Why You Should Back This Project
Don't want to read the full version? We hear you. Here are the highlights of why you should back this campaign:
- Women in Comics. Future Girl is a positive female role model for young readers to look up to. Also, our writer, artist, colorist, and letterer are all women/female identifying.
- Positive Representation in Comics. Future Girl is a person of color - having an Indian father and an Irish Mother. Her sidekick, Steadfast, struggles with anxiety.
- Positive Role Models and Social Messaging. Future Girl teaches social responsibility and acts as our social conscience.
Born of Democracy… Defender of Free Will… The Future Is Watching.
After a fateful encounter one distant Halloween night, Future Girl discovers there's more to being a hero than a flashy costume or billowy cape. Aided by her faithful sidekick – the ever anxious Steadfast – and guided by The Horologist – an ancient and mysterious clock maker – Future Girl stops evil in its tracks no matter where or when it may strike. She is a warrior for truth, a beacon for justice, and defender of the human spirit.
These are the adventures of...
Future Girl follows the story of a pre-teen girl with time traveling powers, as she - and her anxiety ridden best friend - learns how the choices we make shape the world around us. It's got a "Captain Planet" kind of feel - with villains representing real world issues that the young heroes must face and overcome.
Issue 1: The Future Starts Now (our inaugural issue) sees our hero come face to face with her arch-nemesis, Singularity, getting the runaround in a battle for control over artificial intelligence, and meeting one of the founders of robotics. It all starts here, it all starts now, and it all starts with page 1:
Every day our world becomes a little more surreal. How history will judge us remains to be seen. Will the future look back on this time as a period of darkness and hatred? Or as a period of enlightenment that only a few were able to see? Regardless of your own viewpoint, we are living history in the making.
Future Girl explores personal choice and the consequences that come with it. Issue #1 is the launching point and first introduction to our young hero - Future Girl - and her best friend, Steadfast. You'll also meet the Horologist and Future Girl's arch nemesis, Singularity.
Future Girl will face challenges and questions that we all experience during our lives and learn how her actions affect not only herself but others, too.
Future Girl was inspired by a photo taken at the Women’s March in Washington, DC, on January 21, 2017.
© 2017 Stephen Laico, used with permission.
Seeing Steve's photo, I knew there was a superhero in that young girl, willing to stand up for what is right and to fight for what she believes in. Future Girl was thus born of democracy and is a defender of freewill... with a few superpowers. Who is the girl in the photo? We don't know, but we'd love to find out. Until we do, Future Girl has no name.
Future Girl is all of us. She reminds us that our future belongs to others, and that it is incumbent on each of us to remember that the choices we make as individuals, as a society, a country, and even as a human race, affect more than just our own individual lives. Every choice we make - good and bad - has consequences.
Future Girl is a comic meant to inspire our youth, both boys and girls of all ages, while still telling a compelling story that everyone will enjoy. With Future Girl leading the way, I felt it was imperative to recruit a group of creatives who've experienced what it's really like inside the mind of a tweenage girl - a team who'll understand her and tell her story in an industry where women's stories are often told by men - resulting in a woman dominated creative team.
- Creator/Producer: Ross Dannenberg (@FutureGirlComic).
- Writer: Jenn Arledge of Arledge Comics (@arledgecomics)
- Principal Artist: Miranda Davila (@tendermiri)
- Colorist: Tanya Bobrowski (@TanyaBobrowski)
- Letterer: Nikki Sherman (@fivexxfive)
Most of our budget goes toward paying fair wages to the creative team and fulfilling Kickstarter rewards. We're also budgeting for a 500 copy print run. There's a small wiggle room buffer built into the budget to cover anything we didn't consider - or surprises we'll encounter along the way.
For every backer at $8 or more, we will donate 1 issue of Future Girl to one of the many wonderful Children's Hospitals around the United States. Help us send one to every hospital -- there are about 220 of them -- support us today and receive one or more of the following rewards:
- Recognition: In addition to our social media shout out, we will recognize all backers on our web site (www.TheFutureIsWatching.us) and on the Backers' Page of Issue #1.
- Digital Edition: This will be a DRM digital copy of the standard edition, format TBD (likely PDF, but that has not been finalized yet).
- Special Edition: All Kickstarter backers who support us at a level to get a physical copy will get the Special Edition with the wraparound cover (except "Retailer" packs). Future production of the special edition may occur, but it will be limited and may also depend on how many we need to print to fulfill the Kickstarter rewards. So while the Special Edition may be available again in the future, the only way to guarantee that you get one is through this campaign.
- Standard Edition: This is similar to the Special Edition, but without a wraparound cover.
- Variant Edition: This is a Kickstarter Exclusive! We are only doing ONE PRINT RUN of the Variant Edition, based on the number of backers in this campaign that support us at $25 or higher. We will never print this variant cover edition again, so the ONLY way to get one is through this campaign. We have the concept for the variant cover, and we're totally stoked to see it become reality. You WANT this cover; we promise.
- Art Print: This art print will be shipped with your comic and sized to match.
- Easter Eggs: We're looking forward to including a reference to your own comic in Future Girl Issue #1. In order to ensure appropriate messaging and creative freedom, please message us before pledging at these levels to confirm the artwork you want to use will be appropriate and acceptable in the context of Issue #1.
Thanks for checking us out, and we hope you join us on this journey.
July 25, 2017:
Page 1 is done! (inserted above)
July 20, 2017:
Coloring is underway~!
July 17, 2017:
LOOK AT THAT HAIR.
July 13, 2017:
We've officially reached the Ink stage. Here is a sneak peek:
Let the coloring begin!
July 7, 2017:
Progress continues, and we've completed the pencils for some of the pages. Here's a sneak peek:
Risks and challenges
The script and storyboard for Issue #1 is done, and page work is already in progress as of the start of this campaign. We've chosen a top-notch creative team, and producers with a successful track record, but the consuming public is fickle. We don't know whether consumers will actually like our comic or not (we hope they do!). We are confident that Issue #1 will be produced, based on a successful campaign here, but whether there is an Issue #2 or not remains to be seen. However, our creative team is on board for a multi-issue comic, assuming we are fortunate enough to receive your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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