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What is Pixie Dust?
PIXIE DUST is 100% done and ready to send off to the printer! We have completed all 112 interior pages. Now, all we need is your support to push us over the finish line.
We are printing on 85 lb high quality art gloss paper so every page feels like an art print. Then we sew bind the book for durability and wrap it in beautiful hardcover!
Doesn't that sound awesome?!?!
What would you do to get revenge on those that wronged you?
Pixie Dust is about a pixie monster hunter who is betrayed, murdered, sells her soul to the queen of the underworld, and comes back to Earth as a zombie to seek revenge on the king that killed her.
Akta has been King Odgeir's best monster hunter since she was first laid on his doorstep as a child. When all of his other men fail to capture a dangerous monster, the king calls in Akta.
Akta is strong. Akta is smart. Most importantly, Akta is a pixie, which means she can control pixie dust, a powerful magical artifact that allows her to disappear and reappear at will.
King Odgeir wants that magic so he can make an army of super soldiers and rule the planet, but Akta won't give it up.
That's when he betrays her, poisoning her wine after a particularly hard mission so he can steal the dust for himself. Akta barely escapes the castle before dying in the forest and being sent to Hell.
In Hell, Akta seeks to the god of the underworld, Velaska, for help, and is granted the ability to come back to Earth and seek revenge against the king. If she succeeds, she will be able to live out the rest of her life on Earth. If she fails, she'll carry out his sentence on top of hers.
Akta agrees. However, she comes back to Earth to discover a horrible mistake. Her body has been decomposing for over a week, and she's now a monster, the very thing she hates most in the world.
Can she carry out her vengeance with a crumbling body? How will people treat her now that she's a monster?
These are the questions we explore in Pixie Dust.
This 112-page graphic novel is the culmination of my monster hunter series which started with Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter and continued with Katrina Hates Dead Shit (AKA Katrina Hates the Dead!
Don't worry. If you haven't read the first two books you can still enjoy Pixie Dust. All three books are stand alone.
It's just so much cooler when you know this happens thousands of years before Ichabod and Katrina, and ties in with their mythos.
BTW, if you are interested in getting copies of Ichabod or Katrina, then check out the rewards because you can get a second book to round out your collection or all three of the books to complete the set! You can also add on Katrina and/or Ichabod to any reward for $35 ($70 international or $65 to Canada with shipping)
(if you want to see an eight page preview, scroll to the bottom)
Why did I write this book?
I love fantasy stories, but up until now I've only worked with urban fantasy, horror, and mystery. I desperately wanted to make something set squarely in the medieval times of most epic fantasy, back when the world was chock full of awesome monsters.
(You can get an eight page preview of the book by scrolling to the bottom)
I love the monsters of epic fantasy; ogres, orcs, pixies, imps, goblins, trolls, fairies, and so many more. I could name them forever.
This book is chock full of monsters. I mean come on, I'm the monster guy. You are gonna get monsters. Oh so many monsters.
However, I wanted to utilize monsters in a different way with Pixie Dust than I ever have before.
In my previous books, monsters have always been the enemy. This book posits a world where monsters may not be evil.
Akta, the heroine of the book, is a monster hunter. She has spent decades fighting monsters, but when she becomes a zombie, she starts seeing how monsters are treated in society.
She makes friends with good-hearted monsters who just want a good life for their families, and it gnaws away at her.
She questions everything she knew. What if monsters aren't evil at all? What if they are just misunderstood?
I love infusing exciting stories with allegorical meaning, and Pixie Dust is no exception. You can read this book and just have a fun time. However, if you want to think about revenge, race, and prejudice in a deeper way, then you can do that, too.
(Scroll to the bottom for an eight page preview.)
What's the history of the book's production?
I came up with the idea for Pixie Dust in 2012, and struggled to find an artist until 2016, when I met Nic Touris, who loves fantasy as much, if not more, than me.
We worked together on a few small projects, but I wanted to work with him on something epic. When I pulled Pixie Dust out, he flipped for it. Why did he join the book? He's what he told me:
"I was excited before I had even read the script. I really liked Ichabod and Katrina (especially Ichabod, you know I'm a fan lol). It was fantasy and I got to draw a fairy butchering goblins. It was a perfect storm for me, I genuinely enjoyed every page."
(To get an eight page preview, just scroll to the bottom)
Nic worked on this book for over 18 months, and it's finally DONE. 100% done.
Yes, that's right. We've completed all 112 interior pages AND cover. That's 88 story pages, 10 pinups, and a bunch of back matter content!
It's ready to print and now we just need you to help make that happen.
Not only do we have an amazing story for you, but we also have a ton of amazing artists doing pin-ups in the back of our book!
Jen Hickman - (Mercy Sparxx, Spread, Jem and the Holograms; www.comixology.com/Jen-Hickman/comics-creator/13638)
Bruno Chiroleu - (Super; www.comixology.com/Bruno-Chiroleu/comics-creator/38036)
Juan Frigeri - (Spider-Man, Star Wars, Katrina Hates the Dead; https://comicvine.gamespot.com/juan-frigeri/4040-76794/issues-cover/
Rivenis - (Diskordia; diskordiacomic.com)
K Lynn Smith - (Plume; plumecomic.com)
Saint Yak - (Go West; saintyak.deviantart.com)
Renzo Podesta - (27, Skip to the End, Ichabod Jones; renzopodesta.blogspot.com)
Angela Fullard - (Detached; tapas.io/series/Detached)
Morgan Beem - (Then It Was Dark; www.morganbeemart.com/fearnot-1)
Kelsi Jo Silva - (www.kelsijosilva.com)
All of these pinups will be available on beautiful art gloss paper in the back of the book!
***Please note, these pinups are exclusive to the print edition, along with all the back matter content.***
Wait, these pinups are all square? What's up with that?
The book will be 8.5" x 8.5" when it is printed. I know it's not standard, but I don't run a standard company, either. We are always trying new things.
There are a few reasons for the square format.
1. I adored Zuda comics back in the day. I loved that they took interesting choices with their printing formats. Their paneling and use of page dynamics captivated me.
2. A few years ago I read Second Quest by David Hellman and Tevis Thompson. Their book wasn't quite square bound, but they were close. Their use of paneling was dynamic and vivid, like very little I had ever seen before.
3. Nic drew a children's book for Wannabe Press a few years ago called I Can't Stop Tooting: A Love Story, and it was drawn in a square format, which started my wheels turning.
4. Instagram came to be one of the most popular platforms for showing art work in the world. I could never show my comic pages properly because the top and/or bottom would always be cut off.
5. I like doing weird things with my books and experimenting. I already had 3 graphic novels in the standard format and thought it would be fun to do something different to push the boundaries of comics.
Those five reasons combined to convince me that square was the right format for Pixie Dust.
Nic was hesitant at first because he'd always drawn in the standard comic size. However, soon he fell in love with the format.
I knew he would. I'm confident you will, too. People already tell me how much they love the square format when I show them the book.
I really hope there are more square format books in the future. It really is an amazing format.
Did you know this book is going to be beautiful?
I know you can see the art, but I recorded this video to talk about the care we take in printing the book.
All of our books are printed at the highest quality. Just like our other books, Pixie Dust will be:
- Printed on a high quality art gloss paper
- Printed using a thick 85 lb paper, well above the standard 50-70 lbs of most companies
- Sew-bound into the spine for durability. Did you know that almost half of all hardcover books are glued in at the seams? What's the point of hard cover if it's not sewn in? To us there is no point.
- Wrapped in hard cover with UV spot on the cover.
- Finished off with a ribbon so you can mark your place.
We can make it even more beautiful if we hit our stretch goals, too! What are people saying about the quality of our books? Check out what people said about our last book, Monsters and Other Scary Shit!
So where is all this money going?
This is a very valid question, and here is a visual breakdown of where the money goes.
The cost of everything is broken down visually above, but for those who want to read the hard numbers, here they are:
Book production: $8500
Kickstarter fees: $1500
As you can see, the actual costs of this book will be more like $19,000. However, I am only looking for $15,000. I am eating a significant portion of that in order to make this book happen.
Nothing would make me happier than to overshoot the goal by $5,000 and break even on this sucker, but I'm trying to do the bare minimum goal to make this book happen. I've already self-funded the entire production of the book, including pin-ups, cover design, etc.
Now, we just need you to push us over the edge.
Who am I?
I'm the writer, creator, and publisher of Pixie Dust. Earlier this year I ran the very successful Monsters and Other Scary Shit anthology project which raised over $27,000. I've raised almost $50,000 on Kickstarter to date over 6 projects.
Before the anthology I was a successful creator in my own right, with books like Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter and Katrina Hates Dead Shit (AKA Katrina Hates the Dead).
I am quite good at making beautiful books.
Additionally, I have a podcast called The Business of Art, which interviews creators about how they built their business.
In a nutshell, I make cool things for weird people...and I love monsters.
Who is Nic, the artist?
Nic Touris (dadapan.deviantart.com/) is an amazing Argentinian artists in the great Wannabe Press tradition of Renzo Podesta, Juan Frigeri, and Bruno Chiroleu, the artists from my previous books (BTW all THREE of them have pinups in the back of Pixie Dust).
Nic's work ethic and creativity with page design astounds me. His use of color is other worldly.
He's worked on Franklin and Ghost for Rats and Crows Publishing, Godslike for Insane Comics, Faithless for Wannabe Press, and many other awesome properties.
Anybody else help on this?
Why yes. We had somebody create the logo for us, and we looove it!
The logo was created by Hannah McGill. She also helped with additional design layout for the cover. I've worked with Hannah a few times and every time it's an amazing experience. www.hannahmcgill.com/
What do you get with your pledge?
Here's a breakdown of the main pledge levels.
Everybody gets a toy!
My good buddy Andrew Pawley, creator of Galaxafreaks (www.galaxafreaks.com/), made us this awesome, two sided, Akta paper doll. One side is Akta as an awesome pixie monster hunter, and the other is Akta as a reanimated zombie.
Everybody that pledges even $1 will get a pdf of this doll to cut out and make for themselves.
I love this toy so much.
Katrina Hates Dead Shit (AKA Katrina Hates the Dead)
Katrina Hates Dead Shit (AKA Katrina Hates the Dead) has been our most popular graphic novel since the moment it debuted in 2015. It's so popular I'm in the process of novelizing the book and adding two sequels, both of which will feature Velaska in a prominent role.
The book is about a woman who gets sick of living during the Apocalypse so she sets out to kill the Devil and end it once and for all.
Katrina is the middle of our monster hunter trilogy which started with Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter and ends with Pixie Dust, all while spanning thousands of years and three wildly different tones.
If you love Buffy and Preacher, Katrina is like they had a blasphemous love child who curses a lot.
Printed on the same high quality art gloss paper of the rest of the book, the pages feel like high quality art prints.
Katrina is my snarky, loving tribute to everything I love and hate about Apocalypse stories, drawn by the incomparable Juan Frigeri.
This was Juan's first book, and he currently draws for Marvel! If you love discovering new artists, check this one out. Here's the first three pages. If you love it by the end of this, you'll love the rest.
Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter
Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter is about a psychopath that escapes a mental asylum and becomes a monster hunter, but doesn't know if he's killing monsters, humans, or its all in his head.
We used a combination of Tim Burton, Skottie Young, and Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac to make it feel like you are in his head looking out.
Drawn by Renzo Podesta, who helped Charles Soule (Lando, Poe Dameron, The Death of Wolverine) launch his career with Image Comics' book 27, Ichabod is the first book in my monster hunter series, which concludes with Pixie Dust.
It is also the weirdest. If you like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Shutter Island, In the Mouth of Madness, or Event Horizon, this one might be for you. It is a psychological mindscrew.
What about other add-ons?
We just announced our first print add-on, this awesome print from Marvel, Star Wars, and Katrina artist Juan Frigeri!
Get this 6"6" print by adding $10 to your pledge level!
If we get 20 orders for this dope print, I will unlock a print from Jem and the Holograms artist Jen Hickman too!
However, the big add-on is a copy of the Wannabe Press exclusive white eye copy of Monsters and Other Scary Shit.
Monsters and Other Scary Shit is our wildly successful monster anthology filled with 30 stories from 50+ creators. If you love monsters, this is your anthology. It's not a horror anthology. This book is filled with monsters from cute to scary and everything in between.
There are sci-fi monsters, fantasy monsters, funny monsters, frightening monsters, monster poems, short monster prose stories, and more!
We have creators who've worked for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, My Little Pony, Invader Zim, Transformers, and much more. Every one of these creators loves monsters and wanted to make something that showed that love.
On top of that, the cover was drawn by Aaron Alexovich, who draws the Invader Zim comic AND works on the show!
And exclusive to this campaign, we are offering our exclusive soulless, or ghost edition. These books have a Wannabe Press exclusive white eye instead of the yellow eye of the other books.
Only 600 will ever be printed!
You can't get it anywhere else except at shows and during this campaign!
If you want it, just add $45 to your pledge, which includes the book and shipping! If you are international, add $70 (or $65 in Canada).
Please note, if you want this book the add-on price is on top of any reward level. So if you chose the $50 reward tier, you would need to make your pledge $95, AND not change your pledge level. If you change your pledge level, you would need to add an additional $45 on top of that tier.
That's pretty much it.
Otherwise, here's a few eight pages for you to check out. I hope you back and love it as much as we loved making it!
Remember, this book is 100% done! It just needs printing. We want to print in the most beautiful way possible.
Thanks for checking us out. I look forward to seeing you behind the backer wall.
Risks and challenges
I won't lie. There are always risks and challenges.
For instance, even though we knew exactly what we were doing, we had a three month delay with the Monster Anthology as we tried to get the glow-in-the-dark eyes just right. Then, the covers were printed wrong and it took even longer for us to get them reprinted.
We were supposed to deliver in July, and didn't end up delivering until September.
None of that was my fault specifically, and the printer that we use is amazing, but we did have some issues, and they might come up this time too.
That's possible, for sure, but I will always make sure to update you on progress. You can look at my previous campaigns and see that I am very active giving updates on campaigns.
We have mitigated those risks as much as possible by having the entire book done before even launching the campaign and making sure there are as few moving parts as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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