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Volume 6 of the critically acclaimed online comic strip by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells.
Volume 6 of the critically acclaimed online comic strip by Shaenon K. Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells.
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You’d think helping inhuman monstrosities with their personal problems would be simple. But as the Project Skin Horse field team heads to California to parlay with the Zombie Emperor of Colma, nothing can be trusted except for Tip’s ability to find a date for a wine country weekend. All it takes to tear Skin Horse apart is one really bad day…

“A four-panel comic with gags aplenty that packs plenty of story as well.”

-Stewart C. Baker, SF Signal

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 past years, with the generous support of Kickstarter backers, we've published five collections.  Now we're working on Volume 6, the first volume entirely in color.  That means the best-looking volume of Skin Horse yet, but it also means we need your help to make it happen.

Volume 6 will cover the storylines "My Brother Sam Is Dead," "The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," and "Mixed-Up Files."  (We will not be collecting the all-guest-artist story "Grillo Parlante" in print, leaving it as a Web exclusive.)  The book will also include an exclusive bonus story, an introduction by Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games, and more.

“Garrity and Jeffrey C. Wells continue to kill it on Skin Horse.”

-Gary Tyrell, Fleen

We're asking for $7,000 to print Skin Horse Volume 6.  Depending on your pledge, you can get books (both print and ebook editions), sketches, original art, the opportunity to be drawn into the strip, and even a week doing Jeff's job as chief scripter.

Pledge at the highest level and join me for a tiki party at my home in Berkeley, California on the weekend of August 6.  You get yourself out here; I'll put you up for two nights at the Rose Garden Inn and show you around town.

The Rose Garden Inn
The Rose Garden Inn

Throughout the campaign, we'll unlock additional bonus levels with new rewards. So keep watching this space!

“Do yourself a favor and read this series once simply for the enjoyment, then read it over and over again.”

-Christina Blanch, comics educator

Thanks a million to Jacob Haller for allowing us to use his song "Relatively Human" in our promo video.  You can get it on his album Circumstantial Evidence.

Thanks to Pancha Diaz, our colorist and book designer, for making this book look so darn good.

Finally, thanks in advance to all of you for supporting Skin Horse Volume 6.

Risks and challenges

We've previously published five volumes of Skin Horse, three of them through Kickstarter. We foresee no problems in the publication of Volume 6. We plan to have the book out by the end of 2016.

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    BLACK OPS SUPPORT STAFF ● Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book ● A PDF copy of the book

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    MAN/WOMAN/THING IN BLACK ● 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

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    VIRTUAL CITIZEN ● Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book ● PDF copies of Skin Horse 1-6

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    FIELD AGENT ● 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

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    INVESTIGATOR INTO THE CONSPIRACY ● 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 ● Ask five questions, over email, of any Skin Horse character! She/he/it is honor-bound to answer truthfully (to certain values of "truth") and in character. Your answers will be written in your copy of the book.

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    SINISTER SMALL BUSINESS ● Retailers only! Ten copies of Skin Horse 6, all signed and sketched by Shaenon. Please ONLY pledge at this level if you are a retailer ordering books for sale. Thank you!

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    SPECIAL OPERATIVE ● 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 ● An original prose Skin Horse story by Jeff ● The original art from one strip from this volume

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    FIELD AGENT, CERTIFIED ● Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book ● A PDF copy of the book ● Volumes 1-6, all signed and sketched by Shaenon ● An exclusive character sketch

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    UNLOCKED BONUS LEVEL: FOOL AT THE INSTITUTE ● Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book ● A PDF copy of the book ● Volumes 1-6, all signed and sketched by Shaenon ● An exclusive character sketch ● An original prose Skin Horse story by Jeff ● The original art from one strip from this volume ● One page of original art from the Volume 5 bonus story, "Forward...To the PAST!"

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    UNLOCKED BONUS LEVEL: SPECIAL OPERATIVE, CERTIFIED ● Your name in the Acknowledgements section of the book ● A PDF copy of the book ● Volumes 1-6, all signed and sketched by Shaenon ● An exclusive character sketch ● An original prose Skin Horse story by Jeff ● The original art from one strip from this volume

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    FUNKY MAD GENIUS ● 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 ● An original prose Skin Horse story by Jeff/Shaenon ● The original art from one strip from this volume ● 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!

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    Sinister Corporation ● Retailers only! Ten copies each of Skin Horse 1-6, all signed and sketched by Shaenon. Please ONLY pledge at this level if you are a retailer ordering books for sale. Thank you!

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    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 ● An original prose Skin Horse story by Jeff/Shaenon ● The original art from one strip from this volume ● 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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    VASSAL OF THE EMPEROR ● The whole magillah! ● 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 ● An original prose Skin Horse story by Jeff/Shaenon ● The original art from one strip from this volume ● 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! ● TIKI PARTY AT SHAENON'S! You get yourself out to Berkeley, California. We put you and a guest up for August 6 and 7, 2016, at the beautiful Rose Garden Inn in Berkeley. That weekend, you are cordially invited to a tiki-themed birthday party at Shaenon's house. Eat barbecue! Meet Berkeley cartoonists and other luminaries! Hang out in Shaenon's tiki-themed office, which is totally a thing! Shaenon will do her utmost to thank you for your generous support.

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