WTF IS THE HUES?
The Hues is the story of seven young women who discover they are the defenders of the planet amidst a devastating alien invasion. Sami Raju, a high school junior, has been seeing a peculiar hexagram in her dreams for her entire life, but thought nothing of it until one day a giant hologram of it appeared in the sky over her hometown. One by one, she meets her fellow magical soldiers as they try to figure out just what they're supposed to be doing, amidst an apocalyptic attack from the alien visitors.
I'm Alex Heberling! I've been making comics for the web since 2005, and you're most likely to know me from my comics Garanos and Alex's Guide. I've also been exhibiting at conventions in the eastern half of the US since 2006, and I've built up a wonderful following over the years. I'm a hardcore Sailor Moon nerd, which was my first anime and one of the major influences on The Hues; it's been my baby for the last 15 years. My goal with this comic is to create a magical girl team that is diverse in many ways that mainstream media is lacking, so that every girl out there will be able to see a part of herself in the story.
I've been tinkering with The Hues on and off since 1998, and I finally brought it to the internets in January 2013, updating three days a week at www.The-Hues.com. The second chapter has just been completed, and I'm raising money to fund the third chapter!
WHAT IS THIS MONEY FOR?
The money raised, apart from fulfilling backer rewards, will allow me to focus on The Hues full-time while I illustrate Chapter 3, which will take approximately 6 weeks. When the pages are complete, and the eBook of the chapter is authored, it will be sent to all backers $15 and up, who will get to read the chapter before anyone else! Then the comic will be updated with the new pages three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, just like it has since it started earlier this year. :)
With your help, I hope to make comics my full-time vocation from here on out, and I'm SUPER PUMPED to make some incredible sequential art.
ON TO THE REWARDS!
$5: My eternal gratitude and your name on a special thank-you page on The Hues website!
$15: My gratitude, your name on the thank you page, the wallpapers, and the eBook editions of chapters 1-3. Chapter 3 will be sent to backers before the pages are published online, so you'll get to read the whole chapter at once before everyone else!
$20: All the previous rewards, plus a bumper sticker of the comic's logo! (Sticker design may differ slightly from this mockup.)
$30: All the previous rewards, plus a set of four buttons! The buttons will have Sami, Andy, and Hannah's faces on them, as well as a fourth character we're going to meet in Chapter 3!
$45: All the previous rewards, plus a signed 11 x 17" poster made exclusively for Kickstarter backers! The poster at this size will not be available anywhere else!
$75: All the previous rewards, plus a digital sketch of a character of your choice!
$100: All the rewards at the $45 level, plus a color illustration of a character of your choice!
$150: All the rewards at the $45 level, plus a cameo in a future TH page!
$175: SUPER SPECIAL ART!
All the rewards at the $45 level, plus a one-of-a-kind original drawing of the cast. The drawing includes the Hues that haven't been introduced yet, and was drawn in india ink with a brush, and colored with colored pencils. 9x12" on bristol board.
$200: All the rewards at the $45 level, plus a one-page ad in the Chapter 3 eBook! (Subject to editorial approval.)
$350: All the rewards at the $45 level, plus an illustration of ANYTHING YOU WANT. :D (Up to like a PG-13 rating. :D)
$500: MEGA REWARDS! The thank-you page, the eBooks, the wallpapers, the bumper sticker, the buttons, the poster, a digital sketch, a digital single-character illustration, PRINTS of both the sketch and the illustration, a cameo in a future TH page, and OF COURSE... my gratitude. Complete with stammering over your generosity. :)
If I exceed my $3000 funding goal, I've got some awesome stretch goals to meet!
Risks and challenges
Chapter 3 is written and ready for art production to begin. The only risk that this project won't get done is if it doesn't meet the funding goal in the first place! Passing that threshold will ensure that The Hues can continue at its present update schedule, and for a good while longer.
I know that any project will have its own unique problems to address when it comes to setbacks, but a clear and open line of communication is crucial in keeping backers informed of everything. I'm aiming for the clearest transparency possible, and I'm going to keep backers in the loop on everything as it comes!
I've been running my own small business for the last 5 years, so I've got lots of experience in merchandise production and order fulfillment under my belt! I make my own prints and buttons in-house, and I've got a sticker vendor lined up. We got this. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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