The artists of Raytoons Cartoons Avenue need your help getting this cartoon/comic series to the printer!
(Interested in advertising your artwork for free in the magazine? Download the submission agreement here. Then send the agreement with your ad page and art samples to raytoons at yahoo dot com.)
What this cartoon magazine is about...
Hi! My name is Raymond Mullikin and I'm the Editor in Chief (as well as an artist/writer) of the Raytoons Comics Avenue Cartoon Series.
Raytoons Cartoon Avenue is a "genre free" cartoon magazine featuring a variety of comics and illustrated stories by Raymond Mullikin, as well as the works of many different artists and writers. It is free for comic book creators to showcase their work in the magazine. It will be available in both digital eBook and black and white print formats (If I get enough funding, I will release a color version in print as well).
This is a family oriented comic, meaning both kids and adults can read this. :)
This comic book is also open to feedback (especially from kids). We will publish letters and are open to any suggestions. :)
Here are some sample (unfinished) introductory pages of the first issue:
The mouse with the bow tie that you see with the human character is also the star of my "Miced" stories, which will appear in some issues of the magazine. The "Miced" stories are about cutesy little mice who live a home much like yours. They spend their days foraging for food, without much notice from the human residents. They somehow get themselves into all kinds of trouble, involving things like... A miniature alien invasion, lizard pirates, robotic mice replicas, etc. The stories are often parodies of movies and pop culture.
If you would like to know more about what these "Miced" stories are like, I created a short film a year ago, called Miced: War of the Little Words. The style of the stories will be similar in style to the film. The film won an award at the 2012 SLOIFF film festival.
You can watch the film here:Here are some short stories that will either appear in this issue or an issue afterwards:
- A western story about a mysterious sheriff that nobodies ever seen.
- A human trapped in a distant galaxy full of insanity!
- A child finds a strange world under his bed.
- World War I story involving a sudden quiet...
- A living book looks for a home.
- A story about the Indian Wars & Revolutionary War
- And much much more!
I haven't decided all that is going to go into the first comic book issue yet. The stories that don't go in the first issue will go into future issues. :)
What I Need From You
Now I need to raise at least $50.00 to publish and distribute my book. Naturally, I will need more than that to successfully do a comic series in print form. But every dollar helps.
The money covers:
• Cost to Publish and Advertise the eBook version of this comic.
Any additional money over $50 would cover:
• Paying the artists and writers involved in working with me on this.
• A print run, including the design and color costs of the book (how much of a print run depends on the amount of pledges received)
The print run will be used in the promotion of my comic book through the local schools, bookstores, coffee shops, libraries, etc.
Of course, I will have Thank You gifts for donations. I plan to have some fun rewards available to our backers. If you choose to back this project you will not go away empty handed! I have signed artwork and books!
I have a "Quackup VS Math" educational video game for the Windows PC available as well. It was originally created for math lab at Vinyeyard Elementary School when I worked there years ago. It helps students develop their multiplication and addition math facts:
If you have any iPads or other Tablet PCs (up to 10 inches in size), I have tablet covers with special hand drawn art:
I will also be giving away paintings and other art pieces created by myself (Raymond Mullikin) and fellow artist Crystal Harris:
And if you have a child that lives in the San Luis Obispo County area, I can visit your child's school! (This offer is not shown on the rewards section, but is available for any local people who make a pledge... and if the school approves of my visit.)
Backers can have an ad put in the comic book of anything that they want (as long it is family appropriate and it doesn't break any copyright laws):
And there is so much more! Make sure to go read through all the different rewards in the rewards section!
If you’re not sure how this whole Kickstarter thing works, check out their FAQ page. If you have any questions at all about the project, you can e-mail Raymond Mullikin at raytoons at yahoo dot com.
The above picture is of me holding up a couple other books that I made.
I am very committed to making this book a success and will work hard to promote it! I just need a little help to get it out there.
Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy my comic book! :)
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is the timing. We've scheduled everything for the summer of next year and tried to anticipate contingencies, but there are sure to be minor hiccups along the way.
Don't worry, we’ll stay in contact during the whole process and keep you updated.
The other big challenge will be publishing and promoting my comic book. Once this comic book is (hopefully) funded, I'm no longer working for me. I'll be working for all of you, the potential readers... and I'm going to take that job very seriously. The money covered by this pledge is only the beginning part of getting things started (the tip of the iceberg). After I get comic books printed, I plan to visit schools and attend comic book events. I plan to promote my comic book in coffee shops and comic book shops. I plan to do whatever it takes to get the public aware of the comic book! :)
Thank you so much for your help! :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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