Where the money is going
One week in and five backers.
I figure that since I'm asking for about a thousand dollars for this project, you deserve to know where the money is going once the campaign is finished.
As such, I've made this pie chart to reflect the intended budget for the project.
As you can see, art is rather expensive, the cover alone takes up half of the working budget at $500, and that's the low end of the going rate for cover art. Printing the rewards necessary to fund that is going to be another 300-400 bucks, and finally if I want some decent interior art that will cost a couple hundred as well.
And there's a vast difference in quality between free art and high-priced art, as you might tell from this pic of a pivotal scene in The Pride of Parahumans that I received for winning a webcomic artist's contest.