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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, April 29 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.

£500
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27
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, April 29 2019 10:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

  "The mishap-prone alien explorer trying to come to terms with humanity is a comedic treat" 

-Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier 

Blop is a Martian scout who is often tasked with missions to Earth. Unfortunately for Blop, he’s quite clumsy, very literal and frequently gets the wrong end of the stick -all of which lands him in plenty of trouble. 

Being the only green Martian among the multi-coloured aliens -and with a preference for hands on, tactile, investigation over distant, clinical observation- poor Blop tends to stick-out from his Martian peers. Blop also has a penchant for knitwear …but more on that in the book! 

Blop and a rainbow of Martian cohorts (Blop's the green one).
Blop and a rainbow of Martian cohorts (Blop's the green one).

I’ve been drawing Blop, in various forms, for many years now. He’s developed across several zines and comic-strips before reaching the right tone and type of stories I want to tell with Blop. This book, along with The Little Blop Book of COOL (Mini-comic, published in 2018) begins the canon of Blop stories.

 Blop: Martian Explorer is a 40-page  comic album that contains two stories and several strips. 

Creating the cover: from sketch to finished design.
Creating the cover: from sketch to finished design.

In What On Earth Do You Mean? Blop is, reluctantly, sent to Earth and ends up living, under-cover, with a human family. He quickly finds out that many things we say can’t be taken at face value and his research definitely won’t be a piece of cake! At 19 pages long, this is the 'main story' of the book.

In progress: the first three pages of "Blop's Super Secret Mission" with flat colours applied, awaiting shadows and highlights.
In progress: the first three pages of "Blop's Super Secret Mission" with flat colours applied, awaiting shadows and highlights.

The second story, Blop’s Super Secret Mission begins with a seemingly routine research mission to Earth, but is soon revealed as part of a renegade Martian leader’s dastardly plan involving the underworld and lots and lots of ...snow. This story is 9 pages long.

Bonus content: One of several short Blop strips also included.
Bonus content: One of several short Blop strips also included.

Included, as a bonus, are several short stories that have appeared previously in anthologies and online. These have been updated and re-coloured to look their best and fit with the two longer stories.

Every story is made for an all-ages readership with the tone focusing on fun and adventure, blending science fiction and humour. 

Specifics:

  • 40 pages (44 including covers and end papers)
  • Full colour, CMYK printing
  • Soft cover/paperback
  • Perfect bound (ie. has a spine) 
  • A4 size (210mm x 297mm) 
There's only one way to see the second page to this strip: back!
There's only one way to see the second page to this strip: back!

I did! But, for the many who have never heard of me: Hello, I’m Alex Hahn.

This bio image is also an example of the portrait commission reward!
This bio image is also an example of the portrait commission reward!

I’m an illustrator and independent publisher, based in the Buckinghamshire countryside. I have been self-publishing zines and comics for the last eight years and since 2013 have exhibited at some of the UK’s best comic cons and book fairs, such as: Thought Bubble, ELCAF, DIY Cultures or MCM.

As an illustrator I have worked with The Guardian, The Big Issue, Shortlist, The Financial Times and Starbucks, among others. 

PortfolioInstagram Twittershop Interview by Broken Frontier

But enough about me, let’s get back to Blop!  

I aim to go to production straight after funding is complete, to begin fulfilment of all the rewards as soon as possible. I will be using project updates to be transparent about the status of the artwork and fulfilment.

  • Copies of Blop: Martian Explorer will arrive before the official launch on 7th June at ELCAF (East London Comics and Arts Festival), 
  • Postcards and the PDF versions of Blop: Martian Explorer will be able to be fulfilled first,
  • Commission rewards will likely be the longest to fulfil as I will be working through these, in chronological order, after the book has gone to print.

Current progress:

Prior to launch: I am pencilling my way through What On Earth Do You Mean?, working from a finished script and rough/thumbnail layouts. 

Blop’s Super Secret Mission is fully drawn, inked and has had flat colours applied; just requiring the shadows and highlights to be added. 

The bonus stories are already finished, as is the cover and the end-papers. 

 These are all the tasty rewards awaiting you generous backers. Dig in! 

Since my awesome backers have helped me reach the £500 goal, now is time for a stretch-goal!

If we can hit £600 I will add four extra pages to Blop: Martian Explorer!

But what will those pages be? Rest assured, they won’t just be filler; during this campaign I have written and thumbnailed a new four-page story: Blop and the Jet Sett (not a typo) which introduces a character that will feature prominently in the next Blop book I want to make. 

So let’s smash that target and make this book a total of 44-pages (41, of which, will be comics!)

Risks and challenges

While my experience as a freelance illustrator makes me well equipped to meet deadlines, it is possible that unforeseen circumstances (like illness or injury, for example) could provide setbacks to finishing the artwork.

I have used Mixam to print several projects, so I am familiar with their workflow and timings. Errors or mistakes made in the production process could cause minor delays, but Mixam are generally very good and fast at sorting things out.

Brexit (yeah, can’t forget that…) may impact prices from manufacturers –for example, the paper may become more expensive- but rather than delays, this could be balanced out by ordering fewer units overall.

As mentioned, I will be constantly keeping backers in the loop via project updates.

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    For being twice as awesome as the “Thumbs up!” backers, you’ll get your name printed, with thanks, in every copy of the first edition and a thank you postcard, featuring Blop, in the post!
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    HELLO BLOP!

    Now we’re into double figures, it’s only fair you receive a copy of the book you’ve helped to bring into the world! This is likely the reward you’re looking for (and is included in many of the bigger pledges).
    As well as the book, you get a Blop bookmark and all the “High Five” rewards (and your postcard won’t have to risk its hide in the post, alone).

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    Pin it on Blop!

    Show your support for Blop in style with a limited edition 35mm Blop enamel pin to go with all the great “Hello Blop” rewards.

    (*This reward also includes free signing and personalisation)

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    Double trouble:

    Like “Hello Blop” but twice as fun, with a second physical copy of Blop: Martian Explorer!

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    Probing Deeper...

    As well as the “Hello Blop” rewards, you will get to explore the complete back-catalogue of Blop zines and comics:*
    •"Blop Comix" (Anthology, featuring several Blop strips),
    •"Blop vs the Cyclops" (mini-comic),
    •"What a lot of Blop" (Zine of Blop drawings) and
    •"The Little Blop book of COOL!" (mini-comic).
    You will also receive the brand new Blop Mini-comic "Blop Amok"**, when it is released later this year.

    That’s six Bloppin’ books and they’ll all be signed! (Limited to nine backers as I only have nine more copies of "What a Lot of Blop" remaining).
    *Some of the older Blop stories -and other content in Blop Comix- are not suitable for children.
    **Blop Amok will be dispatched separately, so you receive your other items sooner.

    Includes:
    • Four comics/zines featuring Blop
    • New Blop Mini Comic "Blop Amok" (Pre-order)
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    A5 Personal Portrait Commission

    Your chance to be drawn posing with Blop!

    You can choose between full-body or waist up (this one allows for more detail) and two compositions:
    •Option A- One adult with a baby, toddler or pet.
    •Option B- Two young children.

    You will receive the original drawing, a high quality colour print of the commission and an internet-ready copy will be emailed to you. You will need to provide some reference photographs for anyone included.
    (Copyright remains with the artist).

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    Name a Martian!

    Your chance to leave a lasting impression in the world of Blop… You get to name one of three Martians (pictured in the campaign details). They are featured on the sticker sheets and will appear prominently in future Blop comics.

    It’s first come, first serve for choosing which Martian you’re naming.

    * Made up words, sound effects and baby-speak are good starting points. Three syllables and under, one word (Martians don’t use surnames) but may contain a hyphen.

    Please avoid human names, obvious pet names, brands, slogans, Boaty McBoatface, obscenities etc.
    (I reserve the right to not use names deemed inappropriate, after all it’s not just for Kickstarter, it’s for life!)

    You also get all of the “Hello Blop” rewards.

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    A4 Group/Family Portrait Commission

    For bigger groups and/or families, a larger picture will fit you perfectly.
    Alongside Blop, the commission can include a mix of the following: • Up to 3 adults (anyone 16+).
    • Up to two children (Toddlers to 15), or an extra adult.
    • Up to two babies or pets, or an extra child.

    You will receive the original drawing, a high quality, colour print of the commission and an internet-ready copy will be emailed to you. You will need to provide some reference photographs for anyone included.
    (*Copyright remains with the artist).

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    Be in the book!

    The “What On Earth Do You Mean?” story contains a crowd scene –and you can be in it, drawn into a panel featuring Blop!

    You also get all of the “Hello Blop” rewards and your book will be signed and personalised.

    You will need to provide some reference photographs
    (*Copyright remains with the artist.)

    Includes:
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    Blopicana

    For the true collectors; You get the –one of a kind- Blop table ornament I have displayed at every convention and book fair since Thought Bubble in 2013.
    Handmade display piece, features a matte print of Blop, wearing a jumper and waving at you, mounted onto grey board and cut by hand.
    Will be signed and personalised, on the back.

    Includes the “Hello Blop” rewards, the collectible Blop enamel pin and a second copy of Blop: Martian Explorer.

    Includes:
    • one-off, 36cm tall, Blop display piece
    • Blop Enamel Pin
    • Blop: Martian Explorer (Physical book)
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