Video music: "Night Owl" by Broke for Free
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!
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!
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!
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
- $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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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