Wild Rose is a six-issue mini-series with potential for an ongoing storyline. This is a socially conscious project which depicts the realities of life in 18th century Europe, including people of color and LGBTQ+ orientation. #weneeddiversebooks
Funds raised on Kickstarter will be used to pay for cover design, coloring, and lettering for the 22 story pages of issue #1. Money raised above our goal will be used for marketing, self publishing (if we don't sign with a publisher), a limited first print run, and production of the next issue.
Set against the backdrop of London and rural Ireland in 1790, Wild Rose reimagines a haunting Irish folktale. The story of Eliza Day is a tale of love and revenge, but also of class conflict, religious intolerance, and the secret societies that became common in eighteenth century Ireland.
When Eliza is seduced and betrayed by a wealthy English lover, she vows to seek revenge and enlists the help of a witch. But as she soon finds out, the restrictive society in which she lives has no place for defiant, damaged women who break with convention. With the help of Adam Stone, a free Black man, Eliza has a chance to make a new life for herself after the loss of her innocence - but to do so, she will have to be braver than she could ever have imagined.
Check out the first six pages!
Nicola R. White (writer) - In 2016, Nicola's debut novel, Fury’s Kiss, won the $10,000 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and received national news coverage in Canada. Since then, she continues to publish several books each year and has branched out into game writing and graphic novels. In addition to her work as a writer, Nicola is a lawyer and college instructor.
*A note about our video - Since watching me type isn't as fun as showing you artwork (and production value is low in my home office), I don't appear in our project video. However, rest assured that I am ready and willing to answer any questions you might have, and I will post links to Facebook Live updates throughout November.
Kara Brauen (pencils/inks) – Kara Brauen received her Bachelor’s Degree in English at St Thomas University, before going on to study animation at the Gaming and Animation Institute of Fredericton. Since then, she has spent several years working as a freelance designer and illustrator. Her packaging work has received Honourable Mention from Xerox’s Best of the Best 2016 Awards, and she has won an award for Excellence in Art Direction at the 2016 Silver Wave Film Festival for her work on the short film “The Wakefield Will.”
Jono Doiron (cover artist + colorist/letterer) - Jono Doiron graduated from a three year traditional animation and fine arts course in 2007, afterwards working in animation as an animator and cleanup artist. In 2009, he shifted his focus to pursue painting while combining his love of cartoons, humor and storytelling. His work has since been exhibited in galleries across North America. Today he works as a freelance illustrator and fine artist creating work for exhibitions, companies, and private clients. In 2017, he was featured on The Space Channel as a notable artist to watch.
With special thanks to Maria Nguyen for her contributions to issue #1 (pages 1-6) -Duong Thuy (Maria) Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Canadian visual artist whose editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, among other publications. She graduated from the illustration program at Sheridan College in 2014 and her work has since been featured on art blogs BOOOOOOOM and Supersonic Art. Maria has thousands of followers online (@DTNart) and is a co-creator of the Finding Waldo zine by Thought Shower. Her original Horror Manga zine has seen multiple printings.
Stay tuned for more updates, samples pages/panels, and inside info about our creative process!
Risks and challenges
Nicola here: My biggest challenge in creating Wild Rose has been coming up with the funds to pay my co-creators a fair rate for their hard work! After creating the Wild Rose issue #1 script, detailed series outline, and synopsis, I got to work on finding the best team to bring my vision to life. As an author, I know what it's like to have people ask for free work when I'm trying to build my career and make a living, and I was determined not to do that to another artist.
Before a comic book or graphic novel even goes out on submission to publishers, several thousand dollars worth of creator time has already gone into creating a script, sample pages, and other pitch materials. I have funded all of those work hours out of my own pocket so far, but since I'm a regular person and not Bruce Wayne, I can't afford to finance an entire creative team for all six issues. That's why I'm reaching out to you lovely folks - please help me do right by my fellow creators!
Once Wild Rose is complete, we will release the series in one of two ways:
1) Through a publisher - If we go this route, our biggest risk will be not selling enough copies to justify a trade paperback collection or continuation of the series.
2) Self-publishing - If we go this way, the mini-series may take longer to be released in print as costs will be higher. However, even if an initial print run can't be accomplished right away, digital copies will be available through ComiXology.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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