Christian Beranek, co-creator of Dracula vs King Arthur, has launched Unhappy White Girls, a graphic novel project using Kickstarter as a means for raising funds.
Unhappy White Girls is about Tish and Branna, two teenage girls who throughout the course of a wild day of abandon come to terms with the secrets they are hiding. They live in a town called Nowhere, New Mexico that is populated by a variety of interesting characters.
“The reason I am using Kickstarter is that Unhappy White Girls has been a passion project of mine for many years,” says Beranek. “I started working on it in 2005 after I was at a convention in Detroit. I was at a diner and said to my friend who was sitting with me ‘Our waitress is one unhappy white girl.’ Right there I knew I had a title and an idea sparked. Fom there I began to develop the story.”
Newcomers Triska Tsang and Vivian Lee, two illustrators from Brooklyn, NY, provide the art. Beranek was introduced to them by editor Lauren Perry. “Triska and Vivian really understand how to convey emotion via the page,” says Beranek. “From the slightest glance to frustration and tears, they capture the teenage condition.”
In addition to being a graphic novella, Unhappy White Girls is designed to help raise awareness about teen pregnancy and LGBT issues. Beranek will be using funds to speak at conventions around the country onhow comics can integrate these kind of social concerns while still maintaining entertainment value. Beranek will also donate $1000 to St Anne’s in Los Angeles once the Unhappy White Girls facebook group reaches 5000 fans.
For details on Unhappy White Girls and how to support the project please visit: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/christianberanek/unhappy-white-girls-graphic-novel-by-christian-ber
To join the Unhappy White Girls Facebook group please visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unhappy-White-Girls/115237955179483?ref=ts