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Albert the Alien is the first foreign exchange student from another planet...and someone is trying to get him expelled!
Albert the Alien is the first foreign exchange student from another planet...and someone is trying to get him expelled!
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ABOUT THE PROJECT: 

Albert the Alien is just a normal everyday kid…from another planet! He’s come to Earth to learn about humans as the first intergalactic foreign exchange student. And when Albert’s involved, even the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Last year we successfully funded the first volume of ALBERT THE ALIEN here on Kickstarter. Your support for the project was overwhelming, and people have kept asking us when the next book was coming out. Well, here's your answer! 

ALBERT THE ALIEN Vol 2: THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FROM PLANET X continues the adventures of the first foreign exchange student from outer space. This graphic novel will have over 150 pages of full-color content, including: 

1) The full 125 page adventure from the popular webcomic series
-- www.AlbertTheAlien.com (updates Wednesdays and Fridays for free) 
-- www.Thrillbent.com (updates on Tuesdays; Thrillbent is about 4-6 weeks ahead of Albert's free site, and does cost a small subscription fee)

2) New short stories (that you or someone you know can appear in) from series writer Trevor Mueller and guest artists

3) Pinups from up-and-coming industry pros

4) And so much more!

Some of you may be new to this project and asking yourself, "Who is Albert the Alien?" Well, I'm glad you asked that....

ABOUT THE STORY: 

THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FROM PLANET X:

Albert has been on Earth for a few weeks now, and all of the kids are excited for the upcoming Homecoming Dance. His adventures have made him super popular in school - much to the dismay of some of the popular kids - and he may even get nominated for Homecoming King! 

However, when all of the teachers mysteriously call in sick and are replaced by robot substitute teachers, it's up to Albert and his friends to figure out who's trying to take over the school...and stop them before they do!

BONUS STORIES: 

  • SPIRIT WEEK part 1*: (Artist: Ashley McLaughlin) - Albert and Gerty are running late to class when they realize it's school colors day. Can Albert come up with a solution quickly before other students think they hate their school? 
  • SPIRIT WEEK part 2*: (Artist: Kevin Harrell) - Hearing a commotion in the halls, the school Principal sees the students faces and hair have changed to the school colors! Could this be the start of an alien epidemic? 
  • SPIRIT WEEK part 3*: (Artist: Ali Cantarella) - The school has been quarantined! The Controller is in the US government's hands. And Albert is unable to reach is locker! How can Albert and Gerty save the day this time?
  • SPIRIT WEEK part 4*: (artist: Andrea Bell) - Using the quick wit and ingenuity of a certain student (could be YOU), Albert and Gerty come up with a fast solution to save the school. But can they convince the US Government that all this was a big misunderstanding?

[*These stories feature appearances; see sidebar for availability]

STRETCH GOALS:

  • Day of Future Past parody print (8.5x11).................$8,500
  • Activity Book (24 pages, b/w, softcover)...................$10,000
  • Hardcover print edition.............................................$16,000
  • Albert the Alien volume 3 funded..............................$20,000

ABOUT THE CHARACTERS: 


ALBERT THE ALIEN is an alien from the planet Xevon VII, and is the first intergalactic exchange student on Earth. He’s very excited to learn everything there is about human culture and our planet – and sometimes his excitement gets the better of him, as he doesn’t often “look before he leaps.”

He enjoys video games, pizza, and space surfing around asteroid belts. He currently lives with his homestay family, the Greysons, and is best friends with their daughter Gerty.


GERTY GREYSON is a normal everyday human girl – who dreams about outer space! Her father is an astronaut, and her mother is a rocket scientist, so Gerty is very smart and interested in all things space and science. She often acts as the voice of reason for Albert, trying to keep his crazy antics from getting him into trouble. She also sticks up for him from the school bully, Wally McNally.


WALLY McNALLY is the meanest kid in school, and has decided to pick on every kid who is different from him – which is everyone! He particularly doesn’t like Albert, and goes out of his way to terrorize him on a regular basis with his two goons in tow, Lugg and Ugg. However, Wally isn’t exactly the brightest bulb in the box, and is usually thwarted by his own actions in an often hilarious and embarrassing manner.

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ABOUT THE CREATORS: 


THE WRITER:

Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. His latest project is ALBERT THE ALIEN, appearing on Mark Waid’s THRILLBENT site. He has also self-published several other works including JUNKYARD CHASE, THE FAN, and LOS OJOS. And has contributed stories to several anthologies, including READING WITH PICTURES, KILLER QUEEN from Red Stylo Media, and HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE from Ronin Studios. 

He is also the writer / artist / creator of several award-winning webcomic series (www.trevoramueller.com), and regularly reviews movies, video games, and comics. 

Trevor gives lectures and presentations throughout the country at conventions and schools on several topics, including the power of combining creativity and literacy. 

Trevor currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Beth, and his cat, Waffles.


THE ARTIST: 
GABO, also known as Gabriel Bautista is a Chicago based Illustrator who has worked for DC Comics, Image Comics and Oni Press. He is the artist for THE LIFE AFTER written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, published by Oni Press. He is a recurring artist on Elephantmen (Image Comics), and series artist on Albert The Alien (Thrillbent). On top of being a Russ Manning award nominee, he is also Eisner and Harvey award winning colorist for his work in Comic Book Tattoo (Image Comics), his color art can also be found in several issues of The Spirit and All-Star Western (DC Comics).

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SAMPLE PAGES FROM ALBERT THE ALIEN Vol 2: THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FROM PLANET X:

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ABOUT ALBERT THE ALIEN vol 1: NEW IN SCHOOL:

In his first adventure, Albert is the new kid in school and has to learn to make friends, adopt to a foreign culture (the culture we live with everyday, seen through fresh eyes), and figure out how to dodge the school bully. Upon arriving at the school, items start to go missing from kids' lockers and the school bully immediately blames the new kid: the alien!  

With the help of his new friends, including his homestay sister Gerty, can Albert investigate the thefts and prove his innocence? Or will his first week of school on Earth be his last?

The graphic novel includes:

  • New stories exclusive to this Kickstarter print edition 
  • Re-printing of the original Reading with Pictures adventure (now out of print) 
  •  Character designs, sketches, and scripts from the adventures
  • A foreword from Mark Waid 
  • And so much more!

You can check out the successfully funded Kickstarter page here for more details. And copies are available in the rewards section to the right, bundled with the new volume. 

PRAISE FOR ALBERT THE ALIEN vol 1: NEW IN SCHOOL:

"Weird and funny and charming and... it's so much fun to read." - Mark Waid (Daredevil, Kingdom Come)

"This is absolutely EXACTLY the sort of comic we should all be reading. Smart, addicting, good-hearted and brilliantly put together, Albert the Alien is a wonderful comic." - Steve Morris (Comics Beat)

"It's fun and funny for young and old alike. I mean, who can't relate to feeling like an alien at school? " - Mike Norton (Teen Titans, Battlepug)

"Albert the Alien is the weirdest new kid in school you've ever met... and possibly the coolest!" - Chris Giarrusso (G-Man)

"Albert the Alien is completely and utterly charming. I’d say this series has its heart in the right place… except I have no idea where Albert keeps his. - Thom Zahler (Love and Capes, My Little Pony)

“I wish I could see our world like Albert the Alien does. We live an age of wonders, but we often forget that fact. Thank goodness we have Albert here to remind us.” - Josh Elder (Scribblenauts: Unmasked, Mail Order Ninja)

Risks and challenges

I specialize in project management (outside of making comics), and the content is all completed (except for the stories you can appear in). So while unlikely there may be some aspects outside of our control that may delay the project. It is always possible that printing and manufacturing delays can happen, product can get lost in the shipping process, or human error may cause something to not be sent. Additionally, people who pledge at the appearance level may experience delays in getting photo references over to myself and the artists.

That said, this is not my first time self-publishing and I haven't had any issues that delay the launch of a book to date. I do plan to communicate any delays that do occur to our backers and keep everyone informed on the status of the project throughout the process.

I want this book out more than anyone, and I can't wait to hold a copy of it in my hands. And more importantly, I can't wait for you to hold one in yours. Thanks so much for your support.

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    THE WRITER EDITION: ALBERT THE ALIEN VOL 2 graphic novel (paperback) + an original one-page prose short story in the book from series writer Trevor. Story will be a new prose adventure about Albert the Alien exclusive to your print book, written on the inside cover + a print copy of the HALLPASS and MOVIES single issue stories.

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    APPEARANCE EDITION: ALBERT THE ALIEN VOL 2 graphic novel (paperback) + you (or someone you know) will appear as a character with a speaking role in one of the new stories exclusive to this print edition! New stories will be drawn by guest artists (see main feed for details).

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    WEBCOMIC APPEARANCE EDITION - CHAPTER 11: You (or someone you know) will appear as a (non-licensed) video game villain with a speaking role in the webcomic series (appearing in chapter 11 around November, 2015)! You also receive the Volume 2 SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FROM PLANET X graphic novel (paperback) + Everything in the High Five reward.

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    WEBCOMIC APPEARANCE EDITION - CHAPTER 10: You (or someone you know) will appear in a "bring your kids to work day" adventure with a speaking role in the webcomic series (appearing in chapter 10 around August, 2015)! You also receive the Volume 2 SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FROM PLANET X graphic novel (paperback) + Everything in the High Five reward.

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    I WANT EVERYTHING: An original watercolor sketch card of your favorite character by series artist Gabo + Everything from THE ULTIMATE COMPLETE COLLECTION (ALBERT THE ALIEN VOL 1 & 2 in paperback and PDF + a copy of HALLPASS and MOVIES in paperback and PDF) + everything in the HIGH FIVE level.

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    RETAILER EDITION - A box of 24 copies of ALBERT THE ALIEN VOL 2 graphic novel (paperback) for your store / school / library at cost (includes shipping).

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    TALK TO THE CREATORS - A Skype or Google hangouts chat for an hour with Trevor and Gabo about any topic you want. We can talk about writing, art, coloring, storytelling, how to find writers / artists - whatever you want to talk about. Also, you get a copy of ALBERT THE ALIEN VOL 2 (paperback) in both print and PDF.

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