What is Strays?
Strays is a free-to-read fantasy webcomic written and illustrated by two artists, Samantha Whitten and Stacey Pefferkorn.
It features a loud-mouthed little girl named Meela who joins up with a clueless and grumpy mute bounty hunter named Feral. Hijinks ensue as she makes his life (and his job) considerably more difficult. You can read the whole comic online right now at www.straysonline.com!
The comic has been updating with a new page every Friday since late 2007, so we have been working on it for going on eight years! That's a long time! We recently completed the story with chapter 15 and would now like to get the final volume published. We were able to self publish the first two volumes with help from our awesome readers, so we're once again turning to them for help via this Kickstarter.
About the Book
Volume 3 will contain the last five chapters of the story, chapters 11-15. The book will be perfect bound with a gloss cover, sized at 6.625" X 10.1875" and 152 pages long. The artwork and dialogue contained in these chapters will be tweaked and touched up before going to print. It will also include a few bonus illustrations, some concept art, and an 8 page epilogue if the stretch goal is funded!
All books will be signed by both artists.
Early Backer Bonus!
As a bonus to those that back our project right away, we'll be including a FREE set of four 2" vinyl stickers for the first 50 book backers! This is only included with pledges $20 and up, so make sure to grab one of those tiers if you want this bonus.
The Postcard Prints
The print set will be oversized 5" x 7" postcard prints and feature all new illustrations with the exception of one, which was included as a bonus illustration in Volume 2. The set will also include a fifth bonus print if the stretch goal is reached!
The Bookplate Sticker & Sketches
The blank bookplate sticker will be available for all books if the stretch goal is met. For the limited sketch tiers, BOTH artists will each sketch a character of your choice on the bookplate, which you may keep separate or apply to the inside of the book.
The sketched-in option is only available for Volume 3 and not any other books!
If you wish to add other items to a sketched-in pledge tier (such as other books or Holland's pendant) please select that tier and then contact us.
Full color, double-sided and oversized at 2x8! Printed on 14pt gloss-coated cardstock.
The Swan Pendant Necklace
Holland's swan pendant necklace is a thing of beauty and we've always wanted to get a replica of it created. This Kickstarter is a chance to make it a reality and we just know it will come out beautiful. We already have a manufacturer lined up and they're ready and waiting to get started on it.
The pendant itself will be 1.5" tall, 3d shaped metal with a lovely blue gem and yellow accents. It will be suspended on an 18" silver-plated curb chain and boxed safely for shipping.
We have a number of things we would love to do if funding goes over the original goal, including extra goodies, bonus mini comics and an epilogue!
We will include a free 2" x 8" bookmark and a blank bookplate sticker with every book!
A fifth postcard print with a surprise illustration will be added to all postcard sets.
The epilogue! It will be eight pages long and set three years in the future from the end of the comic. If funded, backers will get access to it first, then it will be published online sometime after the Kickstarter is fulfilled.
Book exclusive bonus omake! What is omake? It's a Japanese term that means "extra" and here it refers to mini comics featuring small tidbits and interactions that we want to include for fun. They will be very short, black and white and likely only a few panels long each. We'll do as many as we can fit into the final pages of the book!
Below you will find details of what rewards come with each pledge amount for easy reference.
Shipping costs are determined by your location with three available zones: United States, Canada and Rest of the World. Each Strays book is approximately 15oz, so unfortunately they are not cheap to ship. We realize the cost for international orders is very high, and we apologize for that, but we cannot control what we are charged. You can review shipping estimates on the USPS website to see actual costs.
- All United States single book/postcard only orders will be sent via Media Mail. Orders with multiple books or other items will be sent via Priority Mail Flat Rate. Estimated delivery for Media Mail is 2-8 business days and for Priority is 1-3 days (after shipment).
- All Canada and Rest of the World orders that include up to two books will be sent via First Class International. Three or more books will be sent via Priority Mail Flat Rate. Estimated delivery for First class is 2-4 weeks, estimated delivery for Priority is 1-2 weeks (after shipment).
International packages may incur customs fees and taxes by the receiving country. We are not responsible for these charges.
Once the Kickstarter is completed we will prepare to put the book into production. The pages are already edited, prepped and ready to go - the only things left to finish are the bonus illustrations and Kickstarter incentives. We will complete all unfinished extras as the Kickstarter is running, and if all stretch goals are met we will begin production of the epilogue and omake immediately. We estimate this will take approximately 1-2 months.
Production of the books has an estimate of about 2 weeks, then shipping the books to us will take approximately 6 weeks. We estimate we should have the books by February, but we're going to add a month to account for any hiccups in the process, so the ETA is currently March 2016.
As soon as the books arrive we will inspect, sign, bag and begin shipping!
Risks and challenges
Both Samantha Whitten and Stacey Pefferkorn have already printed books in the form of Volumes 1 and 2 of Strays, so they have experience in self publishing.
Samantha Whitten has several years of experience in designing, manufacturing, selling and shipping a variety of items both online and at conventions. You can find more of her merchandise at sugarbunnyshop.com which already has a established and dedicated fulfillment system that will be used to fulfill the pledges from this Kickstarter.
She has also already run and completed a successful Kickstarter project in the past that can be viewed here - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/celesse/the-gamercat-plushLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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