This day started like any other; checking my Kickstarter, “The End” to see if I had received any new contributions. But then, I heard the news; the world is coming to an end. How ironic, considering my comic was about the same thing.
I immediately called one of my artists on the, Sonia Liao, to tell her not to bother finishing the pages, since it wouldn’t matter anyway. However, I only got a voicemail. “I don't have time for this. If you matter, you know where to find me. If you don't, well. We're all ending up in the same place anyway. Go do something that makes you happy. Or cry. Crying sounds good."
Ok, so I guess I’m not the only one who knows about this. I go through my rolodex (yes, I still use this) and look for the numbers of my other artists for the next two issues; Lauren Sparks, Kathleen Parker, Robyn Haley, & Tina Lee. Each has worked on art for The End issues 4 & 5. But then, I wondered why I should call anyone when there isn’t much time left.
I had created a comic book series, The End, a few years ago, eventually figured out how to hire my first artist, and the first issue premiered in 2009. I’ve been working on the comic ever since, producing comics when I can afford it, usually one issue each year. Now, in 2014, I want to finish issues 4 & 5, but needed some funds to help continue these coming-to-terms-with-the-end-of-the-worldtales.
The End is a series that asks the question: If the world was going to end in one week, how would you spend your last seven days alive? Each issue has two, self-contained, stories about how different people deal with the coming end of the world. In addition, each issue has a central theme that connects the two stories, with the themes so far being Madness, Romance, Fantasy, Hope, & Survival. In addition, each issue is completely stand-alone, so you can read (and hopefully purchase) the issue that appeals to you more.
The End has been a fun project to work on, because each story is vastly different in tone and art style. One of the stories is even a comedy. I love working on a series that could surprise people, as there is an idea they know they are getting, but they will still be surprised (and maybe cry) at each story they read.
On the Kickstarter, I offer physical and digital copies of Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5, as well as prints of the covers, magnets, t-shirts (because if there’s something you want to wear, it’s a t-shirt about a depressing subject), and, you can also say what you would do if the world was ending and have it placed in the comic book. In addition, I have a stretch goal for a graphic novel collection of all 5 issues should I get the funds.
So I sit here at my desk, suddenly coming to a realization: If the world really is ending, then I definitely won’t make my Kickstarter goal now.