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The trade paperback for the second full year of the ongoing digital comic Cura Te Ipsum, by Neal Bailey and Dexter Wee.
The trade paperback for the second full year of the ongoing digital comic Cura Te Ipsum, by Neal Bailey and Dexter Wee.
116 backers pledged $9,846 to help bring this project to life.

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Cover concept for Cura Year Two
Cover concept for Cura Year Two

We have (THANK YOU ALL!) met our initial funding goal, so now it's time to stretch! After listening to your requests, most centered around a better book, which is our inclination as well. Bearing that in mind, here are our

STRETCH GOALS!

STRETCH GOAL ONE, AT $6,000: BETTER PAPER - UNLOCKED!!!

At $6,000, we will be able to upgrade the paper, from 80# White Williamsburgh (333 PPI) black and white interior pages to 80# Anthem Matte (436 PPI), for EVERYONE.

STRETCH GOAL TWO, AT $7,500: HARDBACK OPTIONS - UNLOCKED!!!

Every tier order above $75 has now been upgraded to a HARDCOVER limited to fifty signed and numbered copies! Congrats, and THANK YOU!

NOTE: If you ordered any of those tiers and still want softcover for whatever reasons, simply note your preference in the survey and we will gladly oblige.

STRETCH GOAL THREE, AT $8,000: POSTCARD! - UNLOCKED!!!

At $8,000, every physical order will now get a POSTCARD from a design drawn by Dexter Wee!

STRETCH GOAL FOUR, AT $8,500: BOOKMARK! - UNLOCKED!!!

At $8,500, every physical order will get a BOOKMARK from a design drawn by Dexter Wee!

STRETCH GOAL FIVE, AT $9,000: BUTTONS! - UNLOCKED!!!

At $9,000, every physical order will get a BUTTON from a design drawn by Dexter Wee!

STILL TO GO:

STRETCH GOAL SIX, AT $10,000: MULTIPLE POSTCARDS, BUTTONS, and BOOKMARKS! - LOCKED

At $10,000, we will put TWO POSTCARDS, TWO BOOKMARKS, and TWO BUTTONS in every physical order, along with the main cast in TRADING CARDS complete with power levels, character bio, and weaknesses! All new designs will be drawn by the amazing Dexter Wee!

The cover for the bonus comic
The cover for the bonus comic

In addition, we will add a completely new 22 page original comic to every order, written by Neal Bailey and drawn by local Portland artist Hopskotch Sunday, a one-shot piece titled "The Anti-War Museum of Tuscaloosa, Alabama!" a tale of shock, horror, intrigue, and violent politics!

The book is complete and just waiting for you to read it. Let's make this happen!

STRETCH GOAL SEVEN, AT $15,000: MOHAWK PIE FROM PORTALS IN THE SKY! - LOCKED

At $15,000, both Dex and Neal will be able to upgrade their respective seven-year-old computer systems to work on Cura. We can rebuild them. Make them stronger. Faster. More multiversal.

Neal will also shave his shoulder-length hair into a mohawk, dye his hair green, and record himself walking down a busy Portland street in broad daylight singing a song that you will choose by vote with his acoustic guitar. This will be recorded and posted to Youtube, even if he is arrested as a vagrant in the middle of his solo. Any Portland residents or people who are near Portland are welcome to come sing backup.

Let it never be said that Neal will not go to great lengths for art. Or horrible, horrible lengths.

So why are we here?

This is the Cura Te Ipsum Year Two Kickstarter, a drive to fund the printing of the second full year trade of Cura Te Ipsum, the ongoing digital comic by Neal Bailey and Dexter Wee.

What is Cura Te Ipsum?

Cura Te Ipsum tells the story of Charlie Everett, a guidance counselor who decides to kill himself, only to be stopped at the last second by a Charlie from a similar world in another dimension. In most worlds, Charlie dies, but in some, Charlies unite across time and space to form a team calling themselves Cura Te Ipsum (Latin for "Physician, Heal Thyself!") who try to stop other, alternate dimension Charlies from ending their own lives. They are pursued by the Dark Everett, a version of Charlie who believes they all must die, across every dimension, in every universe.

What people have been saying...

Critically Cura has been fortunate enough to have people speak for it at I09, Newsarama, Comics Alliance, Four Colors and the Truth, and our personal favorite, a very flattering review from Greg Rucka, among others.

Cura Te Ipsum has also consistently updated for free every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since 2010, and we're not stopping until we finish our five-to-seven year plan - barring death or apocalypse. Over three hundred and eighty pages have been uploaded to date.

The best argument for if it's your thing, however, is to actually read the story so far, which you can start doing here. Woot!

What we're trying to do...

Like the Year One Trade, Year Two will collect an entire year of the ongoing Monday/Wednesday/Friday story in a trade paperback with the following features:

  • A 10pt C1S Carolina stock color cover with Layflat Gloss laminate coating.
  • 80# White Williamsburgh (333 PPI) black and white interior pages.
  • 6.625X10.25 standard trade width and height.
  • An eight page original story set in the Cura Universe available ONLY in this trade.
  • An approximately 200 page trade, featuring pages 162-339 of the ongoing story as featured originally on the website.

The trade covers a wide swath of story ground. The culminating fight with the Dark Everett and his crew that started in the first trade. A crazy version of Central Park. The origin of Andrus. By the time we get to picking up the pieces of a shattered team, the book erupts into portal combat defying gravity, space, and time, and ends with both Charlie and the Dark Everett in one hell of a predicament.

A sample from the eight-page backup story
A sample from the eight-page backup story

An eight page backup story will only be available with the Year Two trade, and will introduce a new team of Charlenes (female versions of Charlie) that will factor heavily into future story.

We will also produce a "Choose Your Own Dimension" web novella in the style of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books, where you will play the part of a Charlie (or a Charlene) from your birth to your untimely demise or happily ever after in a novella length original piece that will be available digitally.

Year One hardcover (limited to 50)
Year One hardcover (limited to 50)
Year Two hardcover (limited to 50)
Year Two hardcover (limited to 50)

Another perk new to this drive are deluxe digital PDFs for both trades, which will feature complete thumbnails (the original versions of the pages before Dex draws them, with alternate angles/etc), the final art in high quality (blow it up and see all the details!), and the entire original script with Neal's commentary about the creation and thought process. 

Where will my pledge go?

There are many costs associated with printing a trade, but in the main this Kickstarter will cover:

  • $1678 for 100 copies of each trade.
  • $489.5 for 50 copies of the special edition cover version.
  • $1900 shipping for 250 books (including envelopes and all postage).
  • $300 print run setup fees.
  • $250 5% Kickstarter fees.
  • $250 5% Amazon Credit card fees.

That puts the total at $4867.50, with a little wiggle room for the inevitable unknowns that pop up.

Anything extra left over after the Kickstarter will go to paying Dexter for his work on the ongoing comic and defraying the costs accumulated in creating and maintaining the comic.

That's not to say we don't have stretch goals, because we certainly do. Every dollar over the five thousand puts us in a better position. As you can see, we have a low print run, but if we get more books, print costs go down per unit, so we can do some neat things like improving the book, adding in treats, and other things that I'll mention should we be fortunate enough to get to that bridge and cross it.

Our campaign needs YOU!

May I ask one last favor? Please spread the word on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, heck, I'd take Myspace if anyone still has an account. If this is to succeed, it will only succeed with your help. I will be out there telling people about this, but if I can add your voice to mine, there's a much better chance for success.

THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!

-Neal and Dex

ADD-ONS!

We are happy to offer some add-ons, per request!

If you'd like to make an add-on, simply go to MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE, up your pledge the amount of the add-on, and we will confirm your choice in the post-Kickstarter survey.

The current add-ons are:

-$30 CURA YEAR TWO in PRINT (with inscription) (add $15 for international shipping)

-$30 CURA YEAR ONE in PRINT (with inscription) (add $15 for international shipping)

If you have an add-on you'd like to see, please let us know in the comments! We aim to please!

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, there are very few risks with this Kickstarter. Dex and I have put together four trades so far, three six month volumes and one year-length volume. This will be our fifth, so it's old hat. In our quest to get a better deal for you and a feasible cost for ourselves, we've done this dance multiple times.

Usually it takes about two months from starting the trade process to getting it in people's hands. I have the first month of that work finished. The estimate of August is just in case the sky falls. In reality, I'll probably have it to you folks earlier. If I won't, I'll let you know. I believe in communication and honesty.

We take our work very seriously, and would not have come to Kickstarter if we weren't almost positive this would be a smooth affair. We've seen people in the past who give in good faith cheated by product that never comes, and that's just not something I could let happen and sleep at night.

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    YEAR TWO DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION PDF - Our DRM-free PDF of YEAR TWO, complete with the original script, thumbnails, and final pages in high quality.

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    YEAR ONE AND YEAR TWO DELUXE SPECIAL EDITION PDF - The entire first two years of the comic in two DRM-free PDFs, complete with original script, thumbnails, and final pages in high quality.

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    CHOOSE YOUR OWN DIMENSION DIGITAL PACKAGE - In addition to the two deluxe DRM-free PDF copies of Year One and Year Two, you will also receive access to the Cura Te Ipsum "Choose Your Own Dimension" prose web novella! Star as Charlie in a hyperlink Choose Your Own Adventure style story, where any and all choices you make are canon in the Cura universe!

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    CURA TE IPSUM YEAR TWO PRINT EDITION - This is what this Kickstarter is all about! You get Cura Te Ipsum Year Two in print, along with everything from the first three tiers, including the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella and the deluxe DRM-free copy of both years with original script, thumbnails, and final pages in high quality.

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    CURA TE IPSUM YEAR ONE PRINT EDITION - You get Cura Te Ipsum Year One in print, along with everything from the first three tiers, including the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella and deluxe DRM-free copies of Year One and Year Two.

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    CURA TE IPSUM YEAR TWO in PRINT with INSCRIPTION - You get Cura Te Ipsum Year Two in print with an individualized thank you and signature from Neal. Includes the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two.

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    CURA TE IPSUM YEAR ONE and YEAR TWO PRINT EDITIONS with INSCRIPTION - You get Cura Year One and Year Two in print with an individualized thank you and signature from Neal. Includes the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two.

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    CURA TE IPSUM YEAR TWO ALTERNATE COVER with a SKETCH FROM DEXTER WEE (LIMITED TO FIFTY) - You get the Cura Year Two alternate team cover edition in print (LIMITED TO 50). Includes a 4X6 sketch from Dexter Wee, the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella, and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two. Trade will bear an individualized THANK YOU and SIGNATURE from Neal.

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    CURA TE IPSUM YEAR ONE and YEAR TWO in PRINT with INSCRIPTIONS and TWO SKETCHES FROM DEXTER WEE - You get Cura Year One and Year Two in print, with two 4X6 sketches from Dexter Wee. Includes the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two. Trades will bear an individualized THANK YOU and SIGNATURE from Neal.

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    LITTLE VAMPIRES TIER! Get a custom 8X10 Charlene on tea-stained watercolor paper by Rebecca Hicks, of the Little Vampires webcomic! See project updates for a picture of the piece. UPDATE: Now includes a second 8X10 custom commission, making this TWO PIECES by Rebecca! With these you get both YEAR ONE and YEAR TWO in softcover (will upgrade to limited edition hardcover if we reach the $7,500 stretch goal). Also included are the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two. Trades will bear an individualized THANK YOU and SIGNATURE from Neal.

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    APPEARANCE IN CURA with YEAR ONE and YEAR TWO PRINT and SKETCH EDITION - Appear in Cura Te Ipsum. You will be in the background of a future page, clearly visible, speaking if possible. Appearance is as permitted by story and/or purchaser's requested preference of scene. Also includes the Year One and Year Two trades, the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella, and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two. Both trades will bear an individualized THANK YOU and SIGNATURE from Neal and TWO 4X6 SKETCHES from Dexter Wee. Estimated delivery is for trades and PDFs.

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    COMMISSION EDITION - You get Cura YEAR ONE and YEAR TWO in print, with one massive, custom 11X17 piece by Dexter Wee featuring the subject of your choice. This is within reason, meaning, no, he can't do all 6,000 X-Men on one page, but you could request a six person team shot, certainly. With this piece you will receive both books in hardcover if we reach our $7,500 stretch goal, in paperback otherwise. Includes the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two. Trades will bear an individualized THANK YOU and SIGNATURE from Neal. EST. delivery dates are for trades. Commissions may take up to six months.

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    ONGOING MEMBER of CURA TE IPSUM. Be like Hank! Join the team! Any time there is a crowd scene with random Charlies, you will be a part of that crowd. This is a recurring background appearance for the rest of the comic. You choose whether you want to look like your normal self, or a fantastically fashionable adventurer! Includes a 4X6 sketch of your character, both books in print, the web novella, and the deluxe PDFS. Trades will bear a THANK YOU and SIGNATURE. Estimated delivery is for trades and PDFs.

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    GREG RUCKA SCRIPT REVIEW - Eisner Award winning writer Greg Rucka (The Punisher, Queen & Country, Stumptown, Lazarus, Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, Alpha) will read your comic book script (up to 30 pages) and schedule an half-hour review and critique of your work via Skype. Included at this level, you will receive the Cura Year Two trade in print, signed and personalized by Neal, along with two 4x6 sketches from Dexter. This includes the digital copies of Year One and Year Two, and the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella.

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    DEDICATION. You saved Charlie! Pledge at this level, and we will dedicate Year Two to you at the opening of the trade. UPDATE (6/3): You will also have a MAJOR, ONGOING ROLE in the comic as the boyfriend/girlfriend of one of the new crew of Charlenes introduced in the Year Two backup when they enter into the main story! We'll also throw in the ORIGINAL ART of the FIRST FULL APPEARANCE OF DARK EVERETT (page thirty-five). With this you get YEAR TWO and YEAR ONE in print, the Choose Your Own Dimension web novella, and deluxe DRM-free PDFs of Year One and Year Two. Trades will bear an individualized THANK YOU and SIGNATURE from Neal, along with TWO 4X6 SKETCHES from Dexter Wee and ONE FULL-SIZED 6X10 sketch of your character in the comic!

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    MULTIDIMENSIONAL PARTNERS - Get a full-page color custom ad drawn by Dexter Wee at the end of the book between the main story and the backup, with our personal thanks!

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