ABOUT SATURDAY AM
Saturday AM is a bi-weekly shonen manga anthology in the spirit of weekly shonen manga from Japan like Weekly Shonen Jump and Weekly Shonen Sunday. Our goal was to bring more diversity to the category and as a result we feature creators from Nigeria to New Zealand, USA to China, and many countries in-between. Since 2013, we’ve published 94 issues of our anthology with ongoing serializations of over a dozen popular exclusive comics including APPLE BLACK, BULLY EATER, CLOCK STRIKER, and SAIGAMI. In addition, we have successfully published seven graphic novels called TANKS exclusively on Amazon.
While the response to our take on the manga-style has been beyond our wildest imaginations we are eager to produce a more high-end product. Thus as we approach our 5th year anniversary, as well as our 100th issue, we are looking to place our brand into more traditional retail stores to reach more people. To do this, we wanted to redesign our product strategy and produce something that can excite fans, customers and stores alike.
Introducing the Saturday AM Perfect Edition TANKS!
WHAT WE’RE MAKING
Our new PERFECT EDITION TANKS are so named as they are closer to traditional manga tankobons. These deluxe paperback books (5.04" × 7.17") are housed within a handsome slipcover, printed on premium paper stock, and contain exclusive bonus content (never before seen) and feature several pages in FULL COLOR artwork and in some cases... the entire book will be in full color.
The key thing is that THIS KICKSTARTER FUNDS THREE BOOKS that are CLOSER to our vision of becoming a recognized publisher. Should we go above our requested amount, we will focus on adding additional products for our fans as well as premium materials to make our printed books even stronger. To that end, our ENTIRE SLATE of creators, have stepped up to help us achieve this modest goal.
This line will kick-off with HAMMER Volume 1 by JeyOdin. Our newest hit series (began in Saturday AM #82) will be collected in its' 1st graphic novel and this MASSIVE (over 350pgs) will be entirely in FULL COLOR! This incredibly FUN series is about STUD, a boy who can turn his arm into a HAMMER. Read HAMMER Early Chapters for FREE Here!
Originally from New Orleans, USA - JeyOdin (nee' Jonathan Mullins) is a former student at SCAD and is quickly blazing a trail as an artist to watch. He has been published by American comicbook publisher Antarctic Press and has a new title coming soon from Oni Press. JeyOdin is incredibly popular with our fans for his genuine love of comics and geek culture and his UNMISTAKABLE LAUGH (seriously, you MUST witness this at one of our con appearances).
The incredibly popular shojo-shonen hybrid SAIGAMI Volume 1 by Andrea Voros will be reprinted with NEW MATERIAL and in select pages in FULL COLOR. This beloved series (which debuted in issue 3 of Saturday AM) is about a young girl, named Ayumi, who ends up in a fantasy land where elite warriors called SAIGAMI protect the innocent. Read SAIGAMI Early Chapters FREE Here!
Originally from Hungary, Andrea Voros is one of the most popular female manga-style artists online. She has built a solid fanbase via her Youtube channel and other social media accounts thanks to her fanart of popular anime series like HAIKYUU! That said, she is also one of the NICEST CREATORS you'll meet with many people around the world appreciating her friendly demeanor and kind words of encouragement. She has begun work on a 3rd volume of SAIGAMI which will run throughout 2019.
Finally, APPLE BLACK Volume 1 by Whyt Manga will be reprinted with NEW MATERIAL and select pages will be in FULL COLOR. This is one of the most popular independent manga in the World (helped to launch Saturday AM from our first issue)! Sano is destined to greatness but he will have to survive threats big and small including a conspiracy that threatens to unravel the World itself. Read APPLE BLACK Early Chapters FREE Here!
Originally from Nigeria, Whyt Manga (nee' Odunze Oguguo) is one of the most popular non-Japanese manga creators online. This multi-faceted creator is also one of the hardest working creators online. Over the past four years, Odunze has not only helped to launch and build Saturday AM (and our newest magazine, Saturday PM) but he has also graduated with his Masters in Art and built one of the fastest-growing Youtube channels. He is hard at work on creating the 3rd volume of APPLE BLACK while developing his second manga series, BACASSI.
GET AMAZING EXCLUSIVE REWARDS!
In addition to helping us develop a new line of Graphic Novels, this Kickstarter is your opportunity to snag some very cool, rare, and new Saturday AM rewards and merchandise! These include, our books, Gift cards, products, unique commissions, poster prints, premium yearly subscriptions to Saturday AM and Saturday PM, a chance to be recognized in a very special version of our magazine for our most committed fans AND MORE! You can find our many amazing rewards to the right side of the page!
1st up - DIGITAL WALLPAPERS! These are ALL ORIGINAL and HAVE NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE images from Whyt Manga, Andrea Voros, and Jeyodin. These vibrant digital artworks will be perfect for your Smartphone, Tablet, and/or Desktop. These #roadto100 wallpapers capture the characters that have helped us achieve our upcoming milestone.
2nd - Digital Magazines. Saturday AM is a bi-weekly digital magazine that can be read on Desktops, Smartphones and/or Tablets. Saturday PM is our newest digital magazine and caters to an older reader. Premium Subscribers receive both magazines providing thousands of pages, dozens of comics, and EXCLUSIVE original stories. Likewise, we're offering two BRAND-NEW special issues that will ONLY be offered via this KICKSTARTER!
The Saturday AM PRIMER features unique databook information on the most popular characters for Saturday AM's exclusive manga series. Want to know how tall SANO is or what Cast's powers are? Then you will LOVE our PRIMER issue! Also, Saturday AM is about to hit issue #100 but what about our #0 issue? Introducing Saturday AM #0! This ALL-NEW ISSUE that will feature NEVER BEFORE SEEN COMICS, INTERVIEWS, and more such as the 1st glimpse of our MASSIVE CROSSOVER EVENT - Saturday WARS.
3rd - BOOKMARKS / STICKERS! One of our most popular convention items are BOOKMARKS and STICKERS and we will provide a few unique ones with custom graphics, premium paper stock, and UV Spot so that the graphics POP OFF THE CARD. There will be a few designs for the various reward tiers and we will update the art the course of this KICKSTARTER.
4th - CROSSOVER PRINTS! One request we often get are dream match-ups of our manga characters vs. other, more traditional, manga characters. We do not sell, distribute, nor promote fan art of other magazines or characters that do not belong to us both out of respect for their brands but also out of respect for building our own. That said, for this KICKSTARTER ONLY - we will allow our creators to indulge their inner fandom and create a one-time piece of fantasy match-ups. We will NEVER SELL THESE and they will NOT be on display in any future convention appearance and thus these works are TRULY RARE.
5th - COMMISSIONS! Our most requested item. Our creators have done commissions for independent creators and big companies but we're overjoyed that they've agreed to do a number of FULL BODY, FULL COLOR character commissions for this Kickstarter at reasonable prices.
6th - RETAILERS! A custom poster, 12 copies (four of each series), and shipping guaranteed - will allow any retailer to successfully introduce our books to their audiences. We are very excited about expanding our retailer relationships and will be happy to support this tier with additional items including in-store appearances and social media pushes depending on circumstances.
7th - GIFT CARDS! Original art featuring our characters adorn these digital gift cards that can be used within our Saturday AM SHOP. Buy or save money on Issues of Saturday AM and Saturday PM, Apparel, and our current graphic novel line.
8th - VOICE ACTING! Our largest reward tier includes a SIGNED BOOKS, Custom Prints, Bookmarks, Trading cards and something truly special...a credited VOICE ACTING role for one on our NEXT ANIMATED SHORT. MUTTON CHOP is one of our funniest exclusive series and we're working on our second animation for this wacky series. If you love shows like W Bare Bears or Bob's Burgers funny then this may be your chance to be a VOICE ACTOR. We will AUDITION you at this reward tier and YOU WILL APPEAR in the short (scheduled for late 2019) either as a background character or a major role. Check out our first short here https://www.saturday-am.com/blog/mcanimetest
BREAKDOWN OF FUNDS:
- The majority of the funds will go toward printing ALL of the books
- Coloring portions of APPLE BLACK and SAIGAMI
- Shipping them around the globe
- Production of the other tier items.
Saturday AM, the diverse, shonen, manga anthology that currently publishes APPLE BLACK, SAIGAMI, and HAMMER, will be running this Kickstarter and ensuring that all rewards are prepared and shipped. As we have a team of over a dozen creators from around the world, we are relying on a variety of vendors to produce the highest quality products with a targeted budget.
If we reach our initial goal of $10,000, we can unlock new prizes, free upgrades, and maybe even...a brand new product?! Be sure to check back here for updates!
This book has been a long time coming, and we hope you’ll join us and become a part of it. Thank you so much for your support!
Potential Stretch Goal items --
- $15,500 - CREATOR BONUSES
- $20,000 - Each of the three books for the $60/ tier
- $30,000 - TRANSLATION! Spanish, French, Portuguese or German.
- $35,000 - SATURDAY AM Sketchbook
- $45,000 - To be Announced!!
- $60,000 - To be Announced!!
ONCE AGAIN -- we want to THANK YOU for your support! This Kickstarter will open more opportunities not only for us but for the independent creator. We are determined to continue to create a new brand for new voices, diverse characters, and exciting and topical creators.
Risks and challenges
Saturday AM / MyFutprint Entertainment has had one failed Kickstarter in our first year. This was a devastating wake-up call but we’ve learned a lot and have spent the past four and a half years gaining experience and producing magazines, graphic novels, and prints. Our core staff has stayed the same, although we've also expanded and welcomed new staff members to help things run more smoothly.
Likewise, we have major advertisers and partners like PLASQ who help us with additional guidance and support.
If a backer is concerned now or in the future and isn't satisfied with the project updates, our editors can be contacted directly through Kickstarter or at Publisher@myfutprint.com.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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