About this project
"I’ve watched Kid Havoc grow up. Several neatly composed images that felt equal parts nostalgia, Richmond, and fashionable discord; these were the first days of Kid Havoc. As if he escaped the confines of the very pages that brought him to life, Kid Havoc has been willed into a narrative that crosses from comics to fashion and merchandise and sets an ideal that is as empowering as it is inspiring.
With this Kickstarter campaign, we have been afforded opportunity to support Eric Pfeiffer’s passionate vision that breathes life into this one- of-a-kind character. He is a gifted storyteller and artist with volumes of books left to say. Keep him independent. Spread the word; Kid Havoc is coming."
Kid Havoc is equal parts comic series and clothing company created by Eric Pfeiffer, a freelance illustrator based in Richmond, VA and Fernanda Chavez, a freelance fashion designer based in Los Angeles, CA.
Kid Havoc is an industries mashup of comics and fashion. Together they tell an immersive story intricately spun through a series of comics and limited clothing lines.
All of our items are designed and inspired from elements within the story and all artwork is pulled from the next issue so that the apparel will act as a teaser, or sneak peak, into what will happen next in Kid Havoc. Since the characters progress through the story the clothing will progress alongside them, changing and adapting to the character's new surroundings.
Issue of Kid Havoc will be released every other month (Oct, Dec, Feb etc..) with small runs of clothing released in the months between (Nov, Jan, Mar etc..) giving readers insight into what will happen next in the storyline as well as continually giving readers content every single month. At the end of the year we will publish a trade paperback of everything that was created that year. You will be able to read all 6 issues (approx. 150 pages) as well see our entire line of clothes in the form of a fashion look book. We will continue this cycle every year.
Kid Havoc is a story of a boy stuck in a world torn by social hierarchy being forced to live underground with the rest of his people deemed unworthy by the Monarchy to ever set foot on the outer layer. The boy, Isaac, finds himself torn between the youthful curiosities of chasing fireflies through the streets and tunnels, and between the social war that keeps his people oppressed and imprisoned in this underground city. As the war continues a secret press develops under the name Kid Havoc as means of creating propaganda to overthrow the Monarchy. And while it is up to Isaac to find his way to the top layer to spread their propaganda he battles with his child like sense of curiosity and follows these fireflies deep beneath their city and uncovers an ancient horror that will change the course of the war.
NYCC was amazing! Thank you to everyone who stopped by. We met some amazing and generous people and received a fair amount of press. We left feeling invigorated, confident and motivated. We also shared our booth with our amazing and talented friend Chris Visions. You can view his portfolio at www.chrisvisions.com. If you didn't catch us we will be there next when Kid Havoc officially launches!
Kid Havoc is projected to be released in October at the 2013 New York Comic Con. That may seem like a ways off but for us it's quickly approaching. Creating over 160 pages of the Kid Havoc comic along with cover art, book design, as well as designing all our clothes completely from scratch is a lot of work but we know that we need to keep everyone's attention from now until then. So, we're offering many items in advance to give readers time to get hooked into Kid Havoc before its full release.
Many of our rewards are still being created. This includes the alternative cover by Sterling Hundley who was incredibly gracious enough to offer his hand by donating his time and craft into our project. If you know his work, you know it will be incredible and we cannot wait to see it. We are operating this far ahead of schedule so that we can use our Kickstarter funds to use the best quality materials in our reward items once they are completed. We want the best for our readers and for our comic. Our shirts are made with 100% organic cotton; they feel amazing and are great for the environment. The shirt you will receive as a reward will be offered in S,M, and L as well as XL and will be a unisex fit. If you need additional sizes please feel free to message us with you request and we'll take care of it.
We need your help to kickstart the many other designs still in production. We want everyone that cared enough, and believed in us, to be able to walk away with something really amazing.
When you have a love for something you want to be a part of it; to make it your life or your livelihood. When you have a passion for something you want to add to what you love, to help it change or progress. I have a deep passion for storytelling and comics is my medium of choice. I want to help the progression of comics by offering my readers another level of storytelling; something new and progressive.
We chose to bring in investments through Kickstarter as opposed to other "real" investors because crowd funding offers us the ability to develop an audience and a fan base while simultaneously funding the beginning stages of our business. You, the readers, are the real investors. You are investing your time and money into a project we know you believe in and that you truly want to see become a reality. We know that you will be back when everything is in full swing and we know that you will be spreading the word of Kid Havoc once you've read the first issue and worn the first article of clothing. This means everything to us. This is where the true value of crowd funding lies and we believe that this is the greatest opportunity for independent artists in today's market. We are able to create our own opportunities and kickstart our own careers now more than ever.
Risks and challenges
Once our project is funded we will begin to start manufacturing and printing our apparel, set up photo shoots, animate promo videos, build a website and pay those who have agreed to work with us. The more we reach over our amount the faster everything will go and the range of items offered will grow as well.
I wish I could say our greatest challenges were behind us but we are far from that. Once the funds come in this will be non-stop for us. I will be writing, drawing and creating the Kid Havoc series while also creating artwork for the clothing line along with many intricate business aspects of the company. Math is boring but highly necessary to make sure that your money goes where it needs to and we take that very seriously. Fern will have her hands full designing the clothing based on the aesthetic of the comic, as well as creating many items by hand. She will be setting up and managing photoshoots for every line that comes out. Thats six a year! This will also be balanced by us having to feed ourselves and pay rent. Our asking price is not enough to pay for us to live off of but if we reach a high enough amount the leeway to invest more time into Kid Havoc without starving and not sleeping will go a long way in determining the quality and quantity of product we can produce.
Once again, if you've read this far, Fern and I would like to give you our deepest gratitude. Seeing people believe this much in something we created is enough to make a grown man have water come out of his face.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You can always purchase our product after our business has launched in Oct 2013 however, in order to get there we need to reach our pledge goal so spreading Kid Havoc around to your friends or through social media is just as valuable.
Also, remember that Kickstarter does not take funds out of your account until after our pledge goal is met. These are not donations as you are really promising to pay the amount when the project is over. If we don't receive enough pledges your money will not be taken out and Kid Havoc may never come to fruition.
No worries! Kickstarter provides us with a way to contact all of you and gather the necessary information once our project has been funded (Nov 16th.)
We are planning on having all of our issues, including the prelude issue, be standard comic size at 6.625 x 10.25" and be at least 23 pages in length if not more plus any bonus material i.e. sketches and pin ups. The trade-back issues will be a collection of all 6 issues alongside our look-book from that year which features photography from all 6 lines of clothes so that would be in the ballpark of 200 pages in length.
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