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The first collected volume of Something Like Summer, LGBT comics which tell the story of two boys in love.
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What's this all about?

Something Like Summer is the story of Benjamin Bentley, a gay teenager who has already put all of that coming out stuff behind him. His biggest problem now is finding love. He doesn’t have any success until one hot Texas night when he notices a handsome guy jogging through his neighborhood. Ben hasn’t spoken to the mysterious stranger wearing bright blue shoes, but he still feels like his luck has finally changed. Nothing is that simple though. Especially in matters of the heart. Find out what happens in this first collected volume of Something Like Summer comics!

Isn’t there already a book? And a movie? Why does there need to be a comic?

It’s true! Something Like Summer is the first novel in a sprawling eleven-book series. There is also a movie due out later this year. Not everyone is up for reading over a million words of text, and there’s only so much plot that can be crammed into a two-hour movie. The comic aims for somewhere in the middle, which I hope will make the story more accessible to newcomers. But even if you’ve already devoured all the novels and seen the movie, this is an incredibly exciting way to re-experience the story. Each page features lavish illustrations rendered in gorgeous color. Plenty of surprises await you too since the comic is set in the current decade and includes a number of fresh twists and surprises. And yet, it still ties into the books in a way that hasn’t yet been fully revealed.

What do you need from me?

I've already paid to have the comic drawn. So far, I haven't made a profit from this venture. I'm okay with that. I feel it's important to get a positive and authentic gay story out there. Young people... hell, all of us, could use more of that. That having been said, I don't want to go into debt because of this project, and I'm facing some serious printing costs.

What’s the finished product going to be like?

High quality. That’s my goal. I could easily upload this book to a print-on-demand service that will take care of production and shipping for me, but none of them offer professional printing. Their paper will be thin, the colors flat and inconsistent, and the book will wear out quickly. I want to treat Cassy Fallon’s gorgeous art with the respect it deserves. The colors and characters should practically pop right off the page. The cover will be durable, and the inside pages will be nice and thick. All of this means ponying up a lot of dough to have this done right, and stuffing a lot of envelopes with my delicate little hands, but I know the final product will be worth it.


Not good enough. I want more!

Then you’ll be happy to learn that the graphic novel includes a two page intro written by yours truly, and a twelve-page bonus gallery of sketches, illustrations, and concept art, most of which have never been seen before. And if you really feel like spoiling yourself, I'm willing to send you an autographed copy of the novel the comic is based on. Thanks to our generous supporters, we've already reached our minimum amount and are now setting our sights on stretch goals, so you'll get even more bang for your buck!

Stretch Goals!

How about a 10 x 6.5” art print of high enough quality to frame and hang in your house? If you’ve pledged $20 or more, and we reach that goal, you’ll get that for free. The content of the art has yet to be determined, but we’ll make sure it’s both pretty and tasteful. And if we get even higher than that, I’d like to do some paper dolls. Remember those from when you were a kid?  Back then you'd have the basic doll, which was usually an illustration of a woman in her undies, and there would also be a variety of clothes to cut out, so you could “dress” her. Fun, but I wanted cute boys and clothes I didn’t have to use scissors on. That’s why we’ll do flat refrigerator magnets instead, which will be pre-cut, so all you need concern yourself with is having fun. Help Ben put on his Rollerblades or take Tim out of his bathrobe. Go ahead, I won’t tell!  

And to celebrate funding, here's a sneak peak at some of the bonus art. Please note that this isn't how the art will be presented in the book. Some of these images will be given the full-page treatment, so you can really enjoy the details.


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Risks and challenges

I’ve been self-publishing for a decade now and have released nearly twenty books. I’m very familiar with the process, and although a graphic novel is a slightly different beast, I’ve already done my research and crunched all the important numbers, so I know I can make this work. I have always striven for the utmost quality with each release, and this project will be no different. The comics and art have all been created already and the book is laid out. All we need is to send it to the printers!

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    DIGITAL WARMTH

    You’ll receive a PDF of the finished graphic novel, and the satisfaction of knowing you helped bring more gay love into the word.

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    NICE AND TOASTY

    You’ll receive your very own copy of the physical graphic novel, printed to industry standards, which contains the entire first volume of Something Like Summer comics and a selection of gorgeous bonus art. You’ll also receive a PDF copy, just in case some envious person steals your book.

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    STARTING TO SWEAT

    Would you like me (author) and Cassy (artist) to autograph your copy of the graphic novel? No problem! We'll even personalize it so those book thieves won't get away with their crime... unless they happen to have the same name as you. A physical graphic novel is of course included with this reward, along with the digital version.

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    IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE!

    Experience the story of Something Like Summer in two different ways with the signed graphic novel AND the trade paperback that started it all. Not only that, but I’ll personalize and autograph the novel for you, something I rarely do these days. You’ll also receive digital versions of both books, just in case you don’t want to get fingerprints all over your pristine physical copies.

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    BLAZING INFERNO!!!

    In addition to the signed graphic novel and signed paperback, you’ll also receive the first series of Something Like Characters art cards featuring my husband’s illustrations. Think of them as a precursor to the actual comics. We only have twenty-five of these left, so this is it folks! You’ll also get a gorgeous Ben and Jace greeting card that you can send to someone or keep and treasure. Digital versions of all these things will be sent to you as well.

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    Ask an Author

    Want to be an author? Struggling with that first draft? As an additional service, I’m willing to read a chapter of your work (limited to 5,000 words) so that I can respond with constructive criticism. I’ll also send you general writing advice, including what I feel makes a story successful, and tips on dealing with issues such as motivation problems or self-doubt. NOTE: This doesn't include items from any of the previous reward tiers.

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    Ask an Author + Book(s)

    Want to consult with me on your writing project AND get a physical copy of Something Like Summer? No problem! At this level you'll receive my personalized advice, and a printed copy of the Something Like Summer graphic novel. Want it signed? Just add another $10 to your pledge amount during checkout. If you'd like both the signed novel and graphic novel, add an additional $30 during checkout.

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