Hi, I’m Kristen Haas Curtis, an American cartoonist living in Switzerland. I’ve been making and sharing comics since 2013 or so, and now I’m launching my first Kickstarter project to support a story that’s near and dear to my heart. For the past few years, my daughter Bee has been telling me tales about a wild character named Princess Wolf. Last year, for the 100 Day Project, I decided to collaborate with her to get this epic saga turned into a comic. Every few days—for three-and-a-half months—I’d sit her down, bribe her with a pastry, take frantic notes while she told me chunks of the story, and then draw a couple panels after she’d gone to bed. The next morning, Bee would review my work, helpfully pointing out each and every little detail I’d gotten wrong—and even the occasional one I’d gotten right! ("WOW, mama, nice dob!") By the time The 100 Day Project had come to a close, we had a pretty entertaining story on our hands—and a bunch of people who enjoyed reading it! Which means it’s time for the next step: We’re going to PRINT THE SAGA OF PRINCESS WOLF!
I’ve collected this project into a 6x6”, full-color, perfect-bound book. It clocks in at 60 pages, and includes a gallery of Princess Wolf-themed illustrations from some of my favorite artists, including Lucy Bellwood, Marnie Galloway, Kay Garcia, Sarah Gordon, and Pam Wishbow.
With your help, we’re going to produce 200 (or more!) copies of Princess Wolf and Her Life of Darkness and send them to readers all over the world! Our 3000chf budget covers printing costs as well as Kickstarter and credit card fees, taxes, fullfillment and shipping costs as well as reimbursing my previously-incurred Beatrix-pastry-consumption debt (the sugary bribery necessary to get this story down.) Here’s what you can get for helping to support the project:
A pdf of the book and all the extra fun notes and guest art!
A for-real actual paper book! (For a little bit extra, Bee and I will both sketch in your book. This reward is limited to 25 books, which feels like the upper limit I can count on my colleague's cooperation on...even though she will be paid for her efforts!)
Premium Rewards (all of these include copies of the signed-and-sketched-in book and all are very, very limited):
A membership to the Wolf Club Pen Pal Club! Like getting things in the mail? It doesn’t have stop with your Kickstarter reward. Bee and I will send you treats every three months for a whole year!
A watercolor painting I made myself and which Bee was "okay" with:
A watercolor painting Bee liked much more but she thought "needs more wolves":
Aaaaand a final week reward tier: a book (unsigned and unsketched) and one of six original art postcards, selected at random. Hooray!
That’s it! Your support means the world to us. Thank you for pitching in to make Princess Wolf and Her Life of Darkness a reality!
Risks and challenges
While this is my first crowdfunding campaign, I have many experienced friends who have been very generous during this process. With their advice and support, I feel confident that I’ll be able to deliver on all the promises of this campaign.
I’m working with a fantastic printer (http://comicprintinguk.com/ ) to produce the books, and have already received a proof copy of the final product. (Spoilers: it looks great.) I'm making a few changes after seeing the first hard copy, but the book is 99% ready for production.
Since I’m a one-point-five person operation, I'm allowing myself plenty of time to get things shipped out. I also have a significant store of sugary bribes on hand in case Bee gets sick of drawing in books before we’ve made it through the demand.
I’ll be working with White Squirrel Store (https://www.whitesquirrelstore.com/ ), a Seattle-based fulfillment company, for most of my US sales. This allows me to offer more affordable US shipping, and hopefully helps get books to you even quicker. Signed and sketched-in books will still ship from Switzerland, which is why their shipping price is higher.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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