HAVE YOU SEEN THESE KIDS?
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Kickstarter campaign to publish the first volume of the epic fantasy graphic novel The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand!
Part I funded on day 1 in less than seven hours and went on to unlock multiple Stretch Goals thanks to over 750 backers. I really couldn't be more appreciative of every single pledge so THANK YOU ALL FOR AN AWESOME KICKSTARTER!
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My name is Felipe Cagno and the Lost Kids has been a passion project of mine for the last ten years not to mention also the reason I work with comic books.
And I believe it's finally time to bring this project to print after two very successful releases in digital format!
START FROM THE TOP - WHAT IS THE LOST KIDS?
The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand is a love letter to Goonies, the 80s cartoon Dungeons & Dragons and Final Fantasy!
It tells the story of a group of five teenagers that after being mysteriously transported to a world filled with magic and airships must find a lost city in order to return home - the city of Samarkand.
Because the graphic novel was adapted from an award-winning film screenplay I wrote while at Chapman University the end result was a whopping 230+ pages long graphic novel which made it impossible to be published in print right away.
However, after eight very successful Kickstarters and the incredible support from readers and fans through those campaigns, I feel it's time to risk it all and get the Lost Kids out there in the premium format it always deserved.
THAT'S AWESOME! SO THIS KICKSTARTER IS FOR THE COMPLETE 200+ PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL?
Not quite yet. It's always been my wish to do the Lost Kids in a beautiful hard-cover format and the only way to make that possible was to split the full story in two parts.
This is the Kickstarter for part 1 of 2:
We're publishing issues 1 thru 4 in a single collected volume that tells the first part of the whole story and you get to pick between the Regular Cover Art in softcover TPB or the Variant Cover art in hardcover premium format:
And yes, the variant cover is a double-splash artwork never published anywhere else before! \o/
THE COVERS ARE GORGEOUS BUT WHO ARE THE INTERIOR ARTISTS FOR THE LOST KIDS?
We truly had a talented team work on the Lost Kids and since the task was so intensively large we've split up the story in eight issues.
Part 1 will cover issues 1 thru 4:
Art by Ben & Joey Vazquez (USA) and colors by Everardo Orozco (Mexico)
Art by Rafael De Latorre (Brasil) and colors by Clonerh Kimura (Mexico)
Art by Wilton Santos and colors by Everardo Orozco (Mexico)
Art by René Córdova (Mexico) & Luis Figueiredo (Portugal) and colors by Michael Perez (USA) & Derek Down (Scotland)
The book will also include the original covers by Genzoman (Chile), Bea Jackson (USA), Mark Taduran (Philippines) and René Córdova & Clonerh Kimura (Mexico).
Lavishly illustrated by a team of professional artists from all over the world as you can tell, The Lost Kids made quite a splash back on DeviantArt when some of the most popular artists there contributed their talent to the book.
The DeviantArt staff even published an article about the Lost Kids and the difficult road to telling the story in comic book format:
SO THE FULL STORY IS 100% COMPLETE. CAN WE SEE SOME SAMPLES?
The full graphic novel is complete but we're re-doing all the lettering from scratch with professional letterer Deyvison Manes.
I'm also updating the dialogues and doing yet another pass so readers that have read the Lost Kids before might enjoy reading this UPDATED RELEASE IN PRINT:
YOU'VE SAID THIS HAS BEEN DIGITALLY PUBLISHED BEFORE. WHERE?
That's right! The Lost Kids was published as a Web-Series on Tapastic over the course of a full year amassing over 90K in views - and it's still online if you want to check it out for yourself:
The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand was also digitally published on Comixology to great acclaim including a feature for their Submit Creator and a signing on C2E2 in 2015!
THAT' S ALL PRETTY COOL! AND WHAT KIND OF REWARDS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HERE?
Our main dish is obviously The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand Part 1 in either edition - or both of them - but we also have some pretty cool stuff.
The Art of The Lost Kids
This was the first ever-published Lost Kids book. It was an art book put together back in 2008 through DeviantArt. It's long out of print and I'm making the very last 60 copies available exclusively on this Kickstarter!
The book is 80-pages long, hardcover format and premium glossy paper with full-color illustrations and concepts by Tony Holmsten!
It is filled with background info on characters, how they were created, the world, mythos, lore and more. The Art of the Lost Kids was always the perfect entry point into the series and a Making Of as well!
Because these are now so limited in quantity they cannot be added on to the basic packages. The only way to get them is picking a tier which have them included.
Set of Prints 3x or 8x
The Lost Kids was really fortunate to be able to snag pin-ups by some of the world's most talented and popular artists and while I do plan on including these artworks in the book, I thought it'd be cool to also make them available as prints!
Backers can choose whether to go home with a set of 3x prints or go all the way with the set of 8x! There won't be any substitution so please make sure you are getting the ones that caught your eye.
They come in a large 11x17in size glossy high-end paper and we ship them in a separate thick cardboard Mailer Tube.
*International backers please not this means twice as much shipping as the tubes are considered packages.
Set of 3x Prints
Set of 8x Prints
THE SECRET SAMARKAND TOME
Extremely limited to 12 books, this VIP textured hardcover edition will feature its' own exclusive ALL BLACK ART with GLOW-IN-THE-DARK INK!
They will come numbered from 1 to 12 and I won't make these available anywhere else nor in any other Kickstarter.
The below is a template/temporary placeholder (that's a temp artwork from another one of my books. I plan on commissioning this from scratch from a top talented artist!) but should illustrate pretty well the finished book:
WOW, SO MUCH COOL STUFF! WHAT HAPPENS IF WE GO OVER THE INITIAL GOAL? HAVE YOU GOT ANY STRETCH GOALS PLANNED?
If and when we go over our initial $8,000 goal then we do start going after Stretch Goals where everybody wins!
For every stretch goal unlocked backers get special rewards, upgrades and more. If you back now and spread the word... we just might be able to squeeze more into your package!
LOOKS LIKE YOU'VE GOT EVERYTHING COVERED BUT YOURSELF!
FELIPE CAGNO - Writer & Editor
I'm 34 years old and I have been working pretty much exclusively with comics since 2013. I have a background in film making, got my Master's degree at Chapman University and wrote and directed my first feature-length film in 2012, A Bullet With No Name.
My first comic book series was The Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand epic adventure (see how we are coming back full circle?!). It was an adaptation of a feature screenplay I wrote while at Chapman and working at producing companies like Arad Pictures, Weed Road and Misher Films.
Trying a different approach to comics, I came up with the short narrative challenge "321": comic book stories with 3 pages, 2 characters and 1 twist ending. The 321: Fast Comics series was kickstarted right here in 2015, and featured stories from every genre you can think of with a myriad of top-name artists attached to them.
My biggest title right now is The Few and Cursed featuring the Redhead. Along with Fabiano Neves we've published five books so far and we've got a board game in the works with Rock Manor Games.
I also have another creator-owned series in the works, Classified, a spy thriller. Earlier this year I completed two original graphic novels. Too Good to Be True is a dramedy about a wannabe comic book artist that meets his inspirational Hollywood crush.
Choices: A Hero's Tale is a graphic novel about a young guy that wants to be the world's first real superhero. It's inspired by the comics from the 50s and 60s when superheroes were just fun.
Recently I also got the opportunity of writing a Planet of the Apes short story for comic book app Madefire and Fox. Last but not least I'm currently working on the sci-fi drama Adagio which was the recipient's of a prestigious grant in Brazil in 2017.
DEYVISON MANES - Letterer
One of the best letterers in Brazil, Deyvison has built an impressive body of work over the past couple of years and is slowly tackling more and more titles for the US comic market.
He's been with The Few and Cursed since the beginning and has also done every other book I've ever published. He is also a crafty writer and has his own creator-owned sci-fi book - Justiça Sideral.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR BUDGET AND SHIPPING, CARE TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THEM?
I'm always all about 100% transparency and I believe you deserve to know where your money is going to.
All of the money raised by Kickstarter will be used towards four things: Production, Printing, Shipping and Fees.
Here’s a breakdown of our costs:
- Production - $659.12
- Printing & Delivery - $6,437.89
- Shipping - $2,800.00 (rough estimate based on previous campaigns)
- Shipping supplies - $400.00
- Fees (10% Kickstarter) - $948.86
- Other costs including travel, ISBN code, etc - $962.34
Total - $12,208.21
Any additional funding over our goal will first cover whatever is left from the above and all the extras like collectible coin, extra pin-ups, magnets, etc and production of extra content for us all to enjoy.
As far as packing goes we use hard cardboard photo mailers plus dust-free clear plastic bags and comic book sized card-boards. For those high tiers packed with tons of content we use Easy-Fold Mailers for maximum protection (this worked great for my last Kickstarter!).
Last but not least, as mentioned previously, we use thick cardboard mailer tubes for the prints - which does incur higher shipping but it's the only way to make sure the prints arrive safely.
Our primary goal is to entertain you and release the Lost Kids in print for the first time ever. It all starts with YOU and YOUR support so thanks so much for checking the Lost Kids out.
If you have any questions or inquiries please send me a message or shoot an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
This will be my 9th Kickstarter campaign, 21st crowdfunding if you count my experience with a similar platform in Brazil, and by now I can say I have a pretty good handle of what to expect prior, during and after a lengthy campaign.
I love crowdfunding, it's an excellent opportunity to get in direct touch with readers and fans. If you have any criticism, feedback or questions, I'm always around whether it's through Kickstarter's inbox or at email@example.com
I'd like to point out the book is pretty much done, all that is left is to ready the print files and actually go to print.
We might need some extra time to produce the extra items unlocked through any unlocked Stretch Goals but other than that, we're good to go!
The delivery schedule shouldn't suffer any delays except due to extraordinary circumstances (like monsoon season in Asia or being held up in customs, or Fedex misplacing a 60lbs package, yeah, it all happened before).
My biggest challenge is always shipping. I'm always looking for ways to make your packages arrive as safely as possible and in a timely manner. It's not easy... I've actually made friends with my local post-office dealing with such a difficult logistic but I feel I've made improvements and there is always room for growth.
For this campaign I plan on streamlining the logistics for some of our higher-end reward tiers offering prints instead of original art. Everything will be ready for shipping by October 2018.
All in all I'm glad you are here and thanks so much for backing!
- (36 days)