About this project
STRETCH GOAL HIT!
That means that all backers at the CELL level and higher will be receiving stickers of the various characters inside Morgan's body. Stick the Pepe thumb of approval on your laptop. Or the Hugo sign of affection on the door of your crush. Or the Bran look of WTF when your buddy does something really, really, stupid. Stickers provided will be a surprise and will vary by level backed.
Plus, our posters are now bigger sized. They will be 10x12" instead of 8x10"!
We are also now recognizing every individual in the PDF and print version of Issue #1 who backs for $10 CAD or higher (before shipping)! There will be three levels of recognition in the book based on the rewards level backed:
- MOLECULE or higher = TISSUE DONOR
- TISSUE or higher = ORGAN DONOR
- POPULATION or higher = BODY DONOR
Note: You may choose to not receive recognition when the survey is sent out. Backers who choose TISSUE or higher will still receive "founding backer" perks like an early copy of the PDF as described in the Rewards section.
Lastly, since we hit our funding goal, enjoy the Morgan's Organs theme song (might not work on mobile)!
Welcome to Morgan’s Organs: a comedy comic book series set inside our insides. The premise is simple - imagine that micro-beings live within the human body who are responsible for the functioning of our organs. They influence our thoughts, our actions, and our urges. It's like Inside Out for grown-ups!
With your help, I'll be able to complete the design and printing of the first issue (40 pages) of the series.
Check out the cover and preview pages of Issue #1 below!
My name is Daniel Brodie, and I've been working on my concept for over 2 years. I am pleased to partner with the talented artist, Robert Jennex, from Nova Scotia, to build my comic. We are both excited to bring this story to life.
With your help, we can build the next great comedy series as we discover what might really be going on within each of us.
Morgan's Organs follows university student Morgan as he navigates growing up, while the operators of his internal organs learn to work together to help him tackle all aspects of life.
The comic transitions back-and-forth between Morgan's world and the world that exists within his body. On the exterior, Morgan is your average college student learning to make sense of the world.
Zoom in to his body and we see why life is so difficult for him. His body is host to a variety of characters, each with their own desires and their own flaws. One thing is guaranteed - it's no wonder Morgan is so unsure of what he wants when his body parts can barely work together.
In this first issue, Morgan faces conflicting pressures to break a dry spell. Meanwhile, within his body, his organ operators go head-to-head for central influence over Morgan's decision-making.
The story will tackle many questions. Who should we listen to? What does it mean to be a community? And, why does our body embarrass us at the worst possible moments?! I might not always have answers, but I do have plenty of ideas.
Featuring inappropriate dreams, elevator embarrassments, carnival erotica games, and the smartest appendix you've ever met - I believe you're in for a thrilling journey as we explore who, or what, might really be in control of us.
Let's meet Morgan and some of the organ operators, AKA "organauts", living in his body...
Bran the brain is the leader of Morgan's group of organauts. He tries to balance what's best for Morgan with what his body wants, but it's tough when Morgan doesn't always listen to logic.
Pepe the penis is the talking genitalia we've been waiting to see. His impulsive nature leads him to butt heads with Bran's rational approach. You can't blame the little guy for just wanting to have some fun.
Hugo the heart has an even bigger heart himself. He is caring to the emotions of others and is an advocate for "true love". Sometimes he just wears his heart too much on his sleeve.
There's plenty more organauts ready to come to life with your help. Kidneys, appendixes, livers, butts, and more! Plus, Morgan's friends, and even a potential romantic interest. We'll learn more about the various micro-beings within Morgan's body in this first issue, and hopefully, in future editions too!
The list below highlights the added reward specific to each level. For reward levels up to POPULATION, you will receive all the items before it. If you are interested in combining rewards available at the higher levels (i.e. plush toy with custom art), please message me to discuss custom pricing.
NOTE ON SHIPPING:
- Shipping for all "print" rewards is included within Canada, $2 CAD extra to the U.S. (included after ORGANISM reward level), and $16 CAD extra internationally (becomes $6 at ORGAN level and higher).
- As added thanks to backers outside Canada and U.S. for rewards that involve shipping, you will receive an extra, surprise print poster in your package!
- Shipping of plush toys is extra to Canada as these are manufactured in the U.S.
- Certain higher-level rewards are not available outside Canada/U.S.
ATOM ($1) - Receive backer-only updates that include digital downloads, character/page sketches, progress updates, and more.
MOLECULE ($6 / $10) - Digital PDF of Issue #1. The $10 level will get your name printed in the PDF and print of the book as recognition for your help.
CELL ($15 / get it early for $12) - Print copy of Issue #1.
TISSUE ($25 / get it early for $20) - An exclusive book sleeve will be added to your print book that features awesome front-and-back artwork by the talented Greg Merritt, and a foreword from the creator. Your book/sleeve will be signed by the creator and the sleeve will be exclusively numbered. Plus, you will be recognized in the book as a "founding backer", which gives you even more perks like early access to the digital version (you can opt-out of signature or recognition if preferred). See below for a prototype of the book sleeve and print comic book. Plus, a sample of the book sleeve's front artwork below.
ORGAN ($35) - 8x10" print poster of the cover art by Robert Jennex. See the art below.
ORGANISM ($50) - receive two 8x10" print posters drawn by Robert Jennex. Plus, you can vote on what Robert draws for the second poster once the campaign closes. See the first superhero-inspired print available below.
The first stretch goal will likely include increased print poster sizes.
POPULATION ($80) - be an official comic book page backer. You will receive an exclusive print package showing the entire production process that went into one page, including script, thumbnails, inks, colors and finals. Plus, a letter from the creator with added commentary about your page. Pages will be assigned randomly to backers. If there are leftover pages once the campaign closes, they will be divvied up between backers, in order of when they backed.
This is a significant award because it covers the production of one added page of the book ☺.
COMMUNITY ($125) - be a background human character in the comic book! You will be included in one or more panels as a student at Morgan's school based on a portrait you provide. Open to all!
ECOSYSTEM ($150) - receive a custom 10x12" print drawn by Robert Jennex or Greg Merritt (your choice). Both artists have incredible talent and diversity in their styles. You will be able to have a say in what they draw for you, whether related to the comics or your own idea.
BIOME / BIOSPHERE ($200 / $350) - receive a plush toy of Bran the brain. You can also add to your order at the BIOSPHERE level a second plush toy of the character of your choice! You have the option to choose your second plush toy after seeing all the character artwork. Thanks to Budsies for creating the awesome samples below.
WORLD ($450) - be a recurring comic book character! You will be included in Issue #1 as either Morgan's friend or his teacher, based on the portrait you provide. These characters will be in future stories too! Note that the creator has full say over the character name and traits. You will be able to approve your character portrait before it's finalized.
SOLAR SYSTEM ($700) - receive a custom 26x19" large "doodler" poster hand-drawn by Greg Merritt. Greg's unique "doodler" will feature over 80 random sketches beautifully brought together in a portrait. You can provide feedback on any specific imagery you would like him to include. See below for a sample of a large "doodler" Greg has previously drawn.
GALAXY ($1,500) - receive your own custom 8-page comic book drawn by Robert Jennex. I will work with you to develop a script for your story. We can write something based on your own real experience or a made up one. Robert will then draw the art based on our script, and you will receive a few print copies and a digital PDF of it. Note that this reward will require some additional time for Robert to draw after the comic book is produced.
I am asking for $4,000 to help fund Issue #1. Here's how it breaks down:
$2,800 - illustration, colouring, lettering and final production of Issue #1, all being done by the talented Robert Jennex
$800 - the 4P's - printing / production / packaging / parceling (shipping)
$400 - Kickstarter fees
I'll also be investing up to $1,000 of my own money into this project to cover part of the cost of the 4P's.
Once we hit our funding goal, I will reveal our stretch goals!
I have many more great stories planned out that I'd love to share with the world. Like the time Morgan experimented with steroids. Or when he swallows an object he shouldn't have. Or that time he had his appendix removed.
A draft script for Issue #2 is already in the works and if this Kickstarter is successful, I'll get started right away on completing it while Robert finishes the design of Issue #1. We hope you understand that once the campaign closes, the comic will take a few months to complete the design. Our goal is to have it to you by July 2016.
The potential here is bigger than this world, and I hope you will support my dream to create this first issue so we can bring you even more of Morgan's Organs.
Thanks to those who have shared our story so far!
If you enjoy my project, please share it with your friends!
Risks and challenges
I have done my best to minimize risks going into this campaign. The script is complete, a page-by-page storyboard has been created, and Robert is eager to keep drawing.
Any challenges faced will be the typical situations for a comic book, such as minor time delays due to printing, shipping, or design. We should have the design complete by end of May, giving us June to prepare for print and July to ship. I have plenty of prior professional experience in managing the production process of print and promotional items, and I will be doing my best to ensure all challenges faced are minimized.
I chose my perks carefully to ensure Robert's focus is to complete the design.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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