Stretch Goal Progress!
5k Alt cover - WE DID IT!
6k Stickers for all - WE DID IT!
8k Dating Tips by Ricky Lima - 75% of the way there!!
How is everyone doing? Last time I was in this position you all helped me and David Bishop release a graphic novel called Deep Sea. It was a wonderful time and I'm still blown away by the support shown by the Kickstarter community and the comics community as a whole. Since that project I've been following many Kickstarters and supporting as many as I could because I know how important support is for creators. Since the release of Deep Sea, I've been hard at work on new comics and stories. Today I'd like to present my newest book, a 40 paged epic titled...
Happily Ever Aftr is a fantasy story that follows Gretchen, a member of the Grimhold royal family, as she comes to terms with what love means to her. For generations, the first born Grimhold child has kidnapped a bride for marriage. So naturally Gretchen follows tradition and kidnaps a bride for herself. This, unfortunately, does not sit well with her father who will not allow such a thing. Gretchen must now come to terms with her own sexuality as well as deal with the pressures put on her by her father.
Meanwhile, the captured bride, Princess Emily, tries to escape Castle Grimhold using the only tool she has, a smartphone! Emily uses a dating app to find Knights to rescue her but most of the Knights kinda suck. So it looks like she's going to be a prisoner for a couple of weeks.
Happily Ever Aftr is a fantasy story coloured by the modern digital age with a foundation in how we love. It explores a multitude of relationships and love in what I hope is an honest way. I'm looking to explore the different ways people can relate to each other on an intimate level. This is all done in a fun and light-hearted way because we all love to have fun right? That's not to say the book doesn't deal with important issues in a serious way, but we have fun where we can. You can read a preview of the book below or here.
I have teamed up with Nicolas Londeix to bring this world to life. Nicolas' style fits in perfectly with this world. The moment I saw his stuff I knew instantly he was the artist for the job. His work is sweet, honest, and all kinds of fun. That was the exact tone I was going for with this book. I can't wait for you guys to hold this book in your hands. It's going to look amazing!
To finish off the package we have Jenn St.Ong on cover duty. Jenn is the current artists for Jem and the Misfits published by IDW and has done covers for the likes of Betty and Veronica, and a couple of unannounced projects that I know will impress.
Happily Ever Aftr #1 will also feature a backup story about Ponies!! Within the world of Happily Ever Aftr there is a popular franchise that everyone loves called "Pony Mages". It's like My Little Pony except it's set in a brutal, dark fantasy world. The lines between good and evil are blurred beyond recognition in this world.
Editor of Happily Ever Aftr and all around good dude Aaron Feldman has written an awesome mini comic exploring the world of Pony Mages. The story follows Huggleberry, a Pony Mage interested in the dark arts. After a tragic accident, he courts the Goddess of Death for help. What lengths will Huggleberry go to achieve his goals?
The art is being done by the fantastic Iris Hopp. Her detailed art style really brings the world to life in a brooding and dark way. What I love about this mini comic is that it is such a huge departure from the main book. It's all kinds of hilarious and badass at the same time. You can read a preview below or here.
So how does the budget break down? I've developed this sweet looking pie graph to show you exactly how it'll break down.
Some people familiar with comic creation and printing might see these numbers and be all like, "those numbers can't be right!" and you're right! I mean, they're a close approximation but not exactly all that will be needed. Since the last Kickstarter, I was able to save up a little bit of money that I will be investing into this project personally. It's definitely not enough to get the project off the ground, but with everyone's help, we can make this book a reality.
We have a ton of really fun rewards planned for all you amazing backers. Suitor Mini-Prints will be small prints that feature dating profiles for characters artists have made up. These are fun extras to go with the book and make the world feel a little more real. I've gathered an impressive group of 15 artists with a wide variety of styles to develop the characters for these dating profiles. In total, we'll have 50 unique profiles available. OK, I know I keep saying everything is awesome... but these dating profiles? They're umm... Transcendent! Yeah, that's a good word.
Suitor Mini-Prints revealed
Click the images to go to an imgur gallery to get a better look at the cards.
Custom Suitor Print!!
This reward will get your face on a suitor print!! If you back this tier you'll need to send me your most seductive and sultry picture and I'll draw you onto a suitor print with your own made up bio. The card will be black and white to show off your lovely features. Here's an example of the kind of work you'll expect for your profile.
To go along with the Suitor Cards we also have Love Letters! Everyone likes to receive a letter, right? If you back a tier of $40 or more you'll get a personalised love letter written to you by a fictional character based on what kind of love letter you'd like. I guarantee the letter will be sweet and heartwarming. And just in case this was a question, all types of love will be written about without discrimination.
Looking for something a little steamier? For $75 and up you can upgrade your love letter to an NSFW love letter. These letters are definitely not for kids (18+ only). How filthy this letter gets is up to you, my imagination, and both of our comfort levels. Perhaps in this letter, you'll discover a completely new position that will transcend time and space. Or reach the very limits of human endurance and seek out new and scary avenues of pleasure.
I've been actively publishing comics since 2012 so I have a pretty solid body of work (I'm allowed to toot my own horn once in a while right?) and I'd like to offer those books to you gorgeous backers. I have two books of mine up for offer.
Deep Sea - This is the graphic novel David and I published with the help of Kickstarter. It's an environmental horror story about a quiet diver who is caught up in the dirty secrets of the energy industry. I'm super proud of the book and if you haven't read it yet I would be thrilled if you checked it out. Preview pages can be seen here.
The Black Hole Hunters Club - This book is a hell of a lot of fun. It's a buddy comedy in space about bounty hunters going through space trying to collect bounties, but nothing ever goes as planned. It's kinda like Star Wars meets Lethal Weapon. Check out the first 12 pages here. Small warning this book has some pretty intense cuss words in it. So if you're not down with cussing I'm sure I can work out an alternative with you.
Whew, all this talk of rewards has got me all tense. Maybe I should... Stretch (¬‿¬) ... OK! Let's talk about stretch goals!
5k Stretch Goal: Alternate Cover
You know what's great? Alternate covers!! If we hit the 5k stretch goal I'll make a second cover to the book available!! If we hit the 5k goal backers will be able to choose between the two covers or can add $5 to their pledge to get both covers. I'll be announcing the artist for cover B real soon :) ... as in right now. Christine Larsen is helping out with the alternate cover!! I first saw her work in a book called ORCS! and I fell in love with her style immediately. I'm super happy to have her providing an alternate cover for the book. (/'0')/ UPDATE: We've revealed the cover. Check it out.
6k Stretch Goal: Stickers
Our 6k stretch goal is to add stickers to everyones packages. Every package at the $10 tier and up will have stickers inside of it.
8k Stretch Goal: Dating Tips!
For our 8k stretch goal I'll be writing a small zine on dating tips. It'll be a sweet collection of real life types on how to be a good person and attach them singles in your area ;) It's going to be a humourous book, nothing serious. So it'll be fun! The cover for the book is pretty sweet too.
MORE STRETCH GOALS?!
You better believe I have more stretch goals planned! But I'm going to hold off on announcing those just now... Does that mean I have no idea what to do for more stretch goals? You betcha!! But I promise if we're able to hit our first stretch goal I'll come up with more amazing things for you guys.
I'm not sure if you can tell but I'm super excited for this project. I'm excited to explore relationships. I'm excited to laugh, cry, hug, and love with all of you as we read this book. I'm also, oddly enough, excited to send this thing off to the printers (I find printing interesting) so it'd mean a whole lot to me if you'd help me make this book a reality. Together we can do it!!
Happily Ever Aftr #1 Preview
Pony Mages Preview
Risks and challenges
Work on the book was started back in January 2016 so things have been moving along nicely since then. At the start of this campaign, the book is just about done. Any delays that occur will be in printing and shipping. I've worked out a pretty solid process when I completed the Deep Sea Kickstarter so I'm confident I can get the books in people's hands by September. Any delays will be clearly defined and communicated to backers. If successfully funded I'm confident we'll have a smooth ride to from printing to shipping to your eyeballs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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