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A Steampunk-spiced short comic about an injured werewolf, an amateur mad scientist, and (mostly) good intentions.
A Steampunk-spiced short comic about an injured werewolf, an amateur mad scientist, and (mostly) good intentions.
992 backers pledged $23,460 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, all! Welcome to the final week of the kickstarter!! I've added a new tier for this week, Pretty Little Things, which includes cute acrylic charms of your choice!! Please scroll down to "Rewards" to check them out!

Bleeding Heart is a 28-page short paperback comic of a young man named Henry, a scientist-in-training who one night encounters an injured werewolf collapsed on his doorstep. Against the protestations of his long-suffering friend Robert, Henry decides to take the wolf inside and try to heal it.

Should he succeed, he will gain a strange new friend and a healthy sense of self worth- but not without cost. When a human lets his soul get tangled up in the spirit of the woods . . . bad things happen.

Bleeding heart is a standalone story, but it is also part of a much larger story-verse called The Glass Scientists, a tale of mad scientists and high society and a guy with a really intense identity crisis. I plan to release The Glass Scientists as a webcomic that will be available for everyone, but since it’s an awfully long story, I wanted to start things off with an exclusive stand-alone comic.

Bleeding Heart, which will be available only in print, will give readers a full story in a nice physical (or digital) book to hold in their hands. Or their computers! I would really love to do something special for this comic. For that, I need your help!

Hi! I’m Sabrina Cotugno, and I write and draw stories. Presently I work as a storyboard artist on the show Gravity Falls. I went to school at Calarts, where I made short films including Kagemono, Paraphernalia, and Night Parade, which you can watch in the links below.  Bleeding Heart is my latest original story.

Find me on: Tumblr | Facebook | Twitter | Portfolio Website

This kickstarter serves as a pre-order service for Bleeding Heart- as a book or digital PDF- but backers may also receive goodies such as:

-FINAL WEEK SPECIAL!! Pretty Little Things: Choose your own cute 1.5" acrylic charms! In your backer survey (sent out after the end of the campaign) please indicate whether you would like A) TWO Glass Scientists keychain charms, B) one Bleeding Heart necklace, or C) one pair of beaker earrings

Note: All designs can be made into keychain charms!

-The Side Effects bonus bundle- 3 mini-prints by guest artists Dana Terrace and Mallory Dyer (pu-sama), one sticker sheet, and a bookmark of your choice.

-signed sketches

-An exclusive Kickstarter print by guest artist Dana Guerrieri (quillery)

-black and white OR color commissions

-Copies of my two previous artbooks, which feature work from The Glass Scientists, my student films, as well as fanart and little mini stories.

-A cameo appearance in the first chapters of The Glass Scientists, and your book will come with an original design by me of you (or your original character, if you like) as a scientist, a street urchin, a hoity-toity Victorian party guest, or a roguish lady thief!

 If we can raise enough money, I will be able to make the book double fantastic with like a fancy cover, textured cover stock finishing, and gold foil highlights. This could make the book prints themselves into physical works of art.

-1400$ - GOLD LEAF COVER HIGHLIGHTS -UNLOCKED!!!

-1800$ - FOUR PAGES BONUS CONTENT -UNLOCKED!!!

-2200$ - UPGRADE TO OFFSET PRINT EDITION! -UNLOCKED!!!

-2800$ - BONUS PRINT WITH ALL TIERS 40$ AND UP! - UNLOCKED!!!

-4500$ - FIFTEEN PAGES OF (THE UPCOMING WEBCOMIC) THE GLASS SCIENTISTS WILL BE IN COLOR!! UNLOCKED!!!

-7000$ - THE FULL FIRST CHAPTER OF (THE UPCOMING WEBCOMIC) THE GLASS SCIENTISTS WILL BE IN COLOR! UNLOCKED!!

-9000$ - BLEEDING HEART BUTTON FOR ALL TIERS 25+! UNLOCKED!!!

-13000$ - MATTE VARNISH ON COVER! UNLOCKED!!!

-18000$ - THE FULL TWO CHAPTERS OF (THE UPCOMING WEBCOMIC) THE GLASS SCIENTISTS WILL BE IN COLOR!

-22000$ - A SECOND BLEEDING HEART BUTTON FOR ALL TIERS 25+!

Okay guys, I have officially run out of stretch goal ideas! If you would like to suggest one, please leave your idea in the comments! Thanks :)

ADD-ONS: If you would like to build your own customized reward tier, please look through these Add-Ons below. Include the designated amount with your original pledge, then specify your add-on reward when surveys are handed out at the end of the campaign!

4$ - ONE KEYCHAIN CHARM

-6$ - AN ADDITIONAL HARD COPY OF BLEEDING HEART

7$- CHOICE OF: TWO KEYCHAIN CHARMS/ONE NECKLACE/ONE PAIR OF EARRINGS

-12$ AN ADDITIONAL SIGNED COPY OF BLEEDING HEART

-14$ - ONE COPY OF EITHER OF MY SKETCHBOOKS

-27$ - ONE COPY OF BOTH OF MY SKETCHBOOKS

-5$ A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU NOTE WITH MYSTERY QUOTE

-2$ STICKER SET

-3$ BOOKMARK (OR 2 for 4$)

-6$ MINI PRINT SET

(Music credit to: TeknoAXE)

Risks and challenges

The comic itself is all but finished- I only need to finish a few layout tweaks- so the only potential risk is delays or errors in printing and shipping. In any event, I do need these books to be printed before I attend APE in October, which will keep printing times strictly on schedule.
I have sold my two first sketchbooks online before and have always kept a prompt 1-2 day turnaround time. Punctuality is very important to me!

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    THE WANDERER - A Digital PDF download of Bleeding Heart

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    THE CATALYST - Your very own physical print copy of Bleeding Heart! + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE SCHOLAR- Your very own SIGNED copy of Bleeding Heart + a small personalized ink sketch on the inside cover + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE SIDE EFFECTS - The Bonus bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    NEW!! THE INTERCEPTED TELEGRAM- Your very own SIGNED copy of Bleeding Heart + a personalized thank you note on cute stationery with a unique *mystery quote* from my scrapbook of favorite things! + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    FINAL WEEK SPECIAL!! Pretty Little Things - Your choice of cute 1.5" acrylic charms! (Please see pictures below for your choices) + Your very own SIGNED copy of Bleeding Heart + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE ALCHEMIST- Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Digital PDF download.
    Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    NEW!! THE TALKING PICTURE - A personal "thank you" VIDEO by me wherein I may answer your questions and speak on any subject of your choosing + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE SOCIALITE - One sketch commission of your choice! + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE WHISPERING TREES - One exclusive Kickstarter print by guest artist QUILLERY, 11x17" + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE FOLKLORIST - One copy each of my TWO printed sketchbooks + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE ANCIENT ARTS - One exclusive Kickstarter print by guest artist QUILLERY, 11x17" + One copy each of my TWO printed sketchbooks + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE DUCHESS - One COLOR commission of your choice! + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE ROGUE SCIENTIST - A custom portrait design of YOU as a Victorian socialite, a rogue scientist, or a vagabond. You will receive a color portrait of your new character as well as an appearance in the first chapters of The Glass Scientists! + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE FOREST SPIRIT - The Everything Bundle! One COLOR commission of your choice! + One exclusive Kickstarter print by guest artist QUILLERY, 11x17" + One copy each of my TWO printed sketchbooks + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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    THE AFTERNOON TEA - Just as the title suggests, I will take you out to an afternoon tea for two at the Tea Rose Garden in Pasadena (or another tea room of your choice!) + One exclusive Kickstarter print by guest artist QUILLERY, 11x17" + One copy each of my TWO printed sketchbooks + A signed print copy of Bleeding Heart + Bonus Bundle (3 mini-print pack, bookmark, sticker sheet) + Digital PDF download. Travel expenses for afternoon tea not included. Shipping included for US pledgers!

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