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The 4th volume of the award-winning comic, Skin Deep!
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Skin Deep: Illumination is the 4th collected book of the award-winning webcomic, Skin Deep! You can read the entire comic right now online, right here! This volume collects four stories about mythical creatures living hidden from humanity in Liverpool, England. These stories are:

  • The Bugbear Talisman: Follow Lily Snodgrass, a mischievous glaistig with a flare for pranks, as she finally takes down her biggest rival with the help of a mysterious talisman she found in the Mysterious Items Store.
  • Kill Them With Kindness: Rhonda Phelton gets to meet her boyfriend's mother. Her boyfriend's mother is a monster. She's also kinda mean.
  • Reunion: A continuation of Anthony and Blanche's story from Skin Deep: Exchanges. Anthony is now living with Blanche's family as he tries to come to terms with his sudden transformation into a harpy, but it's not easy. It doesn't get any easier when Anthony's mother shows up to tell her son a big family secret.
  • Illumination: A 3-part story continuing the main plot of Skin Deep as Jim brings Michelle, Merial, and Greg to the Liverpool Avalon in the hopes of getting answers to Michelle's random and unhelpful visions. With the help of a mysterious new friend who is unhelpfully helpful, Michelle might get the answers she needs, but might also get a whole new batch of questions.

Budget Breakdown

  • $7000 - printing 1,500 softcover books
  • $2000 - printing 250 limited edition hardcover books
  • $2000 - shipping from Hong Kong to Oregon
  • $5000 - shipping to backers
  • $3000 - estimated taxes, Kickstarter fees, incidentals

The Book!

This book clocks in at 227 pages and is my longest Skin Deep book yet! It's full to the brim with extra goodies you won't find online, like story notes and a character guide! 

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(digital mockup of the character guide!)
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 The limited edition hardcover version is individually numbered with a custom book plate and a clothbound, screen printed cover. Each one comes signed and will have a unique sketch inside! Beautiful!

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Stretch Goals!

Because I want to focus on making the best book possible, if I get any extra funding, it will all go towards making the book better and higher quality! I do have a few stretch goals planned, such as:

  • $20,000 - Gold Foil Cover on softcover book! LOCKED
  • $25,000 - Kickstarter exclusive enamel pin (design to be announced) with every book! LOCKED

FAQs

Why is shipping so expensive?? - This book will be over a pound in weight and international shipping prices have gone up dramatically! As it is just lil ol' me shipping out books individually, I don't have much choice in the matter. It's as cheap as I could make it without losing money!

Do the physical books come with a PDF copy? - Yes! All physical copies of Illumination also come with a PDF copy!

Risks and challenges

This will be the fourth book I've printed through this printer, and my 8th Kickstarter. There are always unforeseen issues that come up with this sort of project, but I've never failed to deliver!

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    Digital Tier

    A digital PDF of Illumination!

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    PDF copies of ALL FOUR Skin Deep books!

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    A copy of Skin Deep: Illumination! For you! To own!

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    Softcover Illumination + One Other Book

    Softcover copy of Illumination + any other Skin Deep book of your choice.

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    Two Softcover Illumination Books

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    Softcover Illumination + Two Other Books

    Softcover copy of Illumination + two of any other Skin Deep book of your choice. This is if you already have one Skin Deep book and you want to complete your set!

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    Full Softcover Library

    A full set of softcover Skin Deep books!

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    • Softcover copy of Illumination
    • Softcover copy of Orientations
    • Softcover copy of Exchanges
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    Hardcover Book!

    A copy of the limited edition hardcover edition of Illumination! Comes individually numbered with a with unique book label and personally signed and sketched in!

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    Hardcover Illumination + One Other Book

    A hardcover copy of Illumination along with another Hardcover Skin Deep book!

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    Hardcover Illumination + Two Other Books

    Hardcover copy of Illumination + two of any other Hardcover Skin Deep book of your choice. This is if you already have one Skin Deep book and you want to complete your set!

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    Full Hardcover Library

    A full set of Skin Deep Hardcover books!

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    The Whole Shebang

    Full libraries of both the softcover AND hardcover books!

    Includes:
    • Softcover copy of Orientations
    • Softcover copy of Exchanges
    • Softcover copy of Greetings, from Dogpatch
    • Softcover copy of Illumination
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