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:

Final PDF Approval, Bookmarkers, and Sketches!
4 days ago – Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 01:14:15 AM

The final PDF was approved last Friday! Celebration!

It's approved, and according to Mark, he can get a more solid timeline from his team. Still waiting on that but I figure it would be fun to pass on the tiny milestone.  Hopefully, once they have the final files the process will go a little faster. We will find out!

In the meantime, here are fun pictures to share of what's going on behind the scenes.


Had fun formatting the final files for the bookmakers. I sent them in and I have already received the printed collection. Had fun splaying them out and seeing how they look together.  What do you think?

Also... sketches!

 
I'm getting as much prep work done on the backend so when those books are in there will be no delay!

cheers,
Melissa

Happy New Years, the postcards are in!
17 days ago – Thu, Jan 03, 2019 at 01:22:10 AM

The postcard collection is in! To touch and feel card stock with the artwork printed out is pretty delightful. So excited to finally have them in my hands! Lucas, Ann, Kimberli...Thank you so much for taking on the commission and being a part of this project. It's an out of this world feeling to have people you admire draw your characters.

Updates on the backend

I hope the new year is treating everyone well! I wanted to post much sooner but unfortunately I caught a cold right after Christmas. I was out for the count for about a week. Still coughing up a storm but it's more manageable and I can't wait to share more updates that are in queue now that I'm feeling better!

There are still about 50 people that need to complete the survey. I manage all the orders from there so if you haven't yet you are welcome to use this link to resend it to yourself (it sends to the email associated to your Kickstarter account) :

https://atcloudscomic.backerkit.com/

Still not getting it? Let me know and I can change your email on the backend and resend.

Schedule update!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 11:09:06 PM

Updated the Schedule Graph with current task that have been completed and updated what's still to come.

Important dates to note:

  • December 21st - January 7th, the team that is helping to print ATC will be on holiday during this time 
  • Month of February - Major holiday in China and I've been warned that everyone takes the whole month of February off.

Where are we currently?

Right now, Mark's team has the files and he said that the team will be reviewing them to make sure everything looks good. This is a scary part because they'll have to let me know if any edits need to be made! AH!

For digital rewards and the completed 8 chapter PDF, if you haven't gotten yours please let me know! I recently found out that anyone who added on to their order in Backerkit were not receiving the downloads as I haven't charged cards. 

In Backerkit's eyes, to them the order/survey isn't complete so the downloads were not being sent. Cards are planned to be charged January 1st but if you'd like yours sooner just shoot me a message and I'll give you an alternative method to download the content!

Working Behind the Scenes

I had a bit of a hold up with the Cover File for Above the Clouds. Never laid out a layer for gold foil and it required having to bust out Illustrator. The black (except the barcode) is where the gold foil will be going:

 Can't wait to see how this turns out!

The other fun part was getting an ISBN code. For awhile, there was an issue with Bowker's website (who issue ISBN numbers). It turned out their site was hacked and extra code was found embedded on the backend that was lifting data from their customers. Their shopping cart was taken down for quite some time and I had  to do something I've done before...FAX.

I had to go to a printshop to send a FAX. Ha! Thankful it's taken care of.  There is more work happening that I'm excited to share with you but I'll save that for the next update.

Till then, here is a sketch of Cian!

Let's talk printers -- ATC is in good hands!
about 1 month ago – Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 01:31:07 AM

Really excited to have made the final decision with who will be helping me bring Above the Clouds to book shelves. Mark Vierra! His company is also known as "On the Mark" and has help print books for "The Story of Inc", "Steve Lichman", and many others.

I feel very confident that Above the Clouds will be in good hands. Can't wait to share progress pictures of the book coming together!

cheers,
Melissa

Guest artwork by Kimberli Johnson
about 1 month ago – Fri, Dec 07, 2018 at 08:51:09 PM

The last postcard design is in! I fell in love with Kimberli's lines of illustrated animals and was excited when she took on the commission of drawing the forest animals. Aren't they cute? You can see more of her work over at kimberlistudio.com

Now that the last design is in I'll be formatting the files and sending them off to the printers. Have a good Friday everyone!