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Cajun-spiced, hot-n-heavy, dark-n-deadly, supernatural science fiction goodness in every ever-loving spoonful goes to PRINT!

Star Cross'd Destiny is a Cajun-spiced, dark-n-deadly, supernatural epic featuring explosions, witty banter, car chases, drama, and hi-octane action.

The Book:

Volume 2 will be a glorious 144 pages or more of full color on 80lb gloss text with a flood coat cover. It will be slightly larger than Volume 1, with a trim size of 6x9, allowing for more detail in the lines and color to be preserved. Extras will feature updated writing, updated cast section, and bonus material including cover concepts, art, exclusive intel on the Betaverse, commentary, and guest art by some of SCD's very talented friends.

The Soundtrack:

The SCD OST Volume Beta will feature brand new music I've written that encompasses the scenes found in Book 2 and Book 3. At this point it's slated to have around 8 songs ranging in variety from the full symphony to electronic and rock. A monumental sonic improvement, OST Beta will feature live professionally recorded performances of strings, guitar, oboe, piano, drums, and more. The intent for release is digital only at this time, but a few hard copies will be available via this campaign.


The Details:

Star Cross'd Destiny is an action drama set in New Orleans that updates weekly at starcrossd.net

Sample page from Chapter 9
Sample page from Chapter 9

Star Cross'd Destiny debuted in fall of 2003. Throughout its ten years online, many things have tried to kill it including life fiascos, relationship explosions, actual fires, traffic accidents, and the most recent and most devastating - the hard drive crash of 2008. While there was a break to recover and rebuild after the crash, not even the loss of the entire book could kill this comic. As one reader has so charmingly put it, "It's the Jean Gray of webcomics." And I love that because it's so right on.

After the crash I never thought Volume 2 would get finished, much less ever get printed, but thanks to the incredible support of friends, fellow webcomickers, artists, and musicians, and my awesome family, here we are!


The Goodies

Just like our Volume 1 preorder many years ago, all tiers above $20 (Volume 2 print edition) will come with exclusive extras including but not limited to: a copy of OST Volume Alpha on CD, Volume 2 bookmark, mini-print, wristband, button, digital download of selected Volume Beta soundtrack songs, and a thank you card - almost all of which will be exclusive to this campaign.


The Funding

The money raised from this campaign will go towards printing Volume 2 in full color. Additionally, funding will be used to help get the comic back out to conventions, help make site improvements, and hopefully pay for some studio time to help make its Original Soundtrack counterpart as epic as it can be.

Customizing Your Reward.

Is your favorite reward tier missing something, like a copy of Volume 1, figurine, Absinthe Junk CD, or issue copy? You can customize it! Just add the cost of the item to your pledge and send me a message at the end of the campaign with the details.
  • Volume 1: add $10
  • Original Soundtrack Volume Beta on CD: add $10
  • Original Soundtrack Volume Beta download: add $5
  • Issue 1 (second printing) or 6: add $5
  • Figurine: add $25 (includes extra shipping in the US)
  • Absinthe Junk CD: $10 (specify Death in the Afternoon or Living Ghosts)
  • Absinthe Junk vinyl: add $25
  • Amulet : add $50
  • Voodoo Doll : add $40
  • Art print : add $10 (for 1) or $20 (for 2)

Don't see an item you want to add? That's ok! Just send me a message and I'll let you know the skinny on getting all the extra goods you want.


STRETCH GOOOOOAAALS!

To celebrate hitting 80% with two weeks left in the campaign, I've put together some groovy stretch goals!

  • $5,500 - all Volume 1 and Volume 2 print editions will come signed. A handmade embroidered patch will be included in every order. These patches will be exclusive to the Kickstarter and will each be one of a kind, handmade with love by our super friend, Michelle! Also a second, Kickstarter exclusive, signed mini print will be included, along with an event pass style digital download card of exclusive Absinthe Junk and SCD songs.
  • $6,000 - every pledge tier above $20 will receive a campaign exclusive signed art print (8x10), second bookmark, and all copies of Volume 2 will come signed with a mini-doodle on the front page.
  • $6500 - every pledge tier above $20 will receive a free Absinthe Junk CD and exclusive 'Dragonflies in Hurricanes' (Juno's song) sticker to enjoy or share with a friend!
  • $7000 - Bohemian Trash Studios gets an upgrade! If we hit $7000 I will be able to put my dying 7 year old workstation to rest and invest in a new machine, which means more pages more often! SCD will move to a twice a week update schedule starting in the summer.
  • $7500 - Book 1 Color Release! If we break the $7500 mark I will be able to take the time off to spruce up Volume 1 and it will be reprinted in full color!

The Star Cross'd Destiny Trailer was directed by Walltie Films, with music by Absinthe Junk, Turbo Z Remix by Blair b.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The most unique challenge of this project will be awareness - getting the book in the hands of people who may have gotten lost over the years. This will include coming up with the funding beyond this goal to travel to conventions, purchase advertising, and explore new opportunities to help get the comic more exposure. Overcoming the effects of the hiatus will most likely be the toughest challenge, but by continuing to maintain a regular update schedule, network, and reconnect with other artists/writers, I'm hopeful the comic can get back to being self-sustaining.

My intent is to have this book printed within the US, possibly even locally. While this will prove more expensive, I believe it's important to support your home. Overcoming the financial difference to keep the business local will be a challenge but it is one of my top priorities.

And of course, fulfilling this KS, should it be successful, will be a BEAR. Hopefully my hand will not fall off or anything else horrid. If it does, I will most definitely become a cyborg, because again - SCD is the Jean Gray of webcomics. XD

FAQ

  • It is likely that your tour may have an escort for safety, ease of travel, and efficiency of moving around the city. This person would likely be someone from my family who would work very hard to not diminish the quality of your experience - if anything, they would help to make it better (like, say, get my ass out of bed in time XD). If you're interested in this reward, be cool. Simply put - have a clean record and don't be creepy. Your full name and background information will be required for the peace of mind of all parties involved. End of the line: be cool, mah babies, and we will have a super fun time!

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  • Because Star Cross'd Destiny's audience is generally young adults, I will not accept any ads that point to NSFW content. That said, I will accept ads for content rated R - gratuitous swearing, violence, and even limited/tasteful nudity are fine since I'm just as guilty of that content. Bottom line - no, you cannot advertise your porn here. You'd be missing your target audience anyway. :)

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  • I will need print ads by April 1st at the very latest. The dimensions for those are 7inx5in. Please be sure to keep text within a half inch of the edge of the page, since SCD is printed full bleed.

    Web ads will need to be submitted by the end of April. I will have the exact size for you hopefully by mid March.

    Both editions will go "live" May 5th.

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    Print Edition includes: SCD Volume 2 in print, along with a thank you card, and extra goodies.

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    Print/OST Edition: includes SCD Volume 2 in print, full digital download of SCD OST Volume Beta, along with a thank you card, and extra goodies.

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    Volume 1 Edition: includes SCD Volume 2 in print and a copy of the original printing of SCD Volume 1, along with a thank you card, and extra goodies.

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    Debut Edition: Get a copy of the first ever printing of Star Cross'd Destiny! Back in 2005, 500 color copies of Chapters 4 and 5 were printed to sell at conventions. A small number of these little beauties still exist - get a piece of SCD's history! Includes Volume 2 in print and one signed copy of Volume 1 Part 2.

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    Coloring Book Edition: includes SCD Volume 2 in print and a special collection of inks from Volume 2 era drawings in an 8.5x11in coloring book. Digital copy also available by request.

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    Creator Web Edition : Help support SCD and your comic! Get your comic's ad on the front page of starcrossd.net for the entire summer. Limited to four for maximum value to this tier's supporters. Includes Volume 2 in print and your ad (size TBD) on SCD's front page from May 5th until August 11th.

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    Issue Edition: includes SCD Vol. 2 in print, along with collector edition of Issues 6 through 9 in their original format, and special edition issue of Chapter 1.

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    Magical Girl Edition: Get character customized lip balms and perfumes for Juno, Sam, and Pike handmade exclusively for this campaign by Starrydance. Includes three lip balms, three perfumes, and the print edition of Volume 2.

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    Figurine Edition: includes SCD Vol. 2 in print and the limited edition 5in tall resin Juno figurine as cast in 2008.

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    Creator Edition: Get a half page ad in the third edition printing of Issue 1, set to debut at conventions this summer to promote your comic, band, book, or website. Ad content must remain tasteful for readers 13+. Includes SCD Vol. 2 in print and your 1/2 page ad included in print and pdf Issue 1.

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    Art Print Edition: includes SCD Vol. 2 in print and your choice of 2 limited edition (including discontinued Volume 1 era artwork) signed art prints.

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    Absinthe Junk Edition: get the full experience of the Ch 9 bar scene starring the bar band of the hour, Blair's own Absinthe Junk! Includes SCD Vol. 2 in print, Absinthe Junk's Death in the Afternoon and Living Ghosts on SCD, Absinthe Junk stickers, and wristband. (Vinyl of Death in Afternoon available for additional $15)

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    VDSD Edition : Get your hands on two limited edition prints from the annual Valentine's Day Sex Drive featuring Juno and Noiyal. These steamy, NSFW prints will be printed on high gloss at 8.5x11 and come signed. Includes Volume 2 in print and the Juno and Noiyal Valentine's Day Sex Drive limited edition prints.

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    Old School Edition: Remember when SCD first hit the web in 2004? Take a trip down memory lane with a printing of the original web edition, exclusive to this campaign. Includes Volume 2 and Volume 1 in print, and the original 2004 web-version of first three chapters in print.

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    Voodoo Edition: Get a custom handmade voodoo doll as designed by Blair and created by Casanova Cupcake's own May May! These adorable little SCD-themed dolls will be the perfect accent to your house or car. Get a little Juno to channel good weather; a little Shades to protect your tech; Sam to watch over your dreams; Pike for peace and serenity; Miah for strength; or Vega/any of the Betaverse to throw at your enemies! Includes SCD Vol. 2 in print and your choice of handmade Voodoo doll.

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    Original (Vol 2) Edition: Get your hands on original inked panels from Volume 2. Includes 2 original panels signed by Blair from Chapters 6-7 and Volume 2 in print. Sizes will vary. (for Vol 1 originals, see tiers below)

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    Amulet Edition: Get a custom made amulet necklace from your favorite Alphaverse character (Juno, Shades, Pike, Sam or Sara). Includes custom-made amulet necklace of your choice, along with print copies of Volume 1 and Volume 2.

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    Hangout Edition: exclusive Google or Skype video call with Blair B. to talk about comics, cars, music, stormchasing, or other general nerdiness, in addition to SCD Vol. 2 in print.

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    Original Volume 1 Edition: Get your hands on original inked panels from Volume 1! Includes 2 original panels signed by Blair from Chapters 1-5 and signed copies of Volume 1 and Volume 2 in print. Sizes will vary.

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    Cameo Edition (static character): get your face as cameo in an upcoming scene of the comic! Includes your cameo in at least one panel along with Volume 1 and Volume 2 in print.

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    Banner Edition: Get your hands on the original SCD convention banner! Measures 3ftx4ft and is printed on high quality vinyl with corner grommets for hanging. Includes Vol. 1 and 2 in print and signed original banner.

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    Spoilers Edition: The ultimate guide to the SCD universe! The Guide will be printed in full color at trade size and includes detailed back history on each character, the Verses, power details, timelines, and more. An RPG dream! But fair warning, this edition contains a mountain of spoilers! Includes SCD Volume 2 and Volume 1 in print and an exclusive signed copy of the Star Cross'd Destiny Ultimate Guide.

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    Proof Edition: get the original binder of the working proofs to Book 2 AND Book 1, along with Blair's original notes, storyboards, and selected ink-only pages. Includes Volumes 1 and 2 in print and their respective proof binders.

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    Absolute Edition: A lot of cool SCD memorabilia has been created over the last decade and here's a chance to get a piece of everything! Includes SCD Volume 1 and 2 in print, Issue 1 (original printing), Special Edition Issue 1, LTD Edition Part 2 (Chapters 4 and 5 - 1 of only 500 ever printed), Issues 6-9, LTD Edition Juno figurine (1 of only 300 made), SCD Original Soundtrack Volumes 1 and 2, Darkness sketchbook, Volume 2 era SCD Coloring Book, Art of SCD Volume 1 (hardcover - 1 of 15), Art of SCD Volume 2 (hardcover - 1 of 15), Volume 1 era posters (2), Volume 1 era signed art print (discontinued), Volume 1 era character/line buttons, Volume 2 era character buttons, along with a collection of bookmarks, badges, and other promotional material.

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    Cameo Edition (Speaking Character): Get an active role in Book 3 or Book 4 by becoming the basis for an upcoming character! Includes SCD Vol. 2 in print and your cameo in a speaking role for at least one full scene.

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    New Orleans Edition: Go on an adventure weekend with Blair in New Orleans and get a personalized tour including a meal and ride in the infamous Daytona! Includes Volume 1 and 2 in print, New Orleans tour, epic mealtime, and ride (engine permitting). ** You must supply and cover your own travel and accommodations in Nola over an available weekend. List of hotel recommendations and calendar will be available after KS completion. See additional notes in FAQ for more details.

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    Ultimate Edition: Get the whole kit and kabang of Blair's musical, writing, and artistic works spanning from 2004 to present! Includes the following: STAR CROSS'D DESTINY: SCD Volumes 1 and 2 in print, SCD Part 2 (color Chapters 4/5 - 1 of 500), SCD Special Edition Issue 1, SCD OST Volume Alpha and Beta, Art of SCD Volumes 1 and 2; ABSINTHE JUNK: Death in the Afternoon on CD and vinyl (1 of 250 - each unique), Living Ghosts on CD, Tribute EP (cover collection), Piece of Junk EP (out of print), Death in the Afternoon Lyric and Art book; OTHER: Go Go Gaslight EP (Blair's solo project), New Orleans Photography Book (hardcover - exclusive to this edition), Psychotic;Glimpse (poetry - exclusive to this edition), Recipe Book, and other works TBA.

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    Void Edition: Own the definitive piece of SCD's history by collecting the original crashed hard drive to house Book 1 and Book 2 through chapter 8. Yours to soak in acid, beat with a hammer, or incorporate to an art project. The hard drive includes inspection stickers from the data recovery services and emails documenting everything that was done to rescue the comic. Includes: hard drive with documentation, Volumes 1 and 2 in print, LTD Edition Juno figurine (1 of only 300 made), SCD Original Soundtrack Volumes 1 and 2, Darkness sketchbook, Volume 2 era SCD Coloring Book, Art of SCD Volume 1 (hardcover - 1 of 15), Art of SCD Volume 2 (hardcover - 1 of 15), Volume 2 era character buttons, along with a collection of bookmarks, badges, and other promotional material.

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