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A six-issue original graphic novel about the continuing superhero adventures of Shakespeare, written in iambic pentameter.
A six-issue original graphic novel about the continuing superhero adventures of Shakespeare, written in iambic pentameter.
A six-issue original graphic novel about the continuing superhero adventures of Shakespeare, written in iambic pentameter.
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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.

Kiss the book!

Fie on stretch goals! We're giving a DELUXE HARDCOVER edition to all who pledge $30 or more! The original four pin-ups from the Pilot Issue are included too, with art from 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)!

This is what we're going for, friends. $30, and the book is yours.
This is what we're going for, friends. $30, and the book is yours.

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!

Variant #1 Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man)
Variant #1 Pia Guerra (Y: The Last Man)
Variant #2 James Callahan (The Auteur)
Variant #2 James Callahan (The Auteur)
Variant #3 Luke McGarry (MAD Magazine)
Variant #3 Luke McGarry (MAD Magazine)
Variant #4 Aneke (Gotham City Garage)
Variant #4 Aneke (Gotham City Garage)
Variant #5 Ming Doyle (Mara)
Variant #5 Ming Doyle (Mara)
Variant #6 Joe Quinones (Howard The Duck, Peter Parker: The Amazing Spider-Man)
Variant #6 Joe Quinones (Howard The Duck, Peter Parker: The Amazing Spider-Man)


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. 

Screw your courage to the sticking place - Sticker 2-pack
Screw your courage to the sticking place - Sticker 2-pack
Signed in thy spoil - Signature edition with bookplate
Signed in thy spoil - Signature edition with bookplate
A Pin's Fee! - Enamel Pin
A Pin's Fee! - Enamel Pin
Bag and baggage - Tote bag
Bag and baggage - Tote bag
Thou scurvy patch - Embroidered patch
Thou scurvy patch - Embroidered patch
Wherefore "Art" Thou - 11"x 17" Lithograph
Wherefore "Art" Thou - 11"x 17" Lithograph
Apparel oft proclaims the man! - T-shirt
Apparel oft proclaims the man! - T-shirt
Stockings! - Socks
Stockings! - Socks

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
$12 Socks
$15 Tote Bag
$15 11" x 17" Litho (multiple designs available)
$25 Shirt
$30 Book

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.

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    For a dollar, you get an Insincere Thanks. That equates to a digital high-five, a mess of project updates, and you know what, I’ll even throw in my favorite wallpapers from the last campaign. Good deal!

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    For $10 you’ll actually get something physical sent right to your door, wherever your door may be! You’ll get two stickers, both alike in dignity, one Bard and one Page! These are perfect for sticking on your front door, for instance, or acting out your own adventures. They also make great bookmarks!

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    Free shipping around the world on this one!

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    Ok, let me get this straight, for $115, you’ll get everything from the $90 level, and a handsome unisex t-shirt? Sign me up.

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    If you like socks, and I know you do, you'll be stylin' in your very own custom Bard socks! Plus everything else!

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    Object of Art - Get Drawn in the Book!

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    Shakespeare in the Park Special

    The play’s the thing! You and a friend get to see Shakespeare in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA with writer Eric Gladstone and artist Logan Faerber . We'll even provide a picnic dinner. Everything else. Travel not included. *Includes donation to ISCLA

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    Alas Replica Yorick Special - Skull

    You’ll get a really nice, non-cheapo, research-quality polyurethane replica skull in an artisan box from someone I’ll find on Etsy, everything else* including getting drawn in book.

    *No Shakespeare in the Park though.

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