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Love is a path that takes us in strange directions. Stories of heartache, friendship, loyalty & revenge - cats, birds, robots, space!

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GIRLS NIGHT OUT: THE WAY LOVE GOES

(ENDS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT! We are only a dollars away from the final stretch goal- scroll down for the details -Amy)

"The Way Love Goes" is a collection of short multi-genre comics (drama/comedy/action/sci-fi/indie) around the theme of love, and how it goes well and... not so well some times. The collection features some fan favorite characters from the Girls Night Out by the same great artists, along with new stories and new artists. It will be A WHOPPING 44 PAGES, handy digest size (5" x 8"). 

ADD ON INSTRUCTIONS

For the 20 page one-shot story, the VIP Room (art by Silvio dB), add $4

To get an additional copy of GNO: The Way Love Goes (variant or regular cover) add $5

To get the two previous issues of Girls Night Out add on $10

(domestic shipping is included. International backers, please throw in an extra $1/issue :-))

Stories include:

Girls Night Out: Best Friends art by Craig Yeung (X-Men Legacy, Runaways) colors by Juri H-C. Tito has a secret he reveals to Rosie.

from "Girls Night Out: Best Friends" pencils by Craig Yeung, colors by Juri H-C
from "Girls Night Out: Best Friends" pencils by Craig Yeung, colors by Juri H-C

Saving Abby: No Turning Back art by Anderson Cabral - Love is for the birds. Pampered cat Abby learns more about her rescuer D. in this dystopic sci-fi adventure. 

from "Saving Abby", art by Anderson Cabral
from "Saving Abby", art by Anderson Cabral

Bob & Ted: In the Friendzone art by Louie Chin father and son RPG gamers talk real life issues.

from "Bob and Ted: In the Friendzone" artwork by Louie Chin
from "Bob and Ted: In the Friendzone" artwork by Louie Chin

Big City art by Sean von Gorman (Pawn Shop) two lonely souls encounter each other. A story in tweets. 

from "Big City" art by Sean Von Gorman
from "Big City" art by Sean Von Gorman

Captain, My Captain art by the Eisner award winning Janet K. Lee (Dapper Men) A mutiny aboard a space ship takes an unexpected turn. Scifi! Robots!

from "Captain, My Captain" art by Janet K. Lee
from "Captain, My Captain" art by Janet K. Lee

The Date art by Larry Hama (GI Joe) colors by Eisner award winning Trish Mulvihill (100 Bullets, Batman, Wonder Woman) - A young man frantically rushes to meet his date. A colored version of the black and white short that first appeared in the anthology SHATTERED. 

pencils by Larry Hama, inks by Craig Yeung, colors by Trish Mulvihill
pencils by Larry Hama, inks by Craig Yeung, colors by Trish Mulvihill

PLUS: a new BONUS story "Enduring Love" written by my Comics Experience peer, Marta Tanrikulu and illustrated by Paulina Ganucheau. 

script by Marta Tanrikulu, art by Paulina Ganucheau
script by Marta Tanrikulu, art by Paulina Ganucheau

DOUBLE BONUS!

The stretch goal of $7,500 means you guys get another BONUS story, "Single Serving" by two talented women Ellen Goodlett and Y. Sanders. So Girls Night Out is now up to 44 pages! Backers will get an art preview soon...

REVIEWS:

Some unsolicited reviews about the Girls Night Out series:

"I love @AmyChu's work and I don't care who knows it and you should check out her excellent Kickstarter, you malingerers!" - GailSimone

"I just backed Girls Night Out: The Way Love Goes on @Kickstarter. Nothing but love for the first 2 issues, can't wait!" - @comicsthegather

"I'm reading GIRLS NIGHT OUT now on my new-to-me iPad and holy shit.” @analogtransmit

"A pleasant surprise at @FatJacks -- Stumbled upon "Girls Night Out" books written by @AmyChu and bought them. #goodstuff" @MattMooreAP 

"I just backed Girls Night Out: The Way Love Goes on @Kickstarter and you should too, obviously." - @gimpnelly (aka Janelle Asselin)

"In unrelated Xmas news, my mum gave your Girls Night Out #1 a big thumbs up. She was well impressed with your writing. " @The_JRod 

"I liked the book! A wide range of story styles. I had to remind myself it was all one writer!" @phillamarr 

"If you want to learn how to #makecomics you should pick up Girls Night Out w/ stories by @amychu. What a fantastic bunch of short stories." @danriveraprime 

"Glad I picked up Girls Night Out by @AmyChu. Some very poignant stories inside especially the 1st one. The artists are all outstanding." @bulletfist 

"Just finished and can't wait for the next one! The idea, characters and art are great! Hugh McMullen" @hughadam

For The VIP Room:

"@AmyChu's comic The VIP Room is pretty effing grand."-@accidentalstarr 

"the VIP Room was the first comic I read after the con today and I couldn't wait to tell you how awesome it is!" - @IsaacGoodhart

"Also discovered @AmyChu and her #TheVIPRoom short. Absolutely amazing." - @yngnr

"Did @AmyChu share her wine and doughnuts with me? No, she did not. Photos only." - @tombrevoort (okay that was an endorsement of my food choices, not my comics)

Things you should know:

Girls Night Out is designed to be NEW READER FRIENDLY for everyone. My pet peeve with most comics- they're serialized so it's hard to find a jumping on point. "Love Goes" is a self contained issue, Just like the other Girls Night Out books, it can be read alone or alongside the others. They're not meant to be kids' stories but I'd say it's pretty safe for ALL AGES.This is not a sexy lamp, women-in-fridges kind of book. No one's anorexic looking or has postage stamp sized costumes. My characters don't cuss neither, at least not yet. There's nothing that will embarrass you, your parents, grandparents, or kids (I think.) However, if you are offended by the idea of a few happy characters who happen to be GAY, then this is not a book for you.

Rest assured EVERY PENNY from this Kickstarter goes to the making and distribution of GIRLS NIGHT OUT and the accompanying rewards. Like the previous Girls Night Outs, the money goes to the artists, printer etc.; I'm am not get paid. 

*STRETCH GOALS MET*

For reaching our goal before the deadline, I'm putting together VIB packages (Very Important Backer) for everyone- that include some bonuses including the SCRIPTS, digital wallpapers, coupon codes for future discounts on comics. For those who are pledging the print version, you'll get a few more things (I'm stealing Becky Cloonan's idea for bookmarks...)

*NEW STRETCH GOAL* MET!

Your chance for original art! Lucky backers will get an original sketch trading card (by Ryan Dunlavey, Murilo Martins, Louie Chin and more) in your reward (like a prize in a Crackerjack box- do they still do that?)  At the end of the campaign I will pull numbers, so digital and print backers all have a shot at this. 

*FINAL STRETCH GOAL* $7,000

The Ryan Browne variant cover! If we hit $7,000 I can do a special run of Girls Night Out with a Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts!) cover, which if you know Ryan's work, is CRAZY. It's for the Bob & Ted story and is super cool.  
http://www.godhatesastronauts.com/

*FINAL FINAL STRETCH GOAL* $7,500

INCONCEIVABLE! I didn't think we would actually make the last goal with time to spare, so this will be a mystery one.... but it will be a good one!

WAIT - I HAVEN'T EVEN ANNOUNCED THIS GOAL AND WE PASSED IT! GIVE A GIRL A BREAK!!

**FINAL FINAL FINAL STRETCH GOAL** $8,888

Finally, a real STRETCH GOAL- seriously if we make it, I will be simply AMAZED. EIGHT, in Chinese tradition is a SUPER LUCKY NUMBER. Which means if you contribute to this accomplishment I am sure LOTS of good luck will follow... :-)

If we make this goal, each print and digital backer will get the first installment of LEAP DATE.  This is the story I developed during Scott Snyder's summer writing class at Sarah Lawrence College, set initially during World War II. You will get the 12 page self contained mini-story, set against a larger arc of history. Here's the tagline:
What if you could only be with your one true soul mate for one day every four years?

He didn't fail me, so I consider this Snyder-approved. It's still at the script stage, but this will be the incentive for me to get it finally into print!

Update: As an extra incentive, my wonderful friend Richard Clark has offered to do ONE 8 X 10 black & white commission for a backer at the $35 level or above. We will pull ONE NAME from a hat at the end of the campaign. But you MUST be at the $35 level or above to be eligible. Right now the odds are very good!
Here's an example of a commission which he donated for Ron Marz's charity auction (and which I bought!)
Richard P. Clark
Richard P. Clark
Take a moment and check out his amazing work here: 
http://zippystudio.com/index.php/illustration/gallery/category/comics


REWARDS:

*NEWS FLASH* 
I LOVE DC REWARD - BONUS - artist Alitha Martinez (Batgirl, Iron Man, WWE, and my Vertigo story in CMYK this month) is joining Jamal Igle and me for breakfast! 

Sample friendship bracelet
Sample friendship bracelet
Sample minifig earrings (Loki pictured here)
Sample minifig earrings (Loki pictured here)
Alpha Girl Comic books
Alpha Girl Comic books

THE LETTERING REWARD

For PUBLISHERS or COMICS CREATORS- tHere's a sample of lettering I just did for TOP COW for Darkness: Cover Your Eyes

lettering from p.1 The Darkness: Cover Your Eyes/ courtesy Top Cow Entertainment
lettering from p.1 The Darkness: Cover Your Eyes/ courtesy Top Cow Entertainment
                       

Risks and challenges

1) IT MIGHT BE LATE What I'm most worried about. I think most Kickstarters are late with their rewards, which is why I waited to launch to make sure all the artists on this book were available and could complete the stories. In fact, most of the pages in this book are finished or at the lettering and/or coloring stage.

2) CREATIVE SQUABBLING I've worked with most of the talent on this book before, so I know for a fact, everyone is AWESOME and part of a TEAM *cue Lego music*

3) FULFILLMENT PROBLEMS A very few projects take off like a rocket and overwhelms the ability of the creator to fulfill all the rewards. Or sometimes materials or shipping costs increase and suddenly kill a project. I've already built in a buffer in the budget if this happens. I've also planned the campaign carefully so the rewards are simple to fulfill.

4) The project goes over budget, runs out of money. I'm a trained MBA and conservative budgeter. I've already planned for postal increases, unexpected material costs.

As an EXPERIENCED project manager (go check out my LinkedIn page!) I'm pretty confident I can manage any unexpected issues. In every scenario I can think of (short of heart attack/vehicular accident) you WILL get this book. I'm no Kickstarter virgin - my first campaign for "Girls Night Out: Tales of New York" was SUCCESSFUL and I believe I've got a good handle on how to run this one even bigger and BETTER.

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FAQ

  • No, but if you like I will sprinkle some oregano on top...

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  • Original comic art is incredible value for the amount of work that goes in to them. I've gotten quite a few friends into it- it's wonderfully addicting! Most comic art is drawn (and sometimes inked) on 11" x 17" bristol boards. They are usually BLACK & WHITE - almost all coloring these days happen digitally (exceptions are noted above.)

    Since I now have so many, I frame my collection up using inexpensive glass floating frames from an art store, but you can also pony up more money and get something nice.

    A good way to add to your collection is scout out the Artist Alley at a comic con or go online and figure out which artists you like. Although there are dealers that specialize in comic art, many artists will sell to you directly, even the very established artists!

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  • Absolutely the handmade cinder TOFFEE which was such a big hit in the last campaign:

    Assorted handcrafted CHOCOLATES in a Star Wars, Doctor Who or equally nerdy shapes;

    Assorted COOKIES (also likely in the shape of your favorite geeky characters chosen by me)

    And candies or whatever else I feel like that would make a very nice care package for you or a friend!

    And of course the comics! Two day priority mailed for freshness. Comes with a personalized card from me to you, or you to a friend if it's a gift.

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  • YES! There will only be one print run of this edition and you can get it by itself at the $15 level or with its sister issues at the $25 level. Sorry for any confusion!

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  • Yes, absolutely...

    To get the 20 page one-shot story, the VIP Room (art by Silvio dB), add on $4

    To get an additional copy of GNO: The Way Love Goes (variant or regular cover) add on $5

    To get the two previous issues of Girls Night Out add on $10

    domestic shipping is included. International backers, please add on an extra $1/issue.

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    A virtual HIGH FIVE from me and the creative team behind GIRLS NIGHT OUT. This puts you on the list for all exclusive email/behind the scenes/digital backer updates!

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    DIGITAL REWARD Girls Night Out: "The Way Love Goes" in PDF format + BONUS sketchbook and behind the scenes notes + YOUR NAME listed with THANKS as a Backer in the PDF and on my website.

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    I LOVE DIGITAL All three issues of Girls Night Out: "The Way Love Goes", "Tales of New York" and the original "Other Stories" in glorious color (90+ pp. total) + DIGITAL SKETCHBOOKS from the making of all issues + YOUR NAME listed as a Backer in all the PDFs and on website!

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    The exclusive Kickstarter FIRST PRINT EDITION of Girls Night Out: "The Way Love Goes" SIGNED + everything at the $8 level. I'm only printing one round of this version!

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    I LOVE PRINT The trilogy of GIRLS NIGHT OUT issues "The Way Love Goes", "Tales of New York" "Other Stories" SIGNED + everything at the $12 level

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    FRIENDS A friendship bracelet "I <3 Comics" made by me especially for you + everything at the $15 level.

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    30 backers

    I LOVE ALPHA GIRL COMICS - Every printed issue - all three Girls Night Out issues, The VIP Room, Meridien City Double Issue Edition by Georgia Lee - SIGNED + an "ALPHA GIRL" friendship bracelet + everything at the $12 level alphagirlcomics.com

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    I LOVE LEGO minifigure earrings, your choice of Loki, Bilbo or young Anakin made by me from real minifigs+ everything at the $15 level.

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    *NEW REWARD* I LOVE COFFEE & COOKIES Exhibiting at C2E2 Chicago, NY Comic Con, or Awesome Con in DC this year? I will deliver a cuppa java (or tea) and a box of Girls Scout cookies (your choice-Thin Mints or Samoas aka Caramel Delites) to you (or a friend) at the time you specify. Includes everything at the $15 level and a free photobomb!

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    LOVE HURTS Everything at the $15 level PLUS the beautiful book "Love Hurts" written and illustrated by Murilo Martins SIGNED + plus a friendship bracelet "Love Hurts" www.facebook.com/lovehurtsHQ

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    *NEW* I LOVE BOSTON (well technically, Cambridge) Grab coffee with me before my afternoon signing with Ming Doyle at the Million Year Picnic in Harvard Square Sat June 7. I'll talk about making comics, look at your script, portfolio, whatever. Includes everything at the $15 level plus COFFEE (or tea).

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    I LOVE VEGANS a comics care package with delicious sweet vegan goodies + "I <3 Vegans" friendship bracelet + plus everything at the $15 level. In an 11"x 8" x 5" box Priority Mail shipping.

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    LOVE SUCKS a comics care package with homemade brownies and other goodies, a friendship bracelet that says "LOVE SUCKS" + everything at the $15 level. In an 11"x 8" x 5" box Priority Mail shipping.

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    I LOVE NEW YORK - At NY Comic Con or Special Edition? My favorite New Yorker, comics creator Joe Mulvey (SCAM) and I will challenge you to a game of pool in midtown after the show (or a weekend if you're a NY resident). For an hour, we'll talk comics and whatever you want over a nice cold beverage... while we thrash you. The table fee is included. PLUS everything at the $15 level.

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    I LOVE CHICAGO For C2E2 attendees, before the show starts, breakfast at the Hyatt Regency next to the show with me and the amazing writer/director GREG PAK (Batman/Superman, Action Comics, Code Monkey Save World, Planet Hulk). Talk about comics, film, breaking in - whatever you like (but no pitches okay? He's not allowed to hear those!) Includes everything at the $15 level.

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    I LOVE WASHINGTON DC - Prior to Awesome Con DC, breakfast with me and star artist JAMAL IGLE (Supergirl, Molly Danger, other DC/Marvel titles) Sat or Sun near the convention center. Talk about comics, breaking in, your portfolio, anything. Jamal is a great role model- this is a nice present for aspiring artists (you may bring an offspring 12 and under no extra charge :-)) Includes everything at the $15 level.

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    I LOVE RETAILERS 3 copies of 5 different issues - GIRLS NIGHT OUT, The VIP Room, Meridien City double issue + 3 copies of the next three issues of any comics that I publish. You also get your business LOGO and store listing in the digital issues and on my website. I'll even PIMP your store on social media and sign at your store if I'm in the neighborhood!

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    *NEW* BRIAN SHEARER (IDW Transformers, Doctor Who) original art illustration FISH ON A BIKE 9" x 12" ink on charcoal paper. Includes everything at the $15 level.

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    *NEW* I LOVE CHINATOWN
    Meet me and the fabulous Sun Bros for dinner and brief tour of Chicago's Chinatown. Includes everything at the $15 level PLUS a signed copy of their graphic novel "Chinatown." Sat April 26 Perfect for C2E2 attendees.

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    *NEW* I LOVE SAN DIEGO Shoot the breeze with me and special guest Jimmy Palmiotti over an intimate lunch at this year's San Diego Comic Con (exact day/time TBD but likely Thu, Fri, or Sat) Includes everything at the $15 level plus lunch at Tin Fish right next to the convention center. LIMITED to 4 people!

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    One of the three original art pages colored by escape artist Sean Von Gorman from the BIG CITY story. Sean and I choose. PLUS everything at the $15 level.

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    I LOVE ART One page of original comic art from the Girls Night Out series by Sean Chen, Craig Yeung, Brian Shearer. You specify the artist, I'll pick the page. PLUS everything at the $15 level

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    *NEW* I LOVE VERTIGO - One original art page by Alitha E. Martinez from my upcoming DC Comics/Vertigo story in the CMYK "Cyan" anthology in stores 4/30, chosen by me and Alitha. (see her Batgirl art here http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/07/knightfall-comes-for-batgirl) Includes everything at the $15 level.

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    LOVE LETTERS - I'll professionally letter your 20 page comic. I learned the trade under jedi master DC letterer Dave Sharpe. I've lettered almost all of my own comics (as well as for Top Cow!) Includes everything at the $15 level.

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    *NEW* One page of original art HAND COLORED from the "Captain, My Captain" story by Eisner award winning Janet K. Lee, selected by me and Janet. Includes everything at the $15 level. http://www.j-k-lee.com/

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    I LOOK LOVELY Cameo role in an upcoming comic, Girls Night Out or an equivalent title. You will be named and drawn into at least one panel with a speaking part. PLUS everything at the $15 level. A great gift!

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    *NEW* *Exclusive* dinner with me and Marvel artist Mark Brooks during C2E2 (4/25-26), San Diego Comic Con (7/24-26) or NY Comic Con (10/9-11), PLUS he will sketch something nice just for you during dinner! (or for a young offspring- I'm sure he wouldn't object) This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, seriously. Mark typically charges almost this much for a commission and this includes dinner, PLUS any or all of my comics! http://diablo2003.deviantart.com/

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    COMICS CREATOR CONSULTANT where I help you see your comics to print - everything I would do for my own comic but for YOU- I'll edit your 20-24 page script, help you set up a project budget on excel, make recommendations for the creative talent you need i.e. artist/writer/colorist, and guide you through the printing/epublishing process. I just can't get you into Diamond Previews! Includes everything at the $15 level.

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