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Crazy customers, frustrating managers, ridiculous fellow employees, and a cute dog are all a part of Cat's life at this Chicago bakery!

The colorful characters on this Hasty Pastry: Book One cover are only a handful of the goofy cast that waits inside!
The colorful characters on this Hasty Pastry: Book One cover are only a handful of the goofy cast that waits inside!

(( Up next, Stretch Goal: $3,000! All Donators ABOVE $5 will receive, in addition to their awarded prizes: TWO 8.5" x 11" Hasty Pastry Sticker Sheets These will be mailed out with your prizes, and will have catch-phrases, characters, and bakery items like poo-muffins and slobbery scones to keep things sweet~ Reaching this goal means paying off all supplies and materials purchased exclusively for this Hasty Pastry project, meaning you have "paid the artist" for her hard work on this sugary book. Thank you!  Check out more Stretch Prizes down down down below! <3 ))

The Hasty Pastry is an episodic style comic book that brings to life a variety of characters, taking readers through day-to-day bakery adventures. For anyone who has ever worked in food service, retail, or customer service, The Hasty Pastry is a relatable comic with a cute twist that makes it fun for All Ages!  

Page 1 of the graphic novel, colored and lettered as all 100 pages will be in the finished, printed book!
Page 1 of the graphic novel, colored and lettered as all 100 pages will be in the finished, printed book!
If you'd like to read more, check out the official website, TheHastyPastry.com
If you'd like to read more, check out the official website, TheHastyPastry.com

Cat's daily frustrations are kept playful and light-hearted by using color, style, and goofy expressions to create a variety of characters and personalities. Besides, it's not ALL bad-- she's still got Pugsly: her sniffing, snarfing, and snoozing pup, who works with her every day (even though she's tried to remind him that eating pastries doesn't count as work . . . )!

Meet some of the crew of The Hasty Pastry! 

El, a vegetarian cyclist who gives Cat sound advice in the back kitchen, while she washes dishes and munches leftovers.

Kara, a sassy fellow employee whose flirtation, snark, and disregard for the rules puts Cat on edge. 

And Cat, our optimistic protagonist who wants nothing more than to become manager and go sweater shopping with Pugsly!

Some people are sweet, some are weird, and some are just downright cranky!
Some people are sweet, some are weird, and some are just downright cranky!

What's Been Cookin'

The Hasty Pastry has been in development over two years.  In May 2012, a 12-page mini-comic was printed and sold in local Chicago galleries. From January - May of 2013, a 13-week run of comic strips was printed for distribution in "The Chronicle," a Chicago South Loop newspaper. For over 5 years, I have been independently attending comic expos, anime conventions, and art fairs to sell prints of my artwork, copies of my mini-comics, and raise awareness about my art!

In March, 2013, I was awarded a $500 grant from the Weisman Foundation.  This final step was the first financial backing for The Hasty Pastry graphic novel presented in this Kickstarter. This grant was awarded under the stipulation that the project would be finished by August 23rd, 2013, so you will see results from your support soon! I hope you see that due to my long term investment in this project, other backers have had faith in me, and that you consider donating today~!

Pages from The Hasty Pastry Mini-Comic that started it all.
Pages from The Hasty Pastry Mini-Comic that started it all.

Why I Knead your Doughnations~

  • The finished book will be: 100 pages, 6" x 9", full color bleed, laminated paperback graphic novel!
  • This comic will be finished and printed absolutely no later than August 23rd, 2013! Exciting and soon~! But feel confident in knowing your donation will see rewards and results in just a couple of months. 
  • My main goal of this Kickstarter is to print 100 copies intended to send to publishers, distribute to local comic shops, and sell independently at comic expos and art fairs to raise awareness about my comic.
Check out other rewards in the sidebar!
Check out other rewards in the sidebar!

Utilizing CreateSpace, an Amazon Company, books can be printed on-demand through Amazon, and even purchased digitally through Kindle! However, as mentioned, my biggest goal is to see my finished book in print and to have enough support, awareness, and hopefully a publisher's backing to finish Book Two, Three, Four and More quicker, better, and more widely distributed than self-publishing alone.

Check out More Prizes in the Sidebar!
Check out More Prizes in the Sidebar!

What Else Your Money Goes Towards:

  • Reward items, including additional books
  • Shipping
  • A small amount of materials, including Micron Pens and 7-11 Slurpees. 

Fundraising at this level will not go towards paying me for my time, or for purchasing any of the necessary hardware such as scanners, printers, tablets, etc.  As you may have guessed, I work part time in (yup!) food service to cover the bills.  I work on this comic about every other waking moment of the day and I love it! But as a cartoonist, I write, illustrate, color, and digitally letter and layout my entire book by myself.  Therefore, any money raised past the initial $1,000 will be used to "pay the artist," so I can stay in the house, out of the sun, away from society, under my blanket fort . . .  working on The Hasty Pastry day in and day out! Push goals will result in a higher quality book, a better state of mind, and should we raise past $10,000, an early release of Book Two by January 2014!

This could be . . . YOU?! Check out other rewards in the sidebar!
This could be . . . YOU?! Check out other rewards in the sidebar!

Push Goals!

YOU DID IT!  $1,000: 

The book gets printed and all rewards go out! Thank you!

YOU DID IT! $1,500:

ALL donators unlock a digital copy of the "Hasty Pastry Sketchbook" featured in the $100 level reward. This is a Kickstarter exclusive! With character designs, behind the scenes information, progress strips, rejected ideas, AND ideas for Book Two and future storylines!  Reaching this Push Goal means you've helped me truly pay off a recently "purchased" printer/scanner, and the Adobe Suite software to color, edit, and layout this book. Aka, the borin' stuff. Thank you!

Processes like this will be included in the sketch book! See how a cover goes from rough, to ballpoint pen refined, to finished lifework!
Processes like this will be included in the sketch book! See how a cover goes from rough, to ballpoint pen refined, to finished lifework!
And cute stuff like this!
And cute stuff like this!
Initial Sketches, done mostly in blue or black ballpoint pen for a fun, fresh sketchbook like no otha' <3
Initial Sketches, done mostly in blue or black ballpoint pen for a fun, fresh sketchbook like no otha' <3

(Not Yet Met) $3,000

All Donators ABOVE $5 will receive, in addition to their awarded prizes: TWO 8.5" x 11" Hasty Pastry Sticker Sheets  These will be mailed out with your prizes, and will have catch-phrases, characters, and bakery items like poo-muffins and slobbery scones to keep things sweet~

The hand drawn Hasty Pastry font! Actual sticker sheet will have multiples of all letters for more word possibilities!
The hand drawn Hasty Pastry font! Actual sticker sheet will have multiples of all letters for more word possibilities!

Reaching this goal means paying off all supplies and materials purchased exclusively for this Hasty Pastry project, meaning you have "paid the artist" for her hard work on this sugary book. Thank you!

(Not Yet Met) $5,000

As the largest goal of this Kickstarter is to produce a printed book for distribution and hopefully publication, if this $5,000 push goal is met, every Donator will be invited to an exclusive book-release party, held locally in Chicago, IL.  You will get to truly see the worth of your donation, by viewing the finished book before anyone else, enjoying cupcakes, scones, sweets, and coffee treats themed after those in the comic(sans-Pugsly poo, I promise) and mingle with local comic creators and comic enthusiasts like yourselves!  

Reaching this goal means the extra money will keep me from having to put food on other people's tables in order to put food on mine. With my time spent 100% on finishing this first book, the overall quality of the book will be even higher, promotion will be better, and prizes will ship out even sooner!

(Not Yet Met) $10,000

While I cannot promise more prizes in time for Book One, should this $10,000 Push Goal be met, ALL donators will receive a digital PDF copy of Book Two when it is finished! Should this goal be met, Book Two will be released no later than January 2014, as I will be able to devote 100% of my time to creating it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!   

Dogs Love Hasty Pastry!

What? They do!

Meet Louie, and 8 year old Chicago Pug!  He's a little old, so he can't eat TOO many sweets, but he sure does love The Hasty Pastry.
Meet Louie, and 8 year old Chicago Pug! He's a little old, so he can't eat TOO many sweets, but he sure does love The Hasty Pastry.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The greatest challenge to this project is that it is due on August 23rd. ULP! Also, like most artists starting out, I work a part time job in -- you guessed it! -- food service, to pay the bills. If by some chance unexpected expenses arise, I will have to spend more time at work and less time on this comic. Achieving push goals would help pay me for my time on this comic, and that way, I can spend more time on it!

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    "$1: A Lil' Suga" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . You're sweet! So sweet in fact, Pugsly just wants to slobber all over ya. For $1 you get your name printed in the ultra fabulous, slobber-free THANK YOU page of the finished printed book.

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    "$5: Snack Pack" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hungry for more? For $5, get the set of THREE (3) magnets: "The Hasty Pastry" bagel logo, the "Poo-Muffin" cupcake magnet, and one exclusive seeeeccreeet tasty lil' treat not available online or anywhere else until after the book drops! You will also receive "A Lil' Suga".

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    "$10: Coffee Break" . . . . . . . . . . Bored on your break? Read something sweet with this reward! For $10, you receive a Digital Copy of the FULL color, finished, "The Hasty Pastry" graphic novel. You will also receive "Snack Pack" and "A Lil' Suga "

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    "$25: Take The Cake!" . . . . . . . . . . For a donation of $25, you will receive "A Lil' Suga," "Snack Pack," "Coffee Break," AND the complete "The Hasty Pastry" physical book! 100-pages of full color adventures with Cat and Pugsly, signed by the Artist.

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    "$40: I like you a Latte' " . . . . . . . . . . Like chocolate sprinkles on top of your mocha, this reward just makes things a lil' more special. For $40, you receive "A Lil' Suga," "Snack Pack," "Coffee Break," and "Take The Cake!" But for this special reward, the artist will not only sign your book, but will also draw a full caricature of YOU on the inside cover, in the style of a fabulous Hasty Pastry customer!

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    "$100: Much a-dough about Muffin" . . These treats might not really be edible, but they sure aren't crumby! Aside from receiving every previous reward, 5 generous donators will get: 1 copy of every week of "The Hasty Pastry: Mini Strips" as printed for distribution in downtown Chicago! A total of 13 strips were printed, making for 13 sheets of comics that are otherwise gone from the earth after their initial week of circulation. Bonus? 5 other talented artists are featured on each comic page! It's a smorgasbord of stories!

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    "$100: With Icing on Top " . . . . . . . . This unlimited $100 pledge features a collection of concept sketches, character designs, and crazy artist notes in an ultra beautiful, color printed, book. Some of these images have never been released, some haven't even been created yet! A true insiders look into the process of creating and finishing The Hasty Pastry, the perfect compliment to the finished project itself! You will of course also receive: "A Li'l Suga," "Snack Pack," "Coffee Break," "Take The Cake!" and "I Like You a Latte".

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    "$200: Espresso Yourself! " . . . . . . . . This unlimited perk gives you the chance to show how bold, mellow, mild, or sweet you really are. For $200, you will be drawn into a future newspaper strip or page of The Hasty Pastry: Book Two. Newspaper strips will pick up again September, 2013, as will Book Two pages. The placement of your character is up to the artist, but ever effort will be made to create a character that really gets YOU. You will of course also receive: "A Li'l Suga," "Snack Pack," "Coffee Break," "Take The Cake!" "I Like You a Latte" and "With Icing On Top".

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    " $500: Pugs n' Kisses." . . . . . . . . . . You know what? You're a-maize-ing. There's no one Breader than you. The apple of my Rye. You're Splendaid. Sweeter than Honey! Knead I go on? Aside from receiving every single other reward on this page (With the exception of "Much a-dough about Muffin" as it is limited in quantity) for $500 you will receive a personal sit-down with the Artist (that's me!) at a bakery-cafe of your choice. Panera? Perfect. Starbucks? Sweet. Corner Bakery? Can't be beat. I will treat you to drinks and treats of your choice, and we'll talk about your character, I'll divulge secret insider information about The Hasty Pastry, and we'll probably end by creeping through cute pug pictures on Instagram. This reward *must* be limited to Chicago, or nearby Chicago suburbs, and you must provide your own transportation to the location. But time, place, and date are all up to YOU! <3

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