STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!
Keep it going and we'll unveil bigger and better stretch goals for everyone to enjoy.
ACHIEVED: $5,000 - ADDITIONAL BACKMATTER AND UPGRADE IN PAPER QUALITY. We're almost there! Get us to $5,000 and we'll add in 4 additional pages of backmatter (script pages, page breakdowns, and more) AND upgrade the interior pages to a heavier, uncoated premium paper. Everyone who's backing for at least $5 benefits from this.
ACHIEVED: $6,000 - STICKERS! Everyone likes stickers. If we hit $6,000, we'll throw in three sticker designs for ALL BACKERS AT THE $10 AND UP LEVEL. Designs will be up shortly.
$8,000 - IRON-ON PATCH! If we hit $8,000 we'll give ALL BACKERS AT THE $25 LEVEL AND UP a high-quality IRON-ON PATCH of the design you see on our T-shirt and handbill!
$10,000 - BOOKMARKS! If we hit $10,000, then ALL BACKERS AT THE $20 LEVEL AND UP get a high-quality bookmark featuring the "Like A Virus" design!
$15,000 - CUSTOM NOTEBOOK! This is cool as hell. If we hit the $15,000, then ALL BACKERS AT THE $25 LEVEL AND UP get a custom squarebound notebook featuring the "Like A Virus" t-shirt design!
EXTRA! EXTRA! PRINTS ADDED!
HANDBILLS - We've just unveiled the BEAUTIFUL, KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE 6.5" x 8.5" hand-printed silkscreen two-color handbill, signed and numbered, now available at the new $20 tier. What's more, EVERY BACKER AT $40 AND UP AUTOMATICALLY GETS A HANDBILL ADDED TO THEIR REWARD PACKAGE.
Feeling left out? ADD $10 TO ANY PLEDGE LEVEL BELOW $40 AND WE'LL THROW IN A HANDBILL! These handbills will NEVER BE AVAILABLE AGAIN, so if you want a handbill, now is the time to act.
WHO WE ARE
We are Ken Lowery and Robert Wilson IV, a comic book writer and artist living in Dallas, Texas. Ken is co-creator of Fake AP Stylebook on Twitter and is co-editor of the spin-off book Write More Good. He is also co-creator and co-writer of the Web series The Variants. Robert is the illustrator of Knuckleheads from Monkeybrain Comics and a poster artist.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
“Like A Virus” is a one-shot 23-page comic book about one supernaturally gifted person investigating -- and confronting -- a longtime haunting in her neighborhood. It's also about the guilt and fear that can anchor a soul down, and how those thoughts can spread and contaminate not just you, but the people around you.
The story centers on Felicity Bane, a bartender living in a low-rent part of a fictional northeastern city. After catching wind of a local urban legend, Felicity is driven by curiosity (and perhaps something else) to investigate the rumors, confront the ghost, and attempt to put her to rest… for her peace, and for the neighborhood’s.
I finished the script in October and Robert began thumbnails not long after. In the time since, we've put together a great team – Robert pulled in colorist Jordan Boyd and letterer Thomas Mauer, who are currently working with him on Knuckleheads, published by Monkeybrain Comics. Both, like Robert, are stars in the making.
The comic is nearly done. The pages are penciled and inked, most are colored and lettered. We’ve been happy to foot the bill and the hours to get the script, pencils, inks, coloring and lettering done and ready to go for a digital release.
The cost to print is another matter.
WHAT WE WANT TO DO
We want this story to exist in print. We want to be able to sell it at cons, to hand it to editors and other professionals, and to have physical proof that the four of us can produce worthy comic book work together. Digital is fine, convenient, and for some people even preferable. But there’s just something about an actual comic book, isn’t there?
So we need YOUR HELP raising the money to get a print run done. Our target number -- $4,000 -- covers the cost of printing and shipping 1,500 copies of the book (enough to bring them down to a reasonable cost per unit), Kickstarter and Uncle Sam kickbacks, and the creation and shipping of our incentives.
For that cost, you get a premium printed comic with 23 pages of story and 5 pages of back matter -- word from us, concept art, and more.
If you’d be willing to help us get there, we’d dearly appreciate it. And we think the incentives we’re offering for your help are pretty damn cool.
Risks and challenges
Few, thankfully. We have most of the comic in the can already, with the remaining pages proceeding on schedule.
The biggest risk (for us) is getting the issue turned around at the printer in time to get it ready for HeroesCon, but that’s not really YOUR problem. It’s ours.
There’s always a risk of delays to the production schedule due to unforeseen circumstances. Should anything come up during the process, we’ll be quick to communicate with you about what’s happening and what you can expect.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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