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Rich kid Biscuit gets expelled from his fancy magic school and sent to a magic school on the bad side of town. Mayhem ensues.

A story about magic on the wrong side of the tracks...

The Story

Misfortune High is the story of Biscuit, a spoiled rich kid, who goes to the most prestigious magic academy in the city.  Biscuit gets caught cheating and lying, but his father decides not to bail him out as he usually does. Instead, his father punishes Biscuit by sending him to a magic school in a bad neighborhood. 

Johnny Cuervo has very little regard for the top 1%.
Johnny Cuervo has very little regard for the top 1%.

Biscuit finds himself in a place where his privilege and social status count for absolutely nothing.  Biscuit makes friends, but he also makes enemies, and he makes it his mission to get out of Misfortune High.

Misfortune High Book 1 is a 36 page book created by Los Angeles-based illustrator, Jules Rivera.  If you like comedy, urban fantasy, and comics where there is more than one person of color on screen at a time, then check out this book. 

Why Kickstarter

Kickstarter is all about reaching new audiences with comics who would otherwise be passed over by a mainstream publisher.  Misfortune High is an all-ages story that is about diversity, and the power of Kickstarter puts the choice into your hands, the readership, where it belongs. 

This campaign will give you a high quality, high volume print run, which brings down the cost of the book.  This allows me to give you more rewards and swag. Everybody wins.

Stretch Goals

Misfortune High has now rolled into Stretch Goal mode, having met its initial $3000 goal!  In this video I discuss the path forward.

Sticker Sheet Preview
Sticker Sheet Preview
Part of the book cover will be matte coated, and part will be UV-coated making for a cool mix of shiny and smooth AND all tiers $20 and up will get a 4" x 6" sticker sheet of their favorite characters.
Part of the book cover will be matte coated, and part will be UV-coated making for a cool mix of shiny and smooth AND all tiers $20 and up will get a 4" x 6" sticker sheet of their favorite characters.
Instead of UV Coating, the cover gets shiny, silver foil stamping. Everyone $20+ still gets stickers.
Instead of UV Coating, the cover gets shiny, silver foil stamping. Everyone $20+ still gets stickers.
All tiers $20 and up will get an additional 8" x 10" digitally painted piece of Misfortune High characters.  Digital backers will get the digital wallpaper of this art piece.
All tiers $20 and up will get an additional 8" x 10" digitally painted piece of Misfortune High characters. Digital backers will get the digital wallpaper of this art piece.
All tiers $20 and up will get a set of 4 3" x 3" stickers of their favorite Valkyrie Squadron characters
All tiers $20 and up will get a set of 4 3" x 3" stickers of their favorite Valkyrie Squadron characters
All tiers $20 and up will get an additional 8" x 10" digitally painted piece of Valkyrie Squadron characters.  Digital backers will get the digital wallpaper of this art piece.
All tiers $20 and up will get an additional 8" x 10" digitally painted piece of Valkyrie Squadron characters. Digital backers will get the digital wallpaper of this art piece.
The book gets upgraded to a hard cover!
The book gets upgraded to a hard cover!

Read a Sample

Want to know more? Read a sample and see the proof is in the pudding.

Did you like your sample? Very good, but you know it's bad manners not to share. Go ahead and tell your friends.

Rewards and Swag

Rewards will include bookmarks, art prints, commissions by the artist, and even a statuette of our most fun character, Sonia. More than that, rewards also includes items from

Order Customization

Don't see the reward options with all the swag you want?  Add-ons are now available so you can customize your orderto get whatever extras you want!

Just add the additional price to your pledge through the Manage Your Pledge option and send me a message with what you want so I have a record of the alterations to make to your pledge. 

Price List (Limit 10 on all items except where otherwise posted)

  • Misfortune High Book 1 $5
  • MH Post Card Set $9
  • MH Exclusive Dragon Print $5
  • Sonia Sculpt $40
  • Valkyrie Squadron Book 1 $7
  • Valkyrie Squadron Book 1-3 Set $18
  • Valkyrie Squadron Charm $10
  • Marker Commission $15
  • Digital Commission $50

If there's anything else you'd like to see added to this list, let me know and I'll make the necessary changes. 

How will the Kickstarter Funds be used?

Misfortune High Book 1 is completed, so there are no more production costs to cover.  This is great news because it means you won't have to wait for the book to be completed.

The main use of the Kickstarter funds is printing.

The books are intended to be perfect bound, not saddle stitched, which makes for a much more powerful presentation.  A print run for a book of this size and quality will run roughly $2000, and that doesn't count shipping books to readers, or any of the costs of the extra rewards items.  The stated goal will go towards printing the book, sourcing rewards items, and shipping the packages safely and effectively.  Anything beyond that goes towards upgrading the value of the book, including adding spot UV and possibly even going with a hard cover.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Every project faces risks and challenges, but that doesn't mean there isn't a game plan for tackling these risks. Here are some of my risk factors and how I plan to address them.

+ Many comics projects on Kickstarter launch without being complete. For me, this is not an issue because Misfortune High Book 1 has been finished for months. There was an early test print of the book done in early May, wherein I identified the associated pitfalls with printing this book. Not only will this book be ready sooner than many other KS comics projects, but it will be printed to the best quality suited to the book.

+ The book comes printed with a printer that has a great reputation with other independent artists, PrintNinja. They also have speedy turn around times to ensure this book will ship quickly and you won't be left waiting forever.

+ I'm my own creative team, so you don't have to worry about the quality of future books declining from collaborative break downs. I can't break up with myself. That's physically impossible.

+ I've worked as a collaborator and assistant on other Kickstarter campaigns including but not limited to the Oxymoron Volume 1 Hard Cover by ComixTribe. With the experience I've gained observing these teams function, I believe I can lead my own campaign to fulfillment and success.

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    FRESHMAN: A digital copy of Misfortune High Book 1 will be delivered to you upon completion of the campaign. No waiting!

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    SOPHOMORE: An enhanced digital copy of Misfortune High with added character/guest art section and a Digital 'Making of Misfortune High' book will be sent to you upon completion of the campaign. (Included with all pledges $20 and Up)

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    HIDE MY TEXTBOOKS: You like both Misfortune High and Valkyrie Squadron, but your friends at school will laugh at you if they see hauling books around. So get all the digitals instead! Includes Enhanced Misfortune High Book 1 Digital + Making of Misfortune High Digital + Valkyrie Squadron Books 1-3 Digitals

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    JUNIOR: Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1. Includes a 5 Bookmark set + Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital.

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    DUAL ENROLLMENT: So you like both Valkyrie Squadron and Misfortune High? You can have it both ways. Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1 and Print Copy of Valkyrie Squadron Book 1. Includes Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital.

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    SENIOR: Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1 and custom marker sketch of any character of your choosing. Includes 5 Bookmark Set + Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital

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    ART STUDENT: Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1. For the art lovers in the audience, includes Exclusive 8" x 10" watercolor print + 4" x 6" Postcard Set + 5 Bookmark Set + Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital

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    SCIENCE GEEK: You like Misfortune High, but you've had your eye on some Valkyrie Squadron swag for a while. Get it all here! Includes Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1 + Print Copies of Valkyrie Squadron Books 1-3 + Acrylic Charm Necklace of your choice + 5 Bookmark set of Valkyrie Squadron (or MH) + Enhanced Digital Misfortune High Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital + Valkyrie Squadron Books 1 - 3 Digital

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    YEARBOOK TROLL: Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1. For the readers who like to be seen, get drawn into a panel of book 2 of Misfortune High, now in production. Includes Exclusive 8" x 10" watercolor print + 4" x 6" Postcard Set + 5 Bookmark Set + Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital

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    HISTORIAN: Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1. When prints aren't enough, this includes an original design sketch from Misfortune High's sketch bible. Includes 4" x 6" Postcard Set + 8" x 10" Print + 5 Bookmark Set + Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital

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    TEAM PROJECT: Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1. Commission me for a digital illustration for your own. Either personal artwork or a professional project. One illustration of one character against a simple environment or no character and a more elaborate environment. Includes Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital

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    OVERACHIEVER: Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1. You can't get enough swag, so this includes a 3D sculpt of MH Character Sonia + Exclusive 8" x 10" watercolor print + 4" x 6" Postcard Set + 5 Bookmark Set + Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital

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    COLLEGE BOUND: You want all the swag and you've worked very hard to keep your grades up and standardized test scores. This is a combo pack of the Valkyrie Squadron swag and the Misfortune High swag. Includes Print Copy of Misfortune High Book 1. You can't get enough swag, so this includes a 3D sculpt of MH Character Sonia + Exclusive 8" x 10" watercolor print + 4" x 6" Postcard Set + 5 Bookmark Set + Enhanced Digital Book 1 + Making of Misfortune High Digital + Print Copies of Valkyrie Squadron Books 1-3 + Digitals of Valkyrie Squadron Books 1-3 + Acrylic Charm Necklace of your choice + 5 Bookmark set of Valkyrie Squadron

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    LIBRARIAN: SPECIAL TIER FOR COMICS RETAILERS ONLY. You own your own book store and would like to get a few copies of Misfortune High and Valkyrie Squadron for sale. Includes: 10 Units of Misfortune High Book 1 + 4 Units of Valkyrie Squadron Book 1 + 4 Units of Valkyrie Squadron Book 2 + 4 Units of Valkyrie Squadron Book 3 + Retailer Exclusive 11" x 17" Misfortune High Promotional Poster + Retailer Exclusive 11" x 17" Valkyrie Squadron Promotional Poster

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