KICKSTARTER SPOTLIGHT: 'Clonsters,' a New All-Ages Graphic Novel from Pat Shand, Amy Shand, and Vanessa Cardinali
Pat Shand (Family Pets, Disney Princess, Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Shand (creator of Clonsters), and artist Vanessa Cardinali bring Clonsters, an all-ages graphic novel, to Kickstarter.
Clonsters is a full-color, all-ages graphic novel about a whimsical world populated by various monsters called Earth Nuggets, Pocket Stones, Splats, and more. Co-writer and publisher Pat Shand describes it as “Adventure Time meets Aaahh! Real Monsters.”
After her pet Splat disappears, an animal-loving Earth Nugget named Polly goes on a fantastic adventure to find her best friend. On her way, she meets the amazing and strange Clonsters that populate her world and discovers a truth about the nature of Splats that will change her life.
Clonsters originated as a line of custom clay creations by Amy, who is hoping that Clonsters can help young readers the way her work on them has helped her.
“I have anxiety, and it manifested itself with a disorder called dermatillomania,” says creator and co-writer Amy Shand. “Playing with clay first started as an arts and crafts activity so I could have my hands busy … I began to create things with clay that I started to have feelings for with little faces and personalities. Then, they started to have origins and backgrounds and connections with each other. With the publication of Clonsters as a graphic novel, this is my silly little dreams and imagination becoming reality.”
Pat Shand says: “After the success of my first project on Kickstarter Destiny, NY, I wanted the next story I publish to be just as personal as the first. This is my first time working with Amy on a book, and nothing makes me happier than bringing this amazing world she created to life with her and artist Vanessa Cardinali, whose whimsical pages have blown our minds. I have done a lot of work-for-hire writing in comics, but I created my publisher Continuity Entertainment to publish personal stories that are important to me and my collaborators. Clonsters is just that.”
The Kickstarter campaign started on May 9th, 2017 and will end on May 25th, 2017. It is currently 30% of its overall $20,000. Shand and Preitano are offering a host of rewards, including:
- The graphic novel itself, in both print and digital forms.
- A handmade clay creation by Amy: a member of the cast, a custom design, or a clayified version of you
- Destiny, NY for those who missed the first Kickstarter
- Vampire Emmy, Pat Shand’s previous all-ages comic about a vampire who would rather binge watch TV and eat cheese fries with blood than hunt people
- Art & writing portfolio reviews by Pat Shand, who works as both a writer, publisher, and a comic book editor.
- Clay tutorials by Amy.
- Script reviews for aspiring writers.
- Much more
The Kickstarter campaign is live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/248241887/clonsters-an-all-ages-adventure-comic