Welcome to New York City, where everyone is trying to get from one place to the next in a hurry! All of the time! One little girl is not so worried about much at all, and her name is Luiza Brillante! The city can be a daunting place, but she is a walking silver lining, so everything she gets into finds a way of turning around somehow. Come take a walk with her and see how much she loves her city, for the good and for the bad.
"A Reason to Smile" is a children's book that is a 22 page full color story that I created from concept to creation. I wrote, illustrated, designed & edited the entire book as well. As an artist, I've been creating custom illustrations for people for the last 6 years and I have been contracted by UpperDeck & Marvel Comics to do sketch cards for the Thor the Dark World movie and their Marvel NOW! project. I have finally found the right story for me to devote myself to and this is the product. I have this project on Kickstarter because I wanted to have a chance to share this with people all over the world in places that I personally can't get to. I've done the comic con scene for 6 years and though I can get the project into people's hands that way, I would love to be able to share this story with the world!
The book will be in a square format measuring at 8.5 in. x 8.5 in. and will be printed here in America. I did a great deal of research and found that though printing overseas would be the cheapest option, I wanted to have my book made here in the states. I am a graduate of Lynchburg College and felt the pinch when I graduated in 2000 and after a year at SCAD I tried to get into the work force. Sadly many of the opportunities that use to be readily available here were gone. I wanted to support those who were employing people here in the states. I was fortunate to find a company that does employs printers here as well as has printers overseas for those who live there. I feel like I found a great compromise of price with great quality.
"A Reason to Smile" is inspired by my work in the school system. I have taught art for grades K-8 and I'll tell you one thing, there aren't enough role models for little girls. This story gives little girls, and all children, someone who they can see in themselves and be happy. I designed a character which girls can relate to and boys won't see as icky! She's still girlie enough while still being able to play football.
I created a softcover version & a hardcover edition for a few reasons. Those who want to have a good story to read for themselves or their families without worries of price can enjoy the Standard Version. Collectors and art enthusiasts will enjoy the Hardcover Edition for the behind the scenes art that was created to build this labor of love. You will also get to enjoy the art gallery with pinups by Khary Randolph (DC Comics cover artist, http://www.kharupt.com) and Paige Pumphrey (pop culture Queen, http://www.theartofpaigey.com/), Shirley Susilo SYS(artist and author of Sang Sayur, https://www.facebook.com/sangsayur), Nicolás R. Giacondino (http://www.flightofthebinturong.com) and Natt Alonso (simpsonscameos.deviantart.com). There are also 2 slots in the Rewards for you to be the writer and editor of 2 pinup's I will illustrate for the Art Gallery (with the original art being shipped to your home!).
If you bought this book for your child, you will be receiving it just in time for school. They can show it off to their friends during show and tell or share time and will be the only ones to have the book [unless their friends parents are just as cool as you and contributed as well!;-)] and they'll be the coolest kids in school!
I've met my goal as of April 14th at 10:03 PM, so I will officially become a self published author and illustrator! Thanks to all who have contributed and to those who still will! I have decided what my stretch goals will be so check out where we're heading:
$8,000 - everyone is getting a sticker, a postcard, a bookmark, and 2 buttons, (which is the $30 tier without the magnets) and those who got the hardcover special will get this on top of their reward (double everything except the magnet)!!!
$8,500 - I'll go on the hunt and find another amazing artist to include in the art gallery of the Hardcover edition! Think you know of an artist who you'd love to see depict Luiza in their style? suggest it to me and I may reach out to them!=]
$9,000 - I will add 4 more pages to both the hardcover and the softcover of the book giving you more art and story to enjoy!
$10,000 - could you imagine this book getting this much love?! If it gets this far, I'll do a Kickstarter Exclusive variant cover that only you who have contributed from the beginning will receive!!! That will make you guys have something even more special than anyone else who gets this book down the line!
Tell your friends family and even people on the street!!! Lets make these goals happen=]
Risks and challenges
I have worked on this book for 2 years to make sure it was the best that it could be and this Kickstarter is no different. I've given myself til August to get you what you've contributed to and though I hope to get you your rewards sooner, August would be the latest it would come your way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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