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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.
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