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Volume one of the award-winning webcomic about a little-girl-shaped robot and her search for what that actually means.

"Anyone who views cartooning as high art would do well to check out Diana Nock's The Intrepid Girlbot..." --io9.com

Winner of the Friends of Lulu "Leah Adezio Award for Best Kid-Friendly Work" of 2010.

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I'm Diana, and this is my comic, The Intrepid Girlbot, the saga of a little-girl-shaped robot trying to find her place in the world. It's an experimental, silent comic set in a strange world of robots and woodland creatures, safe for all ages. I've been running it online -- at intrepidgirlbot.com -- since March of 2009, and after more than two years, I have enough material for a real book. I've done my research and picked a printer. Just to get a minimum run of 1,000 books printed and delivered to me will cost $7,000, which is where Kickstarter and, hopefully, you come in.

The book itself is volume one of a planned three-volume series starring Girlbot. Entitled The Intrepid Girlbot: Unconditional, it will be 128 pages, in full color (as much as Girlbot's limited palette demands, anyway) on high quality paper through a trusted printing house. It will contain all the regular comic strips, stacked and formatted into pages, from March 2009 until April 2011, as well as bonus materials. It will also be an odd shape and size, 9"x8", appropriate for such an odd comic. Just lovely.

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About the rewards...

THE BLOG: I'll be teasing the development of the book on Girlbot's website, but the bulk of the information about how everything is going and all the juicy details will be restricted to the backers-only section of the Kickstarter update blog, and I just know you're curious, right?

THE DOWNLOAD: I plan to provide a high-quality PDF download of the book, at the very least, but I'll make it available in other formats if I can, such as ePUB.

THE BOOK: The book specs are described above. There will be two "versions" of it that I'm pushing: the simply signed version and the artist edition, which is signed as well as sketched in. You may request a sketch, but please, nothing too complicated.

THE POSTER: I've just designed this reward specifically for this Kickstarter project. It's a 12"x18" digitally painted parody of the "Hang in there, Baby!" motivational posters of the 1970s, starring Raccoon #1 from The Intrepid Girlbot. Here's a preview:

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THE ART CARD: These are things I've offered in the past on my site in return for donations during special fund drives. These will be personalized to your request (within reason) and mailed with your book order. Here are some examples from the past:

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THE ORIGINAL ART: I've sold many pieces of original art from Girlbot's run so far, but there are many more still available. I typically sell them for $30-50, plus shipping, so getting one in your Kickstarter bundle is actually a nice deal. I won't be offering them any cheaper than this! Here's where you can have a look at what's available, in the Girlbot store.

THE COMMISSION: On occasion, to bring in a little extra money, I'll do commissions, usually in a much more detailed, rich style than the one I employ in Girlbot. For a high enough pledge, a few people can get one of these from me, which will be tailored to exactly what you have in mind. Here are a few examples of commissions I've done in the past:

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THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Assuming the project gets funded, all my Kickstarter backers will be thanked in the book, but only those who show tremendous generosity will be specially thanked by name. I...honestly don't think I would have enough room to individually name everyone it would take to raise $7,000.

THE COVER ART: The cover actually hasn't been designed yet. That's something that will be worked through, in detail, in the Kickstarter process blog, but rest assured that I'll make sure it's something worthy to wrap up two years of work and toil. And it'll certainly be something sweet for one special collector to have for his/her own.

THE BIG FUNNY: Back in 2009, when Girlbot was still very new, I drew a version of Girlbot in the style of a golden age newspaper comic strip, called "Little Miss Mechanical's Bedtime Amusement," for the Big Funny project. It was inked with a nib, painstakingly over several days, and it's a large piece, measuring out at 15.5x20". Now it's available for a Serious Collector to snatch up. Here's a preview, natch:

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To non-U.S. backers, please add the following to your pledge amounts for additional shipping costs:

  • $4 to pledges of $20-25 or more
  • $8 to pledges of $40-100 or more
  • $10 to pledges of $300-600 or more

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Questions you may have...

Why is this book so important?

It's important to me because having a book of my own will allow me to make more money for myself, as a professional cartoonist. Currently, I'm mostly supported with commissions and freelance work, with a minority of my income actually coming from my own personal projects, of which Girlbot is currently the main representative. It's my dream to be able to make an independent living off of my own work, and of course, the less freelance I have to take in order to pay the bills, the more time I'll be able to dedicate to my ideas. That means more reliable Girlbot updates, and other projects I'm excited about will be given their due.

What will you do if you raise more than $7,000?

In that very happy instance, I would put the money toward paying for shipping and possibly ordering more than 1,000 books, as that would be more cost-effective for selling them in the future.

When will I get my rewards?

Assuming this project gets fully funded, my goal is to have the books printed and shipped to me by early October. Once I have the books, I'll start mailing out the rewards packages, so I'd expect delivery some time in October or November, depending on how fast I'd be able to get through orders. Digital downloads of the book will be made available as soon as the design is finalized, so no waiting on that, at least.

Aside from pledging myself to your project, how can I help make this book happen?

Seriously, the best thing you could do is spread the word. If you know someone who would be into silly, strange comics about robots and raccoons, let them know. Post about it on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or whichever social network of your choosing. The more people who hear about this, the better!

Where can I see more of your work?

You can check out my portfolio website at jinxville.com, but it's badly in need of updating at the moment.

Heyyyy, wait a minute! Aren't you the same Diana Nock from that Poorcraft Kickstarter I pledged to? What happened to that?

Nothing's happened to it. Poorcraft has taken longer than either Spike or I thought it would, but it's almost finished. I've been working on it simultaneously while drawing Girlbot for myself, and I promise that the publication of this book will do nothing to impede the release of Poorcraft. They're unrelated projects. So if you pledged to the Poorcraft Kickstarter, you will get your reward very soon, and pledging to this project won't conflict with that. It would, in fact, just make you a super awesome person.

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Let me know if you have any more questions! And thanks for your consideration and your support...

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