Posts Tagged ‘Kickstarter’

Kickstarter Project in the works!

January 25, 2013

Due to family issues, the bulk of 2012 got away from me, but things seemed to have settled enough for me to get back to putting together a Kickstarter project to fund the printing of Runners: The Big Snow Job! I’ve spent the last few days researching costs and figuring out all the various reward levels, so I’m happy to report that that’s now more-or-less finalized. It was quite the headache trying to figure out tiers for a book project, where a previous book was also available. Basically, I wanted a number of different options for getting Snow Job (the new book) with various bonuses, but I didn’t want every tier to then have a second option that also included Bad Goods (the first book). That would have made the whole thing unwieldy to navigate, I think. In the end, it looks like a few key reward tiers will specifically include Bad Goods, and for the rest of the tiers, you’ll be able to add money to your pledge to include Bad Goods as an “add on.” That seemed to be the most elegant solution.

Now it’s on to drawing the cover image for the graphic novel…

More updates to come!

Kickstarter Sketch Samples

January 31, 2013

So I spent yesterday whipping up some samples for the 3 different sketch reward levels for the upcoming Snow Job Kickstarter project. I figure the 3 levels will be for an 8 x 11″ bust sketch (waist-up), an 11 x 17″ single character full body sketch, and an 11 x 17″ two-character full body sketch. “Sketch” may not be the best word since the pieces will be fully inked over the blue pencils, but that’s what I’m calling them for now. Maybe I’ll go with “illustration” instead.  Anyway, backers will be able to choose any character(s) from the series. Or perhaps a space yak, if you’re into that sort of thing. And who isn’t?

 

Graphic Novel Cover Revealed!

February 16, 2013

With one week to go until I officially launch my Kickstarter campaign, I figured now would probably be a good time to maybe get the actual front cover to the book done. So here it is: the front cover for the upcoming Runners: The Big Snow Job graphic novel!

Kickstarter: Character Card Samples

February 20, 2013

Getting very close to launch!! Here are some samples of more rewards: 4×6″ character cards. There will be 8 different cards, each featuring a duo of Snow Job characters. The lower reward tiers will come with one random card (which makes for a nice bookmark), but all mid-level and higher tiers will come with a complete set of 8.

It’s been a lot of fun drawing these characters again, especially the Preegans (left) and Dhama Hes (middle), who only appeared in the first chapter of the story. So it’s been a long while since I’ve had the chance to draw them! It’s like revisiting old friends. Old weird, tentacle-y friends.

Kickstarter Rewards: Character Cards

February 23, 2013

Here are all of the 4″ x 6″ Character Cards that will be available as part of the Runners: The Big Snow Job Kickstarter campaign. There will be 8 total, with each one featuring a pair of characters. Lower tier rewards will come with one random Character Card (which makes for a decent bookmark), but all mid-level and higher rewards will come with a complete set.

Kickstarter Rewards: Inked Illustrations

February 23, 2013

Here are some bigger image samples of the 3 different illustration reward levels for the Runners: The Big Snow Job Kickstarter project. The illustrations will all be inked artwork over blue pencils on bristol board, and each will be custom drawn to feature whichever character(s) the backer has chosen. The base illustration reward will be an 8.5″ x 11″ bust portrait (waist-up), the mid-level will be an 11″ x 17″ single character full body, and the top level will be an 11″ x 17″ two-character full body illustration.

Kickstarter Rewards: Prints

February 23, 2013

Here are the three 11″ x 17″ prints that I will be offering as part of the Kickstarter campaign. They are the images originally done for The Big Snow Job chapter cover #1, chapter cover #3, and the graphic novel front cover.

Kickstarter Rewards: Expanded Sketchbook

February 23, 2013

Here are some sample pages from the Runners: The Big Snow Job Sketchbook, one of the many Kickstarter rewards available. While the actual graphic novel will have 10 pages of select sketchbook content, this expanded stand-alone sketchbook will contain much more material. It will be a 64-page, perfect bound, comic-sized book chockful of concept sketches and designs for the various aliens, costumes, props, weapons, environments, and space yak that appear in the story. Each page will also include plenty of commentary describing the thought process that went into the designs. Much of the content and commentary has also been posted here at www.runnersuniverse.com over the course of the story, but I figured it’d be nice to have a single printed volume of the work to save people the effort of all that pesky clicking.

Kickstarter Rewards: Original Cover Art

February 24, 2013

And here are the last of the Reward Items (for now!). These are the higher tier rewards of the actual original art used for the 5 chapter cover images for Runners: The Big Snow Job, as well as the cover image for the graphic novel itself. Each piece is 11″ x 17″ inked over blue pencil on bristol board. As an extra bonus, each piece of original art will also come with an 11″ x 17″ color print of the image. Three of the color images are also available as Prints, but the other three are only available paired with the original art. Obviously, there is only one of each piece of original art, so if you’re interested, you’ll probably want to act quickly.

 

Kickstarter Project Begins NOW!!

February 26, 2013

And now the moment of truth! The official Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of Runners: The Big Snow Job is now LIVE!! The campaign will run for the next 30 days, but hopefully it will at least meet the initial goal relatively quickly so I don’t have to suffer the stress of waiting for the entire duration. :) Visit the project now by clicking the image below!

Kickstarter Project Funded in 2 Days!

February 28, 2013

I am ecstatic to report that the Runners Kickstarter project has achieved its initial goal of $6000 in just 2 days! That has far exceeded my expectations and I am extremely thankful for everyone who has pledged to date to make that happen. The project still has 28 days to go, so hopefully it will hit its next goal of $8500, which will bring the print job here to the U.S.

New Kickstarter Stretch Goal: Battle Royale Print!

March 10, 2013

The Runners: The Big Snow Job Kickstarter project recently passed the $12,000 mark, officially DOUBLING the initial goal amount! Woo-hoo! That is very exciting!

To commemorate the milestone, I am officially announcing the next Kickstarter Stretch Goal for $13,500, which will be a “Battle Royale” print!! This is a really fun piece as it features ALL the major and minor characters from the story arc in cartoony style in one big slugfest. Here are the pencils.

The final image will be 11″ x 17″ and fully inked and colored. It will be issued as a PDF to ALL backers and as a physical print to everyone at the $35 reward level and higher. So please help me in continuing to spread the word about the project so that we can meet the next stretch goal, and check out the Kickstarter page shortly for more announcements, including additional stretch goals and some new reward tiers.

Oh yeah, as a side note, before I launched the campaign, my wife and I had a little bet since we had absolutely no idea how the project would do. She bet it would end under $13,ooo, and if it did, I would give up condiments (mostly ketchup, which she hates) for a full month. I bet it would go over $13,000, in which case she would finally have to stop resisting and watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. I am delighted to report that with the passing of the $13k benchmark, my wife will now see one of my top 10 movies. And Ricardo Montalban’s top two pecs.

NEW Kickstarter Reward: David Petersen Prints

March 11, 2013

I am very excited to announce a new Reward tier for the Runners Kickstarter project that features the amazing artwork of good friend and Mouse Guard creator David Petersen. I’m a huge fan of his work and he is a fan of Runners as well, so a while back, we traded pinups. He did an awesome pinup of the flashback Runners crew from volume 1: Bad Goods. I never had the chance to include that with the first graphic novel, so I decided to include it in the printing of the new one. But since all the other pinups in the new book have a snow theme, David was generous enough to do a SECOND pinup, this time featuring the crew in snow gear!

When I told David about my Kickstarter project, he very graciously suggested the option of including prints of his two pinups as reward items. Personally, I love the idea of making these available to fans of David’s work, and he was excited about the idea of helping me with my campaign, so there is now a new $49 Reward, appropriately called the “Guard” level, that includes both of his pinups as 11″ x 17″ prints.

These prints are also available as add-ons for backers of other tiers who would like to include either (or both) of his prints with their current rewards.

Kickstarter Stretch Goals: Bonus Pages & Hardcovers!

March 18, 2013

Two new stretch goals have recently been added to the Runners: The Big Snow Job Kickstarter project!

At $18,000, I will add 8 extra pages of Bonus Content to the graphic novel, bringing the page count from 168 to 176 pages! Content will include character turnarounds for all six main characters as well as other additional content, to be announced!

At $22,000, a hardcover option of the new book will be unlocked! All backers at the $25 level and higher will have the option of upgrading their copy of the new book from paperback to hardcover FOR FREE!

The campaign is now in its last 10 days, so get your pledge in now!

Kickstarter Print Selection

April 2, 2013

With the Kickstarter campaign now officially over, I am now in process of sending out Kickstarter surveys to gather information from backers. For those who have selected rewards with prints, please use the following guide to select which print(s) you would like. You will also be able to specify if you want any of prints A-C signed.

A: Runners: The Big Snow Job Chapter 1 cover

B: Runners: The Big Snow Job Chapter 3 cover

C: Runners: The Big Snow Job graphic novel cover

D: Runners: Bad Goods pinup by David Petersen (Mouse Guard)

E: Runners: The Big Snow Job pinup by David Petersen (Mouse Guard)

Kickstarter Inked Illustrations

October 29, 2013

It’s been a while since my last update here. I tend to do more regular posts on the Runners: The Comic Facebook Fan Page, so “Like” that page to get more regular updates (the link is on the right)!

Since the Kickstarter campaign ended, I’ve been pretty busy working on getting everything done while still doing my regular freelance work. I’m happy to report that at this point, I am just about done with all the fulfillment! Almost all the books, sketchbooks, and prints have now gone out and I am just finishing the last 30 or so items, the inked illustrations.

I recently finished all 20 of the 8.5 x 11″ inked character bust portraits. Here’s what they all look like:

Now it’s on to the 11 x 17″ inked full-body illustrations and that will be it!