Here We Are Lost is more than just a story to me. It's an obsession. Fresh out of high school (and like most fresh out of high school) I had ZERO clue as to what I wanted to do. I just loved watching films, reading comics, and dreaming and schemeing that one day I'd be able to do the same. I rediscovered the Dollars Trilogy by Sergio Leone and had never been so instantly enamored by a work of art. I'd watch these films on a loop. They looked nothing like the John Wayne westerns that I'd roll my eyes at in my youth. Nothing about them seemed like just western. There was something far more palpaple to them. They treated the western like an opera, with beautiful arraingments, colorful flourishes, but set against a vast and desolute backdrop. It was these films more than any others that made me want to devote my life to art, and the thing about making art is that it's not easy. In fact, It's very hard. It takes discipline and a drive that 19 year old version of myself just didnt have. Luckily, you can't outrun what's inside of you. You can only acknowledge it, work around it, and try and turn it into something better. This project has seen multiple artists come and go, a bunch of false starts, and enough dissappointment for most to pack it in and move on. For better or for worse, I'm not most.
Which brings us to why we are gathered here today. I need your help. Almost every other project on GoFundMe will ask you for money so the creators can go out and make the project. This project is already 100% made. None. I. Repeat...None of the funds donated here go to making this project. We self-produced the first issue! The funds will be going exclusivley to getting the 1st issue printed in high quality and sent out to all of you. Think of this more as GoPreOrderMe. Any money that's raised over the inital goal will go to funding the second issue.
So why Pre-Order?
Because this first run is limited to 250 copies only.
Because the debut issue of Here We Are Lost is a massive 66-page triple issue.
Because you can get a bunch of great merch with pre-ordering.
Because I want to ensure we print at the absolute highest quality.
Remeber when I was ranting at the top of this post about art being hard? Well, it hasn't gotten any easier. In fact, all that's changed is that i've gotten a little braver.
Being brave doesnt mean you're not scared. I'm terrified. I've never put myself out here before. I've never created something that has my name on it. I've never had to rely on the kindness of friends, family, and strangers to achieve something. I took my shot, and more than anything, I'm so proud to finally be someone who made art instead of someone who talks about making art.
So What is Here We Are Lost?
Here We Are Lost is a Magical Realist Western,
a revenge tale that takes place over 30 years and thousands of miles.
Steeped in Cormac McCarthy and Gabriel Garcia Marquez by way of Sergio Leone, this story tries to show the best and worst of mankind, the light and the darkness, and how the two are forever intertwined.
It's a story of coming home and what home even means.
And with that I turn to you. Pretty please buy a copy. We have several different tiers and bundles. Find the one that's right for you and support your friends!
Every single person who supports this comic book project will get more gratitude and love from me than they'll know what to do with.
The release date is 12/01/17
60 days from the launch of Pre-Orders!
Thanks for giving me a few minutes, and thank you for supporting someone crazy enough to self produce a 66-page debut comic.
- Nick and Caitlin SalmcElroy
- Brandy Linton
- Ingrid Schmidt
- Nicole Sanders
- Ory Baum