NOTE: Backers of all tiers above the £12 tier will now also receive a digital copy of the comic as well as their other rewards!
STRETCH GOAL 1 - £1750 (ACHIEVED)
BACKER CREDITS PAGE
All backers of the £20 tier and above will have the option of requesting to have their credit in the back of both the digital and the printed version of the comic!
STRETCH GOAL 2 - £2000 (ACHIEVED)
BATTLE QUEST PRINT
Previously, the title page for Battle Quest didn't feature an illustration. It does now, and this is how it turned out!
STRETCH GOAL 3 - £2500 (ACHIEVED)
HEAVIER PAPER STOCK
Having reached this goal, I can afford to print the book with heavier paper stock - this means an even more durable front cover, a thicker spine and a totally premium feel to the book all around!
STRETCH GOAL 4 - £3300
If we reach this goal, then I can afford to move the book onto a different press, which means that I'll be able to add spot varnish to the cover (those lovely detailed glossy areas that make the covers of certain books look so gorgeous), and expand the size of the print run (this kind of printing is more economical when printing larger numbers)!
Between 2011 and 2012, I produced a number of short comics for The Phoenix Weekly Story Comic, a fantastic magazine for all ages. Since then, I've been plotting to self-publish them as a 42-page collection. So it was that Small Tales and Fairy Fails was born! The comics have all been drawn and made, the book has all been put together, and I've picked out a printer (the fantastic comicprintinguk.com), but unlike the other mini-comics I've self-published, the cost to print a 42-page, perfect bound book is beyond my reach to pay for up front.
That's where you come in! By pre-ordering the book through this Kickstarter, you can help me to raise the cost of a small print run ahead of time, and get a neat collection of short stories whilst you're at it!
There are five short stories in this collection, a science fiction about the first human born in space...
...an epic fantasy battle with an equally epic ending...
...a horror about a girl who enters a haunted house on a dare, written by the fantastic Morag Lewis, and drawn by me...
...a fairy tale about the bravest, handsomest, most wonderful and hands-down most attractive knight in all the kingdom...
...and a fable about a boy whose kingdom is held to ransom by mysterious forces...
...plus a pretty cover, an illustrated title-page for each story, and some nice decorative patterns in between!
The quality of print from the printer I've chosen is fantastic (just check out the reviews), and the paper will be lovely, thick stock with a matt finish.
There is a range of rather tasty rewards for backers to choose from aside from the comic itself! Your choice of one of the following prints is available to backers of Reward #3:
An original, A5, pencil-and-ink wash sketch of one of the following characters is available to backers of Reward #4:
An original page of your choosing from Starborn, Battle Quest or The Heart Tree, including the following pages is available to backers of Reward #5:
Original pages will be available to choose on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the first person to grab the reward gets more choice!
Of course, if you choose Reward #6 you'll get one of ALL OF THE ABOVE, your print will be A3 instead of A4, and you'll jump to the front of the page-choosing queue (again, the first backer gets the first choice).
Risks and challenges
Having run a successful Indiegogo campaign for my webcomic The Firelight Isle (the goal for which was to research and write the story, and design the characters and environments) I'm acquainted with the pressures of crowd funding, and with the discipline of budgeting for and fulfilling rewards. I've also been running my own online store selling copies of my self-published comics for the last three years, so I'm more than familiar with the rigors of postage and packing!
As an added bonus, the comics for this particular campaign are already written, drawn and coloured. The book is all ready to send to the printer the moment that the campaign is over. You can see it as more of a glorified pre-order than a fund-raiser - a very low-risk kickstarter indeed!
On top of this, costings have already been calculated to make sure that the campaign won't be loss-making. The most expensive way that the goal could be reached is with 84 backers from international locations choosing Reward #2, which would break down as follows:
£672 in postage expenses.
£75 in Kickstarter fees.
£61.80 in payment processing fees
Plus VAT on those fees of £27.36
making a total of £836.16 in expenses, leaving £663.84 for the cost of printing, which is *just* enough to meet my minimum target of a print run of 200 copies!
- (30 days)