About this project
The goal of this Kickstarter is for us to be able to self-publish Phileas Reid Knows We Are Not Alone. It will be a 100-page, fully colored graphic novel. Based on the success of this first book, we will shop future volumes around to comic publishing companies.
THE STRETCH GOAL!!
We've made it to $8,500!! With days to spare! That covers all of our publishing costs! You guys are amazing! This book is going to be great, but if we're able to come up with $10,000, we'll be able to make it hardcover book. Let's go for ten!
Phileas Reid was once a household name. He was an American hero. Every school boy and girl knew him as "one of the men who built the atomic bomb." Phileas, however, was never able to take pride in the work he had done. "We saved the world, perhaps, but at what cost?" Nearly twenty years have passed and Phileas has just published a book: We Are Not Alone. While the world thinks he's gone crazy, having plummeted from respected mind to mad scientist, Phileas thinks it's absolutely crazy to pretend that we're alone in the universe.
Charlotte Hughes, a reporter for The News Tomorrow, hasn't decided if she thinks Phileas is crazy or not. What she does know is that if Phileas is right, that would change everything.
Marshall doesn't have much of a choice but to tag along on all of his mom's crazy adventures. He's only ten years old and doesn't have anyone else to look after him -- not that he's complaining. He inherited his father's desire for truth and justice and his mother's insatiable curiosity.
The story really begins with our fourth hero, Teinan Breen. She's a fourteen year-old girl from Io (the inner most of Jupiter's four Galilean moons) who, in an effort to have even just a little bit of control over her life, runs away from home and decides to hide on Earth.
Here's hoping no-one saw her crash land. Here's hoping her people don't come looking for her and our military misjudges it as an alien invasion and begins a war between our two worlds.
Teinan crash lands on Earth. She's not from around here and two worlds are going to collide to try and find her.
Phileas Reid Knows We're Not Alone is an all-ages graphic novel with its sights set on action and adventure, but that doesn't mean the book isn't without a message: You are not alone. Wherever you are, whoever you are, no matter what age you are, people have gone before you and people are with you now. Just because you feel alone, doesn't mean you are. This knowledge is supposed to be comforting, but it's also a challenge. You not being alone in the world also means your way of doing things and your way of thinking things isn't the only way.
Scott Fogg (writer/creator) - A lifelong daydreamer, Scott grew up in Narnia, Metropolis, Hill Valley, Sherwood Forest, Battle School, and on Tatooine and Gallifrey. He was the only non-mutant student at Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters, but dropped out after being an exchange student at Hogwarts and discovering that what he really wanted to be was a storyteller (Professor Snape was furious but Professor Lupin was very supportive). Knowing no better way to hone his storytelling skills, he went to film school. He went on to write every play, web series, short and feature length film he could, including the award-winning Blue, 20Q, and Secret of the Cave. Scott can be heard on the Movies You Should Love podcast as well as The Last Cast and The Next Chapter. He currently resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee with his wife, Kelly, their daughter, Amelia, their two dogs, Gwen and Mister Tumnus, and their three cats, Desmond, Scarlett, and Penelope.
Marc Thomas (artist) - Marc L. Thomas is an award-winning professional illustrator and designer at Florida State University. Marc's illustrations can be seen at the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Redux Edition, in pinups for various comic projects in production as well as at his own website and tumblr blog. Marc can also be found knocking about his own geek-centric website, Ungrownups.com as well as co-hosting their monthly podcast. Marc's formed his unique art style based on his artistic influences, who range from Mike Mignola and Dave Bullock, to Michael Avon Oeming and Darwyn Cooke. Marc currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, two sons and English bulldog named Joker.
Dean Trippe (color artist/character design/covers) - Dean Trippe created Butterfly, co-founded Project: Rooftop, co-hosts The Last Cast podcast, created Something Terrible, rambles on Twitter, posts awesome things on Tumblr and has an e-mail account.
Vito Delsante (letterer) - Vito Delsante is a comic book writer/graphic novelist. He's written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. He's written well known characters such as Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo, Wolverine, and even Albert Einstein. He lettered Liberator for Black Mask Studios, the web comic Prisoner of None, and the forthcoming World War Mob. He lives in New York City with his wife Michelle, his daughter, Sadie, and his dog, Kirby. Visit him online at http://incogvito.com/.
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Risks and challenges
There's little to no risk involved with a project like this. There are, however, two very large challenges in our way. They are both financial in nature.
There's a number of ways this story could be told. While we could tell this story online, a page or panel at a time, we believe the best way to tell this story is as a graphic novel. While not the most expensive way we could tell the tale of Phileas Reid, it isn't without its upfront costs. From making sure the artists are properly compensated to publishing fees, making a graphic novel that we can be proud of is expensive enough that it's unattainable without a little help from our friends.
Should we be able to pool our resources together enough to make this book a reality, the biggest challenge will be for us to balance and manage our time to stay on schedule. All four of us have day jobs because all four of us have families to provide for and bills to pay. The money we put together from Kickstarter won't be going towards any of that, so it's not like we're going to be able to quit our day jobs and make comic books full time -- yet. So, if this Kickstarter is a success, it will mean, for all intents and purposes, that the four of us will have two full-time jobs (and families who -- for reasons that escape our imagination -- want to see us from time to time).
The first problem has the potential to be unsolvable. We can't do it without you. The second problem is easily solvable, it just means we'll be seeing fewer movies in theaters and even less sun that we usually do. We'll have to create a schedule and stick to it, balancing our jobs and our friends and family in a healthy but productive way -- honestly, it's exactly the kind of challenge we've been wanting for some time now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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