About this project
SUCCESS! Thank you everyone for your support and getting us to our funding goal! Our appreciation and excitement knows no bounds! Personally, I am doing a happy dance right now! We can't wait to print this book! Having reached the goal, the book can be printed and we are including the short bonus comic, The Three Lazy Ones, in the book.
That being said, there's still 28 hours to go for our campaign. There's still time to stretch! If we get to $28k before the end, everyone who ordered a print copy of Erstwhile Vol.2 will also receive a 4" x 6" sheet of stickers. (see "updates" page for preview image)
ERSTWHILE is an anthology project adapting the lesser-known GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES. That means you won't be seeing the same old-same old when you open this book. The tales are not watered down versions, but the real deal. The dark stuff is not edited out for mass consumption, but it is illustrated in a tasteful way to make the comics suitable for both kids and adults. There are three artists on this collaborative project, Gina Biggs, Louisa Roy, and Elle Skinner. Each have their own distinctive style and each of these ladies takes a turn at illustrating one of the tales.
Those of you who are new to Erstwhile please feel free to read the ENTIRE series online for FREE! If you like what you see, come on back and support our kickstarter.
Erstwhile volume 2 is a FULL COLOR HARDCOVER book weighing in at 176 pages. Volume 2 contain six completed tales; Brother & Sister, Iron Hans, Snow White & Rose Red, Death of the Little Hen, Doctor Know-It-All, and The Worn-out Dancing Shoes (aka The 12 Dancing Princesses). Each volume of Erstwhile contains its own set of completed stories, so you can jump in at any time to enjoy.
Erstwhile volume 1 is also available in some pledge levels or you can include it as an ADD-ON item (more info below). Volume 1 contains the following stories: The Farmer's Clever Daughter; A Tale with a Riddle; Maid Maleen; The Bird, the Mouse, & the Sausage; All Fur; The Little Shroud; The Old Man & his Grandson; and The Sweet Porridge.
Snow White & Rose Red introduces us to two sisters who are as different as night and day, but love each other dearly and always promise to share everything between them. Everything goes as planned until a kindly talking bear and an evil dwarf change their lives completely.
Brother & Sister tells the tale of two abused children who run away from home. Once alone in an enchanted forest the brother falls under a curse, transforming him into a wild creature, and the sister finds herself wooed by a king.
Iron Hans is a story of growing up. A young spoiled prince accidentally frees the wild man, Iron Hans, while selfishly trying to acquire his lost golden ball. He runs away from home, fearful of punishment, but once on his own finds both pride in his work and meaning to his life.
Death of the Little Hen follows the hilariously morbid tale of a Rooster and his selfish wife, Hen. The biggest nut on Nut Mountain is greedily gobbled up by Hen and leads to her death, but the tragedy only leads to more mayhem as Rooster and friends travel to the funeral.
Doctor Know-It-All is a man who knows everything, or at least appears that way. The poor farmer in disguise finds himself in over his head when a wealthy merchant hires him to discover the mystery behind the thefts in his household.
The Worn-out Dancing Shoes (aka The 12 Dancing Princesses) tells of twelve royal sisters who awake each morning with their shoes worn to shreds and their bodies worn to exhaustion. The king declares whomever solves the mystery will succeed him to the throne, but whomever fails will get the axe.
If you want to add an extra copy of Erstwhile Vol.1 or Erstwhile Vol.2 to any pledge level you can do so. All you have to do is add an additional amount to your pledge. When the kickstarter ends you will receive a survey that will ask you what (if any) extra items were added to your pledge and you fill it in with what you wanted.
Erstwhile VOLUME 1 (print) - Add $18 for each extra copy you wish to receive.
Erstwhile VOLUME 2 (print) - Add $20 for each extra copy you wish to receive.
Red String Omnibus 1 (print) - Add $30 for each extra copy you wish to receive. (digital) - Add $10 to your pledge.
Red String Omnibus 2 (print) - Add $30 for each extra copy you wish to receive. (digital) - Add $10 to your pledge.
** INTERNATIONAL ORDERS (Outside of the USA. No extra fees for FPO.) Add an additional $5 for each extra copy of a book you order to cover shipping costs.
WHERE THE MONEY GOES
The largest chunk of the money earned from this kickstarter will go toward the printing of 2000 copies of the book, followed by the shipping costs from the printer to us. The book itself is being printed by a professional offset printer. Another chunk of the money goes to shipping the books and other goodies out to all of you wonderful people. Ten percent of the earnings will go toward the kickstarter and amazon payment fees. Another portion will go toward the printing/creation of the other kickstarter goodies. Whatever is left will go toward paying the artists and taxes.
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. Otherwise, as long as it's a Grimm's tale, whether it's a rare or popular title, we will illustrate it!
After we've reached our goal, these awesome bonuses are available at these new goals!
$28k - Everyone who ordered a print copy of Erstwhile Vol.2 will also receive a 4" x 6" sheet of stickers.
$30k - Everyone who pledges any amount will receive a digital copy of the Erstwhile mini-Artbook. It contains a collection of completed illustrations and concept art.
$35k - Everyone who ordered a print copy of Erstwhile Vol.2 will also receive a beautiful 6"x9" print.
$40k - We will offer pledgers the opportunity to vote on the next Grimm's fairy tale we illustrate. We have a whole lineup of stories we intend to illustrate at some point, but it takes us a while to complete each tale (we're only human, after all). This is your chance to have a say on which story YOU want to see illustrated next.
Risks and challenges
As of this point, 90% of the book is completed. The final story is being illustrated as this campaign runs, so there is no worry about artists getting materials in on time. There are some final production pages that need finishing (the thank you page for pledgers, any extras that are added to the book, etc), but that should not hold up finishing the book in a timely manner.
There is always the possibility of production delays from the printer. We have tried to estimate that into our delivery dates, but sometimes things just get held up at this stage. That said, we would keep you up to date in all stages of the process from printing to shipping.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I don't have a credit card. Is there an alternative way to support the kickstarter/preorder the book?
Anything Amazon takes as payment can be used for kickstarter. You can pick up a preloaded credit card at most places that sell other companies's gift cards (convenience stores, grocery stores, department stores, etc.). They act like gift cards but they are usable anywhere credit cards are accepted. You can load them up with pretty much any amount of money.
The United States Postal Service recently increased their shipping costs for international shipments dramatically. Scarily enough, we are offering a discount on those shipping costs for our international fans (Intl orders are receiving the same discount equivalent on shipping as fans in the USA).
No, FPO (military stationed overseas) is not considered international for shipping purposes. No need to add the extra shipping fees.
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.
We've had a few folks ask us why our second volume fundraiser is asking for so much more than Erstwhile Vol.1. Here's the breakdown of what that's all about. For our first Erstwhile kickstarter, there were a lot of things that were different. We had gotten a big discount from our printer the first go around for being members of a site (the discount is no longer offered). Also, we grossly underestimated shipping costs and shipping material costs last time so we lost a lot of money on that. We did not factor in extra goodies costs and other expenses. We only asked for the cost of the actual book printing plus kickstarter fees. So when the kickstarter made it to over 25k we were very lucky because it allowed us to cover all our expenses.
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