Once again I am attempting a Kickstarter. Check out the link (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945380719/mechanaflux-4) and you can read all about the synopsis and the current issue. But, here it is also.

      Issue #4 sees the siblings Cory and Maria (who were separated at birth to grow up in two different realms [Earth & Flux]) become increasingly hostile of each other. Will they be able to work together to save the world?

      The sorceress, Darius, has lost her powers, and seeks to regain them, but at what cost? And to do so, she must learn to communicate with the very unusual spirit of her planet and convince it to break the rules.

      Check out the rewards for the comic and check out some of the art. If you can help spread the comic around on your social media sites, then that would be an amazing help. Thanks for looking.

      When I started actually looking at Kickstarter for the first time, there were a ton of things to look through. I remember there being some 700 comic, film, and game projects (each!). I gravitated toward this comic book, The Shepherd, because it was a single comic book that told a complete story, had wonderful artwork, and was only $10.00.

      The story was simple, but looked interesting: “Astrid, a young tribal shepherd who watches a flock of ghazals, must make some tough decisions when she comes upon a wounded Thanacht–a ferocious beast of legend thought extinct a thousand years ago.

      Faced with the question of whether to help this predator which could easily hurt her or her flock, Astrid’s situation becomes even more complicated when a group of poachers show up looking for the beast, led by Rul, a hardened hunter obsessed with his search for the Thanacht.”

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      The above picture is what I got, along with a print by Joe Rubinstein. I supposedly also got got a 10 page digital comic prologue, but since I don’t own a single digital comic, I never picked that up. You can find the original Kickstarter here, but I never saw anything about buying digital versions in the future for those interested.

The 3rd anthology for Square City Comics is coming soon. This issue has a theme for every story within called, “The Cure”.

“What if you didn’t have to die? What if there was a cure of mortality? No aging. No death. Only life…everlasting.”

I have a short in it called Memory Drain, which was drawn by Crystal Rollins. Click the picture above or click here to learn more about it. You can also simply search “The Cure.” Please donate if you can and/or help spread the word for this amazing anthology series.

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      So, Ninja High School had a Kickstarter recently that collected the first 25 issues of the series that started as an independant comic in the 1980s. I had read Volume 2 in 2003 and really enjoyed issues 101 – 115 that I had (Volume 2 starts at issue 75), but it’s been so long that I don’t remember much of the series other than there were ninjas, superheroes, and space battles, but I remember enjoying it, and can’t wait to read the series in full.

      It was only a few years ago that I saw the manga sized version of Volume 1 (the first 6 issues) which followed different characters other than the ones I had read. It follows the story of Jeremy Feeple, a boy from a ninja family who hasn’t taken to his family’s calling. A ninja bride arrives to marry him based on a deal Jeremy’s mother made with her father, but at the same time, an alien has been sent to marry him by royal decree. The two girls fight for his affections. Slowly, it gains a very large cast of characters. It also included really random anime references that I understand now, but I’m not sure many people would have gotten back in the 80s. Anyway, here is the cover.

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Who needs a title?!

      An Add-On reward was the Ninja High School Volume 2 Textbook, which were the stories of Jeremy’s brother and his adventures, pictured above. I was disappointed I missed that Kickstarter, but excited it was an add-on so I could still get it.

      Extra rewards that came with the Kickstarter were also 5 prints (3 were the characters from Ninja High School Volume 2, while the other 2 were Angel Warrior Areala and some character I don’t recognize) and a button.

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      And I’ve also noticed that both textbooks are on Amazon, so if you are interested in giving the series a try, you should look for old copies of Tokyopops’ books because the first 3 volumes are incredibly cheap at only a few bucks (but is insanely expensive Volume 5 and beyond), but if you like the series, you should definitely buy the textbook.

One of the rewards for my Kickstarter is now available: Simply donate $25.00, and you can write 1-2 sentences descripting how you would spend the last 7 days on Earth. Your responses can be funny, serious, or just plain crazy.

There is a limit of 12 of these. If my stretch goal is reached for the graphic novel, the limit will be lifted and changed to unlimited entries.

See my Kickstarter Updates to see samples of the art these artists have created for The End from artists Brad Bowersox (Update #4), Rand Arrington (Update #5), and Wu-Gene Hong (Update #6)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945380719/the-end-4-and-5/posts

Brad’s story is a short tale about a man who tries to make up for his past deeds. In Rand’s story, Lester has been neglecting his wife for a promotion at work, but when he finds out the wold is going to end, he is determined to make his way home and spend the rest of his time with her. Then, in Wu-Gene’s tale, I have posted the first 3 pages, so give it a look.

Please see the recent Kickstarter Updates for preview art of The End from artist Stefano Cardoselli (Update #1) and Ava Berman (Update #3). I have also updated a new prize, a comic Ava and I work on together currently, as an add-on or stand-alone prize.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945380719/the-end-4-and-5

I handed out around 200 or more Kickstarter flyers at AwesomeCon. We shall see if these have proven helpful.

Check out my comic book Kickstarter: The End. If the world was going to end in seven days, how would you spend your last week alive? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945380719/the-end-4-and-5?ref=live

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I have started a Kickstarter for Mechanaflux #2, an All-Ages Fantasy Comic Book. Plus, I am hoping to achieve enough money to make an Animated Trailer and possibly an animated series of shorts if I get enough money.

Mechanaflux is about 3 Earth kids (Cory, Jackson, & Arad) who fall into the world of Flux, where they meet a sword-fighting princess, the last sorceress, and a centaur general (Maria, Darius, & Gluss). Together, they must stop an evil mechanical creature from turning the entire world into metal.

You can find the Kickstarter Here

You can view the video for it below (will be deleted when the Kickstarter ends)

This is my process for trying to get copies of my prints. Since I am an author, and not an artist, I had to find out which place makes the best quality with the best price. I hadn’t done this before. First, here is a picture from two copies, one from FedEx Kinkos, the other from Staples. Can you tell which is which?

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Now I will go over how I found out a good place to print posters. My posters are made for comic book covers, which means they are usually EXACTLY 11×14 when increased in size. This means I have to order an 11×17 and cut it to make it 11×14.

IPrintFromHome.Com

      I print from home is a great place to print. You simply drop your file onto their website. You can select from many sizes. In addition, you can zoom in your print to get it to fit, as well as chose to have a white border around the whole picture, or none. They are the only place that has an 11×14 option. However, it is $6.00 a print, plus $3.00 shipping (increasing the more posters you buy—they send it out on a flatboard). I can upload PDF, TIF, or JPG. There is no way I could make copies of these to sell at conventions without spending more than I earn. I will only use this in the future to order a metallic gleam + glossy print for my own wall for each comic cover I make.

OfficeMax

      I was told OfficeMax is the best place to get prints done from 2 different artists. However, I have no OfficeMax in my area, which means this option is out.

OfficeDepot

      Office Depot only prints 11×17 against regular paper; they have no other options . They also do not have shipping tubes. There is no point in going here ever again.

FedEx Kinkos

      FedEx Kinko’s will open my TIF file, but they say they don’t re-size for you, and I had to bring it back with the correct size. They have 3 options for 11×17 posters: Regular Paper ($2.00), 80lb Cardstock ($2.63), or Glossy Cardstock ($3.16). However, the guy I saw the first time wasn’t too helpful, and said the glossy posters and the 80lb cannot roll without cracking.

Staples

      Staples had 11×17 in Cardstock ($N/A)[regular paper that looked grey], Cover Stock ($1.98)[same as 80lb], and Glossy (also $1.98). However, their glossy was 28lb stock with a thick glossy cover. They had one shipping tube, but it was 3 feet long.

UPS Store

      This is where I had to find the 2×15 shipping tube to send the posters. This is the only place they exist. The tubes were $1.79 each. There is no way to print here.

The Winner: Staples!

      FedEx Kinko’s had a Glossy Cardstock (it was basically 80lb, Glossy on the front and back). However, the glossy for Staples was 28lb stock with a thick glossy cover on the front only) FedEx Kindos was glossy on both sides. I don’t know how, but the printer for Staples was much, much better. The FedEx Kinkos poster had lots of small dots where the colors were (see Pictures on the left [both photos]) whereas the Staples printer mixed all the colors together to appear smooth, fludid, and cohesive (see Picture on the right [both photos]). Plus, it was $1.50 less per copy, and I could cut it for free. However, the employee cut it for me, but they would not always be exact. In the future, I wish I could print them without white borders, but no one has that option except IPrintFromHome, and they are way too expense to order copies for conventions to sell.

     Staples automatically includes a white border around your art (as did FedEx Kinkos) but my pictures had more white space on the left than the right of the poster. They could not change this. What was odd is that the test copy did not do this the first time I was there. I apologize in advance to any backers for any slight centimeter difference in the borders.