I took a trip to Iceland in December 2012, and then spent a year and a half making a travelogue comic about it, and posting it at www.LonnieComics.com. The comic is called Thoughts From Iceland, inspired by John & Hank Green’s “Thoughts From Places” videos on youtube.
I've self-published very small runs of the comic in 3 short volumes, which I sell at cons, and online. But they're expensive to print, and so they're also expensive for people buy!
This kickstarter is to raise money to print professional-quality, perfect-bound, softcover books of the whole finished comic. Plus, it includes 30+ pages of new watercolors and stories about the second trip I took to Iceland, a year later. And that's not even to mention the Icelandic glossary, and pronunciation guide!
If I can print a bigger run, I can sell the whole thing for a much more reasonable price!
There are backer rewards for a wide range of donation levels, such as a pdf of the book, a physical copy, a signed and sketched in book, and even a custom illustration or comic on a subject of your choice, if you’re willing to pitch in the big bucks!
Thank you so much for checking out my kickstarter, and for any support you can provide.
1. Some nice things cool people have said about my comic
“Lonnie Mann carefully parses out the wonders and pitfalls of Icelandic tourism with charming
personality and enthusiastic artwork. The result is a lovely and entertaining read; his love of the
trip is infectious, and his voice is adorable.”
—Lucy Knisley, Creator of Age of License, Relish, and French Milk
“A terrific comic travelogue... It made me feel as if I actually visited a place I’ve never been to,
one I now want to “return” to soon. Fantastic colors, too.”
—Brian K. Vaughan, creator of Saga, Y: The Last Man, Runaways
"Thoughts from Iceland does the wonderful job of collecting those curious moments abroad when you discover bits of another culture that have never before crossed your mind. Lonnie's skillful, approachable art further brings these moments to life in a thoroughly entertaining way.”
—Morgan Boecher, creator of What's Normal Anyway?
2. Art Prints Pack
The two art prints which come in the art prints pack are each lovely 11x17 prints, and look like this:
3. Those original watercolors
At the $200 backer reward level, you'll receive an original watecolor piece. What are those? The latter part of the book is a collection of watercolors and related stories about my second trip to Iceland. There are a bunch of them, so they range from people, to landscapes, to interior shots, etc. Backers at this level will receive a survey to choose their preferred categories, and will receive a randomly chosen piece of the type they selected. They vary in size and are sent as-is, so framing and mounting options are up to you once you receive it.
Special thanks to Ryan Gatts for animating the video above. Check out his work at www.ryangatts.com!
5. Stretch Goals!
As of the morning of April 6, with 18 days left to go in the campaign, we've reached our initial goal of $3,000! Amazing! Let's talk stretch goals.
At $3,500 (reached!): Everyone receiving a physical reward ($20+) will also receive a set of 3 bookmarks. Here are the designs:
At $4,000 (reached!): Everyone receiving physical rewards will get another 3 bookmarks, for a total of 6! Here are the designs:
At $5,000 (reached!): The book covers will be printed with fancy spot gloss! This means parts of the design will be shiny and smooth, adding a small bit of dimensionality, and extra texture.
At $6,000: If, by some cosmic miracle, we reach $6k by the end of the campaign - less than 24 hours from the time of this update - I will create a new short comic (about 5-10 pages, probably) about my recent 3rd trip to Iceland for Design March in Reykjavík. It'll be send to all backers $10+ as a pdf.
I plan on using Print Ninja to print the books. I've received paper samples, gotten a quote, and everything. So I'm ready to go get the books printed once the campaign ends. (Assuming I hit my goal!)
Risks and challenges
Not particularly risky! The whole comic is pretty much laid out and ready to send to printers. : )Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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