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About this project

Recent Updates:

Announcing our cross promotion with Dates Volume 2!

We're excited to announce that we're doing a special cross promotion with Dates Volume 2, an anthology of queer historical fiction that focuses on positive and hopeful representations of queer folks throughout history and across the world!! Anyone who orders physical books from both the Fresh Romance 2 and the Dates 2 campaigns will receive a special, Kickstarter-exclusive print featuring characters from both Dates and Fresh Romance! The print will be delivered with rewards from our campaign, around June or October of 2017 (depending on your reward tier).   

Announcing our First Stretch GOAL: $28,000! Hard Cover books with a gorgeous spot gloss cover.

THANK YOU for helping us reach our first $20,000 goal! You guys are amazing! We love hard cover books as much as anyone, especially when there is a sophisticated spot gloss design.  By reaching our $28,000 stretch goal, we'll be able to deliver both Verona and Fresh Romance to you in a gorgeous hard bound cover.  

To help us get there, we've added a long list of add-ons which include PERSONALIZED (yes - you read that right!) bookplates illustrated by Suzana Harcum.  Suzana's illustrations will look similar to those she did for her and Owen's previous Tripping Over You Kickstarter, but featuring characters from Walk it Off:

Scroll all the way down to read all about the other add-ons.

About our project: 

FRESH ROMANCE is coming back!

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed romance anthology series FRESH ROMANCE is returning for VOLUME 2! With the support of this Kickstarter campaign you can help us send the book to print. Our list of exciting creators includes Sally Jane Thompson (The Ruby Equation), Cecil Castellucci (Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure), Sarah Winifred Searles (Ruined), Irene Koh (Legend of Korra), Suzana Harcum & Owen White (Tripping Over You), and Julia Hutchinson; all of whom are creating FRESH stories about interracial and LGBTQ relationships.

Check out these intriguing stories!

Walk It Off by Suzana Harcum and Owen White features Kat Drescher and Penny O'Neil who are eager to take their first holiday together after graduation, and counting on a grand romantic get-away to temporarily put off joining the real world and entering the workforce. They're not as prepared as they thought they were, however, when said holiday takes an unexpected turn— and the real world finds them first!

Walk It Off - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature the first 60 pages of this three-part story that will continue in future volumes.
Walk It Off - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature the first 60 pages of this three-part story that will continue in future volumes.

 One Lucky Bride by Julia Hutchinson is a retelling of Buster Keaton's 1925 silent film "Seven Chances" in which Sara, a young entrepreneur on the verge of bankruptcy, discovers she is heir to a distant relative's fortune. The catch? She has to get married by 7:00 PM to collect the inheritance!

One Lucky Bride - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature this 40 page story.
One Lucky Bride - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature this 40 page story.

  Under the Oak Trees by Sally Jane Thompson is a country mouse/city mouse romance that asks the question: Do different lives and different temperaments mean more pain than a relationship is worth?

Under the Oak Trees - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature the first 60 pages of this three-part story that will continue in future volumes.
Under the Oak Trees - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature the first 60 pages of this three-part story that will continue in future volumes.

The Only One by Cecil Castellucci, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Irene Koh is a tale of belated love that tells of a decades-spanning series of missed-connections that eventually lead to a cosmic love connection.

The Only One - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature this 10 page story.
The Only One - Fresh Romance Volume 2 will feature this 10 page story.

With these talented creators on board, FRESH ROMANCE VOLUME 2 promises to delight and surprise! 

Tell me more about VERONA!

Cover Art by Renae de Liz and Ray Dillon!
Cover Art by Renae de Liz and Ray Dillon!

Written by director and screenwriter Emily Dell, VERONA is a story of violence, passion, and young love. Set in modern-day Verona, the Montoyas and Capulets are warring assassin clans, serving contracts for Henrys, Hamlets and MacBeths. When Jo Capulet and Roman Montoya are thrown together after a mission gone wrong, they see in each other a chance for a new life, even if it means destroying everyone in their path.

The gorgeous art was a collaboration between Mollie Helms and Bryndon Everett, with colors by Kennedy Cooke Garza and Eddie Jensen.

VERONA is the first original graphic novel under the "Fresh Romance Presents" banner and stands at 160-pages. VERONA is currently being shipped to us for fulfillment. 

How will you deliver my digital comics to me?

FRESH ROMANCE is adopting a seasonal calendar and will be releasing digital single issues in the Spring and Summer. In 2017, FRESH ROMANCE will release a single issue every month from April through September. Comic books will always be released on the last Thursday of the month and will be available to you on emetcomics.com.  

All digital comics will be delivered to you as digital DRM-free PDF’s that can be redeemed using a special code on the Emet Comics website.  

Did you purchase a subscription to FRESH ROMANCE in 2016? Don’t worry! We have you covered. Anyone who purchased a subscription last year will receive all the digital single issues free. How you ask? You'll receive a code to download it directly from the emetcomics.com website on the day it comes out.   

Wondering what happened to the mysterious Fresh Romance Issue #8? The disappearance of Issue #8 was a casualty of Rosy Press closing its doors last year.  We are going to be re-releasing Issue #8 and resolving the stories that were left unfinished. Purchased it already? Email us and we'll give you a free code to download it again! We want you to be happy!

Wondering why The Only One isn't included in the digital release schedule? The Only One was released as a special Valentine's Day single issue and can currently be purchased on Comixology and on our website. Don't worry, it will be included in the PDF of Volume 2!

Here is an infographic to help explain the current release schedule:

Our Goal   

Our Goal is to give you the highest quality FRESH ROMANCE VOLUME 2 possible.  

FRESH ROMANCE VOLUME 2 will be a 200-page, full-color, graphic novel anthology. If we reach our stretch goals, we will add spot gloss on the cover, behind-the-scenes backmatter, and prints!     

Until now, we have self-funded the creation and production of six series, including The Wendy Project, Zana, Finding Molly, Verona, Spoilerland, and Inside the Loop. With your ongoing support, we hope to have enough financial backing to support a thriving independent graphic novel publishing business. Want to check out some of the cool comics we’ve created over the past year? Head over to our site at www.emetcomics.com!  

Additional Rewards!

We've got some exciting rewards to choose from.

Emet Mystery Box!
Emet Mystery Box!

 

Sarah Winifred Searle Portrait Commissions!
Sarah Winifred Searle Portrait Commissions!

 

Comic Book or Screenplay Consultations with Emet Publisher, Maytal Gilboa
Comic Book or Screenplay Consultations with Emet Publisher, Maytal Gilboa

Add-On Menu

The Emet Comics Family has come out to support our Kickstarter! Check out these amazing add-ons for a chance to get really cool signed comics! Just add the price of your extra items to your pledge. Add-ons are only available to tiers that include a physical item. Please note that you won't be able to select add-ons after the campaign is over.

 

Risks and challenges

We here at Emet Comics are experienced editors with a history of putting out comics on schedule. That being said, there are always potential risks in a project like this, which could include a creator getting ill or having a family emergency, or some sort of malfunction with our printers, etc.. We're mitigating this risk by working ahead - by the time the Kickstarter campaign has run its course many of our stories will be well on their way to completion!

While the book mock-ups in this Kickstarter video are pretty darn great, please remember that they are mock-ups used for marketing purposes and not photographs of the final product. The final product may end up looking slightly different depending on the book size and final specifications.

This project is very important to us and to all of the creators involved, so we’ll do whatever it takes to get FRESH ROMANCE VOLUME 2 and VERONA into your hands.

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    Illustrator Sarah Winifred Searle will draw a digital portrait of 1-2 people or characters. We will need photo references. Your commission will be delivered digitally in a hi-resolution format. Check out our reward section for examples of her work.

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