Ella Upgraded

£ 2.00£ 23.00

When 11-year-old Ella is in an accident her scientist brother saves her life by putting her beloved GameBox console in Ella’s brain! Now Ella can gain the skills and abilities of her favourite video game characters…but does she have what it takes to become a real superhero?

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This is a pre-order and will be available Feb 2020

Whats the story?

When we first meet Ella and her brother Josh, she’s been reluctantly dragged along to his meeting with the science faculty at his college where he’s presenting his theory on bioelectronic synthesis. Ella couldn’t be less interested – she’s obsessed with her GameBox, an old retro games console that their father left her.

In fact, she’s so obsessed with it that when she wanders off for a snack she doesn’t look where she’s going and is in a terrible accident.

Josh is able to save her life using his research, but has to implant the remains of the broken GameBox in her brain so he can upload data using the game cartridges to rebuild her nervous system. Of course, as soon as Ella hears this she…well, see for yourself.

Yep, Ella has been upgraded! She’s now able to absorb the skills and abilities from any game cartridge that she plugs into her brain. While Josh frantically tries to work out how this happened, Ella sets out to become her town’s first real superhero – but finds that fighting crime in real life isn’t as easy as it looks.

We have teamed up with 4 amazing artists to offer you the chance to add one or all the prints to your reward pledge.

1. Print by Lew Stringer (The Beano, Oink, Doctor Who) – Twitter Website

2. Print by Marc Jackson (The Beano, Goof) – Twitter Website

3. Print by Sarah Millman (NPC Tea) – Twitter Website

4. Print by James Lawrence (The Legend of Mariposa) – Twitter Website

Over the course of the campaign we will be unveiling the amazing prints, so make sure you follow us on twitter for these.

What was the inspiration for Ella Upgraded?

Writer Dan Whitehead has worked in and around the comics and games industries since the 1990s, and created Ella Upgraded for his own tween daughter. He took inspiration from the fast-paced storytelling of classic superhero comics, in particular early Spider-Man, as well as the self-awareness of classic British strips such as Billy the Cat and The Leopard of Lime Street in which ordinary school kids embark on amazing heroic adventures.

There are laughs, there are daredevil thrills but at the heart of Ella Upgraded is the sweet tale of a brother and sister who drive each other crazy, but would do anything for each other.

Who is the creative team?

Dan Whitehead (Writer) – Twitter  | Website

Dan has been writing professionally since 1991, and has worked in film, television, video games and comics on brands such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Rugrats and Looney Tunes.

P.R. Dedelis (Artist) – Twitter Website

P.R. Dedelis is an artist from Poland who’s been drawing since reading his first Donald Duck comic book at the age of 5. Since then he hasn’t stopped and has been drawing professionally for nearly a decade, working on titles like 5 Seconds, Word Smith (Sigmate Studio), Team Synergy (HBComics) and This Land (Aroha Comics).

Abby Bulmer (Colours) – Twitter Website

As well as her own brilliant all-ages comic series Imaginary Gumbo, Abby is a regular artist and colourist for 2000AD and related titles.

Jim Campbell (Letters) – Twitter Facebook

Eisner-nominated letterer Jim has worked on high profile award-winning books from BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, Image, Titan Comics and more.

What is the current state of the project?

The first 24 pages are complete and work is underway on the final 24 pages that will make up this initial 48 page volume of Ella’s adventures.

Praise for Ella Upgraded

“Fresh and modern…top rate.” – Lew Stringer (Artist, The Beano)

“Loads of fun. Really bouncy, and engaging art. Great stuff.” – John Reppion (Writer, A Conspiracy of Ravens)

“Pacy, frenetic and exciting writing with fantastic action-packed art, this is a truly polished and professional piece of work that definitely deserves a wider audience.” – Read It Daddy

“Strong script, clear storytelling and bright art, lush colours, great design. What more could you want?” – Matthew Craig (Writer/Artist, Trixie Biker)

“Feisty and likable, you can’t help but want to read more” – Comic Book Yeti

“An excellent book that provides something for readers both older and younger” – Driving Creators

Pledge Levels

Pledge £2 or more

Odyssey

You are a generation 1 console legend.

INCLUDES:

  • Get a crisp, clean digital PDF copy of the book

Pledge £8 or more

Atari 2600

You are a second-generation console legend.
Back at this level to receive the softback edition, as well as the digital edition.

INCLUDES:

  • Get a crisp, clean digital PDF copy of the book
  • 1 x Softback Book (48 pages)

Pledge £10 or more

Atari 2600 + 1 Print

You are a second-generation console legend.
Back at this level to receive the softback edition, as well as the digital edition.

INCLUDES:

  • Get a crisp, clean digital PDF copy of the book
  • 1 x Softback Book plus 1 bonus print

Pledge £13 or more

Atari 2600 + All Prints

You are a second-generation console legend.
Back at this level to receive the softback edition, as well as the digital edition.

INCLUDES:

  • Get a crisp, clean digital PDF copy of the book
  • 1 x Softback Book plus 1 bonus print

Pledge £15 or more

Master System

You are a third-generation console legend.

Back at this level to receive the stunning hardback edition, exclusive to this campaign, as well as the digital edition.

INCLUDES:

  • Get a crisp, clean digital PDF copy of the book
  • 1 x Limited Edition Hardback A4 Book

Pledge £22 or more

Console Stop (Retail Pack)

If you are a retail store and would love to have Ella Upgraded on your selves then this is the pledge for you. Get 5 copies of the book at a discounted rate.

Once you have pledged, please drop us a message of your store location so we can confirm.

INCLUDES:

  • Retailer bundle (Five softback books)

Pledge £23 or more

Mega Drive

You are a forth-generation console legend.

Back at this level to receive the hardback edition (exclusive to Kickstarter), the softback edition and the digital edition.

INCLUDES:

  • 1 x Limited Edition Hardback A4 Book
  • 1 x Softback Book (48 pages)
  • Get a crisp, clean digital PDF copy of the book

Pledge £25 or more

Mega Drive Print Edition

You are a forth-generation console legend.

Back at this level to receive the hardback edition (exclusive to Kickstarter), the softback edition and the digital edition.

INCLUDES:

  • 1 x Limited Edition Hardback A4 Book
  • Get a crisp, clean digital PDF copy of the book
  • 1 x Softback Book plus all 4 bonus prints

Additional information

Pledge Level

Odyssey £2, Atari 2600 £8, Atari 2600 + 1 Print £10, Atari 2600 + All Prints £13, Master System £15, Console Stop (Retail Pack) £22, Mega Drive £23, Mega Drive Print Edition £25

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