About this project
JUST ONE MORE STRETCH GOAL TO GO!! Can we make it? The suspense is on!
$2,150 - Desktop Background (UNLOCKED): All backers will receive an illustrated desktop background! Design to be determined.
$2,300 - Love Debut Spotify Playlists (UNLOCKED): I'll create Spotify playlists for Nick and Sara respectively. Listen to the songs that they listen to — and that I listen to when drawing them! You might find a few surprises... Available to all backers!
$2,500 - Clip Studio Paint Video Tutorial (UNLOCKED): I'll take you through how I use drawing program Clip Studio Paint (formerly Manga Studio) to do comic pages and illustrations. You'll learn all my tips and tricks! Available to backers pledging $5 or more.
$2,800 - Expanded Sticker Set + Sara Acrylic Charm (UNLOCKED): Backers at tiers $45 or higher will receive a second sticker sheet featuring an expanded cast of "Love Debut" characters! PLUS, backers pledging $85 or higher will receive a Sara acrylic charm to match the one of Nick!
$3,500 - Materials Upgrade (UNLOCKED): Bookmarks will feature double-sided printing (color/B&W) and prints will be printed on thicker cardboard stock.
$5,000 - Charms Upgrade: The Nick and Sara charms for the $85+ tiers will feature slightly different designs on front vs. back, plus I'll add a cute colored star charm!
Nick Thomas won first place on reality TV show "Teen Talent", secured his first record deal, and was named TEEN MAG's Rising Star of the Year! Too bad his agent, Ross, keeps pushing the same old boring music his way.
All Nick needs is a way to convince Ross that his original music is worth a shot...and snarky lone wolf classmate Sara Hofmann might just be the key!
Only, throw in some sneaky camera filming, an ex-girlfriend with lingering romantic feelings, and a talk show host with a talent for digging up dirt, and this time, Nick may have bitten off more than he can chew...
"Love Debut!" is a fun, feel-good romantic romp through musical notes and teen angst. Suggested readership is anyone ages 13+ due to language. You can read the full story online here!
For the last 3 years, "Love Debut!" was published online as a free webcomic. Now, I'm asking for your help to bring the story to print! This Kickstarter campaign will help fund a limited softcover print run of "Love Debut!" in its entirety. Each book will be 6" x 8", 200+ pages, B&W inside with a glossy full-color cover.
As part of this process, I will be optimizing pages for print and streamlining the narrative. Typos will be fixed, inconsistencies smoothed out, dialogues adjusted. Not only will you have a book that looks good, but you'll be holding in your hands a better, tighter story.
In addition, the "Love Debut!" graphic novel will feature exclusive bonus content that you can't find online! Readers will be able to learn more about Nick and Sara as well as the process behind creating their story.
#1 Bonus Revealed - Character Concepts: Learn how Nick and Sara evolved from their initial concepts into the characters you see today!
#2 Bonus Revealed - 10 Years Later: Flash forward and see what Nick, Sara, and the rest of the gang are up to! Nick narrates, giving a brief update on all the main characters.
#3 Bonus Revealed - First Impressions: This is the mini-comic that won the popular vote! Experience Sara's first impressions of Nick before the events of "Love Debut!" take place.
Don't miss out on the chance to get official "Love Debut!" goodies and exclusive Kickstarter offers! Add-on rewards can be added to any pledges $5 or greater. This allows you to create your own custom tier. Just add the dollar value of each add-on to your pledge; after the campaign ends, you will be sent a backer survey to list out what it is you added.
★ "Love Debut!" Holographic Bookmark ★ By popular vote, I'm printing these holographic bookmarks to go with ALL orders of softcover books! Bookmarks will be printed one-sided.
★ 5" x 7" Postcard Print Set - Available for Add-On: $15 ★ A mock magazine cover starring Nick; young and current versions of Sara ready to rock; Nick and Sara in the park — all these can be yours starting at the $45 Super Fan tier!
★ 4" x 6" Sticker Sheet - Available for Add-On: $7 ★
Get your sticker fix with this colorful 4" x 6" vinyl sticker sheet! This sheet features chibi-versions of Nick and Sara engaged in a variety of poses and activities.
★ Character Cameo - Available for Add-On: $30 ★
Jump into Nick and Sara's world as a background character! I'll draw you or an original character of yours into the comic. You'll be given a week after the Kickstarter ends to provide photographic references.
★ Nick Acrylic Charm ★ This will be a clear acrylic charm, double-sided. Comes with a standard cellphone cord with lobster clasp. Dimensions are 1" x 2".
★ Anatomy of a Scene ★ I'll talk through the process of planning the final scene in "Love Debut!" You'll hear about how the story evolved over time, important considerations, and what I would and wouldn't change looking back. Format is video with images and voice over.
★ Original Thank You Sketch ★
I'll draw an original sketch, subject of your choice, and mail it to you with your book! Media will be pencil, pens, and maaybe a marker for spot color on a 4" x 6" blank postcard.
Risks and challenges
I have prior experience bringing comics to print, having just recently worked with a professional printer for Pokemon fanzine "Stardust + Candy" in 2016. Books will be safely padded and shipped, with additional packaging for add-on rewards.
Most of the content is already created, but in the event of delayed project timelines, backers will be kept updated through the Kickstarter message system.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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