WE'RE FUNDED! THANK YOU!
I'm adding a new Stretch Goal beyond the $11K mark announced last week. If we reach $15K, I want to thank all of my supporters in a Big Way, and I think I have a doozy.
It's the entire four-and-a-half-year run of my first webcomic, Greystone Inn. This 416-page behemoth has never been offered before in digital format, and if we reach $15K, all of my backers above the $10 level will get the whole thing in a tablet-friendly PDF file (DRM-free, of course).
And there's more...
At the $15K mark, all of my backers who are eligible to receive a physical reward will get something extra in their shipment — a signed copy of Tales from the Con #1. This is a collection of comic-convention-related comics that I wrote and Chris Giarrusso illustrated for the Emerald City Comicon Web site. Here are some samples from that comic book.
I'm really excited about offering The Complete Greystone Inn PDF as a reward for my backers. It has a ton of extras — like some of my cartoons from when I was in high school and college. It has some of my early editorial cartooning. And it has three complete syndicate submission packages that I attempted before turning full-time to webcomics.
To be completely honest — I think the stuff holds up remarkably well. I'm far enough removed from it that I can read it without remembering the punchlines, and some of that stuff had me laughing out loud.
(Now, of course, I'm an easy laugh, but still...)
So that's my goal. If you haven't decided to make a pledge, maybe this will entice you. If you've pledged already, maybe this encourages you to increase your amount. And it's definitely something that I'm hoping you'll share on your various social-media outlets!
Of course, if we surpass $11K, both of the original Stretch Goal rewards are still in play...
Evil Inc is a daily comic strip about a supervillain corporation that I started in 2005. You can read it on the Web and in the Philadelphia Daily News. It follows the daily lives of supervillains — and one superhero who happens to be married to one. The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise the funds to print the 8th graphic-novel adaptation of the strip in book form.
If you love comics — or even if you haven't read 'em since you were a kid — you're going to love seeing that world through the distorted lens of Evil Inc.
WAIT -- WHAT'S A "GRAPHIC-NOVELIZATION" OF A COMIC STRIP?!
I'm so glad you asked! It's something that I think makes the Evil Inc books really special. Instead of the usual printed collection of comic strips, I take the individual panels of the strips and design comic-book-style pages. I add content and panels that haven't been seen before to smooth out the narrative and make it a cohesive story. Here... take a look...
The result is a fantastic, continuous reading experience with a rapid-fire sense of humor.
SO, TELL ME ABOUT THIS VOLUME
I'm super proud of the work that's going into this book. For starters, I've allowed my art to evolve a lot over the years since this comic started, and the art in this book represents a real turning point for me as an artist.
And the stories? The book is peppered with short standalone story arcs — like the meeting of the Vampire League for Anti-Defamation...
And there's a touch of my dumb sense of humor...
OK... lots of my dumb sense of humor...
But there are two king-sized adventures anchoring this volume. In one, a supervillain team-up gathers Miss Match, Lightning Lady and Desdemona for their first caper as a group.
It ends badly. Really badly for Miss Match's husband, Captain Heroic.
And in the other, every major super-powered character in the Evil Inc universe winds up in a citywide brawl when archfiend Oculore strikes.
GET TO THE REWARDS!
I've got some tremendous ways to reward your generous support of this project! Beyond the book itself, there's previous volumes, tons of original art, special Artist Edition books (in which I do a special drawing in your book just for you), and more!
Risks and challenges
I've learned a lot from my previous Kickstarter campaign. So I'm going to give myself more time on the fulfillment deadline and set a little more reasonable goals for myself.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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