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In the second issue of Unfamiliar Skies, Claris searches for her father but will he live up to her expectations?
In the second issue of Unfamiliar Skies, Claris searches for her father but will he live up to her expectations?
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The Story

Claris Muston is a 19 year old who was born on a space colony. Her ancestors had signed up for a voyage to a distant galaxy, knowing the trip would take several lifetimes and it'd be their descendants that would actually arrive at their destination.

Claris was angry her fate was decided for her, so she stole a scout ship and fled the colony, getting herself into a messy situation in issue 1! Those events gave her some information on her estranged father's whereabouts. Claris is now in pursuit of him to vent some anger and knock him out. What will she find when she lands? Will her father live up to her expectations? Will she find any answers about what she wants to do with her life?

Claris' journey of self-discovery continues in issue 2, a full colour, 24 page, indie comic!

The Characters

Claris Muston

The 19 year old runaway herself! She's young, angry, and doesn't know where she belongs. Following the events of issue 1, she knows where her estranged father is and decides she'd like a word with him, maybe even punch him out while she's at it!

James Muston

Claris' father. Why did he leave? Can he provide his daughter any answers?

Fýlakas

A strange alien who claims to know Claris' father and offers to take her to him. What could their motives be and is there a cost for Claris?

Istrumagi

A powerful creature who provided Claris with her father's whereabouts.

Kaupmadr

 A sleazy trader and conman who Claris humiliated in issue 1. Suffice to say, he's none too pleased and plotting revenge.


The Numbers

As a Kickstarter backer, it's only fair you know exactly where your money's going. As I'm working on the book solo, I'm not having to pay any writers, pencillists, inkers, colourists or letterers and you'll also note I'm not paying myself anything for performing those combined roles either.

Print costs: £375 (based on quotes received from Comic Printing UK for 200 copies)

Producing other rewards: £100 (based on quotes received from Awesome Merchandise, VistaPrint, SaxoPrint, Digital Printing UK and others)

Shipping costs: £125 (estimate based on previous Kickstarters and adjusted for current prices from Royal Mail)

Kickstarter and payment processing fees: £50 (based on Kickstarter's own help section and previous Kickstarters)

Total: £650

I feel this is a fair and reasonable total. I'm not going to ask you to cover the costs of launching it at a convention or anything like that. Those are my costs to bear. This Kickstarter is simply to raise the money to get the comic in print and delivered out to backers. I'm not taking any profit on it.

The Reviews

Unfamiliar Skies issue 1 has been reviewed by a number of outlets, here's what they had to say:

"I really cannot say enough good things about the artwork in this book; it really looks spectacular."
- Robert Porter, A Place to Hang Your Cape

"Where it really sparkles is in the dialogue. Webster has a real ear for it, and each character has an immediately distinctive and realistic voice."
- Richmond Clements, Forbidden Planet International

"This is a comic which is really enjoyable, feeling unashamedly fun from start to finish."
- James Blundell, Pipedream Comics

 

Risks and challenges

There are minimal risks associated with this project. I'm carrying out all roles, so I'm not reliant on others. That does mean there's a key man dependancy and if anything happens to me the project will be impacted. This is my sixth indie comic so this isn;t my first rodeo and I have a proven track record of producing quality comics.

The comic will be printed by a third party company, so I am trusting them to do their job on time and to a high quality. That said, the printer I've chosen is an experienced professional who's printed an overwhelming number of other UK indie titles, getting high praise from the entire community. Likewise, rewards such as prints, badges, etc will be printed by a third party.

In the interests of full disclosure, there have been two problems that have caused there to be a longer gap between the production of issues 1 and 2 than I had planned. These are:

Wacom Cintiq: My Cintiq, which I'd done all of my artwork on for 8 and a half years, sadly succumbed to wear and tear. She served me well and has now been replaced with a new Wacom Cintiq 13HD that should easily last me another 8 years, if not longer!

Carpal tunnel syndrome: I was diagnosed with CTS in December 2016 following continued pain and discomfort in my right wrist. I had to wear a wrist brace, perform hand exercises, take some time off from my day job as an Instructional Designer, and start using my left hand for more tasks. There were talks of steroid injections or surgery if the problem worsened, however I'm very happy to report that, through proper care, my wrist has improved dramatically - to the point I feel confident in being able to deliver this comic. If there are any reoccurences, I now know the warning signs and preventative measures to nip it in the bud before it comes a problem again.

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