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By Peter Tarkulich
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About this project

First of all, what the heck is Bardsworth?

Bardsworth is an all-ages webcomic that has been updating since 2005. It's the story of Mike Cosley, a high school nobody who isn't sure what he wants to do after graduating, until he finds a door in the back of his closet that leads to another world. In this new world is a college, Bardsworth University, where magic can be learned, and Mike decides to enroll. He gets a little more than he bargained for, though, as he becomes the victim of magical pranks, killer hugs, and the awful truth that doing magic isn't just waving a wand and saying "Abracadabra".

A sample of Mike's life
A sample of Mike's life

Who is this Pete Tarkulich guy?

While I am many things – a husband, a father, home brewer, a Cancer - I am most importantly a writer and an artist. Okay, the husband and father parts are important, too. And the home brewer part. Anyway, Bardsworth was my first work of any note and one of the most successful things I've done. I also create fairy-themed works of art with my wife, and I've published three novellas and a novel. In short, I like to create and to share my creations with the world.

Armed with a home brew
Armed with a home brew

Why am I asking you for your hard-earned money?

The ultimate goal is to release the second print collection of Bardsworth. The first print collection was released in 2008, almost six years ago. Why such a long time between books? Because, as cliché as it sounds, life got in the way. Due to many circumstances – moving, jobs, the birth of my son, other creative projects, etc. – it's been difficult to even keep up with the comic. I've been able to work on the book here and there, but over the course of those six years I've really only gotten a portion of the work finished.

Why is it taking so long to prepare the book for print? Well, as I learned when I was putting together the first book, when I started Bardsworth I had no idea how to prepare artwork for print, and as such all of my early strips are rather low resolution. So, in order to make them look better for print, I went back and colored them. However, this means that I'm using the original scanned line art, resizing it, cleaning it up, and then coloring it. And with artwork that crude it takes a lot of TLC!

The original strip and the book version strip
The original strip and the book version strip

So here's the deal. The first portion of the money I'm asking for is essentially living expenses for two months. I'd like to be free of having to spend time searching for and working on freelance work when I could just knuckle down and get this thing done.  

The second part of the money will be going towards production of the book, including the cost of a print run for 200 copies and the cost of downloading InDesign for a couple of months from Adobe.  

The third and smallest portion of the money is to cover fees associated with the Kickstarter project, as well as rewards and shipping. For those of you who like numbers, here's the breakdown:  

Gifts! Gifts! Gifts!

I'm not the type of guy to ask for something without giving something in return.  So here's what you get for your generosity...

$5 Level - Freshman  
You will have my sincere gratitude, and your name will appear on a special "Thank You" page in the second collection. 

$10 Level - Sophomore My gratitude, your name on a "Thank You" page in the book, and an exclusive downloadable desktop wallpaper. Take a look...

Pretty snazzy, huh?
Pretty snazzy, huh?

$20 Level - Junior
$5 and $10 level rewards plus a digital (PDF) copy of the second collection, which will be released before the print versions.  

$30 Level - Senior
Rewards from $5, $10, and $20 levels plus a pack of 11 donor-only wallpapers from this past year.

Your desktop will be the envy of other desktops
Your desktop will be the envy of other desktops

 $40 Level – Grad Student All rewards from $5 to $30 levels plus a set of 6 stylish Bardsworth buttons.  (NOTE:  The rewards listed on the side state 7 buttons instead of 6; this was a mistake on my part and cannot be corrected now.  Sorry for any confusion.)

Not the best pic, but you get the idea
Not the best pic, but you get the idea

$50 Level – Professor's Assistant All rewards from $5 to $40 levels plus a signed print copy of the second collection (Add $10 for an artist edition which includes an inked sketch on the inside front cover). Be the first to get these puppies in your hands!

$75 Level - Professor  All rewards up to the $50 level plus an exclusive 16"x20" poster using the wallpaper design from the $10 level. 

$100 Level – Grand Wizard, Third Class
All rewards up to the $75 level plus a bottle of either Mike or Fawn scented oils. Mike smells like cookies and Fawn smells like... well, pretty much what you'd expect a sweet fairy to smell like!

Your nostrils will thank you
Your nostrils will thank you

$150 Level – Kamius Morclimer All rewards up to the $75 level plus original artwork of a strip of your choice (First come, first served / based on availability).

$200 Level – Cookie-baking Demon
All rewards up to the $75 level plus a one-of-a-kind custom hand-sewn Francis plushie doll! Body will be made from felted wool sweaters and weighted so he will sit upright. Each backer will be allowed to choose three costume or accessory pieces in addition to his usual ripped pants. What will it be? A "Kiss the Cook" apron? A polymer-clay tray of cookies? The choice is yours! (Limited to 5)

What's the rest of him gonna look like? You decide!
What's the rest of him gonna look like? You decide!

$250 Level – Spirit Bond All rewards up to the $75 level plus a custom ink drawing of up to two characters colored in colored pencil on 11"x14" Bristol board

An example of what I'm talking about
An example of what I'm talking about

$500 - Trimagus
All rewards up to the $75 level plus ALL original artwork drawn specifically for the second collection as well as the artwork for exclusive wallpaper/poster (Obviously limited to 1) .

These plus other soon-to-be-drawn things
These plus other soon-to-be-drawn things

$1000+ Sponsorship reward – In addition to all the great swag up to the $75 level, you get a whopping 6 months of ads/media on the Bardsworth website, as well as mentions on my other sites (Fairy Magik and my writing blog), weekly mentions on all my social networking accounts, and a custom commissioned ad (print or web) for your company/organization/superhero guild/whatever.

What if we surpass the goal?

If we happen to throttle this bad boy past the goal line, here's what I have in mind for the rest of the money and what you'll get in return.

Risks and challenges

The good news is that if this campaign doesn't get funded, it doesn't mean the second collection won't happen. The bad news is that it means that it's still going to take an indefinite amount of time to finish, and perhaps some alternate methods of funding the print run.

Regarding the rewards in the event that the campaign is successful, please allow some time for the production/packing/shipping of said rewards. The book will take about a month to finish, and then I have to proof it and finalize it with the printer. However, I will go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everyone gets what they were promised and in a timely manner.

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