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A story of standing up for what you believe in, being triumphant over your fears, and becoming the person you were always meant to be.
A story of standing up for what you believe in, being triumphant over your fears, and becoming the person you were always meant to be.
A story of standing up for what you believe in, being triumphant over your fears, and becoming the person you were always meant to be.
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HOW TO ADD THE SKETCHBOOK!

There seems to be a bit of confusion regarding how to go about getting the sketchbook, and for that, I apologize. Allow me to explain the process in better detail :) This is for ALL current and future backers. The 100 page digital sketchbook is now available and can be added to any and all pledge levels by simply increasing your current or future pledge, at any time, by an additional $10. There is no need to message me, because when you do, I am automatically notified that you have done so :) Easy as that! 

1st STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!

*Both cards will be included in the "BAAKO WORLD WIDE" tier as well!

The characters featured on these 2 new cards will be revealed in the coming days as well!

2nd STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!

3RD STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!

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ADD AN ADDITIONAL BOOK FOR $15!

Anyone interested in adding additional copies of the book, may do so by simply adding an extra $15 for each additional copy to their selected tier!

This kickstarter will be a means to dedicate the necessary time and funds needed to finish and print the 1st of 3 books in a series and to make the book available for anyone and everyone via shops and online.

The first book will be a 100+ page, fully-colored graphic novel written and illustrated by me (Joshua Covey.) 

WHY KICKSTARTER?:

For the past 2 years, I have been working freelance in comic books. Freelance stuff is fun, don't get me wrong-- I truly appreciate every opportunity I've been given. Kickstarter though, is my chance of doing a book without limitations. It gives me the ability to do the book how I envision it, and it opens up so many other possibilities. For example, being able to have talented people that I have come to know and love, lend their own talents to the project. As well as the incentives, like the "creature creation" pledge. These are things I feel I wouldn't have the ability to do if I were to take the project to a publisher.

The story is complete, but unfortunately, I lack the proper funding to really kick the production into full swing. I have started working on what I can between freelance gigs, but I fear it could be far too long before the book makes it to print unless I try an alternate route. The last thing I want to see it become is something that inevitably gets pushed to the back burner collecting dust. This is a story and vision that I have wanted to share for some time, and I have come too far to give up on it now.  

It's not only my chance to do the book how I see it, but it’s also a way to raise enough funding to complete the first book, print it, and get it in your hands. Assuming the first book is a success, I look forward to having the chance to produce the remaining books, via kickstarter, and allowing the fans (YOU!) to be much more involved in the incentives for the next go around.

WHY $12,000?:

After crunching the numbers, this is the necessary amount in order for me to accomplish all that I am offering. The money would fund the printing of 500 full-color 100+ page soft cover copies of the first book. It would also go towards creating and distributing the rewards to all of those who pledge. Last but not least, and I'm not going to lie, a good portion of the funding will enable me to take time away from my full time job and to dedicate my time and efforts into making this book a reality. 

Yes, I could do the book in my spare time. But there is no telling how long it would be before I would actually be able to print the book. I feel I owe it to you, and to all who support this project, to get this book done in a reasonable, timely manner. Also, I want to be able to put my heart and soul into every page, making each one something to remember and well worth every penny you pledge: You have my word on that.

The projected completion, printing, and mailing of “BAAKO, Book 1”, along with all pledge rewards, is January, 2014. Layouts are done, and I am in the process of inking and coloring pages, which I will complete no later then the beginning of December 2013, assuming our goal is reached.

If we surpass our goal of $12,000, there will be plenty of stretch goal incentives that I think you will enjoy! These will include faster completion time, buttons, stickers and all sorts of cool little extras, more printed copies of the book, a hard cover versus soft cover, a stand-alone sketchbook, and a plethora of pin-ups done by other artists willing to contribute their talents. 

WHAT I WILL ACCOMPLISH WITH YOUR SUPPORT:

I will finish and print the first book of BAAKO, and deliver on all that I am offering you! Most importantly, I want to show that standing up for what you believe in means something; I want to accomplish the goal of staying true to myself. Lastly, I hope to set an example for my children, showing them that, in order to do what you love and to truly be happy, you must take that leap of faith.

BOOK 1 PLOT.

It all began when a great star fell from the heavens, unleashing an evil force known by those who inhabit this world as “the Hatred." From that day onward, it has become a constant struggle for survival. The Hatred continues to grow and to consume everything in it's path, leaving behind nothing but a barren wasteland, distorting anyone caught in its path into grotesque minions whose only purpose is to serve and further its onslaught, pushing humanity to the brink of extinction.

The story begins quite some time after the Hatred has spread, leaving very few civilizations remaining. It will follow a mysterious young girl, unscathed by the Hatred. She is discovered just on the outskirts of its reach and is taken in by a very small tribe preparing for their next battle. 
Believing the girl is of great importance, the leaders of the tribe decide to send her away to meet with one who they think could clear away the fog that shrouds her past. 
Wanting to stay and prove herself a true warrior, she agrees. Unfortunately, before she is able to make it to her destination, tragedy strikes, leaving her with no choice but to turn back the way she came. 
As she sets out to rejoin the tribe, other mysterious figures come into play. They have hidden interests of their own in regards to our young heroine.

As the first book comes to a conclusion, we will find out who (and what) these "mysterious figures" are and what their true intentions are. We’ll also learn our heroine's true potential and her purpose in the fight against the Hatred.

1 of 3 BAAKO TRADING CARDS!
1 of 3 BAAKO TRADING CARDS!

BAAKO is the story of a young girl coming of age in a world full of unimaginable terrors. She must find the courage to set out on a journey full of peril, loss, and betrayal and learn to overcome it all.

The story is inspired heavily on the fact that I have a daughter of my own. To tell a story with a strong female lead without the "physical" attributes that are so commonly attributed to such a role is of huge importance to me.

This is a journey of uncertainty: of knowing what has to be done, getting out of your comfort zone, building up the courage to take that leap of faith, and hoping you land on your feet!

BAAKO is a fantasy tale at heart and a culmination of everything I've ever wanted to do in my own book. The story is a mix of multiple genres and a place for my imagination to run wild and free! 

A LOOK AT BAAKO:

Below are a few pages to give you an idea of what the book will look like. The book will be in full color and have dialogue, and as the kickstarter continues on, I will update as often as possible with new pages.

BAAKO leaping into action to help a fellow tribesman!
BAAKO leaping into action to help a fellow tribesman!
Character lineup 1
Character lineup 1
A page from the 100 page BAAKO sketchbook!
A page from the 100 page BAAKO sketchbook!
BAAKO MONSTER WATERCOLOR!
BAAKO MONSTER WATERCOLOR!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

Much like everything else in this world, you can't do it all by yourself: I need help. I need YOUR help. I want every supporter to see all of my intentions for what they truly are, and I will be as transparent as humanly possible in order to accomplish this goal. So, if any of you have any uncertainties or questions regarding BAAKO, please feel free to contact me directly at any time. I would be more than happy to personally answer any and all questions you may have about this book. Lastly, to all who support this project, “Thank you.” You have no idea the true impact your support has on me. It is greatly appreciated.

 If you wish to continue following me and/or the progress of BAAKO, you may do so at these sites:

Risks and challenges

I want everyone to know I'm not trying to use kickstarter as a means to make a quick buck so that I can just sit back and twiddle my thumbs. I have a story to tell and a vision I wish to share with everyone. 
I want you all to know that I am more than confident in my art and in my story. No matter the project, I take great pride in the fact that I have never missed a deadline. I have no doubt that I can, and will, complete the project and deliver on every incentive, provided I reach my goal.

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    You have our sincerest thanks and appreciation. + We will add your name along with every other proud supporter within the printed pages of BAAKO!

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    Our thanks and appreciation + Your name in the book + A set of 3 trading cards featuring 3 different characters from the world of BAAKO! + A glow in the dark BAAKO bracelet to help show your support!

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    BOOK1 PDF: For the digital fans out there that only want the book! The completed book 1 of BAAKO in PDF format!

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    BAAKO WORLD WIDE: (For international shipping only). I know shipping outside of the US can be spendy at times, so to help the non US residents looking to just get the printed book. This ones for you! You get the printed book + plus for helping support BAAKO world wide, I will throw in the trading card set and mini print!

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    DIGITAL COMMISSION 1: You get the PDF copy of BAAKO book 1 + (1) digital commission of (1) single character of your choosing!

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    DIGITAL COMMISSION 2: You get the PRINTED copy of BAAKO book 1 + (1) digital commission of (1) single character of your choosing!

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    LET'S DOODLE: A printed copy of the book + A PDF copy + I will do a personal doodle of a character from the world of BAAKO on the interior book cover!

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    JIMMY CARES: You get a signed copy of BAAKO book 1 + 1 signed copy of the children's book "Nobody Cares About Jimmy" written by Shaun Springer and illustrated by me. You will also receive the trading card set, mini print and BAAKO bracelet!

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    LET'S DOODLE SOME MORE: The PDF copy + A printed copy of BAAKO + I will do a sketch of a character from the world of BAAKO on a separate 5X8 book mark.

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    CLEAN PAIR: Everything from the $45 level+ Your very own pair of "BAAKO" BOXERS!... Why? Because in a world full of monsters, you never know when you'll need a clean pair!

    For the time being, sizes will be limited to large. Though, the more backers we get in this category, the more size options we'll be able to make available!

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    RETAIL LVL 1: (FOR RETAILER'S ONLY)
    You get 5 signed copies of BAAKO Book 1 + A 1' x 3' BAAKO banner for your shop to help promote and keep. + 5 glow in the dark BAAKO bracelets + You and your Shops name will be featured in the acknowledgment section as a proud supporter of the book!

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    MEMORIES: A signed copy of BAAKO. + An original page from the 100 page BAAKO sketchbook. These are some of the very early designs of characters, creatures and world of BAAKO.

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    COMMISSION: A signed copy of BAAKO. + An original 8X10 personal commission of any single character of your choosing. All I ask, is we keep it PG-13 ;)

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    RETAIL LVL 2: (FOR RETAILER'S ONLY)
    You get 10 signed copies of BAAKO Book 1 + A 1' x 3' signed BAAKO banner for your shop to help promote and keep. + 10 glow in the dark BAAKO bracelets + You and your Shops name will be featured in the acknowledgment section as a proud supporter of the book!

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    CREATURE CREATION: Heres where it gets fun!
    You get the printed book. + You get to create your very own creature/monster to be put into the world of BAAKO! The only guideline. Use your imagination to it's FULLEST! + I will have a section in the book dedicated to showcasing the creations alongside their creators, YOU!!

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    LET'S PAINT: A signed copy of BAAKO. + An original, one of a kind 11X14 Watercolor painting of a monster of my choosing from the world of BAAKO!

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    LET'S PAINT SOME MORE: A signed copy of BAAKO. + An original, one of kind 11X14 watercolor painting of a main character from the world of BAAKO!

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    BAAKO BUNDLE: You get the PDF + 2 signed copies of the full colored print of BAAKO + 2 5x8 bookmark sketches + A pair of the BAAKO boxers + An original, one of a kind 11X14 Watercolor of a character from the BAAKO world. + The trading card set + Mini print + 2 glow in the dark BAAKO Bracelets + An original page from the 100 page BAAKO sketchbook!

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    I will travel to your place of business within the united states, to do a signing/free sketch event for the entire day! + I will bring with me 10 glow in the dark BAAKO bracelets + 10 signed copies of the book to give away to the first 10 attendees of the event!

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