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The complete six-year run of the award-winning webcomic Narbonic, collected in a two-volume omnibus edition.

UPDATE: In addition to the listed incentives, anyone who pledges at any level will also receive a signed Narbonic print inspired by the cover design of the books.  More details here:

http://www.2dcomics.com/couscous/blog/?p=730

"Shaenon K. Garrity has taken one of the fundamental truths of character comedy—bad guys are funnier than good guys!—and has, in Helen Narbon, given us the brilliant, witty, appetite-driven scoundrel we’d all secretly like to be."

Roger Langridge, The Muppet Show Comic, Thor

For the staff of Narbonics Labs, tampering in God's domain is just another day at the office.  Mad scientist Helen Narbon is ready to show all those fools, ably assisted by geeky lab technician Dave, rifle-toting intern Mell, and Artie the superintelligent gerbil.  But Helen has secrets she keeps from the rest of the lab, and one of her experiments is about to wreak havok beyond her wildest dreams.  Can love coexist with madness?  Can the power of Science overcome common sense?

"Garrity planned her plotlines so carefully, so methodically, foreshadowing events that would take years to unfold, that the term ‘comedy’ just doesn’t seem apt enough."

Diana Kingston-Gabai, The Savage Critic(s)

Shaenon Garrity here.  From 2000 to 2006, I drew the award-winning daily webstrip Narbonic.  Blueshift Studios published a print collection for each year of the strip, but now some of those volumes are out of print, and I've decided to class the operation up a notch.  That's right: I'm publishing a deluxe two-volume omnibus edition of the complete run of Narbonic.

As you can imagine, publishing six years of comics in one fell swoop is a big undertaking.  That's where you come in.  To cover printing and shipping costs for the Narbonic omnibus, I need $10,000.  I'm taking Kickstarter pledges ranging from $10 to $200, with special incentives at every level: signed and sketched books, original artwork, and a Narbonic prose story available only through this drive.  Pledges of $200 or more get all that plus a limited-edition slipcase for the books, designed by printmaker Liz Conley.

"Narbonic is the only funny new strip cartoon I’ve seen in years."

Tom Hart, Hutch Owen

The books will be paperback, a little under 400 pages each, and will include all six years of daily strips, plus all six bonus stories from the previous Narbonic collections, pinups by guest artists (including some never before seen), and an introduction from Comics Journal editor and critic Kristy Valenti. You need these big Narbonic books, but don't take my word for it...

"It's about love.  And evil.  And evil love.  And gerbils.  Who could ask for anything more?"

Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue, Feed

Spread the word.  Add a little madness to the world.  And thanks for your support!

Funders outside the U.S., please add $10 to your pledge for shipping.  Thank you!

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    UNPAID INTERN • Your name in the Acknowledgements section • A PDF copy of the books • A signed and sketched copy of the books

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    PUT-UPON LAB TECH • Your name in the Acknowledgements section • A PDF copy of the books • A signed and sketched copy of the books • An exclusive character sketch

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    ABOMINATION OF SCIENCE • Your name in the Acknowledgements section • A PDF copy of the books • A signed and sketched copy of the books • An exclusive character sketch • The original art for one strip from the book. Artist's choice, but if there's a particular strip you want, we'll do our best to accommodate your request.

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    MAD GENIUS • Your name in the Acknowledgements section • A PDF copy of the books • A signed and sketched copy of the books • An exclusive character sketch • The original art for one strip from the book • An original Narbonic prose story by Shaenon, available nowhere else

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    MADDER GENIUS • Your name in the Acknowledgements section • A PDF copy of the books • A signed and sketched copy of the books • An exclusive character sketch • The original art for one strip from the book • An original Narbonic prose story by Shaenon, available nowhere else • A limited-edition slipcase for the books designed by printmaker Liz Conley

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