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Float is a graphic memoir about my personal battle with generalized anxiety disorder.
Float is a graphic memoir about my personal battle with generalized anxiety disorder.
Float is a graphic memoir about my personal battle with generalized anxiety disorder.
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Float is an autobiography and it’s also a tragic love story about anxiety.

Sneak Peek Preview of the Soundtrack just added:

Float Title Song by Victor Guest.

Thank you everyone! We have crossed $10,000 and unlocked a new Float stretch goal. The Float prestige format hardcover edition will be now be printed exclusively for our Kickstarter backers. This edition of the book will not be available anywhere else.

WHO GETS THE HARDCOVER?

  • Float backers at $25 and up will now receive the hardcover edition of the book.
  • Early Bird reward package backers will also receive the hardcover upgrade.

CAN I GET THE HARDCOVER IF MY REWARD LEVEL IS UNDER $25?

  • If you're a "Just Float" reward level backer and you'd like to get the hardcover simply add $10 to your pledge amount or upgrade to any reward level $25 or higher.
  • When you upgrade, you will also receive all stretch goals unlocked including Float signed & sketched by Howie plus the signed album on CD.

Like 40 million others, I suffer from anxiety. This book details its effects on my life, my loves and my career. It’s the most personal story I’ve ever told but I hope that many of you will be able to relate to it. I’m hoping it helps you because making it has helped me. It has given me a brand new perspective on my illness.

It’s not a subject of shame. It’s a symbol of strength.

We don’t have to let anxiety drown us. We can float.

Float is told from the perspective of three characters which act as symbolic stand ins for my personality. Their tales all converge with a confrontation of the glass ceiling overhead.

 In its discussion of anxiety, this graphic memoir also reinterprets the glass ceiling. While the term is generally associated with women and minorities in their careers, it easily applies to those who deal with mental illness in their profession, and the stigma it carries. In the book, I have illustrated the ceiling as a physical threat.

We are now unlocking some amazing stretch goals on our way to the Float hardcover edition!

 

 

I am excited to present this book to the public, as it is a departure from my previous work and a personal testimony of mental illness. I am an award-winning graduate of Pratt Institute and a freelance illustrator. My first graphic novel, Mr. Scootles, was published in 2008 by Alterna Comics. In April of 2009, my series Tara Normal launched as a popular weekly webcomic. It was awarded the 2009 WRCA Reader’s Choice Award for Best New Comic and appeared in TAPS Paramagazine, the official publication of the show Ghost Hunters on SyFy. I won the 2016 Spacie Award for Best Independent Comic Artist. In addition to illustration work for clients such as CBS Radio, T-Mobile, and two holiday themed pieces for the official Walking Dead website, I have also illustrated stories in the comic book collections Nightmare World, Tales of Mr. Rhee and Love Stories (To Die For) written by Dirk Manning and published by Devil's Due Entertainment. 

During this exciting new art project, I’ve collaborated with my friend, musician Victor Guest. Victor is a brilliant artist and working with him to expand the dimensions and scope of this project has been a dream come true. He’s creating a soundtrack to accompany this book. It will allow readers to experience Float in a unique way.

As part of this art project, my wife Shelley has created YourGlassCeiling.com. The website gives people the chance to really see into my life and how it's shaped this project. We're even giving people the chance to share their personal experiences on the Breakthrough Moments section of the site.

You can also view full pages of artwork from Float at this link: http://yourglassceiling.com/category/making-of/the-art-of-floating/

With your help, Float will become a unique visual and audio artistic presentation. 

All of our rewards are Kickstarter exclusives and will not be available anywhere else. We have set up multiple rounds of stretch goals so that if we raise the necessary money Float will become a Kickstarter exclusive prestige format hardcover edition just for Float backers! We have to unlock all of them to achieve this ultimate goal.

Here are some of the great rewards we are offering. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

As I'm writing this, the artwork for Float is 90% completed so any risk is minimal. I have previously run two successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past and I love this site for the platform it offers indie creators.

I promise to update all of my backers in case any unforeseen "Acts of God" arise such as printing and manufacturing delays.

Thank you for supporting unique projects such as this one on Kickstarter. In today's tough publishing climate, you make it possible for stories like mine to be shared.

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    GRATITUDE

    You have our thanks for helping us create this journey. Your money will be used to create a graphic memoir of love, sorrow and pain. A wonderful investment. You will receive two Float digital wallpapers for the computer in your life.

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    BUTTON IT

    You get a Float button pack. 4 new, individual designs that will let the world know you float. Very punk rock. We love your style.

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    ANXIETY PATCH

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    DIGITAL DIVE

    You get a warm PDF copy of Float to be viewed on the digital device of your choice. And a bonus PDF copy of Howie's other comic, Tara Normal #1, because his anxiety compels him to overcompensate.

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    JUST FLOAT

    You get a physical copy of the Float graphic memoir trade paperback. This reward isn't eligible for the stretch goals but you own a beautiful softcover copy of the book.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: BOOK + SOUNDTRACK

    You're the first to Float. Maybe you don't like lines or crowds because of Anxiety. You've avoided all of that and this is your reward.

    You get a physical copy of the Float graphic memoir and a digital download of its soundtrack. You will also receive any stretch goal rewards that we create together.

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    FLOAT SHIRT

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    ANXIETY SHIRT

    The shirt of the anxious. The official shirt of the villain from the graphic novel as well as the villain of Mr. Noel's life.

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    FLOAT BOOK + SOUNDTRACK

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    FLOAT BOOK + 1 ADD-ON HOWIE BOOK

    You get a physical copy of Float and a digital download of its companion soundtrack. Plus a copy of an additional graphic novel by Howie Noel. Your choices are A) Mr. Scootles B) Tara Normal or C) Tara Normal 2. You will also receive any stretch goal rewards that we create together.

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    FLOAT SHIRT + BOOK + SOUNDTRACK COMBO

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    FLOAT BOOK + 2 ADD-ON HOWIE BOOKS

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    FLOAT BOOK + SHIRT + 1 ADD-ON HOWIE BOOK

    You get a physical copy of Float, a digital download of its companion soundtrack, the Anxiety patch and a Float shirt of your choice. Plus a copy of one additional graphic novel by Howie Noel. You can choose to receive a copy of A) Mr. Scootles B) Tara Normal or C) Tara Normal 2. You will also receive any stretch goal rewards that we create together. An Anxiety patch, Float stickers and a Float button pack are also included in this package.

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    FLOAT BOOK + 3 ADD-ON HOWIE BOOKS

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    ANXIETY ATTACK

    Anxiety is the main villain of this story and this is a reward package dedicated to him.

    You get an ultra-rare, exclusive RED ANXIETY VARIANT COVER version of Float and a digital download of its companion soundtrack. This cover is amazing and dedicated to Anxiety. You will also receive any stretch goal rewards that we create together.

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    HOWIE NOEL LIBRARY

    You will receive an entire collection of Howie Noel's books. Included in this reward is a physical copy of the Float graphic memoir and a digital download of its soundtrack. Also 1 copy of each of Howie's creator-owned works including Mr. Scootles, Tara Normal Volumes 1 and 2, the Tara Normal novel and a copy of the comic Vincent: The Painter of Death. An Anxiety patch, Float stickers and a Float button pack are also included in this package.

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    DESTINO TRAVEL PACKAGE

    The mysterious island of Destino is where much of Float takes place. You will receive a travel care package from the fictional resort which includes a postcard, pen, tourist map of the resort and wellness brochure.

    You will receive a physical copy of the Float graphic memoir and a digital download of the Float soundtrack. An Anxiety patch, Float stickers and a Float button pack are also included in this package.

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    I DRAW, YOU FLOAT: BLACK & WHITE ART

    This is a custom, black and white art commission. I'll draw up to 2 likenesses in the piece. More can be negotiated within reason. The artwork will be created in pencil, pen and marker in my style seen on my portfolio website hcnoel.com. You will receive the original 11 x 14" artwork and a hi-res JPG scan.

    You will also receive a physical copy of the Float graphic memoir and a digital download of its soundtrack. An Anxiety patch, Float stickers and a Float button pack are also included in this package.

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    I DRAW, YOU FLOAT: COLOR ART

    This is a custom full color art commission. I'll draw up to 3 likenesses in the piece. More can be negotiated within reason. The artwork will be created digitally in my style seen on my portfolio website hcnoel.com. You will receive a beautiful glossy color 11 x 14" print and a hi-res JPG copy.

    You will also receive a physical copy of the Float graphic memoir and a digital download of its soundtrack. An Anxiety patch, Float stickers and a Float button pack are also included in this package.

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    I WANT THE WORLD

    Everything Float.

    The physical copy of the Float graphic memoir and a digital download of its soundtrack.

    + The Destino travel care package
    + The buttons, stickers and Anxiety patch
    + 2 Float digital wallpapers
    + Both Float shirts
    + An exclusive original "I Float" character drawing 8 1/2 x 11" print by Mr. Noel

    All of this and a warm regard via the internet.

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    BE OUR GUEST

    You will be Howie and Shelley Noel's guest at their favorite New York comic book shop, Comic Book Jones. In addition to hanging out at the store and talking comics, Howie will draw you a custom personal sketch or caricature right in front of you. The awesomeness doesn't end there as you will also join Howie & Shelley for dinner. Comic Book Jones is located on Staten Island, NY. Any and all travel and/or hotel fees are the sole responsibility of the individual Kickstarter backer for this level.

    You also receive these Float goodies:
    The physical copy of the Float graphic memoir and a digital download of its soundtrack.

    + The complete Howie Noel library: 1 copy of each of Howie's creator-owned works including Mr. Scootles, Tara Normal 1 and 2, the Tara Normal novel and a copy of the comic Vincent: The Painter of Death
    + The Destino travel care package
    + The buttons, stickers and Anxiety patch
    + Float stickers
    + 2 Float digital wallpapers
    + Both Float shirt designs
    + An exclusive original "I Float" character drawing 8 1/2 x 11" print by Mr. Noel

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