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The lesser-know Grimm's Fairy Tales get a shot at the spotlight in this comic anthology series by three talented lady artists!

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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.

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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.

Book Details

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.

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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.

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$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.

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$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.

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We have passed the 50% mark for our goal! Any pledges of $100 and above will now ALL receive the special signed bookplate.

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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.

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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.

FAQ

  • No, you only need to include the additional shipping fee if you live outside of the USA, Canada, or Mexico.

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  • Yes, all pledges of $20the or more get print editions of the Erstwhile book as well as a digital copy of the book.

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    REWARD SELECTION CHANGE: Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” To change your reward, make a new selection. Note that changing your reward selection does not automatically change your pledge amount.

    PLEDGE AMOUNT CHANGE: Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded.

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  • Yes. You get a set of three buttons with the princess package. We added the buttons into the packages after the kickstarter got started. By the time we added the buttons we already had pledges for the princess package, so were unable to edit the description. However, we made a note on the left sidebar to let folks know all three packages get button sets. Same with the $50 package! You get all nine button designs with the $50 package.

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    A PDF download of the book. This is automatically included in all other backer levels.

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    Storyteller package. Get a PRINT copy of the book and an Erstwhile bookmark exclusive to this pledge drive. Add $6 for international shipping.

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    Prince package. The book, the bookmark, plus a copy of the 28-page stand-alone comic by Elle Skinner, The Frog Prince and a set of three 2" buttons. Add $6 for international shipping.

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    Strings and Things package. Get a copy of the Red String volume 7 graphic novel signed and sketched with all the new bonus Red String bookmark. PLUS get a PRINT copy of the Erstwhile book and an Erstwhile bookmark exclusive to this pledge drive. Add $6 for international shipping.

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    Merchant package. RETAILERS, get five copies of the book and five matching bookmarks (one for each book). Add $18 for international shipping.

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    Strings and MORE Things package. Get a copy of the Red String volume 7 graphic novel signed and sketched with all the new bonus Red String bookmark. PLUS a copy of The Frog Prince, Queen of Hearts, and Love of Sausage, an Erstwhile book, and exclusive bookmark. Add $7 for international shipping.

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    Noble Knight. You will be credited for your good deed with your name in the book's back credits. ALSO, you get a mini-booklet that explores creative process of Erstwhile. You will receive a copy of the Erstwhile book, The Frog Prince, Queen of Hearts, and Love of Sausage comics, the nine buttons, and a bookmark. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    Adventurer. A copy of the book with a special bookplate signed and sketched by ALL THREE of the artists (even the Canadian), your name in the book's back credits, PLUS the stand-alone comics, the nine buttons, and a bookmark. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    Apprentice. An 8.5" x 11" original drawing of any of the Erstwhile characters drawn by any of the three artists (your choice), PLUS everything from the Noble Knight. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    Artisan. An original hand-inked comic page from the book. PLUS your name in the book's back credits, the signed bookplate, the stand-alone comics, the nine buttons, and a bookmark. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    Red String Special Package. You get all seven Red String graphic novels signed and sketched with all four of the bonus Red String bookmarks. A deck of custom Red String playing cards is also included. PLUS you get a copy of the Erstwhile book, the exclusive bookmark, the bookplate, your name in the book's thank you credits, the stand-alone comics, and the nine buttons. Please add $20 for international shipping (this is a heavy package).

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    Companions. Get a hand-crocheted set of plushies from The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage story. PLUS everything from the Noble Knight. VERY LIMITED QUANTITY. Add $15 for international shipping.

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    Fairy Godmother. We will work our magic in transforming YOU into a fairytale character. We will wave our magic wands... er, pencils, furiously to illustrate you as a fairy tale character of your choice. Illustration will be a full body shot of you as a fairy tale character, full-color, 8.5" x 11" in size. PLUS get your name in the book's back credits, the stand-alone comics, the nine buttons, and a bookmark. Add $8 for international shipping.

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    Everything in fairy tales happens in threes and for this pledge we offer up a bracelet inspired by All Fur. It has three charms (the ring, the reel, and the spinning wheel). Plus everything in the Noble Knight. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    MIRROR MIRROR on the wall, is that my face that I saw? This package offers a CAMEO on Erstwhile's BACK COVER! There is limited space on the actual book and therefore a limited number of cameos we are offering. You also get a copy of the book, your name in the book's back credits written in BOLD to stand out, a bookmark, the stand-alone comics, and the nine buttons. VERY LIMITED QUANTITY.

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    CINDERELLA. This is your chance to own the Cinderella illustration by Elle. It is on 9x12 bristol, hand inked, and colored with art markers, so needless to say, this is ONE OF A KIND. Check out the left sidebar for a preview! You also get a copy of the book, your name in the book's back credits written in BOLD to stand out, behing-the-tales mini booklet, a bookmark, the stand-alone comics, and the nine buttons.

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    ONE WISH package. YOU CHOOSE the next Grimm's fairy tale we illustrate for Erstwhile. 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. There are SOME RESTRICTIONS on choice of story (See Left Sidebar for details.) Story will approx. be completed around February 2013. PLUS you get your name in the book's back credits, the signed bookplate, the other stand-alone comics, the nine buttons, and a bookmark. All of this has an Est. Delivery of Sep 2012.

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