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NEW Stretch Goals!
$30,000 - Hit Funding Goal!
$33,000 - PDF of Sketched pages of Sithrah 3 - UNLOCKED!
$36,000 - CTC Logo Patch & Sithrah 3 Wallpapers - UNLOCKED!
$39,000 - New Sithrah T-shirt Design - UNLOCKED!
$42,000 - Digital Download of Hi-Res Cover Posters - LOCKED
$45,000 - Making of Sithrah PDF book - LOCKED
Hi, my name is Jason Brubaker and I have been working on graphic novels since 2006. My first book series called reMIND took seven years to complete. In 2015 I quit my great paying job at Dreamworks Animation to work on SITHRAH full-time and I am now raising funds for the 3rd book in the series. (Curious what I worked on in Hollywood? My IMDB page here)
SITHRAH is a sci-fi about a little girl trying to find her father after their plane crashes in a unfamiliar land. That's when she starts seeing an invisible creature, called SITHRAH, who has been following her around. It's not long until she runs into a young man named Dino who is running from his own ghosts. Together they set out to find her missing father wherever the evidence leads.
This series will be 6 books long when complete. Each book will have a different color cloth binding.
How Do Add-Ons Work? (DOMESTIC ONLY PLEASE)
(If you are International and REALLY want to add something to your order, please message me and we can work out the shipping costs)
I'll be adding more Add-Ons to this section as the campaign grows so please check back for more soon!
Sithrah has been a big experiment with the comic format by mixing subtle prose with comic panels. My hope is to blur the lines between comics, children's books, and novels without making it jarring for the reader. Here are a bunch of double page spreads from book 3.
Most of my inspiration comes from the comic artists of the 90's when I refined my drawing style. Later I became influenced by Miyazaki's movies and storytelling and have been trying to make comics that have a similar depth and feeling.
Feel free to read through my archive at Webtoons.com where I post weekly updates. I will continue to post new pages online until the full story is complete.
SITHRAH 3: The Symbol - will be 192 full color pages in a hardcover book with a cloth binding. 1000 copies will have a signed and numbered bookplate. The interior pages will be printed on thick, high quality paper printed with the same care and attention to detail that I put into reMIND Volume 1 and 2. The retail price will be $24.95.
SITHRAH 2: Propositions (160 pages)
SITHRAH 1: Kingdom of the Air (96 pages)
November at the latest! In other words, JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! This will make a great Christmas present for kids and adults. :) So make sure to stock up and add lots and lots of copies as stocking stuffers.
Okay, let me backup and explain how this will happen...
SITHRAH 3 will be ready to go to the printer shortly after this Kickstarter ends. The printing process will take about 3 months for the proofs, printing and shipping. This means I'll probably be getting the books around September or October. I have helpers who will help me fulfill all the orders again and so we will try to get everything shipped within a month. (depending on how big this campaign gets)
I put November as the shipping date as an absolute worst case scenario but I am estimating that the books will be in my garage by September and I will start shipping them out soon after that.
People ask me why I chose to self-publish SITHRAH and reMIND. Well, when I started this my dream was to get the best agent and publisher and take the world by storm with my graphic novels. What I learned is that nobody cares about what you want to do until after you prove yourself. So I started posting pages online in 2009 to try to grow an audience and sure enough, a small group started following my progress. Later I applied for the self publisher's Xeric grant in 2010 and won $5000. This convinced me to fully commit to self-publish and it was then that I launched my first kickstarter back in 2010. To my surprise I raised over 12 thousand additional dollars to help print my first book. Then in 2012 I launched a second campaign for reMIND 2 and it raised a whopping $107,500! Although it was a crazy big campaign delivering so many books, it all worked out. Better yet, I now have a distributor for my books which was one of the biggest problems to overcome with self-publishing.
The funny thing is now that I have beautiful books published I am approached by publishers like I had dreamed about. I could easily sign a contract with a publisher but in being forced to self publish, I have also fallen in love with it. I can make the books exactly how I want them to look and reprint them whenever I want. I can focus on what's important to me instead of what's important to a publisher. It's a ton of work and I still have a lot to learn but overall I love self-publishing now. Thanks to Kickstarter and you guys for helping me I'll keep doing this as long as I can. :)
My business plan is to continue printing high quality first-printing books that are numbered, rare and sending them directly to my customers. The second and third printings will be manufactured more with mass distribution in mind.
I hope the quality of my books are apparent as soon as you see them on the shelf and even more so when you slowly flip through the pages. My goal has always been to make a coffee table book that also happens to be a comic.
Now lets talk about where the money will go. I plan to print 3000 copies of SITHRAH 3 in China which will reduce my costs big time.
3000 copies = $14,000
Shipping of my last campaign was $13,000
Fees and Taxes +$3,000 (low estimate)
FUNDING GOAL = $30,000
It seem like every time I launch a Kickstarter the shipping prices go up a few times before I finally ship out the books and so this is all still a pretty low estimate of everything.
All single book domestic orders will get free shipping.
International orders will be charged $22 for shipping 1 book. Canada and Mexico will be charged $14 for 1 book. Multiple book tiers will be charged International shipping according to weight. I know it adds up. Sorry, there's nothing much I can do to lower the shipping costs though.
Add Ons are domestic only please. But if you really REALLY REALLY want to add on something to your international order then please message me and we can work out the details of how much you should pledge. :)
ART CONTEST - SUBMIT YOUR ART!
Just like my past publications, I want to include some guest art in the back of the printed book. And so… ART CONTEST!!! Submit your art during the month of February to get a chance at getting it published in the gallery of Sithrah: Book 3. Send me your amazing artistic version of the Sithrah characters to be printed in the book... FOREVER! I will credit you in the book too. These are the winners that were printed in Sithrah 1:
The page dimensions are 6.75 inches (wide) x 10.5 inches (tall). Please make sure all art is 300dpi when scanned. The deadline for submission is the end of February 2017. Please send all submissions to CoffeeTableComics@gmail.com for consideration. The following month, I will display all the entries for everyone to see and vote on their favorite. Then I'll pick the final winner(s) for the book. :)
Remember that Kickstarter is an All-or-Nothing system. If I can't raise the full amount in the time given then I won't get anything. :(
Thanks for your support in making SITHRAH the best graphic novel series it can be!
I can't express in words just how much your support means to me and my family. Thank you again and again.
Risks and challenges
This will be my 6th Kickstarter campaign and I have successfully delivered all the rewards in my last campaigns. I am even more prepared and confident that it will be a super smooth campaign.
For instance, before I would have 80% of my book finished, but this time I have it 100% finished. I have people in place to help me with shipping again. Not to mention I am working full-time on comics now instead of just after I get home from work. I have gone above and beyond to deliver on all my past campaigns even to the point of getting freelance jobs to help finish paying for stretch goals that the campaign didn't fully fund.
There is always a chance that something could go horribly wrong and delays could happen but I have given myself a few extra months of buffer time if anything goes down. Thanks for trusting again. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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