Hi, I'm Joe Pekar. If you're not familiar with my work, I've drawn covers for Zenescope and Boom! Studios over the years and plenty of sketch cards from licensed properties, such as Marvel and DC comics. Brandi Bare is my creator owned project that I've been dabbling with for about 7 years now.
*Check Update #33 for info on all stretch goal awards*
Update 4/3/12- New Reward: New Art of Dylan
New Stretch Goal Added:
If we get to $12,500, the next stretch goal will be unlocked. That one will be a set of 4 character cards (4"x5" postcard sized). There will be a color drawing of each girl that fits into the theme 'Bedtime'. Basically what they wear when getting ready for bed. :)
I'll be posting all the art eventually, but here's the first one penciled of Brandi. The original art is on 11"x17" comic art paper. (will be colored digitally.) There will be a new original piece of art for each girl.
The original art will also be added to the Rewards section.
These will be available the same way as the 3 prints. Pledges $25 and over will get the 4 cards included in their packages. Pledges under $25 will get digital versions sent along with their PDF files of the comics.
*New art rewards! 4/1/13*
Much like the postcard art posted above, I have a new set of themed images with all 4 girls. They're listed to the right as new rewards.
3rd Stretch Goal Achieved!
Thanks to everyone for your support! The new 8 page short story with Dylan and the cheerleaders will now be a part of issue 3!
10,000 Stretch Goal Teaser:
The next stretch goal unlocks an 8 page story of the character 'Dylan' meeting up with some cheerleaders. So here's a teaser image of her in uniform :)
2nd Stretch goal Achieved! (updated)
Here's the cover art for the 'Making of Brandi Bare' comic that all pledges over $25 will receive (the printed book. Backers of under 25 will get the PDF version).
updated with color version:
So now the Making of Brandi Bare comic booklet will go out to anyone that orders the print comics from the $25 and up pledges. Under $25 pledges will get the pdf version.
3rd Stretch Goal!
I also said I was going to reveal the next Stretch goal at 6k. So here it is.There's going to be a new 8 page backup story in Issue 3 featuring the character Dylan (the moody one with black and pink hair) and some cheerleaders :). We've had this little story we've wanted to do with her for a while, but it didn't fit in with the regular storyline. With this story, plus the main story, and some sketch pages, this issue would be around 40 pages (or more!) This Stretch Goal will be unlocked if we get to 10,000.
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UPDATE: As promised, here's the 2nd Stretch goal.
The Second Stretch Goal will be unlocked at $6,000. It will be a free 20-ish page 'Making of Brandi Bare' comic-sized booklet for everyone that has pledged 25 or more. (under 25 will get a pdf). This is something I've wanted to do for a while. Basically it will be a 'director's commentary' by Jeff Outlaw and myself and we discuss how we work together, how Brandi Bare came together and go over different pages from issues 1 to 3. You'll be able to see what we were trying to do and what worked...and didn't. There will also be work in progress pages so you can be amazed at how my early scribbles turn into anything comprehensible. :)
If that goal is unlocked, I'll reveal the next one.
Stretch Goal added!
I've been overwhelmed by the support for this project. So I've added a new stretch goal if we reach $4,000.
For everyone that has pledged $25 or more you'll get 2 8"x10" prints included in your package. Don't worry though, everyone will get something. If you pledge less than $25 (i.e. pdf's of the comics) you'll still get the prints, albeit in digital form.
One of the prints will be penciled and digitally colored. The other print will be penciled and painted with watercolors or acrylics. I'll post the pencils of the prints as I get them done and then the colors. So expect to see them in an update soon. (the original art for the prints will be added as rewards also.)
Next stretch goal will be revealed when we cross 4,000!
Co-Writer and Co-Creator, Jeff Outlaw and myself now think it's time to get finished with issue #3 (and more if possible).
Brandi Bare is a fun little story about a girl going to college with her friends and a little bear backpack that may be sort of... alive... and the adventures they get in together. I've always described the comic as sort of a sexy sitcom. Nothing too deep, but it will hopefully put a smile on your face :).
In Brandi Bare #3 the girls are headed to a comic convention and that means... cosplay costumes! and trying to get there in one piece as they'll run into a few obstacles along the way. I also want to include some sketchbook pages in the back as well. Issues 1 and 2 were 24 pages of story and art. Issue three is scripted to 30 pages, but I'd like to add a few sketchbook pages (as I've got a bunch of sketches and layouts that I've never gotten around to really using or seeing them printed anywhere.)
I should add that there's no actual nudity in the book...but it gets as close as possible on some occasions. Sometimes those darn word balloons just get in the way. :)
Here's a few pages from the beginning of issue 3 where Brandi is having a hard time getting her friends excited for the comic con.
Brandi Bare was a character I started drawing in 2004-2005. She was an excuse to draw a cute pinup girl that I could post on various art forums. She made her first published appearance in my 2006 artbook published by SQP, inc. called 'The Art of Joe Pekar: Naughty Girls'. She was the cover girl as well.
After doing quite a few pinups of her over the years...in various states of dress...people started asking who she was. I thought it was time that she needed to be fleshed out a bit, so to speak. Jeff Outlaw and I decided we should tell her story. In what eventually took about 3 or 4 years to get it finished (seeing publishers come and go...out of business), we created two comics with her. Jeff and I co-wrote the story, I created all the art (full color!), and Jeff finished it all up with the lettering.
I then had the comics printed and brought them to a few conventions in 2010. I always sold out of the copies I brought with me and always heard good things from people that picked them up. Then I would always be asked: 'When's the next issue coming out?'
Jeff and I have plenty of stories we want to tell with Brandi and the gang.The problem with doing the comic, is that by doing all the art myself (and I'd have it no other way :)), is that it turns out to be very time consuming. Plus, being a full time freelance artist dictates that I usually have to take on a variety of projects at a time to make a living. So the work that always gets pushed off is doing new Brandi pages, because they take the biggest focus and effort on my part (but are the most fun and rewarding).
What I'm looking to do with this Kickstarter is to raise enough money that I can focus my time on finishing up the 3rd issue and get it printed...and hopefully in the long run produce many more issues. Everyone will either receive digital PDF's of the issues or printed versions in addition to the different rewards that I'll be providing.
Copies of the book (and earlier issues).
Original art! Sketches! watercolors paintings! and more...
And some examples of the art rewards...
I've added the first 12 pages from Issue #1 on my blog. Feel free to check them out here: http://joepekarart.blogspot.com/2013/03/48th-post.html
Risks and challenges
This is my first Kickstarter project, so some risks are that this is all new to me. But I'm looking forward to the challenges that come with a project like this.
The 3rd issue is completely written and the art is well under way. I've posted some of the finished (unlettered) pages and I'll post more pages as the campaign goes on.
I've been a full time artist for over 15 years now, so I'm used to dealing with deadlines. I've also scheduled time for finishing up the commission rewards by the delivery date. As anyone who's commissioned art from me in the past knows, I always keep everyone updated on how things are progressing.
Of course once the book is out to be printed it's out of my hands, but I don't anticipate too many problems there. If any problems come up, I'll let everyone know what's going on and how it's being taken care of. Transparency is a good thing! All books will be delivered to me first so I can sign them before mailing them out to their new owners.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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