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Groupie-Squirrel Tees has several t-shirt designs ready to go to production, and just needs the funds to pay for the shirts.
Groupie-Squirrel Tees has several t-shirt designs ready to go to production, and just needs the funds to pay for the shirts.
23 backers pledged $1,315 to help bring this project to life.

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Three of my favorite things in the world are music, comics, and snarky t-shirts.  Last April I launched my own web comic about music, "With the Band."  Now I'm ready to start my own snarky t-shirt company, and I need your help to do it.

I already have seven designs ready to go to the printer (Time 4 Change Embroidery), as well as a dozen full-quality test prints of the first design, ten of which are available for Pre-Sale in the Pledges (see the Pledges to the right).  My goal of $1000 will pay for the first design's three color screens, the test printing, and six dozen additional printings to go up for sale.

The First Design

Mouse Star
Mouse Star
Die Vader Maus
Die Vader Maus

The first design, "Mouse Star", comes from this strip.  As you can see, it's not only ready to go, it's already started.  The screens are done--I just need to order more shirts!  (Vader mask not included!)

Update: Now that the project is funded, note that anyone who Pledges a Pre-Release will get his/her Mouse Star shirt in just a couple of days, and will still one of each of the Stretch Goal shirts that opens when they're printed next month!

Stretch Goals

These are all designs that I will eventually make, either through another Kickstarter or some other means, depending on how long it takes for the business to become self-sustaining.  I would love to make as many of these right out of the gate as possible, so hopefully we will be able to reach some of these stretch goals.

To manage costs, I've alternated the stretch goals between more complicated, colorful, and therefore more expensive designs, and simpler, single-color text gags.  Each single color print has a set text color and a default shirt color, as noted below.  However, you can choose whatever color shirt you want for these. 

Stretch Goal #1: $1700

Based on this strip, the "Patronizing" design is simple, subtle, and, I think, hilarious.  Black text on your choice of shirt color (defaults to gray).

Stretch Goal #2: $2700

"You Shall Not Pass!"
"You Shall Not Pass!"

The "Balrog" design, based on this strip, is the most complicated, colorful, and therefore most expensive.  I hope we get to it, though, as it's one of my favorites.

Stretch Goal #3: $3400

The "Child Progeny" design is another simple, subtle, funny text gag, taken from this strip.  Green text on your choice of shirt color (defaults to purple). 

Stretch Goal #4: $4200

"Where the Strips Have No Name"
"Where the Strips Have No Name"

Drawn from "With the Band's" title banner, the "Joshua Tree" design can be found here, and, well, pretty much everywhere on the site. 

Stretch Goal #5: $5000

Another text gag, the "Paranoid" design is one of my favorite truisms.  You can find its comic here.  Black text on your choice of shirt colors (defaults to gray).

Stretch Goal #6: $6000

Another colorful, and therefore expensive, design, "Hugz" is the first to feature a regular "With the Band" character--in this case, Neil--prominently, if you don't count "The Joshua Tree."  You can read the associated comic here.  Unlike most of the picture designs, you can choose the shirt color for this one (defaults to white).

Stretch Goal #7: $7000

Squirrel!
Squirrel!

Because several of you wondered (one of you quite aggressively!), why does "Groupie Squirrel Tees" have no Groupie Squirrel Tee?  Now we do!  The Groupie Squirrel has become the most popular character in With the Band, much to Neil's chagrin.  Help us reach our Stretch Goal of $7000 and you can become a Groupie Squirrel Groupie!  In the meantime, you can see Groupie Squirrel's debut here.

Risks and challenges

Most of the risks and challenges I've already overcome with the test printing of "Mouse Star". The printer and I already have a working relationship, and we've sorted out the formatting issues between my designs and her equipment.

The most likely challenge is one that I welcome, that of too much success. If this Kickstarter generates enough support, production delays will be inevitable. The printer can turn around hundreds of shirts in less than two weeks, but if we need to generate thousands, obviously it will take longer.

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    The Single: You'll get my eternal gratitude and your name on a special Thank You page at wtbcomic.com.

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    The EP: I'll send you one postcard of each of the designs we fund (the Death Star design, plus the designs opened in the stretch goals), plus my eternal gratitude at wtbcomic.com

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    The Album: You get a t-shirt of your choice, depending on design availability. If we reach none of the stretch goals, you get the Mouse Star shirt; if we reach any of the stretch goals, you can choose one of any of the designs made available by said goal. You choose the size, XS-4XL. Plus you'll get my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    The Double Album: Any two shirts of your choice, subject to availability. If we reach basic funding, you can have two Mouse Star shirts. If we reach any stretch goals, you can choose from any of the designs made available. Plus you'll get my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    The Rock Block: Any three shirts of your choice, subject to availability. If we reach basic funding, you can have three Mouse Star shirts. If we reach any stretch goals, you can choose from any of the designs made available. Plus you'll get my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    The Box Set: Any four shirts of your choice, subject to availability. If we reach basic funding, you can have four Mouse Star shirts. If we reach any stretch goals, you can choose from any of the designs made available. Plus you'll get my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    Pre-Release (3XL): I already have a few of the Mouse Star shirts from the first printing. If you pledge $100, then I will ship you a 3XL shirt as soon as the $1000 pledge goal is reached--you won't have to wait until the Kickstarter closes! In addition, you'll get one each of any of the Stretch Goal designs that get made, once they are available to ship, as well as my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    Pre-Release (2XL): I already have a few of the Mouse Star shirts from the first printing. If you pledge $100, then I will ship you a 2XL shirt as soon as the $1000 pledge goal is reached--you won't have to wait until the Kickstarter closes! In addition, you'll get one each of any of the Stretch Goal designs that get made, once they are available to ship, as well as my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    Pre-Release (XL): I already have a few of the Mouse Star shirts from the first printing. If you pledge $100, then I will ship you an XL shirt as soon as the $1000 pledge goal is reached--you won't have to wait until the Kickstarter closes! In addition, you'll get one each of any of the Stretch Goal designs that get made, once they are available to ship, as well as my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    Pre-Release (L): I already have a few of the Mouse Star shirts from the first printing. If you pledge $100, then I will ship you a L shirt as soon as the $1000 pledge goal is reached--you won't have to wait until the Kickstarter closes! In addition, you'll get one each of any of the Stretch Goal designs that get made, once they are available to ship, as well as my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    Pre-Release (M): I already have a few of the Mouse Star shirts from the first printing. If you pledge $100, then I will ship you a M shirt as soon as the $1000 pledge goal is reached--you won't have to wait until the Kickstarter closes! In addition, you'll get one each of any of the Stretch Goal designs that get made, once they are available to ship, as well as my eternal gratitude and the postcard(s).

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    The Gambler: Pledge at this level and you will get one of each shirt design that gets funded. Yes, you could end up buying a $100 t-shirt, if only the basic design gets funded, but you could also get seven $14 shirts if all the current stretch goals are met. In fact, I have another half dozen ideas for shirts, and if we blow past these stretch goals, I'll be adding more!

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    The Corporate Sellout: This Reward is exclusively for Brick-and-Mortar stores. Get 10 shirts to sell in your store! You'll also get a place on the Wall of Fame at wtbcomic.com, including a link to your store's website.

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    Squirrel Groupie: For a $500 pledge you'll receive a lifetime subscription to With the Band t-shirts. I plan to keep doing this for a long time, and as long as I do, I'll send you one of every design I make from the first batch, starting with this Kickstarter and any of the stretch goals we reach!

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