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After coming out to her parents and being kicked to the streets, a teen's life is changed by a dog that literally falls on her head.
After coming out to her parents and being kicked to the streets, a teen's life is changed by a dog that literally falls on her head.
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Hi everyone!

Fitting in with your peers is important to all of us, whether we like to admit it or not. Even more important is feeling comfortable with who you are and how society accepts that, particularly if you're a member of the LGBTQ community.

Coming out can be scary
Coming out can be scary

In the story, a young girl, Taryn, comes out to her close-minded parents, only to find herself cast out to the streets. She flees her abusive home with the intent to seek shelter at her girlfriend's house.

On her way to her girlfriend's house, another poor soul is cast out of his home: more specifically, cast out of a window, and he lands on her head.

This is how Taryn and the dog meet. Taryn doesn't like dogs. She's allergic to dogs. She's having the worst day of her life... but what does the dog decide? That she's his best friend, of course. He follows her to her girlfriend's house, and the rest becomes history.

 Strays has been a pet project for several months, now, and after completing it in black and white, I decided to send it to print. It has had an overwhelmingly positive response from people of all backgrounds and interests.

Coming out can be a terrifying experience for anybody, especially when you know your family won't accept it. Strays is a story about coming out and acceptance. It's a story about love and hate, and it's a story about fitting in when you don't know where you'll fit in.

I've included some awesome gifts for your pledges. All the money I make from Strays will go directly into the printing of my comics. I am looking to do an initial print of 250 books, which will cost me CAD $1265 after taxes. I am asking for $300 CAD to cover at least a quarter of the costs of the printing of these 250 copies. Every penny that doesn't go into your rewards or Kickstarter fees will go directly to printing my book.

If I exceed my goal, I will look into getting even more rewards out to the people who have pledged! Postcards, greeting cards, bookmarks, and stickers are amongst the additional rewards I have planned.

 Rewards Breakdown

The cover of Strays
The cover of Strays

A copy of the comic, dimensions 6.25 x 10", in full colour, and signed by the artist and writer, Stephany Lein. It is 32 pages long with a couple extra pages for thanks, credits, and other small things. There will be a page in the comic reserved to thank the donations made to the kickstarter.

Goose Print
Goose Print

 

Park Print
Park Print
Dog Print, drawn by Rina Rozsas
Dog Print, drawn by Rina Rozsas

 

Play Ball! By Stephany Lein
Play Ball! By Stephany Lein

 

                            

Prints are on 100lb glossy paper and will be shipped flat.

Buttons!
Buttons!

Here are the two buttons included with all applicable reward levels

Pencil Case and Bacon Key Fob - Made by Meag!
Pencil Case and Bacon Key Fob - Made by Meag!

 

Bacon key fobs are handmade from Made by Meag with custom bacon fabric!

The pencil cases, like the bacon key fobs, are also designed and produced by Made by Meag with custom Dog fabric by Stephany Lein

Park Love
Park Love

 

Play Ball! By Stephany Lein
Play Ball! By Stephany Lein

 

I got da ball! by Stephany Lein
I got da ball! by Stephany Lein

The original line art and artwork by creator Stephany Lein available in the Kickstarter. Only 3 available!

Sample of work by Kristen Maduik
Sample of work by Kristen Maduik

 

Get a custom watercolour painting by Kristen Maduik of the dog from Strays, or of YOUR dog! Just send an image once the campaign completes and it will be yours!

Christopher Yao
Christopher Yao

 

 Christopher Yao has generously contributed this beautiful Leona and Taryn picture for my kickstarter campaign. Only 1 available!

Example of Shane Kirshenblatt's Work
Example of Shane Kirshenblatt's Work

 

Shane Kirshenblatt is an extraordinary artist and has donated his time and effort in form of this beautiful picture. Only 1 available!

Example of Meaghan Carter's Work
Example of Meaghan Carter's Work

 

 Meaghan Carter is a rising star in the Toronto comics community with her ongoing comic, Godslave, and will draw a picture from Strays for you! Only 1 available!

Example of A. Shay Hahn's Work
Example of A. Shay Hahn's Work

 

Powerhouse A Shay Hahn will draw a picture anyone you want, not limited to characters from Strays! Only 1 available!

Original Artwork by Rina Rozsas
Original Artwork by Rina Rozsas

 

Rina Rozsas has painted this gorgeous watercolour portrait of  Dog and it can be yours! Painted with lightfast watercolour on 140-lb archival paper. 8x10 image, with border the full size is 11x14".

In Closing...

Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page, and if you pledged, thank you very much for your support! If you can't wait for the coloured version to come out, you can read the comic in black at white at http://www.tapastic.com/series/strayscomic

Risks and challenges

The comic has been completed and is ready to send off to print. The only risk I see is if the post office eats the books, or if the printer is struck by lightning, (Very unlikely, I'd say!) or the postal carrier eats your package. (Also, very unlikely)

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    Thanks for the donation! I'm $1 closer to my printing goals!

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    Digital Colour copy

    You receive a digital colour copy of Strays.

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    I want the book!

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    I want the book! - LOCAL PICKUP

    Full colour printed copy of Strays, signed by the creator as well as a digital colour copy. Can be picked up at Altered States Comics on June 25th at the Strays Coming Out party

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    Book and a Print

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    Book and 3 Prints

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    Book, Prints, Buttons

    Full colour printed copy of Strays, signed by the creator as well as a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Retailer Pack

    Includes 5 copies of Strays to sell in your store.

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    BACON KEYCHAIN!

    A handmade key fob that fits around your wrist, and the fabric looks like bacon. Also includes a full colour printed copy of Strays, signed by the creator as well as a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Strays Pencil Case and Book

    A Strays themed pencil case with Dog themed fabric on the outside and bacon themed fabric on the inside! Also includes a full colour printed copy of Strays, signed by the creator as well as a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Bacon Keychain and Strays Pencil case

    A Strays themed pencil case with Dog themed fabric on the outside and bacon themed fabric on the inside! PLUS, the bacon key fob that fits around your wrist. Also includes a full colour printed copy of Strays, signed by the creator as well as a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Original Artwork by Stephany Lein

    Receive an original drawing of the Taryn and Dog from Strays by the writer and artist of Strays. Also, receive a signed full colour printed copy of Strays, a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Original Artwork by Kristen Maduik

    Receive an original 8x10 watercolour painting of the dog from Strays by Kristen Maduik, or original watercolour painting of YOUR OWN DOG! Also, receive a signed full colour printed copy of Strays, a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Original Artwork by Christopher Yao

    Receive an original 8x10 drawing of Taryn and Leona by artist Christopher Yao! Also, receive a signed full colour printed copy of Strays, a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Original Artwork by Meaghan Carter

    Receive an original 8x10 drawing of Taryn and Dog by artist Meaghan Carter! Also, receive a signed full colour printed copy of Strays, a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Original Artwork by Shane Kirshenblatt

    Receive an original 8x10 drawing of the Strays characters by artist Shane Kirshenblatt! Also, receive a signed full colour printed copy of Strays, a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Original Artwork by A. Shay Hahn

    Receive an original 8x10 drawing of any character you want, by artist A. Shay Hahn! Also, receive a signed full colour printed copy of Strays, a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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    Original Artwork by Rina Rozsas

    This gorgeous lightfast watercolour is on 140-lb archival paper. The image is 8x10" and the entire piece is 11x14". Also, receive a signed full colour printed copy of Strays, a digital colour copy and three prints of your choice. Includes two full colour 1" Strays buttons.

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