Above the Clouds - the complete graphic novel!

Created by Melissa Pagluica

Intertwines two stories -- a hero who must save a dying world and a girl who must convince an author to finish what he started. A 268+ page graphic novel by Melissa Pagluica.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Surveys will be locked on Friday! Address and Card info up-to-date?
20 days ago – Mon, Jul 01, 2019 at 09:57:31 PM

To access your survey follow this link : https://atcloudscomic.backerkit.com

Hey there! As some time has gone by a I thought I'd do a quick reminder.  I anticipate an advance copy of the final book arriving next week, Monday (July 8th), so I'll be locking the surveys this Friday. 

What does that mean? 

It means you can't make any more changes on your end and the ability for add-ons (including the fancy gold foil slipcase) will close. I will also be charging cards after the copy arrives so that I can deal with anything that might come up ahead of time.That way there are no delays in sending out the rewards!

When do rewards start being sent out? As long as there are no more delays, as of right now my estimated time frame for mailing out rewards will be end of August or beginning of September.

When the advance copy is in my hands and approved, it's my understanding that I'm giving the green lights to have the printing press roll! 


A note on Mailing Addresses: 

In case anyone is worried, as long as you tell me what your newly updated address is before I mail out the rewards I can always make changes on the backend. So please reach out at any time if you think you need to update your information.


cheers,

Melissa

Advance Copies should be arriving in about 2 weeks!
23 days ago – Fri, Jun 28, 2019 at 09:32:12 PM

Good News, everyone!

So excited! AT LAST! Just got word in from Mark about the status of where we are at. Here is what he said:

“The advances are expected to be finished within a week. So that means by the end of next week or following Monday I expect them in my hands. After I review, I'll send it right off to you.”

I’ve learned so much during this process and I can’t thank you enough for your patience during this process. Can’t wait to have them in my hands so I can start sending them off to you!


Is your mailing address and Card info up to date?

As I'll be getting the advance copies I'll soon be charging cards on Backerkit for anyone who added extra rewards or preorders. A follow up post dedicated to this topic will be sent out to remind everyone to help make the process as smooth as possible!

Not sure? You can still check your survey to check. 

https://atcloudscomic.backerkit.com/

There is still a handful of people haven’t filled out the survey on backer kit. It’s super important to do so as this is where I’ll be managing your rewards getting sent to you!


Postcards and Bookmark reward tiers

I should be getting the last postcard design within a week and as soon as I do I’ll be packaging them up to be mail ready. If your reward is only the bookmarks or postcards I see no reason to hold them up and I’ll start sending those out to backers.

That’s it for now!

cheers,

Melissa

4th Postcard Design!
27 days ago – Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 08:56:39 PM

Postcard design by Emily C. Martin

(note that text and border will not be printed on final postcard)
(note that text and border will not be printed on final postcard)

So excited to share this last design with you! Anyone who is receiving the Postcard Collection as a reward (or selected tier) will get this addition. Isn't it gorgeous? Ahh! I'm so grateful that she took the time to create this.

I'm sending this off to the printers today and I'll be sure to share a preview of all the postcards together when it comes in.

If you'd like to find out more about Emily's work here is a list of places you can find her:


Prints news:

According the estimated time frame I was given things should start rolling around this time with the printers. I've sent a follow up email with Mark so hopefully I hear back soon to confirm that everything is running smoothly! 

That's all to report at this time! 

all the best,

Melissa

An Estimated Book Schedule Update
about 2 months ago – Sat, May 25, 2019 at 09:58:28 PM

The info we have all been waiting for! 

Hey backers! I’ve been wanting to update since the beginning of this month but I wanted something A LOT more concrete to give you. What I know I pass on to you! Here is some news of what’s been going on behind the scenes.

The gold foil and its handling turned out to take a lot longer which caused some of the delays in getting a final copy of the book. I cannot express the amount of disappointment I am feeling right now that I can’t start handing out the books at San Diego Comic Con. But I’ll be sure to bring the advanced copy so you can see what you are getting.

I did my absolute best in trying to get the proofs approved and ready. With that being said, here is the breakdown as I understand it:

  • Printing should commence early in June 
  • An advanced copies from the mass production around end of June. After the project manger looks it over, he will send it to me. This is a copy of the book after it is printed and I’ll be able to see it before it ships by sea.  
  • ESTIMATION: approve the advance by beginning July and the project manager’s freight forwarder should have it at sea by mid July,  with it arriving on the west coast around August 10. Give it another 5-6 business days or so after arriving at port - time to clear customs and final delivery. 
  • I was told to be noted of the following: There are still potential factory delays or shipping delays. For example, if the forwarder misses the sailing cutoff time this could resulting in several more days delay. Or if there is port congestion or the US customs decides to pull the container to the side to inspect it, that can also factor.  Sometime there are congestion issues, which can happen, though likelier not to happen. Customs delays are pretty rare - maybe 5-10% chance. 

It sounds like I won’t be able to start shipping books until August or beginning of September. 

I am a one man team (who can hopefully bribe friends with food) that will be sending out over 900 books. The Delivery Date set on Kickstarter is October and I will do my best to get out as many of those books as I can before that time but many of the shipping trips look like it will go into December (erring on the safe side).

At the beginning of July, I will be charging cards on Backerkit for anyone who has preordered or added on items. I’ll do another post to remind people to make sure their cards are up to date to help avoid any delays.

Postcards, Postcards, Postcards

I thought I would end this post with a surprise. For anyone who is receiving the post card collection… You will now be getting 4 in total!

The artist of PRINCELESS, Emily Martin, is designing a card! AhhhhhH!!!! I can't tell you how excited I am and honored that she wants to do an illustration for this project. She is super amazing and you should check out more of what she is about at Megamoth.net and you can find her on Tumblr and Instagram under the username mega-moth.

Here is a preview she sent me:

Thank you so much for your patience with the journey of this printing process. I can't wait to start sending out this books to you!

cheers,

Melissa

Slipcase and gold foil cover sample! At last!
3 months ago – Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 12:42:15 AM

I apologize, in advance, for the horrible singing that accompanies this video. Below is a sample of what the final cover will look like!


Gold Foil Slip Case

Super excited with how the case is turning out!  For those on the interest list, this post is the one you've been waiting for. There will only be a quantity of 200 and once it's out there will be no reprints of this box.

To add a slipcase to your book will be an additional $20.

This pricing for the slipcase add on will only be available to my Kickstarter backers, so once it’s at conventions it will be significantly increased to reflect a hardcover price.

It's so crazy think this book's goal was for a softcover addition and now it's final form is THIS! Behold... 

Want to add this to your order?

Send me a message!