Wow, a lot of people responded in a very short amount of time. Tell me if I miss anyone!
@MadMinstrel: Hence the reason why I have not launched it yet. “Minter Tweed” is a pseudonym I have adopted for my graphic novels and written novellas. But if you would like to see a glimpse at some of my illustration work, you may visit here:
Hopefully, you will find some confidence in my abilities. I plan to draw the four main characters (Fawn, Grey, Clove, and another person who is unknown at the moment) in great detail and place the images either on Kickstarter or on an accompanying website, like:
I also intend on fully modeling the leading character (Grey) in all her glory and showing off the said model in the Kickstarter video along with some wireframe and ambient occlusion shots in the description.
@Rocketman: Thank you for introducing me to the community. I actually graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. I have lived off and on in Savannah since 2005. I agree that it is always better when you have something to show. I actually already have Tube’s Kickstarter page saved on my desktop because I like how they go about some things. Like, showing a timeline for where they are in production and where they plan to go. I definitely think I should have something like that. Apart from what I said to @MadMinstrel, remember, this is my first graphic novel, so hopefully there are people in the Kickstarter community who will take a leap of faith for me and if not, then I can always work further on the project and re-post on Kickstarter (which you are allowed to do). I understand organic modeling (humans specifically) and I understand good topology. I have been doing 3-D modeling since Alias Maya 6 was released. If you know of a way I can convey that in my Kickstarter project, I would greatly appreciate your help!
@rdo3: Rocketman is right. Also, remember, just because an artist chooses to show in his art immoral behavior does not mean that the artist themselves is immoral. Do you actually believe that Stephen King keeps the heart of a little child on his desk (even though he said so in an interview)? I am very aware of the fact that the majority of people will find my characters immoral. But I also feel that the United States of America needs a good dose of immorality (or what “conservatives” believe to be immoral). Just because a person takes an illegal drug, does that make them immoral? I do not think so. Just because two girls are a little, and excuse me for using this term because of a lack of a better one, bi-curious and it is shown in the pages of a graphic novel, is that immoral? I do not think so, but we also may disagree and I will fight for your right to disagree.
@Jonathan L: Basically, read the latter part of what I said to rdo3.
@Illusionist: Ah, yes, universal themes. There are many. Some controversial, some spiritual in nature. Basically, there is a pill that allows anyone who takes it to visit an alternate reality where the mind rules all and the physical body is purely an illusion (not meant to be a pun off of your name). I plan for there to be probably about ten graphic novels in total, the plots are many, the characters are diverse, and if I was to give everything away on these message boards, then you would have no reason to even consider taking a look at my graphic novel. Why should you care? That is a very good question. I guess if you are interested in candy kids and hallucinogens and alternate forms of existence, then you might be interested. But if you are not at all interested in those things, then you should not care. And I will not blame you for that. What is the story really going to be about? I say in the opening paragraph underneath “The Graphic Novel” title what it is going to be about. There are three girls (Fawn, Grey, and Clove) who become part of an underground drug culture, some willingly and some unwillingly. This then leads into the many philosophical debates that surround hallucinogens about alternate realms of existence, the after-life, and questioning all of our assumptions about what we perceive to be real. So, obviously I am catering to an audience who is open-minded and enjoys discovering what is on the other side of the looking-glass (I swear that is the only “Alice in Wonderland” reference I will make in this post). Much thought has been put into it. If that is not apparent by reading my Kickstarter project, then please help me get to that point. I have been working on this story since my first year of college (eight years ago) and what I have shown thus far does not even begin to explain the complexity of what is “Feel Good Candy.” I do not rush into things lightly. I would not make a Kickstarter project on a whim. If I was that brash, why would I even make an effort to talk to the Blender community? Believe me. More thought has been put into this than you may have thought.
Edit: I just re-read everything I wrote and I feel like I am coming off very condescending. I do not mean to. So, if you feel like I am trying to put you down in some way, I am not.