No Holds Bard: The First Folio Original Graphic Novel
A six-issue original graphic novel about the continuing superhero adventures of Shakespeare, written in iambic pentameter.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 4 2018 6:59 AM UTC +00:00.
Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show;
But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.
Well, actually, let me just explain it:
With haste, we implore you, revered reader, to indulge the majesty and riches of your mind with this six-issue delightful depiction of Queen Elizabeth's favorite dramatic duo-in-doublets! Enjoy this collection commemorating the everyone's favorite crime-fighting Bard, William Shakespeare, and his page, William Page (of The Merry Wives of Windsor fame)!
That's right, Bard and Page are back on a rollicking set of iambic adventures, with a trove of tales six times longer than the original 2016 Pilot Issue with indomitable artist Logan Faerber (Namwolf) and wordsmith Eric Gladstone (Marvel Heroes Omega) at the helm.
Together, we’re going to make a super-professional graphic novel that’s also super-bonkers and also sorta literary. We’ll explore love, labour, and losing it as Bard and Page inch ever closer to their dreaded archnemesis, the puzzling and pernicious Puck. This far-out fantasy-fueled folio stirs the loins of both literary loyalists and action hero aficionados alike, with more iambic pentameter than you can shake a stick at.
In our Pilot Issue, Absurd Pomp, the Queen was stolen and our heroes later rescued her (spoiler alert!). We're recapping that madcap adventure again at special bequest of the Bard himself, but with artistic consistency!
Once that’s over with, we’ll encounter Elizabethan assassins in The Deadly Wives of Windsor, crash land on a magick isle in The Trouble with Tempests, fall in love with Two Gentleboys of Verona, come thundering back to a London in peril in The Hark Knight Returns and finally have a showdown in faerieland in Midsummer Night in the Garden of Good and Evil! This thing is bursting at the seams with in-jokes if you know your English lit, doo-doo jokes if you’re me, and the politicization of magick if you’re into that sort of thing! WHAT?! Sounds awesome! Here's a preview (from our Pilot Issue)
Also, each issue will have its very own variant cover, impeccably illustrated by some of the best in the comic book business. All of these covers will be available as prints for purchase at the Wherefore "Art" Thou level, or in our BackerKit store!
Here we go, friends, Romans and countrymen—the good stuff; what we’re all here for. Oh yeah, by the way, FREE SHIPPING IN THE US and TOTALLY REASONABLE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.
Don’t like the reward tier structure, or want an extra something-or-another? We’re going to offer you a chance to build your own rewards package through BackerKit! Easy add-ons and pre-orders are here!
$5 Pilot Issue (Limited quantities available)
$10 Sticker 2-pack
$10 Enamel Pin
$10 Embroidered Patch
$10 Signed Bookplate
$15 Tote Bag
$15 11" x 17" Litho (multiple designs available)
$30,000 for EXTRA CONTENT (original 4 pin-ups added in back)
If we hit $30,000, we’ll be adding something special, the original four pin-ups from the Pilot Issue, including Dave Kloc (Designer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail and Foo Fighters posters), Sina Grace (Self-Obsessed and writer of Marvel’s Iceman), Bobby Rubio (Avatar: The Last Airbender and Pixar story artist), and Ashlyn Anstee (Children’s book illustrator and storyboard artist extraordinaire)!
$35,000 for HARDCOVER
If we are lucky enough to hit $35,000, all softcovers will be upgraded to DELUXE HARDCOVERS automatically!
Regardless of the print edition we'll be getting, PrintNinja is handling it.
Risks and challenges
Two years ago, our inaugural Kickstarter went off without a hitch. There were no shipping delays, and the few problems we did have (mostly mask breakage in transit) were addressed in a timely and professional manner. All rewards this time are durable and more-or-less flat pack.
We're currently in preproduction for the final art, so time is slightly more of a variable here, but Logan works quickly and has cleared his schedule, and all six issues are written, so together, we’re confident we can have this done in 6 months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter