About this project
Hello! Thanks for checking us out. We're trying to raise funds to complete our graphic novel called "Terminally Illin', a comic adventure for young adult cancer survivors. You can have a part in creating this epic mythology about the cancer journey. When we finish the illustrations, you'll get a digital edition of the comic book that you can read on any electronic device, and a lot more.
We have 80 pages already drawn and colored, so we're about half way finished with the book. It's very time consuming and without funding, this project might take years to complete. We'd like to finish it this year.
For most levels you pledge at, we'll send you some cool stuff, and we'll send some cool stuff to someone with cancer. For the higher pledge levels, we'll send a gift box to a cancer center of your choice - or we'll pick one from our growing list. We'll be posting the names and locations of the cancer centers we donate to, in our backer blog. Follow along - it'll be fun!
She's joined by her pet kitty, Iceman, as they set out to destroy the Tumordome, the invading cancer cell army, and their leader - the little dictator that's bent on world domination. But they don't do it alone - they make friends with a rag-tag bunch of weakened immune system cells that are on their last leg. Hilarity and butt-kicking will ensue. You won't believe what we have in store!!!
WHAT DO OTHER CANCER PATIENTS THINK OF IT SO FAR?
Last year, we published our first comic with the help of Kickstarter.com and we've donated copies to cancer patients all over the world with lots of enthusiastic feedback - people love it! But the book isn't for everyone. Our humor is sometimes dark and we aim for complete honesty - giving you both the raw emotion of a cancer diagnosis, and the ridiculously humorous situations a cancer patient goes through.
Each year over 72,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the US-- that's one new diagnosis every eight minutes. There's an obvious lack of literature (and humor!) catering to cancer patients-- especially young adults. "Terminally Illin" is filling this specific niche in the cancer community, and our budding fan base is eagerly awaiting the rest of the story.
It will take approximately 6 months to complete the book. Each scene requires a lot of research to bring it alive, and each page can take 20 - 30 hours to layout, illustrate, and color. Based on what we completed last year, we estimate it will take 2,500+ hours to complete the 80+ pages remaining of our graphic novel. We're under-budgeting our Kickstarter project, as the book is a labor of love. We set our project goal at the minimum amount needed to maintain an intense focus for about 4 - 5 months. In September 2012, a documentary series about this comic is set to air (details tba!), and our publication will coincide with this date. We're excited to get this finished & out into the world!
We've already got the screens made and ready to crank out our cool new designs. Once we're funded, we'll start shipping stuff out within 3 to 5 weeks. We learned from our last Kickstarter how to get a system in place to make it easy - even when offering several different options.
Thank you for your time and consideration in becoming a backer. Let's make this dream a reality!
Kaylin & Jon
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