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A printed collection of comics primarily about life, dating, and relationships, and occasionally about sex, drugs, and web design.
A 220 page printed collection of comics primarily about life, dating, and relationships, and occasionally about sex, drugs, and web design.
A 220 page printed collection of comics primarily about life, dating, and relationships, and occasionally about sex, drugs, and web design.
1,182 backers pledged CA$ 50,250 to help bring this project to life.

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Cheer Up, Emo Kid Comics: "The Best Of" Collection

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From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. You have helped me realize a dream I've had since I hold a pen steadily enough to stab someone with. Now that we've reached our initial goal, I want to do more!

 Do you remember the Dog comic? It's sad. I wouldn't read it.

Unlocked! I'm happy to present my new webcomic, Dungeon Construction Co.:

It's an upcoming medieval fantasy webcomic about a plucky little construction firm struggling to maintain an adventure-crafting business in a realm that hasn't raised a sword in a hundred years. The first three pages are available to read, and we're trying to gauge interest in it! If you want to help the project, sign up to be notified with your e-mail, or just follow the comic on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you so much!

 

Hey there! My name is Enzo, and I'm a Filipino-Canadian comic artist from Vancouver, BC. I am the primary offender behind Cheer Up, Emo Kid - a gag webcomic primarily about dating & relationships, and occasionally about drugs and web design. Making comics has always been my dream and I've been doing it for nearly a decade (the last two years going at it full-time!). I have been extremely fortunate in finding an audience who has deemed my work worthy of their eyeballs, and it's been long overdue for a published volume.

With your support, we can make this nightmare a reality. 

Here's an idea of the kind of comics my brain vomits out.
Here's an idea of the kind of comics my brain vomits out.

 Do you want to see even more comics? Check out this album for a quick fix.

MOCKUPS ONLY - May differ from final product.
MOCKUPS ONLY - May differ from final product.

The "Best Of" Collection is a 8.5x5.5" softcover volume that contains 200+ full-colour pages of the best Cheer Up, Emo Kid comics (and a couple of the worst ones) from 2012 to 2016. It also contains a wealth of bonus content, extra artwork, and guest art from some of the coolest people in webcomics!

Look at all these beautiful people! And Wesley!
Look at all these beautiful people! And Wesley!

THANK-YOU CREDITS - Every backer's name will appear in a special thank-you page inside the book, a special thank-you page on my website, and a special thank-you page in my heart.

DESKTOP & MOBILE WALLPAPERS - A set of the book's cover art in multiple dimensions that you can use to vandalize your computer desktop or phone background.

It's like "Where's Waldo?" except you're looking for a penis.
It's like "Where's Waldo?" except you're looking for a penis.

 

DIGITAL BOOK PDF - A digital version of the entire book. Perfect for those of you who just want to see the bonus content.

PHYSICAL BOOK - The printed tome in all its glory, measuring 8.5x5.5" and containing over 200 pages. Perfect for those of you who hate trees.

I don't think you've seen this exact same image enough times yet.
I don't think you've seen this exact same image enough times yet.

Additionally, every book pledge will come with a 4x6" postcard with the book's cover art.

SET OF POSTCARDS - Four (4) Cheer Up, Emo Kid themed postcards measuring 4x6".

An ideal gift for your loved (or hated) ones.
An ideal gift for your loved (or hated) ones.

 

STICKER SHEET - A sticker sheet of character expressions! It measures 8.5x11" and has 23 facial expression stickers and a fancy logo sticker you can use to brand your child.

Ranging from "constipated" to "more constipated".
Ranging from "constipated" to "more constipated".

 

SET OF BOOKLETS - Three (3) Cheer Up, Emo Kid comic mini-booklets measuring 8.5x5.5".

  • Hound - a Game of Thrones story one-off, 12 pages
  • The Story of Us - a sappy love story one-off , 16 pages
  • Why Don't We Ever Go Out? - a collection of couple comics (some strips may overlap with the book), 12 pages
We never go out because we don't own any pants.
We never go out because we don't own any pants.

 

PERSONAL PORTRAIT - I will draw a yearbook-like portrait of you in my style. Please have a photograph, character description, or mugshot ready that I can use for reference. You may also describe a pose you'd like to be in or an action you'd like to be doing, or I can make one up for you. You will receive two (2) 4x6" prints of them and a print-quality digital file so you can make more yourself. Take a look at the following examples featuring the lovely faces of Luke McKay, myself, and Jose D. Rojas:

 

BADLY PHOTOSHOPPED FAMILY PHOTO - Send me a real-life photo of you or your loved ones (6 people maximum). Please have the photo you'd like to use ready for me!  Let me know what general theme you are looking for and I will use Photoshop to edit you guys into a very tacky photograph that you can use as a personalized holiday or greeting card, or as a conversation piece for your fake superhero origin story. You'll receive two (2) 4x6" prints of them and a print-quality digital file so you can make more yourself. Take a look at the following examples:

MOCKUPS ONLY - Frames not included. Final product may contain way more phallic objects.
MOCKUPS ONLY - Frames not included. Final product may contain way more phallic objects.

 

GUEST APPEARANCE IN A COMIC - Send me a photo of you or your loved one and I will draw you or them as a background or supporting character in a future comic!

There's a high likelihood I will draw you as a drug addict.
There's a high likelihood I will draw you as a drug addict.

 

CUSTOM COMIC - Let's work together over video chat (or IRL if you're in Vancouver!) to make one (1) four-panel Cheer Up, Emo Kid comic specifically for you. It'll also go up on the website. You'll get an 8.5x11" signed print of it and the digital source file that you own forever.

Now is the chance to get your favourite "your mom" joke illustrated.
Now is the chance to get your favourite "your mom" joke illustrated.

 

THE ULTIMATE REWARD - The portrait I draw for you will be tattooed (1.5x1.5" maximum) on one of my butt cheeks -- your choice of cheek. I've had tattoos before, but this will be the first one that will meet its fate at the bottom of my bottom. I will document the entire process on video and put it online, where I will prominently display your name as the person who has brought me this simultaneous blessing and curse. Or should I say... carse.

If you hate having money, and like the idea of me proverbially sitting on your face for the rest of my life, this is the reward for you. 

MOCKUP ONLY - May differ from final butt.
MOCKUP ONLY - May differ from final butt.

 

 

In the interest of full transparency I have laid out my entire budget estimate below, taking into account the printing quote I received from my selected printer, the shipping estimates I have received from my selected shipper, cost of materials & supplies, Kickstarter & payment fees. These estimates have been rounded up in order to account for any unforeseen circumstances or in the event of an XK class end-of-the-world scenario.

 

Projected Budget

  • 55% will go into printing costs (roughly $7200 CAD or $5500 USD).
  • 35% will go into shipping costs (roughly $4500 CAD or $3400 USD).
  • 10% - Kickstarter & payment fees (roughly $1300 CAD or $990 USD).
  • $13,000 CAD or about $9900 USD in total

Estimated Timeline

  • Late October: Campaign begins.
  • Late November: Campaign ends. I put all the backer's names inside the thank-you page. Once I have received the Kickstarter funds, I can send the final print-ready file to the printer. There will be a brief back-and-forth as I will be requesting a printed proof.
  • Early December: Once the book is confirmed to be in production, I can start sending out Kickstarter reward surveys to collect the information I need from backers. Then I can start fulfilling drawing rewards, and preparing shipping supplies & reward boxes for the next several weeks. 
  • Late January - Early February: Book shipment arrives, I complete the reward boxes, sign and doodle in the appropriate ones, and begin shipping them out.
  • March: Hopefully by this time, everyone has received what they asked for!

Acknowledgements

Risks and challenges

I made absolutely sure before I launched this campaign that I had everything I needed to follow through with it in case of its success.

I have done a lot of research and am in contact with a couple of fellow creators who have run successful campaigns. I have learned many things! One of the things that stands out is that campaigns heavy on physical rewards can end up taking a lot more work than anticipated. For this project, all of the physical rewards I am offering (besides the book) I already have on-hand, so there will be minimal extra production needed on that front.

Shipping always seems to be the biggest challenge other creators face, so I have designed nearly every the rewards so that they all fit into the same size of shipping box. The only thing that will really fluctuate is the weight, which I have calculated into the costs. Thanks to my small online store, I've had a couple of years' experience now with fulfilling orders, making shipments, and crying in front of the post office, so I'm definitely not going into it blindly.

The book itself is complete except for a few things. Firstly, there's a blank thank-you page that will have the names of every backer once the campaign ends. I am also in the process of finalizing the bonus content, specifically the extra artwork and guest artist sections. These portions will definitely be completed before the campaign ends. Other than that, it is ready to send off to the printer. The design for the book has been completed, the comics have been edited, reformatted, and colour-corrected for print, and I have kidnapped a graphic designer and am keeping them chained in my basement going through every page to ensure the book won't run into any technical issues during the printing process.

Making comics has been my full-time job for the last couple of years, so if this project gets funded, I can dedicate literally every waking moment to it. I work from home, so if I don't bathe, nobody will notice anyway.

Thank you so much for reading!

All the best,

Enzo

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    • A set of four (4) Bad Valentines Day postcards. With the cover art postcard, this will bring your total number of postcards to five (5).
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    • I will draw a custom portrait of you in my style. You will receive two (2) printed & signed copies of it (4x6"), as well as the digital file. I draw everything in vector, so having this file would enable you to conceivably print out a skyscraper-size billboard of your face if you wanted to.
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    Badly Photoshopped Family Photo

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    Send me a photo of you and your friends/family/loved ones (max 6). I will Photoshop it, badly, into a tacky portrait for a holiday, birthday, or greeting card. You will receive two (2) 4x6" copies of them in the mail as well as the digital source file so you can print more yourself.

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    Digital Immortality

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    • Be immortalized as a guest character in a future comic!
    • When I inevitably die in the eventual zombie apocalypse I will make a mental note not to eat you.

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    Custom Comic

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    You will get your own custom-made four-panel Cheer Up, Emo Kid comic! We'll work together on the script & joke via personal video chat (or IRL if you can make it to Vancouver!) and then I'll draw it. You'll receive a printed & signed copy (8.5x11"), a digital copy, and the source file.

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    If you are willing to fund nearly half of the entire project, you are incredible but also possibly insane.
    • I will take the personal portrait I drew of you and tattoo it onto my butt (maximum 1.5x1.5"). I will document and video the entire process and put it online and I will prominently display your name as the person who has brought me this simultaneous blessing, and curse.
    • Want something else? Let's talk.

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