A nameless young man, faced with the everyday tragedy of loss, becomes a stranger in his own life. Can the urge to heal prevail?
Hi! The short of this is that I'm trying to fund the printing of my graphic novel, "Bandage: A Diary of Sorts". This is a black and white comic on the experimental side that I have been coming back to for almost ten years now. Synapses, you say?
"Bandage: A Diary of Sorts" follows a nameless young man from one summer to the next as he is dealt the mundane traumas of life. His best friend moves away, his long term relationship ends, and his beloved grandmother passes on. The book becomes his diary, documenting both his stream of conscious narrative and his surreal visual interpretations of these events. As the year progresses, he becomes more and more a stranger in his own life, and he must decide if there is a place for him in it at all.
This isn't my first foray into the comic world as you can find my illustrations in Archaia Comic's critically acclaimed "Hybrid Bastards!" which came out last year. However, this is certainly my most personal. I'm writer and illustrator on "Bandage" whereas the majestic, wondrous, and possibly magical Tom Pinchuk was the writer on HB!. This is mine from top to bottom, and is largely based off of a similar year in my own life. You could say it is my diary as well, but that would be pretty revealing and embarrassing wouldn't it.
I mentioned before that "Bandage" is a bit experimental so let me explain what I mean by that. The format is one page of free form text facing a full page illustration. The story doesn't play out in a traditional panel based way. This format felt like the natural presentation for it-- it mimics a traditional diary while still maintaining a certain looseness with the injection of imagery. I have been pitching this book for years--pitching and reworking, pitching and reworking. The consensus has been it's too weird in content and it's too weird in its layout for a company to take the risk, so I'm going to try to self-publish my book.
On to the specs! After receiving several quotes to find out what the best options were, it seems that initial costs are going to be about $6000 for printing, shipping, and taxes. This would be for a run of 1,000 hardcover copies of roughly 112 pages (that's what the book I have now is, but I know I'll be revising right up until I send it off to the printers). I really wanted to make this a hardcover book, as it is as much art book as it is comic. I did look into softcover printing and the difference in pricing was too slight to warrant the aesthetic hit the book would take. The same goes for quantity--1,000 books was the amount that seemed to work best with value for pricing as well as having enough books left over after rewards (if a miracle occurs and I get funding) to bring to comic conventions and offer through my website. I also need to tack on $500 to cover rewards and their shipping, as well as the 10% charged to the total by Kickstarter and Amazon. I know it's a lot of money, and I'm very nervous to ask for such an amount, but if you're going to do something, you gotta do it right, and that's the lowest number I think I can do that with.
International Backers, please add: $3 for $10+ rewards (not the Facebook one, only add $3 for the linoleum print option) $5 for $15+ rewards $15 for $100+ rewards
If you dig my work, here are the links to my portfolio and blog, and also "Hybrid Bastards!" on Amazon: http://www.katiecrimespree.com http://apps.katiecrimespree.com/blog/ http://www.amazon.com/Hybrid-Bastards-Tom-Pinchuk/dp/1932386505/ref=sr_1_1... Feel free to hit me up with any questions you have!
If this project is something you want to support, please help me by sharing the video with people who may also be interested--spreading the word is hugely important. Thank you so, so much for your help however big or small!
Now that we're about halfway in both time and pledge amount, it's time to spice up the rewards section and see if we can get a money snowball rolling! While I wasn't able to fully adjust the listings as you can't edit rewards that backers have already chosen, I'd like to add some features to these rewards, if one so chooses to participate in the additions. If you already pledged, and don't want to, that's absolutely fine--your reward will remain exactly how it was when you pledged. This just means that the option will be open to you if you'd like!
ALL BACKERS, OF ANY PLEDGE AMOUNT STARTING AT $1, WILL BE LISTED IN THE PRINTED BOOK AS KICKSTARTERS!
This also means that for the people who have pledged previously at amounts that would get them special notice in the printed book, I will need to add a little sumthin' sumthin' to make it fair. Here's the new breakdown:
$1+: Name listed as a Kickstarter on Thank You page in small font.
$50+: Name listed as a Kickstarter on Thank You page in medium font.
$250+: Name listed as a Kickstarter on Thank You page in largest font, with a link or slogan (or any grouping of letters for that matter within a given character count) of your choice.
$1500+: Name, hand drawn portrait, and bio listed in the book. You can supply the pic and bio, or I can take care of it, whatever you choose! I will also mail you the original drawing of your portrait.
$3000+: Full page dedicated to an "about you"! Name, hand drawn portrait, bio, and whatever else you'd like to throw in there ( um, maybe we should discuss it first, though. Danged lawsuits). I will also mail you the original drawing of your portrait.
Thanks again for everyone's support thus far. Still a ways to go though, so keep spreading the word!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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I'm working on a promotional website for Bandage, and within that site, I'm going to be posting a private photo journal documenting and comparing the real life sites found in Bandage to their illustrated counterparts. Pledges of $1 and up gets you access! *NEW ADDITION* Your name will be added in the book under a Kickstarter "Thank you" section. This goes for pledges of any amount--all donors will be recognized in print! Higher pledges will be given more exposure/bios/links, etc. Please see the description for details.
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A PDF copy of the completed book!
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A PDF copy of the book and handmade, hand numbered, 3" x 5" linoleum print relating to the book. The print run will be strictly limited to the amount needed to fill the rewards.
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Everybody loves that Facebook doo-ma-jig...why not sport a stylized, hand drawn portrait for your profile? Supply me with a pic of your choice, and I'll send you the jpeg of my treatment of it!
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A PDF copy of the book and a limited edition, 11" x 17" limited edition Bandage print. The prints will be hand numbered and the run will be strictly limited to the number of prints needed to fulfill the rewards.
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A PDF copy of the book, and both the limited linoleum print and 11" x 17" print seen above!
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Holy crap, now we're talkin'! A pledge of $25 gets you a signed copy of Bandage!
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A signed copy of the Bandage book, the linoleum print, and the limited print. Trifecta/Triforca!
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A signed copy of Bandage and an original inked, 9" x 12" sketch based on Bandage.
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A signed copy of Bandage and an original inked, 11" x 14" drawing with ink wash related to Bandage.
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A signed copy of Bandage and an original piece of page art that went into the book! Also, at the $250+ mark, all backers will get their names in the book as sponsors!
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A signed copy of Bandage and a hand drawn, hand bound, 4 page mini comic of events not documented in the actual book. Each comic will be 1/1--each of the 4 comics to be drawn for this reward tier will be completely different from each other.
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A signed copy of Bandage and not only your name in the book as a patron, but also a bio and picture accompanying that supremely generous name (I'd make a drawing from the photo of your choice)! *CLARIFICATION* I'm realizing how not obvious it is, so I'd like to clarify that this reward tier also includes the original, 1/1, 4 page comic mentioned in the $1000 reward.
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A signed copy of Bandage hand delivered by me! I will drive/train/fly to your city at a mutually agreeable date for an event of your choosing! Anything from a Q & A session regarding Bandage with you and your friends, to drinking some beers and not mentioning the book once, to sitting home and playing video games. The sky and legality (sort of) are the limit!
- (45 days)