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CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE

A new comic-book about a pair of remarkable heroes, and their friends -- done in the style of classic kids' comics of the 1960s-1980s.

CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE

A new comic-book about a pair of remarkable heroes, and their friends -- done in the style of classic kids' comics of the 1960s-1980s.

$267
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 2 2019 3:24 AM UTC +00:00.

About


All my life, I've loved comic books.  However, the comics I loved most weren't called "super-hero comics."  They were called "kids' comics" -- the classic and fun comic books of the 1960s through to the 1980s that featured different kinds of heroes.  Some of them were everyday kids who happened to be fabulously wealthy but for whom wealth never hardened their hearts.  Some were gentle ghosts.  Some were good-hearted witches.  Some were just great big giant baby ducks who only wanted to live and play, in a world that hunted them.  Some were fantastically-strong and loved to eat and vivaciously met the world with their head held high.  Some had peculiar fashion-sense that they wore on their literal sleeves without shame.  And, all of them were proud of who they were.

 As I got older, I never outgrew my enjoyment of those classic comics -- the unambiguously-righteous super-heroes and the classic kids' comics of the 1960s to the 1980s.  But, they became fewer and farther between on the comic shelves.  And I missed them.  I still miss them.  I miss them so much, in fact, that I've decided to produce a comic of my own that I hope will mirror the way those old comics made me feel when I read them.  

This Kickstarter draws upon these ideas ands goals to bring a comic book called CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE 80-PAGE SUMMER FUN SPECTACULAR -- issue #14 -- to life. 

Extended Play Comics is a comic-book company that exists in a world where the classic kids' comics style of the 1960s through the 1980s still reigns ... and where one of the most popular comic books is called CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE.  This Kickstarter's purpose is to pull the CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE 80-PAGE SUMMER FUN SPECTACULAR #14 out of that other world and into ours, so that the people of our Earth can share in the fun and adventure of CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE comic-books!

Who are CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE?  WELL, if you've somehow never heard of them -- then, let's bring you up to speed!


Above are 2 pages of a short story we've created just to give you a taste of what the finished comic will be like--separate from the 80-page final issue. We'll be adding a new page here once a week, as a special preview, for the first month of the Kickstarter, so keep checking back, or better yet, pledge or subscribe!

Meet Catalina Cross-Pasar (left) and Timothy Lovett (right).  They're both residents of the big-little town of Wonderton -- "A Town For Tomorrow!"

Catalina Cross-Pasar and Timothy Lovett
Catalina Cross-Pasar and Timothy Lovett

In Catalina's civilian life, she's a tough no-nonsense kind of girl who loves being part of her school's junior roller derby team!

Then there's Timothy Lovett.  He loves fashion, fashion dolls and making videos!  He's also on the cheer squad at his school!  

But there's more to these two than meets the eye.  For -- when danger threatens Wonderton (or anywhere else), they become a pair of mighty super-heroes: CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE!

How did they become super-heroes?  What are their powers?  And, how did they acquire their phenomenal abilities.  Long-time readers of Extended Play Comics probably already know -- but, for the rest of you, be assured that all will be revealed in the CRASH-GIRL & SPARKLE 80-PAGE SUMMER FUN SPECTACULAR #14.

I've been writing these characters in my imagination -- and on paper -- for a while, in one form or another ... along with many of their fellow stars in the Extended Play Comics "Friendiverse."  But now, they're taking shape in the real world -- if we get funded. 

Drexel Wexler: Chronomotive Historian and Kid Genius of the year 2643!

The 80-page comic will be released digitally and we'll also be doing a print run for $5 backers and higher! It'll feature several stories as well as fake ads (in comics form! Think Hostess Fruit Pie ads), bonus prose stories, an pull-out map of the multi-dimensional Freindliverse, and more. Crash-Girl and Sparkle are just one of a whole line of characters published by the imaginary, alternate-world Extended Play comics company, and some of those other characters will be featured both crossing over with CG & S and in their own backup features--and the better this Kickstarter does, the more we can do to bring the Extended Play Universe to life!

Levi Palomino

For bonuses and stretch-goals, we'll be creating extra content from the many other imaginary comics in the Extended Play line--except you can help it become not-so-imaginary! At various levels you'll be able to vote on which EP comics will have covers drawn and sent to you digitally as posters. For stretch goals, we'll be producing more short comics featuring the various stars of the Friendiverse--and you can help choose which ones you want to see!

Flora Fauna

The Friendiverse is inspired by stuff like Marvel's STAR comics line, Harvey's Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost, Little Archie, Carl Barks' Disney Ducks, Little Lulu, classic comic strips, Saturday morning cartoon spinoffs, and all the other goofy and imaginative kid's comics that we grew up on. We want to capture that spirit for a new generation! 

Meet Princess Morningstar, the good-hearted but troublemaking girl from the land of Grimdarktica! Flora Fauna, the plant girl! Levi the boy magician and his demon friends! She-Zarr, Techno-Pirate of the Seven Seas! Dinosamurai, the sword-wielding thunder lizard! Plus there's Hi There! Hyena, the hottest toy line in Wonderton, and capping it all off, Drexel Wexler, time-travelling historian from the year 2643, who's chronicling all these events. Plus many, many more--seriously, we've got a million of 'em, and everyone who pledges will get to learn more about these comics that would have been your childhood faves, in another reality...

She-Zarr of the Seas!

The art for the main comic is by the amazingly-talented Adam Prosser, whose help I enlisted in creating this artifact.  I'd commissioned some prior creations from Adam before, done in the spirit and style of what I wished comics were like today.  He fulfilled those requests brilliantly, so it was only natural that I secure his help in creating this comic book.  He deserves to be as successful in this world as artists like him are in the other one.  He deserves for his work to be seen. His comic are available at www.phantasmictales.com and you can look at his art here: https://www.adamprosser.ca.  

Princess Morningstar--This is a cover Dee commissioned from Adam which helped inspire the whole Extended Play comics project!

 So, if you'd like to feel that joyful sensation again at opening a comic book and wondering what was about to happen as you moved on excitedly page-by-page, then I hope you'll consider funding my comic book.

Sincerely,

-- Dee Emm Elms

STRETCH GOALS: We have so many ideas for the stories and characters of Extended Play and the Friendiverse, so obviously if we get the chance we'd love to tell more of them! If we hit $6000--$500 over the goal--we'll write and draw a bonus 5-page story starring one of the other characters of the Friendiverse--once again, we'll let everyone who contributed take a vote on who gets featured!

If we hit $7000--$1500 over the goal--we'll do an extra 10-page story (that's in addition to the 5-pager)! 

OK. At $10,500 we'll be able to do something I dearly want to do, a run of 250 hardcover editions for the comic! Everyone who donated at $20 or more will get their comic as a hardcover!

Risks and challenges

Adam's been making comics for over a decade and he's committed to making sure this gets done--we're hoping to have this finished and printed for a comics show in early 2020. Life can always get in the way, of course, but assuming everything runs smoothly we don't forsee any problems on the production end. It's possible printing of some of the bonus materials may have a higher cost than we foresaw? Otherwise this is a straightforward comics project and shouldn't provide too many challenges.

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