IT'S A ROCK 'N' ROLL GHOST STORY!
Hello! My name is John Schlim Jr, and as the creator and writer of Goth Ghost Girl I'd like to take you on a tour of what we're hoping to accomplish with YOUR help...
Lilly O'Siris was once the guitarist and lead vocalist of the punk rock band, Imminent Hour, perfectly content as an outcast from mainstream society. But then she was murdered by a deranged fanatic who felt her nonconformity was the devil's influence. Since rock 'n' roll can never die, she returned from the grave as a vengeance-seeking, wise-cracking ghost. Now her hobbies include hunting down murderers, slaying vampires, kicking zombie ass, haunting high schools, and taking her head off to freak out preppies. Of course, she still likes to hang around the best clubs, and most of the other dead spirits adore her because she's the coolest ghost ever.
My partner on this project is the incredibly talented artist, Sergio Quijada, and we're looking to produce a full-color comic book featuring Goth Ghost Girl's first full-length story, "An Die Freude." In this tale the young punk-pop queen finds herself roaming the world as a reanimated spirit, irresistibly drawn to tragic situations and victimized people. She finally decides to take action with one particularly troubled young girl.
UPDATE: Thanks to our enthusiastic backers achieveing Stretch Goals, this is now a 40-pg full-color comic book!
Here are some non-spoiler sample pages (please note that the lettering is unedited and simply being used as placeholders):
Goth Ghost Girl debuted in a short story that appeared in Fiendish Fables, a horror comics anthology published by Brain Scan Studios that paid homage to the classic creepy tales made famous by publishers EC and Warren. That book was my brainchild and I was thrilled that the diverse team of artists who worked on it earned us a "Certified Cool" ranking by Diamond Comic Distributors. Goth Ghost Girl became the most discussed part of the publication, and the resulting fan mail made me realize that she needed her own book.
Although this first issue includes a self-contained tale, it’s just the beginning of the full story of Goth Ghost Girl. Each subsequent story in the coming issues will begin to answer the many questions surrounding Lilly’s new existence, such as how she died, who she was before her death, how her spectral form can interact with the living world, and why she seems drawn to despair. Some stories will be poignant (such as this hauntingly sad first issue), some will be funny, and some will be action-packed. Sergio and I plan to explore ghost folklore, change misconceptions about goth culture, and eventually reveal the true purpose of our heroine's supernatural return in a climactic finale. But first we need YOUR help to bring Goth Ghost Girl to life!
ARTIST SERGIO QUIJADA is a proficient talent who illustrated the very first Goth Ghost Girl short story that was published in Fiendish Fables, and he's remained part of the creative team because he loves the character. Sergio is a professional comic artist and freelance illustrator, currently splitting his time between his daily job as Art Director at a videogame company and freelance artist by night. He's been working on comic books, trading card games, school books, and videogames for almost 10 years. He's also been an Art Director/Character Designer for 2D animated commercials. His artwork has been published in the United States and his home country of Chile, most notably his stint as artist on Samurai Jack (IDW Publishing) and Box Artist for Robotech (Lionsgate Entertainment). Sergio's unique style is mostly based on fantasy/painted and animated/cartoonish influences, but he's constantly striving to improve his skills in a wide variety of styles.
Check out some of his artwork online:
Watch a cool time-lapse video of Sergio designing Taro:
PUBLICATION DESIGNER STEPHANIE SCHLIM graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013 and gained experience working for several different companies before committing to freelance graphic design full time. She has worked with clients on a wide range of projects including logos and identities, UI/UX and web design, packaging, environmental design, wedding stationery, hand drawn lettering, and illustration. More importantly, she's my daughter.
Check out her online portfolio: http://stephschlim.com/
CREATOR/WRITER JOHN SCHLIM JR spent his formative years as a mercenary writer in the bloody, interdimensional Literary Wars, where he earned the nickname, “Hack.” Upon his return to the civilized world, the battle-weary scribe worked for more than a decade as a journalist, graphic designer, and advertising copywriter. Yet his thirst for adventure could not be quenched, so once again he took up the quill to write comics, children’s books, novels, and the occasional screenplay. His published comics work includes Dandelion (Arcana Studios), Fiendish Fables (Brain Scan Studios), and a contribution to the critically acclaimed Outlaw Territory (Image Comics).
Studio link: https://fablehaus.wordpress.com/
Goth Ghost Girl will be published by Ovation Comics, a publisher creating a new age in comics for print, digital, and beyond. Look for the "Standing O" on the cover of the coolest indie comics. And learn more about them at http://ovationcomics.com/
Hopefully you'll be tempted by these mock-ups of some of our key rewards levels. Please take a moment to read through all of the different backer levels on the right side of this screen and see what each has to offer. Join whatever Club makes the most sense for you, we'll be thrilled with any support you can provide!
Stretch Goals - NEW!
Now that we've hit our funding goal, it's time to reveal our first stretch goals! Help us achieve these milestones and unlock new rewards for all backers!
The Goal, Take Two
Why “take two?” Well because we tried this before. So if you were thinking that this project seems familiar, you were right. We originally pitched a higher-priced collection of Goth Ghost Girl stories in a graphic novel format. And along with that we pitched a boatload of very cool backer rewards. Unfortunately, our delusions of grandeur created a rather expensive budget goal. And we failed.
Creating a budget for a Kickstarter-financed project is a spiraling descent into madness. There are countless "if this then that" scenarios which seem to breed endless costs, denying the underlying desire to make the book as affordable as possible. But the reality of independent creators producing, printing, and shipping comics themselves is an expensive challenge. Then when you factor in the production of cool rewards that we want to provide to our awesome supporters, plus Kickstarter's cut and the insatiable appetite of the IRS, the budget becomes a shape-shifting monster that everybody wishes Goth Ghost Girl would slay.
So we learned our lesson from our first attempt and we simplified. This time we’re offering a single comic issue of the sassy specter’s adventures, and a limited number of backer rewards. The budget goal basically pays for printing. Ideally we’ll beat that budget goal and begin chasing some secret Stretch Rewards…then Sergio can be better compensated for all of his hard work illustrating the story.
Shipping fees are additional and we've done our best to keep them reasonable for those in the United States. There's not much we could do about the expense of international shipping. Add-ons are only available for US orders.
Risks and challenges
As previously stated, we've been down this road before so we've really eliminated most risks. The artwork is well on its way to being completed, and many of the rewards have already been produced. All we need now is a little love from you to make it all come together. Thank you for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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