The Empties is a horror comic book series about a housewife who turns into a flesh-eating zombie while her husband tries to save her!
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Zombies! Cannibalism! Body Horror! Love Triangle! Romance! ...in the Apocalypse!
A workaholic chef, Derrick, has a simple desire - he wants to be happy and he wants his wife Helen to be happy too. But just because Helen has a roof over her head, it doesn’t mean that she’s happy or fulfilled. There’s something missing in her life, and even she can’t put a finger on what it is. As Helen tries to fill the need inside her, the “zombie disease” hollows her out.
Man, I LOVE this story!
Man, I LOVE my team!
The Empties is a horror comic book limited series. We successfully brought Issue #1 to life back in February, and like any good zombie story, we need to do it again! The good news is that, Issue #2 is complete! So what we really need money for is this:
- to print Issue #2 and
- keep our artists from starving to death while they work on Issue #3
I believe in this project 100%. That is why I put $800 of every paycheck I make into creating this comic book series. And believe me, if I could spare more, I would. Because believe it or not, it does cost more than that (I’m sure you’ll believe me after I break down the budget for you).
I pay Eli a rate of $240 per page. Many people do not pay their indie artists as much as I pay Eli, but this is not foolish spending on my part. No! The quality of the art is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Eli is a master at horror and an absolute professional who deserves even more than I can pay, which is why I also offered him a small percentage of the net profits.
Next, this comic book series is shaping up exactly how I imagined it. I was worried that we would not be able to repeat the success of the first issue with this second issue, but we did it! This second issue might even exceed the first in terms of storytelling and visualization- with images you will not see anywhere else. So, the rate I pay Eli means that we deliver the best quality possible.
For Lettering, I pay Marshall $20 per page. This is probably the most insanely reasonable rate anyone of his talent has offered anyone. He is so generous when working with indie authors and he delivers the most impressive letters I have ever seen. You can see for yourself here in this FREE 22 page preview!
For the Front Cover - I have worked out a licensing deal with Jeanne where I pay her to create original art, which she still owns, and I give her a 5 cent royalty on every issue we sell. Needless to say, she deals primarily in the fine arts, and to commission a custom work from her would cost anyone well in the thousands of dollars. So you can see what a great deal she is giving me.
And last but not least, Zimri is our graphic designer who designed up the titles on the front and back cover and the credits page on the inside of the book. He is insanely talented and puts all the finishing touches on the issue to make sure it is perfect. Zimri gets a varying rate depending on the difficulty of the work. Generally, this budget is $250 for the work he delivers.
When you all that all up you get the following:
- Artist - 22 pages + back cover at $240/ page = $5,520
- Letterer - 22 pages + Recap page at $20/ page = $460
- Cover Artist - Base + 5 cent royalty
- Graphic Designer - Various projects - $250 = $250
Grand Total - minimum $6230 per issue of The Empties
Wow. That’s a lot of money! And that’s before printing costs. But it is worth every penny, and I wouldn't dream of not paying my artists. So like I said, I put $800 of every paycheck I make into this project, and I will continue to do so until all 6 issues are complete.
Now, if we are ever going to:
- get this second issue printed, and
- get the comics finished in a reasonable time frame
Then this indie project needs your help! That’s what this Kickstarter is for. It is so that we can send you a beautiful copy of the second issue AND keep up the quality and the pace for the 3rd issue.
Without your help:
- We will not be able to print the second issue of the comic book. (That would be so sad!)
- AND, if we are unsuccessful now, it will take longer for the 3rd issue to be released. (This would also be sad... BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE! YAY!)
Where is my money going?
Great question! Here is a pie chart of the distribution of the funds. It should be a pretty good guide on where your money is going.
If we don’t raise that money, this project will take more time to produce. But this is happening. We’re not stopping now. You can never kill a zombie story! That’s the best part about zombie stories!
And the best part about this zombie story is that you’ve really never seen anything like it before. But don’t take my word on it...
What do others have to say about The Empties?
Here's what others are saying about The Empties:
Women are too often vilified. We turn them into monsters. And if they are not monsters, the women exist only for men. (Think I’m wrong? Ask yourself how many comics and movies pass the Bechdel test?)
As a woman, I reject these notions. My woman is fierce and she is flawed, making her equal to the men portrayed in The Empties. She has the courage to try to escape a relationship that has trapped her in traditional roles (even if she loses herself in the process). Helen, a trapped housewife, is the one who makes a firm decision to leave her husband, and she is clear and upfront about it.
This is not an easy situation to be in. After all, it is not easy to claim that neglect is abuse. But she has been emotionally abused, and she lashes out. Helen is not a hero or a role model, she is a woman trying to claim her own identity, and the process is impossible because, in this story, she is literally turning into a zombie. It is painful to watch her lose herself.
She is rundown, overpowered, and trapped. At first, we think that she is the monster (and that’s before she turns into a zombie). Her flaws are evident. After all, she is the one who cheated on her husband.
But as we learn more and more about these people, we learn that her husband, Derrick, is controlling and that Helen is justified in her feelings. She is not a pet or a doll, but she sure is treated like one.
We sympathize with each of the characters at different points in the story. But it is Derrick who commits the most monstrous acts. He justifies these acts in the name of love. It is too real, because we have all done desperate and horrible things in the name of love. I see a lot of myself in Derrick; I’ve made similar mistakes.
I don’t believe in black and white monsters (only black and white comics, haha). I believe that every person is capable of monstrous things and that every person is equally capable of wonderful things. The Empties shows the monstrous side of people in love.
And check out this dope design for the gummy bear pin!
May we all survive the gummy horror together!
Risks and challenges
The Empties, Issue #2 is complete and ready to print, but there can always be delays in the printing that could set the timeline back, delaying your order.
I have printed the first issue successfully, and feel confident that we can work with the printers again to deliver this new issue in a timely fashion.
There can also be delays with the pins, which need to be ordered. But as soon as funds hit my account, the order will be placed, so that you receive your merch as soon as humanly possible.
This is not my first time doing this, so I think that I have an idea on what can go wrong and how to handle any potential delays. I will keep you updated throughout the post campaign so that you are aware of any delays that do come up and so that you know when your order will be arriving. I hope this answers your concerns, and if not, feel free to ask a question!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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