$488
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 14 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00.

$488
pledged of $9,420pledged of $9,420 goal
12
backers
25days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 14 2019 4:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

It is a comic anthology about lifted spirits, heartfelt stories, and positivity.

Like most people, I began my comic book journey at a young age. What doesn’t happen to most people is how comics stick to you for the rest of your life. I loved comics so much that I figured I should make them, so I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design and earned myself a BFA in Sequential Art. Unfortunately, during my pursuit of this career I realized that I simply wasn’t ready to draw comics professionally, and post-college life was taking its toll. I decided I needed to change course, for my family’s sake and my own.

I’ve looked back to understand what went wrong, but instead I found that my mistake came from inaction. I was unaware of my strengths and how they played into my passions. I know now that the friendships I built during my journey and the memories we made together are what move me. In the face of our modern-day fears, hostilities, and challenges, I wanted to spread positivity to encourage and inspire whomever I can. However, I knew this goal was far bigger than what I could achieve on my own. Becoming an editor had been on the back of my mind for a while, but that stroke of inspiration was the last thing I needed to act. This became the most obvious course of action to take for a fulfilling career in comics and storytelling.

After some research and advice from peers, I decided on a goal: to produce a self-published comic anthology. The title “Good Times” serves as a nod to the unforgettable experiences I’ve had with my friends. It is with the support of these friends that this campaign is possible. My hope is that we can earn your support as well, so that we can create stories to inspire others.

Artists will be making 5-page stories following the theme of "Good Times".

I will be working closely with each of the artists as an editor to bring out the best from their skill set. Additionally, I will be personally handling all the clerical work related to taking this project from the printer to your hands. Blurb will be the company we will be printing physical copies through, after which I will be distributing them. Due to budget constraints, the physical copies of the book will only be shipped within the USA. The print version of the book will see a limited run, and the eBook version will be sold for a limited time as well. 

DISCLAIMER: This is a work in progress and is not representative of the final product. Art provided by Jonathan Herzog.
DISCLAIMER: This is a work in progress and is not representative of the final product. Art provided by Jonathan Herzog.

The following is our current project timeline:

July 13, 2019 to August 13, 2019: Research, Development, and Organization 

  • Contact and recruit artists. 
  • Research crowdfunding, printing costs, digital publication, etc.
  • Choose a non-profit to donate proceeds to that fits the theme of the book. (More on that below)

August 13, 2019 to September 13, 2019: Kickstarter Campaign

  • The campaign begins!
  • We will use all the tools at our disposal to spread the word. If you're reading this, its probably working.

September 13, 2019 to October 13, 2019: Phase 1 of production

  • Artists will produce scripts and thumbnails. 
  • Editing will suggest improvements or adjustments. 
  • Cover art and internal design work begins.

October 13, 2019 to December 13, 2019: Phase 2 of production

  • Rough pencils and balloon placement.
  • Turned in for editing, and corrections made. 
  • Finalize cover and design.

December 13, 2019 to January 7, 2020: Holiday buffer

  • "Union regulated" break. 
  • General clerical work and preparation.

January 7, 2020 to March 7, 2020: Phase 3 of production

  • Finished pages turned in for final round of editing. 
  • Organizing in anticipation of distribution.

March 7, 2020 to April 7, 2020: Printing and eBook optimization

  • Assemble book and eBook.
  • Start sales. 
  • Begin printing process.

April 7, 2020 to May 7, 2020: Completion

  • Ship out books. 
  • Count income and donate to proceeds.

Contributors:

Beniam C. Hollman

Beniam is a fan of turtlenecks and neon. Oh, and they like to make comics too. Their biggest hope is that their work can help share some good times with anyone and everyone! 

Carl Morgans

Carl is a comic artist who was born and lives in Virginia where he enjoys sailing on the Potomac River. He is currently attempting to grow a beard, which he hasn't tried before. 

Dominic Cellini

I'm an author and illustrator who loves movies, video games, and, comics. I graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2016 with a BA in Sequential Art. I've written the children's book Twenty-One Terrifying Monsters, and currently have several other projects in development. 

Erin Mettille

Erin Mettille’s work is motivated by a love for the beauty in shadows, capturing glimmers of joy in sorrowful stories. Her illustrations quietly juxtapose love and malice, the macabre and whimsical. They showcase an expressive cast of characters whose theatrical presentation suggests an inkling of a story, hidden behind a thin veil. Heavily influenced by modern trends in the video game industry, pop culture, and tabletop gaming, her subjects tend to include supernatural monsters cast in both vibrant color and deep shadow. Magic, tragedy, love - this is the trinity which sets the stage for her visual narratives.  

Fernando Dolagaray

A Savannah resident from Puerto Rico, Fernando is an illustrator who is venturing into the world of comics. With a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design, he loves drawing beefy orcs and spending time with his dogs and partner.

 Jack "Feel Good" McGee

I'm really bad at these! What can I say? Just a bog standard nerd who likes video games, comics, anime, etc. I love stories more than anything and at a young age I decided I wanted to tell my own! Now I'm a story artist trying to make it by in this crazy world. I've got a rad webcomic you should check out if you liked my work here. It's called Star Impact! What else? Uh... Nothing! That's it! Bye! 

Jonathan Herzog

Jonathan Herzog is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, and story artist. After graduating from SCAD in 2017, he has worked on cartoon pilots, children's books, Marvel webseries, educational comics, and much more with teams all over the country. He's probably drawing right this moment. 

Jordan Robbins

A visual artist, storyteller, and all-around lover of games and animation. Always looking for opportunities to learn and better understand the people around him. 

Phil McGee

An artist who has studied Sequential Art. Really likes animation, games, comics, character design, and saturated reds and pinks!

Rachel Wells

Rachel is a cartoonist and illustrator who's just trying to do her best. She has a BFA in sequential art from the Savannah College of Art and Design. When not vigorously drawing silly cartoons, you’ll probably find her drinking coffee, petting dogs or watching anime. She lives in Savannah, GA with her husband Dom and cat Suzie Q. 

Graphic Designer:

Wes Johnson 

A SCAD graduate and professional graphic designer living in Savannah, GA. When he isn't at work as a full-time designer for a state university, he can be found freelancing, playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends and competing in his local disc golf league. 

Here's a chart on how your sponsorship will help us:

This is all in the interest of producing 150 copies of a 60-page softcover book. Proceeds made from sales will be donated to The Ella Foundation. They are a local non-profit from Savannah, GA who promote education which fosters an understanding for mental illness to combat discrimination and stigma. As they foster healing, their mission fits the motivation for this anthology well.

Any pledge over $10 receives: (Unlimited)

  • Free copy of the eBook.

Any pledge over $20 receives: (Limit of 50 slots)

  • Free copy of the eBook.
  • Free softcover physical copy.
  • Credit in the book as a sponsor.

Any pledge over $50 receives: (Limit of 50 slots)

  • Free copy of the eBook.
  • Free softcover physical copy.
  • Credit in the book as a sponsor.
  • A free character commission from an artist featured in the book of your choosing.

If we manage to fund a considerable amount past our goal there are a few potential ways the money can be used, but there are no specifics at the moment.

Potential Stretch Goals:

  • More physical copies.
  • A raise for the artists.
  • Hardcover edition.
  • Larger donation for The Ella Foundation.

Risks and challenges

The challenges and risks for this project are largely budgetary. If we don't fulfill our goal the project will not continue. Once fulfilled, the biggest hurdle will be making sure deadlines are met and time is managed efficiently to achieve the best outcome.

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