EDIT: Added a new Comic/Book shop reward level for the more economically minded! 50 dollars for 5 copies of the book. Also, I didn't expect the custom comics to go so fast, so I added two more. But that'll be it. I'm at my page limit for the book.
Max Overacts is my webcomic I've been updating for over a year now. The comic centres around the life of Max Fogherty, an emerging serious thespian at the age of 8. It was nominated for a 2011 Eisner Award, but lost, rightly, to Charles Christopher. The comic has a larger story developing underneath the daily gags, and the characters will age, go through changes, make big decisions, and have big things happen to them whether they like it or not. "Volume One: Hold On To Your Stubs" sets us on that journey.
If you've found your way here but never read the comic, please visit occasionalcomics.com and have a read! If you were a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, you may like it. Some people may say it's too similar and I'm just a pale imitation, but to those I say "read more than 5 strips! You'll see..."
My initial quote (Which is almost the entire fundraising goal, plus some to allow for postage) is for 3000 copies of a 164 page full colour book at 8 x 10 inches. That's only slightly smaller than the original artwork so the details will shine through! If we only make it halfway to the goal, that's still good enough for 1000 copies, so everyone will get their orders. Please don't be afraid of that huge goal! I'm not!
The book will collect the first 142 strips plus 12 exclusive strips not seen on the web, focusing on Max's sister, Andromeda. See Andi at work, meet some of Andi's band mates, and even witness the moment Jacob fell for her and she didn't even notice him.
Plus, there will be an extra two strips if some daring fans step up to the 500 dollar plate, to have themselves put into an actual strip in this book itself, interacting with Max, Janet, Andi, Klaus, etc. Two awesome readers will be immortalized in book form for the ages! YOU will be on people's shelves. In libraries! Beside home lavatories! YOU, yes YOU, may eventually be... in a dollar bin! *gasp* Plus... you'll get to hang the original in your house. ;)
What if you go over your goal?
If the funding goes over, I will most likely print more books, and if it goes WAY over, well... I have lots of ideas for my business, Occasional Comics. I may hire other artists at a good page rate to illustrate side stories of the Max universe (Auryn in Alaska!) if the money comes rolling in. Or, well.. and this is a big pipe dream, I have spent far too long not being paid for what I do, and I know I'm not the only one, so I would love to be in a position one day when I can pay others for their work. To help produce other high quality all ages material that reap maximum profits for the creators. To pay them straight away, and not an arbitrary 30/60/half year waiting period. Lots of BIG ideals.
Most likely it will be for extra books though, and possibly extra rewards like Max enviro-bags, buttons, vinyl stickers, etc. Surprise gifts for surprisingly awesome fans. But, oh man... BIG ideals... :D
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What if you fail?