CROOKS & NANNIES is an on-going feature I started on my website jimcalafiore.com in February of 2011. It's a weekly, single-panel (mostly) strip, new every friday, that I've used to get out all the extra gags and crap floating around my head. There's limited storage space up there, so it's a use-it-or-lose-it situation.
January 2013 marked the start of the third year of the strip, and I decided I wanted to collect the first two years into a trade. And if you've watched the video, you'll know why I'm bringing it here. This is my second project at Kickstarter; and for those of you not familiar with it, that successfully-funded project is the graphic novel LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS with writer Gail Simone.
TO MEGALOPOLIS BACKERS: No worries. These strips are already all done, so this project will take almost no time away from work on that project.
The book will be 112 pages, featuring over 100 strips; in two colors, black and red; soft cover. Creatively, I decided to keep the strip black and white, like a news paper strip, but occasionally red found it's way into the drawings. It will be soft cover, approx. 8.5 x 6 (landscape).
There will be extras in the trade: A feature on the origins of the book (who's to blame), and my approach and thoughts on some of the strips (and why I'm never to blame), along with the original sketches. Also included will be the one strip I completed, but never put on the site, along with some thoughts on it and the reason it never appeared.
And the strip is still going. You can check it out at my website. There are also highlights from both 2011 and 2012 still available there to see.
THE ORIGINAL STRIPS ARE AVAILABLE AS REWARDS.
At the $100 level, backers can get the original art of the strip of their choice. Right now, the pledge says "limit 1"; I've structured it this way to be first-come-first-serve, so that two backers can't request the same strip. If the reward is claimed, that backer should message me right away with the date and title of the strip they want. I will then immediately post another "limit one" pledge, and include the date and title of strips already claimed. I'm hoping that made sense and will work smoothly for anyone wanting the original art. And if any backer on another pledge level would also like to get an original strip, they can message me and we'll work it through increasing their pledge.
There's a set of 5 postcards, which will feature the five strips you've seen above. (These will ship with the books.) The five strips above are also in the running to be the cover of the book. For more on that, see below:
YOUR VOTE COUNTS
And here's the interactive part: You get to help decide which strip will be the cover of the book and the image on the t-shirt. In the text above, I've included the five strips that are the finalists. When you pledge, message me which of the five is your favorite. If we reach the goal, I'll tally up the votes, and the winner will be the cover of the book and the image on the t-shirt.
Isn't it exciting?!
BONUS ADD-On- 4/8/13
In the whole run of CROOKS & NANNIES so far, there's only one full-color strip; you can check it out below. (It basically sums me up, and you'll understand why my wife sometimes comments on our TV being TOO BIG..... Is it even possible for a TV to be too big? Never.) In the book, it'll print black and white and red like everything else.
I decided to make a limited edition mini-print out of it. It'll measure about 5.5 inches by 8 inches and will ship with the books. It'll be signed and numbered, limited to a round number just over the number of backers.
It's a free add-on; all backers will get it when the project's successful. But if anyone wants to up their pledge an extra $5 to help us make the goal, It'd definitely be appreciated.
I've limited the number of shirts just so I can keep the accounting on my end straight, and the shirts are not included in other pledge levels. If it sells out, I will make more available. It's limited only by the number of people who want one. And for anyone at the $7, $25 (postcard), $70, $100 or $150 who would also like to get a t-shirt, you can increase your pledge by $13 to get the shirt. (The t-shirt is shipped separately, so for shipping outside the continental US: Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada add $5; International add $10)
If anyone would like an additional copy of the book, just add $12 to your pledge. (Because of the additional weight, for postage outside the continental US: Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada add $2; International add $5 per additional book.)
MY GOAL is to print 1,000 copies of the book, and cover that and the extra rewards, and all shipping costs. Hopefully we'll make it. Thanks for taking the time to watch and read and consider.
Risks and challenges
All the strips are done, so the only delay in getting the books out would be on the printers end; same with most of the extra rewards. So barring any unforeseen events, (Should we be expecting another oxymoronic annual storm-of-the-century?) everything but the custom drawings should ship by June.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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