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Hybristorific! A graphic graphic-novel about friendship, philosophy, and serial murder.
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sample of In the Shadows of the Pines
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We are Margaret and Molly of Tarwater Studio, and we make comics. More specifically, we tell stories. Currently we have two shorts, the brutal post-apocalyptic Western Man of Sin and the tragically romantic sestina In the Shadows of the Pines. We also have a slightly-over-one-year-old, twice-weekly updating webcomic called Hybristorific! about a bad boy with good hair meeting a bad girl with good everything. Also currently in the works is an illustrated biography about a man named Israel Keyes, called Part-Time Devil. You can read more about Israel Keyes in Molly's write up, Acting at Random - in the mean time know that we are going to be looking for a publisher, and will be premiering the first chapter at our booth at Emerald City Comicon.

Which brings me to the Kickstarter! We are trying to fund our first edition self-published printing of Hybristorific! and show all of our work at the aforementioned convention. The benefits of a printed comic are pretty obvious; those funds go to the furthering of our studio - and let's be honest, as great as the internet is, who doesn't love holding a good book in their hands? And we have plenty of material to print. Hybristorific! is the main goal, but we have the two comics listed above to consider as well, and we definitely need to get a nice copy of the Part-Time Devil chapter to show around. 

A sample of Part-Time Devil
A sample of Part-Time Devil

What a nice segue into part two: the convention. Conventions might not sound important, but as far as comics are concerned they're the premiere in-person networking platform for independent artists. Tarwater Studio is located in publisher-barren East Montana, and it's really important for us to go around to other cities in person and share our comics. Not to mention our favorite indie publishers will be present at Emerald City Comicon, and we would love the opportunity to show our work to them. To drive the importance of the convention home, it ought to be mentioned that such an event would give our studio a solid foundation - it would allow for more printing, more publication, and more comics to be made in the future.

Unfortunately, printing is ridiculously expensive, and the convention's not exactly cheap either. The $750 we're trying to raise would cover our cost to print Hybristorific! and our table at the convention, with a little extra for more printing - and anything else raised after that gets put directly into printing our other work! 

As for us, it has always been a long-standing dream (of Margaret's) to show a comic at a convention, and a long-standing dream (of Molly's) to get her writing published. We are extremely devoted to our work, and we've got the chance to be one of the few entirely-female studios in the industry. Comics are largely stereotyped as a medium appreciated only by men (and while certain company-funded surveys support this - barely - independent surveys document female readership making up around 48% of the total audience, and Hybristorific!'s readership is at least 75% female) and it is notoriously difficult for female artists and writers to make any headway. Statistics for Big Name publishers are available online, but in recent news, Image's slough of new titles included 41 credited creators and only 5 were women. Generally speaking, that's pretty typical representation. Despite women making up roughly half the population, the overwhelming majority of all creative media involve stories about men being men (or women wanting men) - the female view has been, and continues to be, underrepresented, and we'd like to help make our media presence a whole lot healthier. 

Serial Killer Expo poster sample
Serial Killer Expo poster sample

Listed on the side of this page are some of the awesome donation prizes, including all of our printed material and a poster drawn up specifically for the convention. Please take a look at our links, and consider helping us get our studio running strong by participating or spreading the word. A sincere thank you for your time and consideration.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is related to printing delays. Once we get our books from our printer, we'll want to check each one, and if there's a problem obviously we'll have to reprint - luckily, I am a professional designer (!) and will be able to troubleshoot any issues, so it will only delay our final run (and we've given ourselves enough time before our deadline to allow for that). Other than that, and similar shipping related issues, our project is basically ready to go and any problems will only be delays. The first printing just needs to be ordered, and then it's off to the convention!

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    A sincere and heartfelt thank you from us - and special thank you on our website!

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    A download of the entire first volume of Hybristorific!, exclusive material, and a sneak preview of the first episode of season 2!

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    Serial Killer Expo poster! Love serial killers? Enjoy insanely detailed posters? Have a taste for the color red? This 12inx18in poster is definitely for you. Quiz your friends on who's who!

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    A copy of the Tarwater Studio short, In the Shadows of the Pines - a true love story, printed in stunning full color.

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    Convention odds and ends! Get a small print of the Serial Killer Expo poster,, a collection of murder-tastic buttons and a thank you sketch straight from the convention!

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    A Tarwater Studio shirt or tote bag! Pick from a Hybristorific! shirt, or the Serial Killer Expo design.

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    Get a limited-edition copy of Man of Sin, a Tarwater Studio short about one man's quest in the post-apocalyptic American West.

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    Pre-order the complete first printing of Hybristorific! Vol. 1, featuring unseen sketches and promotional images!

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    Tarwater Studio value pack! The first season of Hybristorific!, In the Shadows of the Pines, Man of Sin, and a personalized note from the studio!

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    Are you a Seattle local? Donate at the $100 level and we'll take you and one other guest out for food downtown on one of the convention nights! (up to $50). Also included is a complimentary convention gift bag full of Tarwater Studio goodies.

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