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The DK Prelude webcomic, collected in a hefty full-color book.  280 pages of comics, illustrations, concept notes, and cartoon fun.
The DK Prelude webcomic, collected in a hefty full-color book. 280 pages of comics, illustrations, concept notes, and cartoon fun.
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Welcome to Dreamkeepers, created by Dave & Liz!

If you’re unfamiliar with our graphic novels, here’s the gist.  They’re free to read here.

Also free to read is the prequel web comic, Prelude.  Featuring the childhood misadventures of the cast, Prelude is our bi-weekly indulgence in pure fun.

But it’s never been available in actual, physical book form-

Until now.  

We’re creating an 8.5 x 11 280-page full color book, complete with illustrations and extras.  The catch?  All that colorful beauty makes for a monstrous printing cost.  If we go print-on-demand, we’d have to charge at least $100 per book.  Ow.

That’s why we want to fund a large scale print run for this book- so we can sell copies starting at $35.  Far more affordable for our readers- and plus, a successful Kickstarter gives us the elbow-room for all sorts of goodies and extras!  Including an all-new sticker set from the Vivid artist STJ:

If we hit our Kickstarter goal, the Prelude book will get printed at an affordable rate, along with stickers, posters, and buttons springing out from the sidelines.  We’ll be printing and delivering books- one of our favorite things.

PLUS:

I love the feature of Stretch Goals that Kickstarter offers.  I’ve set it up so that some stretch goals will rain benefits down on everyone supporting us- so you don’t have to be a top-tier donor to enjoy the extras.  If we pull together, I’m excited to see just how far we can push this thing!

$15,000 - Mission Accomplished, Books Printed.

$25,000 - The top-tier donors will confer with me on the creation of a new Dreamkeepers poster.  Every Kickstarter participant gets a copy!

$35,000 - And new Prelude updates weekly for all of winter 2013.

$60,000 - And We add a slew of extra content to the book- illustrations, character bios, and exploratory cross-sections of the settings.

$100,000  And top-level donors decide on a DK plush design that we manufacture and deliver to them and all other Kickstarter participants as available.  (Based on the plush pricing, we might not be able to deliver to folks below the book-receiving donation level.)

$250,000 - And Volume 1 is reprinted for retail-level distribution.  All $35 and up donors receive a copy of the new Volume 1 edition and are listed as series sponsors within it.  

Risks and challenges

This one is actually a fairly low risk- the comic is already made, the files backed up. We just have to print it. If you guys fund the printing, you will have books. Period.

We've got years of experience in working with printers, handling book runs, and delivering to readers- including years of experience in hitting unexpected hurdles and disasters.

We've overcome them all so far, and I see no reason to interrupt the trend.

We deliver. It is what we do.

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    Gratitude and a drop in the karma bucket. Not enough karma to make up for... you know, that thing- but it's a step in the right direction.

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    Bookmark featuring Mace & Whip tied to a dock pylon- this guarantees they'll stay put and keep your place.

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    One Sticker and one Button.

    Featuring dynamic custom artwork from Vivid artist STJ ( superflatpsychosis.tumblr.com ) we have 8 brand new sticker designs. Pursuant to the Quest to Stay Sane, we're letting fate determine which sticker design you get- but they're all brilliant. The same goes for the buttons- we have a variety of our old sticker designs featured on buttons, and the one coming your way will be a surprise.

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    PDF Download of the Prelude Collection book.

    This includes print-resolution images, along with all the extra illustrations and perks contained in the book. Everything except for paper.

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    PDF Download, Bookmark, and a Sticker.

    This is a *digital* copy of the book, I'm not sure what you're using that bookmark for. But have at it!

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    "Namah Falling" Poster.

    A new 11 x 17 color poster featuring an animation-esque sequence of Namah slipping from the ceiling to spin in the air and land on her feet.

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    Doodle from David and a Sticker.

    David will make a quick pencil doodle on a sheet of paper, and send it your way with a sticker. I'll be doodling up a storm of these, so I'm not able to take specific requests- but they'll all be imprinted with love and gratitude. The doodle will feature one of the cast from Prelude, and a signature.

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    Doodle from David, all 8 new Stickers, all 10 buttons, and a bookmark.

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    Prelude Collection 1 book, softcover edition. Includes a bookmark.

    A glorious glossy 8.5 x 11 illustrated book, featuring 280 pages of vibrant Prelude comics, illustrations, and extra features.

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    Prelude Collection 1 softcover book, signed & doodled in by Dave & Liz.

    Includes a bookmark, 1 sticker, and a PDF download of the book.

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    Prelude Collection 1 book, hardcover edition. The Prelude book, bound in sturdy hardcover for easy reading, handsome appearance, and unparalleled durability. For the reader who plans to revisit their collection and savor it over the years. Includes a bookmark.

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    Prelude Collection 1 hardcover book, signed & doodled in by Dave & Liz. Includes a bookmark, 1 sticker, and a PDF Download of the book.

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    Prelude Collection 1 signed & doodled in by Dave & Liz- your preference of hard or softcover.

    Includes all merchandise:

    All 8 sticker designs, all 10 buttons, a bookmark, the Namah falling poster, a separate doodle from David, and a PDF download of the book.

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    Everything from Reward #13, AND:

    Two pieces of original framed Prelude art. A thumbnail sketch where we plan the art and script for Prelude, and a finished line-art illustration that became a comic.

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    A new Backer-Requester reward tier: All The Stuff.

    Prelude Collection 1 signed & doodled in by Dave & Liz, both a hardcover AND a softcover copy. Includes all merchandise: All 8 sticker designs, all 10 buttons, two copies of the bookmark, the Namah falling poster, a separate doodle from David, and a PDF download of the book.

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    Everything from Reward #13- only you get both the softcover and the hardcover editions of the book.

    AND: Ten pieces of original framed Prelude art. Five thumbnail sketches where we plan the art and script for Prelude, and five finished line-art illustrations that became comics.

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    Everything from Reward #15, AND: You receive signed & personalized copies of Volumes 1, 2, 3, and will received a personalized limited edition Volume 4 (upon release), in which you will be listed as a series sponsor.

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    Everything from Reward #16, AND you will collaborate with Dave & Liz to have one of your life misadventures featured as a 'Stupid Prelude' (Example: http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/PreludeStupid0003.htm )

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    Everything from Reward #17, AND you will receive an extra copy of the Prelude book collection, in a one-of-a-kind cover handcrafted by the creators. Using sculpy clay, paint, and other materials (possibly including leather, wood, metal, materials you may wish to include, etc.), we'll make a 3-D cover in the theme of your choice- the orphanage docks, Tower decor, or any other ideas you might suggest. There will not be another book to match yours anywhere on earth.

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    Reward 18 pretty much maxes out our abilities- you get everything from Reward 18, plus the knowledge that you are an insanely generous individual.

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