About this project
Hi I'm Charlie. I'm a comic book writer and illustrator.
I'm running this Kickstarter in hopes of getting my graphic novel, Lilith Dark and the Beastie Tree, printed and in the hands of readers everywhere.
Lilith Dark is a fantasy adventure story aimed at children and adults aged 10 and up. Lilith Dark has grown a loyal and ever increasing audience over the past 2 years through the popular webcomic, social media exposure and convention appearances. Lilith Dark has been featured on many top comics news and art blogs including Newsarama and FourCulture Magazine among others.
A HERO FOR HER.
I came up with the idea for Lilith Dark after taking my daughter to our local comic shop and quickly realizing that there wasn’t really anything for an 8 year old little girl to read. It bothered me that the majority of comics on those shelves were written for 30-40 year old men, and there was practically nothing for kids. It also bothered me that the majority of female characters in those comics were just window dressing, and weren’t the types of characters that my daughter could look up to. It bothered me enough that I felt like I needed to do something about it.
So instead of writing a series of angry tweets, I decided to put my money where my mouth is and I created Lilith Dark - a fierce little girl who likes to pick on her big brother and fight monsters in the backyard.
Lilith Dark is not your typical pink lovin' princess type. She's an adventure seeking, beastie slaying kid with attitude! And don't you think for a second that she's gonna eat that meatloaf. She hates meatloaf.
I want to get Lilith Dark into comic shops and book stores so other kids, especially girls, can have a comic to read that's both an awesome adventure, and age appropriate. But in order to make that happen, I need your help.
WHAT YOU'RE FUNDING...
Lilith Dark and the Beastie Tree will be a 120 page black & white trade paperback collection of Lilith Dark issues 1-6. I need your help to get this story finished and published in a graphic novel format. I still have some pages to finish drawing, but the story is already written and I have more than enough time to get the book finished in time for a Spring 2014 release.
WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?
The $5000 I'm asking for is going toward paying for the initial print run of the book (120 pages b&w), as well as printing and shipping costs for rewards. About 10% of that goes toward Kickstarter and Amazon fees, too. Anything leftover will go toward miscellaneous costs like replacing lost or damaged books, and packing supplies. Of course there are also...
UNLOCKED!!! $6,000: FREE LILITH DARK BOOKMARK!
All print book orders will receive one limited edition Lilith Dark bookmark designed by Nightmaiden artist & writer Jessie Boudrie!
UNLOCKED!!! $8,000: FULL COLOR!
This is the goal we really want to hit, folks. This book deserves to be in full color. Please help me make it happen!
UNLOCKED!!! $10,000: ULTIMATE ZAZZ-PACK!
All print book orders will automatically receive 3 Kickstarter exclusive 8x10" Lilith Dark photo-prints drawn by the fine folks of Zazz Comics- Jessie Boudrie, Joel Poirier, and John MacLeod!
UNLOCKED!!! $12,000: LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR CARDS!
All print book orders $25 and up will automatically receive a set of 6 Lilith Dark Collector Cards! Collect 'em, trade 'em, or stick 'em in your bicycle spokes and make your bike sound like a real life motorcycle!
- Additional Signed book: Add $20 to any pledge level.
- Exclusive 8x10" Lilith Dark Kickstarter print: Add $10 to any pledge level $20 or up.
- Avatar Portrait: Add $25 to any pledge level.
- Digital Comic Character Commission: Add $100 to any pledge level.
- Be The Hero Digital Caricature Commission: Add $100 to any pledge level.
- Design a Beastie Commission: Add $100 to any pledge level.
- Pick-A-Print: Add $12 to any pledge level $20 or up and choose any 8x10" print below (or choose the Pick-A-Print reward for an even better deal).
*International orders please add $30 for shipping. Please contact me about bundling. I know it's expensive, so I'm giving away a FREE Avatar Portrait for every International order with a shipping fee to help ease the pain. :)
SHARE AND SHARE ALIKE!
I hereby publicly pledge that if this Kickstarter campaign is successful, I will help to fund no less than 5 other Kickstarters within the next 6 months. Just one more way for me to thank you all and to give back to the community.
Thank you for supporting this project and helping me get my story into the hands of kids everywhere. It truly does mean a lot to me.
And of course an extra special thank you to my kids Allison and CJ, and my most excellent wife Crystal for encouraging me to keep going and not give up. Thank you all!
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Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are very low. The artwork is about 80-90% complete, and I have ample time to finish the remaining pages in time for a Spring 2014 release. Obviously illness to myself or a family member may cause a delay in the project's completion, but barring any unforeseen life changing incidents I'm definitely on track to finish the book with time to spare.
I've also partnered with Alterna Comics to ensure that the business side of distribution is handled properly by professionals. Alterna isn't a publisher in the traditional sense. In exchange for a small percentage of the profit they'll be soliciting the book for distribution and handling most of the paperwork so I can stay busy drawing and writing. However, I'm still responsible for paying the printing fees out of pocket, which is why I've come to Kickstarter for your help.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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