Hello, Kickstarter lurkers and social media link-followers! Have WE got a fun-filled, insanity-driven comic book for YOU!
That's right, it's called "The Filbert Factor," and it is one ridiculous ride directly into the heart of Crazy Town! "The Filbert Factor" is a full-color, 32-page comic book, and the brainchild of creator and writer Mike Wolfer. Set in the town of Turtleview, Filbert and his friends Cashew and Hazel are just ordinary 4th graders, but in this first outing, they'll find themselves thrust into the center of a real-life disaster movie when the Meowstorm, a gigantic storm filled with furious felines, rolls into town!
Now, here's the backstory about why we're here on Kickstarter looking to fund the book through your generous donations: You see, American Mythology Productions had this plan, to create a new comic series that would appeal to kids, adults, and everyone in between; a sarcastic, irreverent snapshot of what it's really like to be a kid. Mike Wolfer got right to work creating the characters and story, Disney animator Adrian Ropp designed the leads, and artist Horacio Domingues, colorist Jeremy Kahn, and letterer Natalie Jane got to work on the interiors.
Then we had a real brainstorm: Let's see if we can get the first issue approved as an official entry in the 2018 Free Comic Book Day event, thus reaching hundreds of thousands of potential readers and introducing them to the incredible characters we've created. Well, the Free Comic Book Day committee said, "Bah. We're not interested." Dang. So we listed the book in the distributor catalog, sure that retailers and comics readers would see "The Filbert Factor" as the next big thing that we feel that it is and order lots and lots of copies. And their response was, "Bah. We're not interested." Double-dang. So, the only way to show the world what we have and pay all of the bills associated with getting this piece of comic mayhem printed and into peoples hands is to turn to Kickstarter... And YOU!
What we're offering to you, the backer, are a bunch of super-cool, Filbert-related goods that are sure to be collector's items, beginning with the books themselves:
As we mentioned, the orders for the book were low... Really low... So we're giving you the opportunity to pick up not only the Kickstarter Edition of THE FILBERT FACTOR #1, but also the two cover variants that are going to be on sale in very small amounts in only the coolest, smartest, hippest comic book stores in the world (and if your local comic shop carries the book this coming May, tell them that we love them).
But you'll be getting more than just comic books when you become a backer. Oh, SO much more. So let's look at the backer levels, shall we?
First up, the good, ol', reliable Digital Level...
Next, the good, ol' physical copy...
For the real collectors out there, you'll be interested in the next level...
Oooh... What do we have here? More comics, and rare ones at that!
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT FIRST ISSUES COLLECTOR'S SETS: Many of these books are nearly sold out, so quantities of the exact cover variants shown above are in limited supply. We'll most likely have enough books on-hand to fill backer orders, but please be aware that the exact cover variants that you receive may vary, based on demand.
Now, how do we make this even more ridiculous, and give you the opportunity to share with the world your twisted sense of humor?
But if you're really dedicated to making the nutty Filbert Factor dream a reality, feast your eyes on this collection of craziness...
Next up: Original art!
Yep, you can get a Mike Wolfer original pencil drawing on a 5.5" x 8.5" plate, which will be autographed and have Filbert saying something insulting to you, because what's more fun than that?!
Which leads us to the ULTIMATE REWARD- YOU get to "meet" FILBERT!
You won't find an opportunity like this very often! Backers of this Ultimate Level will find themselves transformed into an animal by artist Adrian Ropp, and drawn into a one-page strip that will appear in THE FILBERT FACTOR #1! Talk about bragging rights! Naturally, you'll need to provide us with a clear photo of yourself, but wow- Imagine what ridiculousness you might be facing in the world of THE FILBERT FACTOR!
You can bet your life that there's going to be Stretch Goals! In fact, Miss Natalie Jane (letterer extraordinaire) will be hand-crafting a little something for our first Stretch Goal, but we'll save that surprise for later.
In closing, thank you all for checking out our campaign, and we hope that you'll be intrigued enough to help us fund this really fun project. We can guarantee you that if you're a fan of classic & modern comics, classic & modern cartoons, and classic & modern humor, then you're going to love THE FILBERT FACTOR, and we just can't wait to share this book with everyone!
And this just in: Follow Filbert on Twitter @FilbertFactor!
Risks and challenges
The only risk involved with this campaign is the distinct possibility that after you read this first issue, you're going to be hounding us for the next one, so the risk will be all ours. But seriously, the book is nearly completed and on schedule for the late April release, so we'll only need a couple of months to have all of the other rewards and Stretch Goals assembled and/or manufactured, for prompt shipping in July.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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