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GWS Volumes 9 & 10: the final softcover collections of the long-running webcomic Girls With Slingshots! Strips #1600 to the end.
GWS Volumes 9 & 10: the final softcover collections of the long-running webcomic Girls With Slingshots! Strips #1600 to the end.
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Hey guys! It's time to send the FINAL TWO BOOKS of Girls With Slingshots strips to the printers!! Have you been looking forward to finally completing your handsome-a-f collection of GWS books? Because LOOK AT HOW NICE THEY'LL LOOK WITH YOUR COLLECTION, just look at it:

WOW! Did we already get proofs of the books, or am I just really really good at Photoshop?!
WOW! Did we already get proofs of the books, or am I just really really good at Photoshop?!

Because these are the last books, and last books in a series don't sell quite as well as the first ones do, I'm doing a much smaller run of each book than I normally do, which means they'll cost me almost twice as much to print, which is why I need to run a Kickstarter to fund 'em this time, IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW, this is a very long sentence.

So if you've wanted these last two collections - or if you think you will in the future - now is the time to preorder them! I can't guarantee I'll have any left after this year, and they won't be re-printed!

Alright, enough of that "I need your help" nonsense, let's get to the important stuff: THE STUFF.

Here's a quick text run-down of the rewards:

$5+ wallpaper
You can pledge $5 or more just to help out, and I'll send you digital files of the cover art so you can use them as wallpapers! Or just to look at. Maybe you just want to look at them, that's okay too.

THE BOOKS
If you're here because you want the books and you're like "dude could you please get to the part where you explain what's in these books," then you're in luck because this next section is called:

Volume 9 collects strips number 1600 through 1798, which include Hazel's wild hunt for an air pump, the introduction of Goopy Kitty, Clarice & Joshua's visit to the ER, Jimmie Cone, the haunted house Halloween story, and Jamie and Erin as Santa's elves

In the back of the book, you'll get a selection of my hand-drawn lessons from the illustration class I taught earlier this year! If you know (or are!) an aspiring cartoonist, this would be a great book to get!

Volume 10 collects strips number 1799 through the very last strip, 2008. This includes THAT TIME CLARICE AND JOSHUA KISSED <3 <3 <3, Thea & Mimi's wedding, Maureen & Jameson's pregnancy and their dino-tastic honeymoon, lunch with Thea's dad, Carol getting felt up in a closet while wearing a monkey costume, a McPedro Christmas, and, of course, Hazel's final road trip with Goopy Kitty and that impromptu visit to see her dad. YEAH, I KNOW, THIS IS A REALLY GOOD ONE *ahem* if I do say so myself.

The back of this book has a ton of behind-the-scenes sketches and sketchbook notes, including some unused dialogue and other never-before-shared details from the cutting room floor.

Both books have the usual how-to-draw lessons (Goopy Kitty and Ghost Kitty for book 9; Joshua and Darren for book 10), a personal introduction, and a dumb little "about the artist" section in the back.

THE BOOKS WITH BOOKPLATES! (two bookplates for just $10)

OMG BOOKPLATES (they're only $10 for two!)
OMG BOOKPLATES (they're only $10 for two!)

I've also made brand-new bookplates featuring an art nouveau-style McPedro border, which will be printed in green! For just $10 extra, you'll get two bookplates, each signed & sketched by yours truly, one for each book. You'll be able to pick the personalization and characters for the sketches later on. :)

These sold immediately! Sorry, people who sleep in late like I do!
These sold immediately! Sorry, people who sleep in late like I do!

ORIGINAL ART

And, of course, the original art for both covers are for sale WOOPS they WERE for sale, they sold like, immediately. So I've put up a few new original pieces, check them out!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to add any of the other rewards to an original art reward, please add the ENTIRE amount of that reward (books + shipping for your country) to your pledge! (The books will be shipped separately so as not to crush your artwork!)

New original art may be posted throughout the week, so stay tuned! I'll always mention new reward tiers on Twitter, and my Patreon patrons will be the first to hear about it. :)

**Retailers!** This time I've included a reward specifically for you. For $100 + shipping you can get five copies of each book, which retail for $20 each. This reward is for brick & mortar retailers (not online stores) in the US (sorry, my shopowner friends abroad! It is way too expensive to ship books to you!). (I'm still working out the US shipping cost, it'll be up soon!)

These books won't be distributed to bookstores, so this is the only way to get them in your stores!

I was all "pfft I don't need stretch goals," until my designer and I discovered that she accidentally left strip number 1772 out of book 9!! Woops! Turns out it's not a vital strip to the story, and the layout works WAY better without it, so we decided to keep it out. 

So, if we reach $11,084 (literally the goal + added cost of the stretch goal gift), I'll have the missing strip printed on a bookmark and include one in everyone's packages. <-- OH HAI looks like everyone gets a bookmark!

I am so good at Photoshop.
I am so good at Photoshop.

And I think that's it! TopatoCo will be packing and shipping your books, but I'll be packing the original art, so there will most likely be cat hair in the packing tape for those rewards.

If you have any questions at all about the campaign, please let me know! I haven't run one of these in years, so I can only hope I've already answered all the basics. Thanks so much for reading this far (ha ha, I said I wouldn't write too much), and thank you SO MUCH for helping to get these last two books out!! xoxo, d

Risks and challenges

SHIPPING DATES: There were some unexpected hiccups in the planning process (which is the reason I'm running a Kickstarter in the first place!), so this project is squeezing in juuuuuust barely in time for Christmas orders. Depending on how busy the printers are & how fast the shipping goes, there's a chance these books won't be shipped out in time for Christmas, particularly for overseas orders.

If you're buying these books as a gift for someone and it turns out they won't receive their gift in time for the holidays, please let me know if you'd like me to e-mail them personally to spill the beans about the rad books you got them. I'll let them know that they'll get their sweet gift from you in early January instead. ;)

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    Just wanna help out? I'll send you wallpaper-able versions of both book covers as a thank-you!

    I'll stick to generic sizes at first, but if you want them resized for an additional device, just let me know and I'll see what I can do. :)

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    BOTH BOOKS!

    Volumes 9 & 10, packed into a handsome book sandwich that will be shipped to your home.

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    BOTH BOOKS, with BOOKPLATES!!

    Volumes 9 & 10, with two SIGNED and SKETCHED bookplates, one for each book!

    I can personalize them to you (or someone else) and draw the GWS character of your choosing. We'll get to those details later. :)

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    The original art for Bat Boy #8, which was featured in the Weekly World News back in 2006! These are the inks, drawn on 11x15" textured watercolor paper. This strip features the first appearance of Pauline.

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    GWS Volumes 7, 8, 9, and 10, plus FOUR bookplates, personalized, signed, and sketched - one for each of your new, fancy books!!

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    This reward level is for brick-and-mortar shops ONLY; please be prepared to provide proof that your physical storefront exists! I reserve the right to deny/refund your pledge if you're just some weirdo who really really wants ten of these books. What would you even do with ten books COME ON.

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    Volume 9 Original Cover Art

    The original art for Volume 9! These are the inks, drawn on 14x17" bristol board. Plus, of course, books 9 & 10, and the two bookplates, too. :)

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