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THE NEWEST FINAL GOAL:Now that I've reached 171% (which pays for the 3rd and 4th issues) the sky's the limit! Any extra money that's pledged from now on will be used to make this comic book as amazing as possible. Also I'd like to be able to pay for a fancy website to host my comic when I post it online for people to read for free. Right now I'm just planning on posting it on a blog... which is less fancy.
The Goal: The goal for this Kickstarter project is to raise enough money to pay an artist to draw the first 2 issues of a comic book, I wrote, about "A babysitter who fights the real monsters that hide under kids' beds." If this goal is reached the comic book will be posted on the internet for anyone to read for free. (Note: If we make it passed the goal and there's enough extra money an extra issue will probably get made.) If there's enough interest I'll consider a variety of different ways to self publish more issues.
The Ultimate Goal: I wanna entertain people so we can all have a good time.
The Concept: The main character, Jean Hyde, is a babysitter who advertises herself as "being able to handle any problem child" and "isn't afraid of anything". She travels around America searching for "unexplainable" (aka paranormal) events that involve children. She monitors a website she created that's sort of disguised as a paranormal discussion hub for kids. When a kid posts about a personal encounter that sounds legit she investigates it. If she determines that it's real she eventually cons her way into baby sitting for that kid in order to help them. A lot of the kids she ends up helping become her "informants". She ends up dealing with ghosts, monsters, demon possessions, and all sorts of other stuff that the kids' parents refuse to believe are real. The kids always end up getting blamed for the bad things that the paranormal stuff does and the kid gets labeled "a problem child". Because of this getting a babysitter is nearly impossible for the parents and when the main character comes along it's like a godsend. Also she's had problems with law enforcement before because of how things turn out after she's solved the paranormal problem so she always uses fake names and background information. (There's a reason why she decided to do this but as of right now it's top secret.)
There's gonna be a lot of humor in it too.
Basically it's like a mixture of Supernatural, Buffy, Hellboy, Mary Poppins, and The Babysitter's Club.
The Format: It'll start out as series of one shots (this project will be funding the first 2 one shots) that will introduce the concept and characters. If successful it would continue as a series of 1 or 2 issue story arcs to keep it accessible to new readers.
*Jean will be a red head. (There's not enough red headed heroines in comic books.)
*Jean will have a sidekick named Ricky. He's a Filipino teenager who she saved from changelings when he was a little kid. He was kidnapped by changelings when he was a baby, and then kidnapped again from those changelings by another pair of changelings. He basically helps Jean out with everything from, disposing of dead monsters to monitoring the website for cases.
*Jean and Ricky travel around in a creepy van full of all sorts of weapons and research materials about monsters (i.e. comic books and tv shows).
I already have a very talented artist lined up who'd love to work with me on this but she's extremely busy right now. So busy in fact that she hasn't had time to create any promo art for me to share with you guys. You can see some of her artwork here. It pretty much speaks for it's self. (Note: The concept art at the top was done by someone else.)
I've had a ton of fun writing this comic book and I can't wait to share it with everyone.
- Andrew Gleason
If you'd like to get to know my writing style you can read the scripts for the first three seasons of my unfilmed webseries here on my blog.
A "one-shot" is "...a comic book that is a pilot or a stand-alone story created as a single issue, rather than the more typical series format." When I refer to my comic book starting out as a series of one shots what I mean is the first few issues will mostly stand on their own so that they'll be accessible to anyone.
No. I'd never heard of that character until people started comparing Jean Hyde to her in the comments section of Felicia Day's Google+ account when she posted a link to my Kickstarter. I haven't read any Discworld stuff. From what I've read on Wikipedia Jean and Susan are very different. The promo image is just a promo image illustrating the basic premise. Jean doesn't always use a club (or baseball bat wrapped with razor wire). Sometimes she uses crossbows, battle axes, brass knuckles, katanas, etc. Basically anything that kills really good she uses to kill monsters, shadow people, demon possessed robots, aliens, and hairy swamp slobs. Plus so far none of the monsters have actually hidden under the kids' beds. Also Jean is just a regular human with no super powers.
It depends on the kid. If they like monsters and scary stuff then they shouldn't be bothered by the content. I usually don't have my characters use really harsh swear words like the F word. If I do use a harsh swear word I'd bleep it out with random characters (ex: *#$@!). I generally just make up my own swear words for my characters to use. Also there won't be "sexy imagery" in this comic book and there will never ever be nudity in it... ever!
No. I grew up in the Philippines and I like the people. (They're the nicest people in South Asian.) Unfortunately in pop culture Filipinos are usually used as a sexual punchline. "Filipino hookers! It's so funny!" I wanted to make a Filipino comic book character who isn't a punchline. He's a unique individual who's very important in the grand scheme of my comic book's storyline. Also he's obsessed with wanting to be a viking for some strange reason.
Shh... it's a secret.
What's the advantage of choosing a reward that get's me a PDF of the comic book issues without bonus content since you'll just be posting it online to read for free?
The backers who get a PDF of the issues via email will be the first people who actually get to read them. It'll be posted online for people to read for free at a later date. So if your a hipster and wanna be able to say to the rest of the world, "I read the first few issues of Jean Hyde before it was cool... and so did my ugly-sweater wearing cat. He wears non-prescription glasses made for dogs and he does it ironically." you might wanna think about pledging for one of the rewards that includes a PDF of the issues. (NOTE: This was always the plan and I'm sorry I never made it clear until now.)
What kind of Bonus Content would you like? Let me know so I can make sure you're happy with it.
Right now I'm thinking about including the scripts for each issue with notations about "What the hell I was thinking when I wrote" specific panels, some concept art, maybe some sort of teaser for future storylines, and possibly 2 interviews (a regular one and a joke one where I interview myself and end up in the hospital so I can get my face reattached mid-interview.)
I hope it's not a based on a true story! As of what I've written so far the monsters aren't allegorical.
When I was watching the scene in Paranormal Activity 3 when SPOILER!!! the babysitter was scared by the demon wearing the sheet and then later when it farted in her face offscreen from that creepy little room and the babysitter left the kids there sleeping and didn't say anything when the parents got home and won the award for worst babysitter and pulled a "Halle Berry at the Razzies" by accepting it, I thought to myself, "What if a babysitter was prepared for the monster and smashed it to death with a hammer?" - Taken from my Self-Interview on my blog: http://backdoorpilot.blogspot.com/
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