The focus of this Kickstarter is on the printing and shipping of the first book installment of my ongoing webcomic, FOULS & VIOLATIONS. Life of a Referee Uncovered. The book is 70 plus pages of Comic strips from the first three years. You will be thrust into the world of sports officiating through the eyes of Sleepy, the local high school basketball referee. You will also see the transition of my art and my growth as a writer. The initial strips started in black and white but slowly transitioned into full color.
The actual book is 80% complete and will be going out to the printer next month. I need a little help to push it over the finish line. I've put together some really cool rewards that will bring this book to life.
I started writing Fouls and Violations in September of 1998. This was the year I began officiating Basketball. I knew right away that officiating was a great platform for a comic strip. Unfortunately, it took until the Fall of 2008 to publish my comic strip on line.
I had a story to tell. Convincing the world that referees are honest, loyal and great people of integrity was never the inside story line for Fouls and Violations. That’s a no win battle. There will always be one person who thinks referees have pre-conceived agenda’s. But when a player goes 1 for 15 from the free throw line and a team looses by one point, you have to blame someone. Why not the referee? That’s just fun.
I have been blessed with two jobs; one is a ‘Great Job’ and the other is a ‘Dream Job.’ My Great job has been my ability to be creative. Whether that is with my graphic design skills or my comic strip, I love the creative process. My ‘Dream Job’, is refereeing Basketball. Not in my wildest dreams would I have imaged officiating in front of thousands of fans. I’ve never taken this responsibility lightly.
For all the sports officials out there, your story is here. If not, it’s probably being told tomorrow.
I appreciate your patience and love through my opening act. Enjoy the moment. All you have to do is laugh out loud every third comic.
Don’t get a Technical Foul!
Even if you can’t spare the dough to back the project itself, you can help by spreading the love. Fans sharing the campaign on social media goes a LONG way in a Kickstarter’s success! And with YOUR help, we can get the word out and bring Fouls & Violations, Life of a Referee Uncovered to life.
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Risks and challenges
As with every endeavor, there's always going to be some risks. The biggest risk is if I don’t make my goal…Your money gets refunded and I have to delay the printing a few months. UGH. I don’t want this to happen.
Last, there is the risk that I sell too many books. For example, if I sold 2000 books, my hallway would be full of books stacked to the ceiling. They'd weigh tons! However, this is a problem I want to have. Help me have this problem.
Are you excited? I can't wait to complete this project.
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