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Help me print Wooden Rose, a fantasy webcomic of a Victorian faerie tale, in a style that combines Jane Austen with the Brothers Grimm.
Help me print Wooden Rose, a fantasy webcomic of a Victorian faerie tale, in a style that combines Jane Austen with the Brothers Grimm.
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Hello! My name is Tami Wicinas, and I am an illustrator currently living in Boston, MA. I work as a fulltime artist at FableVision Studios.

Wooden Rose

It took me over three years to write and illustrate my webcomic Wooden Rose, and I finally completed it in the spring of 2012. The entire thing is available to read online at woodenrosecomic.com, but I would love to get it printed and distributed to those who would like to have a physical copy of it. I can't afford to pay for the printing myself, so I am asking for your help.

Wooden Rose is a fairy tale of romance and magic set roughly in the Victorian era.

Sisters Lilly and Nessa are caring for their ailing father, but Nessa seeks an escape from the tedium of her life. She ventures into the woods where an accident leaves her alone and stranded. There she meets a man who will turn her world upside down. But not all of his secrets are pretty and the price for the truth may be her life.

Some of the biggest influences on my art style and storytelling are Art Nouveau, Hayao Miyazaki, other bits of manga and anime, Disney, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Irish folklore, and probably more things that I am not even conscious of.

The Book

I plan for Wooden Rose to be printed by February of 2013. It will be in full color, softcover, dimensions at 6 x 8.25 inches, and will amount to approximately 230 pages. I plan to touch it up a bit, and I will include a series of "extras" in the back of the book, which will consist of other doodles, sketches and random fun Wooden Rose related art I have done that is not part of the story.

Feedback from Fans

"I loved every bit of Wooden Rose!"

"I just discovered Wooden Rose today and think it is one of the very best comics I have read recently. Your characters are alive and so expressive and the story so unusual. Not to mention that your chapter opening pages are gorgeous..."

"I have to say that Wooden Rose is very engaging and wonderful. It makes me happy to find another online comic/graphic that's worth reading!"

"I love your webcomic! The art is amazing as well as the storyline. You also are leaving me guessing up to the latest page (which is normally hard to do to me)"

The Money

The money you donate will go towards printing costs, other fees and taxes. I hope to print at least 300 copies, maybe more depending on how much I am able to raise. And depending on how many backers there are, this might be your only way to get a printed copy of the book.

I am offering rewards to express my gratitude those of you who decide to pledge. Details on those are to the right. And if things go better than expected, I will make even more exciting rewards!

Thank you very much for all of your interest and support!

-Tami

Risks and challenges

My biggest challenge will probably be in the printing - working with my printing agency to make sure the book looks and feels just right. This will be my first printed comic book so it will definitely be a learning experience. There will most likely be little hiccups along the way, so my apologies if things take a little longer than planned. Thank you in advance for you patience if that happens!

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    You are awesome! I will send you a Wooden Rose pin to express my gratitude to you.

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    I will send you a SIGNED copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, and a pin.

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    I will send you a signed copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, one 11"x15" signed print of a page of your choice from Wooden Rose, and a pin.

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    I will send you a signed copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, two 11"x15" signed prints of two pages of your choice from Wooden Rose, and a pin.

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    I will have your name printed in the back of the book to let the world know that I am eternally grateful to you! You will also get a signed copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, and a pin.

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    I will have your name printed in the back of the book to let the world know that I am eternally grateful to you! You will also get two 11"x15" signed prints of two pages of your choice from Wooden Rose. And of course a signed copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, and a pin.

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    I will do an original pencil drawing for you of a subject of your choice! I will also have your name printed in the back of the book to let the world know that I am eternally grateful to you! You will also get a signed copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, and a pin.

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    I will do an original full-color digital painting of a subject of your choice, print it, sign it and send it to you. I will also have your name printed in the back of the book to let the world know that I am eternally grateful to you! You will also get a signed copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, and a pin.

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    I will have a very special thank you with your name printed in the back of the book to let the world know that I am eternally grateful to you! You will also get two 11"x15" signed prints of two pages of your choice from Wooden Rose, a signed copy of the printed book, a PDF download of the entire comic, and a pin.

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