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'My So-Called Secret Identity will change your view on women in comics' - The Daily Dot
'My So-Called Secret Identity will change your view on women in comics' - The Daily Dot
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BEYOND OUR TARGET: STRETCH GOALS  

We've gone beyond our target, with your help. Thank you! Now we're looking toward our stretch goals.

MSCSI has always been about changing things for the better in terms of comic book production, as well as representation: about diverse female characters, drawn by diverse female artists. With the stretch goals, we're exploring the MSCSI cast beyond Cat, and introducing new writers.

Stella Shelly, by Amanda Eve Braxton
Stella Shelly, by Amanda Eve Braxton

If we reach our target, our stretch goals will enable us to produce three new short stories by three new writers, about three of MSCSI's cast members -- and those stories will be included at no extra cost, in every copy of the Extended version. So if you've already pledged for the Extended, you'll be getting 15 pages more, for free (though we'd be happy for you to increase your pledge! The add-on rewards are still available -- see the bottom of this page).

This will be the first published work in comics by J. A. Micheline, Angel Kumar and Dee Emm Elms. They've all been paid for their scripts, but we need to pay your favourite MSCSI artists to draw and colour them. 

So each £500 over target funds a whole new story in the Extended Edition.

£12,500 and we can include Kit's story, by Dee Emm Elms

£13,000 and we can also produce Connie's story, by J. A. Micheline

£13,500 and we can also give you Radhika's story, by Angel Kumar.

We're proud to feature stories about trans character Kit, Black superheroine Connie Carmichael, and British Asian faith detective Radhika Shere, by writers who know those characters' culture and experiences. We would love your help in helping us to reach this stretch goal.

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New to MSCSI? Read the first four issues here for free!

What is My So-Called Secret Identity -- and who is its heroine Cat? Find out on our website.

Missed our promos? Watch here.

Now read on...

"This comic is IMPORTANT. It shows what is possible, even in the world of superheroes, for female characters. Cat manages to be ordinary, relatable and remarkable." - Emma Beeby, writer, Judge Anderson; first female writer of Judge Dredd

"What a lovely story! What great art! And what a great character in Cat! I wish I had written this." - Trina Robbins, co-producer of It Ain't Me Babe, first female artist on Wonder Woman, author of Pretty in Ink

"Great characters, beautifully drawn. I wish there'd been a comic like this when I was a girl. " - Mary Talbot, Costa Award-winning co-creator of Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes and Sally Heathcote, Suffragette

 "Cat’s a great heroine – she doesn't run around in high heels and latex, and she despises superheroes. Marshal Law would approve of her!" - Pat Mills, creator of 2000AD 

"I'm excited by MSCSI and love its powerful images of women... I wish it every success." - Athena Finger, granddaughter of Batman creator Bill Finger

My So-Called Secret Identity launched as a webcomic in Spring 2013. It changed things. The next two years saw the launch of several mainstream comics with women in practical costumes, with smart personalities, realistic body types and diverse supporting casts.

We made a difference. Now we're asking for your support to help us go further.

Last year, we raised £10,000 to produce the concluding episode of Cat's first adventure, and publish issues 1-5 as a high quality paperback, in two editions. But that was never meant to be the end of the story.

New character designs by Suze Shore for Volume 2
New character designs by Suze Shore for Volume 2

Volume 2 takes Cat to entirely new places, pushing the boundaries of superhero comics in its form and story, and introducing a host of new characters -- almost all of them female.

Six months after putting away crime lord Feliciano Carnival, Cat has gained celebrity, but still struggles with her memories and worries about his inevitable release. With Urbanite off-world, Sekhmet steps up and proposes to the remaining community of costumed women: why can't we just kill him? Cat tackles that central question, then faces new challenges she never expected.

Jennie Gyllblad art, with Sam LeBas colours, will feature throughout Volume 2.
Jennie Gyllblad art, with Sam LeBas colours, will feature throughout Volume 2.

After MSCSI, mainstream comics took steps to change their representation of women. As an independent, collaborative and feminist project, we can now go even further, challenging the superhero genre's form and content. And if the mainstream companies catch up, that's good for everyone.

MSCSI Volume 2 is planned as a 120-page graphic novel, with fully coloured art by Jennie Gyllblad. As before, it will come in two gorgeous editions: the standard, containing the complete story, and the extended version, which features a portfolio of guest art by a range of contributors, from legendary creators to new stars -- and, if we reach our stretch goals, three new 5 page stories by new writers, at no extra cost. 

Mock-up of the guest art portfolio for Volume 2
Mock-up of the guest art portfolio for Volume 2

The beautiful collection of portraits and pin-ups includes original MSCSI work by Steve Yeowell ('Zenith', The Invisibles) who provides the cover; John Higgins, co-creator of Watchmen, Marguerite Sauvage (Wonder Woman), Arielle Jovellanos (Fresh Romance), Rachael Smith (House Party, Doctor Who), Neil Ford, Yale Stewart (JL8), Hanie Mohd, award-winning animator Jocie Joritz, Laura Wilson (The One Three Three), Steven Appleby (The Guardian, The NME, Pixies Trompe Le Monde album) and MSCSI creators Suze Shore and Sarah Zaidan, among others. The portfolio also includes character designs from the volume 1 team of Suze Shore, Jennifer Vaiano, Clay Rodery and Amanda E. Braxton, joined by Emma Vieceli (Breaks, Dead Boy Detectives).

New character designs by Amanda E Braxton, Jen Vaiano and Clay Rodery
New character designs by Amanda E Braxton, Jen Vaiano and Clay Rodery

The script is written and the guest portfolio is paid for, but we need your support to fund 120 pages of colour art, the printing and the distribution of the second book.

As before, the rewards start at a low entry price. For £10, you'll receive a digital copy of MSCSI Volume 2.

But if you pay more, you'll get more. 

Beyond the books, we've got limited MSCSI prints, beautifully produced and individually signed, by international comic book celebrities John Higgins and Steve Yeowell.

Cat, by Steve Yeowell and Yel Zamor; Cat with Urbanite, by John Higgins
Cat, by Steve Yeowell and Yel Zamor; Cat with Urbanite, by John Higgins

 ADD-ON REWARDS

Just follow the instructions below -- choose your add-on reward, 'manage' your pledge to increase it by the right amount, then click here to tell us what you want.

Here's the Confirmation Link again! Place your order and it goes direct to our spreadsheet.

Risks and challenges

We delivered on Volume 1 -- hundreds of books, t-shirts and prints -- and in the very few cases when we were late with a reward or careless in our communication, we've learned a lesson from it and improved our system.

This is a team led by a professor and editor of a major international journal. We are committed to this project and we've proved we can handle it. This time, we've deliberately set a long deadline, aware that we're producing an entire volume. We will keep you informed during its development.

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    JUST THE TOTE BAG
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    MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD DIGITAL. The complete story, delivered in full colour to your inbox as soon as it's finished, with a beautiful cover by Ursula Dorada.

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    MSCSI VOL 2 EXTENDED DIGITAL. The complete story plus the guest art portfolio, delivered in full colour to your inbox as soon as it's finished, with a beautiful cover by Steve Yeowell and Yel Zamor.

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    VOLUMES 1 AND 2 DIGITAL
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    MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD DIGITAL. The complete story, delivered in full colour to your inbox as soon as it's finished, with a beautiful cover by Ursula Dorada.

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    MSCSI VOL 1 EXTENDED DIGITAL. The complete FIRST VOLUME, plus deleted scenes, covers and guest art portfolio, with a beautiful cover by Fay Dalton.

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    THE NEW CAT T-SHIRT: at an exclusive low price, the fresh new grey logo t-shirt worn by Cat in our live action promo and throughout volume 2. Your order will be fulfilled by Geeked Magazine to ensure you receive the right size. Get it this summer!

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    THE NEW LIMITED DEAL
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    MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD, SIGNED, PLUS SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, with a beautiful cover by Ursula Dorada. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    THE EXTENDED EDITION LIMITED DEAL

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    MSCSI VOL 2 EXTENDED, SIGNED AND SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, plus guest art portfolio, with a stunning cover by Steve Yeowell. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    NEW FANS SPECIAL OFFER:
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    MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD, SIGNED, PLUS SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, with a beautiful cover by Ursula Dorada. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    NEW FANS SPECIAL OFFER 2:
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    the authentic and exclusive MSCSI tote bag, PLUS

    MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD, SIGNED, PLUS SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, with a beautiful cover by Ursula Dorada. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    MSCSI VOL 2 EXTENDED, SIGNED AND SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, plus guest art portfolio, with a stunning cover by Steve Yeowell. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    MSCSI VOL 2 PLUS EXCLUSIVE HIGGINS SIGNED PRINT: Exclusive, original MSCSI art print of the John Higgins Cat and Urbanite pin-up, coloured and individually signed by John himself (co-creator with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons of WATCHMEN).

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    MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD, SIGNED, PLUS SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, with a beautiful cover by Ursula Dorada. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    MSCSI VOL 2 PLUS EXCLUSIVE YEOWELL SIGNED PRINT: Exclusive, original MSCSI art print of the Steve Yeowell image, coloured by Yel Zamor and individually signed by Steve himself (artist on Grant Morrison's ZENITH and THE INVISIBLES)

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    MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD, SIGNED, PLUS SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, with a beautiful cover by Ursula Dorada. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    NEW FANS EXTENDED OFFER 3:
    MSCSI VOL 1 EXTENDED -- with guest art portfolio and a Fay Dalton cover -- SIGNED, PLUS

    MSCSI VOL 2 EXTENDED, SIGNED, PLUS SPONSORSHIP DEAL. The complete story, in print, with a beautiful cover by Steve Yeowell. Your copy will be individually signed by writer Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    BOTH BOOKS! MSCSI VOL 2 STANDARD AND EXTENDED, SIGNED AND SPONSORSHIP DEAL. Both volumes in a collectors' set: the standard version, with Ursula Dorada cover, and the extended with Steve Yeowell cover and guest art portfolio. Both copies will be individually signed by author Will Brooker, and your name will be listed as a sponsor in the book and on the website.

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    ONE-OFF ORIGINAL BRIAR ROSE WATERCOLOUR, SIGNED BY JENNIE GYLLBLAD.

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    You will get the Standard and Extended versions of Volume 1, plus the Standard and Extended versions of Volume 2, all signed, with your name as sponsor of Volume 2.

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    THE COSPLAY LEVEL: Exclusive, original t-shirt (Daisy, Violetta or Surprising Delight), designed by Suze Shore from the character art.
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