Hi, my name is Jason Brubaker and this is my Kickstarter campaign for SITHRAH book 4!
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.
Book 4 will focus on their journey across The Deep to try to find Light City.
This series will be 6 books long.
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.
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 SITHRAH for free at Webtoons.com.
SITHRAH 4: The Deep - will be 176 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 the first three books. The retail price will be $24.95.
SITHRAH 3: The Symbol (188 pages)
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 4 will be ready to go to the printer about a month after this Kickstarter ends. The printing process will take about 2 months for the proofs, printing and shipping. This means I'll probably be getting the books around October. I have helpers who will help me fulfill DOMESTIC orders again and I will have an international distributor fulfilling the single book orders for INTERNATIONAL orders 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.
Now lets talk about where the money will go. I plan to print 2500 copies of SITHRAH 4 in China which will reduce my costs big time.
2000 to 2500 copies = $12,000
Shipping of my last campaign was about $10,000
Fees and Taxes +$3,000 (low estimate)
Leftover Production Costs $2000
FUNDING GOAL = $27,000
Well, I was finally able to reduce the International shipping this time. :)
International shipping is unfortunately very expensive, but I have managed to reduce the cost quite a bit since the last Kickstarter. I've partnered with a EU distributor to help reduce the international costs and so I'm happy to say we are now EU Friendly!
I will add a shipping chart for Add-Ons as soon as I figure out how to do it best. Check back before the campaign is over to see how to add individual items to your pledge.
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 March to get a chance at getting it published in the gallery of Sithrah: Book 4. Send me your amazing artistic version of the Sithrah characters to be printed in the book... FOREVER! Try to keep the art from having any spoilers of the next books or they won't be able to be included in the contest. If you make it into the book, you will be credited with your art. 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 March 2018. Please send all submissions to CoffeeTableComics@gmail.com for consideration. The following month, I will display all the entries for everyone to see and we can all vote for our favorites. 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 8th 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 me again. :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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