Hi there and welcome to the Kickstarter campaign for My Life in Japan the comic book!
What is My Life in Japan?
Glad you asked! My Life in Japan: The Comic Book is the comical adventures of my life as an American girl married to a Japanese boy, living in the countryside in Japan. It's also the follow-up to the wildly successful Kickstarter for my first comic book two years ago, My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy.
I've gotten a lot better at drawing and storytelling since then (and learned how to color my comics on the computer!)
So... really. What is this?
It's a comic book!
My Life in Japan is a 150 page comic book in full color, filled with 29 hilarious, awkward, and true stories about me and my husband's (Ryosuke's) life in Japan.
We're an international, married couple that lives smack in the middle of rice fields and mountains. Our town is old and doesn't have a lot of non-Japanese residents, which leads to some pretty funny incidents.
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in rural Japan, this is the book for you!
Each of the twenty nine episodes ranges from ten to fifty panels (so basically a couple of pages) and are drawn from the heart.
Who are the main characters?
This book is about me (Grace) and my husband (Ryosuke).
Why a Kickstarter?
Personally, I love Kickstarter because it's built to get projects off the ground that otherwise may never happen. With my first Kickstarter, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of support and messages I got from people who wanted to see my comic book come to life.
Kickstarter also allows me to provide the product directly to you, without a middleman, and to figure out what y'all actually want.
I've published one comic book with Kickstarter and two without it - and the experiences have been vastly different.
There's no comparison; Kickstarter is the way to go as an author.
I want to read more comics!
You do? That's great!
A majority of the comics in this book have been published online, free for anyone to read. I also drew some exclusive ones just for this book - a little over 25%.
So where does all the money go?
Good question. Right now:
- 45% of the money will go towards printing 1000 copies of the book
- 30% will go to shipping, packaging, etc to get the books to you
- 15% is "lost" to Kickstarter fees, Paypal fees, customs fees, and taxes I will need to pay on this book.
- 10% is my "wiggle room" in case something goes wrong (and it always does) and on the off chance that nothing goes wrong (fingers crossed!!) that's my profit from this book.
The goal of this Kickstarter isn't to make money. The goal is to print this wonderful comic book that I'm really, really proud of and to get it into your hands.
The profit is going to come later, from selling whatever books I have leftover on my Etsy shop.
I don't have money right now! Can I get a book later??
I'm planning on printing about 300 extra books to sell on my Etsy shop after the Kickstarter is finished and all the rewards have been sent out. Once I've finished sending out all the books for Kickstarter, I will post an update here letting people know they can buy the leftover books on my site.
That being said, once I sell out of leftover books online, that's it.
The end. I can't print any more.
The printer that I'm using has a minimum order of 1,000 books and as much as I want to get my comic book into as many hands as I can, it's not possible to keep more than about 200 books boxed in our living room at any one time.
What can I get? Books? PDFs?
I have a couple different "reward levels" depending on how much you want to spend. They are:
Risks and challenges
I'm basically all done with this book; right now it is in the "editing" phase. As soon as this Kickstarter finishes, I will send the book off to the printers for a proof copy (and if that's okay, order all the books).
If, for whatever reason, the proof copy looks awful, we have a back-up list of two other possible printers to use.
Ryosuke and I run an online shop selling my comic books, so we know the costs involved with shipping the books to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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