About this project
Lloyd and the Bear is the story of Lloyd and his teddy bear who is not only his best friend but also an alien from the planet Bur! Their stories have them fighting against the evil and mysterious Shoal and other bad 'uns!
I started working on Lloyd and the Bear nine years ago when I was struggling to find a suitable comic for my five year old nephew and what started off as a black and white comic has gone through a number of changes and is now currently available on Comixology (although you can read our first issue for free here http://lloydandthebear.com/?page_id=158. )
And hey, we've had some really awesome reviews as well!
I've now decided to collect the first four issues along with old artwork, designs and other pieces of work and really need your help in funding this project so I can have the books printed!
I'm looking at publishing an A5, 126 page (possibly larger depending on the interest of one of the reward tiers) trade paperback which I would be selling at £12.
So hi, I'm Gibson! As you may tell I have a thing for bears what with still having my childhood teddy bear (that's pefectly normal, right?) When I started this book off I didn't realise how much it would take over my life! I get three to four hours of work in every morning before I head out to do my day job and then weekends are either artwork or attending conventions (and I love it!)
Here's me at the recent Northampton Comic Con (no, that's not supposed to be me on the t-shirt - I'm very aware I'm bald! *sobs*). Along with the prints, I've been busy clearing out the stock of the old comics we have and selling them at silly reduced prices - wouldn't it be awesome if that space was filled with the new book? And that would happen too if, y'know, we got funded! :D :D :D (I have no shame!)
We have a whole range of rewards available both big and small and I really hope you like them! If I'm successful with reaching £1,450 I have some stretch goals planned including getting the second trade printed!
Below I've given some more details on the rewards that need, well, more details!
Reward - Dancing Bear digital wallpaper!
Want to have Bear on your desktop dancing away? Well, now you can!
Reward - Christmas card!
Receive a Christmas card signed by our heroes and myself this winter with one of our own designs! Look it!
Reward - A choice of two parody prints!
If you go for this reward then please pick two of the prints from this list! All prints are A4 and will be sent in a secure hardback envelope.
Reward - Birthday and Christmas card set!
Get a blank Birthday and Christmas card set to send to your loved one or best mate! Loooooooook!
Reward - The book!
Collecting the first four issues of Lloyd and the Bear along with a whole load of bonus material including old sketches, variant covers and other bits and bobs that we did while putting the comics together!
Reward - The book + see your inner bear!
With this reward you can appear in the Kickstarter dedication page with yourself looking like a bear! Here's an example of what it'll look like!
Reward - Halloween special!
All 9 of our 'spooky' prints for the reduced price of £18!
Reward - Limited edition print by Grant Perkins!
The awesome Grant Perkins has kindly donated this Kickstarter exclusive A4 print! Check out more of Grant's work at http://www.thegrantperkins.com/
Reward - Limited edition print by Claire Pottle!
The lovely Claire Pottle is also donating a Kickstarter exclusive A4 print! You can also check out more of her work over at http://elenawing.com/
Reward - Limited edition print by Dean Beattie!
Not forgetting the fantastic Dean Beattie who is also donating a Kickstarter exclusive A4 print! Like Claire, we'll update the page once it's received but please check out some of his work below and also over at http://www.deanbeattie.com/
Reward - Bear in the Woods t-shirt!
Oops! Caught Bear having a private moment - but hey, what a photo op! This image will be printed on a white t-shirt and available in childrens and adults sizes (just let me know what you want to go for!)
Reward - Book, beary you, and a custom print too!
Let me know of a person or character you would like bear'd up and have it printed on high quality A4 paper and sent to you! You can go wild with this and go with someone from movies or comics or even your best friend! Totally up to you!
Here's some examples!
(Please note if you decide to go with a comic/movie character that unlike our parody print the commission will not have a logo)
As we've now reached our goal I'm feeling confident I can do a smaller print run of the second volume if we raise a little bit more cash! I'm currently finishing of the final pages of the eighth issue which, along with issues 5-7, will be collected along with a load of extras.
So if we manage to reach £1800 it'll give me enough funds to print the second volume!
Here's the not-at-all-finished-cover for the book with it's title!
Risks and challenges
Having printed fourteen individual comics in the past I'm comfortable with print times and as all the artwork has been done and is compiled I don't see any risks.
The only challenge I can see would be ensuring that I get all the artwork done for some of the rewards (if they prove to be really popular that is!) but I do have a strong work ethic and would ensure the work got done! Promise!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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