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Elaine JacksonBy Elaine Jackson
First created
Elaine JacksonBy Elaine Jackson
First created
£1,312
pledged of £6,600pledged of £6,600 goal
14
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 23 2018 5:11 PM UTC +00:00

About

art by Dan Schaefer, colour by Grant Kempster
art by Dan Schaefer, colour by Grant Kempster

'Minding Mama' is a comic book series written by Elaine Jackson, Illustrated by Dan Schaefer and colored by Grant Kempster. 

Mama, her infant son and Cyril the Farmbot live on Earth several hundred years into our future. Decades of intense solar flare activity have left the surface uninhabitable. Only robots such as Farmbots Cyril and Celia can spend any time on the surface, where they attempt to cultivate UV-resistant crops. But the Farmbots are old, and starting to break down...

Celia FarmBot by Dan Schaefer
Celia FarmBot by Dan Schaefer

Facing starvation and determined to save her son, Mama embarks on a series of dangerous journeys with Cyril the Farmbot to find other survivors. In doing so she uncovers facts about her origins which deeply trouble her.

We have already successfully raised funds to create our promotional trailer featuring Kate Davies-Speak (web series 'Horizon', indie films 'Escape from Cannibal Farm', 'The Barge People') as Mama and David Learner (Marvin the Paranoid Android stage & TV versions of 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy') as the voice of Cyril the Farmbot.

Kate Davies-Speak as Mama - image Stephen R Cox
Kate Davies-Speak as Mama - image Stephen R Cox

As with any illustrated creation, the biggest costs are artist fees and shipping costs. The cover price will be £3.99  (excluding postage)  and each issue will be 32 pages of full colour. We estimate that it will be print-ready in Spring 2019. 

By offering page sponsorship and digital copies of artwork we can share Mama and Cyril's adventures virtually anywhere.

REWARDS

As work progresses, we'll share some First Looks here! 

Amanda Fullwood Poster Art (comes in various sizes, see Reward Tiers) 

If you're wondering what this fabulous poster would look like on your wall, there's a nifty App called IArt which can show you. Here's an example:

Poster Art by Amanda Fullwood
Poster Art by Amanda Fullwood

 Now we don't yet have the cover completed, but here's a rough sketch by Dan Schaefer of what it will probably look like: 

1st draft cover art by Dan Schaefer
1st draft cover art by Dan Schaefer

               A big ‘Thank You’ message to all our backers….  

With just 4 hours to go, and 18% funded, it seems almost certain that we’ve failed to reach our funding goal this time. It goes without saying that we’re disappointed – but we remain undaunted! 

Because it was our first Kickstarter, and we know that not every project reaches its goal, we have a backup plan… in fact we have more than one.  

Firstly, we’ve set up a rolling campaign over on Patreon – because we’re determined to set Mama and Cyril off on their journey of discovery in glorious colour, and we want to be able to share that journey with you guys! 

So if you were one of our backers this time around, perhaps you’d consider following us to Patreon? We’re going to fund Issue One of our comic a few pages at a time, and we’ll share our progress as we go – not everything, obviously, but enough to whet the appetite and to show that we can -and will- deliver. 

However, if you’d prefer to stick with Kickstarter, then don’t worry – we’ll be creating more campaigns but with smaller goals, and (of course) only committing to what we know we can deliver. 

So, what went wrong? Running a Kickstarter campaign is a learning curve, and it seems we didn’t quite get it right this time. But we have absolute belief in ‘Minding Mama’ – one way or another, we will produce Issue One. And we’re sure that once you’ve read it, you’ll want more! 

Thank you again to everyone who had faith enough to back us – even though we didn’t succeed this time, we appreciate your help very much.

So long for now… but not farewell! 

Elaine, Dan, Amanda and of course, Mama and Cyril

                                        www.mindingmama.org

Risks and challenges

Challenges # 1: Time

We plan to update our backers regularly of progress via a rolling 'page countdown'. Dan Schaefer has already made a start - because he's such a nice guy.

Challenge # 2: Shipping to Europe

Because the UK will depart from the European Union in March 2019 the sale of rewards should help to offset any increase in shipping charges, although it is difficult to anticipate what the total increase may be.

Printed poster art (from images supplied by both Dan Schaefer and our concept artist & designer Amanda Fullwood) will be produced and dispatched from the UK within a month.

Elaine Jackson is the founder of the official appreciation society for 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Back in the 1980's this entailed commissioning content, writing, editing, printing and the dispatch of quarterly newsletters. So there is a wealth of expertise relating to the physical dispatch of rewards via various postal services.

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    Digital Material

    A 'thank you!' on our website (or you can remain anonymous) plus a PDF of the early artwork of pages 1, 2 and 8 from issue one (before the text is added). All we'll need is your email address.

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    Hard copy of Issue 1 of 'Minding Mama' - that's it!

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    Thank You!

    For those who just fancy the warm, feel-good factor of helping Elaine, Dan, Amanda, Grant, Sue amd Graham to produce Issue 1 of 'Minding Mama' with no physical reward, this is for you! We'll publicly thank you on our website, or if you'd rather remain anonymous, that's okay too!

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    Wall Art Option 4 - by Dan Schaefer A4

    In addition to a 'thank you' on our website and a digital copy of 3 pages of early artwork. you will recieve a copy of the cover art by Dan Schaefer printed on quality 250 gsm paper. different sizes (A4, A3 and A2) you can choose the size which best fits your available space.

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    Everything - plus signed Issue One

    A 'thank you!' on our website (or you can remain anonymous), a PDF of the early artwork of pages 1, 2 and 8 from issue one (before the text is added), an A4 copy of our main publicity poster by our Concept Artist Amanda Fullwood printed on quality 250 gsm paper, an A3 copy of our main publicity poster by our Concept Artist Amanda Fullwood printed on quality 250 gsm paper, an A4 copy of the cover art for Issue 1 by Dan Schaefer printed on quality 250 gsm paper, an A2 copy of our main publicity poster by our Concept Artist Amanda Fullwood printed on quality 250 gsm paper and a signed hard copy of Issue One of ‘Minding Mama’.

    Please Note: All items in this Reward except Issue One will be dispatched as shown above, whilst March 2019 is the estimated delivery time for Issue One.

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