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Issue #1 of LGBT webcomic Magical Boy Basil. A story about undercover teenage magicians who fight monsters in order to save the world!
Issue #1 of LGBT webcomic Magical Boy Basil. A story about undercover teenage magicians who fight monsters in order to save the world!
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Hey, we're Beckah and Jill, the creators of Magical Boy Basil, and we want to get a print copy of Issue #1 into your hands!

Magical Boy Basil is an LGBT webcomic about undercover teenage magicians who fight monsters. (In order to maintain the balance of the universe, of course.) It's an ongoing series split into chapters, available to read online at www.magicalboybasil.com.

Issue #1 - "A Dream Come True" features the first chapter of Basil's story. Basil has just moved to a little town called Tanglewood, and over the course of 24 full-color pages he discovers magic, gets chased by monsters, is rescued by Aaron, and that's just how it starts!

Living in an old mansion certainly amps up the mystery...
Living in an old mansion certainly amps up the mystery...

We created Magical Boy Basil because LGBT representation in the stories we share has a huge impact on readers.

We need more stories that feature LGBT leads. More stories that show they can drive their own magical adventures and come out victorious at The End without repeating the same tired narratives. Basil's story touches on the 'manga meets western comics' style we all know and love, but the real magic happens when that familiar, lighthearted baseline is used as a launching point for some intense storytelling as the comic goes on.

We want to bring Issue #1 to print so that Magical Boy Basil can have a bigger impact in the world. Reading comics online is great, but there's something about holding that comic book in your hands and physically interacting with the story that moves people. It's the experience of reading comic books that lead us to create this comic in the first place, so we want to bring it full circle and start putting Magical Boy Basil into your hands!

Rewards

Basil is camera shy, but we'll catch him yet.
Basil is camera shy, but we'll catch him yet.

This print run of Issue #1 features 3 different covers: an original Basil cover, an Aaron variant cover, and a Kickstarter Exclusive variant cover. Issue #1 contains 24 pages of full-color story and 4 pages of extras (even more if our stretch goal is hit) for a grand total 32-page comic book!

This Kickstarter also funds a reversible foldout poster and a set of 3 all-new prints. All of these awesome creations (and more) are available in the reward tiers!

Add-On Reward!

Increase ANY pledge by +$20 and we'll add an inside sketch to your comic book!

  • Receiving digital rewards? We'll add a 5" x 7" sketch (digital delivery) to your package!
  • Have two comic books? We'll ask which book you'd like the sketch added to, or increase your pledge by $30 to receive a sketch for both!
  • Signed up for the Kickstarter Exclusive reward? We'll add a 5" x 7" character sketch to your package!

Issue #1 Cover Art

Basil's Original Cover
Basil's Original Cover

 

Aaron's Variant Cover
Aaron's Variant Cover

 

Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover
Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover

Stretch Goals!

OR IS IT?!
OR IS IT?!
  • $7,500 - If we hit this goal, we'll double the extra content at the back of the book to 8 pages, bringing our grand total count to a 36-page self-cover comic book!
  • $9,000 - If we reach this goal, we'll spring for the upgraded stock paper for all three of our covers, complete with UV protection. GOGOGO!

Risks and challenges

All of the story art for Issue #1 is complete and a printer has been lined up to take the job as soon as this Kickstarter is funded, but some of the remaining artwork is still in progress:

* Chapter 1 is undergoing some color tweaking so that it looks its best in print. This clean-up process will be largely complete by the end of this Kickstarter.

* Beckah is producing the cover art for Issue #1 during this Kickstarter and it will be ready for print by the end of February. Stay tuned for updates!

* Our set of 3 prints will be produced while the comic book is at the printer during March and April.

* Inside sketches, character sketch art, and commissions will be produced when the comic books arrive in May.

All of this means that you can expect a delivery date for physical rewards by June! Stay tuned for regular updates through Kickstarter and social media.

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    PDF + Thank You!

    Thanks for backing us! At this level you'll receive...

    * Your name in the book! - We'll place your name on the "Thank You" page of Issue #1.

    * PDF Download - We'll send you a PDF copy of Issue #1 featuring Basil's cover art.

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    Basil's Cover + Poster

    In addition to a PDF copy of Issue #1 (Aaron Variant Cover) and your name on the "Thank You" page, you'll receive...

    * A Reversible Foldout Poster - This is an 11" x 17" foldout poster featuring Basil's cover art on one side and Aaron's cover art on the other side. Pick your favorite or switch it up!

    * Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover) - This is the comic book featuring Basil's cover art, 24 pages of full-color story content, and cool extras in the back!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
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    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover)
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    Aaron's Cover + Poster

    In addition to a PDF copy of Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover) and your name on the "Thank You" page, you'll receive...

    * A Reversible Foldout Poster - This is an 11" x 17" foldout poster featuring Basil's cover art on one side and Aaron's cover art on the other side. Pick your favorite or switch it up!

    * Issue #1 (Aaron Variant Cover) - This is the comic book featuring variant cover art of Aaron, 24 pages of full-color story content, and cool extras in the back!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
    • PDF Download
    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Issue #1 (Aaron Variant Cover)
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    Digital Collector's Set

    This is a full digital rewards tier! In addition to your name in the "Thank You" section, you'll receive:

    * PDF Download - A special PDF Download of the comic book that contains both Basil's Original Cover and Aaron's Variant Cover.

    * Process PDF - A PDF containing the narrative form, script, thumbnails, original line work, and color corrections for Chapter 1.

    * 2 Computer Wallpapers - Created from Basil's Original Cover and Aaron's Variant Cover, including back covers.

    * Set of 3 Oversized Prints (digital) - These are the collectible prints in high res format so you can print them at home.

    * 5" x 7" Character Sketch (digital) - And for a personal touch to your reward, we'll include a digital character sketch!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
    • PDF Download
    • Process PDF
    • 2 Computer Wallpapers
    • Set of 3 Oversized Prints (digital)
    • 5" x 7" Character Sketch (digital)
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    Collector's Set

    This is the whole package! In addition to a PDF copy of Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover), your name on the "Thank You" page, and a Reversible Foldout Poster, you'll receive...

    * 3 Oversized Prints - This is a set of 3 all-new 5.47" x 8.52" prints created by MBB artist Rebeckah Murray.

    * BOTH comic books SIGNED - one featuring Basil's cover art and one featuring Aaron's, both signed by the creators.

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
    • PDF Download
    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Set of 3 Oversized Prints
    • Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover) + signed
    • Issue #1 (Aaron Varient Cover) + signed
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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE!

    THIS WILL NEVER BE PRINTED AGAIN!
    In addition to a PDF Copy of Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover), the Reversible Foldout Poster, and a set of 3 oversized prints, you'll receive...

    * Your name in BOLD - You're a special fan, so we'll print your name in bold on the "Thank You" page of Issue #1.

    * Issue #1 (Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover) - This is a variant cover available ONLY through this Kickstarter. Only 100 copies will be printed and it will never be printed again. Each copy will be numbered and signed by the creators.

    * + Inside Sketch - Not only will you receive this variant cover signed by the creators, Magical Boy Basil artist Rebeckah Murray will sketch a character on the inside cover!

    Includes:
    • Your name in BOLD!
    • PDF Download
    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Set of 3 Oversized Prints
    • Issue #1 (Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Cover) + signed
    • + Inside Sketch by artist Rebeckah Murray
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    Collector's Set + Character Sketch

    In addition to all the goodies available in the Collector's Set, you'll receive...

    * An Original Character Sketch - This is a 5" x 7" ink sketch by Magical Boy Basil artist Rebeckah Murray. It will feature one of the characters from the main cast.

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
    • PDF Download
    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Set of 3 Oversized Prints
    • Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover) + signed
    • Issue #1 (Aaron Varient Cover) + signed
    • 5" x 7" Character Sketch
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    Collector's Set + Sketch Commission

    In addition to all the goodies in the Collector's Set, you'll receive...

    * A Character Sketch Commission - This is an 8" x 10" ink on bristol board sketch of a character (or two) of your choice!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
    • PDF Download
    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Set of 3 Oversized Prints
    • Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover) + signed
    • Issue #1 (Aaron Varient Cover) + signed
    • 8" x 10" Sketch Commission
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    Collector's Set + Sketch Commission

    In addition to all the goodies in the Collector's Set, you'll receive...

    * A Character Sketch Commission - This is an 8" x 10" ink on bristol board sketch of a character (or two) of your choice!

    Note: This reward has a later delivery date so that Beckah has enough time to fulfill your commission.

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
    • PDF Download
    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Set of 3 Oversized Prints
    • Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover) + signed
    • Issue #1 (Aaron Varient Cover) + signed
    • 8" x 10" Sketch Commission
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    Collector's Set + Issue #1 Page Art

    In addition to all the goodies in the Collector's set, you'll receive...

    * Issue #1 Original Page Art + Color Print - This is an original 11" x 17" line work page from Magical Boy Basil Issue #1 signed by artist Rebeckah Murray, as well as an issue-size print of the final color page signed by colorist Jill Hackett.

    Includes:
    • Your name in the book!
    • PDF Download
    • Reversible Foldout Poster
    • Set of 3 Oversized Prints
    • Issue #1 (Original Basil Cover) + signed
    • Issue #1 (Aaron Varient Cover) + signed
    • Original Page Art + Color Print
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