If you enjoy the cheerful terror of Halloween haunting classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline, you're going to adore Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits.
A Quick Pronunciation Guide
Nenetl (the Aztec and original way): Ne-Nette There is no emphasis on either syllable and the "L" sound remains silent.
Nenetl (the way Nenetl says her name): Nena or NAY-na If you spend too much time figuring out her name, there will NEVER be enough time for drinking spicy hot chocolate. Nena thinks shortening it is for the best.
Wow, thank you dearly, my darling calaveras! We actually made it! This project will be funded because of each of you! Thank you! And since so many of you asked so kindly...
UNLOCKED: I am now adding a stretch goal! If we get to $10,000, I will be adding a lovely and high-quality sticker to every pledge at or above $10! AND, I will be adding a new pledge level - gorgeous PRINTS.
The new Stretch Goal is now $15,000 and that will unlock EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER SKETCHES created and signed by Laura Müller!
Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits is a spirited horror story about a ghost searching for her family during the festival of the Day of the Dead, while dodging ambitious exorcist apprentices. Vera Greentea (Recipes for the Dead, To Stop Dreaming of Goddesses) and talented artist Laura Müller (Mega Man Tribute, Subway to Sally Storybook) collaborate to create an autumn-friendly tale of skulls and hope.
Part Two brings in three devilish girls as they conspire to unlock the Forgotten Realm and invite a spirit into their world. Violetta, who dreams of becoming an exorcist apprentice like her older brother, wants to prove what she can do to her two gothic pals as they all get ready to celebrate Mexico’s eerie but gorgeous holiday, the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos).
Laura Müller comes back with an artistic vengeance and some seriously scary inks, drawing and coloring the vibrant scenes of this family-friendly story of ghouls and girls.
This Hallow’s Eve themed Kickstarter project is up November 1st (Day of the Dead), and the day after Halloween, and during this time we hope to collect $6,000 to produce the book: including paying Laura for the art as well as offset as much of the production as we can, and paying the Kickstarter/Amazon fees, printing costs, and shipping service costs. This money will go towards the creation of this 16-page, full-color and standard-size comic.
We will be working hard to finish the first issue's art by mid-November, so that production can be completed towards the end of December. However, anyone who donates at least $5 will receive the comic early as a PDF - before it reaches the printers.
Reviews for Part One
".…I love Vera Greentea’s writing... Her writing has a Neil Gaiman quality, storytelling infused with a playful whimsy overlying a deeper sadness that begs for a resolution..." -Newsarama
"The first issue, just out, is a nice, deceptively gentle entree into what promises to be a proper kick-in-the-teeth bit of horror about the Mexican Day of the Dead." -Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits is an incredibly original independent book. Don’t let its self-published status fool you; this book is as good as any published by a larger press, and has a ton of heart behind it..." -Hidden Gems: Panels on Pages
"...Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits fits right in with independents like Yi Soon Shin, the works coming out of India that focus on the Hindu Gods, and some of the more interesting comic books coming out of Denmark and Finland. There is a large tradition to uphold here, and Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits does so brilliantly." -Comics Forge
"...Cute characters interact in a world of magic tinged with just a little darkness, capturing the playfulness of Halloween... I admire anybody that can create this kind of dark material in a package that children can also enjoy, and there’s something decadent and creepy about Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits." -Starbust Magazine
For $1: I am giving away a PDF of my comic, Recipes for the Dead: Issue 1 immediately. You'll find it in the very first post. I hope you enjoy!
For $5: You are getting 3 full PDFs: Recipes for the Dead: Issue 1, Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits Part One, AND Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits Part Two (not the actual cover)! Pretty lovely little deal!
Starting at $45: We are making an adorable coaster set to go with the book! You can either get 2 (our pick) or collect all 4 beautiful coasters that will be designed by Laura Müller! I will post photos here as soon as we have the designs!
As usual, I'm experimenting with a Retailer Pledge. If you're a retailer and you have questions about this, want a different ratio of the books or anything at all, let me know at vera(at)greenteapublishing(dot)com!
And... that's it, sugarskull loves!
Laura and I truly love this project with every passionate bit inside our hearts, and we are so pleased to introduce our creation to the world! Thanks so much for your welcome consideration of Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits,
much love and many kisses,
Vera and Laura
The music in this video is thus: "Buena Persona" is by the lovely Lido Pimienta. "Noce á Lens" is created by the one-man band Circus Marcus. Thanks for your time, gentlesouls!
Risks and challenges
I'm excited to say that Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits is my 6th Kickstarter project! Although I know by now that there will always be unique challenges during every project, I also know that I can push through them, while keeping my backers deeply informed of my every step to right any wrong. Every project I create develops its own community of supporters and I find that as long as I am true to them, I can get through any mess. But that said, I hope that I have forseen everything by now, and there will be no tragedies that I won't be able to fix and come out with a gorgeous book on the other side. See you guys there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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