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The collected Split Screen webcomic series in one graphic novel plus extras! Read more

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The collected Split Screen webcomic series in one graphic novel plus extras!

Portland, OR Comics
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Hello and welcome! My name is Jaymz and this it the Kickstarter for my very first graphic novel, a collection of my webcomic series Split Screen! It's the story of Jeremy and Jan who were childhood friends. Jan was in love with Jeremy but didn't know how to say it. Their lack of communication caused them to completely stop talking after high school and for the next decade they've lived very different lives. Jan, now a successful fashion designer in New York City and Jeremy a Widower living a lonely life in their hometown of Moosup, CT. Jan returns home when she learns of a family member's passing and runs into Jeremy. She quickly finds herself right back where she was in high school. Read the entire series here: http://splitscreen.thecomicseries.com/

 I estimate the book will be 140 pages long and 7"x10" in size. The entire comic is greyscale, but may include some color if we get into stretch goals. The main differences between the book and the webcomic will be:

  • Old pages have been cleaned up, touched up with new shading and added backgrounds. The borders and word balloons have been updated to look uniform with the later pages.
  • 5 chapter headers featuring brand new art.
  • A 5-10 page epilogue drawn just for the book.
  • Sketches and information/fun facts about the series.

All of the money for this project will go into paying for the costs of making and printing the book plus the cost of rewards and shipping.

Here are some comparison pages of old vs. updated pages where I've changed the borders, word balloons, added more shading, and backgrounds. Click for larger image.

 I'll be offering lots of cool rewards, check 'em out below! International pledgers please note: due to the high cost of international shipping, there will be additional fees on the rewards, but you will receive a colored sketch card for all pledges over $25!

 For pledges of $5+ you will receive a set of 4 Split Screen stickers featuring brand new art for this Kickstarter! Check out the first two designs below (click for larger image).

 For $25+ you will receive the Split Screen graphic novel! Each book will include a simple bust sketch of one of the characters from the series and my signature. This reward level also includes the stickers!

 For $32+ you will receive a set of 4 Split Screen Buttons! Designs pending, I'll update the art once it's complete! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature) and the stickers. Check out one of the button designs below! (Click for larger image)

 For $40+ you will receive a set of Split Screen prints! This is a 3 print set, each print is 8"x10" in size, and will have brand new art! Designs pending, I'll update the art once it's complete! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the stickers, and the buttons. Below are two of the prints, click for larger image.

 For $65+ you will receive an 11"x17" poster created just for this Kickstarter! The poster features all of the characters from Split Screen. This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the print set, the stickers, and the buttons.

 For $85+ you will receive a Split Screen tote bag! Woo! Design pending, I'll update the art once it's complete! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons. Below is a work in progress version of the bag design. (click for larger image)

 For $125+ you will receive a Split Screen tee shirt! Design pending, I'll update the art once it's complete! Please specify your preferred size when pledging for this or any other above rewards. This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the tote bag, the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons.

For $150+ you will receive one of the book's chapter pages! The book will include 5 brand new chapter pages and this is the original art. 8.5"x11" in size hand inked and colored with Copic ink and markers! There are only 5 of them so they're limited! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the tote bag, the tee shirt, the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons.

 For $200+ you will receive the original art from one of the prints in the 3 print set! 8"x10" in size and hand inked and colored with Copic ink and markers! There are only 3 of them so they're limited! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the tote bag, the tee shirt, the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons. See the original art below, just let me know which one you want! It's first come first serve and there's only three! (Click for larger image)

 For $225+ you will receive the original art for the back cover of the book! 8.5"x11" in size hand inked and colored with Copic ink and markers! There's only one, so when it's gone, it's gone! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the tote bag, the tee shirt, the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons.

 For $250+ you will have a guest appearance in the epilogue! See your likeness drawn in the Split Screen book as a guest at Jan and Jeremy's wedding! Will Stefan knock a drink out of your hand? Will you get to dance with Jackie? Who knows? But it will be fun! There's only 5 slots open for this, so hurry! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the tote bag, the tee shirt, the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons.

 For $275+ you will receive the original front cover art for the book! (Design Pending) 8.5"x11" in size hand inked and colored with Copic ink and markers. There's only one so when it's gone, it's gone! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the tote bag, the tee shirt, the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons.

 For $300+ you will receive the original art from the very last page of the Split Screen online series! This art features Jan and Jeremy standing under their tree with the wind blowing and two panels of them as kids and teens. 11"x17" in size hand inked and colored with Copic ink and markers. There's only one so when it's gone, it's gone! This reward level also includes the book (with sketch and signature), the tote bag, the tee shirt, the prints, the poster, the stickers, and the buttons. See the original art below (click for larger image).

 For $400+ you will receive the original art of the poster offered in this campaign! 11"x17" in size hand inked and colored with Copic ink and markers. This art features all of the characters from Split Screen! There's only one so when it's gone, it's gone!

 $500 over goal- More Willem in your lives! If we get $500 over goal I will illustrate and color 5 new pages of my superhero comic series Willem! (Willem is currently on hiatus but could be taken out of the vault temporarily!) http://willem.thecomicseries.com/

$1000 over goal- Own a part of Split Screen history! Pledges of $65 or more will receive one of the original sketch pages from the Split Screen series. I sketch all of my pages on paper before digitally drawing the line art and coloring them! These pages will be chosen at random so you'll be surprised to find out what page you get! These are limited so consider them "while supplies last!"

$1500 over goal- 2 Character book sketches! Pledges of $32 or more will receive book sketches with not one but TWO characters from Split Screen! 

$2000 over goal- Color pages are a lot more expensive to print than greyscale ones, but if we reach this amount, I will have the epilogue printed in color in the book! That's 5-10 pages of color story appearing in Split Screen! Wow!

$2500 over goal- Alternate tee shirt design! I am planning only one tee shirt design for the $125 or more level, but if we reach $2500 over the goal amount, I will make TWO designs and you can choose between them! 

$3000 over goal- Continuing adventures! If we get to this amount (and for every subsequent $1000 over this amount) I will draw a 2-3 page mini comic featuring the misadventures of Jan and Jeremy and their friends from Split Screen! These mini comics will be printed in the book and available online.

Risks and challenges

This is not only my first Kickstarter campaign but also my first time printing a full length graphic novel. I have also not made merchandise (other than prints) in the past so this is all new to me. I have allowed myself a lengthy grace period (6 months) in which to get the book put together and get all of the items in my hands and ready for shipping, but I anticipate things will be shipping much sooner than that! I have a great network of comic creators here in Portland who have run successful Kickstarter campaigns and have (thankfully) shared their knowledge with me and walked me through the process. I believe this campaign will be a rousing success and I can't wait to see the finished products!

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    3 backers

    A set of 4 Split Screen stickers featuring brand new art of Jan and Jeremy!

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    51 backers

    Receive a copy of the Split Screen graphic novel with a simple sketch and signature!

    This reward level includes the book (with sketch and signature) and stickers.

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    Pledge $32 or more

    4 backers

    Get a set of 4 Split Screen buttons!

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), and buttons.

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    7 backers

    Get a set of 3 8"x10" prints with brand new art created for this Kickstarter!

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, and 3 print set.

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    Pledge $65 or more

    1 backer

    Get a Split Screen poster! An 11"x17" poster with brand new art created for this Kickstarter!

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, and poster.

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    2 backers

    Get a Split Screen tote bag!

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, and tote bag.

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    2 backers

    Get a Split Screen tee shirt!

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, and tee shirt.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    Get 1 page of the new original chapter header art! This art will be an 8.5"x11" drawing inked and colored with Copic pen and markers suitable for framing. This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, tee shirt, and original chapter header art from the book.

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    Get the original art from one of the prints in the 3 print set! This art will be an 8"x10" drawing inked and colored with Copic pen and markers suitable for framing.

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, tee shirt and original 8"x10" art.

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    1 backer All gone!

    Get the original back cover art from the book! This art will be an 8.5"x11" drawing inked and colored with Copic pen and markers suitable for framing.

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, tee shirt, and original back cover art.

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    Be a guest and Jan and Jeremy's wedding! You'll be drawn in at least one panel of the epilogue in the background attending the wedding.

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, tee shirt, and guest appearance.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Get the original front cover art! This drawing will be an 8.5"x11" drawing inked and colored with Copic pen and markers suitable for framing.

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, tee shirt, and original front cover art from the book.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Get the original art from the final update of the Split Screen online series! This art will be an 11"x17" drawing inked and colored with Copic pen and markers suitable for framing.

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, tee shirt, and original final update art.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Get the original art from the poster! This art will be an 11"x17" drawing inked and colored with Copic pen and markers suitable for framing.

    This reward level includes the stickers, book (with sketch and signature), buttons, 3 print set, poster, tote bag, tee shirt, and original 11"x17" poster art.

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