A night spent in the French Quarter several years ago helped inspire the New Orleans setting. Barrett recently returned to the state of Louisiana on a road trip.
“I did spend a day in Natchitoches and visited a few plantations on my trip,” she said. “I was really inspired by the experience and the memory of those plantations was still fresh in my mind when I was creating this story. As I mentioned earlier, once the idea of setting the story in the past came to mind, I just fell in love with the idea and what that would bring visually to the storytelling.”
Barrett also writes the digital comic “The End is Totally Nigh,” published by Alterna. Fundraising for the first issue of “The End is Totally Nigh” was done through Kickstarter, which helped Barrett decide to return to the online crowdsourcing site.
“It's a great place where projects like mine can find an audience that is interested in discovering new works outside of the mainstream,” she said. “I decided that I felt strongly enough about this project to pitch it to the public and see if they responded.”
Barrett's goal is $5,500, which will help pay for the artwork to finish the book.
“Hopefully with the help of blogs and tweets we'll be able to keep spreading the word and working towards the final goal of $5,500,” Barrett said. “Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model. A lot of projects start off strong and then fizzle. We have to raise the full amount or we don't any of the funds pledged and the book won't get made.”
More information about the project is available at Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/kbarrett/the-bargain-a-supernatural-graphic-novel-set-in-th.