At PEOW, we've been publishing comics for a good three years now. It started as a idea to change the comics scene in Sweden by making the comics we wanted to read. We're still surprised by what Peow has blossomed into, and we never ever thought so many people would want to read the same comics that we do. In fact, we're the only Swedish publisher to gain international recognition in the US comics scene, with triple ignatz nominations in 2015.
To date, we are extremely proud of all the books we've published, and we are so grateful to all of you who have already been following us and buying our books! It's amazing (especially those of you who have been getting our books from the start!) and it's because of your support that we want to do this. We never knew when we started how many people would like what we are doing, and its so much more than we could have dreamt of and we really see now that we need to shift our gears up!
We're on kickstarter for five special books in our 2016 line up and start a new age for our publications. We plan to move over all of our printing to offset, giving us way more possibilities for book design, new colors to work with, reprinting possibilities, more binding options, and we also want to be able to give advances to our artists, so that they can comfortably work on comics, and in the end, make the best looking books ever, for you. But yeah, we need eeryones help to make this happen. By backing this, you're making this tiny underdog publisher become the best and coolest and most exciting Swedish comics publisher ever. Thanks you!
SINCE WE MADE IT TO 100% WE WANNA BRING OUR ARTISTS TO UPCOMING COMIC FESTIVALS! So for every 500 extra dollars, we will bring an artist to one of the upcoming comic festivals we plan on visiting. So it's these artists who we are making books with, and the preliminary festivals include MoCCA, TCAF, CAKE, SiS, ELCAF. This will all be suprising and fun! YAY!
OK, LET'S DO THIS!
From the start, we wanted to share our favorite comics with the world, and we've been the first to publish so many interesting artists, like Hanna K., Jane Mai, and Valentin Seiche, and it's something we will never stop doing. This is what we are going to be making:
--------------------- JUNKY - By Guillaume Singelin --------------------
A 200+ page artbook documenting the sketches, comics and illustrations of Guillaume Singelin (aka blackyjunk on tumblr). This book is filled with SO MUCH COOL STUFF, with "dvd-commentary" from Guillaume, small comics, exclusive illustrations and more. Something special really!
PRELIMIARY SPECS : 200 p. 4 color & 2 color pages, 17 x 23 cm
A sci-fi shojo dark romantic comedy set in the same galaxy as Wrecked Ship?!. How does this even work? Well. It does. A double comic book with a story from each artist. Body-shifting, oppressed secret desires, high school tension, and ... kinda.. sexy, We are happy to work with Luca Oliveri for the first time, and also with returning champion Mathilde Kitteh, creator of MGCL_GRL.
PRELIMIARY SPECS : 70 p. Half of the book is 4 color , half is 1 color / 14.8 x 21 cm
-------------- SALMON, RUN! - By Mackenzie Schubert -----------------
Mackenzie is the best next level concept artist we know, and he's working on Salmon, Run! Built as far up the river as anyone would dare, on the ruins of an ancient dam, is a village. Mirabelle and her brother Alan live on its streets and survive off scraps from the annual salmon run. For years they’d feast on heads and tails, but now the runs have turned wrong—the migrating salmon tainted with magic. Swimming upstream, they whisper through the water, and steal away those villagers too hungry to resist their call. When Alan is kidnapped by the salmon, Mirabelle must risk losing herself as she journeys upstream in order to save him. Along her way she’ll meet knights whose code of conduct is based on paperback romance novels, a walking cabinet of curiosities, and a fox stuck in a plaid shirt. Still, there are worse things up stream, things that make talking salmon seem quaint in comparison.
PRELIMIARY SPECS : 64 pages, 1 color / 14.8 x 23 cm
----------------------- Ripples - By Wai Wai Pang -------------------------
A young boy mysteriously disappears after he is peer pressured to find a treasure in a lake. Is he dead? Is he.. not dead? It's up to our great detective to solve the case. What clues will she find along the way? Sounds mysterious, because it IS A MYSTERY! Wai Wai pang is creating a unique detective mode for comics that I am so so looking forward to seeing.
PRELIMIARY SPECS : 64 p. / 2 color / 14.8 x 20 cm
---------------- INTERNAL AFFAIRS 3 by Patrick Crotty -----------------
THE LAST PART in the SERIES! The Critically Renowned series about life as an intern fused with mech fighting and high speed chases and action and weirdness. Its so good, so fury, so fun. The story is coming to an end in a massive 100+ page finale of super-duper proportions.
PRELIMIARY SPECS : 120 p. / 1 color + 2color / 14.8 x 20 cm
To explain a little more; our plan is to move the majority of our production to offset printing. Up until now, we've made our books with risograph printers, but our books are getting bigger, our print runs are still growing, and we want to use a bunch of different types of color and paper! We're getting to the point where the riso isn't always the best option for making our books anymore, and offset is where we want to go.
Since our print runs for all our books are going to be increasing, the initial printing costs are a bit higher, and also, the payment for each author is increasing, and that is why we need a starting fund to get the ball rolling. Once we are able to get these books out, we will be able to follow a sustainable publishing plan to keep everything in motion.
Later in 2016 we have some great stuff lined up, and we are going to be working with some really exciting people. So you know, this thing doesn't just end with the kickstarter, it'll keep on going. Just to mention a few, check this out, new projects together with:
- Jane Mai (Soft, Pond Smelt, See You Next Tuesday)
- Venus Patrol
- Chaud Nem Jump!
- Natalie Andrewson (Lemon & Ket)
- Jonathan Djob Nkondo (Absenteism on tumblr)
- The Ogre - Olle Forsslöf (Nava) Rui Tenreiro (The Celebration)
- SECRET SECRET PROJECT #1
- Linnea Sterte (Turndecassete on tumblr)
- Valentin Seiche (Wrecked Ship, THE WORLD)
A basic rundown of the rewards in general. We have a bunch though, so look through the actual rewards list for more precise details.
$5 - We are offering two brand new different digital releases (one funny, one sci-fi) for this humble show of support for us
$12 - 25 - THE BOOK: Get one of the books in this line up! Simple, fresh, easy!
$40 - 80 - THE BOOK + BONUS: Get the book you want, plus a super limited bonus made just for this kickstarter. Bonuses vary from a very nice tshirt, to very customizable illustrations, or special riso printed posters.
Starting at $75 ALL 5 BOOKS! yes, all 5 of the awesome books, sent directly to you on release. All the books are included in different reward packs, but the one for $200 WILD PACKis the best one with 1 original sketch from one of our authors, 2016 Peow Tote + WRCKD_HRTS Tee, PEOW stationary set by Jane Mai, New Frontier poster by Luke Pearson, a different poster from Guillaume Singelin, DSOL Washi Tape, and a pin from Valentin Seiche, and a very personal note from us.
$50 - FANTASY PACK Elliot Alfredius, one of the Peow bosses and artist behind three blades will draw you as a wizard or knight. Something like this..
$40 - MACKENZIE'S SUPER CUSTOM DRAWING : This is very cool. you get to fill out a very big form with a bunch of checkboxes and sliders to get your own very very custom drawing, print in fake cmyk on the riso. Here is a little example of what it looks like, but it's the best way to get a custom drawing in the world. Included ONLY with Makenzie's Book + bonus
FLOOD CITY - OUR VERY FIRST BOOK Reward for the $150 tier RARE BOOK COLLECTOR. We only have exactly 2 left. So so rare! When in doubt, pick this!
JANE MAI'S SUPER STATIONARY SET FOR BUSINESSPEOPLE : A beautiful set including envelopes, stickers, washi tape and a stationary pad, by supergirl Jane Mai. Perfect for all your business needs. Included in all MERCH PACKS and the $25 "business pack".
HANNA K SPECIAL NEW FRONTIER SET
If you really like Hanna K's work, we put together a super nice set with a special custom illustration for her to you, some bonus New Frontier stuff, and a fanart poster made by Luke Pearson
SPECIAL POSTERS : These are some of the special posters that we have as rewards!
THE 2016 TOTE
WRECKED HEARTS T-SHIRT - 2 Color t-shirt by Mathilde Kitteh for the Wrecked hearts book. We'll take your size when you back this reward level so that you can get a good fit.
33,300 is a weird number. It’s weird because we’ve counted out how much it will cost us to do our initial runs and payments to each author for the books that we are doing plus our editor fees. For each book, roughly 40% will go to the artist, and 10% for editors fees. We have preliminary quotes from our printer, and done weight calculations for shipping estimates, which is something we’ve been doing with all our books since the start.
A small portion of of the goal will go towards compensation to our artists for creating original content for this kickstarter, and also to ODiN for providing us with music for the video. We champion the idea of paying for creative work because it’s what we all want to be doing for real. Lastly, we adjusted the final goal amount to offset kickstarter fees and taxes.
Any extra money will go towards bringing our artists to international comic festivals!!! Also for funding towards our future books!
COMMENTS, QUESTIONS? ANYTHING ELSE, PLEASE PLEASE ASK US!
If you made it to the end of this, congrats. Thank you!
TWITTER - @peow_studio
Risks and challenges
We have already been making books for a few years now, and we know what we are doing. The only risk we can consider is a book delay by chance that the artists want to extend their deadlines.
If we don't make the goal, it will be much more difficult for us to make these books and get them out on time, mainly due to economical restraints. We will still release all 5 books but the release dates may be pushed forward and and the artists will be paid after the book has launched (opposed to giving them an advance payment).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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