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Lola & The 11 Secrets is part 1 of a 2 book series that follows the journey of a young girl trying to come to peace with a tragedy...

What is it?

Lola & The 11 Secrets is part 1 of a 2 book series that follows the journey of a young girl trying to come to peace with a tragedy in her life. As Lola struggles to let go of her sadness, she seeks solitude in the forest and in a mysterious cemetery. Searching for answers to her questions, she discovers a portal which she chooses to enter.  It transports her to a strange and beautiful world. A fascinatingly original and wondrous land awaits. A place full of secrets, strange new friends and bitterly twisted enemies. Lola must now overcome her past, face her fears, and find her answers or she will perish.

The dark and tragic story is counterbalanced with lighthearted-whimsical visuals and an original coloring technique. Together, these work in harmony in what promises to be a unique final experience.

A lot of the story came to me while I was lying in bed one night. I immediately jumped to a desk-and started writing and sketching and did not stop until the following morning.  Inspiration had definitely struck.  It was important to present something original that looked as good on the outside cover as it did on the inside.

The story and the characters are always on my mind--and I've really dedicated the last few years to making Lola, her world, and this project a reality. This graphic novel follows a style and story that is more true to my heart than anything I have ever done and I hope it comes across and appeals to you.

Meet the Creator

Nathan Szerdy is a 6x published children's book illustrator and currently works as an art director in Orlando, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, with a degree in 3-D animation.  This is his first Graphic Novel.

THE 3 COVERS

Lola & The 11 Secrets is a 100+ page full color Graphic Novel that has been in the works for the past 4 years--But It is now FINISHED!!!  

Cover option 1
Cover option 1
Cover option 2
Cover option 2
Cover option 3 (Limited Edition Cover)
Cover option 3 (Limited Edition Cover)

Meet Lola

T-Shirt Design

T-shirts are available in S,M,L and XL.

T-shirt Design
T-shirt Design
Womens
Womens

Interior Art Examples (Random)

Text is taken out so as not to give anything away or confuse anyone.

2 page spread
2 page spread

Stretch/Reach Goals

ACHIEVED 10,000:  Anyone who donates $15 or more will get a special 10 page section added to the very back of Book 1 that will present a big number of very early pencil sketches and a few finished pieces of Lola that were done years ago and not featured in the book.  Anyone who backs at the $25 level or more will get their choice of 1 of the 3 magnets as well!  

ACHIEVED 12,000: Anyone who donates $15-29 will get a PDF of a limited edition 8 page comic preview of book 2 (already underway). Everyone who donates $30 or more will be getting a physical copy of the limited edition 8 page comic preview of book 2.

ACHIEVED 15,000: Donors who pledge $15-29 will get a pdf of an 18 page comic preview of book 2.  Anyone who donates $30 or more will get a Limited edition print for Book 2 as well as a physical copy of an 18 page comic preview.  If we do reach this goal please understand that Shipping will be put back approximately 3-4 months.

20,000:  Anyone who donates $20-$29 will get a PDF of a 30 page book preview of book 2 as well as 2 digital prints. Anyone who donates $30 or more will receive a full 30 page comic for book 2 and 2 limited edition prints for Book 2 all signed by the creator.  Please allow an extra 4-5 months for shipping if this goal is reached. 

100,000: anyone who donates 50 or more will get a full PDF of book 2 when it is completed.  (Expected release: 2014)

Print Rewards

Print Option 1
Print Option 1
Print Option 2
Print Option 2
Exclusive Print Option 3
Exclusive Print Option 3
Exclusive Print Option 4
Exclusive Print Option 4
Print Option 5
Print Option 5
print option 6
print option 6

If you choose the Print Collection (4 oversized prints) please message me which ones you choose.  Thank you!

Magnetized Reward Options:


Although these are not entirely reflective of the style of the book: We decided to go with something super cute in hopes that it will attract a few more people to the "Magnetized" Reward Option!

COMMISSIONS (Example)

Here is a Commission I recently did of Catwoman (keep in mind the Commission posted here is 2 characters--the ones I am offering is 1 character-unless I have talked with you directly about doing more than 1!)  This piece was done using mechanical pencil, colored pencil, copics, and acrylics.   

Commission example
Commission example

Guest Gallery in back of Book 1

A Special Guest Artist Gallery Section is being added to Lola!

Lola & The 11 Secrets is going to a feature a special "Gallery Section" in the back of the book featuring several artists and links to their various websites and pages. Here is a fantastic piece by Jon Pinto! This Gallery is more than likely going to send the 96 page Graphic Novel into the 100+ page range.

www.JonPinto.com
www.JonPinto.com
Art by Javier Cruz (colors by Javier and Nathan Szerdy)
Art by Javier Cruz (colors by Javier and Nathan Szerdy)


Special Thanks:

Jessica Inman - Tireless hours of editing and revisions!

Adam Kunz - Early editing

Katherine Szerdy - More editing

For more info on Lola or to see more artwork from the upcoming book please visit her website here.

You can also find Lola on Facebook here.

For more on creator and illustrator visit Nathan's site here

Thank you so much for your time!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are 100% done with the artwork, story and editing for this Graphic Novel. The only obstacle that is standing in the way is the actual printing of the book, stickers and magnets. Therefore, no issues should arise but if they do we will tackle them with quick research and figure out the best way to properly handle them.

FAQ

  • This book is recommended for ages 10+. Although, we've shown a few images from the book to an elementary school and the 100+ kids burst into an "Awwwww" of disappointment when we said it was for older kids.

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