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Although recent events have shown some faltering in Kickstarter-driven projects, the continual emergence of new and interesting books on the site hasn’t dampened the impact it could make for comics. The latest entry into the Kickstart-funded arena is the graphic novel project Namesake by artist Isabella Melançon and writer Megan Lavey-Heaton. Originally conceived by Melançon as a parody comic she did for friends in 2007, Lavey-Heaton stoked the artist to take the project to the next level and with Kickstarter, they hope to do just that.
Namesake tells the story of a woman kidnapped during the events of a library fire and deposited in a fantasy world that shows the fictional stories from literature and cinema brought to life. This woman, Emma Crewe, is set on a path to navigate through this uncharted world and find her way home, while also finding out why she was chosen to be brought here in the first place.
Namesake‘s creators come with some Kickstart pedigree to their name already; both are contributors to Womanthology, one of the most widely funded Kickstarter comic projects ever. The pair are already almost halfway to their $7,000 funding goal with almost a month left to go, with notable supporters including artist Ross Campbell (Wet Moon, Glory).