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An everyday auto-mechanic struggles with routines, depression, and his legacy in this poetic, 19-page comic.
An everyday auto-mechanic struggles with routines, depression, and his legacy in this poetic, 19-page comic.
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The Mechanic follows its title character as he contemplates his life and how it will be remembered. It is a dark, psychological character study revolving around the theme of how the routines of a mundane life come into conflict with the desire to leave a lasting impact on the world.

The Title Page
The Title Page

The idea for this comic comes from a marriage of two disparate parts of my identity: my love for writing and my experiences as a vocational high school student in automotive service. The legacy of a blue collar life is something that always interested me.

A blue collar worker--The Mechanic--starts to feel more like the machines he works on as opposed to the flesh and blood human that he is. See how he copes with this alienation from humanity in this story.

Here is a sample page from the story!
Here is a sample page from the story!

Take note, this product will be primarily in black and white with accents of orange to highlight important motifs in the story. Scroll to the Rewards section to see a four-page preview of the comic!

Ian Evans is a writer and teacher with an early education in automotive service. His love of cars now expresses itself through his writing--namely his poetry--but he still feels some small sense of accomplishment when changing an air filter or wiper blade.

Ian in the Wild
Ian in the Wild

Loriana Takacs is an artist and illustrator who was specially selected for this project after seeing the work she displays on her website. You can see it for yourself here. Her illustrations of interiors and figures make her well suited to the comics genre, and working with her has been a dream

With this Kickstarter, we hope to raise funds to publish the book, printing it using high quality materials, so that we can create a product of which we (and you) can be proud. Included are also the usual shipping costs and fees associated with Kickstarter. Finally, though the art for the comic is finished, the illustrator deserves more for her consistent dedication to this project. The comic will be nineteen, thoughtfully-paneled and thematic pages printed in black and white with orange accents. The title page, which you can see above, will be in full color, and an alternate title page will be included inside the book. The comic itself will be printed and shipped from the United States, which may incur some extra cost, but will be worth it with respect to the finished product. 

You can see a panel board of all the illustrated pages below!

 The cost of the book is mainly to cover the expenses of producing and printing it. This is our first foray into the world of Kickstarter, so we are looking to establish ourselves by creating a quality product at a reasonable price.

Now for your four-page preview:

Page 01
Page 01
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Page 03
Page 03
Page 04
Page 04

The music used in this video is Monplaisir's "2Two" from the Free Music Archive and is in the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Nonetheless, I encourage you to check out this and other minimalistic and dreamlike works from this artist. Sorry for the audio sync issues! The artwork in the video is the work of our illustrator, Loriana Takacs. It is a mix of sketches we used to storyboard and panel out the final work, the title pages, and a page from the comic itself.

Please know that your support, in whatever form it may take, is appreciated!

Sincerely thankful,

Ian

Risks and challenges

With publishing, there are always challenges that arise.

However, there are several reasons why I can account for and overcome challenges as they arise.

1. All the artwork, layouts, and ink are already done. This Kickstarter campaign is to raise enough funds to send the book to the printer and publish it. However, the draft of the book is already completed.

2. I am an experienced Kickstarter backer, so I have studied what works as far as rewards, updates, and transparency are concerned. I also have the support of other Kickstarters who are well-experienced and successful.

3. Finally, the project has a very modest funding goal of $1,000. I understand this is my first project, and so I wanted to start small and establish myself as a credible producer of content as opposed to having unrealistic expectations for my project.

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    The Mechanic - Signed, Acknowledged Copy

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    The Mechanic - Signed Copy + Bonus Art

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