Belchville, VT Volume One will be a paperback collection of the first 3 issues of my horror/comedy/adventure comic about a strange town in Vermont. The book will be printed by Print Ninja and will include a color, UV spot cover with a 68pg black & white interior. This series is recommended for readers 16+ (due to naughty language & scary moose!)
Something strange is happening in the small New England town of Belchville, VT... and the only two people to notice are a new resident and a young boy. When the town is on the verge of destruction, will they be able to save their friends and family? And if they can't - will they be able to escape?
Belchville, VT was my MFA thesis at The Center for Cartoon Studies. The first 3 issues were completed within a year, while attending CCS. Each issue of the first volume of Belchville contains 2 stories - one involving the adults in the town and one involving the children. The adults gossip and speculate, while the children actually encounter the terrors within Belchville. The first three issues are just under 70 pages of comics, and 6 more issues are planned.
The cover of Belchville, VT Volume 1 will be based off of the design of my thesis (which was painstakingly handbound.) The black printing on the cover of my thesis was shiny against the matte dark blue cover, so the moose was less visible unless you moved the book at an angle. I want this paperback to look just as cool, so I'll be using Spot UV printing on the cover to achieve a similar effect.
A very generous friend of mine has offered to make me some Belchville Moose pins! You can get a pin by choosing a new $5 level or by adding $5 to any Kickstarter contribution of $10 & up! (I will be sending out a survey at the end where you can let me know if you added $5 for a pin.)
I also just added another new level, where you can get a monstrous moose pin & the book from a LIMITED RUN of 25 for $30. IT'S SO SCARY!!
I have been DIY printing the issues of Belchville for the past 1.5 years and it's unfortunately not the most consistent or cost effective way to print as many books as I need! I'd like to print at least 500 copies through an offset printer. This would amount would significantly cut printing costs, which would allow me to sell the book for a cheaper price. There would also be enough books to last me a few convention seasons and to experiment with selling in bookstores and comic shops. However, the upfront cost is much higher than the DIY issues, which is why I need your help!
I also would like to purchase a 10 pack of ISBNs to use for Belchville, VT Vol 1 and any other future books, which is essential in reducing the cost of shipping and selling in stores!
Here's a price breakdown:
- Printing and shipping 500 copies through Print Ninja - approx $1500
- 10 pack of ISBNs - $295
- Kickstarter Fees! - $200
I will be paying for the stickers and patches out of pocket, because I wanted stickers and patches anyway. :)
Any additional money that I make from this Kickstarter will help me print more copies of the book!
- At $2500, I can print an additional 250 copies, for a total of 750 copies!
- At $2750, I can print an additional 500 copies for a total of 1000 copies!
- Extra money in between stretch goals will go towards making more stickers and patches!
- If this thing breaks $3000... I'll add something new to all donation levels $10 and over!
Risks and challenges
This volume of Belchville is totally complete and ready to send to the printers!
Although I haven't worked with Print Ninja, I have worked with offset printers in the past. Last year, I co-created and co-edited the video game fanzine, Earthbound Party, which was printed through RA Comics Direct. Earthbound Party was a full color, perfect bound, 60pg anthology of comics and fanart from 21 different artists.
Working with RA Comics Direct was a great experience, but they do not do print runs over 300 copies. The price per book to print would also be much more expensive, which would mean that I would have to charge more per copy. I want to keep my books affordable!
I've heard GREAT things about Print Ninja though, so I am looking forward to using them for this project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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