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The time traveling demon hunter learns what has been haunting Truk Lagoon. Will she survive the discovery?
The time traveling demon hunter learns what has been haunting Truk Lagoon. Will she survive the discovery?
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You can join Tart Acid and her comrades Lemon La Morgue and Gloom Tangerine as they investigate the world’s most haunted waterway.

Tart 5 is the second installment of our “Submerged” storyline. In it, we find our three Toxic Fruit soldiers exploring an area of the world known as Truk Lagoon. The lagoon was the setting of Operation Hailstone, one of the deadliest Pacific Island battles of WW II. To this day, the waters of the area are littered with sunken ships, downed jets and - if some are to be believed - the souls of soldiers who perished there over six decades ago. 

With their training mission completed, Tart and her friends stick around to learn if Truk Lagoon truly is haunted. If so, by what?

Once again, Ludovic Salle’ and Kevin Joseph are asking the Kickstarter community to help them tell Tart’s story and present it in a form that matches the printing quality of the biggest companies on the market

If we’re able to surpass our funding goal, we will print copies of Tart #5 in the highest quality offset printing presses available. With your help, Tart #5 will be second to none in terms of story, art and printing quality. 

If this is your first introduction to Tart, catching up is simple and affordable. Due to the overwhelming generosity of two previous groups of Kickstarter backers, we have plenty of copies of Tart Vol. 1 (a trade paperback collecting issues 1-3) and Tart #4 for you to grab as a reward in this campaign. No worries if you’re new to us, we welcome you to the Toxic Universe.

If you’re returning to Tart, thank you for your continued support. We LITERALLY can’t do it without you.

Now to the important stuff - THE REWARDS

 
 

Risks and challenges

This is our third project, which means we have a little experience. But every project is different, so we aren't cocky.

Obviously if we don't achieve funding it would be an insurmountable hurdle to print Tart 5 the way we want to.

If funding is achieved, our biggest risk is that to afford to print at the quality we're shooting for, we must print overseas. This makes delays from shipping to customs possible.

To limit the risk, we only Kickstart books where the art is 100% completed. Our turnaround to the printer will be within one month of successfully being funded.

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    Our thanks. Every single dollar pushes us closer to our goal. If we pass the stretch goal, which will allow us to print our backers' names in the book, yours will be included. You'll also receive all of our backer updates, which have sometimes include backer only sales.

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    PDF of Tart issue 5. If you’ve been with us from the beginning and want to follow the story digitally, here is your opportunity. A link to download a PDF copy of Tart 5 will be sent out weeks after the end of the campaign.

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    Tart issue 5. This tier is for our current readers who are caught up on the series. If you just want your copy of Tart 5 to continue the story, then look no further. We want you
    to be able to continue with Tart at no more cost than you’d spend at your Local Comic Shop. If you want to save on shipping, however, you could convince your Local Comic Shop to pledge the LCS Bundle Tier and buy it from them for the suggested retail of $3.99 (Hint. Hint.)

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    PDF copies of the entire Tart Series, issues 1-5. If this is your first time trying out Tart, we will happily allow you to download Tart Volume 1 (collecting issues 1-3) the moment you pledge. They’re yours to read immediately. Links to download Tart 4 and 5 will be sent when the campaign is successfully completed.

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    Tart issues 4 and 5. If you already own the Tart Volume 1 trade paperback and want to own the first two issues of The Submerged story line, this is the tier for you. Our amazing backers from the last campaign allowed us to print enough copies so you can catch up now.

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    PDF Package of every Kechal Comics book we’ve published. Tart 1-5, Hell Strawberry Factory 1 (76 pages written and illustrated by Ludovic Salle’) and UnderWars 1 & 2, a comedy co-written by Kevin Joseph with C.M. Brennan. Just like the $6 tier, Tart Volume 1 will be available for you to download immediately after you pledge. Just message Kevin through Kickstarter and he’ll send a link asap. All other PDFs will be available within one month of the successful funding of this campaign.

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    The whole shebang! Just hearing about Tart? Grab the Tart Vol 1 trade paperback (collecting issues 1, 2 and 3) and individual issues 4 and 5. As we mentioned in the last tier, we’ve been enormously lucky in our first two Kickstarter campaigns. Through the kindness of hundreds of backers, we’ve been able to print enough copies of our books that you can easily catch up on the series so far without breaking your bank.

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    Tart for a friend. We’ve found our Kickstarter supporters to be an amazingly generous lot. Not only to us, but to their friends. If you’re all caught up, but want to introduce the Toxic Universe to someone you think will love it, this tier is for you. You’ll receive your own copy of Tart 5 to stay up to date on the series. Along with that, you’ll also receive the Tart Vol 1 tpb, Tart 4 and an extra issue of Tart 5 so your friend can read every page of Tart’s adventure.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive T-shirt. We love to create ultra-exclusive content for our Kickstarter supporters. Once again, Ludovic Salle’ has designed a T-shirt specifically for this campaign. Aside from a few shirts for ourselves and emergency extras in the case shipping loss, the number of shirts printed with this logo and color scheme will be limited to Kickstarter backers only. You will also receive an issue of Tart #5 with your very limited t-shirt. Note: If you have your heart set on another tier, but would like a shirt, we can easily accommodate you. Pledge at any other level, then add $25 your order and contact Kevin through Kickstarter to let him know.

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    Local Comic Shop Bundle. We understand just how difficult it is for shops around the world to support indie comics. Shelf space is limited. Funds are as well. That’s why we reserve a page in our comic to thank and advertise every comic shop that invests in our Kickstarter. If you’ve never stocked Tart before, you’ll receive 3 copies of Tart Vol 1 tpbs, 3 copies of the Tart #4 comic and 3 copies of the Tart #5 comic. Comic shops will also receive 3 "First Day Prints" with their pledge and one extra print for every $10 pledged. (ex: $50 pledge nets 5 "First Day Prints"). This tier is fluid and will be adjusted to fit your shop in any way that we can, but every shop regardless of pledge will have their name, location and phone number or URL included in the book.

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    Hardcover Catch Up. We adore our trade paperback collection of Tart volume 1, but if you prefer hardcovers, this is the tier for you. You’ll catch up on the series with the beautiful hardcover version of Tart Vol 1 suitable to be displayed on your bookshelves. This reward also comes with Tart 4 and 5. (Note- shipping jumps at this level and beyond as all forthcoming rewards are shipped tracked and insured. Some foreign countries randomly charge taxes on these items, an issue we can not control or predict).

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    Chibi Caricature. One of Ludo’s most endearing talents, is his ability to create chibi caricatures of people based upon any photo supplied. Past backers have used these chibis as wedding, birthday and Valentine’s presents, their avatars on social media, and as decorations around the house. Your digital chibi will arrive the moment it is completed, The original artwork and issue 5 will arrive when all Kickstarter rewards are sent.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive T-Shirt Catch up. We have a very small number of Kickstarter shirts left over from the Tart 4 campaign and would love to offer you your last opportunity to own one. You will receive one Blue shirt with the Red Logo from the Tart 4 campaign, one Dark Red shirt with the Yellow Logo exclusive to this campaign, and one copy of Tart #5. Because your Blue shirt comes from our small supply printed to protect against a shirt lost in the mail, not all sizes are available. Contact Kevin and he’ll happily explain what sizes are available. Remaining sizes will be given out on a first come, first served basis in the order we receive the backer's pledges, so please don't wait on this tier if you want a good fit.

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    Original Black and White Illustration. If all of the early bird specials have been snatched up, do not fret. Ludo has you covered. This is not your ordinary sketch reward. Ludovic illustrates each piece with black and white ink, creating a piece of art you’ll cherish more every time you look at it. As before, you pick the character, time period and situation. Your original art comes with an issue of Tart #5.

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    Ludovic will illustrate you or a loved one in a scene with Tart or another Toxic Universe character. Please supply a photo you’d like us to use and the situation/time period the drawing should exist in. Backgrounds will not be heavily rendered as Ludo wants to concentrate fully on capturing you in the scene. Two characters included (you and Tart, for example), if a third character is desired (you and your spouse with Tart, or both of your children with Cherry Macabre, for example), please add $35 to your pledge per extra figure. We hesitate to add a max the number of figures (if you wanted Tart with your 6 person family for instance), but we must warn that each additional person in the drawing decreases the level of detail Ludo can provide. There is only so much room on the paper. Tart 5 is included with this tier.

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    Early Bird Special Original Black and White Illustration. Ludovic Salle’ will draw Tart Acid or any other Toxic Universe character for you. the second best part is, you get to work with Ludo so the artwork portrays the character in a setting, time period or situation you choose. The best part is, Ludo has allowed us to offer a few early bird sketches to reward our backers who took the time to support us out of the gates. Artwork comes with an issue of Tart #5.

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    Early Bird Special Full Color Painting. Just like the sketch tier, Ludo is allowing us to offer a small break on his watercolor paintings to the first three backers who pledge. You’ll discuss which characters, time periods, or situations you’d like, and Ludo will create a one of a kind work of art for you to keep. Of course you get Tart #5 as well.

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    Watercolor Painting. Ludovic Salle’ will craft a one of a kind painting based on your direction that could reside in an art gallery, but instead will reside in your home. You pick the Toxic character, the situation and the time period, then you let Ludo work his magic. Issue 5 of Tart will arrive with your painting.

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