Deliver Stretch Goals!
Team Pablo, you are amazing! The project funded in 72 hours & you have stepped up at every goal or mark set to this point. Now, it's time to get something in return!
Thanks for joining! Why are we here? I'm looking to print my first fully creator-owned, written and drawn comic, Pablo the Gorilla! It's definitely been a labor of love but, more so, it's a comic about journeys.
This first issue is 16 full-color pages of main story. That story? It follows the journey of an albino, cyborg gorilla that delivers pizza and just wants to live his life. However, the government has other plans for their former pet project gone AWOL. Not to mention, a mysterious figure from his past plans on taking a stab at reuniting with our protagonist.
Additionally, there will be 4 pages that cover the journey of Pablo's creation. I hope this bonus content will inspire others looking to make comics by giving an inside look at the genesis of a character (including unfortunate moments that are rarely shared).
If you love comics, especially in the indie spirit of Ninja Turtles, Tank Girl, Usagi Yojimbo and the Crow, I think you'll dig this project. If you remember Mighty Joe Young or like when everyone was a cyborg in 90s comics, this is definitely for you!
What exactly are we making? The publishing cost of this project goes toward producing a comic with a limited print run of 3 covers: a regular cover (Cover A), a blank sketch cover (cover B) and a special guest cover (Cover C). Should I tell you about the special guest star cover? I will, but let's hold off for a quick sec. Here's the regular cover.
I was told I should give you a sneak peak at the guts of the book too! Here are the first 2 pages!
If you are so inclined, please visit my sketch blog in this link to view more of the process work behind Pablo. You'll see a lot of the set up behind the comic as I take you from conception to thumbnails, loose sketches, paneling, ink and colors.
No, not the band, silly! Me! It's weird to talk about myself, but rest assured this project is being done by a very motivated creator and Kickstarter fan.
In addition to backing projects, I once helped out with the artwork for the Dead Crossing Kickstarter campaign by filmmaker Jorge Luis Urbina back in 2014! If you supported that campaign, you may have been one of the backers I drew as a zombie.
In 2017, I teamed with writer Andy Nordvall to create Siren's Song, an #Inktober project based on Jake Parker's prompts list. We made it in 31 days and published in 2018. Our book recently hit #1 on Kindle for science fiction and fantasy art books, 13th in print and broke into the top 100 in Art. Yeah, with a capital "A." Like, in the same category now as Basquiat.
We also did Inktober 2018 as an Instagram comic called Smuggler's Curve, which you can receive a PDF of starting at the $5 pledge level! 2 years of Inktober completed in a row has been quite the challenge!
I recently had my work debut as an official selection of the Dances with Films festival. Retro is a short film based on the vision of writer director Aaron Lindenthaler.
Enough about me though, I'd like to tell you about our special guest star cover. (I can't believe I held it together this long.) Here are some clues:
Yes, you are seeing this correctly. I'm not imagining it either. B-A-N-A-N-A-S! The incredible Dustin Nguyen (no relation, as far as I know) will be doing the third variant cover of Pablo the Gorilla #1. Dustin won the Eisner for best painter/multimedia artist in 2016 for his work with Jeff Lemire on their creator-owned book Descender, now collected in a beautiful hardcover. The follow up series Ascender is available now at all local comic book stores. I mean, just look at the cover for Ascender #2 up there! He will also be teaming up with Brian Michael Bendis for the launch of DC's Legion of Superheroes: Millennium hitting store shelves and digitally September 18th.
I don't know how else to repay this kindness other than to beseech you, my fellow comic fans, to reciprocate Dustin's generosity and buy everything in Dustin's Big Cartel Store. Simply click here to see how many paintings he has left. (It's not a lot, I have to tell you. He constantly sells out) Also, buy out his Threadless shop.
NOTE: Dustin is making room is his schedule at the end of August to complete the variant cover. This variant will be produced separately, but shipped together with the rest of the rewards tiers in which it is offered; so, the estimated shipping on these tiers is delayed. I thank you in advance for your patience.
But that's not all, folks! We also have two guest pin ups.
First up is my friend and fellow Sketchy Bug, Marquis Phillips:
Marquis Phillips may be a fresh face in comics to many, but he is already a variant cover artist for Don Walker's Agent Wild: Union Fall #1 here on Kickstarter and a seasoned, freelance professional. He earned a full scholarship to the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design while in high school, and is well-sought after for commissions at the conventions & appearances he attends. He wears his passion for comics on his sleeve and loves to bring action-packed, drama-filled stories to life. His work evokes excitement, coupled with solid storytelling and lush detail.
Our next artist is Jacob A. Sweet:
Jacob Sweet is a SoCal Mojave native, avid art nerd and recovering jelly bean addict. He loves to create imagery and illustrations steeped in narrative. Jacob carries a profound passion for visually conveying his imagination. Comics, video games, paper runes and films inspire and inform his visual design aesthetics. He graduated from Academy of Art in Illustration and currently works toward his M.F.A. in its Visual Development for Live Action program.
This is what I've figured out. The cost of printing the 3 different covers for this full color comic and accounting for the shipping will take up about 74% of the funds raised. They are the primary rewards. The secondary rewards (prints, stickers, original art) will only consume about 3% of that budget. The rest is to take care of shipping, Kickstarter fees and some buffer in case of mishaps.
Take a gander at a few of the rewards!
Risks and challenges
The regular cover, main story and bonus content are already completed for this project. They have been formatted for print. Stickers and prints are already in hand. That leaves the thank you pages, pin-ups and variant covers to be finished and formatted. As previously stated, Dustin's variant cover will be delayed to account for his work schedule and availability. The other two covers will be produced at the same time and ship within the same reasonable timeframe.
Some other delays may be production of original art or if the supporter estimate swells beyond belief and affects production. In this instance, production would be staggered based on times backers joined and a minor delay might happen if reformatting needs to be completed for the switch to offset printing.
I've tried to account for as much as possible and I hope I've laid everything out clearly. I've sourced 2 printers for all 3 covers. The first one is U.S. based and I've worked with them before. I have never created a blank variant sketch cover, so we'll see how that works out. Since I've used them in the past, I can vouch for their quality and timeliness. If I have to go with the alternate printer, there may be formatting issues and we may have to correct for any international requirements which would amount to delays. I hope it doesn't come to this but you will be the first to know. I noted in the rewards section that the special guest cover will be shipped later than other packages. This cover will be printed and shipped separately from our A & B covers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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