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Bring more adventures of Emma, Warrick and the gang to print! Contains Intermission 1, chapters 6-10 and various extras.

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.

Book 2 covers Intermission #1 and chapters 6-10, which is the second half of the Oz arc. If you would like to read them, the first Intermission begins here. If you've never read Namesake before, you can start at the beginning here! The comic publishes every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and you can read the entire comic online.

Isabelle Melançon is a French-Canadian artist who 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 lives in Montreal, Quebec, and when she's not drawing, she's selling comics and educating kids in schools about the power of comics and graphic novels. Meg lives right outside Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and is a web/mobile producer and SMO specialist for PA Media Group (PennLive/The Patriot-News). She's also an editor for The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Isa and Meg were contributors to the Womanthology: All-Female Comic Anthology. They will be contributing a short story to another anthology in summer 2013. They are also part of Hiveworks Comics, which includes other great comics such as Sister Claire and Go Get a Roomie.

We're raising the money to print volume 2 of Namesake. It's a 172-page sewn-perfect softcover book and contains chapter 6-10, plus the first Intermission and a 5-page bonus story. The goal amount will cover the print job for 1,000 books, shipping, and Amazon/Kickstarter fees. The funding goal is higher than vol. 1 because we increased the size from 144 pages to 172 pages.

What will the extra funds go toward?

If we exceed our goal, as with book 1, we will roll the money back into the comic. So far, Namesake is slated to appear at three cons (TCAF, Anime Boston, and one to-be announced) in 2013, and we're hoping to appear at more. Depending on the amount raised, we might be able to do a second print run of book 1 as well.

What are some of the extras?

If you bid $10 and above: You'll not only get a PDF of book 2, but a completely new side story that relates the tale of Chadrick (Chiseri) and Adora, the parents of Warrick and Selva. 

If you bid $25 and above: Thanks to our amazing printer, Cross Blue, we'll be able to give everyone who orders a print version of book 2 will get a limited-edition postcard featuring Emma and Elaine:

If you bid $50 and above: You'll get a complete set of Namesake charms! These are 2-inch acrylic charms that are 1/16" thick. Share them with your friends!

Other rewards are specific to their levels, such as the Tumblr icon commissions, the original pages, and the Calliope employee tier. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

What if I want a higher bid level than $40, but I would also like book 1?

If you also want book 1, please add $15 to any goal $50 or above, and we'll make sure you get a book! If you are an international bidder, please add an extra $5 to cover the shipping of the two books.

Do you have any stretch goals?

We do, yes!

  • If we make $30,000, we will be able to do a full print run of book 1 in addition to book 2! This is a good thing, because we will be extremely low on vol. 1 after this Kickstarter.
  • If we make $40,000, we will be able to do a tier where hardcovers of book 1 and 2 are offered! 

Thank you!

We couldn't do this without your help. We especially want to thank Pascal Michaud for once again assisting with the colors in the book and Constance Levesque for creating our Kickstarter video.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The main challenge we would face is when the books would get here from the printer. Last year, they arrived about three weeks after I initially anticipated, but we still managed to get them in hand by the end of the expected month.

Other than that, we're pretty good to go. We've successfully conducted one Kickstarter, with all the books safely in their new homes with the exception of three books -- because we never got addresses for them (if you're one of those backers, please contact me! We want to get your book to you!) All of the pages are published online, and we made sure to prepare the book for release before we started the Kickstarter.

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    WE JUST WANT TO HELP: A Namesake wallpaper, your name on the thank you page in the book, and virtual hugs! If you manage to see us at a con, you can claim a real hug as well.

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    WE WANT THE DIGITAL BOOK AND BONUS STORY: This tier has a PDF copy of vol. 2 plus your name on the thank you page and a wallpaper! You'll also get a second PDF with a Kickstarter-only bonus story featuring the tale of Chadrick (Chiseri) and Adora. If you do not have book 1, we'll also get that out to you.

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    WE WANT A BOOK: Signed copy of Namesake vol. 2 with your name on the thank you page, a limited-edition postcard, the wallpaper and PDF of vol. 2. (Please note international shipping below)

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    WE WANT THE BOOK AND THE BONUS STORY: Signed copy of Namesake vol. 2 with your name on the thank you page, a limited-edition postcard, the wallpaper and PDF of vol. 2. You'll also get a second PDF with a Kickstarter-only bonus story featuring the tale of Chadrick (Chiseri) and Adora. (Please note international shipping below)

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    WE WANT BOTH BOOKS: Missed Namesake vol. 1? This tier level is for you. Get signed copies of Namesake vol. 1 and vol. 2, with your name on the thank you page of vol. 2. You'll also get the wallpaper, a limited-edition postcard, and PDFs of vol. 1 and 2 and the Chiseri/Adora bonus story. (Please note international shipping below)

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    WE WANT SHINY THINGS: Get a set of Namesake charms along with a signed copy of book 2 with your name on the thank you page, a limited-edition postcard, the PDFs of book 2 and the Chiseri/Adora bonus story! (Please note international shipping)

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    WE WANT HARDCOVERS: You wanted hardcovers of Namesake #1 and 2? You've got 'em! Get signed copies of Namesake vol. 1 and vol. 2 in hardcover, with your name on the thank you page of vol. 2. Also, get the Namesake charms, a limited-edition postcard, the PDFs of book 2 and the Chiseri/Adora bonus story! (Please note international shipping and that this tier has a later delivery date than the softcovers)

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    WE LOVE TUMBLR: Are you on Tumblr as much as we are? Then let Isa draw your icon for you! This tier includes a signed copy of the print book with your name on the thank you page, a limited-edition postcard, the PDFs of book 2 and the Chiseri/Adora bonus story, the charms, and Isa will draw a Tumblr icon for you!

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    WE WANT YOUR ART: Signed copy of the print book with your name on the thank you page, the PDF of book 2 and the bonus story, a limited-edition postcard, the charms, and an original Namesake page hand-inked by Isa used in the creation of the comic.

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    WE WANT TO BE IN THE COMIC: Want to be on staff at Calliope? This is your chance! This tier includes a signed copy of the print book with your name on the thank you page, a limited-edition postcard, the PDFs of book 2 and the bonus story, the charms, and Isa will draw you into the comic in the future as a Calliope employee. (Note that June is the delivery date of the book. We'll let you know when the comic page appears!)

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