Over the goal! Amazing!
Thank you all so much, backers! I've added some bonuses for everyone for pushing it past the original goal. [March 18th: lucky $5555 is unlocked!]
What's all this about? What's Band Vs. Band?
It's an ongoing comics series about rival bands! It's pretty goofy and lighthearted and retro-inspired, and it is full to the brim with femmy aesthetics and characters who are either LGBTQ or unconventional or (most likely) both. There's one comic page that sets up the premise and introduces the characters here!
(NOTE: It's not for kids — it's done in a cute style and has no swearing or frontal nudity, but it actually is full of adult themes. I'd say this is for teenagers and older.)
I've been posting it online since November 2010, and now I want to do a print collection. I've always fantasized about having these comics in print — I'm a graphic designer with some print & publication design background, and that's always influenced the look of the comic. I want to make it a really sweet book that suits the style, and feels like something special and cohesive beyond just a paper collection of comics you can read online.
The book's vital stats: 7x10", 150 pages, full color (kinda!), perfect-bound softcover, offset printing.
Can I read the comic online? How is it different in print?
Definitely! It's free to read online at bvbcomix.com.
The print version will collect all the comics up until November 2013 (and clean them up a bit — mostly refining some of the lettering and correcting errors), plus some extra content. I've got it planned as 150 page book where around 130 pages are those comics, and the other 20 are split between fun bonus content, and the other miscellaneous innards of the book like intro pages, titles, copyright, thank yous, and etc. (Why is it "around" 130 pages, and not nailed down yet? That's because there are a few really nonstandard pages that I'm still deciding what to do with re: size and placement, and in some cases whether to include them or not.)
Where do things stand right now? What's the timeline?
The timeline is definite: I want to have these books for VanCAF 2014 at the end of May. I've done my homework: I've spent the past month and a half getting book printing / shipping quotes (comparing at least a dozen printers on three different continents!) and looking at options about different paper stocks and finishes and etc. I think I've settled on exactly the specs I'm doing, and the printer I want to use — and it's in Canada, which I feel good about! Some international options are cheaper overall, but this means a quicker turnaround, no unexpected problems with borders and customs and overseas shipping, and everything's closer if we run into an issue.
To get my books in mid-May, I need to have the files sent off in mid-April. That means a few marathon weeks of finishing it up if the Kickstarter's successfully funded in March - but I can do it! I've been working on it bit by bit all along, and the bulk of the content already exists. The extra work I'm doing is a clean-up sweep through the older comics for lettering issues and minor errors, designing/drawing the covers and some artwork for the bonus pages, and laying out the rest of the book insides.
(Money timeline: I did read the fine print that it can take a couple of weeks for the Kickstarter money to get transferred, and I DO have an emergency plan to keep it on track if it's funded but it turns out I need to pay the printer before this money shows up in my account.)
What happens if it doesn't get funded?
I get sad, you guys don't get your rewards, and I'll have to change my plans. I'd probably still offer up a couple of the reward things for sale, but we'd have to go through the hassle of another round of orders from a different online storefront. The work I've already done on the book won't be totally wasted, since I would still want to get it printed at some point - but I don't know when that would be. This feels like the moment to make it happen!
Shipping is included in all reward pricing!
I'm sending this out from Canada, and I've looked up the rates for sending an object roughly the size and weight of this book from here...and the conclusion was that whether it's across Canada, to the USA, or farther, it's pretty much always going to be between $12-20 to ship it, averaging about $15. And yeah, a significant percentage of the cost is shipping if you're just getting one book — so hey, why not pick up some of the other stuff, too? The shipping cost I added is the same for all the combos (except for the sticker/etc pack without a book - that's lower, because it'll be really light).
Do I still need to pay for shipping if I live in Vancouver?
I hear you. I can't really change the pricing, since it's all fixed, but I've got a deal for you. If you live in the Vancouver area, and, instead of having your stuff shipped you want to come pick it up from me at a Cloudscape Comics meeting (Wednesday nights, open to the public), I'll throw in some extras of the small stuff like stickers and postcards to make up for it. If you ordered that too: you get more!
The $3000 goal isn't the total amount to cover everything associated with this (printing books, producing rewards, shipping, taxes, miscellaneous expenses) - it's a portion. It's roughly half. I've got the rest covered - it's not an *easy* commitment for me, but it's covered. I decided that it wouldn't be reasonable to ask for everything to be covered up-front with Kickstarter, and reaching it would be unlikely. Kickstarter is all or nothing, so it makes more sense to me to set a goal that seems possible so this has more of a chance of happening. I want this book to happen! I want you to have it! It's important to me on the same kind of level as what someone with different priorities might personally spend on, say, a used car or a trip...and making this investment in it now will leave me with an inventory of books (and some of the other stuff) for the immediate future. This is still a lot of money to ask for, with no guarantee we'll reach it - so please, yes, I need your help.
If it goes over the goal: I will be OVER THE MOON thrilled, and add some stretch goals to sweeten the deal for all backers!
Note: All of this is in Canadian dollars.
Will any of this be available to buy online later?
NO GUARANTEE, so get it now!
Can I get multiple copies of the book?
Yes! Just put in an extra $22 for each one.
Can I get multiple rewards that aren't in the same tier?
Sure, unless it's a limited thing that's already gone. Just put in enough cash for everything, and let me know what you want. If one of them's limited, choose that one officially.
If you want something that seems more complicated (like combining multiple limited things, or combining multiple tiers that come with a book but you only need one book), and want to know how it's stack up re: pricing and shipping, contact me.
More detail about some of the rewards
Sticker sheets: I've always wanted to produce something like this, like the stickers you remember having as a kid! High-quality vinyl stickers - each sheet is 4x6" with a bunch of different shapes to peel off.
Dolls: These lovable little pals are made of soft felt and stuffed with fluff, sewn together with the details glued on. They're between 5 and 6 inches high when they're sitting, and between 7 and 8 inches long head-to-toe lying flat. Note: These are totally not the work of a professional dollmaker, and I'm no sewing expert. They're just made with love and enthusiasm by this comics artist who only sews sometimes.
These are pretty limited, and unlikely to be available again in the future. There are a couple of reward tiers where you can get Honey and Turpentine as shown above, and a couple (even more limited) spaces to get a different Band Vs. Band character made in the same series.
Paper bands: (the above photo was a test mockup to make sure they stood - the actual pieces will be produced with better print and edge quality) These guys are made of cardstock, and they stand around 4.5 inches high (which varies a little with the height of the character). The clothes aren't removable like paper dolls, but the instruments and accessories are — which means mix-and-match fun between characters! I'm looking forward to each of them trying on the tiara and the feather boa, honestly.
The sets will come in flat sheets, and the plan is that they'll have perforations for easy punching out and folding. There's a reward tier that includes one band set (4 characters, your choice which band), and a couple of others that have BOTH, for eight total characters ready to be pitted against each other.
Tell your friends!
Whether you don't have spare cash for this right now (which I understand!) or just want another way to support it, the other big, big thing you can do is spread the word! This has always been my biggest weak point - I really think there are a lot more people out there who'd be into these comics if they saw them, but I am just not a natural promoter.
Need to contact me?
Either through Kickstarter, or at hello [at] kathleenjacques.com
Risks and challenges
There's always the risk that things will take longer to complete than I'm anticipating (I want to do a good job, and I'm also working full time and have other things on the go!), or that there might be unexpected complications with the printing and production. I'm pretty confident that I've got the right experience and knowledge to send problem-free book files to print - but I'm only human, and capable of messing something up that might need correcting.
Any delays in production after it's funded would mostly just result in the bad news for me that I won't have the books in time for the events at the end of May. For you, you'll still get all your books and your stuff - just, worst case, a little later. I set "July" as the delivery target to be safe: if all goes according to plan, I'll be shipping a bunch of this out in May and June.
Whatever happens I'll keep you updated, and I'll do my best to handle it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (23 days)