About this project
UPDATE (5/2): Come see use perform on May 3rd at Meltdown Comics in LA for Free Comic Book Day! We will be doing a live version of the Hair Woven Rope and giving out exclusive art cards from our stories. Hope to see you there! Aren't in LA? You can always stream the event live at http://www.meltcomics.com/blog/meltdown-comics-live/
We are proud to announce that Metalalia will now also be available at launch for Android devices! Android or iOS, you can enjoy our stories no matter your platform!
What is Metalalia?
A sneak preview of our launch story's first page
An ever evolving story telling project, Metalalia began as a way for writer Alex Nicholson and musician Pam Shaffer (that’s us!) to feel closer to each other when they found themselves in a long distance relationship from LA to the UK. He would read his stories aloud to her while she played her songs for him, as they both loved each other’s art.
One day, they decided to combine forces and have Pam score a story that Alex had written. They also thought it would be lovely to have one of their friends make visual art to go with the story, much like an illuminated manuscript, but for the iPad and other iOS devices. Suddenly, an idea was born and the project began!
Alex and Pam quickly discovered that the current generation of e-readers were not capable of accommodating the wide variety of media they wanted the stories to include. They realized they would need to create a new platform to host the stories. They decided to call it Metalalia.
The first page of The Hair Woven Rope in full color
Metalalia features the talents of Alex and Pam in collaboration with a pool of brilliant musicians, designers and visual artists. It is a growing collection of re-imagined traditional fairytales alongside original stories all with their own original score, gorgeous narration, and stunning artwork. Fairytales and myths are such a vital part of our culture. We have made it our mission to craft stories that put a new spin on your old favorites and reflect the diversity of our 21st century world. Metalalia is proud to be a feminist, body-positive, LGBTQ-friendly content creator. The reading level and subject matter of our stories is suitable for readers aged 14 and up.
Character design for The Wind-up Boy
We need your financial support to create this app! Other e-book formats cannot support all the fantastic audio and visual content we are creating for you. Our experienced app developer, Adam Schwem, is creating a platform that will give you the most bang for your buck, with a unique user interface designed by animator and designer Amy Faigin. You will be able to choose which elements of the story you want to enjoy: text, art, narration, music, or a combination. The app will launch with our first story, The Hair Woven Rope, included. Two more stories will be available for purchase at launch as well. Once the project is funded and Metalalia goes live, the sky's the limit and we can bring you all the stories we can dream up!
Which stories have we written so far?
- The Hair Woven Rope - in which Rapunzel fashions her own escape from a floating fortress
- The River Girl - an original fable about the ghosts of war
- The Wind Up Boy - a steampunk retelling of Pinocchio in a Europe riven by conflict
These are the stories we are currently making available at launch, but we already have several more in the works!
The final version of the app will feature full color animated panels, scrolling text, fully mastered sound, and of course, our custom-built user interface.
Who is the author Alex Nicholson?
Meet Alex. He is a charming writer of the British persuasion. Do not be fooled by his modest and quiet nature. Beyond those still waters lie a vast imagination, a voluminous vocabulary and a remarkable facility with words. His accomplishments span from running a theatre company to penning screenplays to teaching English in every corner of the globe. When he is not scrawling stories on the page, Alex can be found engaging in a vast array of delightfully nerdy pastimes and traveling in search of new inspiration for his writing.
Who is the musician Pam Shaffer?
A pocket Beethoven, Pam is the fae-touched songstress-skald whose briny brain stands at the helm of Metalalia. Los Angeles native Pam comes to the project hot off the success of her 2013 album, It Is Happening Again, with her band The Witching Hour. Her music video Remember This and an action-packed UK tour round out her recent accomplishments. After managing two successful crowd-sourcing campaigns for her burgeoning music brand, Pam has shouldered the responsibility for this, the most ambitious project she has ever led.
Who is the app developer Adam Schwem?
A technology wizard of the highest order, Adam was crafting apps before apps were a thing. He currently helms Learnovate Labs in Austin, where he wrangles app developers and consumes breakfast tacos. Prior to his current adventures, Adam worked in San Francisco for years on a few little apps you might have heard of, including Shazam and Music ID, and crafted the first video streaming app store with nVidia and Verizon.
Our talented artists
Amy Faigin - UI design and The Hair Woven Rope - With brilliant character design and limitless talent, Amy was the natural choice to design our interface and provide art for our first story, The Hair Woven Rope. When she is not crafting art for Metalalia, she can be found masterminding her upcoming webcomic, Chronograph.
Micah Nelson - The Wind Up Boy - It's hard to get more talented and humble than Micah. A visual artist who just so happens to be a rock star, Micah can be found crafting gorgeous images for all sorts of projects and leading his band Insects Vs. Robots through their madcap gnome rock adventures.
Mary Delioussina - The River Girl - A prominent artist on the independent scene in LA, Mary's fanciful yet precise style gives The River Girl its sense of eerie solemnity. She is a prolific artist with countless illustrations and zines to her credit.
Mishkin Fitzgerald - Co-composer on The Wind Up Boy - The charismatic lead singer and keyboard player of Brighton favorites Birdeatsbaby joins us in scoring the music for The Wind Up Boy. Her musical gifts include haunting melodies and epic rocking out.
As support for this project grows, we hope to be able to expand our creative team. We are already in negotiations with new artists, writers and musicians in order for them to contribute their talents to Metalalia. Every contributor will be recompensed for their work, so the more pledges we receive, the more stories we can bring to life!
Where's the money going?
Good question! The $9000 we're asking for will cover our expenses and pay the people doing the up-front heavy lifting.
- app development - Adam, our developer, needs to be compensated for his time
- web design - Matt, our web designer, also needs to be paid for the great job he did on the website
- sound mixing - our sound engineers require recompense for the time they spent mastering our music and narration
- web hosting & server space - the stories will need to be hosted once we upload them
- Apple app developer fee - Metalalia has to pay to register as an app developer before they will let us upload
- Kickstarter/Amazon - both Kickstarter, hosting, and Amazon, handling payments, will take a small cut of the money pledged
A cornerstone of Metalalia's ethos is that artists and musicians perform a highly skilled job that they deserve to be paid for. This is why, once the stories are ready for purchase, we will pay our artists and guest musicians for their contributions with the proceeds from each sale.
Thank you so much for being a part of Metalalia! We can't wait to see how this story unfolds!
Risks and challenges
There are very few risks involved in this project. If funded, the app should be available in app stores after being approved. The content has already been created and the rewards will ship soon after the completion of the campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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