The latest comic project by Jules Rivera, creator of Valkyrie Squadron, occasional pinch hitter on Princeless.

It's a magic school in the ghetto.

April 14, 2014 9:33 am
My new Misfortune High To-do List: Fulfillment Part 1 - Sourcing. My most elaborate to-do list yet. This is how I keep all this crap straight. #kickstarter #organization #taskmanagement #lists

My new Misfortune High To-do List: Fulfillment Part 1 - Sourcing. My most elaborate to-do list yet. This is how I keep all this crap straight. #kickstarter #organization #taskmanagement #lists

April 12, 2014 11:03 pm
The Kickstarter got funded. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support. Thank you!

The Kickstarter got funded. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support. Thank you!

April 11, 2014 5:18 pm

julesharder:

THE MISFORTUNE HIGH KICKSTARTER ENDS TONIGHT MIDNIGHT PST!

Doing this Kickstarter has been quite a ride. Right now, we’re less than $400 away from the final stretch goal: the Ruination T-shirt unlock and more charms. There’s still time to get in on this up and coming book series that’s all about magic, diversity, and getting out of the ghetto. Here’s the high pitch:

Biscuit is a spoiled brat wizard who attends a fancy magic prep school. His world comes apart when he gets expelled for cheating and get sent to a magic school in the ghetto as punishment. On the other side of the tracks, Biscuit makes friends, but makes more enemies. The is the story of Biscuit’s mad, desperate effort to claw his way out of his school by any means necessary.

Like I said, midnight tonight. If you get in on both book 1 and 2, $25 gets you two high quality, perfect-bound books at 80 pages of comics plus extras. Not too shabby, eh? If you support diversity in comics and independent creators making it happen, get in on this.

6:52 am

The Misfortune High Kickstarter is enjoying its victory lap as it approaches its deadline of MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.  We recently broke 150 backers and unlocked this last sweet reward: Drawstring bags!  If you can’t read the graphic in squinty vision, here are the specs: 

  • 14” x 18” or 36cm x 46cm
  • Screen printed (made to last)
  • 210 denier nylon 
  • Durable Drawstring 
  • Cinch closure

It can be found in several reward tiers already, or added to any existing backer pledge for $20.  If you like all-ages graphic novels with dragons, wizards, and brown people who don’t have to talk with silly accents, consider backing Misfortune High and getting in on this project while you still can.  Remember, MIDNIGHT IS THE DEADLINE.

April 9, 2014 9:29 am

I am beyond thrilled to announce that the Misfortune High Kickstarter is currently AT GOAL! 

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!

This was not possible without the recent push we got from all you Tumblr folks willing to take a chance on this property.  

Now, we enter the stretch goal part of the program.  As promised from the get-go, our first round of stretch goals cover adding stuff to the interior of the book.  

First, is the Johnny Cuervo 10 Page side story.  Currently, this story is nearly finished, needing only colors to pass the finish line (at 3+ pages a day, that’s a 3-day weekend’s worth of work). The Cuervo side story fleshes out a bit more as to what Johnny’s involvement with the dragon is and how he ends up in such a bizarre position in the first place.  It’s a winner.  I want it.  You want it.

Next is the Pin Up Gallery and Middle School Letters.  The pin-ups are contributions I’ve gotten from other artists that I’m dying to include in this book.  And the middle school letters come from the students I visit in San Jose.  I’ll let one such young man, Joshua, do the rest of the talking about how he felt about Book 1:

I like how your story starts with something that is in the middle of your story…I like how there is a cliffhanger. That makes me know there is going to be a second book..If I had to say an improvement it would be to make the next chapters a little longer because this chapter was a little to short.

—Joshua, 8th Grade San Jose student

36 pages of story weren’t enough for this guy. YES. These letters are beyond precious.  You’ve gotta see them all.

Finally (for now), is the Ruination t-shirt and extra charms. Johnny Cuervo’s shirt from book 1 is a little more complicated and pricey to print than the book 2 ‘Death from Above' design.  However, if we push the boulder up the hill a bit further, I believe we can make Ruination happen.  

That’s what I’ve got for stretch goals now. There are still two days left in this campaign to push things even higher.  Let’s do this!

April 8, 2014 2:51 pm

A not-before-seen preview of Misfortune High Book 2, currently being funded on Kickstarter.  

This is a scene with cast antihero, Johnny Cuervo and his extended family. I wanted to put up these pages both to amuse you and to show you all how committed I am to showing diversity in comics.  I’m willing to reach into my past, reference one of the many flagrant, fruitless fights I’ve had with my family, and render a similar event for readers in loving detail because I am both a Latina and a masochist!

If you like what you’re seeing here, please, go check out the Kickstarter campaign, where you can get both Book 1 and Book 2.  Hurry up! Only 3 days left!

12:24 pm
Daily sketch for the Misfortune High #Kickstarter. Only 3 days left to get a lovely #commission like this! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/julesrivera/misfortune-high-book-2

Daily sketch for the Misfortune High #Kickstarter. Only 3 days left to get a lovely #commission like this! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/julesrivera/misfortune-high-book-2

April 7, 2014 2:39 pm
julesharder:

Misfortune High Kickstarter 120 Backer Bonus unlocked: Charms!
I’ve been dying to unveil these things. DYING.  I’ll throw this into the Misfortune High updates post tomorrow, but for now, I wanted to let you know what we’ve been building towards: the charm set! 
(All those references to the new reward being ‘charming’ were intended to be incredibly transparent.)
The stats are up there, but these are the preliminary designs before any holes have to be drilled.  They show a little prettier this way. Backers into the tiers listed above will get not just one, but the entire set of 3 with either of those tier selections.  
We’ve still got another 4 days and $500+ to go, but none of the incredible success this campaign has had would be possible without you guys.  Thank you!

julesharder:

Misfortune High Kickstarter 120 Backer Bonus unlocked: Charms!

I’ve been dying to unveil these things. DYING.  I’ll throw this into the Misfortune High updates post tomorrow, but for now, I wanted to let you know what we’ve been building towards: the charm set! 

(All those references to the new reward being ‘charming’ were intended to be incredibly transparent.)

The stats are up there, but these are the preliminary designs before any holes have to be drilled.  They show a little prettier this way. Backers into the tiers listed above will get not just one, but the entire set of 3 with either of those tier selections.  

We’ve still got another 4 days and $500+ to go, but none of the incredible success this campaign has had would be possible without you guys.  Thank you!

10:12 am

julesharder:

A word about Misfortune High on Kickstarter

We all like to pay lip service to seeing more heroes of different ethnicities in comics, but I believe in doing more than just talk. I believe in doing something about the problem.

Misfortune High is the story of a spoiled rich wizard kid who gets sent to a wizard school in the ghetto as punishment for cheating, wherein we meet Star, Warren, Sonia, and Johnny Cuervo. The story is meant to look at the cultural and class divides in our society, but still keeping a sense of whimsy and fun with all the magic content.

Right now, Misfortune High is on the tail end of the Kickstarter to launch the second book and we need your help to make it real. In this Kickstarter, you can get book 1 to start from the beginning or get book 2 to get caught up. Both digital and print versions are available through the campaign. The campaign ends 4/11, with a few extra bucks left to fund so time is running out to support this great project.

The first 8 pages of book 1 are available to read here.

If comics diversity is a thing you care about, please support the doers in our community willing to put their pen where their mouth is. Thank you.

April 4, 2014 1:58 pm
Slight double pledge error on the Misfortune High 3000 #kickstarter milestone, but no sweat! Light box and ink master copy to the rescue!

Slight double pledge error on the Misfortune High 3000 #kickstarter milestone, but no sweat! Light box and ink master copy to the rescue!