Centralia 2050 is a cyberpunk mystery comic that updates every Friday at centralia2050.com!
The comic follows Midori, who wakes up lost amidst the hi-tech metropolis of Centralia. Without memories, her only connection to this place is a mysterious girl with whom Midori shares a psychic connection. Midori sets off in search of her, but soon finds that Centralia is not what it seems...
In chapter 1, we meet Midori and her new (very grouchy) friend Grey. After a bumpy start, the two team up to search for the girl, but things get complicated when they discover she's been missing for two years.
In chapter 2, Midori and Grey take their search to the sketchy outskirts of the dystopian city. Midori learns about an unusual blackout that forever changed Centralia, and gains new insight into the disappearance of her missing friend.
While I define Centralia 2050 as a cyberpunk comic, I wanted to write a story that focuses more on the characters within a dystopia than the dystopia itself. Centralia explores the different ways in which people deal with loneliness, anxiety, discrimination, and isolation in a rapidly changing world. It also delves into how modern and futuristic technology impacts our lives, for better or worse.
Also as a female artist, I'm often alienated by the portrayal of women in movie, games, and comics. While there are a lot more awesome female leads thanks to the rise in indie creators, we still have a ways to go. I want to create a story with a relatable female protagonist who doesn't fit neatly into the established image of femininity. Midori is determined, empathetic, and courageous-- sometimes to a fault. Most of all, she is driven by her own goals and doesn't exist only to further another character's narrative.
I also wanted to create a story featuring an Asian-American lead and PoC supporting characters. Having grown up in the SF Bay Area, I feel the homogeneity of lead characters in comics does not reflect the diversity I experience in real life.
Centralia 2050 is free to read online, so why make a printed version? First off, I know some people prefer reading their comics in physical form, myself included! The comic is already formatted for print, as my long term goal is to release one big graphic novel.
Second, posting the comic online means the image quality suffers a little from compression. A printed version means Centralia 2050 can be enjoyed in its original beautiful high-res form!
Because this comic is a labour of love and shared online for free, I need your help to afford printing and shipping expenses. Fortunately, because chapter 2 is finished and ready to go, I can guarantee that the printed issue will be realized if funding is achieved.
I am using RA Comics Direct to print chapter 2. I've worked with them previously to print two runs of chapter 1 and was very happy with the quality, and am confident that they'll do an excellent job with chapter 2!
Best of all, their turnaround is insanely quick, so once the project is funded (and those funds are received) I expect to have comics ready to ship out within a few weeks.
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Risks and challenges
There's not too much risk with this project. Chapter 2 is finished, so the only risk is not getting enough funding to print it. In that case, it might be a while before a printed copy ever becomes available.
There is also the challenge of ensuring the physical copies look as great as intended. Fortunately, I have done several print runs with RA Comics Direct and am confident they'll do an excellent job with chapter 2 of the comic! I will be ordering a physical proof of the comic before doing the print run to ensure the quality of the issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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