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He's an adorable teddy bear detective in a noir mystery world, in this all-ages comic from Alex Zalben & Josh Kenfield!
He's an adorable teddy bear detective in a noir mystery world, in this all-ages comic from Alex Zalben & Josh Kenfield!
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UPDATE #3! Add $5 to any reward level to get a free terrible sketch from the writer (no, not the artist). Add another $8 to pre-order issue #3!

UPDATE #2! We've passed our first stretch goal, which means we'll now be able to print 3,000 copies of the book, AND everybody pledging $10 or more gets a FREE comiXology download! So, here's our new stretch goal: 

STRETCH GOAL #2: Let's Make Detective Honeybear #3! Yeah, I know there's only five more days, but what the heck: if we can make it to $10,000, we can fully fund the art AND printing of Detective Honeybear #3. More info here, and new rewards added to let you pre-order the third comic!

UPDATE! We're 100% funded! Now EVERY reward, including the $5 level, gets a FREE punk pin (1" button), AND a FREE sticker featuring Detective Honeybear!

WHO IS DETECTIVE HONEYBEAR?

Detective Honeybear is the best detective on the force. He’s brilliant, and uncompromising… But also two feet tall, loves sandwiches, and is a cuddly, stuffed wittle bear that drives his co-workers insane.

It’s Kojak with less interest in lollipops, and more interest in honey. It’s Columbo with just slightly more fur. It’s Sherlock Holmes, if Holmes was addicted to sandwiches instead of cocaine. Detective Honeybear skewers and parodies the greatest mysteries of our time, while creating a few new ones, and answering the all-important question: just how adowable can cwime-sowving be?

SO, WHY KICKSTARTER?

After putting our first short story online for free, we're looking to do a small print run of the first full issue - a brand new twenty page story titled "Detective Honeybear and the Mystery of the Terrible Llamas." The full color/noir, all-ages detective story involves rogue monkeys, Honeybear in trouble, and yes, terrible llamas.

Our goal is to make back some of the money we've spent so far on the project - including paying awesome artist guy Josh Kenfield, as well as getting physical copies of the book in the hands of the fantastic folks who have made this all possible.

The money we're asking for is, to the dollar, how much it will cost to pay back all the funds already spent, plus a 300 issue initial print run for the "Terrible Llamas" story, and a limited edition reprint of the first story, with some tweaks and added material.

If we happen to exceed our goal, all money will go to making a larger print run of "Terrible Llamas." And if things go nuts, we'll actually be able to unlock some cool stretch rewards, so stay tuned for that.

REVIEWS! SORT OF!

For the first story, Forbidden Planet said, “It’s absolutely cute, it’s very adorable, with a great all-ages appeal and a lot of fun for us olders with all the noir touches and deliberate contrasts between Honeybear and the world around him… We have a potentially great little webcomic/ print comic in the making here!” And Sequential Tart said, "I can see younger readers really enjoying it... If you plan to follow it, I recommend bookmarking the site!"

If you're looking for a good, all-ages mystery series, and want to see more of Detective Honeybear, here's your chance! Plus, we have some fun rewards and prizes for you guys, so do check it out. 

THE GUYS WHO MADE THE COMIC AND WHATNOT

Alex Zalben (Words) is a writer and comedian living in New York City. He’s written Thor and the Warriors Four – a four issue Thor/Power Pack miniseries – for Marvel Comics. Also for Marvel, he wrote stories for Hulk, Squirrel Girl, and one time, an X-Men comic that was given out at Taco Bell. He currently writes about comics and TV for MTV Geek, and hosts Comic Book Club – Live! for Nerdist.com. You can check out barely more info about him at alexzalben.com.

Josh Kenfield (Art) is an illustrator and designer living in Los Angeles. He has done work in various media forms, including but not limited to TV, film, theater, web content, and print. For the comics industry, Josh has worked as a lead colorist on Bad Island and Ratfist, illustrated the graphic novel Scrooge and Santa, and contributed work to webcomics Axe Cop and Bearmageddon. You can see other things Josh doodles on his blog and online portfolio.

You can contact us at info@detectivehoneybear.com!

FAQ

  • Both books will be softcover, regular comic book print. Meaning, slightly thicker cover stock, regular printed comic book pages, full color the whole way through. Except, you know, all the noir black and white stuff.

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  • Us too! I'll tell you what, we just got a very competitive price for hardcovers from a vendor. If we surpass our goal, we'll be setting a stretch goal to make a 40 page hardcover of both stories. That's getting ahead of ourselves a bit, though, so stay tuned.

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  • “Detective Honeybear and the Mystery of the Terrible Llamas” will be a 24 page comic, with 20 pages of original story, and some bonus extras! The Limited Edition Reprint of “Detective Honeybear and the Case of the Curious Cap” is a 12 page comic, with 11 pages of story and one page of bonus extras.

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  • Man, you're pushy, imaginary FAQ person. If we significantly surpass our goal, we should be able to print the 40-page Special Edition containing both stories, the bonus extras, and – if I can strongarm Josh – a completely new Detective Honeybear short story we haven’t even teased yet. It’s about cookies.

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  • Please add $20, $10 for the book, $10 for the shirt! I can't add that directly into the level, as the text gets locked once someone donates (yay donations!), but there you go.

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  • Yup! Please add +$20 for shipping to Canada. All other countries, +$30 for shipping!

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    T-SHIRTS! We've partnered with BQT Shirts to bring you a custom made Detective Honeybear T (please add +$10 for international shipping) + we'll throw in A DRM free PDF of "Detective Honeybear and the Mystery of the Terrible Llamas," just cause!

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    RETAILER SPECIAL! Want to sell Detective Honeybear at your store? For this level, we'll give you Ten (10) copies of "Detective Honeybear and the Mystery of the Terrible Llamas" to sell + A Thank You in the back of the issue and permanently on the website! [NOTE: If you'd like us to thank your store rather than you personally, let us know.]

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    RETAILER SUPER SPECIAL! Want to sell Detective Honeybear at your store? For this level, we'll give Ten (10) copies of "Detective Honeybear and the Mystery of the Terrible Llamas" to sell + Ten (10) Limited Edition copies of "Detective Honeybear and the Case of the Curious Cap" + a Thank You in the back of the issue and permanently on the website! [NOTE: If you'd like us to thank your store rather than you personally, let us know.]

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    THE WHOLE HONEYPOT! You'll get a Limited Edition reprint of "Detective Honeybear and the Case of the Curious Cap," a copy of "Detective Honeybear and the Mystery of the Terrible Llamas," a pre-order of the third issue, DRM Free PDFs of each comic, a Thank You in "Terrible Llamas" and permanently on the website, a custom T-shirt from BQT, Alex will tell you what your llama name is and record an outgoing message for you as Detective Honeybear, AND Josh will make a customized B&W photograph of you with Detective Honeybear! Plus, you get the punk pin, sticker, and comiXology download, free! Aw yeah!

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    All the $55 rewards + A quarter page ad in the back of "Terrible Llamas"! [NOTE: you must design your own ad to print specifications; and no inappropriate content, please. Honey manufacturers welcome.]

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    All the $55 rewards + you get to be a featured guest on an episode of Nerdist.com's Comic Book Club - Live! [NOTE: Shows are Tuesday nights in NYC. Out-of-towners, transport is not included, and exact date of appearance TBD.]

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    RETAILER MEGA SPECIAL! Josh & Alex will come to your store, anywhere in North America, to do a signing of Detective Honeybear, along with copies of each book - including the Limited Edition Reprint. This includes airfare, hotel, and the books. Plus, we'll throw in a Thank You in the book, and on the website as well! Score!

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