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$1,113
pledged of $6,969pledged of $6,969 goal
19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 12 2019 4:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

OVERVIEW:  

The story of Romeo and Juliet is, of course, one of the best known in the world.  But we always thought Will Shakespeare did a disservice to the lovers, and the families, in his play.  So, we re-envisioned the story with a Gay Romance twist, two families that have a mysterious something-in-common, and a bunch of slightly crazy people that make up a romantic comedy set in modern times.  

 The stage is set for this story in Verona, California outside of the San Francisco Bay area. The families of the Capulets and the Montagues haven't been in touch for many years.  But something brings them into one another's lives again.  The LGBTQ twist helps propel the story forward, but also back in time.  There are also a few funny twisted individuals you'll recognize throughout the story that harken back to our love for Will Shakespeare's characters. Still not convinced you're going to like this story?  Well, read the first Act for free at www.romeoxjulien.com and see if you don't love it! 

WHAT WILL YOU BE GETTING? 

This graphic novel will be printed on the best paper stock for a 250 page full color soft cover book.  The size will be 8"x10" like most of the omnibus graphic novels you see at book stores and comic shops.  The cover is currently under revisions so we aren't releasing it here.  Hey, we wanted something to be a surprise.  In the digital rewards category, Ina is working on a fantastic art piece for you.  It will be something that will make people notice your wallpaper and want something like it.  Also, in the digital rewards category, we are making the book available as a 'rental' for those who know it's just a one time story for them.  Or they can pledge for the ebook, for repeat reading.  And finally, there will be art cards... another surprise, you'll be very happy.  

THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL'S HISTORY 

The past five years have been an ongoing labor of love to get this LGBTQ+ LOVE STORY out of our heads and onto the paper.  We started it as a WebComic, but realized that we didn't want to tell a story based on the confines of the internet community.  

During this time we've suffered broken bones; Mar broke both a leg and an arm in two separate incidents.  We've given one another bruised egos; because what writer/artist team doesn't have their minor disagreements?  And we've had some decisions to make; like do we want to make this story sexy or do we want it to be a young adult book.  

First, bones mend. Second, friendship wins.  And Finally, true to the gay men we're portraying in the story, of course it had to be sexy.  

WHY WE ARE COMING TO KICKSTARTER for FUNDING?

The final product is almost ready for publication, and we want to make it available to readers as a beautiful product. So, here we are asking for you to help cover our printing costs so we can send out this complete 250 page graphic novel to the world.  We also had to hire a couple of colorists to make this book a beautiful addition to the graphic novel library.  So, we've asked for a very minimal amount, but one that tickled our funny bones... please help us raise $6969?  

 REWARDS 

Notice that we ... um... have a over active imagination....   p.s. Kickstarter wouldn't let us add 69 cents to our rewards list...
Notice that we ... um... have a over active imagination.... p.s. Kickstarter wouldn't let us add 69 cents to our rewards list...

Risks and challenges

We've successfully run two other Kickstarter campaigns. First to fund our publication of the second book in the the series. The second for our third book. Each time we met or exceeded the pledge goal, and delivered to all of our supporters on time and without trouble.

Our challenge this time was finding a printer that would print a NSFW graphic novel, at 250 pages, in a large format 8x10 book. We've got that under control, and we have the price points that make it possible to get all the copies we need to complete the Kickstarter and make our budget, pay our colorists, and have a complete graphic novel.

What do we know could be challenges? Honestly, the printer could go out of business, and we'd still have a backup printing availability. It would be more expensive, but we could squeeze it out of the final funds from this Kickstarter program.

We've both donated to Kickstarters that didn't get completed, and never sent the product that they promised. We know that disappointment, and that is NOT going to be our way of doing business. Kickstarter isn't a charity organization, people who pledge expect something for their funds. We promise to deliver in the timeframe set out in our Awards area.

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    Thank you for your Support

    Thank you for supporting our dream of getting our GRAPHIC NOVEL out of our heads and into BOOK FORM.

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    Digital Wallpaper

    Our Artist is creating a piece that will only be available for our Kickstarter Supporters. We'll send a high quality digital file for you to use as you want, but it will make a cool Wallpaper on your computer or cellphone.

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    FIRST DATE as a DIGITAL RENTAL

    You'll be able to read the whole colorized graphic novel FIRST DATE~a RomeoXJulien story as a rented copy. Kind of like how you get to use an ebook for a certain period of time, then you return it.

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    FIRST DATE as a DIGITAL DELUXE

    The perfect way to read the book, and own it, if you have an ebook reader, and a storage capacity. You'll own this book in your digital files as long as you wish, but cannot share it with others. We'll also include the Wallpaper and 4 digital art cards for your enjoyment.

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    JUST THE BOOK

    Get your copy of the book in it's first printing, and only the book, because you don't need all the other stuff! The book is completed, the coloring is completed, all we need is the money to print the copies. And you'll be one of the FIRST to own FIRST DATE.

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    BOOK plus Art Cards plus Digital Deluxe

    With this level you get the Book plus 4 Art Cards plus the digital Ebook plus the digital wall paper. This will only be mailed to USA supporters, due to the costs of postage.

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    Signed LIMITED EDITION Card Plate PLUS

    We're getting a limited number of BOOK PLATES signed by our Writer, Artist, and both Colorists. So, this will be the ONLY TIME the book is signed by all four of us. You'll also receive the BOOK, the Art Cards, and the DIGITAL DELUXE package.

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    ARTIST creation JUST FOR YOU

    The ROMEOxJULIEN ARTIST will create a sketch for you. It will be her choice, but rest assured it will be an original piece of art that NO ONE ELSE will own. PLUS you're going to get the BOOK and the Art Cards, plus the Digital Deluxe package.

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    INDEPENDENT COMIC BOOK STORE MEGA AWARD

    Get six (6) copies of the graphic novel FIRST DATE ~ a RomeoXJulien story for a wholesale price. This LGBTQ+ book will be a 250 page omnibus issue. It will be a highlight of your sales for the December season. And you'll be supporting Indie Creators!

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