Hello! I'm Kathleen Jacques, and since 2010 I've been creating a webcomic called Band Vs Band. You can read it here! I'm raising funds to make its second book happen, and cover the cost of printing and shipping.
Band Vs Band is about two clashing musicians: wholesome do-gooder Honey Hart with her band The Candy Hearts, and bad-girl troublemaker Turpentine with her dirty noisy band The Sourballs. The gals start as enemies and rivals with a secret attraction to each other, but gradually fall in love. It's fun, queer, and retro-inspired, with a distinctive visual style.
The Volume 1 book collecting the comic's first three years was a 2015 Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Graphic Novels, and Band Vs Band has also been a finalist in online comics categories for an Autostraddle comics award (2016) and a National Cartoonists Society Reuben award (2017). I've had so much fun sharing these characters and their world with readers, and I've been blown away by the amazing response it's gotten from folks who enjoy it.
The comic itself is free to read online, but there's just something special about a physical book. The Volume 1 print book was funded thanks to the generous support of my Kickstarter backers, and now I need your help to print Volume 2! It'll be a 162 page perfect-bound softcover book, professional full-colour offset printing, 7x10 inches (and the format matches Vol. 1, so they'll look nice together on a shelf.) I'm a graphic designer when I'm not making comics, and a huge nerd about making sure these are beautiful books in terms of print quality, layout, and feel.
Volume 2 will collect all the Band Vs Band pages from 2014–early 2018. In these comics, Honey and Turpentine struggle to balance their band dreams with job & money problems, persevere through mishaps and injuries, and start to realize what they mean to each other. Plus, there'll be several pages of book-exclusive bonus material & art that won't appear in the web version!
It is the second book in an ongoing series with continuity – but if you like the premise, I think you'll find lots to enjoy here even if you haven't read Volume 1 or the online version of the comic yet.
The book is almost complete - the vast majority of it is finished, and I'm currently working hard at finalizing the rest. I'm incredibly excited for this book, and the prospect of seeing it in print – a lot of work and a lot of love went into it, and I want to share it with all of you.
So, what's in it for you, besides a sweet copy of the new book itself for your very own?
Special Guest Artist Postcards
Guest artists! I am so thrilled to be able to offer a set of art cards with Band Vs Band illustrations by three of my absolute favorite comics artists: Megan Rose "Rosalarian" Gedris (Meaty Yogurt, Spectacle), Nina "Space Coyote" Matsumoto (Sparks!, Simpsons Comics), and Sfé R. Monster (Eth's Skin, Beyond Anthology). These are going to be gorgeous 5x7" prints – and they're Kickstarter exclusives, so this is your one chance to grab them!
Stickers! For when you just want to stick the Band Vs Band aesthetic onto every possible surface (Laptops! Sketchbooks! Muscial instruments! Cover the world!) There are two different sticker sheets available in various reward tiers, and they'll both be 4x6" vinyl with multiple kiss-cut designs to peel off.
Meet The Band
Meet the band! Heck yeah! I'll draw you hanging out with up to 2 Band Vs Band characters in an in-universe photo that'll appear in the Volume 2 book. These are super limited, and I'm going to make a few available right away, and a few more later in the campaign.
If you snag one of these, you'll need to send me a reference photo as soon as possible! You get to pick which characters you meet, and any other requests about this image and how you're portrayed just need to be consistent with the universe/tone/canon of the comic (ie: you need to appear as a human, and my characters all act in-character here)
There are more cool items included in the reward tiers, including comic page prints, my limited edition risograph mini comics, and having me sign your book and do a sketch on the title page (up to 2 BVB characters of your choice). Check it out!
If you'd really like a particular combination of items that isn't specified, please send me a message and I'll confirm how much to add to your pledge to add any non-limited reward onto another tier.
Thank You Page
All tiers that include a print copy of Volume 2 also get your name on the book's special thank-you page. You'll be immortalized forever!
PDF ebook versions of both Band Vs Band volumes are available as digital-only rewards, plus any tier with a print copy of the Volume 2 book also gets you a download of the digital edition.
Oh wow - the limited tiers are all currently sold out! But if you missed something you wanted, mark your calendar: more spots for some of them are opening on February 28 (tiers with Volume 1) and March 5 (Meet The Band)
Stretch Goals, and Volume 1
I want to mostly focus on the Volume 2 book itself; however, If this project exceeds its initial target, I do have one big additional goal: at $20,000, we reprint Band Vs Band Volume 1!
There are reward tiers that include both books, but they're limited...and that's because my stock of Volume 1 is pretty low. The first printing was a relatively small quantity – and I'm delighted that the comic's audience is bigger than I expected, but it also means I'm running out!
If we fund Volume 2, but don't make that additional goal, it means reprinting Volume 1 will probably be its own separate campaign at some point in the future, and that book will become scarce and unavailable to buy for a while. (If we DO unlock reprinting Volume 1 this time, it'll become available in unlimited reward tiers)
Besides the big reprint, more funding above the initial target also means that I'll be able to print a higher quantity of Volume 2, and that I may be able to add some cool upgrades to certain rewards – but the first priority is reaching that first goal to make Volume 2 happen.
Special thanks to: my amazing guest artists, and all of you who've followed the comic over the years and been so incredibly enthusiastic and supportive!
Video music track: "Silver" by Riot / Youtube Audio Library
Risks and challenges
I learned a lot from my first Kickstarter book project, and hopefully those lessons will help this one go smoothly.
A bigger quantity of books means bigger logistical problems with storage and fulfillment – but I've looked into (and budgeted for) storage/warehousing solutions, and this time I'm working with a shipping company that makes sending out the physical rewards far more efficient.
I've put a lot of thought into planning out a tight production/fulfillment timeline, but there's always the possibility of unexpected issues with book production or shipping, or unforseen circumstances that could delay me finishing my work on the book files. If problems arise, I'll do my best to keep all the backers updated on the situation, and what I'm doing to get everyone's rewards delivered as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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