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Don't Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

A stunning new comic collection on love, loss, connection, and community, from a rising comics superstar.

Don't Go Without Me by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

A stunning new comic collection on love, loss, connection, and community, from a rising comics superstar.

£42,442
pledged of £29,000pledged of £29,000 goal
1,538
backers
15days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 2 2019 2:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

ShortBox is proud to present 'Don't Go Without Me' a triptych collection of comic stories from rising superstar cartoonist Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. 

'Don't Go Without Me' contains 3 individual stories: the titular 'Don't Go Without Me,' 'What Is Left,' and 'Con Temor, Con Ternura' (With Fear, With Tenderness). Each story is 30+ pages in length, with the full book clocking in at over 110+ pages.  The book will be printed at a large 235 x 168mm size to better showcase Rosemary's gorgeous artwork.  

'Don't Go Without Me' and 'Con Temor, Con Ternura'  are brand new, never-before-published comics; we originally released 'What Is Left' as a mini-comic in 2017 (now out of print), where it went on to be nominated for 2 Eisner awards. We wanted to make this incredible story available again, while having Rosemary create more of her beautifully elegiac comics in one big, satisfying volume.

Below you can read what each story is about, and feast your eyes on some preview pages:

Don't Go Without Me: Two lovers sneak out for a night out on the town- a town where spirits and the supernatural exist as a realm within and alongside our world, with humans crossing over frequently. The lovers get separated, and must barter with stories in exchange for clues as to where the other may be. But, unknown to them, each time they gain a morsel of information, they lose something, too...

What Is Left: A ship that runs on the memories of one of its occupants malfunctions and collapses in on itself in the dead of space. Alive but trapped, an engineer who survives the wreckage finds herself inside the reservoir of memories, stranded alone  in a patchwork dream of someone else's life.

Con Temor, Con Ternura: For years, the residents of a small, ocean-side town have been living in the shadow of the sleeping giant who is prophesised to one day wake up and lay their world to waste. As the foreseen date of their impending doom draws near, the town decides to put on a festival on that very same night, to celebrate their lives and face whatever fate awaits them together.

'Don't Go Without Me' is finished and ready to go to the printers (a few design and print-prep tweaks aside)- which is where this kickstarter comes in! This is our fifth kickstarter to date, and the purpose of it is not only to connect this amazing book with as many people as possible, but to fund a big print run of this book: 10,000 copies big! Over the last 3 years, ShortBox has grown steadily and demand for our titles has also grown, which is great! But as a small, independent comics publisher, we only have the resources to print small print runs of books. We then have to wait until we sell enough copies of that book to make back its money and then use it to print another small run, and so on. 

 We'd love to capitalise on our growth and really push this book: a big print run like this would allow us to make 'Don't Go Without Me' a fixture of our catalogue for the next few years, push for book distribution, get in bookstores and libraries, take the book to festivals and conventions, send out review copies, explore foreign rights, and simply have enough stock to fulfil demand. We have a contract with Rosemary and she is paid irrespective of what happens with this kickstarter. Below is a breakdown of our costs:

£16,000: printing, production, and editing payments. We print all our books here in the UK, which costs a little bit more than printing them overseas, but we believe in supporting local businesses like ourselves- and it allows us to keep a closer look on things to maintain quality control and fix any potential problems quickly.

£8500: shipping/packaging/fulfilment. We ship North American/Canadian orders domestically within the US with White Squirrel (so no super high international shipping to pay) and ship UK/European/rest of world orders from our home base in the UK.

£4500: Kickstarter and payment processing fees, and a bit of buffer.

We're keeping this really simple: you can get a digital copy of the book, a print copy of the book, or both! Honestly, we want to put the bulk of our energy into producing this fantastic book and making it as stellar as possible inside and out. What we would like to do additionally, is focus on a few rewards for everyone via the stretch goals we've set. This includes making the book a lot more swish, with french flaps and foil emboss on the cover, plus a gorgeous sticker and an exclusive 16-page zine by Rosemary of process, sketches, and comics. If we meet those stretch goals, it means *everyone* benefits. 

In addition, there are 3 *very limited* lifetime subscriptions to ShortBox. We did these with our last kickstarter and it went well, so here they are again! This means you'll get everything we publish posted directly to you for the rest of your life! ShortBox is an Eisner and Ignatz award-nominated comics and art publisher and we publish at least 6 books a year, if not more- you can see our catalogue of fantastic comics here.  

£35,000: We make the presentation of the book as pretty as Rosemary's art! Adding french flaps and some foil emboss to the cover.

£37,000:  Everyone gets this lovely, oval panther-guardian sticker. Please note: the sticker is for print-book backers only (as it would mean having to charge e-book backers shipping and make things a lot more complicated).

£42,000:  We'll print a 16 page kickstarter-exclusive process zine for all backers (we'll only be making these for backers, they won't be available once the kickstarter is done: digital backers will receive a digital edition of the zine). We'll be sharing some peeks at this if/when we hit this goal!

£48,000: Bonus for Rosemary, and for ShortBox (we'll be putting it directly towards funding more exciting comics projects) .

Risks and challenges

Following four successful kickstarters, this is the fifth kickstarter project I'm running, and I'm confident of having a handle on things and running a smooth and efficient campaign. However delays and problems can arise, and I'll do everything I can to communicate transparently about any potential issues.

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