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Crowdfunding Spotlight | Illegal
Published on Monday, August 11, 2014 by
Learn all about Illegal, from Jeremy Whitley (writer of the Eisner-nominated Princeless) and Heather Nunnelly (artist/writer of the Vacant webcomic), in this week’s Crowdfunding Spotlight.

What is it?

Illegal is a planned 15-issue series featuring a story that writer and co-creator Jeremy Whitley describes as

… a near future science fiction story about about an America in which the rich live in a lush paradise in and on top of skyscrapers, while the poor literally live in their shadows below. All of the citizens are tracked and monitored my a microchip under their skin from the time they are born and anyone undocumented is sent to deportation camps where few actually survive long enough to be deported.

Our heroine, Gianna DelRey is an undocumented immigrant who fled with her mother from an abusive household when she was young. She’s survived by scrubbing floors and allowing her rich employers to treat her like dirt. When one turns on her and she finds herself on the run, Gianna will discover that when everyone is constantly tracked, being able to movie invisibly is something that many will pay a high price for. Will she keep running or will she decide to take a stand?

The Kickstarter campaign’s baseline goal is to fund the creation of the series’ first five issues (the first issue will have the option of being delivered in print, with the succeeding issues being digital-only), and any monies received beyond the minimum will go towards funding the creation of the rest of the series.

Check out the Kickstarter project’s fundraising campaign video below as well as a work-in-progress preview of Illegal #1’s cover and first five pages:

Who is behind it?

The Illegal Kickstarter campaign is headed by writer Jeremy Whitley (Twitter, Tumblr), who is perhaps best known for his work on the Eisner-nominated all-ages title Princeless, published by Action Lab Comics. Besides Princeless, Whitley’s other notable comics works include the five-issue Action Lab miniseries GlobWorld and fill-ins on IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony: Friends Forever. Whitley also serves as the Director of Education Initiatives at Action Lab Comics.

Providing the art for Illegal is Heather Nunnelly (Tumblr, portfolio website). Nunnelly is the artist and lead writer of the webcomic Vacant and has also worked as a colorist on the “Alopex” issue of IDW’s  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Villains Microseries.

How much money does it need and when does the fundraising campaign period end?

As of this writing, the Illegal fundraising campaign has received pledges adding up to the amount of $3,770—a little over 62 % of its $6,000 baseline goal—with 26 days left in its campaign period. The fundraising period ends on Saturday, 06 September 2014, 1:58 PM PDT. Illegal will be delivered only if the minimum $6,000 goal is pledged before the end of the fundraising period.

Where will the crowdfunding contributions go?

Fundraising contributions will cover the cost of printing and shipping the print edition of Illegal #1 as well as other physical rewards.

What are the rewards and benefits for backers?
  • $1: Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1
  • $5: Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1 + Exclusive digital wallpaper by Heather Nunnelly
  • $10: Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1 + Exclusive digital wallpaper by Heather Nunnelly + Digital edition of Illegal #1
  • $15: Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1 + Exclusive digital wallpaper by Heather Nunnelly + Digital edition of Illegal #1 + Bookmark designed by Heather Nunnelly
  • $20: Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1 + Exclusive digital wallpaper by Heather Nunnelly + Digital edition of Illegal #1 + Bookmark designed by Heather Nunnelly + Signed print copy of Illegal #1 (orders outside US add $10)
  • $30: Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1 + Exclusive digital wallpaper by Heather Nunnelly + Digital edition of Illegal #1 + Bookmark designed by Heather Nunnelly + Signed print copy of Illegal #1 (orders outside US add $10) + Illegal mini-poster by Heather Nunnelly
  • $50 (“Team Jeremy” option): Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1 + Exclusive digital wallpaper by Heather Nunnelly + Digital edition of Illegal #1 + Bookmark designed by Heather Nunnelly + Signed print copy of Illegal #1 (orders outside US add $10) + Illegal mini-poster by Heather Nunnelly + Backer’s choice of either the Princeless, Vol. 1 or Princeless, Vol. 2 trade paperback signed and personalized by Jeremy Whitley
  • $50 (“Team Heather” option): Inclusion in the backers list appearing in Illegal #1 + Exclusive digital wallpaper by Heather Nunnelly + Digital edition of Illegal #1 + Bookmark designed by Heather Nunnelly + Signed print copy of Illegal #1 (orders outside US add $10) + Illegal mini-poster by Heather Nunnelly + Vacant, Vol. 1 trade paperback signed and personalized by Heather Nunnelly

Additional rewards at the $75, $100, $125, $150, $200, and $300 levels include limited edition dog tags, art commissions, and the opportunity to appear as a background character in Illegal #1. Check out the campaign page for reward delivery dates and more backer reward and stretch goal details.

How can I support the project?

Click here to back the Kickstarter campaign for Illegal. Spread the word about Illegal on social media using the following shortlink: http://kck.st/1snIC4M

Crowdfunding Spotlight updates
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  • The Galaxy Girls: The campaign for this sci-fi graphic novel by Shawn DePasquale and Sherard Jackson has acquired pledges amounting to $3,800—34.5% of its $11,000 target. There are 10 days left in the project’s fundraising period, so if you want to see this project go through, now is a good time to pledge your support for the work.
Disclaimer

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One Response
    • […] Illegal: With nine days left in its campaign period, the campaign to fund the creation of the first five issues of the sci-fi comic by Jeremy Whitley (Princeless, My Little Pony: Friends Forever) and Heather Nunnelly (Vacant) has blown past the $6,000 goal. Any and all contributions in excess of the target will go towards the funding of the rest of the planned 15-issue series, so head to the Illegal page on Kickstarter to learn more. […]

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