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This project is to fund the first offset print run of Volume 1 of my graphic novel, "The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal".
589 backers pledged $14,990 to help bring this project to life.

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What sort of comic are you going to print, here?

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, Volume I contains chapters 1-13 of the comic, which can be read online here. Although I've been publishing to the web, TJ and Amal is originally created and designed for print, and reads best in book form. The art is crisper and more detailed on paper, and the story flows more smoothly from page to page.

As for physical specs: The book will be about 130 pages long - there are 122 pages of comics (Chapters 1-13); the rest is titles, notes, supplemental material, and acknowledgments. There will be a 12# heavy stock color outside cover and black and white matte interior cover. The interior comic pages will be printed offset in black ink on bright white 60# recycled paper. The pages are standard comic size (6.625" x 10.25").

So what's the comic about?

A couple of guys from very different walks of life embark on a cross-country road trip from Berkeley, CA to Providence, RI. Along the way, they form an unusual friendship that may turn into something more.

A review and more detailed summary can be read here. Or if you like, you can simply read the comic online. Please note that it is intended for mature audiences.

How much will printing cost, and where will the money go?

Based on estimates from several print houses, the cost of printing, binding, and delivery will be around $4,500. Any funds raised beyond this cost will go directly into packaging and postage for those who buy a hard copy of the book.

How close is it to completion?

The bulk of the Volume I comic is already finished and ready for print; all that's needed at this point is some minor retouching, layout in inDesign, and illustrations for the back and inside covers.

I have already chosen a print house and am hoping to have the comic back from the printer within 4 months of successful fundraising.

To cover additional shipping costs, international backers please add:
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  • $5 to a pledge of $25 or more
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    Access to pledges-only area of the TJ and Amal website, with concept art, development work, illustration drafts, revision notes, etc.

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    Downloadable PDF copy of the completed Volume 1 graphic novel, plus access to pledges-only area of the TJ and Amal website.

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    One print copy of the Volume 1 graphic novel, plus access to pledges-only area of the TJ and Amal website.

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    One signed copy of the Volume 1 graphic novel with sketch inside, and access to pledges-only area of the TJ and Amal website.

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    TWO signed copies of the Volume 1 graphic novel (one with a sketch), access to pledges-only area of the TJ and Amal website, and your name listed as a supporter in the Acknowledgments/Thanks in the book.

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    THREE signed copies of the Volume 1 graphic novel (one with a sketch), access to pledges-only area of the TJ and Amal website, a special thanks to you in the book's acknowledgments, and a finished grayscale/black and white ink and marker illustration of TJ and Amal in natural media on heavy Bristol or illustration board.

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