YU+ME: dream started in 2004...
as a webcomic. It was originally planned to be 100 pages, but over the course of six years, turned into an 847 page saga that spanned genres and turned them on their heads. It ended in 2010, but people continue to go back and reread the archives.
"It was all a dream..."
The classic but cliche ending to a story, I always thought it would make a better middle than an end. What happens to the person who discovers everything they had disappeared when they woke up? There's so much more story to tell. Paired with a desire to see LGBT/female characters in stories that don't revolve around their gender/orientation, I ended up with a surreal adventure story about love and friendship and courage. It's funny, it's dramatic, it's trippy, and if you read between the lines, quite frightening at times.
The comic changes art styles many times. Watercolor, oil, collage, even clay puppets make an appearance.
I've printed the series before in six slim volumes, but the cost for me, and for readers, isn't cost-effective the way I've been doing it, a few small runs at a time. Printing two large omnibi would cost less than the six smaller volumes, both for me to print AND for you to buy.
Omnibus 1 contains everything from part one of YU+ME and is in black and white, and omnibus 2 is part two and in color. Both volumes contain extra comics that never appeared on the web, including a second 10-page epilogue at the end of the second book. Many pages in book one were redrawn nicer than the web versions. Including all the extras, the books end up with nearly 1000 pages between them!
This is the only run I will do of these books.
Once they're gone, they're gone. The number ordered will largely depend on the number of Kickstarter backers, plus a bit more for the future. You'll have a chance to get them if you don't back this KS, but you won't have a guarantee.
Book 1: Brand new cover. Short bonus stories "Fiona's Dreams," "Don's Story," and "Fixing It," (Cass's story). Also, a good 50% has been redrawn and is much nicer looking than the web versions.
Book 2: Brand new cover. Short stories "Jake and James do an action dream," "The New Conscience," and the special second epilogue with Jake and Don.
Still a work in progress, but this is the main part of it. Depending on how many people want it, I might add more colors of ink to it. So this reward has its own stretch goals! 50 shirts, I do two colors. 75 shirts, I do three colors. 100 shirts, I do four colors.
This is the only run I will do of this shirt.
$35k: I'll draw a new 22-page chapter, set during the three years wandering through Nod with Fiona, Mary, Don, Lucy, and Clandestine Jones. This will be put in book 2.
$50k: I'll draw TWO new chapters set during the three years wandering.
$100k: I'll make a pitch to turn it into a cartoon. It's worth a shot, eh? I worked in TV for nearly a decade and won an Emmy, so it's not out of the realm of my abilities, and if enough people like this to pledge $100k, that'd be enough to make the time spent putting this together (and quitting my day job to do it) a practical thing to do. I already have an outline written for a potential series and I think it's pretty cool. A retelling of the comic with a few different twists and turns.
Risks and challenges
I've printed these books with an on-demand printer up until now, but I'd like to do them with a real offset printer. This means doing everything up front, rather than a little at a time. I'll need to deal with a new company for printing, I'll need to find a place to store all the orders, and I'll need to ship all the orders. And unless this is "quit your day job" successful, finding time to pack all the orders will be a challenge. But that's why I'm putting the fulfillment date in January instead of November. It's possible orders will end up going out way sooner than January.
ALSO! If I hit the stretch goal where I draw a new chapter, it'll take some time to create, which will perhaps delay things. But I think that'll be worth it. :)
- (35 days)