Hi - I'm Emma! You may know me from comics like Life is Strange, Jem & the Holograms, Supergirl, Doctor Who, Alex Rider, Vampire Academy and more...^_^
Comics are my job AND my hobby...I like them a lot. Superheroes, vampires, dragons or spies - all great. However, I'm especially a fan of the sort of slow-burn, real-world, YA, character-heavy, consequence-laden read that I have long felt under-represented on my comic shelves.
And that's where BREAKS comes in!
**WE MADE IT TO STRETCH GOAL #2!**
Once again, thank you - thank you! the Special Love tier is now sold out, but plenty more options still up for grabs, including original commission slots. ^_^ And here's a new stretch goal - something cute and a little bit silly too! (This is a physical reward, but digital backers will receive a high resolution file that can be printed on a sticker sheet. X)
**WOAH! A wild stretch goal appears!**
(EDIT - Triona's work is in for the cover and it's so pretty, you guys! Here's a snippet of our boys. ^_^)
Thank you to each and every one of you who helped us hit the initial print goal in two weeks!
Malin Ryden and I co-wrote a YA drama/romance/LGBTQ+ story that we decided would make a comic that filled that part of our shelves. We like the story so much, in fact, that we have been making it and giving it away for free for six years now! We're already one volume into print (available through all good book retailers thanks to our independent publisher, Soaring Penguin Press), but we felt that the release of book two was time to pull out a special edition via kickstarter. This is about more than funding print and postage for the second book...I've asked for a base amount that JUST covers those costs. However, BREAKS is a comic we make for free and have done for six years so far; if we're able to exceed that asked-for amount & hit profit, then I may get some vital funds towards the creative process of volume three. This volume will contain arc two in full (a glorious 160 pages of comic), but also bonus features and extra content that will be exclusive to this edition. This special content will not be in the standard, paperback release. We get to thank you with this special edition, and you get to thank us by supporting us directly. It's a win-win!
What is BREAKS?
(This chat with Jack Woodhams for Wacom includes a BREAKS section at timestamp 15:03 - if you're curious about the comic's origins or how I make it. ^_^
Two young men discovering who they were, who they are...and who they're going to be. Mistakes of the past meet ambitions for the future in a school-ground battlefield of ego, consequence and toxic masculinity. As a chain of events years in the making is slowly revealed and reckoned with, will what Cortland Hunt and Ian Tanner find in each other be enough to help them through the storm to come? Arc two finds the boys getting used to their newly-found closeness, but - while they may not have the bullying Spencer on their backs any more - there are still a few steps to take if they want to make a relationship work. Families, friends, girlfriends and the past are all going to present challenges they'll need to overcome together. NOTE: this book is recommended for Ages 16+
An intricately woven story, critically acclaimed as both a webcomic and a graphic novel. Funny, touching and occasionally brutal, BREAKS has been a powerful voice in mature, independent comics. Offering an LGBTQ positive story told through a violent and dramatic mystery that has kept readers guessing for years.
Don't take my word for it...take theirs!:
"Brutal and loving, authentically inspiring and authentically awful, Vieceli and Rydén's frenzy of a teen drama is seedy and transcendent and a must." - KIERON GILLEN (The Wicked + The Divine/Young Avengers/Darth Vader/DIE)
"Deftly observed, exquisitely paced and beautifully rendered, Vieceli and Rydén's BREAKS drips with all the teenage awkwardness, schoolyard viciousness and feelgood humour the subject deserves. Should be required reading for all teens, and frankly anyone - by which I mean everyone - who's ever struggled to understand what's in their own heart. Exceptional stuff." - SI SPURRIER (Coda/Sandman-the Dreaming/Doctor Aphra)
"I. Love. This. Book. Between the gorgeous art and expertly crafted story, Vieceli and Ryden’s BREAKS is the kind of in-depth exploration of the heart my inner teenage voice considers necessary for survival. It’s funny, awkward, and heartrending, but above all, BREAKS is genuine. It's everything a teen love story should be." - CHRISTINA STRAIN (Runaways/The Magicians/Generation X)
PREVIEW OF ARC TWO'S OPENING
Arc two starts a new status quo in Ian and Cortland's world after the events of arc one. No spoilers here, but here's a taste of the start of arc two if you're already up to date...
REWARDS ON OFFER
Let's get to the good bit, shall we? Here are the items on offer in this kickstarter...alongside the main event: Volume two in a chunky 180-page, hard back graphic novel, measuring 240x170mm. - remember to check the postage!
Team BREAKS thanks you for helping make this special edition a reality! ^_^
Risks and challenges
With the exception of finalising cover colours and compiling the bonus features, this book is done *fanfare* We're actually already into production on book three; the final arc of the story! So there's no risk involved here...you're helping us to get an already finished book into print in a special edition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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