About this project
The ONE-OF-A-KIND plushies are available once again.Grab them quick cause there are only two days left in the campaign!
++ If we reach $30,000 Gina has a great treat for all of you Red String fans. Red String will publish FIVE UPDATES A WEEK for TWO MONTHS.
What is Erstwhile?
Erstwhile gives the lesser-know Grimm's Fairy Tales a shot at the spotlight in this comic anthology series. While we love Snow White, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and the others, everyone knows them already. They've been done to death, spoofed, parodied, and reimagined to death.
The stories we have chosen are DIFFERENT. You probably haven't heard of most of them and we love that! The three artists collaborating on this series, Gina Biggs (Red String), Louisa Roy (Velharthis), and Elle Skinner (Missing Monday), are thrilled to share their deep love of fairy tales with you. We want to give you something new. Something SPECIAL!
Erstwhile gives you these lesser-known tales unedited. We are not sugar-coating them for easy consumption. There can be dark or tragic elements to these tales, but there are also so many fun, romantic, and adventurous moments as well. One thing you can count on is that they will be all Grimm.
Thanks to pledges so far, the book will now be 156-pages, full color, hardcover collection of the Erstwhile tales. Included in the book will be seven complete stories; The Farmer's Clever Daughter; A Tale with a Riddle; Maid Maleen; The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage; All Fur; The Little Shroud, and The Old Man & his Grandson. If you'd like to sample the stories visit our site HERE.
Project progress: All of the comics for the book are finished. The front cover design is finished. We will be completing the extra goodies for the book as our Kickstarter campaign runs its course (we'll post previews as they become available). The tentative ship date for the book is September 2012.
How will we use the money?
We are asking for $9750 to cover the costs of printing and shipping a small print run of books (1,000 copies). Money that is made on top of the goal will go to paying the artists for their work. Depending on how much you pledge you will receive extra goodies in different combinations which are explained on the right sidebar of the page.
$30 PLEDGES - ALL three options, the Prince, Princess, and Puppy Love packages come with three different button sets. The stand-alone comics are 28 pages each. The Frog Prince is a modern retelling of the Grimm tale of the same name. Queen of Hearts is a short original story set at the court of Louis XIV of France. Love of Sausage is a comedic autobiographical tale about owning Dachshunds. All three comics have been out of print for some time and we are resurrecting them for this campaign.
$50 PLEDGES - ALL NINE buttons from the $30 pledges come with this set.
$75 PLEDGES - (The Noble Knight package) This pledge amount now comes with a special mini-booklet (16-20 pgs) exploring the the creative process behind Erstwhile. Booklet will include character draft sketches, page thumbnails, and more. All pledges above $75 will also receive the booklet.
We have passed the 50% mark for our goal! Any pledges of $100 and above will now ALL receive the special signed bookplate.
CINDERELLA - Elle has completed one of her bonus fairy tale illustrations which will be used for the mini prints collection. This illustration depicts the Grimm version of Cinderella where there is no fairy godmother. In this version, the poor girl goes to pray by the tree where where mother's grave stands where she is granted her fine dress. Art is traditional media, done on 9x12 bristol and colored with art markers. This one of a kind piece is available as a special pledge level!
CLICK on the thumbnail above for a larger preview of the art. Actual art will not have the Erstwhile URL on it.
ONE WISH PACKAGE. There are over 300 fairy tales in the Grimm's collection, so there is no way we will ever get to all of them in our lifetime. That being said, this is your chance to ensure your favorite fairy tale gets illustrated by the Erstwhile team.YOU CHOOSE the next Grimm's fairy tale we illustrate. You will get updates and previews on the comic's progress, and a printed single-issue comic copy of the story. You will be the FIRST to read it before any of the other readers on the website. The only stories we will not do are the anti-Semitic tales or overly religious tales.
** Music used in video comes courtesy of Kevin MacLeod's Royalty Free music site.
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