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This book tells the story of 2 brothers who leave home with only their musical instruments and a van, to embark on a lifelong tour.
This book tells the story of 2 brothers who leave home with only their musical instruments and a van, to embark on a lifelong tour.
90 backers pledged $3,565 to help bring this project to life.

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Calling all music and comic fans! We need your help getting our first book printed!

Greetings! We are Jeremy Bentley (artist), and Jeff Burkholder (writer), and we are the co-creators of the weekly online comic The Ouro Bros. and the Neverending Tour. Together we have regularly published The Ouro Bros at ourobros.com for 3 wonderfully fun-packed years.

The Ouro Bros. and the Neverending Tour is the story of two brothers, Stan and Balthazar Ouro, and their chosen life on the road as independently touring musicians. Together, with their trusty van and musical instruments, they are in the process of learning what it takes to become professional musicians, and they seem to be doing it pretty much the hardest way possible.

The first 3 years of this comic sees Stan and Bal getting into all sorts of travel troubles, while along the way meeting a bass player with an attitude (and a bit of an anger management problem), and a keyboardist with a penchant for creating his own gadgets (not to mention a cast of other quirky characters!).  After 3 years of regularly publishing The Ouro Bros, we decided it was time to collect all of those strips into one printed volume - a story about how our characters formed the 4-piece band that they are today.

The book layout is already completed. It is ready to be sent to a printer. All we need you to do is click on the "Back This Project" button so we can get it made! If everyone who loves The Ouro Bros (and maybe a few new fans?) pitch in, it should be easy to reach our goal, which will pay for printing, shipping, and campaign-related costs.

By contributing to this book campaign, you will win the gratitude of two hard-working family-man comic creators and as special thanks, you will get something for yourself. For example, anyone who pledges at the "Super Fan" level gets the printed book ($20) signed by both of us, a PDF copy of the book, and everyone who contributes at any level gets their name printed in the "Thank You" section of the book.

Higher level contributors can get unique penciled and inked drawings done by Jeremy in the inside of the book, signed prints of the strip of your choice, a future appearance in the Ouro Bros webcomic (at ourobros.com), even a recurring character in the ongoing story, based on you!

In reality, we need a platform like Kickstarter, and some friends and supporters like you, to help us make this first larger step in the growth of The Ouro Bros from a webcomic, to a printed comic volume. Being in a band doesn't typically come with a paycheck, and neither has this artistic storytelling endeavor. So please help us make a small dream of ours come true! And if you like what you see, please tell your friends and family - It's easy to share our campaign on Facebook!

For international (non-U.S.) rewards, there is an additional charge for shipping. We've kept that as low as possible to compensate for shipping anywhere in the world. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us make our Kickstarter campaign a success. After 3 years of The Ouro Bros and the Neverending Tour, this is one step in the right direction of making this comic so much more for the future!

Stretch Goals!

We met our initial goal! Thank you all so much! Now, as the project continues to fund, we created some additional goals to shoot for, which include rewards for everyone that has already pledged (and will pledge) the $20 printed book level and above! The more goals we hit, the more stuff you guys get. It's our way of saying thank you for pledging!

Here is a more detailed description of each currently visible goal:
- At $2,000, we will considerably upgrade the quality of the cover stock and inside paper, giving all of you that pledged at the printed book level ($20 and above) an even nicer book! <--- Thanks to pledges on 6/5/2013, THIS IS HAPPENING NOW!

- At $2,500, all those who pledged at $20 and above will also get a 4-button pack of Ouro Bros 1" pin-back buttons (each button will be different), as well as a swanky printed bookmark for your book! These will ship with your current rewards. <--- Thanks to pledges on 6/22/2013, THIS IS HAPPENING NOW!

$2,500 Stretch Reward - Buttons & Bookmark Pack - ACHIEVED!
$2,500 Stretch Reward - Buttons & Bookmark Pack - ACHIEVED!



- At $3,000, we get the Elle mini-comic (“Sound and Fury”) printed as a separate treat! That storyline was always designed to look and feel like a comic book; if we hit that stretch goal, it will actually be one! For all those backing at the $20 (signed, printed book) level and above, we will sign your copy of the Elle comic, and it will ship along with your current rewards! <--- Thanks to pledges on 6/25/2013, THIS IS HAPPENING NOW!

$3,000 Stretch Reward - Elle 8-page mini - ACHIEVED!
$3,000 Stretch Reward - Elle 8-page mini - ACHIEVED!

- At $4,000, we will mail you a specially-made Ouro Bros greeting card for the Holidays (in December), and it will have a special holiday surprise tucked inside! Oooooooo the mystery. It's... a Holiday Mystery! And it will be added to the list of rewards achieved to those backers at $20 and above!

- At $5,000, we will make Ouro Bros t-shirts (design revealed after $4,000 Stretch Goal is achieved), and everyone who pledged $20 and above will get it shipped with current rewards!

Risks and challenges

When funded, the only real risk/challenge may be if the book gets tied up for any reason at the printer, making for a longer wait for us to get the books (pre-signing, etc).

After this project is successfully funded, we will begin by immediately sending it off to the printer. The size of the run depends on if we simply meet the funding goal, or if we surpass it, but it's getting printed right away! And then as soon as we get the books back, we will immediately begin fulfilling all the rewards so you can have your book (and other reward incentives) as soon as is humanly possible!

Thank you for your time and thank you for your support.

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    "SHOW-GOER" REWARD: Your name will be printed in the "Thank You" section of the book. You will also receive our humble, and undying gratitude.

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    "FAN" REWARD: You get the "Show-Goer" reward, plus we will email you a PDF of the completed book!

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    "SUPER FAN" REWARD: On top of the already prestigious "Fan" reward, you get the printed book, which will be signed by creators Jeff Burkholder and Jeremy Bentley! A handsome edition for your bookshelf and/or comic collection. Books sold during the Kickstarter campaign will also have a campaign-exclusive stamp on the inside cover, never to be seen again!

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    "GROUPIE" REWARD: Now things are getting really interesting. You get all of the "Super Fan" rewards, plus Jeremy will do a sketch in the inside of the printed book (Artist's Choice - will be directly Ouro Bros-related)!

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    "DOUBLE-BOOKED" REWARD: Same as "Super Fan" Reward, but now you get a book for yourself AND one for a friend - 2 total signed books for less than the amount of 2 combined "Super Fan" rewards! This reward is limited, so first come, first served.

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    "ORIGINAL FAN" REWARD: You get all the "Super Fan" rewards, plus Jeremy will do a personalized sketch in the inside of the book, and this time the drawing is YOUR choice of a single character bust (head & shoulders). And guess what? That character doesn't even have to be a character from Ouro Bros. You request the character, and Jeremy will draw it in his personal style, Ouro Bros or other! (Please note in your pledge which character bust you would like Jeremy to draw in your book)

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    "ROADIE" AWARD: Now you're along for the ride! You will receive all "Original Fan" rewards, plus a print of one Ouro Bros comic strip of your choice, signed by the creators, Jeff Burkholder and Jeremy Bentley! (Please note in your pledge which character bust you would like Jeremy to draw in your book, and please provide the ourobros.com direct URL to the comic strip that you would like for your signed print)

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    "INSTRUMENT TECH" AWARD: As an instrument tech, you get all "Original Fan" rewards, plus a guitar pick signed by co-lead character Stan Ouro, and a piece of a drumstick, signed by his brother Balthazar Ouro! (Please note in your pledge which character bust you would like Jeremy to draw in your book)

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    "ENGINEER" REWARD: You get all "Original Fan" rewards, plus your likeness will be featured (non-speaking role) in a single Ouro Bros comic strip! You may be the only extra, or your appearance may be combined with other contributors from this level. We will also send you signed a print of that strip when it publishes! Your book will ship by the estimated delivery date, but the strip will publish on an unspecified date sometime in the future. Trust us, we won't make you wait forever to see yourself! (Please note in your pledge which character bust you would like Jeremy to draw in your book. We will contact you to discuss getting reference photos for your appearance)

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    "SHARE THE ROSTER" REWARD: Your name, or your band's name, gets listed on the marquee of a venue in an upcoming comic strip with the Ouro Bros! It will visually be in the comic, and members of the band will also make note of it in conversation (example: "The roster says we're playing with John Smith and the Smitheroos tonight..." etc). Each pledge will get all "Original Fan" rewards, and we will send you a signed print of the strip when it publishes (the date is unspecified, but in the future of the comic's story)!

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    "GIMME A BEAT" REWARD: Balthazar Ouro names each drum in his drum kit after a backer at this level! A strip will be made in which Bal reveals the drum names, and those names will stick from there on out. Each pledge will get all "Original Fan" rewards, one drum named after you, and we will send you a signed print of the strip that reveals the names when it publishes (the date is unspecified, but in the future of the comic's story)!

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    "PRODUCER" REWARD: All "Original Fan" rewards, plus you get a speaking role in 2 concurrent strips (Your likeness will be used, but it is up to us what we want you to say). We will send you signed prints of those 2 strips when they publish (again, the date is unspecified, but in the future of the comic's story)! (Please note in your pledge which character bust you would like Jeremy to draw in your book. We will contact you to discuss getting reference photos for your appearances)

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    "ENTOURAGE" REWARD: One special backer of this project will not only receive all "Original Fan" rewards, but we will also make you a recurring character (your likeness will be used, but character details are up to us)! We will send you a signed print of the introductory strip featuring your character when it publishes, and a signed/framed character sheet of your character (These two character-related rewards will ship together, separately from the book)! (Please note in your pledge which character bust you would like Jeremy to draw in your book. We will contact you to discuss getting reference photos and other materials for your character)

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Funding period

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