Update: We now have stretch goals!! Scroll down to the Stretch Goals section to read more!!
Star Bright is an all-ages, slice-of-life comic with LGBT characters set in contemporary England, following a young girl named Zoe and her extra-terrestrial friend, Star.
When lonely teenager Zoe wishes upon a star, she never thought it would crash into her garden carrying a new friend. Now Zoe needs to help Star navigate Earth culture... but is Zoe really helping Star, or is Star helping Zoe?
In 2015, I was looking for a creative partner to work with on a comic project. My friend & writer Rob Zwetsloot had a spark of inspiration for a new story centering around a new character...
A cute alien girl.
Thus, Star Bright was born! Over the last three years, Rob and I have worked to bring this comic to life & show the world the adventures of Zoe and Star.
Late in 2017 I printed a small staple-bound preview of the first chapter of Star Bright. Now that the webcomic is complete, we want to collect all six chapters into a book, complete with redrawn and improved pages, a comprehensive lettering overhaul and bonus chapter illustrations. Rob and I love our girls so very much and we are really excited to bring them straight to you via this Kickstarter!
We're keeping it simple but still want to celebrate this occasion - check out the special bonus rewards you can pick-up alongside a copy of the book!
Charms come in cute little pink, blue or purple organza bags and with gold sparkly straps and have a different assemblage of amethyst beads, gold sparkly beads and tiny gold metal stars. Every charm has been individually assembled by me and is a little bit different. I will not be remaking these charms so this is your only chance to get one!
* Zoe & Star art not final.
Here is a projected breakdown of how our funds will be used.
The majority of the money will go to printing the book. A small portion is needed to cover Kickstarter & PayPal's fees and also for the printing of the extra pledge items (prints, postcards etc). Postage, while not the biggest cost in our Kickstarter, can be the trickiest to fulfill and so as a safety net in case there are any mishaps we're leaving ourselves a leeway of 10% of the initial goal amount to ensure smooth fulfillment.
We have some humble stretch goals in mind to bring the best possible version of Star Bright to you that we can!!
£1,700 - while at our basic funding level we are able to print the comic, it's technically not all of Star Bright. Almost every year since Star Bright began, I have drawn extra comics for Christmas and also a special bonus comic for a convention's conbook here in the UK. And where better to collect them altogether but in the graphic novel?!
Also at this stretch level we'd like to include a selection of illustrations I've drawn from over the years since the comic's creation. Personally I love it when creators choose to include sketches, extra comics, illustrations etc in the back of their books, so I'd love to do the same.
£2,000 - Wow!!! First of all, we'd just like to say THANK YOU for supporting our lil comic!! With this level of support we are just overwhelmed with kindness. That's why for this stretch goal we want to give something back to you, our backers, in the form of a brand-new comic that will be bundled along separately with the book - an epilogue comic!
Rob has actually had epilogue stories for Star, Zoe, Robin & Sarah in his brain since forever, but now we finally have a chance to make them real. If we reach this goal, every single backer with a physical reward will receive a copy of this extra comic at no extra cost, a gift from us to you to thank you for making this book real! I better get to drawing! ✏
We'd like to offer special thanks to friends & fellow comic creators Alex Assan and Tab Kimpton for all their advice and tips on building this campaign and helping us figure out funding. We are eternally grateful for your kindness and patience!
Also a big thanks to 8ROKEBOY on Soundcloud for very kindly letting us use his music for our video. Check out his stuff!
Risks and challenges
The comic is already completed and the artwork is finalized, minus a few new extra illustrations that are on the way. While this is my first kickstarter and project this size, I am experienced as an illustrator with printing and book-making and am confident in my ability to provide fulfillment.
There's always a risk that things like print turnarounds and packing & mailing parcels etc will take a little longer than expected as I also work full-time, but I will keep everyone updated and be transparent 100% of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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