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Victoria McMillanBy Victoria McMillan
First created
Victoria McMillanBy Victoria McMillan
First created
£58
pledged of £3,000pledged of £3,000 goal
10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 25 2019 5:58 PM UTC +00:00

About

Possible Zine Cover
Possible Zine Cover

‘Avocado: A New Musical’ is a fully illustrated zine exploring the fantastical world of musical theatre and the new age of young adult fans. As we grow and change, so do the musicals, and I wanted to make this zine to share with my fellow theatre nerds. 

Physical Zine Mock Up
Physical Zine Mock Up

This will be a 32 page digitalised zine packed full of illustrations, thoughts, memes and other fun. It was important for me that this zine is accessible to as many people as possible. I know how expensive tickets to see our favourite shows can be, and of course there is limitations dependant on where we call home, so I wanted to consider this while pricing this zine. Being in a digital format means that it is affordable and easily obtained, no matter what part of the world you are from.

When developing the illustration style for this project, I focused on creating something that is unique to myself but also looks into the intriguing and colourful realm of comics and graphic novels. All illustrations for the zine are drawn on good old fashioned paper using fine liners before then colouring the work with a combination of markers and digital means.

A Very Potter Musical - Musicals for the internet? (Illustration in progress)
A Very Potter Musical - Musicals for the internet? (Illustration in progress)
Musicals on the internet - digital work
Musicals on the internet - digital work
Deaf West's Spring Awakening - Illustration in progress
Deaf West's Spring Awakening - Illustration in progress
Way down in Hadestown - Do musicals predict the future?
Way down in Hadestown - Do musicals predict the future?

Keeping different theatre fans and their own preferences in mind while creating ‘Avocado: A New Musical’ has been important to the development of the zine and shall be continuously explored through polls and Q&As on Instagram and other forms of social media. Don’t miss your opportunity to have your say, stay tuned by following for updates (IG: @vickjoanneart). Every person who pledges to this Kickstarter shall have their name mentioned within the zine’s own sort of cast list, all support means the world.

Development post on Instagram
Development post on Instagram
Posts about my process
Posts about my process

For those who can maybe afford to pledge a little more, there is a variety of rewards to get hold of. 

So for only £5, you will of course receive a digital copy of the full 32 page zine with your name in the pledge list included in the back pages. 

The next tier, at £10, you will also be sent a PDF sketchbook of the developmental work for this project, including unseen doodles and sketches that never made the final cut.

Example scans of planning
Example scans of planning

For £15 in comes the first of the printed prizes. Naturally you’ll receive both digital rewards but you’ll receive a limited addition sticker pack full of references to theatre culture and some of your favourite musicals. There are few things that are more fun than covering your devices and notebooks in colourful stickers.

Doodle plans for sticker pack
Doodle plans for sticker pack

Pledging £25 means not only do you get the PDF sketchbook, stickers, and the digital zine, but you ALSO will get a printed PHYSICAL copy of the entire zine. The printed copies will be a limited run so I, the artist, shall be personally signing each copy of the zine before posting them out.

Mock up of zines
Mock up of zines
Page layout mock up
Page layout mock up

Finally, for those extra generous pledgers giving £40 or more, it’s time for T Shirts! Yes, these special tees featuring the iconic phantom avocado are designed with influence from the T Shirts handed out the musical casts. 

'Join the cast' T Shirt mock up
'Join the cast' T Shirt mock up

Those on this tier can make sure that they can show off their role in ‘Avocado: A New Musical’.

Everyone who pledges to make this project happen are so important. Musical theatre brings me so much joy and, hopefully, this zine will bring the fun of theatre to you. Thank you for your support.

The theatre fan and artist working on this project is Victoria Joanne, @vickjoanneart on Instagram. I am a illustrator who primarily works using pen and ink with just a bit of a digital touch. I’m from a rather musical family but it seems like I’ve taken a different artistic route.

Over the last couple of years, studying Art & Illustration, I believe I have a base style that I feel comfortable in but it is also always developing and evolving more with each piece of work. Typically, my work in a way, is relatively simple in concept – people, colour and a solid sense of narrative. I draw a lot of inspiration from an interest in comic books and films.

For each project I do, I focus on making sure that I am creating work which I have a strong personal interest in. The topics of choice I look into have quite the range but are always something I am passionate about. Such as an interesting previous project, where I created a zine and participated in an exhibition, focusing on trying to encourage teens to pick up books and start reading again. Having passion for a subject is obviously an excellent motivator. 

As I move forward in illustration, I want to take every opportunity I can to learn new skills that can help me further my career. Each project has its problems that pop up but from that there is a learning curve. I hope to have more opportunities to work on projects like this in the future.

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges that I may face in this project are hopefully simple ones that should be easy to overcome. Budgeting is the main risk but I have tried my best to plan out everything as well as I can and allowed for any issues there may be.

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    Digital Zine

    Each pledger will be sent a link to download the full 32 page zine + name added to list of pledges within the back pages.

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    Digital Sketchbook

    As well as the digital zine, you will also receive a PDF sketchbook of all the illustrative development work from the making of this project.

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    It's time for stickers!

    Naturally, you will receive the previous awards, but you will now also get a pack of illustrated stickers that you can stick on whatever you like to show your support.

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    Signed Physical Zine

    Previous awards + you will be sent a physical copy of the A5 32-page zine that will be personally signed by the artist herself.

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    'Join the cast' T-Shirt

    Not only do you get ALL of the previous awards, but those who are so generous to pledge this tier will also receive a limited run t-shirt to show off to the world that you are considered a full-on cast member of 'Avocado: A New Musical' and a personalised thank you email from the artist.

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