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Red String is a coming of age story following three high school girls in their quests for love. Two massive 600+ page books.

Project details.

This kickstarter will fund the first two OMNIBUS edition books of the Red String comic series which collect the content from the original smaller volumes of 1-6 (three of which were originally published by Dark Horse Comics). Omnibus books collect satisfyingly large chunks of a series into big books. These books are 620+ pages in length each and contain extras including the ones from the original smaller volumes as well as a whole bunch of new material.

ALSO! As a contributor to this kickstarter, you'll be getting a discount on shipping costs. Domestic orders, shipping is free and International orders receive shipping at a lowered cost. After this kickstarter is over, the cost will be the the book + shipping costs.

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Want to order books not listed separately? Here's a post detailing options for this!

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What is Red String all about?

"They say that two people meant to be together are joined at birth by an invisible red thread of fate...

When first-year high school student Miharu Ogawa gets a call from her parents telling her to come straight home from school, she prepares for the worst. After all, the last time her quirky restauranteur parents told her to come straight home she ended up as a contestant on a kiddy game show! But nothing she ever imagined could have prepared her for their "great news"... Miharu is getting married! Not long after, she is confronted by another guy claiming HE is her fiance. What's a girl to do? In a world of obligations and high expectations Miharu is met by strange twists of fate in her journey through adolescence. Can she find the courage to stay true to herself without sacrificing her own dreams and desires for the sake of conformity! With her family, friends (and enemies!) to cope with, will Miharu even have the time to discover her own true love, the one boy connected to her by the red string of destiny?"

Gina has been working on the Red String series for ten years, putting her heart and soul into the characters and the pages. The story itself explores all forms of love because Gina believes no matter what love is good. That is the overall theme of the series, love; whether that love be for friends, family, or romantic partners. You can check out the series at the Red String website.

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What can I get by pledging?

We've got some awesome reward goodies you can pick up along with your books (listed on the right). There's the DMR-free, high-resolution PDFs of the books that you can read, bookmarks, bookplates, commissions, and more!

Bookmarks and Bookplates. The bookmarks are 2" x 6" and printed on 15pt Card Stock with a gloss finish. The bookplates are 3" x 4" and hand-signed by the artist. (A bookplate is a print label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner.)

Notepads. The two notepads are 4.5" x 5.5" in size. Each of the two notepads have 50 sheets of super-bright, 70lb., acid-free opaque paper, glue-top binding, and hard cardboard backing.

The Whole Lot. You can even get more books of Gina's books than just the two Omnibus books. There's the Naughty pack that includes The Little Red Threads adult side stories to the series. The Arty pack includes the Red String artbooks. And the Whole Lot has ALL of Gina's books!

Commissions from some fantastic webcomic artists including Yamino of Sister Claire, Chloe of Go Get a Roomie, Jennie Breeden of Devil's Panties, and Ran of The End.

All in all, a great bunch of goodies are lined up for you to grab! And if we reach our initial goal there will be even more awesomeness revealed!

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We've met our goal! Let's stretch!

We hit our initial goal in just four days thanks to all of you wonderful fans! Now we've got some excellent bonuses for everyone as we hit some stretch goals!

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Use of funds.

The money raised from this kickstarter will go toward the following: printing the books, bookmarks, bookplates, and other goodies; shipment of all pledge rewards; Kickstarter and Amazon payment fees (8-10%); and taxes paid on money received. If we exceed the initial goal there will be more goodies and incentives. Funds received will go toward covering those costs as well.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have already completed a successful kickstarter with my Erstwhile hardcover book. In this new kickstarter, all of the content for the books are already put together. The only things that will need to be possibly completed is the bonus comic from the pledge reward and if we make the stretch goal the other bonus comic which will take a little extra time to complete. After that, it's just getting everything ordered, received, packed, and shipped out in a timely fashion. There are, of course, possible delays from printers and such, but that never takes too long in my experience.

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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).

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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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  • I cannot review all of the kickstarters that are sent my way for advice. However, I can point you to a great article I read before launching my first kickstarter. Read it and consume it's knowledge! http://www.remindblog.com/2010/10/14/grassroots-funding-with-kickstarter-com/

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  • Unfortunately, Little Red Threads and Riding Hood are only available in digital format exclusively through FilthyFigments.com

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    A PDF of "Maya's Match", a 45 page Red String short story.

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    PDF - A LA CARTE allows you to CUSTOMIZE YOUR PLEDGE. This pledge level automatically comes with the following items: A PDF download of BOOK 1 + 2 and Maya's Match. Please refer to the 'A La Carte' link on the left for available items and how much to add to your pledge. You will also need to send me a kickstarter message to let me know which items you are adding.

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    A PDF download of BOOK 1 + 2 and Maya's Match.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. A physical copy of BOOK 1 (book contains 600+ pages of content), a bonus bookmark, and the PDFs of Book 1 and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $13. All other international orders, please add $20.)

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    A physical copy of BOOK 1 (book contains 600+ pages of content), a bonus bookmark, and the PDFs of Book 1 and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $13. All other international orders, please add $20.)

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    A LA CARTE allows you to CUSTOMIZE YOUR PLEDGE. This pledge level automatically comes with the following items: A physical copy of BOOK 1, a bonus bookmark, and the PDFs. Please refer to the 'A La Carte' link on the left for available items and how much to add to your pledge. You will also need to send me a kickstarter message to let me know which items you are adding.

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL. BOOK 1 and BOOK 2 (each book containing 600+ pages of content) and two bonus bookmarks. Plus the PDFs of both books and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    BOOK 1 and BOOK 2 (each book containing 600+ pages of content) and two bonus bookmarks. Plus the PDFs of both books and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    BOOK 1 and BOOK 2 with a special illustrated BOOKPLATE for each book signed by the author and two bonus bookmarks! Plus the PDFs of both books and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    RETAILER PACK 1. Stores who wish to stock Red String, five print copies of BOOK 1 at a lowered cost. Plus a promotional 11x17" poster.

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    NOTEPAD SET. Get two super cute custom Red String notepads. The notepads are 50 sheets of super-bright, 70lb. acid-free opaque paper, glue-top binding, and hard cardboard backing. (ALL PLEDGES HERE & UP WILL RECEIVE NOTEPADS) PLUS both books with a special bookplate for each book signed by the author and two bonus bookmarks! Also, the PDF of both books and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    ORIGINS. Before there was the Red String you know there was the original version one-shot story. It has not see the light of day in over eight years. Now you can read it in this snazzy 24 page companion booklet. (ALL PLEDGES HERE & UP WILL RECEIVE BOOKLET) PLUS both books with a special bookplate for each book signed by the author, two bonus bookmarks, and the notepads! Also, the PDF of both books and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    CREDIT TO YOU. Your name in the thank you/credits page of both books! BOTH BOOKS with a special bookplate for each book signed by the author and two bonus bookmarks! Also, the PDF of both books and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    NAUGHTY PACK. Adult pledgers, you can get the Little Red Threads Adult Red String side stories book (includes three stories covering the first times for the characters). PLUS the two books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, credit in the book, and the PDFs. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    NAUGHTY PACK EXTRA. Adult pledgers, you can get the Little Red Threads Adult Red String side stories book (includes three stories covering the first times for the characters) AND the Adult Riding Hood book. PLUS the two books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, credit in the book, and the PDFs. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    ARTY PACK. You can get the two Threads Red String Artbook Collections added (each book is eighty pages and full color). PLUS the two books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, credit in the book, and the PDFs. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    ORIGINAL ART. One original comic page from Red String chosen at random. The page is hand inked on 8.5 x 11" Bristol paper and signed by the artist. A physical copy of BOTH BOOKS with a special bookplate for each book signed by the author, and two bonus bookmarks! Also, the PDF of both books and Maya's Match. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    RETAILER PACK 2. Stores who wish to stock Red String, five print copies of BOOK 1 + 2 at a lowered cost. Plus a promotional 11x17" poster.

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    RED STRING COMMISSION BY GINA. Gina will draw a full color illustration for you of your favorite Red String couple (canon or non-canon). Content rating no higher than PG13. You will receive a high quality, full color digital copy of the completed art. A random original comic page from Red String. PLUS the two books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, credit in the book, an original comic page, and the PDFs. (Canadian orders, please add $23. All other international orders, please add $35.)

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    THE WHOLE LOT. Get all of Gina's books; Erstwhile fairytales, Riding Hood (adults only), Little Red Threads (adults only), Threads Artbooks 1 & 2. PLUS the two Red String omnibus books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, credit in the book, and the PDFs. (Canadian orders, please add $30. All other international orders, please add $50.)

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    LEVEL UP COMMISSION. Gina will paint a WATERCOLOR illustration for you of your favorite Red String couple (canon or non-canon). Content rating no higher than PG13. You will receive the original art. PLUS the two books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, credit in the book, a random original comic page from Red String, the two notebooks, Origins booklet, and the PDFs.

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    RED STRING CAMEO. You can appear in a crowd scene in one of the last two chapters of the Red String series! Series is slated to end in September, so you would appear somewhere in the comic before that time. PLUS the two books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, credit in the book, a random original comic page from Red String, and the PDFs.

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    The YAMINO SPECIAL. You'll receieve all the rewards at the $75 level (both books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, & PDFs of both books and Maya's Match), and a full color Illustartion of you choice created by Yamino of www.sisterclaire.com.

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    The CHLOE SPECIAL. You'll receieve all the rewards at the $75 level (both books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, & PDFs of both books and Maya's Match), and a full color Illustartion of you choice created by Chloe of www.gogetaroomie.com.

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    The RAN SPECIAL. You'll receieve all the rewards at the $75 level (both books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, & PDFs of both books and Maya's Match), and a full color Illustartion of you choice created by Ran of www.endcomic.com.

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    The JENNIE BREEDEN SPECIAL. You'll receieve all the rewards at the $75 level (both books, two bookplates, two bookmarks, & PDFs of both books and Maya's Match), and a full color Illustartion of you choice created by Jennie Breeden of www.thedevilspanties.com.

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    WHERE THEIR STRINGS LEAD. Do you want to know how Red String ends? Right now? Prove it. Only catch is you sign a non-disclosure agreement promising not to share your knowledge with others. Plus get everything in The Whole Lot pack; Red String Book 1 & 2, Erstwhile fairytales, Riding Hood (adults only), Little Red Threads (adults only), Threads Artbooks 1 & 2, two bookplates, two bookmarks, two notepads, the origins booklet, credit in the book, and the PDFs.

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