Sam's Scams Coming to Kickstarter tomorrow!

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Andrew Birkett
Date Published:
Jul 18, 2021

I still remember the night I launched my first Kickstarter campaign. I recall the mix of emotions – fear, hope, jubilation and an anxiety I had never felt quite like it before. What I didn’t know in October 2015 is that each campaign would be a mixture of those same emotions. I didn’t realize how hard it would be, how stressful and nerve-wracking running a campaign is, especially in the mid campaign slump (the middle of the campaign gets less backers and dollars raised than the beginning and end of the campaign), or how rewarding and incredible it would be to create and fund projects. It is still astonishing to me that folks believe in me and Atheris’ projects enough to continue supporting them. This month we’ll be launching our 6th campaign on our account, we’ve co-published two others and consulted on numerous more, but I still feel like an imposter. I still fear that the campaign won’t fund, that we won’t be able to finish projects that have consumed so much of my time, energy and creative output.

I am not sure if these feelings, known as imposter syndrome, will ever go away. I am not sure if I’ll ever feel like I’m good enough, or whether I’ll ever be 100% confident in my ability to fund and create projects. Though, I do know that I’ve learned so much from the campaigns we’ve launched. I’ve continued to improve my craft, and my passion has never waned. I’ve had the opportunity to work with such a wide array of creative and extraordinary people from all over the world including artists, writers, game designers, comic creators, editors video editors and a multitude of other truly inspiring groups of people. We’ve also developed a devote and loyal fanbase for the creative projects we’ve launched. It is a phenomenal feeling seeing the vocal support and appreciation for these products.

Our next project will be for Sam’s Scams, a comic that is near and dear to my heart. My entire life I’ve been a storyteller. I remember creating scenarios and telling stories to my younger brother growing up, he’d riff on the ideas, and we’d come up with magical worlds that satisfied our boredom and endless imaginations. That love of storytelling is likely why I love D&D so much, comics/graphic novels and board games that create storytelling experiences. I don’t recall what any of those stories we told growing up were about, but I still remember how they made me feel – the joyous wonder and excitement as the stories came to life.

I still long for that excitement – the need to tell a story – which is a huge impetus on why I started Atheris and ultimately why I made my job title “Chief Storyteller.” I always liked comics as a medium, but they felt out of reach for a writer with no connection to artists. After working on Atheris for years and developing relationships with a wide assortment of talented artists I decided it was time for me to share my stories in this amazing medium.

I had plans for comics, but it was not until my dad passed away that a fire lit inside me. I realized that our time on this Earth really must not be taken for granted. I decided I couldn’t delay my dreams and goals. I learned about script writing, joined Facebook and other communities, spoke with comic writers and developed amazing friendships. I then wrote a story that was unlike anything I’ve ever written before. My writing (poetry, short stories and novels) has always veered towards the dark – horror, serial killers and the like. Sam’s Scams is not that. Sam’s Scams is funny, it’s spontaneous, it’s weird and wildly unique. It’s an adult comedy inspired by late night cartoons.

Sam’s Scams is the tale of an alien sent to Earth to scam the Earth’s most vulnerable populous – the geriatric living in the Villages. Sam dresses for the part as he suits up in a human costume that hides his unearthly appearance. Sam attempts to scam these dumb elders but finds he must obtain a human partner who can assist with his scams and increase their believability.  The first volume chronicles his search for the perfect partner.

I am truly proud of how this story came out and cannot wait to begin developing the second volume. Though, like all of our previous Kickstarter campaigns, this project will not come to life without the love and support of our community. I hope we’re able to fund the campaign and that I’m given the opportunity to continue writing more of this story. The first volume is just the beginning of what I have in store for the series.

If you’re a new creator, just know, there are many other creators who likely feel the same way you do. If you’re lost and overwhelmed – you’re not alone. The world needs more creatives and I hope that others can learn from my mistakes, failures, successes and experiences. I think the child version of me would be proud to know that I wrote a comic, though he certainly couldn’t read this raunchy tale. I hope the child version of you can feel that same pride and sense of accomplishment – you can do it!

If you’d like to check out Sam’s Scams please click here.


Sam's Scams Coming to Kickstarter tomorrow!

Article

I still remember the night I launched my first Kickstarter campaign. I recall the mix of emotions – fear, hope, jubilation and an anxiety I had never felt quite like it before. What I didn’t know in October 2015 is that each campaign would be a mixture of those same emotions. I didn’t realize how hard it would be, how stressful and nerve-wracking running a campaign is, especially in the mid campaign slump (the middle of the campaign gets less backers and dollars raised than the beginning and end of the campaign), or how rewarding and incredible it would be to create and fund projects. It is still astonishing to me that folks believe in me and Atheris’ projects enough to continue supporting them. This month we’ll be launching our 6th campaign on our account, we’ve co-published two others and consulted on numerous more, but I still feel like an imposter. I still fear that the campaign won’t fund, that we won’t be able to finish projects that have consumed so much of my time, energy and creative output.

I am not sure if these feelings, known as imposter syndrome, will ever go away. I am not sure if I’ll ever feel like I’m good enough, or whether I’ll ever be 100% confident in my ability to fund and create projects. Though, I do know that I’ve learned so much from the campaigns we’ve launched. I’ve continued to improve my craft, and my passion has never waned. I’ve had the opportunity to work with such a wide array of creative and extraordinary people from all over the world including artists, writers, game designers, comic creators, editors video editors and a multitude of other truly inspiring groups of people. We’ve also developed a devote and loyal fanbase for the creative projects we’ve launched. It is a phenomenal feeling seeing the vocal support and appreciation for these products.

Our next project will be for Sam’s Scams, a comic that is near and dear to my heart. My entire life I’ve been a storyteller. I remember creating scenarios and telling stories to my younger brother growing up, he’d riff on the ideas, and we’d come up with magical worlds that satisfied our boredom and endless imaginations. That love of storytelling is likely why I love D&D so much, comics/graphic novels and board games that create storytelling experiences. I don’t recall what any of those stories we told growing up were about, but I still remember how they made me feel – the joyous wonder and excitement as the stories came to life.

I still long for that excitement – the need to tell a story – which is a huge impetus on why I started Atheris and ultimately why I made my job title “Chief Storyteller.” I always liked comics as a medium, but they felt out of reach for a writer with no connection to artists. After working on Atheris for years and developing relationships with a wide assortment of talented artists I decided it was time for me to share my stories in this amazing medium.

I had plans for comics, but it was not until my dad passed away that a fire lit inside me. I realized that our time on this Earth really must not be taken for granted. I decided I couldn’t delay my dreams and goals. I learned about script writing, joined Facebook and other communities, spoke with comic writers and developed amazing friendships. I then wrote a story that was unlike anything I’ve ever written before. My writing (poetry, short stories and novels) has always veered towards the dark – horror, serial killers and the like. Sam’s Scams is not that. Sam’s Scams is funny, it’s spontaneous, it’s weird and wildly unique. It’s an adult comedy inspired by late night cartoons.

Sam’s Scams is the tale of an alien sent to Earth to scam the Earth’s most vulnerable populous – the geriatric living in the Villages. Sam dresses for the part as he suits up in a human costume that hides his unearthly appearance. Sam attempts to scam these dumb elders but finds he must obtain a human partner who can assist with his scams and increase their believability.  The first volume chronicles his search for the perfect partner.

I am truly proud of how this story came out and cannot wait to begin developing the second volume. Though, like all of our previous Kickstarter campaigns, this project will not come to life without the love and support of our community. I hope we’re able to fund the campaign and that I’m given the opportunity to continue writing more of this story. The first volume is just the beginning of what I have in store for the series.

If you’re a new creator, just know, there are many other creators who likely feel the same way you do. If you’re lost and overwhelmed – you’re not alone. The world needs more creatives and I hope that others can learn from my mistakes, failures, successes and experiences. I think the child version of me would be proud to know that I wrote a comic, though he certainly couldn’t read this raunchy tale. I hope the child version of you can feel that same pride and sense of accomplishment – you can do it!

If you’d like to check out Sam’s Scams please click here.