We are Leah Lovise (artist) and Vanessa Shealy (writer), the creative team behind the comic book series, COURI VINE!
COURI VINE is a 4-book series that embraces the challenges of being different, space exploration, and GIRL POWER! We need your help to print the next two books.
We decided early on that we wanted to make an action-packed adventure story about a young person who is hiding from her disability, who then discovers that her difference can become her superpower. We're personally inspired by this goal; Vanessa is the mother of a child with autism, and Leah’s father was wheelchair bound due to muscular dystrophy. These two heroes in our lives instill endless admiration. We hope that this science fiction tale will speak to children and adults who live with challenges of all kinds.
The rewards are what it's all about. What we'd REALLY like is for you to have the chance to read the COURI VINE series! We are using this Kickstarter to offer you a chance to get each of the four books.
Young People for the Leader COURI VINE Book 1 - available now!
It’s the year 2345 in a city on the Far Side of the Moon. An eleven-year-old girl named COURI VINE longs to be one of the popular kids, despite her embarrassing life support helmet. But, when she turns in the homework she copied from a book at home, her grandfather, Doo Dad, is taken prisoner. Desperate to get him back, Couri uncovers a message from Doo Dad: she must fly to Earth to retrieve his old InData device. Reluctantly, Couri sets off on an adventure that will change everything.
Read it for FREE during our KickStarter! We will be releasing one page per day of our first book, Young People for the Leader COURI VINE, so you can read it for FREE by the warm glow of your computer screen or mobile device.
Journey to the Planet Earth COURI VINE Book 2 - available now!
Couri gets the rocketship started and takes off for Earth, where she finds Doo Dad’s InData device. When she arrives, she is pursued on land and sea by the evil Anaxia Nervosa.
Hostages COURI VINE Book 3 - available through THIS Kickstarter!
While Wryon tries to cover for Couri at the Moon Gladitorial, Couri learns the origins of a dangerous compound, Sathrite, but not before Enforcers seize her and take her to the Near Side of the Moon.
And, for our STRETCH GOALS, the final chapter...
Sacrifice COURI VINE Book 4 - currently in production
Couri realizes her power to stop the Moon Leader, but in using that power she does irreparable damage to her life support system. What further damage can Moon Leader Todal do now?
While we really want to send you the comic as a reward, we are grateful for help at any giving level. And we have some cool STICKERS to send you to say thanks!
If you've been following our journey with COURI VINE, you may remember that we spent about two years conceptualizing, planning, rethinking, writing, rewriting to finish the scripts for a four book series. And now we have nearly completed the first series!
We did a KickStarter in 2014 to print 1500 print copies of Young People for the Leader COURI VINE Book 1. In 2015, we completed and printed Journey to the Planet Earth COURI VINE Book 2. With 1500 copies in print of each of those books, we have successfully placed ourselves on Comixology, in over 15 Comic Book Shops around the country, spoken on panels, been interviewed about our work for podcasts, and print, and sold copies on our website, COURIVINE.com.
By having the COMPLETE FOUR-BOOK SERIES available in print, we can finally promote this exciting story in a real way, and take it further! Your support will help propel production, and printing the concluding book of our four-part comic book series.
OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $7,000.
This will cover productions costs, a test print run of 200 copies, an additional print run of 1,500 copies so we can get it in front of our audience, in stores, and at comic cons. This also includes printing costs for stickers, equipment costs, shipping, tax, and KickStarter fees.
STRETCH GOAL #1: RAISE $10,000.
This will cover printing and shipping cost for the thrilling conclusion, Sacrifice COURI VINE Book 4!
STRETCH GOAL #2: RAISE $15,000.
This will cover ComicCon and Indie Media Expo entry fees. It will also cover printing for a retractable banner with stand that we'll have at our display table, it covers travel expenses, and recoups expenses from printing book 2.
"What about other expenses? It takes a lot of time to write and draw an entire comic book series, let along one with an epic story accompanied by gorgeous full-color illustrations. How are two gals, the artist/writer team, able to cover day-to-day expenses?" you might ask. Don't worry!
You can also support us by becoming our patron, through our PATREON site! Our patrons will have access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content including time lapse videos of Leah inking, coloring, and designing our latest book. See our Patreon page to learn more.
What people are saying…
"Probably the most exciting to me is Couri Vine by Vanessa Shealy and Leah Lovise. It’s about Couri, a young girl with a disability who “discovers that her difference can become her superpower.” - @s_orem
"Couri Vine also adds to a welcome, increasing niche in the comic book industry: a series written and illustrated by women about a female protagonist. The new series joins the ranks of fellow girl-power pieces, such as Batwoman and World’s Finest." - Tom Johnson
"My daughter is captivated! She won't stop asking me when the next books are coming out." - Wendy Herlich (mom to Vera)
"Couri Vine is a new kid’s comic Kickstarter from all-woman team of Leah Lovise and Vanessa Shealy, with colouring by Indigo Rael, and it’s pretty darn cute. . . .I don’t know about you, but I am always here for girl detectiving and adventuring." - Women Write About Comics
Risks and challenges
BOOKS 1, 2, and 3 are complete! As in, printed copies are available now! But, we need to print a larger run of BOOK 3 for distribution, comic cons, and to put before the eyes of our audience. The fund raising goal will cover these expenses for the release of BOOK 3.
BUT, we'd REALLY like to reach our STRETCH GOALS so that we'll have the funds to produce, print, and distribute BOOK 4. The 32-page conclusion of the COURI VINE series is scheduled to release early next Summer.
We can reach our goals with your support. Any possible delays have been accounted for, and we've considered as many potential issues as possible. We are confident in our fulfillment schedule and are ready to completing the 4-book-series of COURI VINE.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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