Don Giovanni: A story about a nerdy 8-year-old red-headed kid without any morals. He is arrogant, abusive, chasing girls constantly, is outrageous and upsets all people close to him. Basically, he's an asshole. His behavior keeps up until, at the end, he meets something that even he can't outwit.
The majority of the story takes place in a trailer park in Ohio. It is all based off the opera of the same name by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Don't you worry though - it's not an opera!
BACKERS GET THE REWARDS! Kickstarter is supposed to be fun and interesting, right? Well, I hope to make it that way here. When you back Don Giovanni, not only do you pick your level that suites you, but you get to unlock all the daily updates full of behind-the-scenes stuff! Art! Videos! Photos! And - of course - all the explanations by me along the way.
UPDATE: First 100 people to fund Don Giovanni (at any level) will unlock pages 8-10 and get emailed a PDF! (As soon as I finish them, of course.)
BIG INCENTIVE! For $28 or more - you get 2 books!A copy of Don Giovanni and Break of Day - the FIRST collection of about 100 comics! Break of Day is the syndicated, one-panel cartoon by Nate Fakes. Examples can be found HERE. ANYONE who has already pledged $28 or more WILL get the Break of Day book as well!
STRETCH GOAL! If I can hit $22,000, the book will be in hard-cover!
WHY DON? So why oh why did I pick this topic? Listen, I'm not a hardcore opera fan or anything - and this graphic novel IS NOT an opera. However, I really like the story of Don Giovanni. It's dark, funny, dramatic, etc. All the elements of things I like to put in my work. I found it to be a perfect fit for my first novel. And I think the elements I'm adding will make it a great read.
Also, a graphic novel is something TOTALLY different than my normal work. I have a syndicated series, Break of Day, that is a single-panel gag cartoon that appears in newspapers and online. I do cartoons for other places like MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, greeting card companies and more. So, I'm excited about the potential of a graphic novel and I'm having a lot of fun doing it!
ABOUT THE PROJECT: Don Giovanni is a "work-in-progress" that is going to take me roughly 9 months to complete if funded successfully. Whew! That's a lot of work in that amount of time, but I'm dedicated to doing it. I'm used to deadlines in my line-of-work (cartooning) so I can pull this off.
YOUR FUNDING DOLLARS: I will get a professional editor to do a good look-over at it and have a professional printer complete the book. I want to make sure this book is 100% at its best before releasing it - and it will be. YOU'LL GET A QUALITY BOOK! The money also allows me some time to do the thing. It is all hand drawn in India ink and then digitally colored. All that = hundreds (if not thousands) of hours.
So the money is for shipping, production and quality. Keep in mind I'm a one-man army, so I'll be doing it all.
I'm hoping to get involved with more graphic novels as well in the near future and a lot of that is going to bank on the success of Don Giovanni. And if all goes well - there may be a sequel to Don...
PREVIEW: Below are the first seven pages so you'll be able to get a good idea of the look, the story and the concept behind Don Giovanni. I think it's a good introduction to the entire novel - without giving too much away.
As you read through the first seven pages, please note that this might not be for everyone. There is some language, graphic scenes and it may not be suitable for children. However, my agenda with the work is to provide a humorous (a bit of dark humor) graphic novel with a bit of drama (just like the opera, Don Giovanni). Mostly though, it's supposed to be fun and entertaining. (And it goes great with Mozart's Don Giovanni as a soundtrack!)
A LITTLE INSIGHT ABOUT THE OPENING PLOT: It starts off with Don Giovanni's friend, Leporello. He is by himself contemplating why he's friends with Don and what he's doing there. His attention is then distracted as he hears an argument and some commotion. From there, you'll see a glimpse of Donna Anna and a hooded Don Giovanni - fighting. Donna doesn't recognize Don and she calls for help because obviously something took place. Her father, the Commendatore, comes out of his trailer and confronts Don.
And from there - well - you'll see.....
So....the story begins.
I want to thank ALL of you for your support on this project! I want to thank each and everyone of you individually, and hopefully I can. Please contact me at any time with questions, comments, etc. Check out the links for more information about me and my work.
I have to take ample time off other projects to complete Don Giovanni. A graphic novel is very time consuming with inking, coloring and then - in the meantime - working on my other cartooning endeavors. I should have this completed and ready by December of 2013. However, if something happens (broken arm, tricycle accident, ate too much ice cream, etc.) and I get delayed, I'll keep updates on here regularly.
BECOME AN EXTRA LEVEL: You will be an extra in the book! Send me your picture and - like in movies - your mug will be in Don Giovanni. This novel requires A LOT of extras. You might be just walking in the background, attending an event
whatever. BUT you'll be in it! And you get a copy of the book as well.
ZERLINA LEVEL: A signed book with an illustration inside, Don Giovanni poster, t-shirt AND a signed 8X10 print of your favorite Break of Day cartoon (cartoons can be found at www.natefakes.org). (Int'l add $25)
TRAILER PARK LEVEL: A signed book with an illustration, Don Giovanni poster, t-shirt, an ORIGINAL Break of Day cartoon of your choice (if available) AND an original page from Don Giovanni. (Int'l add $35)
HOLY COW LEVEL: A signed book with an illustration, Don Giovanni poster, t-shirt and ORIGINAL Break of Day cartoon of your choice (if available).. PLUS - An original page from Don Giovanni and your name in the book as a "Thank you!" (Int'l add $35)
DON GIOVANNI LEVEL: Wow! What can I say, but I truly appreciate it! I will personally call and thank you! Along with that, you'll receive a signed book with a personal illustration, t-shirt, poster and an original page from the book. You'll get your name printed in Don Giovanni in the "thank you" list and as soon as I come out with my next book, you'll receive a free copy of whatever it is. I'll also draw you a drawing of whatever you would like on a 9x11 piece of Bristol board with India ink. AND I'll send you out a CD of a performance (not by me or anything ) of Don Giovanni! (Int'l add $35)
PRODIGY LEVEL: Amazing! Wow! Incredible thanks! Listen, you'll get all the rewards (signed book, poster, book mark, PDF, original Break of Day cartoon of your choice, original page from Don Giovanni, a drawing done by me of your choice AND your name in the book). I will call and thank you personally. You will also get one of my notebooks that is filled with ideas, concepts and more that I use to put together my comics (I have NEVER given one of these away). Plus, you'll get 5 signed books to give away or keep for yourself! I'll also send you a DVD of the movie, Amadeus - part of the inspiration for me to write this novel.
DINNER SCENE LEVEL: There is a famous dinner scene in the opera Don Giovanni (and in my novel), and I want to have dinner with YOU! You'll get 5 signed copies of the book, the other goodies from other levels and I will come out to wherever you are - or you can swing by here - and we'll have dinner (only in the USA)! Obviously, I would be forever thankful for such a generous pledge and will keep contact with you on other upcoming projects as they come along and definitely keep in touch. (Travel expenses not included.)