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Volume 3 of the award-winning webcomic Skin Horse, by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells.

"Skin Horse is laugh-out-loud funny, in the way that the Marx Brothers were funny: It starts with something that is just barely plausible and then piles up incongruities into a massive, complicated structure built entirely of crazy."

--Brigid Alverson, Comic Book Resources

When you work for Black Ops Social Services, there's never a slow day at the office.  Maybe today's the day the clockwork receptionist's evil gears kick in.  Maybe the office supplies will vote to go on strike.  Maybe a mad scientist will escape the facility and go on a high-fashion funkadelic rampage.  But with a lot of hard work and a little bit of topless mud-wrestling, the staff of Project Skin Horse will get the job done.

Civil service style.

"You can jump in at any point and be up to speed in no time, but once you're hooked, there's nothing to be done but to go back to the beginning and read it through again."

--Paul Haggerty, SFRevu

Shaenon K. Garrity here.  My co-creator, Jeffrey C. Wells, and I have been writing and drawing Skin Horse as a daily webcomic since 2008. In 2010, we published Skin Horse Volume 2 with the generous help of Kickstarter backers.  Now we're back and ready to publish Volume 3, covering the storylines from "Brave Little Toasters" through "Come Swing From My Branches."  See Moustachio the Thinkonium's old-timey rampage, Tip's mud-wrestling match (for the ladies), the field team's epic mission to New Orleans, and the first appearance of mad scientist Tigerlily Jones.

Is there more?  Of course there is.  Volume 3 will also include a bonus story, "The Funk Gazes Also," written by Jeff, drawn by me, and inked by Andrew Farago.  And an introduction by Campbell Award-winning, Hugo Award-nominated novelist Seanan McGuire, who knows from mad science.  And full-color bonus art by amazing artists, and holy crud you need this book, like, yesterday.

"Yes, there's a goofy fun that runs through Skin Horse...but Garrity and Wells know their genre well, and they do a neat job of twisting classic tropes to fit a world where monsters and bioweapons join the civil service and fight for equal rights and respect."

--Lauren Davis, io9.com

For this Kickstarter drive, we've assembled some truly amazing bonuses to thank everyone who participates.  If you check out the pledge tiers, you'll see books, sketches, original art, and exclusive prose stories that will appear nowhere else.  If you back at the Project Director or Supreme Puppetmaster levels, Volume 3 will reach you packaged with the first two volumes in a limited-edition slipcover designed by printmaker Liz Conley.  (Already own the first two volumes?  Consider the extras our gift.)  To get an idea of what the slipcovers will look like, check out the slipcovers she designed last year for my Narbonic omnibus edition.

And if you go for the Mad Genius or Supreme Puppetmaster levels, we will write and draw you into an upcoming strip.  For real.  These tiers are only open to a limited number of backers, because I can only draw so many people.

"One of the highlights of my day, because what can possibly be wrong about a webcomic that deals primarily with paranormal-managing government bureaucrats who subtly recall the less-well-known Oz books and gets regularly cranked up to about 14 on the Insane-o-Meter?"

--Gary Tyrell, Fleen.com

Finally, a million thanks to the band PaperDoll for providing the awesomely peppy music for our Kickstarter video.  The song is "If Nothing Happened," from the band's debut album, Ballad Nerd Pop.  Hear more of PaperDoll's music and buy their albums at their website.  Do it!

And thanks in advance to everyone who helps us make Skin Horse Volume 3 possible.  You guys are amazing.

P.S. International backers: It would help us a lot if you add $10 to your base pledge for shipping costs.  Thanks in advance!

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    SUPREME PUPPETMASTER ● Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book ● A PDF copy of the book ● A copy of the book signed and sketched by Shaenon ● An exclusive character sketch ● Two exclusive Skin Horse prose stories, one by Shaenon and one by Jeff ● The original art from one strip from this volume ● Volumes 1 through 3 in a limited-edition slipcover designed by printmaker Liz Conley ● PLUS ● We will draw you into an upcoming Skin Horse strip! Not only that, but after the strip runs we will send you the original art to cherish forever!

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    UNLOCKED BONUS LEVEL: ARBITER OF REALITY ● Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book ● A PDF copy of the book ● A copy of the book signed and sketched by Shaenon ● An exclusive character sketch ● Two exclusive Skin Horse prose stories, one by Shaenon and one by Jeff ● The original art from one strip from this volume ● Volumes 1 through 3 in a limited-edition slipcover designed by printmaker Liz Conley ● BE THE JEFF! Develop and co-script one week of Skin Horse strips! Do you have an idea for a week-long SH storyline? You and Shaenon will brainstorm it and work out a script, then Shaenon will draw it and it will run on the site! For real! Existing Skin Horse/Narbonic characters only, please. No explicit material, or at least more explicit than we usually get. You know what it's like around here.

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