This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, March 31 2019 1:30 AM UTC +00:00.
It all began on International Tabletop Day of 2018 when a group of friends sat down to play a game of Monster of the Week. We found that not only had we created a great set of characters, but we also had a great world concept - and more importantly, we had a story we wanted to tell to others.
That's how we started. Blair and Ken, as well as a number of their gaming friends, created a world in which a simple, average young woman named Mitzi Rathbone was the last of King Arthur's bloodline. It's all up to her, along with her friends (and a certain wily wizard) in the Camelot Court Trailer Park located somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains to rebuild the famed Round Table, and find and train knights to take on Mab, the Faerie Queen of Air and Darkness and her minions.
We're really so excited to be able to share this with you, and we really hope you're excited to see the story play out!
The story of Camelot Court is ultimately one of friendship, and devotion, but also tragedy and duty. Like Sir Thomas Malory's Le Mort d'Arthur, we have taken certain liberties with the story of Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, in order to bring you a modern version of what that might look like...If you set it in an Appalachian Trailer Park, and made all the lead characters incredibly flawed people, but bound them together through years of trusted friendship. Our story starts with our heroine, Mitzi Rathbone talking directly to the audience as she introduces everyone she knows, including the curmudgeonly old wizard, Merlin. This is done through exposition as the events in our first issue have already happened. She is telling the story of how all these things came to be, how she met Merlin, how the rest become knights, how she gains the title of Once and Future King (Yes, even though she's a she). All of this is leading somewhere, and it's up to the reader (You) to hear her story, as she recounts it on the brink of something truly terrible that is about to occur...But we will get to that in due time.
Through Mitzi's retelling of her and the knights tale, we will see familiar characters, like Queen Mab, Morgan le Fey, and even traitorous Mordred the Usurper King. Through all the ups and downs, rights and wrongs, and twists and turns, we hope, more than anything, that you enjoy these characters and their shenanigans as much as we enjoy writing them.
This is our first issue of what we're expecting to be a limited series run. We have a specific story to tell, and that's our goal. We're not holding ourselves to a specific limited number of issues, though we expect it to run at least 5 issues.
We're in a good place right now, as far as creation goes. At this current moment (when this Kickstarter goes live), we've got the first issue completed, with the exception of sending it off to print. We wanted to make sure that before we began this crowdfunding endeavor, that you, the people who are going to make this happen, wouldn't be left hanging or unable to receive your products in a reasonable time. We've put a lot of effort into making sure that we don't let y'all down.
Please allow us to introduce the members of the creative team that have brought this comic to you. It has been an amazing experience working with each of the members - we immediately "clicked," and had a great time in general.
First, the writers -
Blair Riddle is a human representation of the Pokémon Trubbish. She’s a hot mess, a stay at home mother of three amazing human beings, an aspiring writer, and a lover of pizza. She’s got an awesome husband and a bunch of super cool cats. Her previous work involves a whole bunch of fanfic she refuses to acknowledge having written.
Kenneth Centers is a stay at home husband and father, a longtime nerd and avid role player, former gambler, former chef, and now he’s looking to be a former writer. His previous work is the Neo-Noir Sci-Fi title Astropunk. Oh, also he’s the least talented member of the team.
Our amazing artist -
Omar Zaldivar began working in comics and illustration in 2014, working for different independent publishers of the E.U. like Zenescope, Kid Comics, Printed in blood, Freefall Australia, Ink Forged, and more. He was among the winners of the Lost in Space Award: The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Anthology 2015, and has participated in several independent comic campaigns with interior art, covers, digital color and character design. In 2017, he started working on his first authorial project called Vlayne 7.
Our awesome letterer -
Micah Myers is a comic book letterer and occasional writer from Portsmouth, VA. He has lettered books for Image, Dark Horse, Aspen, Starburns, Scout, Lion Forge, Darby Pop, and many more. He has also lettered a ton of crowdfunded, self-published, and pitch comics. He also created his own series about a villain team called The Disasters and heads up a pro wrestling comic anthology called Kayfabe.
And last but certainly not least, our great editor who made sure everything was pushing forward and the best it could be -
Editor Shawn M. Greenleaf jokingly calling himself the 'Leditor.’ Shawn is an editor, letterer, and comic book production guy. He edits Camelot Court and works on a collection of other independent or self-published comics. The list includes the Escape From Jesus Island, Astropunk, Oathbound, The Infernal Pact, Full Moon Fredo, Cthulhu Williams, Gorilla My Dreams, Psychopath, and others. When shirking his responsibilities (which he does as often as possible, like the true GenXer he is), he can be found gaming (tabletop RPG, board games), sleeping, or watching B movies while high.
We've broken down everything that we need, money-wise, to make this project happen. As you can see from the graph below, we're not seeking to make a profit off of this. But while we were fortunate enough to find a way to pay for the creation of issue one upfront, we can't do that again. This is where you all come in. Everything we make from this Kickstarter will go to the printing and shipping of issue one or be immediately pushed forward into the production of issue two. If we reach higher than our goal? It's all going straight into helping us get to cons to get our work out there, to other interested people, like you.
Risks and challenges
Obviously, we've done everything we can to make sure that you are going to not only get your product, but get it quickly. But, things can (and do) happen. We've ensured that everything we have for the comic - high resolution pages, the script - are saved and protected in multiple places. We could, of course, run across problems with the printer, or with shipping that causes us to get the items at a slower rate than we expected, but if that happens, we will keep every single one of you informed, and do everything we can to make things right.
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