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Issue 1-3 of a new indie comic starring a time-traveling, demon-hunting, girl next door. It's Buffy meets Doctor Who meets Sandman.
Issue 1-3 of a new indie comic starring a time-traveling, demon-hunting, girl next door. It's Buffy meets Doctor Who meets Sandman.
Issue 1-3 of a new indie comic starring a time-traveling, demon-hunting, girl next door. It's Buffy meets Doctor Who meets Sandman.
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Each mission starts with Tart waking up, unaware of where or when she is. She may wake up in a New York Alley during the 1950s.

Or in a mountain blizzard 25,000 years ago.

Wherever, and whenever, she is, Tart must find a demon threatening the timestream and stop them from altering the history of the world.

If we reach our goal, we'll be able to bring hundreds of copies of Tart Vol 1 Adrift to New York Comic Con. Each book contains issue 1-3 of our brand new series, perfectly bound in softcover trade paperback form. We're not asking you to pay for our flights, lodging or meals. But with these books in hand, we'll have the tools in our arsenal to do so ourselves.

Returning from NYCC debt free will mean hitting the ground running on issue 4. 

In reality, you'll be funding Tart Vol. 1. In essence, you'll be enabling Tart to roll out without interruption for the foreseeable future.

Step by step

Original Art

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Preview of issue 3

Tart is protecting the very existence of your history, help her tell her story. Oh, but don't just do it out of the goodness of your heart. Do it for the

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges you don't face with this Kickstarter is us completing the work. These three books are finished. They're compiled. We're speaking with the printers right now.

We must have product at New York Comic Con. This Kickstarter is the most fun way we could think of to cut into the cost of that print run and if we're lucky, maybe even take care of a portion of our Con expenditures.

It will honestly be a challenge to organize ourselves well enough to get all of the books signed and sketched in for the four days we're together, while at the same time exhibiting at NYCC, and then get them back to Fort Lauderdale to be shipped to you. We've got the first part covered, the printer is shipping about 40% of our books to a friend in upstate New York, which we will use for the Kickstarter tiers that require both of our signatures and Ludo's sketches, as well as stock for the con.

Getting the books back to Ft. Lauderdale without breaking our wallets will be a balancing act.

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    Secret webcomic. Here's the steal of this deal... you get emailed a url leading you to a webcomic of the entire issue #1 of Tart. This website will only be sent to Kickstarter supporters, and will not go "live" to others until the campaign is completed. You'll be able to visit this site, and read issue #1, whether we make the goal or not. You don't even have to wait. As soon as you pledge, contact Kevin at joseph_kevin@bellsouth.net. He'll send you the URL as soon as he verifies your pledge.

    Why? Are we just great guys? Well, obviously, yes. But we also hope that once you see the art and feel the adventure, you'll need to know what happens next. Ok, so maybe we aren't so great, but we are honest.

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    A PDF of issues 1-3, the stories contained in the Trade Paper Back "Adrift" which we will be printing when you help this kickstarter project reach its goal.

    Like the URL, these PDF will be available as soon as you pledge, and whether we make our goal or not.

    Basically, you get it when you pledge, not when you pay. If we don't make our goal, you get free digital comics.

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    The entire digital catalog of Kechal Comics (Ok, we're young, so it's not THAT MANY comics, but still). In addition to Tart Volume 1, you'll receive issue 4, Preview art of issue 5, Hell Stawberry issue 1-3 (This is the comic Ludovic writes and draws from which Tart and her story were born) and UnderWars #1, an absurd comic about talking animals who wear men's tightie whitie underwear and the scientist who experiments on them.

    That's PDFs of 8 comics for only 10 dollars. You'll receive these digital copies whether we make our goal or not. But delivery of all pdfs except Tart Vol. 1 will have to wait until after we return, and recover, from New York Comic Con in October. We want to leave you something to look forward to.

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    Kevin will embarrass himself by drawing a terrible rendition of Tart Acid for you.

    He promises to actually try, making the end result even more degrading to him, to the comics industry on the whole and ultimately, to humanity itself.

    Is this artwork worth $15 dollars. Heck no! You're pretty much paying ten dollars for the preceding digital comic collection, the next five covers shipping, a piece of paper and Kevin's tears. We hope you're proud of yourself!

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    Pledge $17 or more About $17

    This is it. One printed copy of Tart Volume 1 "Adrift." Containing issues 1-3 which introduces you to our lead Tart Acid, our world The Toxic Universe and, quite frankly to us!

    -- Waves awkwardly --

    This is bare bones and though it will come with the PDF package (can I get it out of the way and say everything from here on out gets the $10 PDF package). It might only come with one signature - either from Kevin or Ludovic. We will not be able to bring our entire stock of books to New York Comic Con, so we can't guarantee this tier will have a sketch in it, or both of our signatures. Ludo has promised to sketch in every book he sends, and an effort will be made to get both autographs and a sketch in as many books as possible, but we don't want to promise what we aren't absolutely certain we can deliver.

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    This tier is for people who want a physical copy of Tart, but who also want Kevin to embarrass himself with terrible artwork. We figure there are a few of his friends who want to read the book, but also humiliate him beforehand.

    You get one Trade Paperback, the digital comics and Kevin's Shame.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    One copy of Tart Volume 1 "Adrift." Containing issues 1-3, signed by Kevin and signed and sketched in by Ludovic. Do yourself a favor and get on this early. The fact that we're separated by the Atlantic Ocean means books with both of our signatures are very difficult (and prohibitively expensive) to come by.

    We will set aside 50 of our NYCC stock to be signed and sketched in for you to have as your very own. FYI - the extra cost here is because we foresee a baggage charge to get the books back to South Florida where they will be shipped. Not to pay for the sketch or autographs, which Ludo and I are always happy to do for free.

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    One physical copy of the Trade Paperback. One physical copy of a special edition of issue 1 printed for the Inaugural Geekfest Florida Convention (Numbered and Limited to 125 copies, at this time these are the only copies of issue 1 printed as a stand alone comic in existence) and one copy of UnderWars #1, a comedy written by Kevin Joseph with artist C.M. Brennan (Numbered and limited to 500 copies).

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Ambassador Level Generous. Two copies of the Tart Volume 1 TPB. One of which is guaranteed to be signed by Kevin and signed/sketched in by Ludovic. The other will likely only be signed by Kevin as it will be pulled from stock not brought to NYCC. You can give the second book away to a friend or keep it as your reading copy. Or hide it somewhere cool and tweet out it's location as found art. It's your book, heck you can burn it (if you do burn it, please don't tell us, we're very sensitive).

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    Chibi Me!

    See that profile of Kevin in the upper right hand corner. Ludo did that. And he'll do it for you as well. Ludo will design your Chibi from a photograph you provide and email it to you. We'll also send one physical copy of the Trade Paperback as well as the full line of Kechal Comics PDFs. The books and PDF package will be sent with all other book delivery. The February 2014 delivery date on this tier is just to guarantee Ludo has time to craft your Chibi as elegantly as you deserve (and may be delivered earlier).

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    A pencil sketch of Tart or another major Toxic Universe character Ludo chooses to draw. The sketch will be placed within your copy of Tart Vol 1 Trade Paperback and will also include the entire PDF set.

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    Pledge $43 or more About $43

    Ambassador Level Awesome.

    You'll receive 3 copies of the Tart Volume 1 Trade Paperback. One for yourself and two you can give to friends, your local comic shop, your local library (inform them Tart is NOT written for children, please) or whatever you'd like to do with it. You will also, of course, receive the full line of PDF's.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    One set of 4 Commemorative 24 oz Pilsner glasses with the Tart insignia on them (four glasses per set). Only 144 were made and we're unlikely to do this particular style of Marketing again, so they really might be sought after collectibles one day. And if they aren't, they really are great glasses. The set will come with one issue of the Tart Volume 1 trade paper back and all PDFs. Made in the USA.
    We apologize to our international backers, but with the fragility issue we only feel comfortable shipping within the United States.

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    Going Green Digital Subscription. You are pre-purchasing the entire series of Tart in digital format. You will receive every Tart issue we ever make on the day it becomes available digitally. As of now Tart is planned to run about 40 issues and is most likely to be priced at 1.99 per issue. You will not receive anything physical from us, but your Tart Carbon Footprint will be zero.

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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    A full color commission of Tart or another major Toxic Universe character. Ludo will create a one of a kind full color piece of art for you, which will arrive with your own copy of The Tart Vol 1 Trade Paperback and, of course, will be accompanied by the full set of PDF's.

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    Ambassador Level Holy Crap!

    10 copies (the most Kickstarter will allow us to bundle) to do with as you please. Read! Give! Sell at your Local Comic Shop (suggested Retail Price $12.99). Tape them together to make a crude and almost certainly unseaworthy raft!!!

    This is the price we'll be giving to Comic Shops after the Kickstarter, it's only fair to give you all a shot at that price during it. Ludo will include one pencil sketch with each bundle sent (that is one drawing for ten books, not one drawing per book. Don't want anyone disappointed).

    Due to worries about our bundles languishing in customs purgatory, we regret to report we are holding this tier to US shipping only.

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    Benefactor Tier. This level exists in case someone wants to take a dent out of our Kickstarter goal, but doesn't have room in their life for lots of odds and ends. They will receive one copy of Tart Vol. 1. Their name (or the name of their business) will be also be printed on the cover of an ultra-limited run physical copy of Tart issue 1. This special printing of #1 will be limited to the exact amount of people who pledge 100 dollars or more (of any tier), plus 2 - Ludo and Kevin want a copy each for their collection. So if 5 people pledge over $100, there will only be 7 copies of this cover printed. We will keep an image of this cover, with the names legible on our website, as long as we have the domain name.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    The Grand Chibi Me. If you want Ludo to design a Chibi for you, but want something a little bit more special, then look no further. Like the $40 dollar Tier, Ludovic will design you a Chibi from a picture you supply him. We'll also send a physical copy of the TPB. In addition to this you'll receive: an ultra-limited edition print (Only 10 will be created, and five of those are reserved for this tier), an additional, original piece of artwork with a Chibi design and a copy of a special printing of Issue 1 available only to Kickstarter pledges of 100 dollars or more. The February 2014 delivery date on this tier is just to guarantee Ludo has time to craft your Chibi as elegantly as you deserve (and may be delivered earlier).

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    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    Ludo will create a watercolor painting of your choice of Toxic Universe characters. The painting will come with two copies of the Tart Volume 1 Trade Paperback and the entire set of PDFs. This tier includes the Special Limited Edition copy of issue 1 with your name or company printed on the cover.

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    Original art from the pages of Tart. This tier will bring you 1 interior page of Ludovic Salle's original pencils and Inks from issue 1, 3 or 4. Two copies of the Trade Paperback and the entire set of PDF's.

    As an added bonus you will be put on a list to receive a PDF of every single Tart comic we produce (the series is planned to run about 40 issues) the day digital comics become available.

    Due to the tremendous cost of shipping and insurance with these one of a kind, and irreplaceable pieces of art, we regret that we can not ship outside of The US for this Kickstarter project. This tier includes the Special Limited Edition copy of issue 1 with your name or company printed on the cover.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    One interior page of of issue 2, which was not drawn with pencil and ink, but painted in Watercolor. Only one page will be reserved for this Kickstarter so if you have the money, we suggest you jump on it now. If you have a specific page you'd like to request, Ludo will try to accommodate you, but some pages have already been requested by family.

    As an added bonus, you will receive two copies of the TPB,and be put on a list to receive a PDF of every single Tart comic we produce (the series is planned to run about 40 issues) the day digital comics become available. This tier includes the Special Limited Edition copy of issue 1 with your name or company printed on the cover.

    Due to the tremendous cost of shipping and insurance with this one of a kind and irreplaceable piece of art, we regret that we cannot ship outside of The US for this Kickstarter project.

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    Ludo is offering the original art to one of the covers of Issues 1, 2, 3 or 4. Along with the cover art, Ludo will provide an extra page of interior art as a bonus. So you get two pieces of one of a kind art for one tier.
    You also receive five trade Paperbacks to do with as you see fit, A PDF of every Tart comic we ever make the day digital comics become available. This tier includes the Special Limited Edition copy of issue 1 with your name or company printed on the cover.

    Due to the tremendous cost of shipping and insurance with this one of a kind and irreplaceable piece of art, we regret that we cannot ship outside of The US during this Kickstarter Project.

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