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Annie of Squid Salad is making new merch related to her comics and Sketch a Day! Help her get the supplies and tools she needs!

UPDATE

{4/27} - Thanks to all of the amazing support, this kickstarter has reached 84% funded in just 4 days! Since we're reached half way, I've been able to reveal the existence of stretch goals (which you can check out below). Once funding has been reached, I'll be able to reveal more art and fancy incentives! Let's see how high we can fly!!!

{4/29} - 97% Funded in less than one week!!! My Lufflies... thank you SO much! Let's get to 100% today and then we can talk push goals!

{4/29} - 100% Funded Reached!!! THANK YOU!!! In one week we've been able to reach the goal! I'm so overcome and humbled by how amazing and wonderful everyone has been- not just in giving money, but in showing support, telling friends, and passing along well wishes!!! I can't have done it without each and every one of YOU!! So now the fun part begins... PUSH GOALS!!!!!! (Check out below for all the details!)

MET!!! (on 5/17) $3,500 - 5 Finished Watercolors will be added to the PDF (backers can vote on what 5 topics will be drawn) + Secret Push goals unlocked: add on mini comics & Korra Poster!
$4,000 -  All Tiers $25 and up will get a fancy mini print that is Silver foil stamped
$4,250 - 5 MORE Finished Watercolors will be added to the PDF (backers can vote on what 5 topics will be drawn)
$5,000 - All Tiers $25 & Up will get a new Octopus & Jellyfish Charm (design to be revealed when first push goal is met)
$5,500 - 2 Poster designs unlocked, size upgrades unlocked for all tiers
$6,000 - ALL TIERS will get a New mini print & special Charm (to be revealed when 5K is met)

SQUID SALAD MAKES MERCH!

Hi I’m Annie (aka Anii) and I like to make art!  Squid Salad is the name of my comic/art blog/daily sketch and tutorial website. By day I do graphic design, but by night I draw a sketch a day and like to dream up cool swag involving my illustrations.

I need your help to get the supplies and tools I need so I can make some awesome merch to sell online on my Etsy Shop and at conventions near you! In return, you can get awesome art from me that is exclusive to this kickstarter!

STRETCH / PUSH GOALS

YOU DID IT!!! We've met the goal!!!! I can't thank you all enough!!! So now for the fun part-- PUSH GOALS! All the extra money raised will fund these excellent upgrades and also help me get even more supplies.

MET!!!! $3,500 - 5 Finished Watercolors will be added to the PDF (backers can vote on what 5 topics will be drawn)
MET!!!! (Secret Goal) - Poster: The Legend of Korra Team Avatar Mini AND Comics Add On: - Add on any mini comic- Ghoulish or Blood from a Stone
MET!!!! (secret Goal) $3,600 - Catbug Noveau Poster unlocked
$4,000 - All Tiers $25 and up will get a fancy mini print that is Silver foil stamped
$4,250 - 5 MORE Finished Watercolors will be added to the PDF (backers can vote on what 5 topics will be drawn)
$5,000 - All Tiers $25 & Up will get a new Octopus & Jellyfish Charm (design to be revealed when first push goal is met)
$5,500 - 2 Poster designs unlocked, size upgrades unlocked for all tiers $6,000 - ALL TIERS will get a New mini print & special Charm (to be revealed when 5K is met)

THE GOAL

The goal is $3,000. 53% ($1,582) for supplies to make merch such as buttons, prints, posters, acrylic for charms, and business cards. 47% ($1418) for the cost tables at five major East Coast summer conventions in 2013.

Pie Chart of expenses
Pie Chart of expenses

You can check out this spreadsheet for the exact amounts, conventions & vendors.

THE REWARDS

Onto the goodies! It’s your chance to get super rare art, personalized drawings, and assorted baubles!

- Everyone who contributes will be mentioned on a special section of SquidSalad.net and in the exclusive backers-only PDFs

- All charms, buttons and moleskin notebooks are exclusive to this Kickstarter!
I won’t be making any others like them after this :3

First 100 Sketch a Day PDF
- 100+ pages of watercolors from Sketch a Day
- 10+ bonus sketches for Kickstarter eyes only!

A 12-page Sketch a day mini book
- 8.5" x 5.5" book
- Signed to you with a random sketch

Squid cell/key-chain charm
- It’s full of swank and style for any occasion!
- Acrylic Charm 1.75" tall
- Your choice: key-chain or cell lanyard
- Your choice: Brushed Gold & Black, Mirrored Gold, or Mirrored Red

Squid Salad 6-button pack
- 1" inch buttons
- Good fortune and exciting times await you!
- The Wolf glows in the dark, The Deva is on metallic rainbow paper, Lucky Cat with Coin, 3D Sparrow, Ouroboros Fire Dragon, Red Squid Salad Mascot

Mini Prints
- 3" x 5" on snazzy semi gloss thick paper
- Can be a postcard, or frame it as an art print
- Choose from 4 original designs

Posters
- Choose from 11 designs
- If you pick a 3D poster, it will come with 3D glasses
- All posters are signed
- 11" x 17" semi gloss

UNLOCKED POSTERS:

The Legend of Korra: Team Avatar
The Legend of Korra: Team Avatar
Catbug Noveau
Catbug Noveau

Moleskin Sketchbook
- Laser-seared 3.5" x 5.5" Moleskin Sketch book
- Signed with a mini sketch of a random Deva inside
- Only 10 will ever be made
- Can be personalized with your name or short phrase on it

ORIGINAL ART
Get a drawing of anything you want!
Have it be featured at the Sketch a Day or even get your own personalized tutorial!

Original Watercolor Sketches
Original Watercolor Sketches
9"x12" Copic marker Drawings
9"x12" Copic marker Drawings
Custom painted & modified 4" MUNNY or TRIKKY
Custom painted & modified 4" MUNNY or TRIKKY
Your own Personalized VIDEO Tutorial/Walk-through
Your own Personalized VIDEO Tutorial/Walk-through

 (Check out my Youtube or Vimeo for examples)

16"x20" Canvas Prints
16"x20" Canvas Prints

ADD ONS

UNLOCKED! Mini Comics Add On: - Add on any mini comic- Ghoulish or Blood from a Stone for an extra $5 to your pledge. You'll be able to indicate that you added on a comic on the final kickstarter survey I'll send out to all backers. There is no extra charge for add on shipping!

Here are the Add Ons You've Unlocked So Far:

Ghoulish Mini Comic with Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
Ghoulish Mini Comic with Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
Blood from a Stone Mini Comic with Kickstarter Exclusive Cover
Blood from a Stone Mini Comic with Kickstarter Exclusive Cover

ABOUT ME

I’m Annie Stoll and I’m a graphic designer, but I’ve been drawing and making art my entire life. I got my start selling my doodles at Otakon 2008 and I’ve been selling art at conventions ever since! Graphic design is great but nowhere have I been able to get out there into the art and fan community like I can at conventions.

I’ve been lucky in the past to be able to travel the entire east coast and meet so many wonderful new people and artists. I’ve also been lucky in building an online fanbase, and I'm hoping to keep building it.

I’m working on a bunch of excellent projects for larger companies such as Lucasfilm and Anne Geddes but my other passion is doing original art for the comic projects I work on, as well as art of other fandoms such as Adventure Time and Doctor Who.  The hope for this kickstarter is that I can pay for not only the table-space at 5 big conventions, but that I can also afford the supplies like posters, buttons parts, acrylic, tools and business cards so I can make new and exciting merch and bring it directly to you- either online or via a convention.

Over the past few months I’ve been really strapped down with design work, but not wanting to lose my artistic edge I came up with the idea to do my Sketch-a-Day project, in which I do an original watercolor speed painting each day and put it up online. The reception I’ve gotten for this has been overwhelming, and it’s given me the courage to ask you guys for help in getting back out into the field! When I saw Amanda Palmer’s TED speech about the Art of Asking, it really inspired me to just go for it and ask YOU my friends, internet buds, and wonderful people I hope to one day meet to help me make some really awesome stuff and in the process take my art to a new level!

Me & Tim & the Squid Salad Set-up from last year
Me & Tim & the Squid Salad Set-up from last year

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I’ve got experience in design and production, so pretty much everything is set to go. Barring any vendor delivery problems I see smooth sailing. And should there be any waves, I’ll be keeping everyone in the loop with lots of updates! Since I’ll be drawing and signing and making videos, those might take me a month or two to finish up (hence the August estimated date), but I’ll be keeping daily progress and will let everyone know what is going on and when. I’ll also be at several conventions this summer (hopefully thanks to you!!) so far as shipping out the rewards go, I’ve got some trusty friends who will be able to package up everything to get out to you asap!

FAQ

  • Yes of course! It will have to be lineart for the sake of the laser process, but it can be of anything you desire. OR if you like the sample I've made, you can have that as well. It's up to you!

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  • It's totally up to you! I appreciate anything you can do- spare some change or just pass along the project to the interwebs.

    That said, statistically kickstarters that reach 30% funding early on are 90% more likely to reach total funding. So as much early backage and support as possible will certainly go a long way! Pledging is your way to show others that you believe in the project and want to help- the more people who see others helping, the more they will want to help too. We all win!

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  • YES totally. At the end of the project I'll send out a survey. If you'd like a moleskin book that has lines rather than a sketchbook, I can totally make that happen. Make sure you respond with your choice when the time comes!

    Book Details: An intricate custom laser-seared 3.5 x 5.5" Moleskin (you choose the paper type: lined paper, sketch paper, notebook thinner paper, or watercolor)

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    MATHEMATICAL::: A big thanks on SquidSalad.net + an exclusive backers-only PDF of my first 100 sketch a days.

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    THE BOY WHO LIVED::: Your Choice: Kickstarter-exclusive Squid cell charm OR Kickstarter-exclusive 6-button pack + A thanks on SquidSalad.net + an exclusive backers-only PDF of my first 100 sketch a days with BONUS sketches

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    CHANGNESIA::: An ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR SKETCH of your choice sent to you, plus you will be featured on a sketch a day + A 12-page Sketch a day mini book (Exclusive to Kickstarter only and is SIGNED with a random sketch) + Any 2 posters + 4 Mini Prints + BOTH the Exclusive Squid Cell Charm & 6-Button Pack + a thanks on SquidSalad.net + an exclusive backers-only PDF of my first 100 sketch a days with BONUS sketches

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    THE DARJEELING::: Your own Personalized VIDEO Tutorial/Walkthrough of an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR SKETCH of your choice sent to you, plus you will be featured on a sketch a day + A 12-page Sketch a day mini book (Exclusive to Kickstarter only and is SIGNED with a random sketch) + Any 2 posters + 4 Mini Prints + BOTH the Exclusive Squid Cell Charm & 6-Button Pack + a thanks on SquidSalad.net + an exclusive backers-only PDF of my first 100 sketch a days with BONUS sketches

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    HOLMES SLICE::: An intricate custom laser-seared 3.5 x 5.5" Moleskin Sketch book Personalized and Signed with a mini sketch of a random Deva inside + A 12-page Sketch a day mini book (Exclusive to Kickstarter only and is SIGNED with a random sketch) + Any 2 posters + 4 Mini Prints + BOTH the Exclusive Squid Cell Charm & 6-Button Pack + a thanks on SquidSalad.net + an exclusive backers-only PDF of my first 100 sketch a days with BONUS sketches

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    THE ELITE FOUR::: A 16"x20" Signed Ghibli Homage OR Reversible Adventure Time CANVAS PRINT + Your choice of an intricate personalised custom laser-seared 3.5 x 5.5" Moleskin Sketch book Signed with a mini sketch of a random Deva inside + Your own Personalized VIDEO Tutorial/Walkthrough of an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR SKETCH of your choice sent to you, plus you will be featured on a sketch a day + A 12-page Sketch a day mini book (Exclusive to Kickstarter only and is SIGNED with a random sketch) + Any 5 posters + 4 Mini Prints + BOTH the Exclusive Squid Cell Charm & 6-Button Pack + a thanks on SquidSalad.net + an exclusive backers-only PDF of my first 100 sketch a days with BONUS sketches

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    MONTE CRISTO::: You will have a permanent place atop all others on the Squid Salad Kickstarter page on squidsalad.net. A series of 3 watercolor paintings of your choice in float frames, A 16"x20" CANVAS PRINT of ANYTHING you want- existing poster or commission new art! + Your choice of an intricate personalized custom laser-seared GIANT (16.5 x 12") Moleskin Sketch book Signed with a mini sketch of your choice inside + a mini custom laser moleskin of your choice (3.5 x 5.5") + Your own Personalized VIDEO Tutorial/Walkthrough of an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR SKETCH of your choice sent to you, plus you will be featured on a sketch a day + A 12-page Sketch a day mini book (Exclusive to Kickstarter only and is SIGNED with a random sketch) + Any 5 posters + 4 Mini Prints + BOTH the Exclusive Squid Cell Charm & 6-Button Pack + a thanks on SquidSalad.net + an exclusive backers-only PDF of my first 100 sketch a days with BONUS sketches

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