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A new story by Paul Jenkins and Ramon Bachs set in the world of Fablewood, where every nursery rhyme is actually a crime scene...

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THE WORLD OF FABLEWOOD—PREVIOUSLY  INTRODUCED IN THE SMASH HIT SERIES FAIRY QUEST—RETURNS WITH A BRAND-NEW SERIES!

Hello, everyone. Paul Jenkins here! If you’re aware of my previous Kickstarter campaigns, then you know about the world of Fablewood, an amazing fictional forest where all of the stories that have ever been told are divided by genre borders into separate realms. But even if you’re just discovering Fablewood, that’s okay, too! As long as you don’t mind a little bit of this and a little bit of that, you will love FICTION SQUAD!

As for us… we really need your help to bring Fablewood to life once again—we cannot do books like this without you, and for your help we are eternally grateful!

FICTION SQUAD tells the story of Frankie Mack, a failed gumshoe detective from the Realm of Crime Fiction, a lost character from an old 20-page novella that nobody remembers. After a lifetime of failure, Frankie crosses the genre border into the Realm of Children's Stories where he discovers that every nursery rhyme is a crime scene. But the Realm of Children's Stories is a dangerous place—the Queens and the Witches are the Mob, the Mayor is a Crooked Man, and the Police Chief, Tom Thumb, is in everyone’s pocket! And when someone drops a house on the Wicked Witch of the East it's up to Frankie and his idiotic partner, Simple Simon, to solve the crime before the Madonnas tear the place apart.  

Fablewood began life in the story of FAIRY QUEST (by myself and Humberto Ramos), which has been a successful and much-loved series printed in many countries across the world! You are our publishers and partners in this endeavor. Thanks to Kickstarter backers, we have had tremendous success. I always said that I would publish here as long as I could, and so for the duration, Fablewood belongs to you.

Which brings us here. I have stories I want to tell. People would like to read these stories. But it’s not simple—or cheap—to produce them and distribute them to an audience. The Kickstarter community has been great to me—I have successfully funded three campaigns now, and each time, I am eternally grateful to the lot of you. With you as my co-publishers, I've been able to carve out time from my “day job” as a work-for-hire comics writer (I know, woe is me, right?) to work on something I've created, something I love, and that’s this, the world of Fablewood.

FICTION SQUAD is, for lack of a better phrase, a sequel to FAIRY QUEST. But Fablewood is a giant place—there are thousands of characters, and, much like everyday life, each one has their own story. FICTION SQUAD posits that every nursery rhyme you know is actually the result of a crime. Our main character, Frankie Mack, is a failed detective who, with his partner, Simple Simon, tries to prevent a full-scale war from breaking out after Humpty Dumpty and the Wicked Witch of the East both meet untimely demises under suspicious circumstances.

Joining me to tell this story is Ramon Bachs, a fantastic artist and great friend who worked with me on the Front Line series for Marvel and has spent many years working for both DC and Marvel. Ramon is one of my favorite creative partners ever and just like Humberto, there was no one else in my mind to bring FICTION SQUAD to life. If you are a fan of FAIRY QUEST and Humberto’s work, you will love what Ramon brings to FICTION SQUAD. He will do this series justice! And as with Leo Olea’s beautiful coloring from FAIRY QUEST, we have another Leo (Paciarotti) doing amazing color work to keep our universe looking wonderful and vibrant (not to mention consistent).

And that’s right, I said series. Unlike the previous two FAIRY QUEST books, which were both 48-page hardcovers modeled on the European graphic album format I love, FICTION SQUAD is going to be a six-issue limited series. There will definitely be a collected hardcover at the end of it all for those of you that prefer to binge-read the entire thing at once, but if you prefer the one-chapter-a-month thing, you can pledge for that! When it's all done, this limited series will contain one, complete, self-contained story (as opposed to FAIRY QUEST, whose story is divided into three volumes of two chapters/issues each).

I have once again enlisted the help of my mates at BOOM! Studios to help with logistics like printing, fulfillment, and shipping. (It keeps me sane so I can focus on writing!) As with FAIRY QUEST, I have granted them the license to reproduce FICTION SQUAD for the mass market, but you, my co-publishers, the Kickstarter community, are the only ones who will get the Kickstarter-exclusive covers, the collected hardcover, and the other cool rewards I’ve lined up.

Will you return with me to Fablewood once again?

OUR BOOK

The land of Fablewood—where all of the stories live side-by-side—is a pretty dangerous place, and no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. For it’s a little understood fact that virtually all nursery rhymes (and most children’s stories) are, in fact, crime scenes.

To make matters worse, the city exists under the shadows of two long-established Madonna crime families, led on one side by the Queens of the Card Crime Syndicate and on the other by the Wicked Witches of the East and West Side. Most of the seediest characters live in a run-down area known as the Bricks.

The Queens operate out of Kings, and the Witches run a numerology scam out of the Turnip District. There’s even a subway system built out of the old mines, operated by dwarves and trolls. Fact is, you can’t turn around these days without someone poisoning someone else with an apple, or some poor mook getting pushed off a wall or “falling” down a hill when they’re out fetching a pail of water. Half of Rimes’ citizens are certifiably insane, and it’s just a matter of time before the other half is eaten by wolves, abducted by trolls, or locked up in a castle tower. The Chief of Police—a guy by the name of Tom Thumb—is in everyone’s pocket. Make a stink and you’ll probably be getting a visit from some flying monkeys or a pack of bloodthirsty cards in a dark alley.

The City of Rimes needs a hero. It’s about to find one. He just doesn’t know it yet.

I want to once again sincerely thank everyone who supported the first two FAIRY QUEST raises. In this new story, we’re expanding the world beyond Red and Mr. Woof’s story, to the gritty cities rife with corruption. It’s a hard-boiled detective story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but it can’t happen without your help. Kickstarter is a wonderful tool that has helped our projects get off the ground, and it’s all because of you, our co-publishers and partners in crime...err...prevention!

OUR CAMPAIGN

So why are we asking for $60,000? I want to be as transparent as possible so here’s a handy chart breaking down exactly where your pledge money would go:

STRETCH GOALS

If Ramon and I hit our initial goal of $60,000, we have some really cool stretch goals lined up! 

 UPDATES

Keep watching as the raise goes along because I intend to post as many updates as I can, including video messages! And don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @mypauljenkins for all the shenanigans I get into over there!

Risks and challenges

As with any publishing project, we will encounter some bumps and detours along the way, but many of you know how transparent I am about keeping you posted on how things are going. You can rely on me and my mates at BOOM! Studios to keep the lines of communication open and flowing.

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FAQ

  • Here's what you do:

    1. Pick your reward tier. If you want something that's limited, that's the tier that you want to pick.

    2. Pledge the total amount to cover every item you want. PLEASE NOTE: International shipping costs are PER ITEM. See the FAQ regarding international shipping prices.

    3. Shoot us a message through Kickstarter. List the reward tier you pledged at, and list the reward tier you want to add.

    If you want to add a signature from Paul for $10, please send us a message stating that the extra $10 is for a signature. It's a small thing, but it will help us with fulfillment.

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  • Yes. We love our international fans, but shipping to you is not cheap! In order to cover the high costs, any additional item you want to add on will come with its own shipping.

    That means if you pledge at the $40 TROOPER LEVEL and want to add on the $45 SERGEANT LEVEL, you'll need to pledge $125 to cover:
    $40 TROOPER LEVEL reward
    $20 for TROOPER LEVEL international shipping
    $45 SERGEANT LEVEL reward
    $20 SERGEANT LEVEL international shipping

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  • The Limited Edition hardcover will have a different, exclusive cover that is limited to 250 copies. We haven't finalized the design, but it will feature different art and possibly different material and embellishments.

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  • Not at all. Fairy Quest and Fiction Squad are both set in the world of Fablewood, but Fiction Squad is a completely new story with no overlapping characters or plot. It's great for longtime fans because it shows them a side of Fablewood they've never seen, and it's perfect for new fans who have never even heard of Fairy Quest.

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  • Yes! They're all the same size, so they'll look lovely on your shelf together.

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    CIVILIAN LEVEL - DIGITAL WALLPAPER / You’re one tough cookie! It’s a dangerous world out there, so take this DIGITAL WALLPAPER featuring all of the usual suspects with you, along with our thanks.

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    CADET LEVEL - FICTION SQUAD PDF EDITION / All right, kid, you think you’ve got what it takes? Here’s a DRM-free FICTION SQUAD complete PDF for you, of each FICTION SQUAD issue (#1-6) as they are released from our partner in crime, publisher BOOM! Studios, in digital format. Keep your nose clean! (The first issue will be emailed in October and subsequent issues every month thereafter.)

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    73 backers

    ROOKIE LEVEL - FICTION SQUAD SINGLE ISSUES #1-6 MAIN COVERS / You’ve got all the tools of the trade now—magnifying glass, fingerprint duster, and FICTION SQUAD SINGLE ISSUES #1-6 MAIN COVERS from our partner in crime, publisher BOOM! Studios. (Want them signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: The first issue debuts in October and subsequent issues will come out every month thereafter. Please specify if you would like each issue mailed to you as they come out (shipping fees will apply for each issue) or if you would like to wait until the sixth and final issue is released to receive all of them. (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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    17 backers

    COMPLETE FABLEWOOD DIGITAL PACKAGE - Includes the DRM-free PDFs for all three Fablewood stories: FAIRY QUEST BOOK 1: OUTLAWS, FAIRY QUEST BOOK 2: OUTCASTS, and FICTION SQUAD. NOTE: This digital package is a complete set of three PDFs and cannot be broken up. All three PDFs will be delivered when the Fiction Squad PDF is completed in summer 2015.

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    32 backers

    TROOPER LEVEL - FICTION SQUAD SINGLE ISSUES #1-6 KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS / Your keen eye has spotted the FICTION SQUAD SINGLE ISSUES #1-6 KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS from our partner in crime, publisher BOOM! Studios. These variant covers will only be available through this very Kickstarter campaign. You’re well on your way to making it big, kid! (Want them signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: The first issue debuts in October and subsequent issues will come out every month thereafter. Please specify if you would like each issue mailed to you as they come out (shipping fees will apply for each issue) or if you would like to wait until the sixth and final issue is released to receive all of them. (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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    208 backers

    SERGEANT LEVEL - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER / You’ve connected the dots, and it all leads to the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER. This hardcover will only be available to Kickstarter backers, so corner the perp while you can! (Want it signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: This hardcover will not be released until summer 2015. (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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    5 backers

    FORENSIC SKETCH ARTIST LEVEL - ART PRINTS / A set of six art prints (11 x 17") featuring the Kickstarter exclusive cover images to each issue of Fiction Squad. Each print is made to look like a book from different genres (crime fiction, romance, etc.) and is illustrated by Michael Dialynas.
    (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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    71 backers Limited (19 left of 90)

    CAPTAIN LEVEL - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER WITH ORIGINAL SKETCH / The criminal network is bigger than you thought! This KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER WITH ORIGINAL SKETCH comes with the Kickstarter hardcover edition and a one-of-a-kind drawing from artist Ramon Bachs. Limited to 50 copies. (Want it signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: This hardcover will not be released until summer 2015. (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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    55 backers Limited (195 left of 250)

    DETECTIVE LEVEL - LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER / A good detective can tell when there’s more than meets the eye. The LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER is a more deluxe edition of our hardcover. It is limited to 250 copies and will only be available through the Kickstarter. (Want it signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: This hardcover will not be released until summer 2015. (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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    51 backers Limited (49 left of 100)

    COMPLETE FABLEWOOD PACKAGE - Includes regular hardcover editions of FAIRY QUEST BOOK 1: OUTLAWS, FAIRY QUEST BOOK 2: OUTCASTS, and the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover of FICTION SQUAD. Want to fully explore the world of Fablewood? Well now's your chance! (Want them signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: This package is a complete set of three books and cannot be broken up. All three books will be sent together when the Fiction Squad collected hardcover is completed in summer 2015. (International backers, please add $25 USD for shipping.)

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    48 backers Limited (42 left of 90)

    COMMISSIONER LEVEL - LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER WITH ORIGINAL SKETCH / Enough of dealing with the cronies, it’s time to go after the kingpin! The LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER WITH ORIGINAL SKETCH reward comes with the Limited Edition Kickstarter hardcover with an original drawing from artist Ramon Bachs. Limited to 50 copies. (Want it signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: This hardcover will not be released until summer 2015. (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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    2 backers Limited (78 left of 80)

    FRANKIE'S CASE FILE LEVEL - ULTIMATE FICTION SQUAD EDITION / This is our special, personalized and numbered hardcover edition of Fiction Squad! The cover will look like one of Frankie Mack's case files, with Frankie's detective badge foil stamped on top, and we'll write in your name as a "victim" of a random Fablewood crime that Paul will personalize for each backer. (Want it signed by Paul? Add $10 to your pledge!)

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    17 backers Limited (3 left of 20)

    FRANKIE'S CASE FILE LEVEL - ULTIMATE FICTION SQUAD EDITION WITH SKETCH / Get the $125 super personalized edition of Fiction Squad plus a sketch from Ramon for your very own! (Want it signed by Paul? Add $10 to your pledge!)

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    WRITING SEMINAR WITH PAUL / We'll have two separate, one hour Google Hangout sessions (5 people per session) where Paul will share his tips and tricks of the trade and answer any burning questions you might have! Also includes the regular Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover of Fiction Squad. (Want to upgrade to the Limited Edition Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover? Just add $30 to your pledge! Want it signed by Paul? Add $10 to your pledge! Please message Paul if you're adding these upgrades.)
    (International backers, please add $20 for shipping. The Fiction Squad Hardcover will be shipped out in summer 2015.)

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    0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)

    PERSONALIZED NURSERY RHYME / Paul will take six classic nursery rhymes and rewrite them into the world of Fiction Squad, each one personalized to reflect six different backer's names! These nursery rhymes will be printed in the back of all of the hardcover editions. Also includes the regular Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover of Fiction Squad. (Want to upgrade to the Limited Edition Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover? Just add $30 to your pledge! Want it signed by Paul? Add $10 to your pledge! Please message Paul if you're adding these upgrades.)
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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    NEW YORK COMIC-CON WRITING SEMINAR WITH PAUL / A one hour, in-person writing seminar at New York Comic-Con with Paul! Includes the regular Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover for Fiction Squad.

    (Want to upgrade to the Limited Edition Kickstarter exclusive hardcover? Just add $30 to your pledge! Want it signed by Paul? Add $10 to your pledge! Please message Paul if you're adding these upgrades.)

    International backers, please add $20 for shipping. The Fiction Squad Hardcover will be shipped out in summer 2015.

    NOTE: Need a pass to attend NYCC? Add $50 to your pledge and we'll get you a one-day badge. This does NOT include airfare or hotel. You are responsible for getting to NYCC on your own.

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    FRANKIE MACK LEVEL - CHARACTER BASED ON BACKER DRAWN INTO SERIES / Just like Frankie Mack, you’ll have to keep a sharp look out for suspicious activity and clues. This tier allows you to join the case in a big way—have artist Ramon Bachs design a character based on you to join the world of FICTION SQUAD. You’ll also receive a copy of the LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER so you can show off your character to all of your friends. (Want it signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!)
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    FICTION SQUAD LEVEL - CHARACTER BASED ON BACKER DRAWN INTO SERIES WITH SPEAKING ROLE / It’s the big leagues, kid! Not only will your original character designed by artist Ramon Bachs be in the book, you’ll have a speaking role that could help (or hinder) Detective Frankie Mack turn this case around! You’ll also receive a copy of the LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE HARDCOVER so you can show off your character to all of your friends. (Want it signed by Paul? Just add an additional $10 to your pledge!) NOTE: This hardcover will not be released until summer 2015. (International backers, please add $20 USD for shipping.)

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