're gone forever!
Or get the Digital books! You can add the entire Digital Library to your pledge for $36! ( or just $29 if your pledge already includes a physical copy of the Modest Medusa Season 4 book ((which already comes with a digital version))
Modest Medusa Learns to Color $5 + shipping (US +$1/ Canada +$2/ Rest of the world +$3) The Modest Medusa coloring book, signed by Jake! Perfect for all ages. 32 pages of coloring fun, with bonus comics!
24 Hour Modest Medusa $10 + shipping (US +$1/ Canada +$5/ Rest of the world + $6) A collection of 4 short black and white Modest Medusa comics. Some of the very best Modest Medusa stories! Signed by Jake!
Modest Medusa Superhero Stickers $4 each, or 3 for $10 (no extra shipping cost) Modest Medusa dressed as Wonder Woman, All Might (from My Hero Academia) and Spider-Man! These 3 x 3 inch die-cut water proof vinyl stickers are awesome!
Or get all three sticker sets for $27! Save $3! Get the Black Panther set, the Overwatch set and the Superhero set (featuring Wonder Medusa, Spider Medusa and All-Might Medusa) for one price!
Modest Medusa Black Panther Sticker Set $10 (no extra shipping cost) Modest Medusa dressed as Black Panther, Shuri and Killmonger! These 3 x 3 inch die-cut water proof vinyl stickers are awesome! These stickers are only available as a set of 3.
Modest Medusa Overwatch Sticker Set $10 (no extra shipping cost) Modest Medusa dressed as Overwatch characters Dva, Widowmaker and Junkrat! These 3 x 3 inch (Dva is 4x4) die-cut water proof vinyl stickers are awesome! These stickers are only available as a set of 3.
Modest Medusa Art Prints $5 each, 3 for $14 or 6 for $27 + shipping (US +$4/ Canada +$6/ Rest of the world +6) These high quality 8.5 x 11 inch art prints feature Modest Medusa dressed up as or hanging out with some of her favorite characters! Choose your favorite, or get them all!
Custom Book Sketch $25 (no extra shipping cost) Jake will draw a special 4 x 5 inch full color marker sketch of Modest Medusa (or another Modest Medusa character) inside one of your books. So you'll have to order a book to put it in. Here's a few examples!
Here's a detailed description of what you get in each of the Pledge Levels listed on the right side of the page. Please send me a message if you have any questions!
Note about shipping costs: The Pledges listed on the right side of the page do not include shipping. After you click the "Back this Project" button you'll be asked to choose a shipping amount based on your location (including packaging costs). I tried to make shipping as affordable as possible, but international shipping is super expensive! I wish that wasn't the case. Thats one of the reasons I decided to offer the digital books as rewards.
Thank you so much for your support! For your $5 contribution you'll get this awesome 3 x 3 inch die-cut water proof vinyl Modest Medusa sticker!
This is a digital version of the Modest Medusa Season 4 book. This will be a 120+ page PDF file containing the full Modest Medusa Season 4 story, including bonus comics and commentary by Jake. This file will be available for download from Dropbox.
The Season 4 book is a 120+ page full color 9 x 6 inch softcover book featuring the full Season 4 story line, page by page author commentary and lots of bonus comics, including a brand new 6 page prologue! Signed by Jake! This reward also includes the Modest Medusa sticker and teh digital book.
Note: If you're new to Modest Medusa you can choose this pledge level to get the Season 1 book instead of the Season 4 book! After the Kickstarter ends I'll send out a survey and you can tell me which book you'd like.
This is a digital version of the Modest Medusa Library, including 6 books (Modest Medusa Season 1-4, 24 Hour Modest Medusa and Modest Medusa Learns to Color). These files will be available for download from Dropbox.
This reward includes the signed Season 4 Book, the Modest Medusa Sticker, digital book and 3 Modest Medusa Art Prints! Choose 3 prints from the selection in the add-ons section above! These high quality 8.5 x 11 inch art prints feature Medusa dressed as or hanging out with some of her favorite characters!
This reward includes a signed Season 4 book with a special 4 x 5 inch full color marker sketch of Modest Medusa (or another Modest Medusa character) by Jake. These sketches are pretty fancy! You can check out a gallery of some of Jake's previous book sketches here. This reward also includes the Modest Medusa sticker and digital book!
Get one of everything! This deluxe reward package includes the signed Season 4 book, the digital book, the Modest Medusa sticker, 3 art prints and a custom book sketch! What a deal!
Perfect for new readers! The complete Modest Medusa Library, including 6 books in both physical and digital form (Modest Medusa Season 1-4, 24 Hour Modest Medusa and Modest Medusa Learns to Color) all signed by Jake Richmond! This reward also includes the Modest Medusa sticker!
The ultimate deluxe pack! Get the entire Modest Medusa library in physical and digital form (signed by Jake), 4 stickers of your choice, 5 art prints of your choice and a custom book sketch! Thats so much stuff!
Become a character in Modest Medusa! Jake will draw you into an upcoming Season 7 Modest Medusa strip! You may appear as a minor walk on role, or you may become an important character! Past guest stars who have become important characters include Urano the Oathbreaker, Michelle and Jamie the Innkeepers and Vargas the Hunter! You'll need to send Jake some reference photos, and Jake will credit you in the strip you appear in! This pledge also includes a signed copy of the Modest Medusa Season 4 book (in both digital and physical form) and the sticker!
But wait... there's more! The $14,000 goal for this project is just the start! The more we bring in, the more cool things we can do! For every $500 we generate beyond our initial goal we'll unlock a new stretch goal! If we reach all of our stretch goals we'll add over 20 pages of extra comics to the book!
$14,500 Goal: Ekans comic! If we reach this goal I'll produce a new 3 page comic featuring Modest's new friend Ekans! This comic will be included in the Season 4 book as bonus content!
$15,000 Goal: Overwatch Medusa Sticker set! If we reach this goal I'll offer a set of Overwatch Medusa stickers! You can add this 3 sticker set to your pledge for $10. These stickers will each be 3 x 3 inch die-cut water proof vinyl and feature Medusa dressed as characters from Overwatch!
$15,500 Goal: Charles comic! If we reach this goal I'll produce a new 3 page comic featuring Charles! This comic will be included in the Season 4 book as bonus content!
$16,000 Goal: Modest Medusa Enamel Pin! If we reach this goal I'll offer a special Modest Medusa enamel pin that you can add to your pledge for just $12!
$16,500 Goal: Mermaid comic! If we reach this goal I'll produce a new 3 page comic featuring jenny the Mermaid! See what she was up to before she (spoiler) turns up again in Season 5! This comic will be included in the Season 4 book as bonus content!
$17,000 Goal: More art prints! if we reach this goal I'll add three new art prints for you to choose from! You can select these prints as part of your pledge or get them as an add-on!
$17,500 Goal: Ask Jake! If we reach this goal I'll produce a special 3 page comic interview where I'll answer questions submitted by Kickstarter backers!
$18, 000 Goal: Chocodile Retrospective comic! If we reach this goal I'll do a special 3 page comic documentary about Chocodiles!
$18,500 Goal: Chainsaw Unicorn comic! If we reach this goal I'll produce a new 3 page comic featuring the Chainsaw Unicorn! Find out where he's been! This comic will be included in the Season 4 book as bonus content!
$19,000 Goal: Cartoon Medusa Sticker set! If we reach this goal I'll offer a set of Cartoons Medusa stickers! You can add this 3 sticker set to your pledge for $10. These stickers will each be 3 x 3 inch die-cut water proof vinyl and feature Medusa dressed as characters from popular cartoons!
$19,500 Goal: Epilogue Comic! If we reach this goal I'll create a special 5 page epilogue comic that sets the stage for the events of Season 5 and 6 and features a surprise character!
$20,000 Goal: Free Modest Medusa Sticker! If we reach this goal we'll include a free brand new Modest Medusa sticker with each pledge of at least $23! This 3 x 3 inch die-cut vinyl sticker will be a brand new design!
Risks and challenges
This is my... 7th(?) Modest Medusa Kickstarter. Not all of them have gone smoothly, but I've learned a lot and have gotten a LOT better at the whole thing. Since this book is already complete except for the bonus content I expect that doing layout and preparing it for press will only take about 6 weeks. However, it is possible that it may take a little longer, or that there might be some kind of unforeseen delay. Both have happened in the past. My last 3 Modest Medusa Kickstarters have had a very quick turn around though, and I think this one will too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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