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Lucky Penny is about Penny Brighton, a girl with really bad luck! Penny loses her job and her apartment in the same day, but it's okay!
Lucky Penny is about Penny Brighton, a girl with really bad luck! Penny loses her job and her apartment in the same day, but it's okay!
Lucky Penny is about Penny Brighton, a girl with really bad luck! Penny loses her job and her apartment in the same day, but it's okay!
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Lucky Penny is about Penny Brighton, a girl with really bad luck! Penny loses her job and her apartment in the same day, but it's okay! In a stroke of (questionable) genius she decides to live in a storage unit. She gets a job at the local laundromat-- her boss is a twelve-year-old! And there's cute guy at the local community center, but she's the WORST at flirting... like, so bad. Yup, Penny is a a completely capable adult. You can read the untoned version of Lucky Penny online!

The print edition of the book will be fully toned, unlike the majority of pages currently featured online. We’ve also got a slew of extras planned! 

We’ve been working with Oni Press on this project for a few years now. They’ve been incredibly supportive of us and the title the whole way. In that time, though, the dynamic of publishing has changed a LOT.

Our primary income over the past few years has been derived from our direct book sales to you, our fans. We’ve increasingly found that the people who support us online and via Kickstarter are wildly different from those who would pick up our book in a store or buy from Amazon-- and it's those people (you!) who allow us to make a living. So we’re running this campaign to fund OUR copies of the book to sell direct to you, our fans!

If this campaign doesn’t succeed we don’t get to make our personal copies. The book will still be available via your favorite local bookseller or comic shop come March 2016, but we won’t have personal copies for sale at conventions.

If the campaign DOES succeed backers will be the FIRST to get their hands on the book. The book won't be available for purchase online until after it's been released in stores.

On top of getting the book before anyone else we’ve got special editions of the books, beautiful prints, and even the ability to be noted on Penny’s “People I Owe Money/Favors” list! AND you can pick up a copy of CUTTINGS if you missed out the last time around. Check out the rewards and tiers below:

 We're Ananth Hirsh & Yuko Ota! Lucky Penny ran at our website, johnnywander.com, during 2013-2015. You can read the un-toned version here. 

Yuko & Ananth have a lot of work in print-- 4 self-published books:

  • Johnny Wander V1: Don't Burn the House Down
  • Johnny Wander V2: Escape to New York
  • Johnny Wander V3: Ballad of Laundry Cat
  • CUTTINGS

Ananth Hirsh is a writer and designer who works with Yuko on many projects, including Johnny Wander. He's previously worked with Oni Press writing BUZZ! (under the name Ananth Panagariya), an action-packed book about competitive spelling bees, illustrated by Tessa Stone. He co-wrote BOOM! miniseries Adventure Time: Candy Capers and was head writer on game Namco High, a send-up of dating sims featuring classic Namco-Bandai characters. He helped found Benign Kingdom in 2012.

Yuko Ota has worked with Oni Press, BOOM!, Dark Horse, Red5, Lerner Publishing/Graphic Universe, What Pumpkin and more on properties like Adventure Time, Yo Gabba Gabba, Atomic Robo, Namco-Bandai properties, various educational comics and more. She helped found Benign Kingdom in 2012. She co-wrote and did covers for her miniseries Adventure Time: Candy Capers.

Breadpig is a sidekick-for-hire, offering a variety of hand-holding services to creators and companies who want to self-publish, make something nice, or take a risk on something crazy. They've helped out with projects like: Bee and PuppyCat, To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure, Atomic Robo, Starfighter: Eclipse, and multiple Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal endeavors.

The Lucky Penny Kickstarter video was voiced and animated by PickyDuck. 

Risks and challenges

Ananth and Yuko ran a successful Kickstarter to print their fourth book CUTTINGS in 2014. They also ran a successful campaign for their third book in 2012. From 2012-2013 they helped run several successful Kickstarters for Benign Kingdom. They have been working in webcomics since 2003. They began Johnny Wander in 2009. They have laid out and sent four of their own books to print (Johnny Wander V1, V2, V3). Ananth also freelances with a variety of clients doing the same work (bigger publishers, independent and webcomics), ensuring that books are delivered on time to the printer.

Yuko and Ananth have also spent the past 7+ years designing merchandise, corresponding with various printers & manufacturers, and then shipping out the physical products to their readers directly. This includes a variety of items: books, t-shirts, tote bags, keychains, earrings, figurines, prints and more.

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    You get a Digital Version of Lucky Penny!

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    Lucky Penny Softcover plus you get added to Penny's list of "People I Owe Money/Favor's To" in the book! You also get a digital copy of the book!

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    Digital Only Tier! You get the digital version of Lucky Penny and are added to Penny's List! You also get digital copies of Cuttings and Johnny Wander Vol 1, 2, and 3!

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    Lucky Penny Softcover plus the printset! You are also added to Penny's list and get a digital copy of the book!

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    Lucky Penny Softcover plus a signed bookplate and the printset! You are also added to Penny's list and get a digital copy of the book!

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    Lucky Penny Hardcover! You are also added to Penny's list and get a digital copy of the book!

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    Lucky Penny Softcover plus Cuttings Regular Edition with Cuttings Bookplate! You are also added to Penny's list, get a digital copy of Lucky Penny and Cuttings, a signed bookplate and the printset!

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    Lucky Penny Hardcover plus a signed bookplate and the printset! You are also added to Penny's list and get a digital copy of the book!

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    Lucky Penny Hardcover and Softcover! Plus two signed bookplates and two printsets! You are also added to Penny's list and get a digital copy of the book!

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    Lucky Penny Hardcover and Cuttings Limited Edition! Plus a signed Lucky Penny bookplate, signed Cuttings bookplate, and a printset, you are added to Penny's list and get a digital copy of Lucky Penny and Cuttings!

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    Lucky Penny Hardcover and Softcover and Cuttings Limited and Regular Editions! Plus two signed Cuttings bookplates, two signed Penny bookplates and two printsets! You are also added to Penny's list and get a digital copy of Lucky Penny and Cuttings!

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    A random original page by Yuko Ota from Lucky Penny! You also get a Lucky Penny Softcover, a signed bookplate, a printset, are added to Penny's list, and get a digital copy of the book!

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    A random original page by Yuko Ota from Lucky Penny! You also get a Lucky Penny Hardcover, a signed bookplate, a printset, are added to Penny's list, and get a digital copy of the book!

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    A random original page by Yuko Ota from Lucky Penny! You also get a Lucky Penny Hardcover and Softcover, Cuttings Limited and Regular Editions, two signed Penny bookplates, two signed Cuttings bookplates, two printsets, are added to Penny's list, and get a digital copies of both Lucky Penny and Cuttings!

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