“Like Natasha said, being surrounded by such great and caring comic creators has made all the difference,” Berry said.
The pair went through several options before deciding on a Kickstarter campaign to fund the book.
“We kind of went back and forth on the Kickstarter idea for a while,” Alterici said. “We had been working on the comic since late last year, and I admit the delay was all me, because I proposed several redesigns. When we finally found a style that we both loved for it, I still wasn't able to get as much done on it as I wanted to due to other obligations. That's when we decided that a fundraiser would help lift some of those obligations from me and let me focus solely on ‘Lucid.'”
Alterici, 25, has a bachelor's of art from Northeastern State. She wasn't a comics fan growing up, but began reading them after a college assignment.
“Now I'm obsessed,” she said. “I love the combination of art and literature.”
Alterici is originally from Arkansas, and grew up in Oklahoma, where she's been drawing for as long as she can remember. “Lucid” will be the first published comic book for Berry and Alterici. Berry has written two other comic scripts, and Alterici is also working on her own graphic novels.
“My next project will be an epic called ‘Drifting,' which I've been writing, sketching, and conceptualizing for about five years,” Alterici said. “It's my baby.”