Who are Pen & Ink?
Meet Penny (19) and Inkara (3) Ewart, better known by their nicknames "Pen & Ink". They're two sisters that create autobiographical comics together about their lives. They first appeared in May 2017 and have quickly gained popularity by artists, art lovers, and followers who enjoy having a look at the love they have for art and for each other. They've also been featured in art museums and have appeared in guest speaking and school events.
Pen & Ink's works range from single panel comics, to full page stories and even animations, all showcasing their daily events -usually artistic- with their local town residents (dubbed "Bristolians") in Matte, Canvatia.
Their comics are free to read online at penandinkworkshop.com and on all of their social media platforms, but there's been a big demand for a printed book compilation, and this is what this campaign is all about! :)
Pen & Ink's first book, titled "Pen & Ink: Perfect Bind" (which is a play on the bookbinding method "perfect bound" and the "perfect bond" they share) will be a perfect bound paperback, sized 6" x 9", and 60 pages long. Since this is their first big project, Perfect Bind will compile all 21 of their black-and-white single panel comics, with an additional 4 single panels being exclusive to the book, from when they first started making comics together. Since the comics were produced in black-and-white, the interior pages will be printed in black-and-white/grayscale.
The book will also include "A Look Inside the Sketchbook", a bonus gallery of sketches, behind the scenes, and special guest art from some of Pen & Ink's friends. There will also be a special foreword by "Curtis" creator Ray Billingsley.
$1 Supporters + Pen & Ink: Perfect Bind PDF Version
For $1 supporters and backers of the PDF version of Pen & Ink: Perfect Bind, you'll receive a special "Mark Your Art" desktop and mobile wallpaper.
Pen & Ink: Perfect Bind Paperback version
For backers of the paperback version of Pen & Ink: Perfect Bind , you'll receive a "Mark Your Art" postcard sized print and bookmark.
The Perfect Bundle
Backers of The Perfect Bundle will receive all bonuses from past tiers, including their book personally signed and a 8" x 5" card stock sketch from Pen & Ink
If the campaign reaches $900, every physical Perfect Bind backer will receive a set of 4 sticker pack of Pen, Ink, Pen & Ink, and their logo, all "4 vinyls. - UNLOCKED!!
The book is in the final stretch of completion. There's a few more pages that need to be put in the "A Look Inside the Sketchbook" section, but they'll be finalized during the Kickstarter's run. File submitting and sample production will also be worked on during the campaign, that way if Pen & Ink: Perfect Bind is funded early/on time, the final product will be ready to go. Proofing and printing will take about 2-3 weeks, and shipping will take an additional 2-3 weeks.
The goal is to have the book printed and shipped in time for the holidays, but to be on the extremely safe side, they'll arrive no later than early January.
The funds from this project will go towards producing the books, the bonus items, and shipping all rewards. Kickstarter takes 5% in fees, and Stripe (the payment processor) takes another 3%-5%. There will also need to be a reserve for a percentage of it for US taxes at the end of the year. Any funds leftover after the fees are paid and the rewards are filled will be reinvested back into future projects from Pen & Ink.
Shipping calculations for international backers were the most difficult part of this campaign. Unfortunately, how much shipping will cost can not be controlled. There's been an understanding that international rates may be a major deterrent and if there was a cheaper and much more convenient way to go about this, it would have been used long ago. Sincere apologizes about this!
Domestic Shipping (within the US) : $5
Canada Shipping: $15
International Shipping (outside the US): $50
Risks and challenges
This is the first Pen & Ink Kickstarter, as well as their first publicly made product. Because of this, everything has been calculated ahead of time and double checked with associates who have had their own fully funded campaigns to ensure a smooth and successful start and finish to this project. There's been a trustworthy relationship built with the producers for this book and can rely on them for a quality product within a timely fashion.
However, life tends to throw curve balls in unexpected times, so in any circumstance that there's a book or shipping issue, backers will be immediately notified while the issue gets resolved. If the issue is too severe for the campaign to continue, refunds will be given to all backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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