Variant cover revealed!
Delighted to reveal cover B by Edward Bentley! I'm a big fan of his work for Mad Robot Comics and am so glad I've had a chance to work with him. Cover B will be the default printed cover.
Stretch Goal #1: POSTERS! (£2100)
If we reach £2100, every backer who's pledged for a printed copy of the comic will also receive a cross-folded, A3-sized poster of Lee Milewski's awesome cover A, which was actually designed as an homage to classic buddy movie posters!
Balancing Act is a planned 4-issue comic miniseries that emulates the buddy comedy films of the 80s and 90s. You remember, the kind that used to see a hapless civilian and a maverick cop put aside their personal differences and team up to solve a crime that's personal to them both. Except in this story, they also end up getting superpowers!
Balancing Act #1, which is being funded here, is the first issue in the miniseries. It's a 24-page, full colour comic and the printed edition will be standard American comic sized (yes, even though it's a British comic).
Without giving too much away, Balancing Act is the story of two former high school classmates who find themselves reluctantly reunited in dramatic circumstances. This issue sees them witness a crime that will change both of their lives, and give them no choice but to strike an uneasy partnership. And of course, somewhere along the way, they will obtain superpowers of a very unique nature.
Aside from some flashbacks, the story is set in present day London. Because why should New York get all the superheroes?! Despite the modern setting, the goal has very much been to retain the spirit of the 80s/90s buddy comedy.
WHY IS IT CALLED 'BALANCING ACT'?
The title of the comic was intended to sound like one of the beloved old-school action comedies that inspired it, but the true meaning will become very obvious at the end of this first issue!
Our target audience is fans of any of the following:
- Buddy comedy films like Beverly Hills Cop; Trading Places; Planes, Trains & Automobiles; Rush Hour
- British sitcoms like Peep Show; The IT Crowd; Bad Education
- Humour-driven superhero comics like Superior Foes of Spider-Man; She-Hulk; Justice League International; Quantum & Woody
If you like several or all of those things, you should absolutely love this comic and we would also probably be good friends.
Writer Yavi Mohan is a Londoner who has written sketch comedy for the stage and has been reading comics obsessively for well over a decade. Moving into the world of comic book writing was an inevitable, long-awaited step and he hopes that Balancing Act will one day be the first line of the 'Yavi Mohan bibliography' page on Wikipedia.
Artist Lee Milewski is a Kickstarter veteran with more than 10 successful projects to his name. In addition to providing beautiful, atmospheric art for a number of titles, Lee has also written several of his projects himself. You can grab three of his original graphic novels right here as part of the Rush Hour reward tier and all higher tiers!
So what do you actually get when you back this comic? Here are the reward tiers:
Blue Streak (£3)
Don't want any extras? Just wanna read the comic? I got you. This is a digital download for a PDF copy of Balancing Act #1.
Last Boy Scout (£4)
Want to have a behind the scenes look at how comic scripts are laid out, and compare one to the finished product? Then throw in an extra quid to grab a PDF of the complete issue #1 script by Yavi Mohan. Also includes the digital comic.
Midnight Run (£6)
Your very own physical copy of Balancing Act #1, printed in full colour for those who prefer to read comics the old-fashioned way. After reading, you can keep it safely bagged and boarded over the years while it skyrockets in value (VALUE SKYROCKETING NOT GUARANTEED). Also includes the digital comic and script.
Lethal Weapon (£8)
Read the description for Last Boy Scout, then imagine everything on real paper. Also includes the digital comic and script, just in case you one day spill coffee all over your physical copies.
Rush Hour (£20)
Can't get enough of that wonderful art? Hey, I feel the same way. Luckily, Balancing Act artist Lee Milewski has offered up digital copies of three more of his creations for this reward tier! The graphic novels included are:
Also includes the Balancing Act #1 digital and physical comic and script.
Men in Black (£75)
Ever wanted a cameo in a comic? This is your chance. Upon timely provision of a photo reference and name details, we will have a one-line character take on your name and likeness during a brief interaction with one of the heroes! Also includes the Balancing Act #1 digital comic and script, physical comic and script, and the three Lee Milewski digital comics.
Beverly Hills Cop (£200)
Ever wanted something more than a cameo in a comic? Upon timely provision of a photo reference and name details, we will have a notable side character (several lines, potential impact on plot) take on your name and likeness! Whilst we can't guarantee anything without spoiling the story, it is likely that your character will appear in at least one future issue. Remember that the actions and personality traits of your character have already been decided and written! Also includes the Balancing Act #1 digital comic and script, physical comic and script, and the three Lee Milewski digital comics.
A pie chart would probably be overkill here - approximately 85% of the Kickstarter goal is allocated to funding the remaining pages of art. The other 15% (quick maths) is split between postage and printing costs for a small print run, and Kickstarter fees.
As Balancing Act will be a 4-issue miniseries, any excess funds raised will be put towards the art for Issue #2 and beyond!
Risks and challenges
This issue has already been fully scripted by Yavi Mohan.
Lee Milewski has an excellent track record of completing his art promptly and delivering more than 10 Kickstarter comics on time. We expect Balancing Act to be no different and the stated delivery date has been chosen conservatively.
Printing costs have been obtained from quotes from a selection of reputable UK businesses. Barring any unforeseen issues, Balancing Act will be printed by Mixam, an established commercial printer. In the event that this is not possible, a number of other companies have the ability to print the comic for similar prices.
Expectations of the print run size have been set by looking at at recent similar projects on Kickstarter. In the event of a vastly increased demand for physical copies (without far exceeding the funding goal), additional printing and postage costs would be met from personal funds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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