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!
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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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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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