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CA$ 35
pledged of CA$ 5,000pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
2
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 13 2013 5:01 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello!!! I'm Julian Bynoe and I’m an artist and cartoonist, and I'm here to tell you about a Kickstarter campaign that I would like for you to support! For over 30 years I’ve been independently cartooning under my company Snow Leopard ArtsEntertainment and, through various smaller print publications and on my own website; have drawn and created various strips and stories and now, I'd like for you very much to help fund my first comic book project: Blanche Carte

Comic Book Cover Art
Comic Book Cover Art

WHAT IS BLANCHE CARTE ABOUT?

Blanche Carte, a purposely backward variation on the French term carte blanche – apologies to the French – is what the title suggests: a free artistic license of various comics and stories of some of the many characters and topics I’ve explored and created in my three-decade career from comedy to drama, and documentary to science-fiction, to be done in a full-colour, 12-page physical comic book that I’d like to have self-published by early 2014 for everyone to have, mainly in time for the 2014 Toronto Comics Art Festival or TCAF (yet to be determined at this time) . Here are the following stories Blanche Carte will contain:

First off is a pantomime anthropomorphic sci-fi mini-comic "Dimensional Dilly" (working title), featuring Hounds of Love’s resident girl genius Daffodyl Manila; who goes on a little intergalactic trip with a…certain time-traveller across space and time and back onto her MIT campus, where one wonders if it was all a dream...

"Dimensional Dilly" story (CONCEPTUAL ART - NOT Final)
"Dimensional Dilly" story (CONCEPTUAL ART - NOT Final)

Second comic story is the Arab Spring spy action-thriller Rogue Alliance spinoff  "Night Pursuit" (working title), where CIA analyst Quincy Tungsten goes on an exciting spy-catcher chase through the streets of 1990s Frankfurt, Germany that will change his life, as much it may cost him his life in the process.

Rogue Alliance:"Night Pursuit" (CONCEPTUAL ART - NOT Final)
Rogue Alliance:"Night Pursuit" (CONCEPTUAL ART - NOT Final)

A third comic story will be a reprint and redux musical page of a previously online published Lotus Bloom page with the teenaged snow leopardess dancer Legeia in “Long Black Nylons” with an all-new alternative ending to what was originally presented, but will be just as enjoyable.

Story number four is the anthropomorphic eco-action/adventure GAIAZONIAS mini-tale "Tsunami" (working title) where young Thai environmental activist Sienna Naak, along with her friends, pay their respects during a tribute to the 2004 South Asian tsunami disaster.

Blanche Carte’s fifth comic will be the ambitious mini-documentary comic – or Docucomix as I call them – “Esperanto,” (working title) a two-page spread that explains the history of the oft-overlooked and misunderstood hobbyist language that is spoken by around 2 million people worldwide that really won’t be as boring as it sounds. Trust me... (If not convinced, check out my other comic docs on the history of the European Union and the 1961 Indo-Portuguese Goa Conflict)

"Esperanto" CONCEPTUAL ART - NOT Final
"Esperanto" CONCEPTUAL ART - NOT Final

And here and there, the comic book will have sketches and other miscellaneous illustrations I call “Galleria,” of past and present and maybe some new characters I may create exclusively for Blanche Carte, with some old stuff never published before!

Sounds good so far to you? Great! Because now I want you to help me make this a reality by your generous donations to this fundraiser, because printing comics don’t come cheap, you know. And all I want to raise is $5,000 seed money to help publish Blanche Carte.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

The first $1,300 goes to printing a limited edition of 1000 copies of Blanche Carte and the majority of it goes to funding the rewards that come from your donations, the percentage cut Kickstarter and Amazon takes from this, taxes (yeah, got to pay them), plus shipping and handling of the comic and rewards out to you and such to cover it.

REWARDS

And what are the rewards I plan to offer? Glad you asked! Just scroll down below (or look to the pledge column on the right-hand corner if it's easier for you) and it’ll explain for what one gets with whatever tier you can or would like to donate to.

For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!
For eBoutique link, please click here. And with this donation tier, your name will listed on the thank-you list in the back page of the comic and on the Blanche Carte blog page!

STRETCH GOALS

What if we reach the $5,000 goal? Not to worry, I'll have new rewards that I’ll throw into the mix if we reach certain stretch goals listed below and I’ll assure you they will be really good stuff for backers who pledge $10 and up (ignore the slip on the video regarding rewarding those pledging $20 and up, my bad), so that's really up to you whether you want them! 

  • $5,500 GOAL LOCKED: Blanche Carte LIMITED-EDITION sticker sheets and buttons! (available to $10 to $1000 tiers only)
  • $5,750 GOAL LOCKED: “Long Black Nylons” LIMITED-EDITION temporary tattoos! (available to $20 to $1000 tiers only)
  • Your own name/likeness in the Rogue Alliance spinoff comic OR your anthropomorphic likeness as a Galleria sketch! (available to $500 to $1000 tiers only)
  • $6,000 GOAL LOCKED: Digital or original commissioned artwork of Snow Leopard ArtsEntertainment character of choice (in G- to PG-13-rated renderings, please)! (available to $500 to $1000 tiers only)
  • $6,500-7,000+ GOAL LOCKED: ???????

Blanche Carte can only happen if, and only if, we reach the main goal of $5,000 and if that happens I’ll start work on it right away and will give you, depending on my schedule and progress; weekly and/or monthly updates on my website of a special blog dedicated to the making of the comic from rough drafts to finished product of the comic book and rewards to Blanche Carte's planned world premiere launch (if my appearance is confirmed) at TCAF (see time lapse video loop below, ©Toronto Comic Arts Festival) in the spring of 2014 and will also be available on my online store afterwards.

But remember: none of this can happen without your help. We don’t reach said goal, there will be no Blanche Carte. Period.

Simple as that – it’s all or nothing. So I’m really depending on my longtime print and web readers, plus the more than generous Kickstarter community out there to pitch in and make this pet project happen.

Now the ball is in your court and the clock is tick-tocking away, because I really can’t wait to bring it to you and the rest of the world. I thank you very much for taking the time in visiting my campaign page and hearing me out. It is truly appreciated!

Risks and challenges

There are always risks in everything, but there’s 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 I'll just have to make do without it at TCAF somehow. But if it does reach its goal, I’ll start work on it right away as stated since all the scripts, designs and sketches are already done and I’m quite certain I can finish it all in a reasonable period of time.

In all honesty, I know that it is very important to get my product out there into the hands of those who have 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 to send it to the printers (hope not!). But I don’t see that happening unless an ultra-emergency happens in my life. If that is the case, I promise to keep you updated on how long it might take.

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

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