Welcome to the second Brandi Bare Kickstarter. If you took part in issue 3's Kickstarter, thanks for returning! If this is the first time you're being introduced to the world of Brandi Bare I hope you'll enjoy your time here. (Earlier issues/pdf's are available so you can get caught up in no time!)
10-25 New Stretch Goal #5 Art Added
(New updates will have new info/art posted at bottom of page!)
10-24 New Stretch Goal #4 Art Added
10-21 New Art Added from Stretch Goal #2 (Art of Brandi Bare)
I'm Joe Pekar and if you're not familiar with my work, I've done covers for Zenescope and Boom! Studios over the years and plenty of sketch cards from licensed properties, such as Marvel and DC comics. I've also worked within the video game industry for companies like Activision and Nintendo. Brandi Bare is the only comic series that I've done all the full color art for, from covers to finished pages.
Brandi Bare Issue #4 is a 40 page comic book about Brandi and her college roommates and the light hearted adventures they get into. In this issue the girls are going to the comic con that they created costumes for in issue #3. Of course getting there is never as easy as it seems.
PDF files of issues 1-3 can be ordered from me now (or anytime during the campaign) for immediate download (via email). Just email me at email@example.com and I'll let you know how to take care of that ($5 each or $15 for all 3)
I should mention that there is NO actual nudity in the book. It may be a bit risque at times, but always good natured and fun...basically like a sexy sitcom on tv.
Brandi Bare is a comic book series created by Joe Pekar (art/story) and Jeff Outlaw (story/lettering). We've been working on these characters for years now, but creating the comics takes a lot of time and effort. I create all the art work, from pencils to digital colors and that alone takes a huge chunk of time. It took me a few years to produce all the art of issues #1 and #2 (working on pages alongside other commercial work) . However, with the funding of the Kickstarter for issue #3, I was able to focus all of my time on issue #3 and I fully finished the art (38 pages) in a little over 2 months. The rest of the time was spent on stretch goals and original artwork rewards.
Issue 4 directly follows Issue 3's story, but we've also made it so issue 4 is a great jumping on point for new readers. (You can also add issues 1-3 to your rewards if you'd like)
Here's a sample of some of the pages that are already finished (non-lettered) for issue #4. A bit of a dream sequence and some of the costume fun from the issue.
If you're new to the Brandi Bare universe, here's a few pages from earlier issues....
And here's the covers from issues 1-3 (including the Kickstarter only edition of #3)
And here's a look at the Kickstarter Exclusive cover. The only place to get this cover is thru this campaign. The original watercolor painting on 12"x16" watercolor paper and the final cover below it.
Stretch goals will be revealed if we're lucky enough to cross the funding mark. Possible Stretch Goals may include an Art of Brandi Bare comic, new postcards and prints (just because they were fun to create for the last kickstarter). Issue 3 had a stretch goal we reached for an additional 8 page back up story. That story will be continued in issue 4 (it won't be a stretch goal anymore though, it's part of issue #4 no matter what now. I think it's only fair to continue the story that way. :))
What I'm looking to do with this Kickstarter is to raise enough money that I can focus all of my time on finishing up the 4th issue (and putting aside other commercial work) and getting it printed. Everyone will either receive digital PDF's of the issue(s) or printed versions in addition to the different rewards that I'll be providing.
Copies of the comic book (and earlier issues).
Be in the book!
Original art! Sketches! paintings! and a lot more...
Here's some examples of the art rewards:
Original Art PagesReward:
The first 12 pages from Issue #1 are on my Blog. Feel free to check them out here: http://joepekarart.blogspot.com/2013/03/48th-post.html
And here's the first 6 pages from Issue #3:
As backers of my first project saw, I like to send out plenty of updates so everyone is on the same page during production. I want you to realize how important your pledges are to me and I don't take them (or you) for granted. You'll be helping me create a project that I truly enjoy working on, and I hope to pass that enjoyment on to you.
Don't forget to check out the Brandi Bare Blog for more art/stories/behind the scenes stuff: http://brandibare.blogspot.com/
Questions about rewards? Want to combine 2 or more rewards? or anything else? Just message me thru Kickstarter or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll figure it out! :)
10-25-13 NEW ART: Stretch Goal #5 Art
From Stretch Goal #5, This is the original art for the 4"x5" postcard. Colors to come soon.
10-24-13 NEW ART: Stretch Goal #4 Art
Chapter break art from the Brandi Bare tie-in novel written by Jeff Outlaw. (PDF of the first 4 chapters plus art will be emailed to backers)
Check out the latest update (#21) for more info.
10-21-13 NEW ART: Stretch Goal #2 Cover Art
The cover for the 'Art of Brandi Bare' stretch goal. The original art has been added as a new reward
10-15-13 NEW ART: Stretch Goal #3 - Print #2
This is the 2nd of the 2 Stretch Goal Prints that were unlocked. This Original art was added as a New Art Reward
10-14-13 : Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked!
Everyone will receive a PDF file (via email) of the first 4 chapters of the Brandi Bare tie-in novel featuring 'Dylan' that series co-creator Jeff Outlaw has been writing. With new exclusive artwork by Joe Pekar that'll be featured in between some chapters.
(A teaser chapter has been posted on the Brandi Bare blog by Jeff earlier) http://brandibare.blogspot.com/2013/09/it-took-me-little-longer-to-prepare-and.html
Next stretch goal will be unlocked at 15,000 and will feature a new print and postcard of our villainous 'Dean of Foreign Studies'
10-11-13 NEW ART: Stretch Goal #3 - Print
10-7-13 NEW ART: Cover to issue #4 (standard edition)
10-2-13 New Art update! Here's the last postcard art from Stretch Goal #1.
9-30-13 (*2 UPDATES today! New postcard art *and* New Stretch goal announced!*)
Here is the Rosie Postcard art from Stretch Goal #1
Stretch Goal #3 Unlocked! 2 new full color 8"x10" prints! Everyone that's getting physical rewards mailed to them will get these as well. Everyone getting digital rewards will get a PDF file of them. Next stretch goal will be unlocked at 13,000
This is the Brandi Postcard art from Stretch Goal #1 (see below for more info)
Stretch Goal #2 Unlocked! - We passed the funding goal for the 2nd stretch goal today! Thanks to everyone that has supported this project! The 'Art of Brandi Bare' comic artbook will be a 20 page book featuring past commissions, sketches and reward art featuring Brandi and her friends. Those getting rewards mailed to them will get the physical comic (at no extra cost) and those getting digital rewards will get a digital PDF version.
Next stretch goal will be unlocked at 10,500
Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked! - seeing as we passed the funding goal earlier than I could have imagined, we passed where I planned on having the first stretch goal! :)
The first stretch goal will be a set of 4 over-sized postcards (approx 8"x5") featuring Brandi, Dylan, Xian and Rosie in their 'Free Time'. Basically what they do on their own time when not all crammed in their dorm room. :)
Everyone that's getting a physical reward mailed to them will get the set of 4 postcards included in their package at no extra cost. But don't worry if you only pledged for digital rewards, you'll still get the cards, just in a PDF file (in fact everyone will get the postcards as a PDF).
(sketches of the postcards will be shown in Kickstarter updates and finished pieces will be posted here on the page)
Next Stretch Goal will be at 8,500
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter and I feel I learned quite a bit from the first one. I've found that communication is the most important part of running a Kickstarter. I responded quickly to each and every message, comment, or question I received.
I've been a working artist for over 15 years now so getting the actual artwork done on deadline isn't a problem for me. The one hiccup with the first kickstarter was in my judging how long it would take to mail everything out. Just the simple fact of packaging and mailing out all the individual comics/art/etc took a bit longer than I anticipated. (95% of the rewards were sent out on time or ahead of schedule. The last few were all finished up about 2 weeks behind schedule.) As the mailing process went on I was able to refine the process (with helpful comments from the backers that I took into account). However, I added another month to the ship dates as a buffer just in case. I do expect to have everything finished and mailed out prior to the April shipping date.
The only other possible problem I could run into is when the book is printing (as then it's out of my hands). I'm using the same printer as last time and there were no problems at all, so I'm not anticipating any this time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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