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Tales of a Gaijin is a webcomic about my fun and silly adventures as a foreigner in Japan. This kickstarter is for volume one.

Hello everyone! So, as you heard in the video, I'm Elaine, but more commonly know on the internet as TriaElf9 or just Tria. 

Currently I am the artist for Dubious Company (Who just had a successful kickstarter last year for volume one). I am also doing a comic version of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. But the most important, for the purpose of this kickstarter anyhow, is my Tales of a Gaijin comic. When I moved to Japan, I started doing amusing, 4 panel comics about my life out here. The stories ranged from fun and  amazing things I came across to dumb and silly things that I did. I really wanted to capture my time in Japan in the format that I know best, and share it with other people! I have well over 100 strips now on my deviant art, where I post the comic twice a week.  (link below)

http://triaelf9.deviantart.com/gallery/25006237 

So I thought HEY, I should make this into a book, so that people don't have to get eye strain reading on their computer. Also, books are awesome and smell nice. The book will be 23cm tall by 16cm wide. Thickness of the spine will depend on how the kickstarter goes ^_^

Well then, you heard about all the rewards in the video, and you can also see them over on the right, but let's talk about what will happen if the goal is reached.

For every 100$ past the goal of $1,500, I will draw a new comic that will be added to the print version of the book. They will be posted online when they're finished as well, so people know I'm getting work done on the book ^_^ Up to 10 comics can be added. (up to $2,500) 


If we reach $3,000, I will write a special, non 4 panel comic that will also be included in the book. This one will only be in the book, this one will not be posted online. (gotta keep some secrets for the book!)

Past here? if we manage to get this far, perhaps there will be more rewards!

As for the specified delivery date, there is a very high chance that it will be well before then. The book itself is finished, aside from some tweaking on the cover, and a few extra pages. The book printing will mostly hinge on shipping time (since my printer is back in the US), and how many stretch goals are reached. As for all the little doo-dads, and other rewards, they will go out with the books, aside from the final two commission levels (since those will be emailed, seeing as they are digital files: that way, you can have any size you like!)

If you'd like more updates on Tales of a Gaijin, there is a facebook page for the comic where I post fun pictures and updates on the comic! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tales-of-a-Gaijin/277887052256425

Thank you for your time!

EDIT 8/16/2012: Goal Reached! The book will be printed up! Now just to see with how many pages.... ^_^

EDIT 8/18/2012: we reached $2,000! This means 5 new comics will be added to the book! ^_^

EDIT 8/26/2012: 10 comics will be added to the book! Stay tuned, I'll be posting links to those comics as well, when finished!

EDIT 8/28/2012: We're heading for $3,000, which will earn you an extra short story in the book, done in full manga pages! Not just four panels! I am also adding two new stretch goals, in case we pass $3,000!

If we reach $3,500, everyone will get a downloadable wallpaper for their computer! It will be of the chibi seasons hanging out, bothering each other, and generally being cute and funny! Anyone who has contributed $20 and up will get a printed copy of this included in their shipment.

If we reach $4,000, you may choose one of the seasons, and I will draw them looking cool and awesome in non-chibi form...and in color! Everyone will get a digital copy of their choice emailed to them, and anyone who has contributed $20 or more will get a printed copy included in their shipment.

EDIT 9/02/2012: We reached $3,000! That means the book will also contain a totally new, short story in non-4 panel format! WHOA! Can we get to the next stretch goal before time is up? We shall see!

EDIT: Stretch Goal one! Comic one! http://triaelf9.deviantart.com/art/ToaG-Special-Tremendous-Heat-324843518

EDIT: Stretch Goal one! Comic two! http://triaelf9.deviantart.com/art/ToaG-Special-Summer-325443236

EDIT: Stretch Goal one! Comic three! http://triaelf9.deviantart.com/art/ToaG-Special-Train-Naps-326215831

EDIT 9/10/2012: We reached $3,500! This means that everyone will get a "Seasons" wallpaper for their computer background! and anyone who pledged $20 and up will get a printed copy included in their shipment ^_^ SUPER COOL!  Next up is the $4,000 goal! If we reach this goal, I will draw the season in non-chibi form, and you will get to choose the season you like best! anyone with a pledge level under $20 will get the image emailed to them. Otherwise, $20 and up will get yet another print included in their shipment! What a great reward!

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    For $3 you'll get your name in the book on a special thank you page!

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    At this level, you'll get a "Zombie Teacher" key chain based on my "Zombie Teacher" comic, as well as the previous reward.

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    Here you'll receive a set of 5 bookmarks, digitally colored, of the five seasons of Japan, personified. Based on the designs from my "Seasons" comic. you will also get all previous rewards.

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    (If you live outside of Japan, please include at least $5 for shipping to your total for any contribution over $20): For a $20 contribution level ($25 if outside Japan), you'll get the Tales of a Gaijin book! 100 comics from the webcomic, plus commentary from me. In addition, I have included interviews with friends who have lived, or are living in Japan, for more interesting points of view. Last, but not least, the book will include new, never before seen comics that will only be released in the book, and will NOT be on the internet. So this is your only chance to see them! You will also get all previous rewards.

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    (35 if outside Japan): At this level, you will get 2 cell phone charms, double sided, of the seasons characters. You may choose 2 of the 5 total characters. In addition, you will get an "Objection, Suggestion" key chain, based on my comic "Objection".

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    ($55 if outside Japan): At a contribution of 50$, you will receive 2 more season cell phone charms (for a total of 4), as well as a Japanese wind chime with an image of the final panel of my comic "Wind."

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    ($85 if outside Japan) At this level, you will receive a framed and signed print of your favorite Tales of a Gaijin comic strip. In addition, you will receive the final season cell phone charm (for a total of 5).

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    ($105 if outside Japan) For a contribution of $100, you will be able to request a comic. This comic will be posted online when finished, as well as being printed in volume 2 where you will be credited as the requester! I will also email you the comic before it is posted online, so you get to see it first! This is in addition to all previous reward levels.

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    ($155 if outside Japan) A signed and framed watercolor of a scene from Japan. You may request a scene, or leave the choice up to me. Plus, all previous rewards.

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    ($250 if outside Japan) At this level you will get a digitally drawn commission. The content of the picture is up to you, though character number and background detail will depend on how much of each you'd like (more details will be sent out later). This is in addition to all previous rewards.

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    ($505 if outside Japan) A very special reward here! You will receive a commission of 3 comic strips, 4 panels each. The topic of the comics will be totally up to you! Plus, all previous rewards.

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