About this project
Clusterf@#k is a six-issue digital series written by me, drawn by Diego Toro, colored by Kote Carvajal, lettered by Nic J. Shaw and published by Alterna Comics. It can be found on digital outlets, including Comixology.
This Kickstarter is to raise funds so that it can be collected into a 160 page trade paperback (TPB for short).
Clusterf@#k follows Jim Parker and Karl Latimer, two private investigators who are having a terrible night. In fact, it may be one of the worst nights of their entire lives.
On the trail of missing homeless, the two get ambushed and find themselves in the clutches of a man who calls himself "Professor Dante" (though he never shows them his degree) and his goatman apprentice.
And let's just say that SH*T GETS REAL
As luck would have it, Jim and Karl are no ordinary private investigators. They are former agents of the Department of Extraterrestrial and Paranormal Defense. Karl is imbued with demonic powers and Jim... Jim was imbued with the power to be a huge a**hole.
In a strange twist of fate, they somehow find themselves being chased by the DEPD because they may or may not be in possession of a powerful artifact.
Can they survive the night, will they find this mysterious artifact, and (most importantly) will they get paid?
The origins of Clusterf@#k go way back to 2002 around my sophomore year of high school. My friends and I were bored in US History class so I would write these exaggerated stories about the previous day. Every night, I would find myself gleefully typing on my 5-year-old Fujitsu laptop and giggling quietly to myself.
After high school, I lost touch with those friends but the characters always stuck with me.
Years later, I was working in Japan and was going through a bit of a rough time. I had recently finished my first comic book series and was looking to write something new. I wanted it to be something different from my first series. I wanted it to be colorful, loud, and fun. Suddenly, the characters from my past popped into my head and Clusterf@#k was born.
The scripts were edited by Steven Forbes, who is my go to editor as well as one of the co-founders of ComixTribe. He also provides a wealth of information in his articles Bolts & Nuts and The Daily Dose. Aspiring creators can also submit their own scripts to Steven's The Proving Grounds. I highly recommend all three.
Steven Forbes is a writer and EIC of ComixTribe. His Bolts & Nuts column, located at ComixTribe.com, has been seen as required reading by many. He also runs The Proving Grounds every week, where writers can submit scripts for some editorial feedback. Steven lives in AZ with his wife, but his heart lives in Hell (which AZ in summer very much resembles).
Kote Carvajal was the colorist for my previous projects and has done work for multiple comic companies including IDW. A true professional in every way. When I was looking for an artist, he happened to e-mailed me about his friend, Diego Toro. I checked his work and was blown away by how expressive it was. It fit that animated style I was looking for.
Kóte Carvajal (1978) lives with his lovely wife in Santiago City downtown in Chile. Since 2008, he works as Comic Book Colorist for many different projects from USA, New Zeland, UK and Chile. Besides of his coloring work Kóte is finishing his first comic strip book and writing two comic book projects: one of romance style and the other one is a sci-fi adventure for teenagers.
Diego has spent 22 years working in illustration, comic books, graphic pieces, and music for video games for countries like England, Italy, Spain, Canada and USA. He also has many years working for the educational publisher Didac-tic in Canada and doing illustrations for the book "Chronicles CW" by Silvano Williams. Recent comic book titles include: "One Must Break" for Beyond Reality Media (New Zealand), "Mechanical Knight" for Winter City (Australia), and Clusterf@#k, for Alterna.
In searching for a letterer, I was drawn to Nic J. Shaw based on word of mouth from other writers that I respect. He's been quietly making a name for himself in the past few years. And you have to agree, the logo is pretty great.
Nic J Shaw is a Letterer and Designer from Sydney, Australia. He's worked for Image, IDW, Black Mask, and Devil's Due. You can find his work at nicjshaw.com.
The book found a home at Alterna Comics which has published several books that found success on Kickstarter including Kill All Monsters, Billy the Pyro, and the NY Times Bestselling FUBAR series. The most recent Alterna Kickstarter for the IF Anthology was successful as well.
Founded in 2006 by current president and publisher Peter Simeti, Alterna Comics titles are distributed worldwide in print and digital formats and in several languages. A creator-owned comic book publisher, Alterna creators own the licensing and merchandising rights to their creations. FUBAR Press is an imprint and sub-division of Alterna Comics, owned and operated by creator Jeff McComsey. Alterna Comics titles can be found wherever books are sold.
There are also great artists providing pin-ups for the book including Dexter Wee (Cura Te Ipsum), Eduardo Jiminez (Unit 44), and Juan Romera (Strange Nation).
As with any independent project trying to see print, the biggest issue is finances. Making comics is not cheap and printing them can almost be just as expensive.
The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise funding for a 1,000 book print run of a 160 page book as well as a print run of sketch covers of the first issue as well as cover packaging, shipping, and Kickstarter fees.
Where does the money go?
The money will pretty much exclusively go to printing and shipping costs as well as Kickstarter's cut.
$3,000: CLFK TPB Printing Cost
$1,000: Issue #1 Sketch Cover Printing
$500: Kickstarter & Credit Card Fees
$500: Packaging and Shipping
All tiers include your name being placed on the thank you page.
All reward tiers including a physical copy of the book ($25 and up) will include a personalized message and signature from the writer. You can also request the book not be signed. It won't hurt my feelings.
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest risks I can see is that this is my first Kickstarter and as such, you may be apprehensive to fund the book for fear that I crumble under pressure. I want to put people's fears aside.
1) Aside from a few back-up materials, the majority book is pretty much done. As I said earlier, the series was released digitally so the main pages are completely finished and ready to print.
2) My book is being published by Alterna Comics. Alterna Comics recently had a successful Kickstarter for the film, The Chair. The Publisher has been providing me with a wealth of advice to ensure that things go smoothly and that there are very few easily avoidable snags that could become disastrous down the line. We are also using Alterna's printer to print the books.
3) As I am writing this, I have backed at least 32 successful Kickstarters and have access to all of the notes, updates, and campaign information. I have been going through some of the more successful ones and taking notes as to what worked and what didn't.
This may be my first time on the other side of the campaign, but I have a wealth of resources and access to people with Kickstarter success that will help me make this a success.
If any unforeseen problems should arise, I will make sure to let everyone know as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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