YOU ARE NOT ALONE 2- Kickstarter

WE DID IT. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO BACKED THIS PROJECT AND SPREAD THE WORD. YOU ARE NOT ALONE 2 IS A GO AND NOW WE TURN OUR ATTENTION TO STRETCH GOALS

STRETCH GOAL #1- $3000- When we hit this mark we will increase the page count of YOU ARE NOT ALONE 2 and open submissions back up for writers for a limited time only. The book will be bigger and you may be a part of this amazing project!

Just a few weeks ago YOU ARE NOT ALONE, our anti-bullying anthology was made available to non backers for the first time and it’s been going very, very well. Everyone from teachers to librarians and police who are hoping to use the book as a tool to help those who have experienced the themes covered in the book. Dozens of comps have gone out this week alone, making me the least popular person in the post office these days.

Many comic and pop culture sites have been covering the book as well. You can find those stories at:

BLEEDING COOL- http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/02/17/325344/

GRAPHIC POLICY- http://graphicpolicy.com/2014/02/22/interview-we-talk-with-drew-goletz-about-you-are-not-alone-and-kickstarter/

METRO PHILLY- http://www.metro.us/philadelphia/news/local/2014/02/19/bullying-addressed-in-graphic-novel-with-help-from-local-writer/

TWO PAGE SPREAD- http://thetwopagespread.tumblr.com/post/77916975781/interview-drew-goletz-you-are-not-alone-2-comics

Doing a sequel was a no brainer. There were too many great stories we couldn’t include the last time around and too many others that were unable to tell their stories before so we had to create another opportunity.

Now here comes the Kickstarter to help offset some of the costs that come with producing the newest anti-bullying anthology, YOU ARE NOT ALONE 2

YOU ARE NOT ALONE 2 KICKSTART LINK

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1429812861/you-are-not-alone-2

We had an extremely successful first day and at the time of this article we’re less than $400 away from being 100% funded. But that’s only part of the goal. We want to get to 100% and hit it quick. That’s when the real fun begins. Increased page counts? Variant covers? Mayyyybe another volume? There is a lot we want to do with this series and we know the benefits of producing work like this. We’re just going to need your help to do it.

I think we have some amazing rewards up for backers. There is a script reviews from legendary JM DeMatteis. Some of our most popular artists will illustrate a short story for you. There’s original art. Signed comics. And of course, copies of YOU ARE NOT ALONE 1 and 2.

Times are tough and money can be tight so even if you can’t afford a big reward, perhaps consider pledging even 5 dollars. If all our readers did that we’d break our own personal record set by the first YOU ARE NOT ALONE. And just as important as the pledges are letting people know about. Use that link and pass it along to your social media outlets and message boards.

We discovered pretty quickly and it was reaffirmed again that there is an interest in this type of anthology and we absolutely want to keep doing them. I’ve had some early discussions on some ideas about what may come after YANA 2 including what we hope will be an edition written soley by young people who have experienced these situations and maybe some smaller books focused on one particular point at a time. What I’d like to do is announce some of this during the the current Kickstart campaign to allow people to get this information and have that interest carry over through the submission process, production and publication phases. That’s the plan, anyway.

Thank you in advance for all the support. NONE of this would have been possible without you. Let’s keep it up for the duration, together!

Take a look at George Amaru’s work in progress cover to YOU ARE NOT ALONE 2

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And here is the sketch to the upcoming variant cover to YOU ARE NOT ALONE 2

yana2 cover rough

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