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£1,454
pledged of £13,500pledged of £13,500 goal
39
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 1 2015 6:46 AM UTC +00:00

About

Torsobear: All Stitched up is the second volume of a cartoon noir comic book about toy-on-toy crime in a fantastic city of playthings, created by Brett Uren.

LAST WEEK!! REFER 5 OF YOUR FRIENDS - IF THEY PLEDGE AT 'BOOK' OR ABOVE, YOUR BOOK IS FREE!*

WEEK TWO - AS REQUESTED,  SHIPPING TO USA/EUROPE NOW FREE! (IGNORE REWARD TEXT). INSIDE COVER SKETCHES NOW IN ALL BOOKS.

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This story is for anybody who loves cute toys and cartoons from the early 20th century to now. To handle them, you got to have stuffing of steel!

BRAND NEW COVER ARTWORK BY HAL LAREN!

Ruxby and TBPD leap into action! Art by Brett Uren
Ruxby and TBPD leap into action! Art by Brett Uren

Ruxby the Bear Detective has been sent to The Corner to think about what he did.

With it's greatest cop boxed up in toy prison, the sweet city of Toyburg is overrun with playthings on the edge of madness – driven by a mysterious force, obsessed with the crimes of others.

Looking back on recent villainy, can Ruxby survive long enough in jail to figure out who framed him? 

Can Hazbrow hold Toyburg Police together long enough to turn the tide? Return to Fluffy Noir in this Step beyond Imagination.

A look at The Corner, at the end of Toyworld desert The Craftlands. From 'A Tale Of Woe From De-Fluff Row', script and art by Eddy Norden.
A look at The Corner, at the end of Toyworld desert The Craftlands. From 'A Tale Of Woe From De-Fluff Row', script and art by Eddy Norden.

Torsobear: Yarns from Toyburg was released last summer to great reviews, and is now available via Comixology. - http://bit.ly/1I7BbKf Also available in print via our online Comicsy store - http://www.comicsy.co.uk/bretturen/store/products/torsobear-yarns-from-toyburg/

The creation of this new, bigger book will be funded from pledges here - to pay creators for the use of their great talents and passion. If anything we are proud to be seen doing so, in the face of difficulties many comic creatives face.  

Who could have surprised the elite guards of The Corner? From 'The Law Above' by Peter Rogers, art by Mike Motz.
Who could have surprised the elite guards of The Corner? From 'The Law Above' by Peter Rogers, art by Mike Motz.

Stories intended for inclusion are:   
The Switch and Stitch – Brett Uren
One Small Step for Toy - Frank Martin/Samir Simao
Goodbye Kitty - Grainne McEntee, Lee Killeen 
Uncanny Valley of the Dolls - Cy Dethan/Nic Wilkinson 
Stones in Glass Playsets – Brett Uren/Giles Crawford 
A Tale of Woe from De-Fluff Row – Eddy Norden 
The Cult of the Collector - Glenn Møane/Sage M Coffey 
Play of the Dead - Kieran Squires/Ben Ling/Charlie Hogg 
… But when Geppetto talks to you - Janos Honkonen/Carlos Zamudio Broken Soldier - Jake Young/Dave Windett 
Remade in the Rough House – Brett Uren/Giles Crawford 
The Law Above – Pete Rogers/Mike Motz 
Action Gal – Jon Scrivens/Phil Buckenham 
Shooter Shattered – Jimmy Furlong/Andrew Hartmann 
The Dark Stuff – Conor Mahoney/Emman Padilla 
What Josie Said – Ronald Montgomery/Ashley Ribblett
Someone Else’s Rules – Brett Uren/Giles Crawford 

GI Jay gets a nasty surprise. From Jake Young's 'Broken Soldier', art by Dave Windett.
GI Jay gets a nasty surprise. From Jake Young's 'Broken Soldier', art by Dave Windett.

First week pledges will get a special extra reward of a sketch from the creator on the inside front cover of the book, in addition to any other rewards for their pledge level. 

More amazing rewards will be on offer to pledges of all levels, including posters, toys and a character in the book will be created by you!!

My ongoing series The Vale and Torsobear Volume 1 can be obtained on some reward levels (mature readers only for The Vale), as can sketch cards, movie style posters by some of our artists, t-shirts and original artwork from them too! For fans of fun and crime, this is something totally unique, bursting with energy and passion!

For the dedicated fan who wants a unique painting, or retailers looking to sell Torsobear in their store we have other offers (pick no reward and message with store details) -

PREVIEWS TO UNLOCK!

For helping us out, you can unlock further access to story previews from the book for all, to be delivered to you immediately when we hit funding milestones! Check our updates on this page for more details.

DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF SAMPLER HERE, INCLUDING THE FIRST 3 PAGES OF CHAPTER 1 'THE SWITCH AND STITCH' HERE!

ART PRIZES FOR BACKERS!

Giles Crawford watercolour pages are up for grabs at milestones too, and all backers on a given day are automatically entered into a sketch contest.

REFER A FRIEND OR SHARE FOR EVEN MORE REWARDS!

If you're a backer and refer a friend to back us (they need to tell me in a message), then you get the below art print of Copycat or Ruxby (limited edition). Even non-backers get on the thank page in our book if a new backer tells us where they saw your post.

We only have 3 Ruxby Plushies left and no more will be made by this manufacturer. They are available to the first top tier pledges we receive at the Mayor level.

          

Reviews for Torsobear Volume 1 - 

‘It reads like Raymond Chandler meets Teddy Ruxpin with a generous dose of Robert Crumb and we’d love to see a full series.’ – Pipedream Comics

‘The art style and color choices made it feel like a more disturbing and adult Hanna Barbera piece, and the blend of issues such as racism, crises of faith, and horrific crimes with a world of toys resonated.’ – Fanboy Comics

‘There are few comics out there as innocently decadent as this one. In fact, I can’t think of the last time I read a story akin to Torsobear. It is more than just a well-executed piece of parody pulp – it’s a marvellously constructed yet endearingly simple tale of subversion, and demonstrates just how strong a story can be when combining the innocent with the deadly.’ - A Place To Hang Your Cape

With your help and support, perhaps we can add even more to the Torsobear experience. Here are some possibilities should we exceed the original goal:

*Terms & conditions - Your referring friends must message me after backing us, or attach text to their pledge with your name for the offer to count. After that I will contact you to confirm your free book, and you can reduce the amount of your pledge to £0.00, or I can refund the amount of your pledge to you after funding. Only one free print book available to you with this offer. A person cannot refer or be referred multiple times. Please allow the normal time for production and delivery of the book.

Risks and challenges

Myself and many of the team have a track record of contributing to and/or running successful Kickstarters. In fact, we've already completed and delivered one Torsobear book using this very model.

With such a diverse team and complex project we've already had to put in a lot of the work that can be done upfront. This is in order to make sure the whole thing is able to be completed for delivery up around a couple of months after funding has been received.

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    Pledge £2 or more About US$ 2.53

    WALLPAPER - You receive a digital copy of the Torsobear Wallpaper! This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up.

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    DIGITAL - You receive a digital PDF/CBR version of Torsobear Volume 2, plus the wallpaper. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up.

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    DIGITAL COLLECTION - You receive a digital PDF/CBR version of Torsobear Volume 2, Brett Uren's previous comics TB Volume 1, Kuzimu Volume 1 & 5 issues of The Vale, plus the wallpaper. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up.

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    T-SHIRT - Get a t-shirt (please tell us your size and design, either CORNER or COPYCAT), This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £5 for Europe/USA, £15 for Scandinavia.

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    BOOK - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, with a special inside cover sketch if you pledge in week one of the campaign. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £5 for Europe/USA, £15 for Scandinavia.

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    BOOK PLUS POSTER - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, plus one of the A4 movie poster designs (quote LAW/DEFLUFF/DEAD), plus a sketch on an A6 sketch card. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £5 for Europe/USA, £15 for Scandinavia.

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    BOOK PLUS T-SHIRT - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, plus a t-shirt (please tell us your size and design, either CORNER or COPYCAT), plus a sketch on an A6 sketch card. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £5 for Europe/USA, £15 for Scandinavia.

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    BOOK PLUS ALL POSTERS - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, plus all of the A4 movie poster designs, plus a sketch on an A6 sketch card. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £5 for Europe/USA, £15 for Scandinavia.

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    BOOK PLUS MOVIE POSTER - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, plus a 20" x 15" movie print of Mike Motz's 'Law Above', plus a sketch on an A6 sketch card. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £5 for Europe/USA, £15 for Scandinavia.

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    BOOK PLUS PERSONALISED MOVIE POSTER - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, plus a 20" x 15" movie print of Mike Motz's 'Law Above' with your face replacing one of the characters, plus a sketch on an A6 sketch card. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £5 for Europe/USA, £15 for Scandinavia.

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    YOU ARE A TOY - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, a t-shirt, plus you will be drawn as a toy into the book itself, plus one piece of original art from the book by Brett Uren or another of our artists plus a sketch card of you as a toy. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £10 for Europe/USA, £25 for Scandinavia.

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    CITIZEN OF TOYBURG - You receive a print copy of Torsobear ASU, plus a poster, plus a t-shirt, plus Brett Uren's previous comics: Torsobear Volume 1 & 5 issues of The Vale, plus a plush toy of Ruxby Bear himself for the first 3 pledges or a small painted canvas after that, plus you get any future Brett Uren creator-owned comics for free for the next 10 years & an artwork commission of your choice (Please provide contact details and address so we can keep in touch). This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £10 for Europe/USA, £25 for Scandinavia.

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 634

    MAYOR OF TOYBURG - Individuals: You receive a print copy of Torsobear, plus a poster, plus a t-shirt, plus Brett Uren's previous comics: Torsobear Volume 1 & 5 issues of The Vale, plus a plush toy of Ruxby Bear himself (plush for first 3 pledges), plus you get a Torsobear-themed 3 foot art canvas, painted by Brett Uren. Comics Retailers: You get a package of 40 Torsobear books (your advert in the back of all books), 10 T-Shirts and a handmade Ruxby Plush Toy for sale at your store (plush for first 3 pledges). Due to the nature of this reward, delivery to individuals will take longer than for other reward levels. This level and all above have their name listed in the thank you section of Torsobear: All Stitched Up. Pledge includes shipping within the UK. Add £10 for Europe/USA, £25 for Scandinavia.

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