We're FULLY FUNDED! Wow!
Find the reward that works for you but remember that when we hit these stretch goals, there's more in it for YOU, the backer!
What do you get with the STRETCH GOALS??? scroll down and see.
What happens when the dying wish of your mother is for you to find the father you never knew?
Maria's pen and ink sketches always seem to cause things to happen. Six months after a stray bullet from a drive-by kills her mother, she steals from a foster family and leaves town in search of answers and her estranged father.
A snarky, intelligent outsider, Maria is hard, edgy and tough, a combination of Lisbeth Salandar, the angry, volatile main character from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and cynical, witty, coming-of-age Enid Coleslaw from Daniel Clowes' Ghost World.
In the process of searching for her father, Maria meets a couple of stoners, Ben and Charlie, who are anachronistically taking their Microbus to California to follow Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.
She meets a waitress named Terri who becomes her absolute best friend and treats Maria like the sister she's always wanted. She falls for a charming jazz guitar player named David who comes close to cracking her tough exterior.
With all of these new relationships, will Maria risk taking time to connect or will she keep everyone at a distance as she looks for her father?
Maria's sketches that predict possible futures, a Volkswagon Microbus painted yellow and black that attracts bees and Terri's grandmother who literally hasn't slept in decades all provide a unique touch of Neil Gaiman or Gabriel Garcia-Marquez-type magical realism.
Universal relationships of love and friendship that sometimes seem just beyond reach is what Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One is all about.
PLEASE HELP US TURN the DREAM of telling THIS STORY into REALITY.
This KICKSTARTER is for the funding of RUINED MY RHYTHM, VOLUME ONE, a 48-page first volume of a three-volume GRAPHIC NOVEL series.
Let's meet the team of people bringing this to you.
Robert Soul - Co-creator, writer
Luna Cooper - Co-creator, illustrator, Letterer
Matt Peppler - Cover artist & designer
M.A. Chiappetta - Chief editor
Lyzi Schulein - Editor
This goes way back!
My name is Rob Harmon and my alter-ego, Robert Soul, wrote a screenplay in 2004 called Ruined My Rhythm. After setbacks in an attempt to start production of a full-feature film, RMR was shelved. Eleven years later, at last year's Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa, I met Luna and her family and we began discussing a graphic novel collaboration.
Luna and I met at last year's Wizard World Comic Con in Tulsa.
Self-publishing a comic book series, Champions of Erendil, with her twin sister, Maia, since 2014, Luna is already a sixteen-year-old veteran illustrator. Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One is our first graphic novel together.
Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One will be released at Wizard World - Tulsa, one year after our first meeting.
It's funny how a decade after writing a story about a teenage sketch artist I meet a teenage girl who brings the story to life with her illustrations.
We were also able to lasso the help of the illustrious digital/Sharpie artist, Matt Peppler, for the cover art of Volume One. Man, did we get the perfect cover! Check this baby out:
What if we blow out our goal of $1,500?
What are those things called again?
Let's talk about these, shall we?
STRETCH Goal #1- $2,500
$2,500 - When we pass this goal, everyone gets FOR BACKERS ONLY Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One exclusive electronic images you can display whenever you want. Wallpaper for your desktop, your laptop, your tablet, your phone, your master bathroom (well, maybe not your bathroom) - this is what everyone gets when we totally sprint through this milestone.
STRETCH Goal #2- $3,000
$3,000 - When we see this STRETCH GOAL met, all backers will see an additional PDF in their mailbox entitled "A Very Special Charlie Braun Christmas." Just in time for Christmas, in addition to all the other rewards, you'll enjoy a short story starring Charlie Braun, the stoner from Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One, that Maria meets when she arrives in Tulsa. Charlie, his best friend Ben, and Charlie's Microbus, Yellowjacket, go on an adventure. Along with a cast of other interesting characters, they discover the true meaning of Christmas.
STRETCH Goal #3- $3,500
$3,500 - We can do this! When we hit this goal, all backers who are already receiving a printed copy will have the option to receive an EXCLUSIVE ALTERNATIVE COVER of Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One, illustrated by Maia Cooper, the awesome co-creator of Champions of Erendil and Luna's twin sister.
STRETCH Goal#4- $4,500
$4,500 - Everyone loves a free T-shirt! When we cross this mark, everyone who is already getting something in the mail will also see a nifty "Smells Like Teen Angst" tee among all their goodies, courtesy of the RMRVI team.
STRETCH Goal #5- $5,000
$5,000 - As a reward to all of us for hitting this tremendous mark, everyone who is already receiving a printed copy of the book will receive a book with the original Matt Peppler cover AND another with the EXCLUSIVE, alternative, crazy amazing Maia Cooper cover.
Hey, thanks again for backing our ambitious project!
***CHECK OUT an interview with co-creators, Robert Soul and Luna Cooper:
Risks and challenges
Ruined My Rhythm, Volume One isn't fully funded yet. That's where we could use your help with this Kickstarter. To finish up the cost of printing and to begin marketing this awesome book, we're counting on you!
Our challenges lay before us of getting this book in the hands of as many people as possible. We're taking a risk by spending all the time and money we've already spent but your backing will make all that worth it. You play such a huge, important part in making this project come alive and we are SUPER grateful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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