Superheroes, from a civilian perspective.
Timber doesn't even know their roommate is a superhero yet. In fact, the main character doesn't really like or appreciate superheroes, because of the massive destruction to people's physical and emotional lives that they bring to everyone's doorstep.
Non-binary and genderfluid representation.
It's going to be a lot of work, but I'm doing my best to depict the book's two main characters, Timber and Stevie, as NB and fluid, respectively. Originally, the two main characters were women, but I wrote that draft in a different life. I'm NB myself and while I do enjoy works that militarize and politicize our gender, this representation will be quiet and subtle. Normal. I'm avoiding awkward conversations about what's in everyone's pants (although the occasional vague joke has been planned), and if there is a physically intimate/romantic scene, special care will be taken to keep things tasteful, respectful, and vague.
Originally, Capeless! was going to be a series of comic books, but it turns out I write novels more efficiently than I can illustrate them. Still, I fully intend to create art for the book. At minimum, this will be:
- Cover images
- Illustrations of main characters and featured superheroes/villains.
Anything beyond this will depend on how much steam you and I can gather. Here's the original cover, which needs to be re-drawn once I re-address what the characters look like.
UPDATE 13 NOVEMBER 2018
I made a mockup of what the cover might look like, with Timber getting pulled by a marionette cross and Plasma's tendrils.
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There are now add-on items available. If you want one, you'll have to edit your pledge (but not your tier) to cover the extra cost, then message me so I can keep track of it.
What I'll do with the money
I'm going to self-publish. The money will go to:
- Printing costs of books ordered by backers (estimated 90 books in first run).
- Domestic shipping costs to backers.
- Production and binding of concept art booklets.
- Paying for an editor.
- Paying to get the book formatted for print.
- Some promotional merch.
- Feeling like someone actually wants to own a copy.
Risks and challenges
Capeless! is a story that I've been working on, in some form or another, since 2010. It's had so many different forms and iterations, but I think that this time, I'm finally going to make it. I'm basically scraping the meat off the bones of the original three versions, and putting something new on it. I'm writing the rough draft during NaNoWriMo by the seat of my pants, and after that I'll be editing and illustrating as much as I can of the book. I'm in the military and don't know if I'll deploy between now and the estimated delivery times, or if I'll have much access to the internet if I do. I'll be sure to update my backers if something like that is going to inhibit my project that much. This will also be the second novel I write, and hopefully the first I manage to illustrate and publish.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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