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Help bring the first volume of the fantasy webcomic to print! The 144-page book contains the prologue through chapter 5.

What is Namesake? 

Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who is stolen in the aftermath of a library fire and is dumped in a land made famous by literature and cinema. She learns she's a Namesake, uniquely connected to this world by the power of her given name, and now she must act as the story's protagonist as she figures out how to make her way home. But as Emma travels, she discovers that those controlling her story have their own selfish goals in mind – and her fate is the key to everyone’s happy ending.

What is this Kickstarter for?

We're raising the money to print volume 1 of Namesake. It's 144-page sewn-perfect softcover book and contains the prologue through chapter 5 plus a 5-page bonus story. The funds would cover the print job, the purchase of ISBN numbers and some extra leeway for shipping, Kickstarter and Amazon fees, rewards, etc. 

Wait a minute, who is this "we" you're talking about?

Isabelle Melançon is a French-Canadian artist who initially came up with the idea behind Namesake in 2007. It evolved from a series of parody comics she did for her friends. Megan Lavey-Heaton is a U.S. writer who poked Isa until she began to further develop Namesake. They combined their powers and launched Namesake in 2010. 

Isa is from Montreal, Quebec, and when she's not drawing, she's selling comics. Meg lives right outside Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and is a copy editor and designer for The Patriot-News and an editor for The Unofficial Apple Weblog. Isa and Meg were contributors to the Womanthology: All-Female Comic Anthology in 2011, with expected publication this year.

Does the $25 and $30 levels include the PDF of the digital book?

Yes, we are making the PDF available at this level to Kickstarter backers only.

If you make over your funding, what will the extra funds go toward?

First and foremost, more books! Or as many as Meg can shove in her office.  Second, help offset costs to go to TCAF in May, where Namesake #1 is making its official debut. Third, possibly attend other cons on the East Coast (U.S. and Canada) this year with Namesake #1 in tow. Fourth, tuck the money away to put toward printing book 2 in 2013.

One of the rewards lists glass pendants. What are those?

Optimystical Studios approached Meg in 2011 about creating a line of Namesake glass pendants for readers. Examples of their work with these pendants can be found here. They're extremely durable and attractive -- the one Meg's carried about has gone through quite a bit of abuse and still looks like new. Here's the three you can select from!

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