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A collection of short comics about mythical creatures living hidden from humanity. The third Skin Deep book!
A collection of short comics about mythical creatures living hidden from humanity. The third Skin Deep book!
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 Update: Jan 1st 2015: Pledge add-ons! Just add this amount onto your current pledge and I'll send you some more goodies! See this update for more details and examples!

+$10: Add a Skin Deep tote bag! Put your books in it!

+$20: Add a copy of Borogove, the Wonderland Card Game!

+$30: Add another softcover book! Give one to a friend!

+$40: A full set of Skin Deep medallions! Includes all the new medallions that are due to be delivered to me later this month!

+$50: A 8.5x11" print of you as a Skin Deep character! I offer this to my Patreons, and I've gotten some very fun results from it!

+$70: Get a full set of softcover books, volumes 1, 2, and 3! Maybe you'd like a set of softcovers to go with your set of fancy hardcovers?

+$125: A full-color 8.5x11" commission of your choice! I offered this during my last Kickstarter! I will draw a full-color one-character commission of whatever you want (within reason, of course, I don't draw NSFW stuff) 

+$200: A full set of 12 exclusive, limited edition 8.5x11" Skin Deep Bestiary prints, usually offered only through my Patreon! Each one features a different Skin Deep creature and some lore about it.

Skin Deep is a long-form full-color comic about mythical creatures that secretly live in our world. Book one, Orientations, features a girl from Missouri who finds out she's a sphinx and then has to deal with that information. Book two, Exchanges, takes place in a hidden city in Liverpool, England, full of mythical creatures and it follows a day in their life. If you don't have the first two books, some of the reward tiers include them! Don't want to wait? Those books, and other Skin Deep-related items, are also available for sale at my store!

I've been updating Skin Deep regularly online since 2006, and over 400 pages can be read online at www.skindeepcomic.com! Skin Deep is also available on mobile devices via Comic Chameleon, and you can get lots of behind-the-scenes goodies over at my Patreon!

Greetings from Dogpatch is the 3rd volume of Skin Deep, and is a direct sequel to Orientations. It collects a series of short stories about the characters featured in Orientations, including:
Fiddler's Cave: A teenaged satyr tells a ghost story to a nixie.
Nixie's Spit: Merial, the nixie, buys a book that tells her she might have more magic powers than she realizes, and she uses a gryphon named Jim as an unknowing test subject.
The One-Eyed Bear: A Halloween story starring everybody in Halloween costumes being chased by a horse-skulled Nightmare through a corn maize in Verona, Missouri. There's also a one-eyed bear.
Homecoming: A direct sequel to Orientations, Michelle visits her mother in an attempt to understand why she has turned into a sphinx and try to get some answers about her father.
Ridiculous Creatures: A short winter story about Michelle asking Jim some stupid questions.
Greetings, From Dogpatch: The longest story in the book, clocking in at 51 pages. Greetings, From Dogpatch is about an Avalon hidden in an abandoned theme park in Dogpatch, Arkansas, and follows the angel Gabe as they try to track down the source of the demons chasing Michelle.

The book will be 6.75"x10.25" (the same size as Exchanges, volume 2). The softcover book will be 156 full-color pages, have a matte cover with spot gloss and French folds! Fancy! The limited edition Hardcover book will be clothbound with a screen-printed front cover, and match beautifully with the other two hardcover books!

Softcover (left) and Hardcover (right)
Softcover (left) and Hardcover (right)

"But Kory, I can read this all online, why do I need the book?" It's true that everything included in this book (and even more comics) are available online at www.skindeepcomic.com! The print version, however, includes tons of extra goodies that aren't available online, including page-by-page notes, a character-guide, and a sketchbook! Plus the books are gorgeous and look great sitting on your bookshelf!

I've done two of these books already, so I can give you a fairly accurate budget breakdown, excluding any surprises!

I'm asking for $19,000!

Printing for 2000 Softcover books and 250 Hardcovers: $8,000
Shipping to me: $1,850
Taxes: $3,250
Kickstarter Fees: $900
Shipping to backers: $5,000 (this is the most uncertain part of the budget, as shipping costs vary widely from country to country and can raise at any time with little warning. I've tried to estimate this number in order to account for unforeseen costs or surprises)
Total: $19,000

$22,000 - A postcard from Dogpatch for everyone with a physical reward!

More Stretch Goals will be announced as the project closes in on them! Stickers, charms, and other goodies are all on the table!

Risks and challenges

I've successfully run two Kickstarters already, one of which was for the first two books in the Skin Deep collection. I'm using the same printer that I used with the last books, so there won't be any unforeseen surprises from them!

Previous problems have included a jump in shipping costs between ordering books and shipping out orders to customers, higher taxes than expected, and shipping delays. I have taken what I have learned from previous Kickstarters to help diminish these previous problems as much as possible!

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    THE OZARKS COLLECTION - softcover copies of Orientations and Greetings, From Dogpatch. You will also get the digital PDF!

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    VOLUMES 2 and 3- softcover copies of Exchanges and Greetings, From Dogpatch. You will also get the digital PDF!

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    HARDCOVER OZARKS COLLECTION - Limited Edition Hardcover copies of Orientations and Greetings, from Dogpatch! Signed and sketched in, with a Kickstarter-exclusive bookplate and a digital copy of the PDFs.

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    HARDCOVER VOLUMES 2 and 3 - Limited Edition Hardcover copies of Exchanges and Greetings, from Dogpatch! Signed and sketched in, with a Kickstarter-exclusive bookplate and a digital copy of the PDFs.

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    SUPER FANCY COLLECTION - Limited Edition Hardcover copies of all three Skin Deep books! Signed and sketched in with Kickstarter-exclusive bookplates and digital copies of the PDFs.

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