About this project
Next Town Over is a creator-owned frontier fantasy comic; a twisted yarn about the less-than-black-and-white nature of good and bad, written and drawn by Erin Mehlos. This campaign will help collect and print its second volume, consisting of chapters 5 through 8. Build onto your NTO library if you already own the first book, or get caught up in style with one of the collections (check out the rewards below!)! Continue unraveling the curious rivalry 'twixt laconic, mechanically-inclined Vane Black and wanted rogue John Henry Hunter through:
Updating like clockwork since autumn of 2010, Next Town Over’s web incarnation has picked up readers, popularity, and its fair share of kind words:
WINNER, 2016 Excellence in Webcomics Awards (Excellence in Writing)
- "If you haven't read Next Town Over before, then you may have just found your new favorite webcomic." -- Aaron Colter, Comics Alliance
- "Next Town Over is an all action webcomic — with shoot-outs, chases, lassoing and the like — and it ain’t ashamed of what it is. It’s for folks who swill Tennessee whiskey and are in the mood for some rootin’, tootin’, shootin’, gun-totin’, sassafrassin’ Texas-sized brawls.... 4 stars." -- The Webcomic Overlook
- "The comic’s artwork is gorgeous ... a must read." -- Shawn Gustafson, The Specialists
- "Some comic book artists are great artists, but great comic book artists understand their medium and transcend drawing and move into storytelling... Mehlos really owns this in Next Town Over." -- Slap Bookleather
I’m Erin Mehlos, an independent (and self-taught) comics creator, editor, publisher and mom from the frozen north of Wisconsin, USA. I'm the creator of Next Town Over, Hell's Corners, the fair pay, inclusive anthology Poor Wayfaring Strangers (successfully crowdfunded earlier this year), and a contributor to several other projects, including NOBODIES and the Eisner-nominated 24 Hour Comics Highlights 2005. I wear a lot of hats, I spin a lot of plates, and I don't have an overabundance of cash, which is where you come in!
Volume 2: No Particular Fear will collect Next Town Over's most recent four chapters (#5-8; Wayward through Diamondback Ridge) into a quality foil-stamped trade softcover featuring over 130 pages of pure comics and another (estimated) 30+ pages of extras, including conceptual sketches, bonus artwork, guides to Next Town Over locations & characters, some of the fantastic entries to Next Town Over's various art contests, and more!
I will also be printing a shorter run (500 copies, total) of a slipcased, clothbound hardcover edition with a bound-in, signed and hand-numbered limitation page to match the Volume 1 hardcover.
The first volume of Next Town Over was a great book, largely made possible by generous backing from people like you, but I vastly underestimated the costs associated with making it such a great book. Now, it's important to me that I make this second volume a perfect match for the first on your shelf -- whether you own the softcover or limited hardcover -- but I'm a lot better acquainted with what that's going to cost, and unable to shoulder so much of the burden myself this time. A run of 1000 trade paperbacks + 500 slipcased hardcovers of this volume of Next Town Over, when you factor in printing, logistics, an ISBN, etc. -- nevermind my time collecting and prepressing the book -- is going to run upwards of $8000; shipping it out to you folks (international shipping has gotten ludicrously expensive) is expected to cost close to $2000, and then of course there's Kickstarter fees, payment processor fees, taxes....
$14,000 – NEW 3-page comic from Gus Carlson, creator of Tourist Unknown added & exclusive to the book! Gus is a contributor to Poor Wayfaring Strangers, and artist of Next Town Over short "Rough Week" (already included in Volume 2)
$16,000 – at least two new guest illustrations from artists yet to be revealed added to the book, and a swell set of 8.5x11" prints of Eric Dagley's fantastic NTO covers (for which he'll also get a well-deserved bonus paycheck) added to all $50+ pledges.
$18,000 - NEW 3 page short from me included in & exclusive to the book
$20,000 - ????? Unlock $16K goal to find out! ?????
$25,000 - ????? Unlock $18K goal to find out! ?????
Help me pay for the book, guarantee yourself an early copy, and guarantee the future of Next Town Over!
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Video music: Gringo Flamenco by Montana Skies
Risks and challenges
With THREE successfully funded, successfully fulfilled Kickstarter campaigns under my belt (the last two of which were fulfilled months ahead of schedule) this isn't my first rodeo. I've learned a ton about potential pitfalls, unforeseen expenses, and other assorted disasters that can cripple a crowdfunded product, and I'm confident I'm heading them all off at the pass! Additionally, with the exception of the cover and any stretch goal materials, the art to be included in this book is done. That's right, the 130+ pages of pure comics that make up the meat of this volume are 100% in the bag. This campaign is about as low-risk as they come, but that said, life is life and there is always a slim chance of unforeseen delays, etc..Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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