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The second volume of the ongoing adventures of a pirate cursed to have a living cat for a beard!
73 backers pledged $1,780 to help bring this project to life.

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"Catbeard is a shining example of the fun, unbridled imagination comics should be known for."

 --Caanan Grall, Eisner-nominated creator of "Celadore" and "Max Overacts"

My name is Matt Nelson, and I've been drawing comics pretty much ever since I could pick up a pencil. When webcomics came onto the scene, I started putting my stuff online, first with a Transformers parody comic called Super Deformers, and then with a comic about students at a Lutheran college called Pewsitters. I eventually went as far as I could with those comics, but never lost my love for the artform.

In the last couple of years, I've started getting back into the comics scene, and that brings me to Catbeard the Pirate.

Catbeard is something that combines my love of cats and adventure comics, and with Catbeard, I try to put forth the fun that I think a lot of comics lack these days. It's high seas fantasy with an incredibly silly twist, and it's a comic that really brings me a lot of pleasure to write and draw.

Your contribution is pretty awesome to me for one simple reason: it gets you my finished second volume of Catbeard, and it makes it available to others. I love it when people read and enjoy my comic! It's a huge rush, and it makes me want to do more so they can read more.

Sure, there's lots of other things that are great about supporting independent comics and their creators, but there are other people who can explain that better. Right now I just love doing this comic, and I'd love for you to have a copy.

My Loot Is Your Loot

How about some rewards?

For one thing, everyone who helps fund this little print run will be thanked in the book. You deserve to be known!

There's also going to be some cool pins! The designs are not all finalized, but there will be Kitty Roger logo pins, and probably three character portrait pins.

These sweet Catbeard prints are the $10 reward level! Along with the set of 4 pins, you'll receive one of these at random.


Book Two itself is the next reward! This handsome paperback will come signed to your door.


Did you miss out on Book One? You could get it AND Book Two at the $30 level! This was a limited print run, so only a few are available!
At the higher levels, you'll get original drawings and art, including appearing in the comic! This page was from the fundraiser for the first book, and you could appear online in the comic (then later in a future volume) too!

At the $100 level you'll get a page from the book itself! I'll contact you to help you choose something cool.

Last but not least is the whole shebang - if you finance the amount of my entire campaign goal, you'll get everything I can think of - Book One and Two, the pins, all the prints, a commission, and any page you want out of Volume Two. Oh yeah, and I'll dress as Catbeard and thank you personally in a video. So you'll get my ritual embarrassment as well!

STRETCH GOALS!

We hit our funding goal! Let's take a moment for you all to pat yourselves on the back, because that is pretty sweet.

Okay, so let's talk stretching! It's good to do before exercise....ing your wallet.

$600 - if the campaign reaches $600, all backers get a cool sticker. I KNOW RIGHT. Stickers are awesome. REACHED!

$800- if the campaign reaches this milestone, sticker AND a nice bookmark for all. Woo! REACHED!

$1000 - now we're talking! Hit $1000 and everyone who's pledged $30 or higher will get a little sketch card from me. REACHED!

$1100 - If we hit this one everybody who pledged $10 or higher gets a sketch card! REACHED!

$1200 - If we hit this everyone who pledged $5 or higher gets a sketch card. REACHED!

$1500 - if we get here EVERYONE gets a sketch card! REACHED!

$4000 - if we hit $4000 or higher, I can do the book via offset printing rather than digital printing, which is pretty sweet. But if it hits that, I'll also do the Catbeard Cosplay video for all backers no matter if someone did the $500 pledge level or not.

Whaddaya say guys? CAN WE DO IT?

All That Glitters Isn't Gold
Can't afford to contribute because your own loot has been heavily plundered lately? No problem! Spread the word and that'll help as well!
 
Thanks so much for reading!
 
-Matt Nelson

Risks and challenges

While I feel confident that the risks are small, there's always the possibility that something could go awry in the printing process. Should this happen, there could be a delivery delay, but that's why I'm setting the projected delivery date in September. That way, if it's early, it's even better! Still, since the book is a collection of previously finished pages (aside from a few created specifically for the print edition) there really shouldn't be much trouble.

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    My abject thanks and your name or username in a "Special Thanks" section of the book! Think of the esteemed company you'll be in!

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    All previous rewards and a set of 4 Catbeard the Pirate pins, plus a digital copy of both Book One and Book Two!

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    A randomly selected 11"x17" Catbeard the Pirate print, signed by yours truly, and all previous rewards!

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    This is the one! Catbeard's second volume of adventures in your own hot little hands, signed, plus a mention in the "Special Thanks" section!

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    Raiding The Hold! Book Two signed and a set of 4 Catbeard pins, plus a mention in the "Special Thanks" section!

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    Plunder Galore! The signed book, the 4 pins, and a signed random 11"x17" print, plus immortalization in the "Special Thanks" section!

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    Missed out on Book One? This reward gets you a copy of the limited printing of Book One AND Book Two, signed, as well as a mention in the "Special Thanks" section of Book Two!

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    Book Two, signed, with a drawing of YOU as a dastardly pirate inside, and your name in the "Special Thanks" roster!

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    Signed copy of Book Two and a 9"x12" original black-and-white ink commission of your choosing (single character only, limited background), plus of course you'll be in that great "Special Thanks" section.

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    Book Two, signed! 4 Pins! A random signed print! AND I'll drop you into the Catbeard webcomic! You too can fight alongside Catbeard the Pirate (and probably get eaten by a sea monster! I'm just saying, it's a hazardous job!) You'll also get the original art of your appearance!

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    Signed copy of the book, 9"x12" black-and-white ink commission (single character only, limited background) and an original page of the book (single pages only, no double-page spreads).

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    RETAILERS ONLY! Ten signed copies of Catbeard Book Two, plus a personalized retailer poster to promote the book in your shop! Your shop (or shop's owner) also gets listed in the thanks section as a supporter.

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    The ultimate treasure chest! A copy of the limited printing of Book One, a copy of Book Two, signed, 4 pins, a set of three signed Catbeard prints, an original page from Catbeard Book Two (ANY page, including double-page spreads), a 9"x12" black-and-white commission of your choice (single character, limited background) AND I will dress up like Catbeard the Pirate himself and send you a personal video message thanking you for your role in creating this book. Cosplay is not my specialty, so just be aware. :)

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