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Eight years ago Mae's sister Abbie ran away from home to a different more magical world. The monsters have followed her back…
Eight years ago Mae's sister Abbie ran away from home to a different more magical world. The monsters have followed her back…
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Read the FAQ to find out how to Add-On extra t-shirts and print copies of Mae and Oddities to your $28+ Rewards!

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!]

LOCKED: Mae & Abbie '66 by Christopher Jones.
LOCKED: Mae & Abbie '66 by Christopher Jones.

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!]

LOCKED: Abbie & the Mňoukové by Yanick Paquette!
LOCKED: Abbie & the Mňoukové by Yanick Paquette!
LOCKED: Abbie painting by Mark Buckingham
LOCKED: Abbie painting by Mark Buckingham

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!

Gene Ha, caught red handed. Sorry, Brandon! [Not the pinup]
Gene Ha, caught red handed. Sorry, Brandon! [Not the pinup]

 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.) 

Katie Cook
Katie Cook

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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 BOOKS:

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!

WHY KICKSTARTER?

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.

THE TEAM:

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.

Thank you for your support!

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    FRIENDS OF THE RAINTREE COUNTY LIBRARY

    Our thanks, and your name listed on the Mae Thank You web page!

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    RAINTREE HIGH CLASSMATES

    A set of 3 digital wallpapers, and our thanks on the Mae Thank You web page!

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    ZENITH PIZZA MEAL DEAL
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    A digital PDF of the Mae graphic novel, a set of 3 digital wallpapers, and our thanks on the Mae Thank You web page!

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    ODDITIES AND ALLIES

    The print hardcover, Oddities and Apocrypha, collecting the best of Gene Ha’s indie stories, illustrations and his legendary Copic marker sketches.
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    MAE GRAPHIC NOVEL

    The print hardcover Mae graphic novel and your name in the book’s Thank You section. Comes with the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGE, and our deep and heartfelt thanks. Your support for Mae makes it all possible!
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    T-SHIRT LEVEL

    Your choice of one of three sweet Mae designs. Screenprinted on American Apparel cotton jersey t-shirt.
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    GOOD THINGS IN THREES

    The print hardcover Mae graphic novel and your name in the book’s Thank You section. Plus three 5” x 7” mini prints. The prints will feature artwork by Zander Cannon and Mike Norton (Revival, Battlepug), and the delightful “profile pic” by the Eisenhower Library’s Naomi Timpe! And 3 bookmarks and 3 postcards. Comes with the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGE.
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    THE BREAKFAST CLUB

    Early Bird Special! The print hardcovers of both the Mae graphic novel and Oddities and Apocrypha. Includes the GOOD THINGS IN THREES and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES.
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    ABBIE AND MAE FORTELL SISTERHOOD

    The print hardcovers of both the Mae graphic novel and Oddities and Apocrypha. Includes the GOOD THINGS IN THREES and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES.
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    T-SHIRT WORN BY MAE!!!

    Get a t-shirt really and truly worn by Mae! The print hardcover Mae graphic novel, delivered wearing the t-shirt design of your choice. T-shirt signed: “Worn by Mae — Gene Ha”. Includes the GOOD THINGS IN THREES and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES. Three bookmarks and three 5” x 7” mini prints too!
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    DEEMED SEMI-LITERATE BY MARY SHELLEY!

    The author of Frankenstein and hailed as the creator of science fiction, Mary Shelley approves of your geeky ways. “Deemed to Have SEMi-LITERATE Value by Mary Shelley” ink stamped in your copy of the Mae graphic novel. Also comes with a Mae bookplate signed and numbered by Gene Ha. Comes with both hardcover books. Includes the FORTELL SISTERHOOD and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES. If this sells out we’ll be adding more limited run author stamps, but Mary gets the place of honor.
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    DEEMED SEMi-LITERATE BY WILLINGHAM and/or WAID
    Mae has been deemed SEMi-LITERATE by both Mark Waid and Bill Willingham! “Deemed to Have SEMi-LITERATE Value” by Mark Waid AND/OR Bill Willingham ink stamped in your copy of the Mae graphic novel. Also comes with a Mae bookplate signed and numbered by Gene Ha. Comes with both hardcover books. Includes the FORTELL SISTERHOOD and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES. [Note that Mary Shelley tier backers may now get any or ALL of the available SEMi-LITERATE stamps!]

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    SEMI-LITERATE BATNINJA DOODLE

    “I am Batninja.” Get your Oddities and Apocrypha, and SEMi-LITERATE stamped Mae graphic novel, the latter with a signed and numbered bookplate (number 100 or below). Plus, you get a doodle of the adorable Batninja’s hoodied face! Finally, we’ll add three 8.5” x 11” prints by Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Gene Ha and Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men). Please specify which available SEMi-LITERATE stamp you prefer.
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    NEW!!! SEMI-LITERATE BIG CAT DOODLE

    Get your Oddities and Apocrypha, and SEMi-LITERATE stamped Mae graphic novel, the latter with a signed and numbered bookplate. Plus, you get a doodle of the cute yet fierce Big Cat! Finally, we’ll add three 8.5” x 11” prints by Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Gene Ha and Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men). Please specify which available SEMi-LITERATE stamp you prefer.
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    NEW!!! SEMI-LITERATE B.F.F. DAHLIA DOODLE

    Get your Oddities and Apocrypha, and SEMi-LITERATE stamped Mae graphic novel, with a doodle of Mae’s BFF Dahlia, and a signed and numbered bookplate (number 150 or below, 101-125 goes to the Big Cat Doodles). Finally, we’ll add three 8.5” x 11” prints by Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Gene Ha and Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men). Please specify which available SEMi-LITERATE stamp you prefer. ALL Doodle tiers include the FORTELL SISTERHOOD and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES.

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    NEW!!! SEMi-LITERATE WOODCHUCK SKULL & CROSSBONES DOODLE

    Get your Oddities and Apocrypha, and SEMi-LITERATE stamped Mae graphic novel, with a doodle of the bronzed woodhchuck skull & crossbones from Abbie's hat, and a signed and numbered bookplate (number 175 or below). Finally, we’ll add three 8.5” x 11” prints by Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Gene Ha and Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men). Please specify which available SEMi-LITERATE stamp you prefer. ALL Doodle tiers include the FORTELL SISTERHOOD and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES.

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    SEMI-LITERATE CAVEMAN VIKING PORTRAIT

    Get everything in the BATNINJA TIER, but instead of a mere doodle get a facial portrait of yourself (or a loved one!) as a Caveman Viking! We’ll also write in a short dedication of your choice. Signed and numbered bookplate (number 40 or below).
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    NEW!!! SEMi-LITERATE ZEMĚTŘASI COURTIER PORTRAIT

    Forget living like a caveman, you want a portrait as a decadent Zemětřasi courtier! Get everything in the BATNINJA TIER, but replace the doodle with the portrait. We’ll also write in a short dedication of your choice. Signed and numbered bookplate (number 50 or below). ALL SEMi-LITERATE PORTRAIT tiers include the FORTELL SISTERHOOD and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES.

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS:
    5” X 7” COLOR SKETCH

    Get everything in the BATNINJA TIER, and add a separate 5” x 7” full color marker sketch on acid free paper! Signed and numbered bookplate (number 20 or below).
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    DEVOTEE OF THE ARTS:
    5” X 7” COLOR SKETCH

    Get everything in the BATNINJA TIER, and add a separate 5” x 7” full color marker sketch on acid free paper! Both books, the Mae print graphic novel and Oddities & Apocrypha. Signed and numbered bookplate (number 25 or below) and ALL art prints. ALL SKETCH tiers include the FORTELL SISTERHOOD and the FULL DIGITAL PACKAGES.
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    ENTER THE OTHERWORLD:
    APPEAR IN A FUTURE MAE STORY

    Appear as a background character in a future Mae story. Options for your cameo include barbarians, scheming servants, brave soldiers, or enterprising bookstore owners. You will get the page of original art from your cameo. This tier includes all rewards from the BATNINJA TIER. Signed and numbered bookplate (number 10 or below).
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    RYTÍŘ OF ZEMĚTŘASI:
    FULL COLOR CONVENTION SKETCH

    A full color “fancy” quality Gene Ha sketch of a character of your choice (from Mae or not) on acid free 8.5” x 11” paper. This tier includes all rewards from the BATNINJA TIER. Signed and numbered bookplate (number 15 or below).
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    BARONET OF ZEMĚTŘASI:
    FULL COLOR CONVENTION SKETCH

    A full color “fancy” quality Gene Ha sketch of a character of your choice (from Mae or not) on acid free 8.5” x 11” paper. ALL SKETCH tiers include ALL rewards included in the FORTELL SISTERHOOD, FULL DIGITAL PACKAGE and BATNINJA tiers such as one copy of both books, the Mae print graphic novel and Oddities & Apocrypha, and a signed and numbered bookplate (number 15 or below). And ALL of the art prints.
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    VIKOMTS OF CIMRTERÉN:
    APPEAR IN MAE AS A HERO OR VILLAIN

    Appear as a champion of good or evil in a future Mae story. We will confer on the design. Options for your cameo include barbarian chieftains, high nobles, or proud mad scientists. You will get the page of original art from your cameo. This tier includes all rewards from the BATNINJA TIER. Signed and numbered bookplate (number 2 or 3).
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    ONE CAT TO RULE THEM ALL: MŇOUKOVÉ CHIEFTAIN
    Your cat will take its rightful place as a great war leader in a future Mae story! This is ONE SINGLE speaking part. You will get the page of original art from your cameo. I’ll need extensive photos of your cat’s markings, along with descriptions of your cat’s personality and voice. This tier includes ALL rewards from the FORTELL SISTERHOOD, FULL DIGITAL PACKAGE and BATNINJA tiers such as one copy of both books, the Mae print graphic novel and Oddities & Apocrypha, and a signed and numbered bookplate (number 10 or below). And ALL of the art prints.

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    MARKÝZ OF CIMRTERÉN:
    SPEAKING PART IN MAE

    We will work together to create a character who meets and talks to Mae Fortell. You will get the page of original art from your cameo. This tier includes all rewards from the BATNINJA TIER. Signed and numbered bookplate (number 1).
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    MAD SCIENTIST:
    GET GENE HA FOR A DAY

    Price includes hotel and airfare. I’ll spend a full 8 hour work day at your shop, library, school etc. to draw and talk with readers! I’ll ship ahead copies of Mae as well as prints, cards and bookmarks to hand out. Tier rewards also include a full set of bookplates (to be numbered 100 and up) and all available “SEMi-LITERATE” inkstamps to approve your books.
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