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this kickstarter is for my first full-color "art-of" book, a handbook full of designs and notes for the dare detectives and their foes!

Howdy all!

Crazy weekend and blah blah blah, but here we are at the $6,000 mark, and i'd like to announce Stretch Reward Alpha: DARE DETECTIVES: KULA KOLA CAPER t-shirts! Sizes S-XL. These are hand made with a little help from my friends, so there won't be a lot of them!

Howdy all!

I'm Ben Caldwell, I draw and write and draw some more, and you can help me do it! Right now I'm finishing up my first full-color sketchbook, THE MISFITS' MANUAL. The Manual is full of designs, notes, and character stats for the Dare Detectives and some of their more notorious rogues and allies.

THE MISFITS' MANUAL!

The Dare Detectives was originally conceived as a fantasy RPG, so the Manual is set up with each character's game stats, attributes, and backstory. There are also various concept designs and evolution, along with final character art. The Manual also shows various settings and props from Dare stories, and in particular a sneak peek into the upcoming DARE DETECTIVES 2: THE KULA KOLA CAPER.

THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN:

I usually do extremely small runs of my sketchbooks, which isn't practical with color printing. Doing this through Kickstarter backing means I can do a decent run with professional quality. In many ways, this manual is also a run-up to THE DARE DETECTIVES 2: THE KULA KOLA CAPER, which is why I'm also offering art from that book as rewards. Any money raised for THE MISFITS' MANUAL beyond printing and shipping costs will go right into inking and other expenses for that book.

THE PLAN:

The Manual will be off to the printer by the end of July, and back in my grubby hands by October. This will be the first time I'm printing something overseas, so the turnaround is a little longer than I'm used to, but the printers' books look fantastic!

ABOUT MYSELF:

For the past decade I have been a comic artist/writer, designer, and cartoonist, from the controversial Wednesday Comics: Wonder Woman to the wildly popular Action Cartooning books. When i'm not busy drawing comics, I am busy drawing comics. Seriously. I draw comics like you wouldn't believe. Well, maybe you would believe, hypothetical person. I'm not here to judge you, I'm here to ask for your help, and to offer some crazy rewards along the way. Thanks and

Cheers!

ben c

please spread the word anyway you know how! (except smoke signals. the last thing i need is trouble with the forest rangers again.) And check back here, at my purge theory blog, and on my twitter feed for regular updates! I've also socked away a few, EVEN CRAZIER rewards if there's enough support! Like what? Only one way to find out!

*Ben Caldwell (Dare Detectives), nominee for the Russ Manning Best Newcomer Award, 2005.

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    MISFITS' PRINT! An 11"x17" print of the Dare Detectives' most notable foes!

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    KULA KOLA PRINT! An 11"x17" print of Sarah Kincaid, the newest Dare Detective (pictured left). *** add $5 to ANY other order to add one of these prints (ex: $30 to get the MISFITS' MANUAL and a print, or $35 to get the MISFITS' MANUAL and both prints, etc.)

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    12 SEASONS OF DARE! a new, kickstarter-exclusive dare desktop sent to you every month for a year!

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    THE MISFITS' MANUAL! A PDF copy of the Dare Detectives MISFITS' MANUAL, 48 pages of art and facts on the world's most defective detectives, their friends, and their foes!

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    THE MISFITS' MANUAL! A hard copy of the Dare Detectives MISFITS MANUAL, 48 full color pages of art and facts on the world's most defective detectives, their friends, and their foes! International backers: add $10 shipping.

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    TRIPLE PLAY! A hard copy of the Dare Detectives MISFITS MANUAL, 48 full color pages of art and facts on the world's most defective detectives, their friends, and their foes; A PDF copy of the Dare Detectives MISFITS' MANUAL; and the 11"x17" MISFITS' print! International backers: add $10 shipping.

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    BLAST FROM THE PAST! PDF copies of all seven sketchbooks!

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    ORIGINAL ART! Original Dare Detectives art from my vault, including original art from THE MISFITS' MANUAL, and original pencil art from THE KULA KOLA CAPER or THE SNOWPEA PLOT. (This is original pencil art from the pages of the book, but is not a full pencil page.) International backers: add $10 shipping.

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    THE FULL MONTGOMERY! All seven sketchbooks in PDF form, and a hard copy of the MISFITS' MANUAL!

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    THE "CREATUREBOX" at this level, if you can figure out why creature box can't update their campaign, you'll get their book, my book, and THE POWER OF TIME TRAVEL. international backers: please add $30 shipping.

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    ORIGINAL ART! Original pencilled full page fromTHE KULA KOLA CAPER; and a hard copy of THE MISFITS' MANUAL. International backers: add $10 shipping.

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    I DOUBLE DARE YOU! Okay, technically I single dare you. At this level I will draw you into the pages of THE DARE DETECTIVES 2: THE KULA KOLA CAPER. you will receive either the original pencilled or inked page art; and a hard copy of THE MISFITS' MANUAL. International backers: add $10 shipping.

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    THE ONE-ON-ONE! A hard copy of the MISFITS' MANUAL and a 2 hour, online CHARACTER DESIGN/DRAWING workshop with me! General drawing tutorial, feedback on your project, help building your characters or world from scratch... whatever you need, it's you and me baby! (Unless you live in the Reading,PA area, this will be through Skype. Backers can choose one 2-hr session, or 2 hour-long sessions.)

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    "THE SKOTTIE YOUNG" I will refrain from saying anything extra stupid or obnoxious in your presence for A WHOLE WEEK. If you know anything about me, you will appreciate how truly remarkable this gift is. *note - Skottie Young cannot pledge this reward, because if i cannot say stupid things around him, then there is no fun for me.

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