Jamal Igle Hopes to KICKSTART 10 Year-Old Superhero
"When I heard about Kickstarter, I realized this was what I'd been waiting for," Igle said. "Instead of working on someone else's concept, Kickstarter gives me the chance to dust off one of my ideas and try to do it myself."
Earlier this month, Igle launched a page for his new comic Molly Danger on Kickstarter, the fund-raising website being utilized by comic book creators to publish their own properties. So far, it's raised about $19,081 of its overall $45,000 goal. It has 13 days to go.
"I looked at Kickstarter versus a lot of the other sites, and it's almost entirely for creative projects, and that was a big draw for me," Igle said. "And because of the amount success I've seen for other projects by people like Amanda Palmer, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos with Fairyquest, and the Cyberforce relaunch from Top Cow, it seems like the best option for what I was looking to do."
The story will be released as a hardcover, 48-page graphic novel. "It will be four total books, with each one being a 9 x 12 hardcover in full color with 48 pages," Igle said. "And then once everything's collected, it will be released as a trade. We're doing digital and everything."
The project is about halfway through its tenure on the fund-raising website
What makes Molly Danger unique is that the story doesn't start with her gaining powers. Instead, it picks up 20 years into her story at a point where she's lonely and has a life far from other people. She's been told that she's an alien, but Igle teases that "everything she knows is wrong."
Molly is watched closely by D.A.R.T., which stands for "Dangerous Action Response Team." "We introduce a new member of D.A.R.T. named Austin Briggs, and he has ulterior motives for joining D.A.R.T.," Igle said. "He has a step-son named Brian who is a huge fan of Molly Danger, and Austin wants to get closer to her to impress Brian.
The artist is offering a lot of incentives to people who put money toward the publication of Molly Danger, including limited edition comics, original sketches, posters and more. He's also offering retailers the chance to receive a signing at their comic book store.
"I had just come back from California and just finished working at Sony, and I was just sort of burnt out on animation, so we retooled it as a comic book," Igle said. "We even had an ad on the back of a comic once teasing it, fully intending to publish it at that time."
"Every time I started thinking about doing this project, some other work would come up," he said. "We even hired another artist for awhile, but that didn't work out either. So it just became that project in the back of my head."
Igle's mother had even started to pressure him to get back to the project. "Every once in awhile she'd say, 'When are you going to do Molly Danger?" Igle said. "She loved the idea. And she was right. It was too good an idea to set aside."
For details on incentives for backers of Molly Danger, go to Igle's Molly Danger fundraising page.