Rainy Day Dreams is a queer-friendly, character-driven supernatural drama about relationships, monsters, and defeating evil with kindness (and also sometimes swords cuz swords are cool).
Tristin, a plucky human with a lousy string of luck, finds herself trapped in a spooky parallel dimension of monsters after a treasure hunt gone wrong.
Unable to return home, she's taken in by Mara—a grumpy reclusive psychic with strange powers and a stranger past. Tumble deeper into the Nameless World with parties, fancy dresses, and intrigue! Features: cute monster girls, a giant cat, punching a creepy dude, a mysterious malcontent named Michael. A masquerade ball, guys. So many party dresses!
Printing is expensive! This is the first printed collection of Rainy Day Dreams, which I've been continuously posting since 2014, and I want it to look great. The collective community boost of Kickstarter will help me get this book made and into more hands than I could do on my own. It's a comic I make in addition to a full-time day job.
Rainy Day Dreams is traditionally painted, which means much of it is lost in the low res images posted online. It was created to be seen in person. The printed version also has many new and redone pages from what's available online. I decided to remaster these first chapters, using my five years of experience making this comic, to improve the writing, storytelling, and art.
Rainy Day Dreams, Book 1 is an overall better introduction to a story that's very dear to me. I think you'll like it too! The printing of this book is also to commemorate the 5 year anniversary of Rainy Day Dreams posting online. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than by making a first print run of the first arc!
In addition, I'm also commissioning a new, redesigned logo from the wonderful Christina Gardner!
Rainy Day Dreams Book 1 is planned to be 5.25 x 7.25" with 130 mostly black and white pages (full color for chapter illustrations and some partial color comic pages).
Print and Digital Archive Collection
To keep things simple, the book will be the only new product I'm creating for this project. However, backers have the opportunity to add physical and digital copies of previously published zines to their collections.
There are also stickers that can be unlocked as part of this campaign's stretch goals (see next section).
The commissions for the commission tier will be in the style of my 2017 Inktober illustrations. You may select a single character (your own original character, a real life person, a character from this story, or a character from your favorite fandom) for a 5.5" x 8" illustration, either black and white or black and white plus one spot color. You will receive the original along with your physical rewards and a high resolution file with your digital rewards.
Locked: $2,000 – Book 1 Unedited Comparison PDF
- A side by side, page by page collection of the "original book 1" as published online and the new, remastered and redrawn pages. Will include author commentary on design and storytelling theory. This PDF will be added to all tiers.
Locked: $3,000 – Open the Crypt
- Want to see the alpha version of book 1 as drawn by 13 year old Mariah? If we hit this goal I'll dig out my old, middle-school notebooks and collect those first draft pages of the first five chapters into an additional PDF for you all to see the oldest roots of the comic. This PDF will be added to all tiers.
Locked: $4,000 – Caramelldansen Book 1 Recap Animation
- A Caramelldansen video? In 2019?! I've always wanted to make a caramelldansen video for Rainy Day Dreams and if we hit this goal I will! This will be posted publicly.
Locked: $5,000 – Book 1 Author's Commentary Video
- I'll go through the volume, page by page (including 2014 and alpha pages), and do a commentary break down on the inspirations behind the story, writing and art process, and probably a few related tangents. All in video format! This will be posted publicly.
Social Stretch Goals
Word of mouth and personal recommendations are the best way to promote a project. Even if your following is small, a retweet or share means a lot! To thank backers for helping spread the word about my project, hitting certain milestones of shares will unlock these super cute stickers! Share the following links to start unlocking:
Unlocked! – Tristin sticker: Unlocked at 25 retweets on Twitter
Mara sticker: Unlocked at 50 retweets on Twitter
Michael sticker: Unlocked at 75 retweets on Twitter
An original art, printed version of Chapter 1 added to all physical reward tiers: 25 shares on Facebook
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter! Though I do have experience assisting with past successful Kickstarters, being at the head of the ship this time around may come with unexpected hickups.
The biggest challenge I currently foresee is accurately projecting when the book will go to print. All of the files are currently on track to be complete and compiled by February 2020, barring any surprises in production or life events. For example, I discovered several months ago that the old pages that I had planned on remastering needed to be rescanned and edited from scratch which pushed the schedule back at that time. The completion of the Kickstarter campaign will also be the start of the holidays and those tend to bring scheduling difficulties. I've added in what I hope will be ample buffer time and I'm very experienced in printing—my day job is as a graphic designer at a monthly magazine.
Additionally I'll post regular, transparent updates along the way so all backers can see how the book is coming along. I've never missed a scheduled update for RDD for the entire five years its been posting so I feel pretty confident about also making these deadlines. I have also very carefully planned out the budget, including cushion to account for unexpected or indirect costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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