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:

Slipcase and gold foil cover sample! At last!
24 days 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!

Update on the Bookplate Design!
about 1 month ago – Sat, Apr 13, 2019 at 12:06:59 AM

Happy April! I was pushing hard to have this update be the one that included the next sample that is suppose to arrive in the mail but it looks like it’s taking a lot longer than expected. The good news, it’s shipped and on its way! The bad news, it first has to go through Mark and be approved before being sent my way for review.

I asked Mark if I can have the final books in my hands before San Diego Comic Con (which is in July) and he said that he can’t guarantee a date until the final proofs have been approved. GAAaaah! Poor Mark, he has to deal with my excitement and numerous emails.

But before July is the big push that I am working for.

In the meantime, I have a few surprises!

A good friend, who is super rad and talented, wants to do a postcard design to be included in the postcard set! YEAH! I won’t share more until I see the final design to make sure it’s a 100% a for sure thing. So cross fingers backers who are receiving this reward, a 4th design may be on the way.

Aaaaaaaand… I decided to redesign the Bookplate design. The more I looked at the previous design the more I thought “It could be BETTER!”

 What do you think? It won't have the watermark or weblink in the final version. I'm excited that it feels much more cohesive with the book.

 What else is on the plate?

  •  Was it mentioned yet that every book will be arriving in it's own bumper box? YEAH! Mark tells me that every book will be put in it's own box during shipment, which means they will be protected the whole way on their trip. Just a small way the extra funds raised are being used to make the book better.
  • Still working on sketch commissions! The final number turned out to be around 177, so this extra time is being used to space out all the sketches so that they are not being rushed.
  • Working on making sure everything, non book related, is ready to be packaged and go out the door.


A quick update -- All edits are done and submitted!
2 months ago – Mon, Mar 11, 2019 at 06:23:05 PM

Hello, hello! Sending you a quick update that all edits, changes, and what-have-you's are all DONE! It's a good thing I went through everything so thoroughly, there were a few major changes that help to improve the quality of the book. Thank you for your patience during this quest to print Above the Clouds.

I'm still waiting on an updated time schedule from Mark (who has been so awesome in helping to navigate the printing of this project), as soon as he lets me know I'll be updating the schedule graphic and passing the news on to you.

Slip Case News

For those who have joined the interest list, thank you! So excited about this addition and as soon as the sample comes in I'll be photographing a million pictures to share with you. For those who missed the news you can follow the link to this post that talks about it: LINK 

I'm still taking names for those who are interested in reserving a slipcase, just send a private message! The list only serves as a reference to follow up and confirm their spot when a price is announced. 

Going to be in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con? 

March 13th - 17th, I'll be at ECCC hanging out in Artist Alley at table C-12. I'll be sharing the table with the AMAZING comic book artist Emily Martin, the artist for the hit comic book Princeless. So if you happen to be attending, stop by! 

To help promote the upcoming release of the book I made these bags to hand out at the convention:

And if you have time, come chat with me and other indie comic artist at this panel happening:

Happy Valentines Day, a book sample came in!
3 months ago – Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 12:10:17 AM

Happy Valentines Day! I'm a dork, made a video.  A book sample arrived and I thought I'd show you how it came out. Bonus, you get to see my cat run about in the background.

Also, thank you for your patience with email replies. Working hard to get this book out!

Slipcase Design and News
3 months ago – Fri, Feb 08, 2019 at 09:31:24 PM

Waiting on mail from Mark that should arrive today! I thought I was just getting a digital color PDF as the team in China are on their holiday, but it sounds like I'll be getting more so I can review how the colors come out during that time! Which means a lot of editing will be happening this February.

In the mean time, here is the design concept for the slipcover case! The color of the case will be a bone white and the illustration you are seeing in black will be in gold foil.

A sample of the slipcase wont be received until sometime after February and I when have an actual sample to show you I’ll let you know about how much it will cost to reserve your copy.

I wish I could give you more concrete dates, but the impression I’m getting is that a lot of the dates revolve around when the final approval is giving on the project. And I wont be able to give final approval until I can see a “dummy” (book term of a sample of printed book) which wont happen until after February.

So thank you for your patience, working as fast as I can to deliver these books to you!