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A new special edition of the first book in an ongoing series of queer, silently-musical comics, expanded with additional bonus content
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Hello! I'm Kathleen Jacques, and since 2010 I've been having a lot of fun creating a webcomic called Band Vs Band. You can read it here! The series is ongoing, and I've published two print collections so far, both successfully funded on Kickstarter. The positive response to these comics has been amazing, and the original small print run of Volume 1 has actually run out. I'm raising funds to reprint the book and make it available again, and make it an extra special new & improved edition with additional bonus content. 

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. 

Covers of both volumes
Covers of both volumes

Band Vs Band Comix Volume 1

The Volume 1 book collects the comic's first three years, and was a 2015 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the category of LGBT Graphic Novels. This book sets the stage for this world of musical rivalry, with Honey and Turpentine chasing their band dreams, derailing each other's plans, and hitting the road on tour.

Comic pages from Band Vs Band Volume 1
Comic pages from Band Vs Band Volume 1

Band Vs Band Comix Volume 2

The second book picks up where the first left off, as Honey and Turpentine struggle to balance their music with day job & money problems, persevere through mishaps and injuries, and start to realize what they mean to each other. Volume 2 collects the series from 2014 to early 2018. During this time the comic was a finalist for an Autostraddle comics award (2016) and a National Cartoonists Society Reuben award (2017).

Comic pages from Band Vs Band Volume 2
Comic pages from Band Vs Band Volume 2

 These are beautiful books, and I'm so proud of them: professionally printed full-colour offset, perfect bound softcover, 7x10 inches. Reprinting Volume 1 is also a chance to make it even better! The original Volume 1 was 150 pages, and the plan is to increase the new Volume 1 to 162 pages to match Volume 2. That means more brand new stuff in the book-only bonus section, some new artwork for the interior book design, possible updates to the covers, and room for more backers in the special thank-you pages. Plus, of course, we're getting three years of comic pages back into print!

Most of the funding goal for this project is to cover the printing cost for the books themselves, but I've also budgeted for shipping, and Kickstarter fees.

The first print edition of Volume 1
The first print edition of Volume 1

 The Books Themselves: The main event! Both Volume 2 and the new Volume 1 are available here, separately or together – and they do look great together on a shelf! This is an ongoing series with continuity, so it does help to read them both in order...but if you like cute gay band comics, I think you'll find plenty to enjoy about either volume individually.

Signed & Sketched Books: Want a truly personalized copy? I'll sign it to the name of your choice, AND do a BVB character sketch on the title page!

Risograph Print

Preview of the print artwork (may not be 100% final)
Preview of the print artwork (may not be 100% final)

Heck yeah! I'm celebrating the BVB Volume 1 reprint with this brand new 2-colour Risograph print, in black and glorious fluorescent pink ink. (The above is just a digital preview that doesn't fully reflect how great this colour looks in real life.) I'm planning to print these at 8.5x11" on nice sturdy cover-weight cream paper.

Your Name On The Thank You Page

Every tier that includes a print copy of the new edition of Band Vs Band Volume 1 includes adding your name to the book's special Thank You page. You'll be immortalized forever! 

What if you backed the first edition in 2014, and your name is already there? First of all, you're awesome, and secondly: 

- Duplicate names will only appear once. But, if you like, you could use this to add another name (say, if this new book is a gift, or you're getting it to share with a friend/partner/family)

- If your name has changed, please let me know, and I'll be happy to replace the old name.

Meet The Band

A few of the previous backstage guests
A few of the previous backstage guests

I'll draw you – yes, you! – hanging out with up to 2 Band Vs. Band characters in an in-universe photo that will appear in the new Band Vs Band Volume 1 book! These are super limited and rare, and they've been pretty coveted and gone FAST in the previous Kickstarters - so, I'm making 3 available right away, and a couple more will open up 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, my characters all act in-character here, and these take place at the end of Volume 1 before any events of Volume 2)

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, my characters all act in-character here, and these take place at the end of Volume 1 before any events of Volume 2)

Update: The Meet The Band tier is currently sold out, but a few more limited spots will be opening at 12 noon, Pacific Time, on March 6:

The Meet The Band photos already in the first edition of Volume 1 will remain, and these new ones will be added.  


I'm keeping this Kickstarter fairly simple, without stretch goals or a large number of different reward items. I want to concentrate on the expanded book and the one new print this time, and just do them really, really well.

Risks and challenges

This is my third Kickstarter book project, and I've learned a lot from the previous ones! Since this is mostly a reprint, I expect fewer potential problems and surprises than there would be with a brand new book...but there's always a chance that something could go wrong with the files or the print production and cause a delay. If that happens, I'll make sure to keep backers informed and updated. Shipping and storage is always a logistical challenge, but with my previous book project I figured out several new ways to improve my process and packaging, and started using a service that makes it much easier and more cost-effective to ship from Canada than it otherwise would be. I've allowed room in my plans and budget for unexpected complications, and if they arise, I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to manage them, communicate with backers, and deliver these rewards.

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    Digital Book Club: Volume 1

    For those who prefer ebooks: a high-quality PDF of Band Vs Band Volume 1, containing all the same extra bonus material as the brand new reprinted version.

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    Digital Book Club: Volume 2

    For those who prefer ebooks: a high-quality PDF of Band Vs Band Volume 2, containing all the same extra bonus material as the print version.

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    Riso Print

    No need for books: gimme that fluorescent art print!

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    Digital Both Books Club

    For those who prefer ebooks: high-quality PDFs of Band Vs Band Volume 1 AND Volume 2, containing all the same extra bonus material as the print versions.

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    Just Volume 1

    The perfect place to start! A physical softcover copy of the brand new reprinted Band Vs Band Comix Volume 1, featuring new bonus material.

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    • A print copy of the new Band Vs Band Volume 1 book
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    Just Volume 2

    More music, more rivalry, and a LOT more romance! A physical softcover copy of Band Vs Band Volume 2

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    Volume 1: Personalized

    A physical softcover copy of the brand new reprinted Band Vs Band Volume 1...plus, I'll sign it, and sketch up to 2 BVB characters of your choice on the title page.

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    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 1
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    Volume 2: Personalized

    A physical print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 2...plus, I'll sign it, and sketch up to 2 BVB characters of your choice on the title page!

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    Volume 1 + Print

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    • A print copy of the new Band Vs Band Volume 1 book
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    Volume 2 + Print

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    Volume 1 with Sketch + Print

    The brand new Riso print, plus the brand new Volume 1 book...plus I'll sign the book and sketch up to 2 BVB characters of your choice!

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    • Band Vs Band 8.5x11" Risograph Print
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    Volume 2 with Sketch + Print

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    Both Books

    Better together! Here's your chance to pick up both volumes.

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    • A print copy of the Band Vs Band Volume 2 book
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    Both Books + Print

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    Both Books: Personalized!

    Here's your chance to pick up a sweet personalized set: you get physical print copies of BOTH volumes of Band Vs Band, plus I'll sign them and sketch up to 2 BVB characters of your choice on each title page. Nice!

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    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 1
    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 2
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    Band Vs Store

    This one's for shops: 3 copies of each volume (6 total books) at wholesale pricing! You must be a retailer, and I'll confirm this with you if necessary.

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    Ultimate Combo

    You get signed/sketched copies of both volumes of comics, the brand new fluorescent pink Riso print, and a signed high-quality full-colour print of any existing Band Vs Band page or illustration. Pretty sweet!

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    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 1
    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 2
    • Signed comic page print
    • Band Vs Band 8.5x11" Risograph Print
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    Meet The Band: Private Party

    Everything in the Meet The Band tier, except that this photo doesn't appear in the book itself: it's just for you! I'll draw you (plus one more guest, if you like) in an in-universe photo with up to 2 Band Vs Band characters, and you'll get two prints of your photo, a signed/sketched copy of the book, and your name on the Thank You page.

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    • Your name on the Volume 1 Thank You page
    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 1
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    Ultimate Combo Collector's Edition

    Everything in the Ultimate Combo tier, plus some cool stuff you might have missed from the BVB Volume 2 launch: two sweet vinyl sticker sheets, and the last chance to get the set of 4 awesome guest artist postcards by Sfé R. Monster, Rosalarian, and Nina Matsumoto!

    Includes:
    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 1
    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 2
    • Hot Pink BVB Risograph Print
    • Signed comic page print
    • "Music" and "Girlfriends" vinyl sticker sheets
    • Set of 4 guest artist postcards
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    Meet The Band

    You're invited backstage! I'll draw YOU in an in-universe photograph with up to two Band Vs Band characters of your choice, which will be included in the new Band Vs Band Volume 1 book. Plus, you get a signed/sketched copy of the book itself, two little photo-style prints of your Meet The Band picture, and your name on the Thank You page.

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    Meet The Band: Late Show

    A few more chances to meet the band! I'll draw you in an in-universe photo with up to 2 Band Vs Band characters, and it'll appear in the new Volume 1 book. Plus, a signed/sketched copy, and two prints of your photo!

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    • A signed/sketched print copy of Band Vs Band Volume 1
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