ghostboyworld

ghostboyworld

is creating web comic and ART BOOK

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Hi there! My name is Jason James, a Character Designer, Illustrator and creator of ghostboyworld.

ghostboyworld is an online web comic based on my ghostboy mobile comic and book series. This Patreon page was set up to inspire and bring together people who love my work, and want to get involved with my projects, and through doing so allow me to continue to focus on creating awesome content and bring you the BEST illustration work I can offer.

Here's a little history...

The concept of ghostboy began back in 2009, when I had intentions of creating a black and white picture book centered around a boy named Tristan who had a fascination for ghosts.
In the summer of 2009, I was introduced to a friend of a friend who had just purchased an iphone, and was showing me the app store - I couldn't believe it. There were apps for comics and books (at this time there were a lot less than what there is now, but it was inspiring and got my creative juices flowing). I knew that this was the future of publishing and comics.

I went home and did as much research as I could about mobile comics and apps, and how publishing was moving into the digital realm. There wasn't much information about, but I found enough. I came across a mobile comics publisher based in Barcelona, Spain, called Robot Media.

I knew I had to translate my idea from being a Children's Picture Book to a mobile device comic. And so I adapted the idea and pitched it to Robot Media via an email.

Less than a week later they responded with interest, and wanted to move things forward. I was so excited. This was the beginning of something very special...

We decided to break the story into 5 chapters due to the file size of the comic.

Chapter One was released 20th December 2009, and received over 500 downloads in it's first weekend of release, which was a lot back then.  As well as the other four chapters, I released a Halloween and Christmas Special.  Then, in 2011 my publisher asked if I'd be interested in creating an interactive version of the comic, which meant changing the story slightly. I agreed, and in October of that year we released "Ghostboy and the Nameless Grave" for the Kindle Keyboard. It was the FIRST Interactive Children's Book for the Amazon Keyboard, and proved to be very popular until Amazon ceased making the Kindle Keyboard shortly after to focus on the Kindle Fire.

I then shelved ghostboy for a while so that I could focus on other work, such as Illustrating Children's Books and Character Design.

ghostboyworld and ghostboyworld The Art Book Volume One.
ghostboyworld is a daily web comic (mostly single panel cartoons), set in the ghostboy world (hence the title). The web comic is a combination of gags, wit, and strange scientific facts; centered around ghostboy's three main protagonists, Tristan (ghostboy), Jonathan, and Miranda.
Currently the ghostboyworld web comic is available on tumblr and Instagram, through the help of my fans on Patreon I will be able to host the comic within an actual ghostboyworld site allowing me to use my Instagram and twitter accounts to communicate with fans, and post updates and photos. But at present I am trying to keep these accounts purely for web comic posts.

Here are the links to the ghostboyworld web comic:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ghostboyworld/

With this Patreon, I am hoping to put together an AWESOME 210 page Art Book containing 190 pages taken from the ghostboyworld web comic (15 of those will be cartoons containing cameos of backers - see "Poltergeist" and "Ghost Hunter" perks for details). Twenty pages will contain photos, sketches, notes, and "backer" credits.

Through the help of fans on Patreon I can focus on creating high quality daily cartoons that will be hosted on a dedicated site. I will also go back into some of my earlier cartoons and amend any speech bubbles and fonts.

These cartoons will be collected into a 210 page A5 Gloss Cover, Landscape Art Book with 135gsm silk pages.

The Process.
It can take up to five hours to create a ghostboyworld cartoon.
- Firstly there has to be an idea, whether its a gag or macabre fact.
- Once I am happy with the idea, I then begin to sketch out rough thumbnails or concept layouts.
- The next stage is to draw out the concept I like from the thumbnail stage. I then ink the outline of the drawing using Fine Line Drawing Pens, by tracing the artwork using a lightbox.
- Then comes the intricate part of the illustration, where I ink the sky and the ground (depending on the scene), which can take up to 2.5 hours, so, before I get to this stage I usually make myself a coffee and put on some good music - not rock though, as I end up playing "air drums" with my pens. I find that either electronica or classical is a good choice.
- 2.5 hours and a couple of coffees later, I ink Tristan's hair, jumper, and trousers using a brush and drawing ink. Once the ink has dried (which usually takes 5 minutes), I go around the characters and other aspects of the illustration to give it character and life.
- The artwork is now complete and ready to scan. At this stage I create the speech bubbles (if they are needed), which are also created by hand.
- The artwork is scanned and composited together along with the text using Photoshop.
We now have a finished cartoon which can be uploaded for the world to see.

Why do I need YOUR help?
Although I have some of my own funds, I need some help. I want to make this Art Book AMAZING! I want every page to be a piece of art - not just a cartoon.
I need to put aside 5 months to fully focus on bringing this project to life in the way it deserves, and Patreon will allow me to do that.

With your help I can spend more time creating great daily cartoons for the ghostboyworld web comic, which will be used in the ghostboyworld Art Book Volume One.
Where will the money go? Well, it includes:
- Perks merchandise (and postage)
- Printing costs of the book
- Stationary (I eat through pens, well, my work does!)

Each cartoon takes time, which includes research (mainly for the factual cartoons), and gag ideas; with each cartoon being posted prior to 6pm (UK time) daily to the dedicated ghostboyworld page.

Together we can make this happen. From as little as $1 or as much as $60, whatever you can afford, you will become a part of this amazing creative journey. You will be able to see the project grow daily by seeing the web comic grow, knowing that these will be put into an awesome 210 page Art Book.

Even if you are not able to support financially, you can still be a massive help by telling people about ghostboyworld via social media or word of mouth.

I am truly passionate about this project, and would be so excited if you were able to join me on this incredible ride...

Thank You!
Jason James


Tiers
Believer
$1 or more per month
 - A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 

- Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites.

Monsters
$5 or more per month
- A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 

- Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites. 

- I will draw you a Monster or Ghost (in colour) and send it to you as a High Res Image.  But you need to give it a name.

- Special invite to my monthly ghostboyworld LIVE stream (Patreons ONLY)


Weirdo
$10 or more per month
 

- A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 
- "I BACKED GHOSTBOYWORLD" Postcard
- Signed A4 Print.

 - Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites. 

-ghostboyworld phone wallpaper EVERY MONTH

 - I will draw you a Monster or Ghost (in colour) and send it to you as a High Res Image.  But you need to give it a name.
- PDF version of the Art Book (when book is printed)*and FULLY funded.

 - Special invite to my monthly ghostboyworld LIVE stream (Patreons ONLY) 

 

 

Ghost Girl
$60 or more per month
 

- A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 
- "I BACKED GHOSTBOYWORLD" Postcard
- Signed A4 Print.

-ghostboyworld phone wallpaper EVERY MONTH

 - Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites. 

 - I will draw you a Monster or Ghost (in colour) and send it to you as a High Res Image.  But you need to give it a name. 

- Signed Original caricature of yourself in the ghostboyworld style (every month a different composition/situation/pose).
- PDF version of the Art Book (when book is printed)*and FULLY funded.

- Hard Copy of the ghostboyworld ART Book once FULLY funded and printed.

 - Special invite to my monthly ghostboyworld LIVE stream (Patreons ONLY) 

Goals
$0 of $2,000 per month
ghostboyworld ARTBOOK Volume One:

My ghostboyworld webcomic illustrations will be collected into a 210 page A5 Gloss Cover, Landscape Art Book with 135gsm silk pages.

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Hi there! My name is Jason James, a Character Designer, Illustrator and creator of ghostboyworld.

ghostboyworld is an online web comic based on my ghostboy mobile comic and book series. This Patreon page was set up to inspire and bring together people who love my work, and want to get involved with my projects, and through doing so allow me to continue to focus on creating awesome content and bring you the BEST illustration work I can offer.

Here's a little history...

The concept of ghostboy began back in 2009, when I had intentions of creating a black and white picture book centered around a boy named Tristan who had a fascination for ghosts.
In the summer of 2009, I was introduced to a friend of a friend who had just purchased an iphone, and was showing me the app store - I couldn't believe it. There were apps for comics and books (at this time there were a lot less than what there is now, but it was inspiring and got my creative juices flowing). I knew that this was the future of publishing and comics.

I went home and did as much research as I could about mobile comics and apps, and how publishing was moving into the digital realm. There wasn't much information about, but I found enough. I came across a mobile comics publisher based in Barcelona, Spain, called Robot Media.

I knew I had to translate my idea from being a Children's Picture Book to a mobile device comic. And so I adapted the idea and pitched it to Robot Media via an email.

Less than a week later they responded with interest, and wanted to move things forward. I was so excited. This was the beginning of something very special...

We decided to break the story into 5 chapters due to the file size of the comic.

Chapter One was released 20th December 2009, and received over 500 downloads in it's first weekend of release, which was a lot back then.  As well as the other four chapters, I released a Halloween and Christmas Special.  Then, in 2011 my publisher asked if I'd be interested in creating an interactive version of the comic, which meant changing the story slightly. I agreed, and in October of that year we released "Ghostboy and the Nameless Grave" for the Kindle Keyboard. It was the FIRST Interactive Children's Book for the Amazon Keyboard, and proved to be very popular until Amazon ceased making the Kindle Keyboard shortly after to focus on the Kindle Fire.

I then shelved ghostboy for a while so that I could focus on other work, such as Illustrating Children's Books and Character Design.

ghostboyworld and ghostboyworld The Art Book Volume One.
ghostboyworld is a daily web comic (mostly single panel cartoons), set in the ghostboy world (hence the title). The web comic is a combination of gags, wit, and strange scientific facts; centered around ghostboy's three main protagonists, Tristan (ghostboy), Jonathan, and Miranda.
Currently the ghostboyworld web comic is available on tumblr and Instagram, through the help of my fans on Patreon I will be able to host the comic within an actual ghostboyworld site allowing me to use my Instagram and twitter accounts to communicate with fans, and post updates and photos. But at present I am trying to keep these accounts purely for web comic posts.

Here are the links to the ghostboyworld web comic:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ghostboyworld/

With this Patreon, I am hoping to put together an AWESOME 210 page Art Book containing 190 pages taken from the ghostboyworld web comic (15 of those will be cartoons containing cameos of backers - see "Poltergeist" and "Ghost Hunter" perks for details). Twenty pages will contain photos, sketches, notes, and "backer" credits.

Through the help of fans on Patreon I can focus on creating high quality daily cartoons that will be hosted on a dedicated site. I will also go back into some of my earlier cartoons and amend any speech bubbles and fonts.

These cartoons will be collected into a 210 page A5 Gloss Cover, Landscape Art Book with 135gsm silk pages.

The Process.
It can take up to five hours to create a ghostboyworld cartoon.
- Firstly there has to be an idea, whether its a gag or macabre fact.
- Once I am happy with the idea, I then begin to sketch out rough thumbnails or concept layouts.
- The next stage is to draw out the concept I like from the thumbnail stage. I then ink the outline of the drawing using Fine Line Drawing Pens, by tracing the artwork using a lightbox.
- Then comes the intricate part of the illustration, where I ink the sky and the ground (depending on the scene), which can take up to 2.5 hours, so, before I get to this stage I usually make myself a coffee and put on some good music - not rock though, as I end up playing "air drums" with my pens. I find that either electronica or classical is a good choice.
- 2.5 hours and a couple of coffees later, I ink Tristan's hair, jumper, and trousers using a brush and drawing ink. Once the ink has dried (which usually takes 5 minutes), I go around the characters and other aspects of the illustration to give it character and life.
- The artwork is now complete and ready to scan. At this stage I create the speech bubbles (if they are needed), which are also created by hand.
- The artwork is scanned and composited together along with the text using Photoshop.
We now have a finished cartoon which can be uploaded for the world to see.

Why do I need YOUR help?
Although I have some of my own funds, I need some help. I want to make this Art Book AMAZING! I want every page to be a piece of art - not just a cartoon.
I need to put aside 5 months to fully focus on bringing this project to life in the way it deserves, and Patreon will allow me to do that.

With your help I can spend more time creating great daily cartoons for the ghostboyworld web comic, which will be used in the ghostboyworld Art Book Volume One.
Where will the money go? Well, it includes:
- Perks merchandise (and postage)
- Printing costs of the book
- Stationary (I eat through pens, well, my work does!)

Each cartoon takes time, which includes research (mainly for the factual cartoons), and gag ideas; with each cartoon being posted prior to 6pm (UK time) daily to the dedicated ghostboyworld page.

Together we can make this happen. From as little as $1 or as much as $60, whatever you can afford, you will become a part of this amazing creative journey. You will be able to see the project grow daily by seeing the web comic grow, knowing that these will be put into an awesome 210 page Art Book.

Even if you are not able to support financially, you can still be a massive help by telling people about ghostboyworld via social media or word of mouth.

I am truly passionate about this project, and would be so excited if you were able to join me on this incredible ride...

Thank You!
Jason James


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Tiers
Believer
$1 or more per month
 - A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 

- Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites.

Monsters
$5 or more per month
- A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 

- Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites. 

- I will draw you a Monster or Ghost (in colour) and send it to you as a High Res Image.  But you need to give it a name.

- Special invite to my monthly ghostboyworld LIVE stream (Patreons ONLY)


Weirdo
$10 or more per month
 

- A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 
- "I BACKED GHOSTBOYWORLD" Postcard
- Signed A4 Print.

 - Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites. 

-ghostboyworld phone wallpaper EVERY MONTH

 - I will draw you a Monster or Ghost (in colour) and send it to you as a High Res Image.  But you need to give it a name.
- PDF version of the Art Book (when book is printed)*and FULLY funded.

 - Special invite to my monthly ghostboyworld LIVE stream (Patreons ONLY) 

 

 

Ghost Girl
$60 or more per month
 

- A "Thanks" mention on all my ghostboyworld social media sites for being so awesome and believing in my work.

 - Monthly Draw to appear in a ghostboyworld post as a cameo appearance alongside Tristan (ghostboy). 
- "I BACKED GHOSTBOYWORLD" Postcard
- Signed A4 Print.

-ghostboyworld phone wallpaper EVERY MONTH

 - Access to my Patreon ONLY feed, where you will be able to read special posts and see artwork I produce that won't go onto my ghostboyworld sites. 

 - I will draw you a Monster or Ghost (in colour) and send it to you as a High Res Image.  But you need to give it a name. 

- Signed Original caricature of yourself in the ghostboyworld style (every month a different composition/situation/pose).
- PDF version of the Art Book (when book is printed)*and FULLY funded.

- Hard Copy of the ghostboyworld ART Book once FULLY funded and printed.

 - Special invite to my monthly ghostboyworld LIVE stream (Patreons ONLY)