Jupiter's Great Red Spot is shrinking. From its storms, four dragons emerge, determined to bring Chaos back to our solar system.
Electricity is Her Element is about four dragons that inhabit the storms of Jupiter, and their plans to summon the elements to restore Chaos to our solar system. The story is inspired by astrophysics, mythology, elemental magick, and vintage sci-fi stories.
I drew this comic almost entirely by hand in a 5.5x4" sketchbook with Prisma pens. The process took about a year and a half, starting in the summer of 2015. The art style has been described as retro, psychedelic and cosmic, and also inspired a musical score (music by Gunwallace).
This is the second printing of Electricity is Her Element. This new edition will include additional pages, edits and updates, and will be perfect bound with a more durable cover. This comic first appeared on Tapastic and LineWebtoon as a webcomic starting in 2015.
"Wow. One of the amazing things about Tapastic is that sometimes a story comes along that is truly inspired, and pushes the boundaries of what we expect comic books to be. Electricity is Her Element reads like a cosmic tale of Greek Mythology, inventing a new story to explain why the universe is the way it is. [The] story is so incredibly stylish and confident that it could stand as the basis for a new religion. The potential of the story is so great that it could be timeless, immortal ... if enough people read it. The art is one-of-a-kind, the voices of the personified elements are specific and engaging, and the lettering is almost art by itself. I come from a family with a strong connection to its Native American heritage, and what I love most about this story is how reminiscent it is of the stories ancient cultures would tell around a bonfire. At the same time, there is an inherent sci-fi element to this comic that makes it distinctly modern. I can't wait to see how the tale unfolds -- Electricity is Her Element is a treasure."
-Donathin Frye, Donathin's Monthly Comic Spotlight
"Above all else, Electricity Is Her Element is gorgeous... The marker work and the color choices make the pages pop from a mile away. The hand-lettering... is leaps and bounds ahead of standard lettering practices. Each elemental has a very unique yet uniform design as well; something that’s difficult to pull off."
-Joe Corallo, Comicmix.com
"Electricity Is Her Element is an absolute delight... It is a surreal and trippy visual delight with so many different aspects to keep you guessing until the final pages.
"[Kat] is a great creator, and this comic proves how remarkable she is with her craft. She drew this comic by hand, and the coloring is with markers alone. Created to show that she could do it with markers, but also to explore another side of one of her original character and the best character in the comic KerBop the Angel. It is a story that works so well in the mythos she creates that you just want to read it again and again."
-Insha Fitzpatrick, Geek.com
"There’s an incredible sense of storytelling that threw me until the very end. This psychedelic space story is truly on a mythology level, combining a lot of elements from different types to combine for the narrative... She borrows from the myths of real storms and elements, giving them characteristics, personalities, flaws and designs that are so fitting for them. There is also an underlying message of “false gods” that is active in the comic, especially as the Four Dragons try to play a crucial role in getting Chaos to do his job themselves."
-Insha Fitzpatrick, Geek.com
Ker-Bop the Angel
This comic features a character called KerBop the Angel. While not the main character in this story, she plays a significant role. KerBop is the appointed protector of this solar system and all its inhabitants, which she defends from space-faring demons, menacing interstellar empires, and all others who endanger conscious life-forms. She is also an androgynous flying cat.
Electricity is Her Element is her print debut.
Electricity Is Her Element started as a webcomic, uploaded weekly in its 5.5-inch x 4-inch format. As a book, it is laid out with 3 of these pages per printed page, resulting in a 44 page, full-color comic, about 10 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. The format is taller and narrower than your standard comic book, and it stands out as unique at first glance.
I first set up a printed version of this book in 2017, before I adopted the name Kat Crow as my nom de plume. As mentioned above, this Kickstarter campaign will fund the printing of the latest edition of the comic: including updates to the credits, added pages, and perfect bound printing.
The Enamel Pin
This Kickstarter campaign signifies the official launch event of this comic book, so I've designed an enamel pin to commemorate! This is the official Electricity is Her Element pin, nicknamed "Celestial Dragon." The pin will include black glitter and measure 1.75" across. The pin will also come with a backing card (card design not final).
The Art Prints
I'm also producing 2 small Art Prints for this campaign, "Red Dragon" and "Electric." Recipients will have a chance to choose which one they want on the survey sent out after the campaign is finished.
Free Art Print just for International Backers: "The Storm"
It's a drag having to pay so much to ship international, so I'm sending backers outside the USA a free exclusive print: "The Storm." This small Art Print will be included with any other shipped items (not with Digital PDF or "Just Support" tiers.) This is my thanks for supporting my project, and my gift for those who have to deal with more expensive shipping.
Original Art (Single Page)
I drew over 80 pages of art 8.5" x 5" for this comic. For this Kickstarter, I'm offering a selection as single-page artworks. Those who select this tier will be sent a survey at the end of the campaign, and asked to indicate their top 3 preferences. I will do my best to make sure everyone gets accommodated, however because these works are one-of-a-kind, I will ask everyone to understand that those who answer the survey first will be given first pick. I will be sending these at a higher postage rate to ensure delivery. Below are the available artworks:
Original Art SET (Set of 3)
I am also offering SETS of 3 artworks bundled together. Those who select this tier will be sent a survey at the end of the campaign, and asked to indicate their top 3 preferences of SETS to choose from. I will do my best to make sure everyone gets accommodated, however because these works are one-of-a-kind, I will ask everyone to understand that those who answer the survey first will be given first pick. I will be sending these at a higher postage rate to ensure delivery. Below are the available artworks:
If we raise the following amounts, I'll add more awesome stuff to the campaign.
$3000 - Campaign Goal Reached!!
$3500 - Higher-Grade Paper Stock: this will make the colors pop and improve durability
$4500 - Laminated Cover: this will add a soft-touch matte lamination to the book's cover, giving the book a soft, tactile feel with great color vibrancy
$6800 - More Glitter in Celestial Dragon pin: when this unlocks, the Celestial Dragon pin will have not just one glitter color, but two! The purple will be GLITTER purple, at no extra cost to backers!
$8000 - 4 additional pages: The book will be extended from 44 pages to 48 pages, with more art, sketches, character bios and other material, at no extra cost to backers! This will also mean a thicker spine, which will make this book thicker and more prominent on your bookshelf.
$10000 - a series of animations based on the character: if we reach this level, I'll create a series of animations based on KerBop and the themes of this comic.
About the Creator
Kat Crow is a New York City based writer, artist and comic book creator whose other works include The Tarot of the Inner Mask Oracle Deck and The Lion and the Roc. She blogs on Medium and puts up art on her Instagram.
Risks and challenges
I have worked with the book printer before, as well as the pin manufacturer I plan to use for this project, however the pin is more elaborate and ambitious than I've designed before. I am using a large number of colors plus glitter in the design, and there is some potential risk in the outcome being as good as I had hoped. If the pins turn out to be disastrously different than imagined, I'll be contacting all the pin-tier recipients and letting them know whether a re-print is going to be needed.
The original art I will be sending with as much insurance and shipping guarantees as the post office will reasonably allow, because I very much do not want any of the original pages to be lost in the mail. There is some small risk sending anything by post, but I am mitigating these risks by finding out the safest way to ship available.
- (30 days)