This is the first in a series that will feature collections of *Genre Free* Comic Book Stories from a variety of artists and writers.
The artists of Raytoons Comics need your help getting this comic book series to the printer!
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Hi! My name is Raymond Mullikin and I'm the Editor in Chief (as well as artist/writer) of the Raytoons Comics Presents Comic Series.
What this comic book magazine is about...
Raytoons Comics Presents is a "genre free" comic book magazine featuring a variety of stories by Raymond Mullikin, as well as the works of many different artists and writers. In each issue, you'll find a wide range of story types that appeal to all you comic book readers out there... and beyond!
This is a family oriented comic, meaning both kids and adults can read this. :)
This comic book is also open to feedback (epecially from kids). We will publish letters and are open to any suggestions. :)
The main feature in this issue is a "Quackup" story...
The main feature of the first issue is a "Quackup" story, written and illustrated by Raymond Mullikin (with the cover design by Crystal Harris):
The story is centered around a chicken named Alex, who is spending the evening relaxing (which means he is eating snacks and watching tv).
His world is soon turned upside-down when a strange duck-like creature, named Jonathin Quackup breaks into his home. Who is he? What does he want? And why is being followed by ugly monsters!
You will have to read the story to find out! (Hint: It isn't long before madness ensues!)
And here are some more sample "Quackup" art...
There is a silly mice story in this issue as well!
The first issue will also feature other stories, including a "Miced" story. The "Miced" storeis 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:
Much of the story in the first issue will focus a lot on the introduction of the mice characters and have a plot similar to the film short. Here are sample pages that introduce the main character, Bo Mouse...
And here you can see the mice foraging for food (in the recently bought groceries):
And there might be other short stories as well!
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 alone in a distant galaxy full of insanity!
- World War I story involving a sudden quiet...
- A living book looks for a home.
- 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 $400.00 to publish and distribute my book.
The money covers:
• Paying the artists and writers involved in working with me on this.
• Cost to Publish and Advertise the eBook version of this comic.
• A short 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.
If I go over my goal I plan to use the extra money for advertising (in places such as the Comic Buyers Guide) and the development of future issues of the comic series.
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 there is so much more! Make sure to go read through all the different rewards in the rewards section!
My Past Experience With Kids
I have worked with many students in the county that I live in. I have done a lot art and enrichment with them, as well as teaching/tutoring in the academics.
During that time, I learned about what interests them and incorporated that into the stories and films that I make. I have already shown story samples of this comic book to children from many different schools in my area... and they loved it! So, I already know that children are going to enjoy this book!
I am a college student and part-time educator/artist/substitute-teacher who needs a little help getting it out into the world so others to enjoy it as well.
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! :)
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.
Here is a picture of me holding up other books that I made.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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! :)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.