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Pledge for signed/sketched copies and receive a Daisy Kutter postcard and bookmark and be entered to win CHARACTER DUOS original art!
The final book: 6" x 9", 192 pages, softcover w/ matte finish, 4-color printing throughout (even though the story is in black and white), full color extra materials, including the full color short story "Phantoms" and the original mini-series covers. This will be the nicest version of Daisy Kutter on the shelf.
Age Appropriate for Teen Readers. Material is about as heavy as an Indiana Jones movie. PG/PG-13.
Daisy Kutter is a retired bank robber and legendary gunfighter who has decided to open a dry goods store in the small town of Middleton. The sheriff, her ex-boyfriend Tom McKay, tries to recruit her to join him on the other side of the law, but she isn't quite ready to move on.
When Daisy loses everything she owns in a high-stakes poker tournament, she is offered a job from the stranger who cleans her out at the table. He wants to hire her to rob his train. What's the catch? He believes his vaunted robotic security system will stop Daisy in her tracks, and he wants to prove it. If she succeeds in robbing the train, she can keep the gold and have her life back...
Where did Daisy go?
Daisy Kutter: The Last Train was first published as a four-issue mini-series in 2004 and collected as a graphic novel in 2005. It went through multiple printings, but we made very little money from the sales. So, after the term of license expired with the original publisher, I decided to try and find a new home for the book.
Sadly, there was very little interest.
Publishers were mostly interested in what I was going to do next, with very small deals for Daisy Kutter 2 being offered. It appeared as though the only way the first book would find its way back on the shelf would be as a throw-in for a minor publishing deal on the sequel. With my busy schedule on Amulet, I knew this meant that Daisy would have to remain on the back burner indefinitely.
During this time, Daisy Kutter became a rare, out-of-print collectible. When I see copies of the book selling for very high prices online, the little kid collector in me smiles a bit, but then the frustration of not having copies readily available for friends, family, and fans starts to set in. My favorite copies are the ones that are beat-up, used, and well-worn because they have been read multiple times, or shared with friends.
Noticing that I was holding onto my own remaining 6 copies of the book as if they were the last ones on earth, I realized we should at least print a few more copies for ourselves. And as I was putting together the print order, I figured maybe some of you would like a copy, too. If you do, and you want to order a copy online, this is your chance.
One chance to order the books online.
Despite what a lot of readers and artists may believe, we have actually never published a book before. We have only packaged books for other publishers, and that includes Amulet, Flight, Copper, and Explorer. In fact, we don't want to publish books, because we need to focus on making them!
Since we are not a publisher, the next 30 days during this Kickstarter drive will be the only open window for people to purchase a copy of Daisy Kutter online from us.
We will also be bringing copies of the book with us to events like San Diego Comic-Con, where I will be more than happy to sign them and include a small Daisy sketch, but after this drive, it is likely that the book will not be available online again for a long time.
So, if you would like a copy of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, please join this drive and help spread the word!
See preview pages of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train here.
Read some reviews of the book here.
New Cover, Extra Material, Better Printing, Bigger Book!
The final book will be 6 x 9 inches (bigger than the original), 192 pages, perfect sewn-bound for durability (it was previously printed perfect bound, which is less durable). The main story is black and white but the interior pages will be printed in a 4-color process, and extra materials will be in full color. Daisy has never before been printed with this level of production quality, so it will be like a special edition! The extra materials will also feature a Daisy Kutter 22-page short story called "Phantoms" that was originally printed in Flight 6. Other extras include Daisy's history, and a behind-the-scenes look at the way these comics are made. The new cover features the original issue 1 cover artwork designed on a new blue background, and will be printed with a matte finish.
SIGNED COPY BACKER BONUS! (Details below)
UPDATE: ADDED POSTCARD FOR SIGNED COPY BACKERS
We are now going to offer everyone who pledged for a signed/sketched copy of the book more cool bonuses! Every signed copy backer will receive a Daisy Kutter bookmark, featured above, AND a Daisy Kutter postcard, shown below.
So, for the $25 pledge (+5 Canada, +10 International), you will receive the book with a small drawing of Daisy, sketched & signed by Kazu on the first interior page, a Daisy bookmark, and a chance to win one of 7 pieces of original art. Plus, if the total pledged amount goes higher, more original art prizes will be thrown into the mix. This is for signed copy backers only, so I encourage you to up your pledge and enter the fun if you haven't already!
Thanks again, everyone! And please let people know that this reprint drive ends in a couple of days!
CHARACTER DUOS Reward
This reward includes a 8.5 x 5.5 inch original drawing of two of my characters from any of my comics. Your choice, or I will choose two at random. This includes Amulet, Daisy Kutter, Copper, my Flight stories, and even Clive and Cabbage. The image above is a sample of what the final artwork looks like. I don't do commissioned artwork, so this is one way to get a nice drawing from me. The final artwork will be included inside of a signed/sketched copy of Daisy Kutter, and you receive both for a $150 pledge. If you want it personalized, just let me know.
To add to the fun, I will be creating a new CHARACTER DUOS piece for every $5000 we raise to be randomly placed in signed copies of the book.
PREMIUM ORIGINAL ART Reward
It's been a while since I really sat down and did a drawing like this. Most of my work these days is very loose and spare, with so much of the attention being focused on the digital stage of production. So when I realized that the original artwork from the Daisy books didn't look very nice on a wall, and I still wanted to offer original artwork on this Kickstarter drive, I realized that I would have to do some nice new drawings of Daisy. This was fun! If you would like a piece like this, there is a reward tier at the bottom you can choose. If you want something other than Daisy (but it must be of characters I have created) then please let me know. Original artwork is 11 x 14 inches. This reward also includes a CHARACTER DUOS drawing and signed/sketched copy of Daisy Kutter.
This drive is for the printing of a softcover book. No plans yet for a hardcover edition of Daisy Kutter. Also, I much prefer softcover graphic novels, because I find them easier to read!
Yes. We are currently working on making a nice Daisy Kutter app for the iPad, and it should be available this summer.
I have the story, sketches, and characters nearly ready to go for a Daisy Kutter #2, and they have been sitting by the wayside while we maintain focus on the Amulet series here at the studio. The book will get done some way, somehow, and this Kickstarter project is a great way for me to gauge interest in Daisy and her world. The trick will be in figuring out how to create some space on the schedule to do it right. By the way, the book is going to be sweet.
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