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CA$ 105
pledged of CA$ 6,000pledged of CA$ 6,000 goal
4
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, May 2 2014 12:30 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hello there!!! Julian Bynoe here, the creator of the continuing independent slice-of-life anthropomorphic romantic-comedy/drama comic strip series Hounds of Love, which has been running biweekly in print in the Toronto-area street news publication The Outreach Connection (sorry, they have no website) and online on my own website at Snow Leopard ArtsEntertainment since 2007, here on Kickstarter looking to fund Hounds of Love’s first-ever collection, Volume 1: When Tyler Met Melita....

Hounds of Love cast, 2005-2009
Hounds of Love cast, 2005-2009

WHAT IS HOUNDS OF LOVE?

Hounds of Love follows the lives of two young dogs, the quiet, contemplative and sensitive cocker spaniel Tyler Cocker and the winsome, playful yet temperamental Maltese Melita Ducina; from their teens onwards all with their ups and downs on their relationship, along with their respective families and friends in tow, learning that it takes more than just ol’ fashioned puppy love to be a couple.

As well as dealing with the simplicity (and complications) of modern love, Hounds of Love also tackles the everyday aspects of living....

..and makes the odd social commentary of the moment.

WHAT’S IN VOLUME 1: WHEN TYLER MET MELITA...?

Not final cover art (but quite close!)
Not final cover art (but quite close!)

As the lifted title playing on the classic 1989 Billy Crystal/Meg Ryan romantic-dramedy When Harry Met Sally...would suggest – and the front cover obviously paying tribute to my all-time favourite film period, Walt Disney’s masterpiece Lady and The Tramp – this collection gathers up the series’ first four years (2007-2009) with the original 2005-2006 bimonthly online miniseries that started it all (or you can check it all out on its archival pages).

A strip from the Hounds of Love miniseries strip, 2005
A strip from the Hounds of Love miniseries strip, 2005

Plus, there will be a four-page sketchbook gallery of conceptual sketches and notes on the making of Hounds of Love that has never been seen before!

Previously unpublished sketch idea, circa 2008
Previously unpublished sketch idea, circa 2008

Volume 1's stories range from our heroes’ first encounter and baby steps toward romance; a teenaged angst over Melita’s summertime confession leading to their first crisis; the Cocker clan preparing the wedding nuptials for Tyler’s elder sister Cameron; a sexy feline siren named Kitty Mewslix crossing the couple's path and posing a rivalry with Melita – and that’s just the beginning!

HOW MUCH IS NEEDED AND WHERE’S THE MONEY GOING?

I kindly and respectfully need about $6,000 to print out the 500 copies of a softcover 22.8x15.2 cm. (6x9-inches), 100-page book of When Tyler Met Melita... done in greyscale (might work in a few colour pages, but that’s pending) and the incentives that go with them to make this all happen. But, I’ll let the gang break the costs down for you:

Okay, in full total the project will cost $6,155, but I’ve rounded it out to $6,000 to make it all nice and even, if not reasonable.

HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK? (For novices only)

For those unfamiliar on how Kickstarter and crowdsourcing works, click here to get the details. In simpler tones, here’s how it goes in layperson’s terms in 8 easy ways:

1. If you don’t have a Kickstarter account to start with, you will be asked to set up one, asking only for your e-mail address and to make up a password for your new account. It’s free! (Click on the optional small box beneath if you don’t want their weekly e-newsletter)

2. To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” button on any project page and it will ask you to enter your secured pledge amount and select a reward tier (you also have an option not to take any rewards and just simply donate).

3. If the project you’re backing is successfully funded, only then will your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline and you be notified. If the project does not reach its funding goal, your card is never charged.

4. Only you and the project creator will be able to see your pledge amount, as it is never shared with anyone else. Project creators see your Kickstarter (or real) name, pledge amount and the reward you've selected. If the funding succeeds, they'll also give the project creator your e-mail address.

5. Kickstarter doesn’t currently have an anonymous pledge feature, but you are free to choose any name you wish, although you could anonymize it that way if you would like (but you can put any avatar you wish – or not – to mask your ID). Otherwise, they hope you're okay with showing your full name and support.

6. Kickstarter will send you an email when funding ends, no matter what the outcome.

7. If you’ve got questions about the project, feel free to ask the creator! At the bottom of each project page there’s an “Ask a Question” button. This will send your question directly to the creator. If you’re already a backer and you would like to make your question public, you can post a comment on the project. The creator will be notified by email when you do.

8. And no, your pledge is not tax-deductible; nor can you pay by personal cheques, money orders, travellers cheques, cash or Paypal (at this time) since Kickstarter only deals with major credit cards. Sorry.

GOT ANY REWARDS?

Yes, indeedy-do we have rewards for our sponsors! We have several incentive tiers listed to the upper-right hand of the screen, or just scroll down below to whatever level you’d like to pledge to:

An illustrated e-thanks, plus sponsorship credit on the online production blog! Your support is truly appreciated as every little penny counts!
An illustrated e-thanks, plus sponsorship credit on the online production blog! Your support is truly appreciated as every little penny counts!
An illustrated e-thanks, the book plus sponsorship credit on the production blog!
An illustrated e-thanks, the book plus sponsorship credit on the production blog!
All the above & bookmark; plus sponsorship credit on the production blog!
All the above & bookmark; plus sponsorship credit on the production blog!
All the above & a LIMITED-EDITION Fridge Magnet; an EXTRA copy of the book; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the production blog!
All the above & a LIMITED-EDITION Fridge Magnet; an EXTRA copy of the book; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the production blog!
All the above & a LIMITED-EDITION Button; an EXTRA signed (upon request) copy of the book; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the production blog!
All the above & a LIMITED-EDITION Button; an EXTRA signed (upon request) copy of the book; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the production blog!
All the above & 2 EXTRA signed (upon request) copies of the book; a LIMITED-EDITION Temporary Tattoo;; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the production blog!
All the above & 2 EXTRA signed (upon request) copies of the book; a LIMITED-EDITION Temporary Tattoo;; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the production blog!
See $250 pledge panel on upper right for details.
See $250 pledge panel on upper right for details.
All the above & an ORIGINAL two-person character commission of your choice on a 9x12 “ Bristol board in black and white or hand-coloured; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the online production blog!
All the above & an ORIGINAL two-person character commission of your choice on a 9x12 “ Bristol board in black and white or hand-coloured; plus sponsorship credit in the book AND on the online production blog!
See $1,000 Pledge panel on upper right for details
See $1,000 Pledge panel on upper right for details
See $1,500 Pledge panel on upper right for details
See $1,500 Pledge panel on upper right for details

HOW ABOUT STRETCH GOALS?

Absolutely! If by any chance we reach beyond our goal needed for When Tyler Met Melita... (hey, I’d just be freakin’ ecstatic just making the actual goal alone), I’ve got the following super-cool incentives I’m willing to throw into the mix, provided certain levels can be reached:

$8,000 LOCKED – LIMITED-EDITION Sticker sheets for the $20 to $1,500 pledge tiers!

$10,000 LOCKED – An EXCLUSIVELY brand-new mini-story in the book AND 2 additional pages of original, new artwork!

$12,000 LOCKED – LIMITED-EDITION 3-button pack for the $25 to $1,500 pledge tiers!

$15,000 LOCKEDFULL colour book for all $12 to $1,500 pledge tiers AND LIMITED-EDITION Hardcover versions for the $500 to $1,500 pledge tiers!

$25,000 LOCKED – Sponsors a mini-promotional book tour of North America to selected furry/comic-cons in 2015 (provided they’ll accept me, of course. It's very competitive to get into them)!

REMAINING WORDS...

If When Tyler Met Melita...gets its funding, I plan to have the book and rewards ready by August 2014 – yes, in the dog days of summer (ha-ha) – and depending on my schedule and progress, weekly and/or monthly updates on my website of a special blog dedicated to the making of the book from rough drafts to finished product of When Tyler Met Melita...and rewards will be posted, along with a online sponsor dedication list.

But none of this can happen without your support, so it’s really up to you to help fund this project. If the said goal can’t be reached by the end of this campaign, then no Hounds of Love collection will be realized. It’s that simple. I’ve been cartooning for over 30 years and this is my passion and dedication to the craft, as well as being a lifelong fan of the medium.

For the longest time I’ve wanted to put Hounds of Love into a bound and printed collection (I’m an old-school type) for old and new readers to enjoy, so I’m really excited about and depending on my print/online readers and the Kickstarter community to give this a chance. After all…who can resist a love story between two dogs?...

Thank you for taking the time to visit this campaign and your generous support – it is truly appreciated!

Artwork: ©2014 Julian Bynoe/Snow Leopard ArtsEntertainment

Risks and challenges

The artwork and comics are all completed, so what’s needed left to do is the layout and printing, courtesy of a reliable Toronto-area printing company (Support your local printers!!!) and producing the rewards at hand.
There are always risks in everything, yet there’s very little to lose if the campaign doesn’t succeed. If it doesn't go through, the project gets shelved, credit cards won't be charged and that’ll be that. But if it does reach its goal, work will commence on it right away and I’m quite confident I can finish this all within a reasonable period of time.

In all honesty, I know that it is very important to get my book and rewards out there into those who have faithfully backed this project in a timely fashion, so I will do everything in my power to do so. The only thing that may delay the process would be missing the deadline in sending it to the printers (hope and pray not!). But I don’t really see that happening, unless some ultra-big emergency happens in my life. If that is the case, I promise to keep you updated on how long it might take.

So please do share this project with your friends! Your family! Your frenemies! Your families’ frenemies! And by any and all means necessary (Facebook, Twitter, email, phone calls, snail mail, carrier pigeons, on horseback, quilting circles, etc., etc.) at all! But yes, I really do need all the support I can get! Again, I sincerely thank you for taking the time in visiting my campaign page and hearing me out. It is truly appreciated!

And any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the FAQ!

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