IF WE CAN RAISE $250 MORE (FOR A TOTAL OF $3750) EVERYONE WHO IS GETTING A PHYSICAL ITEM (SO PLEDGED $10 OR MORE) WILL ALSO RECEIVE A SKEWERED GUMMY BEAR. LET'S SPREAD THE #GUMMYHORROR!
AND for every dollar donated I will destroy 1 gummy bear. Help us spread the #gummyhorror!
And share the love! Tag @emptiescomics on any photo of #gummyhorror and I’ll DM you a FREE digital copy of The Empties, Issue #1.
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The Empties - When a housewife contracts a flesh-eating illness, she and her husband try desperately to survive, and in the process, rekindle a love that is literally all-consuming!
If you love body horror, this is our love letter to the genre!
My obsession with body horror:
I was in high school science class when I was first introduced to the movie that would mold my obsession with the body horror genre - and that was David Cronenberg’s The Fly. I remember that friends and I loved that movie so much that we went home and had “The Fly” parties. We watched all the versions of The Fly. But David Cronenberg’s left a lasting impression.
Not only is it the story that most inspired The Empties, it is the story that also turned me on to horror. I’ve been a bit obsessed with body mutations since then. I, of course, went on and watched almost all of Cronenberg’s films and I also found punk rock movies like Troma’s Toxic Avenger, Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond (and Re-Animator!) and so many more (Xtro, Hellraiser, Slither, Bad Taste… you know the ones!)!
I absolutely love this kind of horror because it is focuses on human beings who go through horrific transformations! That feels more real to me for some reason. We understand that they are not monsters, and we feel for them as they become monsters. But it is not the physical that makes you a monster, it’s the inner self and horrific actions that makes a person a monster.
The Empties is a comic book series about humans who turn into gummy like monsters with a taste for flesh and all the while trying to survive this thing called love!
The Empties is a horror comic book limited series. We successfully brought Issue #1 and #2 to life, and like any good zombie story, we need to do it again! The good news is that, Issue #3 is complete! So what we really need money for is this:
- to print Issue #4 and
- keep our artists from starving to death while they work on Issue #4, 5, and 6
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. Again, I was worried that luck would not strike three times and that this third issue might be the one where we failed, but we did it! And it wasn't by luck! Eli does such an amazing job time and time again. 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 the 4th 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 third issue AND keep up the quality and the pace for the 4th issue and more.
Without your help:
- It will take longer for the 4th 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. The #gummyhorror will spread!
People really loved the first two comics:
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.
Issue #3 Art! (Spoiler Free!)
What can you get for your pledge?
Risks and challenges
With any art project there are a number of risks, like delays in shipping or poor manufacturing. In order to mitigate risk, I've already printed the comic books, done a quality control sweep, and already have most of the other perks in house and ready to ship. The funds we raise go fully into making the next issue of the comic, so that we can keep up this pace and hopefully sometime in 2020, collect these issues into a graphic novel.
I've learned a lot from my previous campaigns, such as they best envelope to ship the comics in (at first I was using bubble wrapped backpacking, but I have switched over to full cardboard for added protection). I've checked out local printers in the US and price compared them abroad and I am proud to say that I have found ways to manufacture the highest quality comics here in the USA!
I believe that with two successful Kickstarters under my belt, and with the rewards already in house, that I will be able to ship these to you in a very timely manner.
I'm thrilled that you've made it this far, and I hope to share my love of this story with you by giving you the highest quality product available.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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