Update: Aiming for Stretch Goal #2!
I am thrilled to be able to say that, thanks to the incredible generosity of each and every one of my backers, not only is the print edition now going forward , the first stretch goal — a brand-new cover for the print edition — has also been unlocked. My profoundest gratitude towards everyone who has backed this project so far.
I am now working towards a second stretch goal:
Stretch Goal #2: If the project hits $7,000, I will record a "DVD-commentary", a video in which I page through the PDF and talk about the production — process, funny stories, thoughts on the narrative, etc. (Note that this will be completely distinct from the "Making-of" video offered in the levels above. The "making-of" video will show you how a page is created, step-by-step; the DVD commentary is broader chatter about how the comic was made, notes on page structure, etc.) This will be provided to all backers (at every level) as an extra thank you.
So keep spreading the word! The DVD commentary will be really fun — lots of funny stories & intriguing observations to share. And of course I'd like to get this book into the hands of as many interested readers as possible!
Again, many, many thanks to everyone who has supported this work so far. I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you.
We now return you to your original product description, already in progress:
A physical copy of my online photographic novel, Happenstance
I spent more than a decade creating a 444pp graphic novel which describes two friends who influence each other on two (opposite) religious journeys, one into faith, and one out of it, and on the impact this has on their respective spouses.It is a story of emotional and religious exploration, a quiet story that asks the big questions and explores very different answers. It's called Happenstance.
I have been serializing it online for the past two years (you can go read it here), and the response has been very encouraging.
"As a rule, I don't like photo comics. Stephen Frug's Happenstance is the wonderful exception. Happenstance features exceptionally strong panel-to-panel storytelling, interesting layouts, and great use of body language to convey emotion and character. In short, the beating heart of a real cartoonist runs through Happenstance. Add to that a strong sense of place and a religious conundrum story solidly grounded in character, and what we have is a unique graphic novel that everyone who likes smart comics should read."
— Barry Deutsch, author/illustrator of Hereville
"Happenstance shows us the personal, the cosmic, and the spiritual as they really are: inseparable. Through four characters whose lives spiral around one another, Frug examines the intersections of faith, sexuality and identity in ways that leave the reader with no easy answers, but with a new set of questions with which to continue searching on their own."
--Bob Proehl, author of The Nobody People and A Hundred Thousand Worlds
But Happenstance was never designed to be a web comic. It was designed for the medium of print. Thus some chapters are dependent upon the contrast between two simultaneous sets of events, one on the left-hand pages, and one on the right-hand ones:
The book is also paced, organized and structured to be read as a whole, not in two-page twice-weekly installments. And, of course, graphic novels are just not as fun to read on screens.
So now I am hoping to make a print edition.
Because of the economics of printing, one can't just order a small number of copies — the cost per copy is higher the fewer one orders, and it just isn't economical to order fewer than, say, 1000. But that costs a lot — over $15,000 (counting shipping). So I need help to get it done. Basically, if enough people can pay for the book in advance (or even chip in more, if you're able!), then I'll be able to bring this work fully into being in the world.
This is a project I have poured my heart, soul and years into, and I am quite happy with how it turned out. But I would really like the book to be able to be read in the physical world, in the format for which it was written and designed. If you can be part of that, I would be very grateful — and, I hope, you will also enjoy this product of mine (and many others') "heart's reflections, writ in tears."
Risks and challenges
This is a low-risk project. The graphic novel is finished, and I have locked-in a price with a reliable printer (PrintNinja). Aside from the slight chance of some disaster (the boat the book is on is seized by pirates, or something), I think it's on solid footing.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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