"The Bold Tales of Whiskers McFadden" will tell the story of an astronaut cat, stranded in 1950's America, who is forced to decide whether he should stay and fight the villains that threaten his new human friends, or find a way back to his home-planet. You'll meet some loveable characters along the way, and get caught up in the action as well as the humour.
What format will it be in?
This title, written and drawn by me (Ryan Jenkyns) and coloured by the wonderfully talented Marie Thomas, will be available both as individually printed issues, and as a full graphic novel. This way you will get to decide whether you want the story as soon as it's ready, or if you'd rather wait for the full story in one easy-to-carry format. Either way, you'll get a really enjoyable comic book out of it!
Who are you?
My name is Ryan Jenkyns. I'm a full-time staff member at Orbital Comics in London, and comic books are a true passion of mine. A couple years ago I decided to devote myself to becoming a professional comic artist, and put my training in animation to good use.
I began to practise and hone my art to a stage where I felt comfortable applying it to narrative, and joined Paul Sohi on his comic project "2052: The Jante Protocol" - a one-shot comic that was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year. The comic turned out great but I always wanted to draw something where the narrative better reflected my art style, which lead me to "Whiskers McFadden".
Marie Thomas is a fantastic artist in her own right, but is lending her skills to the project as a digital colourist. Her eye for colour is amazing and her digital skill is more than impressive.
Why should I back this comic?
Why? Because it's gonna be lots of fun to read, and there are some great rewards in store. Stuff ranging from variant covers, to statues, to comic convention exclusives! Plus, every backer will get a personalised thank you message!
Here's a preview of one of the rewards I'm most excited about. It's a large resin maquette of Whiskers McFadden, and will feature him posed and ready for a brawl, clutching a clunky-lookin' wrench. A huge thank you goes out to Paul Sohi of 2052 Props, who has worked with me on this to make sure we get the cleanest and coolest collectable for you guys!
These will be limited edition and hand painted, they'll include a signed copy of the graphic novel and can be yours for just £100.
Risks and challenges
Ok, no project is risk free, so here are the only problems I can foresee.
Obviously if something delays the comic's release, or any stage of reward delivery, I'll notify you guys by posting about it here as a project update, but I'm determined to meet my deadlines. Schedules are going to be important in producing these issue by issue, and I don't want to let anyone down, even if it means taking time off work, but hopefully it won't come to that.
And of course, if by any chance a comic or reward is sent to you and is damaged upon delivery, let me know, send it back, and I'll replace it for you as quickly as I can.
This gets you a signed page of Whiskers McFadden comic art, yes one of the actual original pages of inked art used in the book, drawn on professional comic art board!! Perfect for collectors and art-enthusiasts alike!
Ever wanted to be a comic book character? Well this is your chance! A mere £75 gets you in the comic as a character who'll interact with Whiskers at some point in the story! You'll even get a signed copy of the graphic novel as proof!
This may be my favourite reward of all. An amazing limited edition 8-inch tall resin maquette of Whiskers McFadden! Signed and numbered, and produced in collaboration with the wonderful folks at 2052 Props! And each maquette includes a signed copy of the graphic novel too!
THE COLLECTOR'S BUNDLE!! This will include more stuff that you'll know what to do with! You get a signed copy of the graphic novel, a page of signed comic art, the Whiskers maquette, 12" plushie, and everything from the Merch bundle too!!
You've just bought us a really nice table at a London-based Comic Con to help promote the comic! Thank you so much!! We'll get you special entry into the con for the whole weekend, gold pass and everything, and treat you to dinner after. You can either hang out with us at the table, or take advantage of the gold pass and go wherever you want! You'll also get featured as a character in the story, a bunch of awesome Whiskers McFadden merchandise and loads of love and attention!