Here are the initial stretch goals.
I've already mentioned the 3 print series that will be given to everyone at or above $40.
I will also donate as many books as we have pledgers to assorted non-profits, like Solace Foundation or IRIS or others. (So far, that is 150) (Please message me any non-profits you think could benefit from this book)
Goal 1- $8500
Everyone at the $40 level gets a bookmark (1 of 3, Red, Green or Blue) and a sketch card (my choice of art related to RGB) signed.
Everyone at the $100 level and above gets all 3 book marks (Red, Green and Blue) and 3 sketch cards (my choice of art related to RGB) signed.
Goal 2- $9500
Everyone at the $40 and above level gets a second copy of the book to give away to someone you think would like this book or you think could benefit from it. (my hope is that we as a group can pass on this message to others. It will be your book so you can do whatever you want with it but I would hope that you would pass it along)
We only have 46 hours or so to go as I write this. So let's see what can happen in that time!
Here is an image of the first stretch goal (sort of). A 3 print series only for backers at the $40 and above level. (Only Kickstarter pledgers will get this print series)
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WHAT IS RGB??
RGB is an exploration of grief.
Sound depressing? Don't worry; it's not.
When I first decided to bring this to Kickstarter, I debated how personal to make this description, and after seeking advice from friends and family, I decided that being as honest as possible is the best course of action.
A few years back, my wife had two miscarriages about 8 months apart. The first one was particularly poignant, mainly because I held the 12-week-old baby in my hand. I could see his little eyelashes and nostrils and the tiny fingernails.
After we had the second miscarriage, I can only describe my internal feelings as ANGRY. I tried several times to write or draw out my feelings but could only draw scenes/write scenarios that were an angry father smiting the heavens. Cathartic is a word for that. But it didn't really embody my true emotions. I fought to tell a story that would capture the grief I felt.
Since that happened we've had two boys: Jasper, who will be 3 this summer and Jared, who will be about 16 months when you read this. Having children, for me, was breathtaking and caused my angry heart to melt.
But not forget.
FishTank Books and my new venture to make graphic novels is a byproduct of having two boys. I dream of having a library of titles on the shelf that they can know I made with them in mind.
Last October, for 24-hour Comic Day (a yearly event in which comic creators get together to make a 24-page book in 24 hours), I decided to tackle the emotions I felt over the loss of our first two children (collectively named "Sam") and the joy of our two new boys. And it hit me. I wanted to make a book that embraced three things.
In that order.
We all live (hopefully) full lives, and we will all experience loss at some point. But after loss (parent, child, miscarriage, grandparent, pet, job, career, etc.) we experience grief. With that grief we can choose to stay angry, or we can grieve and grow. After grief we can choose to love.
RGB is the journey of a man, a woman, and their children. It is a tad abstract, so stay with me.
The book is three stories told simultaneously. The man's story is at the top of the page, the woman's story in the middle, and the children's story is on the bottom. You read all three at the same time. The characters grow, meet, experience life, loss and then choose love. The book is wordless because I wanted readers to see and “read” it in their mind. You can see the whole thing here.
It's currently in black and white because that was what I drew on that 24-hour Comic Day. (Yes, I drew all 50 pages in one day.)
Here are a few pages so that you can see what the finished book will look like. (It also will hopefully help you understand why they are called "glowies.")
So why is the book called RGB??
RGB is an additive color model where Red, Green, and Blue are used to create the full spectrum of color. When you use all three at their full intensity you get white, or white light. I liked the idea that the combination of the three characters come together to form white light, or in my mind, pure light. It's abstract, but it made me smile when I named the book.
My goal with RGB is to make a 50-56 page 8 x 8 hardcover book. After the success of my first Kickstarter project, Martin Monsterman...
I wanted to share this next project with all of you, too.
I don't profess to have any answers on how to deal or overcome grief. But I can say from my experience, it needs to be addressed. I chose to express it this way. I didn't want to carry the burden any more. And I guess by my doing this here I am asking you all to join me as I wrestle with this loss. It's exciting to love and heartbreaking to lose anyone.
This Kickstarter is not a plea for pity money but more a push to celebrate those we've lost and to make sure that we love those we still have.
The pledges are going to stay simple and focused.
Here they are.
Here is an example of the $75 dollar dedicated watercolor.
Why so few pledge levels??
I know people like to have a bunch of choices but my focus with RGB is to draw attention to living, losing and loving.
The book is important for obvious reasons. The shirt is important to me because I personally want to wear my heart on my sleeve with this book.
Also, a lot of books will have a thank you section but i wanted to have a dedication section instead (for those we've lost). And finally, the big daddy pledge, because if I can be a part of helping even one person move forward on their own grief recovery, than the book will have doubled its investment. First for me and my family and second for that person.
When I first started FishTank Books I thought I was setting out to make great "All Ages Appropriate Comics". That that would be what I was known for. And I still hold that FishTank Books will be all ages appropriate but what I really want people to think of when they see a FishTank Book or a Manny Trembley book is, "he makes books with heart and soul." And that is a book for everyone!
Thanks for taking the time to peruse my kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
The book is drawn and the coloring is under way. I feel confident that with the window I've given myself that I can get the final book colored, to the printer and in to the backers hands in a timely fashion. While delays are always possible, i've learned a TON from my first Kickstarter and look forward to using that info to make this one even smoother.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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