Illegal Alien is a new, twelve-issue miniseries created and written by Paul Axel and illustrated by Megan Fitts. Currently, five scripts are completed, and art for issue one is currently in production. This Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds to produce and publish the first issue, both digitally and in print. Illegal Alien is a hard science fiction miniseries that speaks to the human drive to test oneself and discover new frontiers. Add in a commentary on modern society and our potential future, and you've got the makings of a story that's out of this world!
Illegal Alien takes place in the early 23rd century, long after humanity has weathered the ravages of climate change. Juan Bruni is a young man from Caracas, Venezuela. Juan, like the rest of the world, lives without want in an urban paradise. However, Juan earns for more - he wants to emigrate to the furthest reaches of the human frontier: Mars. But access to Mars is strictly limited by the world governments, and Juan may not be their "ideal" candidate. When you don't quite fit the mold, how can you achieve your dreams? That's what Juan is going to find out, as he vows to reach the Red Planet by any means necessary!
Meet the Team
Paul Axel is the creator and writer of Illegal Alien. When not writing comics, he is a high school history teacher in Chicago. You might have read his previous work, such as the historical crime drama Rotten Roots, or one of his short stories in Alterna's IF Anthology, or Bad Kids Press' Fractured Continuum, which is where he first worked with...
Megan Fitts, an illustrator and writer of all things fantastical, as well as the creator of comics I Am Nora and My Roommate the Dungeon Master. When not creating the next epic fantasy, Megan is seen around the Kansas City area drinking coffee and getting lost in YA fiction.
We believe in transparency, especially when it comes to crowdfunding. All the money we raise will go towards production, printing, rewards, and fees. Issue One of Illegal Alien will be 20 pages long.
Here's a breakdown of our budget:
- Production: $1,400
- Printing: $294
- Fees: $149.40
- Contingency: $156.60
What is "contingency"? Well, those funds are to be used for any unforeseen costs - say, if the price of shipping or printing suddenly increases. Any extra funds we raise will go back into printing. Of course, there will be some awesome stretch goals if we surpass our initial $2,000 goal, but let's cross those bridges when we come to them.
Risks and challenges
We are fully committed to this project, and have spent months refining the story and getting it ready for all you fine folks. This project WILL happen, but your donations will make our dream a reality faster - and isn't that what Kickstarter is really all about?
As far as any potential challenges, there is always the risk of missing production deadlines. However, we have already begun the process of drawing and lettering our pages (as you can see), and at our current rate of production, we hope to have the first issue available digitally by late June, 2018.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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