About this project
UNLOCKED!!! ALL FINAL STRETCH STRETCH GOALS ARE UNLOCKED!
UNLOCKED $65K Philip Tan print pinup with every print Mae graphic novel! And the Frank Cho “Nice Kitty!!!” print pinup for EVERYONE getting the print Mae graphic novel. And a new Gene Ha 4 page digital Mae story added to the PDF "Full Digital Package."
UNLOCKED $67.5K Five awesome vinyl stickers to share your love of Mae with the world!
UNLOCKED $70K additional pinups and/or story added to PDF "Full Digital Package" from Amanda Conner & Christopher Jones. [Upgraded to print because of Thomas H., see the Updates!]
UNLOCKED $75K additional PRINT pinups by Mark Buckingham and Yanick Paquette, and a short comic added to the PDF "Full Digital Package" from Gordon McAlpin. [Edit: Upgraded to PRINTS because Bucky wants it in print!]
UNLOCKED $45K and $50K Stretch Goal: Brandon Graham Print!
Now that we’ve busted the 650 Backers Stretch Goal, we’re ready to announce two new ones! Yes, two. At $45K we send out a 8”x10” print with artwork by Brandon Graham to the $100 tiers and up. At $50K EVERYONE who gets a Mae print GN also gets the print! Brandon is so talented that I red handed swiped an idea from him, see sample below. His style is beautiful and his visual invention unmatched in the US comics industry. For more on his work, check out the Update!
NEW STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED! - 650 Backers!
Once we have 650 backers at any level, we’re adding a PDF of the complete marker rough draft of the Mae Graphic Novel to THE FULL DIGITAL PACKAGE $10 tier! If your tier includes the print hardcover Mae book you get the DIGITAL tier too. This was the original script for the book, I actually made a typed script for Zander’s lettering afterward.
Get your friends on board. Even $1 backers count towards the goal! Here is a peek: before & after...
$30,000 Stretch Goal UNLOCKED!: Once we reach $30,000 we will include a beautiful 8” x 10” print by Katie Cook to everyone who supports us at any level that includes the print Mae Graphic Novel ($30 level, as well as all levels above $40) (Print Design TBD.)
THE MAE GRAPHIC NOVEL
After the return of Mae Fortell’s long lost sister, Mae is shocked to discover that a world of wonder and peril has followed Abbie back home.
Once upon a time in Indiana… a 13 year-old girl named Abbie Fortell disappeared. Her younger sister, Mae was left behind to finish school, take care of her ailing father, and build a life without her sister. Eight years later Abbie has returned, claiming she’s found a doorway to a world of adventure and monsters. These tales are hard to believe — at least until the monsters show up too…
The Mae Graphic Novel
The Mae graphic novel is ready to go the presses NOW. We’ve labored over the last year and invested our personal savings to get the art completed and the files printer-ready for you. With your help we can make Mae real!
Mae is THE dream project of four time Eisner Award winner and New York Times bestselling creator Gene Ha. With Gene on writing, drawing, and lead color; our team also includes artist Rose McClain on color assist, and graphic design by Anette Nam. We’re proud of the book we’ve created and can’t wait to get it into your hands.
In addition to the main story, the Mae graphic novel will feature an introduction by Bill Willingham, a behind the scenes look at concept art and production, and a bonus "Sunday comic strip" story. As a thank you we'll also include the names of every Kickstarter backer of the printed book tiers.
Oddities and Apocrypha
We are also offering Gene Ha’s book Oddities and Apocrypha as a Kickstarter Premium. It will be the first book to collect Gene Ha’s best indie stories, illustrations and sketches. Oddities and Apocrypha will include stories set in the worlds of David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Lowell Francis and Bill Willingham’s unfinished fantasy epic Back Roads. Oddities and Apocrypha will round out with the best of Gene Ha's legendary convention sketches from the last 15 years.
Both beautifully crafted books will be bound with Smythe-sewn square backed hardcovers with full color interiors on 90lb matte stock. Mae interior pages will be 7" by 10.85" and Oddities and Apocrypha pages will be 8.5” by 11”. These works of art will not be available through any other distributors.
THE REWARD TIERS:
Beyond the graphic novel we’ll have rewards at various tiers: digital art and PDFs of the book, retailer packages, t-shirts, and personalized sketches.
Here are some of our rewards!
Mae is the start of a new and different phenomena. It’s a lavishly produced adventure tale with two strong female leads, made for a wide audience: young adult as well as older readers of both genders. We know that there are many readers out there who can appreciate story and art without needing grim, gritty violence, and sex. Let’s prove to the world that there’s room for original creations like Mae. The Comic Book medium is big enough for all of our dreams and stories.
Gene Ha. Best known as the Eisner Award winning artist on Alan Moore’s Top 10. He once heroically avoided a street fight by yelling so loudly the other guy fell on his ass… true story. For more info about Gene, visit GeneHa.com
Anette Nam. Mother, wife, and all around super-heroine by day; graphic designer by night. She lives in Michigan, but was born and raised in Sweden…and we all know Swedish design rocks! Visit anettenamdesign.com to view her creations.
Rose McClain. Freelance artist, video gamer, feline friend. Do not expose to temperatures below sixty degrees Fahrenheit. Do not bend, crush, or submerge. More info at rosemcclain.com
Risks and challenges
Once we add your names to the Thank You section of Mae, the files are ready to go to the printer. This book will come out as long as one of us can get to a computer! We will be using dependable suppliers who have worked on other successful Kickstarter comic book campaigns before us. We will make every effort to get these books to you quickly.
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