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Homelessness, suicide, alcoholism and grief are all covered in this set-in-Tulsa graphic novel illustrated by 18-year-old Luna Cooper.
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Praise for RUINED MY RHYTHM:

After releasing Volume One: 

We've Made Our Goal!

And we made it to the Michel Yantz stretch goal! THANK YOU TO ALL THE BACKERS!

When we hit $3000 the Variant Cover Stretch Goal is unlocked!
When we hit $3000 the Variant Cover Stretch Goal is unlocked!

THE STORY

This artist has skills.

After her mother dies, teenage sketch artist Maria Sanchez comes to Tulsa, Oklahoma, homeless and in search of her estranged father. While being mistaken as an art student, she meets the Professor who sees her extraordinary abilities. Not only does she draw well, her drawings also appear to cause things to happen. 

You Have Abilities
You Have Abilities

Teenage love.

Maria is focused on one thing only, finding her father. But, not only is the Professor getting in the way, so is David.

So Much For My Plan
So Much For My Plan

The Artist's Reasons.

Reluctantly, Maria begins to take lessons from the Professor as she continues the search for her father.

The Artist's Reasons
The Artist's Reasons

Hard Choices.

After she discovers her father has moved to California, Maria has to make the hard choice to continue on her quest, or stay in Tulsa where her new friends are. In the final pages of Volume Three, an eye-opening visit to the Dia de los Muertos festival at the Living Arts of Tulsa may just help her make that decision. 

Honesty.
Honesty.

Ruined My Rhythm is a graphic novel, written by a writer of magical realism and illustrated by a young, but seasoned, comic book writer and artist.

Zach Raw's cover for Ruined My Rhythm, Volume 3
Zach Raw's cover for Ruined My Rhythm, Volume 3

The Ruined My Rhythm team

The Creative Team
The Creative Team

Robert Soul- Co-creator, Writer

Robert Soul at release of Volume One
Robert Soul at release of Volume One

When he isn’t taking nature walks with the love of his life, Michele, through Tulsa's Oxley Nature Center or practicing yoga at Be Love on 6th Street, Robert is writing fiction, contributing to Preview magazine, spending time at the lake with his parents, Roger and Maddy, or attending to every need of his three cats, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

Robert Soul currently serves the chronically homeless of Tulsa as an employment specialist with the Mental Health Association Oklahoma in Tulsa, Oklahoma's A Better Way program.

Having worked as a warehouse shipper and receiver, an insurance salesman, a call center customer service representative, a substitute teacher in science, history and English, a psych tech, a campus minister, a convenient store clerk, a nanny, a butler, a valet, a cashier in an Indian store, Robert Soul has a plethora of magical realism stories yet to tell.

Luna Cooper- Co-creator, Illustrator, Colorist, Letterer

Luna Cooper at the Volume Two release party
Luna Cooper at the Volume Two release party

At the age of 15, Luna Cooper began working on the pages for Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One. Now almost 18 years old, she is excited to see Volume Three in print and looking forward to making Volume Four come together, finishing the whole story.

Luna is a twin. Her sister Maia is also an excellent illustrator. And...Luna and Maia's four younger sisters are also creative sketch artists and painters (quite a family of artists, the Coopers are). This is certainly not Luna's first comic book endeavor and it won't be her last.

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO of Luna at her best (for the 14-minute version click here).

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M.A. Chiappetta- Chief Editor

M.A. Chiappetta
M.A. Chiappetta

M.A. Chiappetta began her writing career in the eighth grade with a riveting tale of two robots who fall in love against society’s conventions. Published today, “Robots in Love” would no doubt be a blockbuster, if only a copy of it still existed.

Today, she continues her quest to become famous and well-paid through copywriting, ghostwriting, editing, blogging and journalism. She has been published in a variety of magazines and websites, including Preview, Oklahoma Magazine, Vehicle MD, go.drive, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat, Mensa Bulletin and Recursor.tv.

Her musings on writing, creativity, and life in general—colored by her eclectic interests in writing, music, SFF, laughter, spirituality, and geekdom—can be found on her website, The Chipper Muse, as well as on the blog for Purple Ink Writers. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as chippermuse.

Zach Raw- Cover Artist for Volumes One, Two and Three

Zach Raw, Artist
Zach Raw, Artist

Zach Raw started drawing as a kid and never stopped. He entered his art in a drug awareness contest in the third grade and took first in state. Since then he's won several awards from the Tulsa County Public Library, two mini con competitions, and first place in an issue of Game Informer, the American video game magazine. His art has also been shown at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Conestoga,Tulsa People magazine, the Tulsa World, and a steam punk art show.

He is currently working on a ton of projects, including comic books, children's books and murals.

Collaboration makes Ruined My Rhythm, the graphic novel, come to life.

Check out this short video of the creators Robert Soul and Luna Cooper at Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa talking about collaboration in comics and life.

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BREAKING DOWN THE REWARDS

Give us a little love and we'll do the same back. $1 gets you a digital high five and us, a little bit closer to our goal. THANKS FOR the SUPPORT.

We'll message or email you the Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One PDF for a $5 pledge. You'll want to up your pledge after reading it. RMRV1 is 48 pages and a great introduction to the story! That's a lot of pages for a $5 comic! Get Volumes Two or Three separately if you've already gotten the others before.

For $10, we'll message or email you Ruined My Rhythm, Volumes One & Two. You'll want to up your pledge after reading both. RMRV1 is 48 pages and a great introduction to the story! RMRV2 is 72 pages and really gets into the meat of the story. It's a great comic! Or, choose a signed printed copy of Volume One for $10.

$15 OPTION #1: ALL 3 PDFs

We'll message or email you all three volumes of Ruined My Rhythm as soon as we can, the 3rd volume just before it's available to the public. RMRV1 is 48 pages and a great introduction to the story! RMRV2 is 72 pages and really gets into the meat of the story. It's great! Volume Three is another 48 pages and leads us to the final volume of this graphic novel- coming in 2019.

$15 OPTION #2: SIGNED COPIES of PRINTED VOLUMES 1 & 2  

RMRV1 is 48 pages and a great introduction to the story of a teenage sketch artist whose drawings may or may not be causing things to happen! When her mother dies, she goes to Tulsa, Oklahoma to find her father. RMRV2 is 72 pages and really gets into the meat of the story. By the end of Volume Two you'll meet all the characters.

$20 OPTION: SIGNED COPY of VOLUME 3

You'll get a printed and signed copy of Volume 3 just before everyone else does. In Volume Three of Ruined My Rhythm, Maria faces a dilemma. When her search for her father and the love for her new found friends in Tulsa seem to be going in opposite directions, a hard choice has to be made. Volume Three's 48 pages leads us to the final, concluding volume 4 coming in 2019.

$30 OPTION: SIGNED COPIES OF ALL 3 PRINTED VOLUMES

RMRV1 is 48 pages and a great introduction to the story of a teenage sketch artist whose drawings may or may not be causing things to happen! When her mother dies, she goes to Tulsa, Oklahoma to find her father. RMRV2 is 72 pages and really gets into the meat of the story. By the end of Volume Two you'll meet all the characters. In RMRV3's 48 pages, Maria faces a dilemma. When her search for her father and love for her new found friends in Tulsa seem to be going in opposite directions, a hard choice has to be made.

$50 OPTION: SIGNED VOLUME THREE & MAGIC SKETCH PAD

You'll get a printed and signed copy of Volume 3 just before everyone else does and Luna Cooper, the co-creator, will send you a sketchpad with the first drawing personally drawn by her! Who knows, maybe it's a magic sketchpad like the ones used by Maria in the story.

$60 OPTION: ALL 3 VOLUMES SIGNED & MAGIC SKETCH PAD

At the $60 reward level, you'll get printed and signed copies of all three volumes and Luna Cooper, the co-creator, will send you a sketchpad with the first drawing personally drawn by her! Who knows, maybe it's a magic sketchpad like the ones used by Maria in the story. Wow! Thanks!

$75 OPTION: SIGNED VOLUME THREE & COMMISSIONED INK

When you pledge $75, you'll get a printed and signed copy of Volume 3 just before everyone else does and Luna Cooper, the co-creator, will send you a commissioned drawing of whatever you request *just before Christmas! Thank You!

$85 OPTION: ALL 3 VOLUMES SIGNED & COMMISSIONED INK

If you take the $85 option, you'll get signed copies of all 3 volumes and Luna Cooper, the co-creator, will send you a commissioned drawing of whatever you request *just before Christmas!

$100 OPTION: SIGNED COPY OF VOLUME THREE & CAMEO

Get yourself a printed and signed copy of Volume 3 just before everyone else does. Plus, Luna Cooper, the co-creator, will illustrate you or someone you know into one of the scenes from the final Volume Four, coming in 2019.

$110 OPTION: ALL 3 VOLUMES SIGNED & CAMEO APPEARANCE

If you pledge the $110 value, you'll get printed and signed copies of all three volumes and Luna Cooper, the co-creator, will illustrate you or someone you know into one of the scenes from the final Volume Four, coming in 2019.

What about stretch goals???
What about stretch goals???

Let's face it, you LOVE stretch goals.

The first stretch goal is easy to unlock and pretty rewarding.

When the KICKSTARTER reaches $2700 we'll throw in an awesome RMRV3 button from THE Umbrella Button company to everyone who has pledged $20 or more!

The second STRETCH is even more cool!

When our Kickstarter reaches $3000 pledged, STRETCH GOAL # 2 will be unlocked. We will send a LIMITED EDITION variant cover Volume Three, along with whatever else you're getting if you've pledged at least $30. We've been blessed by Mickel Yantz with a variant cover in the DIA de LOS MUERTOS style and you'll be getting one if we unlock STRETCH # 2.

Take a look at this VOLUME THREE variant cover by Mickel Yantz from PopiSkull.com

alternative cover by Mickel Yantz
alternative cover by Mickel Yantz

FOR MORE RUINED MY RHYTHM INFO check out:

VOLUME ONE KICKSTARTER

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VOLUME TWO KICKSTARTER 

Our plan is simple.

All the creatives have already been paid. The majority of this goes to printing and the more we can print the more affordable the book will be for new readers. 

Risks and challenges

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