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A love letter to internet friends and what it means to feel most at home online.

All About Amy

I think we can all agree I was a dynamo on Strip Search. A strong, confident, motivated individual who never compromised her image, especially not by openly weeping over a tablet, even in the face of certain blenders. It turns out I slightly miscalculated my schemes and was eliminated in a blaze of glorious flames (fueled by personal growth and the magic of friendship.) Much like the Phoenix, I rose up from my gruesome defeat to roost here, in Seattle and work on comics, ready to start anew. 

Let's Talk Clique Refresh

A ballad to friendship, a love letter to the Internet; Clique Refresh tells the story of Ellie Cleary and her intense desire to "grow up." She is determined to show everyone around her she is independent, that she can take on anything all on her own. The only problem is she really, really can't stand on her own yet and she hates to admit when she's wrong. Lucky for Ellie, she has a group of intensely loyal friends that would support her through any storm. What is special about Ellie's friends, is that they've never met in person. Not even once. No. I'm serious, they haven't met. Through video chats, e-mail threads, and the group's obsession with a strange new game called Ether Ruin, Ellie experiences friendship in a way unique to our generation. 

The friends band together as the '404' Guild almost nightly, in the game of Ether Ruin.
The friends band together as the '404' Guild almost nightly, in the game of Ether Ruin.

The friends band together as the '404' Guild almost nightly, in the game of Ether Ruin. 

What Are We Funding?

The purpose of the CliqueStarter is to fund Volume 1 of Clique Refresh. That is an entire year of content, with two updates a week on our dedicated website. Updates would begin in November of 2013 and run for a year. Each update would contain an entire page of content. That's right, this isn't a strip, this is an online graphic novel. Over the course of the year I'll produce about 100 pages of comics that will make you want to laugh, cry, and eat a pizza with your best buds (perhaps over G chat, Skype or... I don't know, ICQ?)all at the same time.

Due to this intense schedule and the burning passion I have for Clique Refresh, I have decided to end the passion that got me into Strip Search in the first place. My journal comic Cardigan Weather will no longer update, but rest assured, there may be more on the horizon one day.

SHOW ME THE GOODS

The tiers are structured to reward all of you for being early adopters. With that being said, these products are intended to be extremely limited and many will be CliqueStarter exclusives. Other merch will be available at a later date, but these are special for you, my special Internet friends.

Even the lowest level backing tier gets in on the digital rewards and every person involved gets exclusive early access to the comic and their name emblazoned on the Clique Refresh Guild Roster page on the website.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This project is a set number of comics (about 100) that go on for an entire year. No matter what disasters occur, this comic WILL be made. Every creative project is a risk, what if someone snuck into my house and cut off a finger on my right hand? These challenges are just that, challenges to be met with the fire of a believing heart. Friendship, friends. It's the friendliest.

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  • Yes! The RANGER Tier includes all SCRIBE Tier rewards. Since you all were so eager to fund at that level, I can't go back and edit the tier description, however rest assured I will work with international backers on how best to add shipping costs to the order.

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    NPC: 2 week early access to Clique Refresh and recognition on the website as a member of the Kickstarter Guild Roster

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    DPS: PDF of Amy's "Amy's Fingerless Glove Style Guide" Style Guide plus all previous digital rewards

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    HEALER: A Clique Refresh sticker pack and an Ether Ruin sticker pack plus all previous digital rewards

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    BUFFER: Pack of 3 postcards to snail mail your Internet chums plus all previous digital rewards and stickers

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    TANK: An 8x10 print of my arch nemesis (a Mermaid with a Ukulele), postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards

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    ESCORT: 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster, 8 x 10 Mermaid Ukulele print, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards

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    PARTY LEADER: Cardigan Weather printed comic booklet ('No Big Deal' story arc), 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster, 8 x 10 Mermaid Ukulele print, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards. BONUS: Link to the joke that got me into Strip Search

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    FIRST BLOOD: Early Bird Special- Ether Ruin themed pin, 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster, 8 x 10 Mermaid Ukulele print, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards

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    CRAFTER: Ether Ruin themed pin, 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster, 8 x 10 Mermaid Ukulele print, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards

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    ARMORER: Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster, 8 x 10 Mermaid Ukulele print, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards

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    BARD: 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster, 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster, 8 x 10 Mermaid Ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards

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    SCRIBE: SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards

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    RANGER: Custom Forum Avatar/Twitter Icon Commission for YOU or that special Internet-Someone plus all previous digital rewards

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    GUILD MEMBER: Fight with Ellie and friends' with your own "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    LFG: BE MY INTERNET FRIEND! Hang out with me in a live stream of the comic being made, feel free to ask questions, tell secrets, and chow some snacks! Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    OTP: TEAM AMERIKA- You get a one-of-a-kind, original collaborative drawing by Erika Moen and Amy T. Falcone, of Erika Moen and Amy T. Falcone, signed by both artists, framed, and mailed to your door. Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    ABBY & AMY: MONSTER MASH- You get a one-of-a-kind, original collaborative drawing by Abby Howard and Amy T. Falcone, of two monsters, signed by both artists, framed, and mailed to your door. Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    ETHERIAN: I design a custom avatar for you in the Ether Ruin world that makes a cameo in the comic and you get a signed print of said comic. Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    PK: I design a custom avatar for you in the Ether Ruin world that makes a cameo in the comic where it gets killed by a member of the 404 Guild and you get a signed print of said comic. Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    NPC NO MORE: I design a custom avatar for you in the Ether Ruin game world and then draw you a one page comic featuring them and the 404 Guild in a party. You get a signed print of the comic. Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    GUILD MASTER: I will draw a 2 page comic about you and your best Internet Friend doing what you do best! Being pals. You get two sets of signed prints of the comics. Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    RAID BOSS: I will draw a 4 page comic about you and your best Internet Friends (up to 3 friends) doing what you do best! Being pals. You get four sets of signed prints of the comics. Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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    BFF: You and I become internet friends for one blissful night of reading comics, gossiping about all the boys and playing videogames together. I will also make my best effort to order you pizza, delivered to your door. Unless you don't live near pizza, then you get to watch me eat pizza. (To take place over the internet, game TBD). Also includes "404" Guild Emblem Patch (as it appears in the comic), SIGNED 11 x 17 Ether Ruin Poster & SIGNED 11 x 17 Clique Refresh Poster & SIGNED 8 x 10 mermaid ukulele print. Clique Refresh Kickstarter exclusive T-Shirt, Ether Ruin themed pin, postcards, stickers plus all previous digital rewards.

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