Hello! We are Leah Lovise (artist) and Vanessa Shealy (writer) and together we created Couri Vine, a brand new comic book that we need your help to publish. Yeah, we’re girls. And we’re also friends. And we're really serious about creating stories that convey girl power, multicultural characters, sustainable living, disability, and, of course, living on the moon!
It’s taken us about two years to conceptualize, plan, rethink, write, rewrite, draw, redraw, color, and finally finish this book. So now we really want people to read it! We started this KickStarter so that we can print 1500 print copies. With that many copies – we can sell them (online and at festivals), submit them to publishers, and most of all, entice people to support us as we work on the next three books, which together make up the first complete COURI VINE Story.
Synopsis - Couri Vine: Young People for the Leader
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.
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.
We're asking for $3,000, (and now $4000 - stretch goal!) and here's what we plan to do with it:
- $1,798 - this is the quote we selected from One Touch printers for 1500 saddle stitched copies of the 28 page book (we're holding 500 to use as promotional, so we can gather interest for the next books).
- $300 for KickStarter and credit card fees (about 10% of our total goal).
- $100 for taxes (that's 25% of anything non-deductible).
- $600 mailing and postage
- $100 web hosting and marketing
Which brings us to $2,898, so in Kickstarter world that means we better round it up to $3,000, since there's probably some fees that we didn't know about. Plus, we like round numbers.
STRETCH GOAL FUNDS: One thing that creating a comic book for the first time has taught us is that you can't do this ALONE! An extra $1000 will go toward artist stipends so we have help with the tremendous task of creating Book#2!
Notice that at this fundraising level we aren't taking any money for ourselves, or putting aside any money for our collaborators. We've been funding this project ourselves for the past 2 years. If we exceed our Kickstarter goal maybe we can finally pay down some of these nasty credit cards we've been living on. But not before we implement some awesome stretch goals.
Yes, the reward is what it's all about - we want you to have a copy of the first book, like this:
This charming chap is holding one of the 50 copies that we printed for the STAPLE! Independent Media Expo in Austin, TX, where we SOLD OUT immediately. Of those 50 copies, here's what @s_orem said about the copy she bought:
"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.”
Leah Lovise is an illustrator, graphic designer, motion graphic artist, and animator. Her projects include animation for Warner Independent Pictures' A Scanner Darkly, post-production graphics and compositing for The History Channel, motion graphics for a variety of television and video production companies including Elephant Productions, Arcos Films, and Polyvinyl Pictures. Leah is a contributing illustrator for the Austin Chronicle. She also works in UI/UX design for iOS and Android mobile Apps. Leah is passionate about developing visual ways of approaching solutions. She lives in Austin, Texas and can be found at LeahLovise.com
Vanessa Shealy is a writer, actor, and producer whose full-length plays include Tea in the Afternoon, American Drum Circle, and One, Two, Whatever you do. Her short plays include A Captive Audience, Cataracts, Let Me Take Care of You, and Naked. Her work has been published by Estrogenius Press and Indie Theatre Now. She has also won awards for television writing from the Nickelodeon Writing Program and Scriptapalooza. Vanessa is a lover of the solo show and live storytelling genres and frequently performs in or curates festivals throughout New York City. She can be found at VanessaShealy.com
Indigo Rael is an actress, writer, filmmaker, illustrator, trash artisan, and explorer of all things creative. Her experience working with children at the after-school program called CreativeAction reinforces her passion for environmental activism, encouraging reuse and repurposing of materials. When Indigo isn't assisted Leah with digitally coloring, she is a mermaid princess named Polly Mermaid.
We proudly feature in our Kickstarter video original music by Leila Louise Henley and Josh Robins of The Invincible Czars, a band from Austin, Texas who has become known and lauded for their sprawling catalog of original material and for arrangements of classical works such as Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and 1812 Overture. Rock out at their website: InvincibleCzars.com
SPECIAL THANKS goes out to the following heros:
- Editor extraordinaire, Angela Pires (AngelakPires.com),
- The beautiful young actress, Indya Kevern,
- Brilliant and endlessly talented, Litsa Litsa for voice-over and creative counseling (aLitsa.net),
- Production powerhouse John McIver (ElephantProductions.com) for shooting and production assistance,
- Web developer and master of the universe Steven Olson. See his mastery and skill at our our website, CouriVine.com!
Thank You for your ongoing support!
But wait, there's more...
What happens after this Kickstarter?
This Kickstarter is just for PART ONE of a four part series, so we really need a Kick in the Start to get this going in a way that we can sustain it. We are already working on books two, three, and four.
Over about a year's time we plan to release each book on a digital platform, followed by a limited printed run. Below are blurbity blurbs for each of the subsequent books:
Book Two: Journey to the Planet Earth Couri gets the rocketship started and takes off for Earth, where she finds Doo Dad’s InData device, but is pursued on land and sea by the evil Anaxia Nervosa.
Book Three: Hostages Couri learns the origins of a dangerous compound, Sathrite. Enforcers seize her and transport her to the Near Side of the Moon where Moon Leader Todal reveals his evil plan.
Book Four: Sacrifice Couri realizes her power to stop the Moon Leader, but in using it she does irreparable damage to her life support system. What further damage can Moon Leader Todal do now?
Risks and challenges
The book is completely finalized, which means it's just printing and fulfillment from here on out. And we feel confident in our fulfullment plan. The October shipment date is set to account for any possible delays. We've covered as many of the potential issues as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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