What if Las Vegas was a battleground for souls ... and you just inherited a brothel? Find out in the Ribbons graphic novel.
What if Las Vegas was a battleground for souls ... and you just inherited a brothel? Find out in the Ribbons graphic novel. Read more
Ribbons is a dark comedy that explores how myth and religion blur in a glaring, neon Las Vegas. It picks at the differences between love, sex, and passion and what people will do for each. It does this with equal parts blood and laughs.
The first series sparks off a test of humanity in a modern Sodom and Gomorrah. Every time you blow on your dice or steal a kiss for good luck, you pray. In Las Vegas your prayers are heard and answered...you just may not like the answer. Fate chose Matt and Foster, forcing them into the roles of savior and killer. Neither is particularly good at their jobs. They are set on a collision course to see if people still value morality more than poker chips.
Ribbons is a serialized graphic novel. I've written the first season, had it edited, reworked it, rinse, repeat. It's ready to go. I've partnered with the talented Storn Cook to do the artwork. I live in California. He lives New York. We have you surrounded.
Who would like it?
Ribbons is meant to be a dark comedy for mature audiences. There's sex, violence, drugs and swearing. There's also some moody parts. If it was a movie it would be rated R.
We would like to produce Ribbons every other week as an ongoing web comic. Each episode would be six pages long in a format similar to FreakAngels. (I'm not involved in producing FreakAngels but I'm definitely a fan...you should go check it out if you haven't already.)
Successfully funding this project will let us publish the first eight episodes of Ribbons. We would love to keep the series going beyond that, and have set several stretch goals to publish additional episodes.
We will also be producing a limited run, print-only prequel to the series for backers at the Pre-Fan level and above. The stand alone edition of Issue 0 will only be available through this Kickstarter!
The first page shows Storn's unique digital water color technique which is how all of our pages will eventually be produced. He has sketched the rest of Episode 1 to give you a taste of the story.
Well, I’m Justin Evans.
I work in a cube. I'm pretty good at it.
I've been doing it since the first time the world was supposed to end, back in 2000. When I'm in the cube, I do web things for a big company. It's the kind of stuff you wouldn't see (and probably wouldn’t want to) unless you were also working in a cube for this company.
Because I’m a big’ol sell out and a slave to the corporate teat, I spend a few hours a day commuting to my cube and back. After a few years you get used to this. After 10 you get really good at talking to yourself. After 15 you tell yourself stories.
Ribbons is one of those stories.
So in summary:
- High-functioning smart ass
- 15 years experience in web and print publishing
- Sell out
- Likes bullet points
Now Storn Cook, that guy’s a real professional.
He’s got over 20 years experience as a freelance artist covering a crazy-wide range of fantasy and science fiction subject matter. He loves telling stories and he has mastered a number of techniques to help match his artwork to the tone of the story he’s telling.
For Ribbons, he’s using a unique black and white digital water color over his sketches. It can be dark and moody, but can also really highlight a punchline when the scene calls for some extra snark.
- He doesn’t like bullet points
We have also partnered with Kristin Sullivan…who is made from pure distilled punk rock.
You know how we said we were going to publish Ribbons every other week? Well, what about those dead weeks? The boring weeks without a new episode of Ribbons? Kristin will make those weeks un-boring.
Kristin is a writer and a comic book fan. She’s the one who told me about FreakAngels and I think at one point was going to name her first born child Spider Jerusalem. She has written several short stories including “Skinned Knees” which was published in Issue 6 of Fireside Fiction Company.
Kristin will be reading the comic right along with you. Every couple of episodes she’ll pick a related topic and just…go off. We’ll post her article between episodes along with any fan mail/death threats/love letters.
- Punk Rock
- Likes bullets and points…both at high velocity
Risks and challenges
As mentioned, the script is done! And it's been edited ... by real live professional editors ... not just by the spell checker in Word. In fact words kinda make me paranoid so I reached out to two editors at different stages of the project.
Johanna Mead works in what she calls the 'comma mines'. She's no stranger to rogue punctuation. Her first pass really helped me maintain consistency across scenes and called me out when folks were acting out of character.
John Adamus gave the script a righteous scrubbing a few drafts later. His experience across multiple types of media helped focus the voice of some of the characters, pointing out the difference between how things sound in your head versus how they sound in the real world.
And of course they both squashed grammatical bugs with a gleeful passion!
Storn and I have both been involved in publishing and web production for years. That said this will be our first project working together to produce an ongoing comic series. And we're both excited to do it!
The main risks I see are not in our ability to deliver a great story, but more like Life and stuff bumping out our timeline here and there. We both have day jobs and Ribbons will be the project we look forward to doing each day after the old timely whistle blows and Fred Flinstone slides down the dinosaur's back to run home.
We do promise to keep everybody updated when that kind of stuff happens!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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