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A small-town boy named Lowan searches for the girl of his dreams… the Ocean Girl. What he finds is not what he expects.
A small-town boy named Lowan searches for the girl of his dreams… the Ocean Girl. What he finds is not what he expects.
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RELEASE DATE: The artwork for this project is presently being created. The printed novella will be complete in SPRING 2017! :)

OCEAN GIRL is an all-ages one-shot graphic novella (in other words: a short-story comic book) about a young man named Lowan who is searching for the girl of his dreams: The Ocean Girl. But what he finds is not what he expects! 

(Parents' note: We recommend reading the book before you present it to your children. Parental Guidance is suggested.)

THE STORY starts off in a small fishing village by the ocean. Lowan is sitting on the dock daydreaming of an ancient sailor's song: "Waiting by the ocean for the girl of my dreams. Looking across the water, she is never what she seems..." Suddenly Lowan's boss snaps him out of his daydream and tells him to get back to work and expects twice as many fish brought back in than yesterday.

Lowan jumps up and gets on board his ship. He sails off into the ocean and casts his net... All of a sudden, several stingrays surround his boat and lead him to a girl floating face up in the water. Her eyes are closed. As Lowan's boat gets closer, he looks down at her. Her eyes open wide, and she sinks under the water. That's where our story begins...

THE WRITING PROCESS began with Jerry writing the manuscript, which is currently being used as the outline for the art storyboards. The concept for the story was derived from song lyrics he had written twenty years ago. It was then that Jerry and Brian (along with Brian's brother, Derek) had a garage band called Pilgrim 404... and a song called... Ocean Girl. 

Pilgrim 404, circa 1996
Pilgrim 404, circa 1996

Jerry started out writing a rough draft and then wrote a few revisions. Big thanks for the amazing input from friends and family!

Jerry writing the manuscript
Jerry writing the manuscript

Once Jerry and Brian felt it was ready, they printed an official final manuscript which was handed off to Brian to begin the artwork.

The finished manuscript
The finished manuscript

THE ARTWORK PROCESS starts with Brian creating pencil-drawn thumbnail sketches. This helps build a storyboard for the final artwork.

Storyboard Sketches
Storyboard Sketches

Brian is presently working on the final artwork and will not be completed until early 2017

Here are some inked page examples. Color will be added later in the process.

Inked pages. Color will be added digitally later.
Inked pages. Color will be added digitally later.

THE REWARDS are as follows (Please note: Designs and colors subject to change).

THE PDF: A PDF version of the novella will be e-mailed to you.

THE SONG: We teamed up with our friend and musician, Shane Williams to have him create an original song for this project and we'll be offering a download, just for you.  

Shane plays the demo for us live.
Shane plays the demo for us live.

 

THE GRAPHIC NOVELLA: A 6 5/8" X 10 1/4" standard sized saddle-stitched (stapled) comic book.The artwork for the comic is presently being created, so the details are an approximation at this point. The book will be around 40 pages (give or take) and in color (minimal or full color is still being determined).

THE EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER POSTCARD: This 4" X 6" postcard is confidential for now and will be printed in limited quantities (signed by Jerr and Bri) and sent to Kickstarter patrons ONLY. :)

THE STICKER: Approx 6" tall and weather-proof (great for boards)!

THE T-SHIRTS: A two-color design will be screen-printed on both Ladies' and Men's styles (gray or blue) t-shirts (also kids' sizes: not shown). Colors may vary, depending on available shirts. 

THE 11" X 14" Original Drawing: A hand-drawn, one-of-a-kind, original, black ink drawing on Bristol board of one of the characters from Ocean Girl. Drawings will be signed (and can be made out to a particular person, if requested). 

Brian drawing an example of the 11" X 14" hand-drawn original Ocean Girl drawing. Images will vary.
Brian drawing an example of the 11" X 14" hand-drawn original Ocean Girl drawing. Images will vary.

 

THE ORIGINAL COMIC PAGE: An actual 11" X 17" Comic Board Bristol, hand drawn and inked page from Ocean Girl (particular pages chosen will be subject to artist's discretion). 

Original 11" X 17" hand-drawn comic page.
Original 11" X 17" hand-drawn comic page.

Budget: Our goal is to professionally print 200 copies of the book in order to ship the rewards to all of you by May of 2017. Our estimated budget is pictured below. 

Any additional funding over our goal will first cover any overages from the above budget and then printing of more copies of the book and rewards.

Big thanks to Derek Demeter for the perfect timing in taking this photo!
Big thanks to Derek Demeter for the perfect timing in taking this photo!

We thank you SO MUCH for your help in bringing Ocean Girl Graphic Novella to life! 

Much love - Jerry Mindak and Brian Demeter

Risks and challenges

At this point in the process, the manuscript is complete, and most of the design work for the rewards is complete. The storyboard process is well underway. What’s left is final artwork and design of the final book pages.

So time is the biggest risk. Brian has participated in his local comic con for a number of years as a vendor with past projects and is a professional artist and illustrator, accustomed to deadlines. Both Jerry and Brian are passionate about this project and are diligently working together to meet the May deadline.

There may be delays with the reward vendors, but these creators are excited to see this project through and are working to get everything ready long before the final deadline.

We’re super excited to see these Ocean Girl products completed and ready to work through any challenges!

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    The Cuttlefish

    Note: Ocean Girl song will be professionally recorded; Performed by Shane Williams; Written by Shane Williams, Jerry Mindak, Brian Demeter & Derek Demeter

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    The Sea Star

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    The Fin Whale

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    The Manta Ray

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    The Sea Defender

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    • Ocean Girl Sticker
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    The Heart of the Ocean

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    • Original Ocean Girl 11"x14" Ink Drawing by Brian Demeter
    • Original Ocean Girl Comic Page by Brian Demeter
    • Ocean Girl T-Shirt
    • Ocean Girl Sticker
    • Printed Copy of Ocean Girl Graphic Novella
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