$4500: "Before the Apocalypse" Guest Pin-Ups
We Have to Go Back explores a few key moments from Katie and Josephine's past, but there's a whole lot more to their years together we'd love to show off. Should we reach the $4500 stretch goal, we'll be showcasing some of the more intimate moments from Katie and Josephine's relationship with the "Before the Apocalypse" pin-up series!
From date nights out on the town to lazy days in, "Before the Apocalypse" will allow us to show the happier moments in Katie and Josephine's lives. Our art print gives a good example of the sort of moments that will be featured in this black-and-white series, which will be included in the finished book.
Of course, Sally's print is only the first of these moments we want to showcase. To that end, we've got four amazing guest artists ready to contribute a pin-up to this series! Take a look below to see the artists in question and examples of their past work!
Katie and Josephine are at a crossroads. It's been over a year since the couple fled civilization, running from the apocalypse. However, as the two enter their second winter in the mountains with dwindling supplies, their future is more uncertain than ever.
Josephine is adamant the only way to stay safe is to continue scraping by as best they can, but Katie is convinced they need to leave their cabin and see what's become of civilization. As their situation grows more dire, Katie and Josephine find their relationship more and more strained. With their arguments growing more intense and personal by the day, the couple is forced to consider not only what they need to do to survive, but if their love can withstand the end of the world...
Created by Jordan Alsaqa and Sally Cantirino, We Have to Go Back is a post-apocalyptic romance comic about the effects of stress and shifting dynamics in a long-term relationship. Bolstered by flashbacks to their pre-apocalypse lives, Josephine and Katie's story will explore the full range of their relationship and how it's changed over the years.
The goal of this campaign is to secure funding to complete the 40-page main story and print a high-quality physical copy of the book. As a thank you for supporting the project, we have a number of reward levels, including digital and physical copies of We Have to Go Back, PDFs of previous works from Jordan and Sally, stickers, an enamel pin, art prints, script edits from Jordan, and digital commissions from Sally. At the top level, you can even appear in the book as one of Katie and Josephine's college friends.
Below, you can find more information on the project, starting with a number of preview pages from early in the story, showing Katie and Josephine both before and after the apocalypse.
Writer Jordan Alsaqa is an N.C. State graduate with a degree in Creative Writing. His first comic projects, Terminal Protocol and Finding Peace, were funded through Kickstarter, with the former being published by Scout Comics. His current comic, Welderkin, is published digitally and as a webcomic by Comicker Digital, and he's set to be featured in a number of anthologies, including Alloy Anthology: Electrum from Ascend Comics. You can keep up with Jordan's other projects on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.
Artist Sally Cantirino grew up in New Jersey and has been making comics since she was a teenager. She is an alumnus of the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida, and has self-published her own comics since 2012. Sally contributed illustrations and comic pages to the YA novel Marked by Laura Williams McCaffrey, and is currently the artist on Last Song from Black Mask with Holly Interlandi. She has new work set to debut in Hellcat Press' Screams Heard 'Round The World horror anthology and EVERYTHING IS GOING WRONG: Comics on Punk & Mental Illness this year. You can follow her on twitter and instagram for more updates on her life, her cat, and her knitting projects, and visit her portfolio to see more of her past work.
Editor Danny Lore is a queer black writer/editor from the Bronx. They are an acquiring editor at FIYAH. Their writing has been published in FIYAH and EFNIKS magazine, and they are the editor of Black Mask Comics' The Wilds (w: Vita Ayala, a: Emily Pearson).
The bulk of funding - $1620 - will go towards paying Sally's page rate for completing the rest of the story. Approximately $800 will go towards printing the book, with an additional $300 going towards printing the additional campaign rewards (stickers, art prints, and enamel pins). $700 will go towards shipping rewards to backers, and the final $380 will go towards Kickstarter fees.
At every level of support, you'll receive our eternal gratitude for helping us bring a book we're both incredibly excited about to life. Below is a full breakdown of every reward level in detail. Domestic US shipping is included for every level, with international shipping costing an additional $10. Also, for the first 48 hours, the Physical Copy and Pin & Print levels are available for a special early bird pledge.
At the Supporter level, you'll not only receive our personal thanks, you'll also be included in the Thank You section at the back of the book. You'll also have access to any behind-the-scenes material posted for backers in the campaign updates.
At the Digital Issue level, you'll receive a PDF copy of We Have to Go Back, including all of the same back matter as the physical copy of the book.
With the Digital Collection level, you'll receive three additional PDFs of books either written by Jordan or written/illustrated by Sally: Finding Peace by Jordan Alsaqa & Marie Enger, In the Cold by Sally Cantirino, and the minicomic A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing by Jordan Alsaqa & Kacee Navarro.
At the Physical Issue level, your reward package will now include a physical copy of We Have to Go Back, signed by writer Jordan Alsaqa. You'll also receive a sticker representing an early scene in the book.
We have two different rewards available at the $25 level for backers to choose between at their preference. The Enamel Pin level will include a 1.25" hard enamel Rabbit pin!
At the Art Print level, your reward package will instead include an art print (8.5" by 5.5") featuring a scene from Katie and Josephine's life before the apocalypse. Colors by Matthew Davis!
Can't decide between the art print and the enamel pin? Grab them both at a slightly lower total pledge amount with the Pin & Print level!
Have a script or comic pitch you'd like some help with? At the Editor level, writer Jordan Alsaqa will look at your comic script (max. 24 pages) or pitch and offer edits and suggestions. Jordan has six years of previous editing experience in numerous writing styles.
If you'd like to add some original art to your collection, then go with the Digital Commission level. With these 3 slots, you'll be able to get an original piece of artwork from artist Sally Cantirino. The subject of your piece must be agreed upon with the artist. The finished product will be delivered to you in a print-ready, 8 x 10 PDF format. You can see an example of this level right below!
Finally, with the College Cameo level, you can be immortalized in the book as one of Katie and Josephine's college friends in a flashback scene! You'll appear in a full scene, receiving at least one speaking line. In addition, you'll receive a social media icon from artist Sally Cantirino.
Separate from our other pledge levels, we have a special tier for comic shops and other retailers. At the Retailer level, you'll receive 10 physical copies of We Have to Go Back for your store.
Risks and challenges
The main risk is the possibility of pricing changes for services such as printing and shipping that could affect estimates. However, the current campaign estimates are built with a significant buffer to account for this possibility.
Jordan's previous two Kickstarter campaigns were successfully funded and fulfilled, with the most recent project being fulfilled within projected delivery dates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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