Life of Melody is a queer romantic comedy & fantasy graphic novel by Mari Costa about a fairy godfather and a beast raising a child. Originally released as a Patreon exclusive, this Kickstarter's goal is to bring the story to print!
In the fairy realm, a Fairy Godparent is tasked with fulfilling fairy tales in the human world. The human protagonist's own motivations and wishes are of little consequences to the fairy working their case. As such, humans are regarded as pretty difficult to work with by the fairies, who otherwise don't seem to know much about them. The fairy Razzmatazz decides that the perfect solution to get around how unaccommodating humans can be is to raise the fairy tale protagonist from infancy to her 18th birthday. Despite his superiors telling him the idea is completely crazy, he commits to it, and by extension, commits to becoming co-parent with a beast named Bon, who found the child at the same time as him.
Bon and Razzmatazz settle into a human lifestyle and grow as parents, getting more and more attached to Melody. They start to learn about each other's world's - the fairy and beast worlds. They also reveal to one another that Bon knows the secret of Melody's origin, While Razzmatazz knows what her future role should be.
Razzmatazz begins to hesitate - confused by his feelings about his job, his new family and Melody's future, leading both him and Bon to an important decision.
Life of Melody is a story set in the same universe as Mari Costa's ongoing webcomic Peritale. Both comics explore the relationships between fairy godparents and their charges, as well as the influence of magic, love, and free will on one's destiny. Life of Melody was originally published online as a Patreon exclusive, and is a romantic comedy and fantasy comic aimed at teen readers and older.
The printed version of Life of Melody includes all 157 pages of the completed comic, as well as bonus materials. More and more bonus materials will be added with each stretch goal. The book will be a softcover edition of the comic in color.
Backers have the possibility to not only grab the print volume, but also to select adorable rewards featuring Melody's magical family. Here are all the available tiers:
Among the rewards, We have the White Fox zine, a short 40-page illustrated tale created by Mari Costa, as well as a set of 4 postcard prints showing the family across the seasons, and a sticker sheet. On the higher tiers, backers will also receive a set of 3 double-sided acrylic keychain charms showing the magical side and the human side of the protagonists.
Five digital commission slots are also available on the highest tier. The commissions are color character art. Here is an example of what to expect for the commission.
All of the Stretch Goals for Life of Melody aim to add comic pages to the book, or to upgrade the cover so we can make it as shiny as a book can be! We will be revealing these as we reach the goals!
Stretch Goal (1) - 20,000$ - Two 6 page bonus stories added to the graphic novel!
Stretch Goal (2) - 30,000$ - ???????????????
Stretch Goal (3) - 60,000$ - ???????????????
Risks and challenges
This Kickstarter is done in partnership by Hiveworks Comics, a creator-owned publishing house and studio that supports hundreds of webcomics. After many successful Kickstarters and years of general webcomic-and-print management, we're confident that we'll see this Kickstarter through in a professional manner. We'll keep backers informed of any problems or delays, and can be contacted directly through this Kickstarter's comments and messaging.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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