About this project
- Febuary 17th/21st Updates -
We still have a couple of days left to go, but thank you for helping fund this project!
We're at our second stretch goal now! At this point, how fancy I can make the book (such as spot gloss and other means of customization) will be determined by how much we get beyond $2500!
And because we've passed $2800 now, we can definitely choose PrintNinja to print our books!
Again, I'm looking very forward to working with them as my friends have and sharing with you all my story served on quality material!
If we reach $3000, the T-shirts will be available as its own tier, AND as an add-on to existing tiers for $10.
Extra pages for the book itself are already in the making right now, and I'll have them complete by the time the funds are released to me.
Because many existing backers were excited about the keychains and were a huge part of making this campaign possible, I've decided to add a keychain (or three) to most existing reward tiers. If you've pledged $30 or more for a printed book, you'll get one- along with the Pluto Cam pin!
You can choose the charater you'd like- both for the keychain and the bookplate sketch in the surveys that will be handed out when I can get started on fulfilling rewards, and you'll be able to update your address information if it changes closer to the ship date, or change your choices of convention prints as I complete more of them for PR Comic Con.
Highly Experimental (or HiEx in short) is a character-driven sci-fi webcomic about a group of weirdos spending their daily lives at a small academy while getting pulled into mysteries about one boy's very existence. It's beginning its fifth chapter right now and the comic usually updates once a week whenever time permits The purpose of this kickstarter is to make some of these comic pages into a nice little hold-in-your-hand graphic novel so I can sell at conventions and sell online shop.
The subtitle is "Why are We Even Here?" because summing up the events in the book makes this sound cool!
You can read the comic right now at www.highlyexperimental.net!
Or you can read from the beginning or the start of the latest chapter.
Eugene (Geno) Genova, silent by choice, has lived in a middle-of-nowhere mansion turned resarch institution for the entire nineteen years of his life. What started off as a usual faculty drinking night before the school year starts (in which he had to tag along but was only allowed to drink water) turned into an awkward meetup with a new student, a short woman named Terrie Daiquiri, who tries to make friendly gestures with him and it goes kind of wrong.
As their paths keep crossing, they soon become friends, but then Terrie realizes that her reclusive new friend is the center of attention a lot of reasons BEYOND being the child made by science.
Other notable characters include Mary, the other newcomer and probably the only one fascinated by the scientific technicalities of Geno rather than his "winning personality"...
Gary, the eccentric socialite with a lot of information (and three identically arrogant siblings whose names all rhyme)
And then we haveAudrie, the resident herbologist and Terrie's mentor, and Riley... the grumpy janitor just trying to do his job. They're like the main "Adults" of this story.
The concepts of this project began in 2004. I had several ideas for the story over the years, but mostly I just had fun creating characters, giving them personalities, seeing how they'd interact and dressing them up. Eventually, some solid ideas were assembled into a webcomic idea that launched in 2011. You could say the title of this project has also been a fitting description of it. As someone who was heavy into fanart for the many years I've had an online presence, working on this original project has been a fun and amazing experience, and to start publishing this will make the experience even cooler!
The book itself will contain the prologue and first three chapters where Geno meets two newcomers for the first time: Terrie, who he befriends very quickly, and Mary, who seems obsessed with him for what he is more than who. Also included in the book will be the 4-page Otakon 2013 exclusive Mopbot Riley and Audrie comic, and several pages of book-exclusive artwork. The book as it stands at near completion with the artwork being done during this campaign, totalling at 128 pages. It will undergo full-color printing to preserve the blue/grey monochrome and the occasional colored panels.
The funding goal is initially set at $2000 to get as many copies of the book as possible via Ka-Blam digital printing after Kickstarter and Amazon take their fees and shipping charges are calculated and put aside based on the total amount of backers and where their rewards will be shipped to, and prints are ordered.
We can definitely go higher than $2000, but this is the minimum I need to get started. The more funds we raise together, the more books I can order, the higher quality the books can be, and more rewards will be offered to backers. If we raise enough money to make at least 250 book, order via PrintNinja (I have seen their work on Tripping Over You volume 2 and I love it!), I will switch printing plans to there..
Pledging to this campaign will give you some sweet rewards you can choose from. The basic items are:
The book itself, of course!
Prints. The above, 4x6" in size, I've ordered double by accident a while back and so I'll include one with every physical reward tier (where a book or something is shipped to the backer).
There will be reward tiers for th 8.5x11" photo paper prints I sell at my convention appearances (Otakon and the upcoming Puerto Rico comic con). Two new prints will debut this spring (I haven't worked on them yet, and you'll be able to choose three of the whole lot.
Sketched Bookplates If your reward choice includes one of these, I will basically draw a headshot of your favorite Highly Experimental character on a bookplate and slip it into your book.
And we have artwork. I love drawing characters with markers! Take a look at my artwork on Tumblr to get an idea of what kinds of things I'm able to draw (that look good). I'll up the limit if there's high demand for it, but this may delay fulfillment.
Thank you for looking into and backing this project! Feel free to message me any questions you may have.
You can follow me on Twitter (@Cammiluna) if you like that kind of thing!
Risks and challenges
The book is formatted with all the comic pages put together and placeholders left for the artwork/worldbuilding extras. Some prints I have in stock already, and new ones will be drawn after the project is successfully funded.
The total number of bookplate sketches and original art pieces I wind up doing is probably the most deciding factor of how soon or late fulfillment is completed even with my assistants helping to prepare shipments. If anything happens that delays fulfillment, I promise to stay in contact with you guys via updates and twitter as often as I possibly can, and you are more than welcome to message me.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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