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Peeters & Schuiten's International award-winning classic graphic novel, The Leaning Girl, translated into English for the first time.
Peeters & Schuiten's International award-winning classic graphic novel, The Leaning Girl, translated into English for the first time.
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My name is Steve Smith. I have been a fan of Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten's French graphic novel series The Obscure Cities since the late 1980s. Five books in the series were translated into English but stopped after 2002 with three graphic novels and at least five other books left in the series.  

The Obscure Cities is an internationally acclaimed graphic novel series, having won major awards in Europe and Japan including the Grand Prize Manga in the 2013 Japan Arts Festival. It was the first time that a foreign author or series won this award. The translated The Obscure Cities album was chosen over 457 other entries.

I have translated The Leaning Girl ( L'enfant Penchée) into English and have licensed the rights to the entire series with the hope of reintroducing these great stories to the United States and English-speaking countries. This Kickstarter campaign is to help cover the production costs on the first book, The Leaning Girl. I have the blessings of the author and artist, and the licensing rights from their publisher, Casterman, in Belgium.

Cover-in-progress for THE LEANING GIRL graphic novel
Cover-in-progress for THE LEANING GIRL graphic novel

This series is a passion of mine and I want to be able to share it with other European comic and art lovers in English speaking countries. Part of my desire to use Kickstarter is that this series should be seen by a larger audience that has proven time and again it is supportive of unique artistic projects.

I have spent the past three months translating The Leaning Girl in to English. The story is very personal and real to me.The art is some of the most delicate and beautiful I have ever seen in comics.

a page from the beginning of the story.
a page from the beginning of the story.

REWARDS

Here are some examples of some the rewards supporters can receive as part of this campaign in addition to the 176-page graphic novel.

This is a mockup of what the limited edition t-shirt will look like. The front features the iconic Alaxis Press logo and the back features a beautiful illustration of Mary, the leaning girl, standing atop a meteor. Both the logo and the illustration are by François Schuiten. The shirt will be a 100% cotton high quality shirt available in men's and women's adult sizes.

Next is the very limited edition print signed by both artist François Schuiten and writer Benoît Peeters. It will measure approximately 18" x 22" and will be produced on high quality archival art paper.

The limited edition signed print as part of the Level 8 rewards
The limited edition signed print as part of the Level 8 rewards

The following video montage gives a great sneak peek into the visuals. The musical accompaniment is by longtime Peeters & Schuiten collaborator and international recording artist, Bruno Letort. Please visit my website, www.theobscurecities.com for many more videos.

I have tried to make the reward levels as simple as possible because really, the goal is to get this book into everyone's hands. 

I do have two stretch goal rewards I am hoping to reveal should this campaign surpass its initial $30,000 goal. Additional revenue will go towards advertising and promotion of this book and the next books in the series.

With your support, I will be able to introduce this and other amazing stories from the Obscure Cities to an audience hungry for great writing and great storytelling.  I want to thank you in advance for your support and I invite you to ask me questions throughout the process.

Risks and challenges

I have worked in and around the publishing industry my entire 30 year career. I have received all the printing and shipping cost quotes, I have paid the publishing advances. I have received printing or production quotes on every reward level and know what is required to see this project succeed. The books are being produced in Europe by the same printer currently producing the European editions. The author and the artist are supportive of this opportunity to reintroduce the series in English.

The books will be available following the Kickstarter release, through major online retailers including amazon.com, major booksellers, and through quality comic and art book retailers. I am determined to see the three remaining graphic novels translated, followed by the ancillary titles.

If the campaign meets the initial goal and continues to raise additional funds, I will use the funds to promote the book and series.

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    My thanks and your name on the Backers page of www.theobscurecities.com.

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    My thanks and your name listed on the backers page of www.theobscurecities.com plus a "thank you" greeting card featuring the cover art for the book mailed to you.

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    Limited edition fold out store promotional poster plus Level 2 rewards.

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    Liimited edition The Leaning Girl t-shirt with graphics on front and back in your size plus all Level 3 rewards.

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    The Book!!! You will receive a copy of the trade edition (retail price is $29.99) plus all Level 3 rewards. International backers please add $30 for international postage

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    The Book!!! You will receive a copy of the trade edition (retail price is $29.99) plus all Level 3 rewards. This option is for Canadian backers only.

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    Book and T-shirt combo pack. You will receive a copy of the trade edition book and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus all Level 3 rewards.

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    Book and T-shirt combo pack. You will receive a copy of the trade edition book and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus all Level 3 rewards. This option is for Canadian backers only.

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    Two copies of the Book!!! You will receive two copies of the trade edition (retail price is $29.99 each) plus all Level 3 rewards. International backers please add $30 for international postage

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    Limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, plus all Level 3 rewards.

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    CANADA FIRST CLASS AIR MAIL OPTION Limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, plus all Level 3 rewards. This offer is for Canada Only.

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    Three copies of The Book!!! You will receive 3 copies of the trade edition (retail price is $29.99 each) plus all Level 3 rewards. International backers please add $30 for international postage

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    Limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, plus all Level 3 rewards.

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    CANADA FIRST CLASS AIR MAIL OPTION Limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, plus all Level 3 rewards. this price is for Canada only.

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    Limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, plus all Level 3 rewards. THIS IS FOR INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS AIR MAIL.

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    Limited hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, PLUS a copy of the trade paperback so you can read it! Plus all Level 3 rewards. Int'lhipping price is based on first class "air mail."

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    Limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, plus all Level 3 rewards. PLUS a copy of the trade paperback so you can read it!

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    Limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, plus all Level 3 rewards. PLUS two copies of the trade paperback so you can read one and give one to a friend!

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    TWO COPIES of the limited edition hardcover edition of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches and preliminaries from this story, plus all Level 3 rewards. International orders will ship via first class mail.

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    RETAILER BACKER
    This level is for retailers interested in supporting the project. You will receive 10 copies of the trade edition at a wholesale rate plus a store promo poster. A copy of your reseller's license and tax ID number will be required prior to shipping of product.

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    Limited edition fine art print of "The Gazebo" signed by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters and numbered (in an edition of 100), plus the limited edition hardcover of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, and preliminaries from this story, plus all Level 3 rewards. Please note this reward level will ship in two separate packages.

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    CANADA FIRST CLASS AIR MAIL OPTION Limited edition fine art print of "The Gazebo" signed by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters and numbered (in an edition of 100), plus the limited edition hardcover of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, and preliminaries from this story, plus all Level 3 rewards. Please note this reward level will ship in two separate packages. This offer is for Canada Only.

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    Limited edition fine art print of "The Gazebo" signed by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters and numbered (in an edition of 100), plus the limited edition hardcover of The Leaning Girl signed by Benoît Peeters and François Schuiten featuring 8 extra pages of rare and never before seen sketches, and limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirt in your size plus, and preliminaries from this story, plus all Level 3 rewards. Please note this reward level will ship in two separate packages. THIS LEVEL IS FOR INTERNATIONAL FIRST CLASS AIR MAIL SHIPPING.

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    Associate Publisher level. You will receive an honorary title of associate publisher (no company names) on the copyright page of all editions, plus one copy of the hardcover limited edition of The Leaning Girl, five copies of the softcover trade edition book, the limited edition fine art print of "The Gazebo" signed by François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters and numbered (in an edition of 100), two limited edition Leaning Girl t-shirts in your preferred sizes, plus all Level 3 rewards. Please note this reward level will ship in two separate packages.

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