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Don't like our bundles? Want an extra tumbler? Want to add-on one of our stretch goal rewards?

Have it your way - just pledge at any level and you can customize your reward. Here's how it works:

 1) Decide. Decide which extra rewards you want form the menu above. Note, it's not an interactive menu - that comes later.

2) Increase Your Pledge. Increase your pledge according to the menu above for whichever rewards you like.

3) Tell Us What You Want To Add On. At the END of the campaign, you'll be guided through a checkout process from our fulfillment partner, BackerKit. There, you'll have an online store of sorts where you select your add-ons.

As we move through the campaign, we unlock FREE bonuses! We'll give away a gift card to Chimera's Comics to one lucky backer every time we hit a milestone! Share with your friends to help us unlock these Milestones.

    

We are running this Kickstarter to create the line of awesome Chimera's Comics merchandise people have been asking for over the last 7 years. Our Community has consistently asked us for t-shirts; we sold out of our reusable tote bags; we've run out of every free gift we've produced for our subscribers. Now we'll bring it all back and more!

Our goal is to produce an inventory of Chimera's Comics products for our stores. And Backers will be the first to get these great items!

But you'll get more than that. Because any profit we make in this campaign will go right back into the stores! We'll use funds to:

  • Expand our selection by buying more graphic novels, t-shirts, and toys
  • Support more local creators by carrying their comics and artwork
  • Throw more events by attracting big-name guests and paying for in-store entertainment
  • Finance prizes for giveaways 
  • Go green by producing reusable shopping bags and getting away from plastic once and for all
  • Expand workshops and classes by hiring instructors and paying for promotional costs

Steven Brown and Carmelo Chimera met as teenage part-timers working at Tenth Planet, a comic book store on the Southside of Chicago.

They worked for years on a graphic novel, Magnificent, all the while planning their dream comic book store.

In 2011, the dream became a reality as the teenage sidekicks became the heroes of their own journey when they created Chimera's Comics.

Steven and Carmelo wanted to create a store that would become a Community. For the last 7 years, Chimera's Comics has done just that with:

  • Weekly gaming tournaments
  • Special events like Free Comic Book Day and Kids Day
  • Launching a weekly podcast, "Caffeinated Comics"
  • Becoming a small press publisher
  • Bringing fans to annual free movie screenings
  • And much more!
Free Comic Book Day at Chimera's Comics
Free Comic Book Day at Chimera's Comics

 We're humbled to have become a part of the lives of our friends, families, fans, and customers. And together, we have formed a Community.

We're on Kickstarter because it's all about community working together. And that's what Chimera's Comics is founded on.

It's been a hard few years for small businesses, and local comic shops in particular. Last year, nearly 10% of all comic book stores closed. And 2017 was the lowest year for retail in United States history.

Sometimes, shopping online is cheaper. But online retailers can't bring your favorite creators in for a signing. Online retailers won't take you and your friends to see the new Avengers movie. Online retailers don't throw events like Free Comic Book Day.

But we do. And with your continued support, we will keep doing just that.

Our Community joining us for our weekly game nights
Our Community joining us for our weekly game nights

Our plan is to work with our Community to help improve our stores! We hope to raise enough money to:

  • Fulfill all Kickstarter rewards
  • Create enough extra inventory of the rewards to sell in store
  • Use extra revenue to expand our selection of graphic novels, toys, and t-shirts as well as expand classes, workshops, and special events
Expected Fulfillment Date For Rewards
Expected Fulfillment Date For Rewards

 From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting us over these 7 years. Thank you for taking the time to check out our Kickstarter. We appreciate any contribution - whether it's with a pledge, or a tweet, or a share. But most of all, thank you for believing in small business. 

Risks and challenges

The main risks with this campaign is the complexity of fulfillment with so many different rewards.

Fulfillment was a process that took a long time with Magnificent - but that was primarily due to the production of the comic book itself.

These rewards will only take a matter of weeks to manufacture and ship to us, and the designs are complete. Leaving only the difficulty or organizing and shipping rewards to our backers.

To limit the fulfillment time for you, then, we're partnering with BackerKit at our own expense to keep fulfillment organized and streamline the shipping process. With BackerKit we can all but eliminate the logistical interference that slows up fulfillment. We know it costs money, but we think you're worth it!

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    THANK YOU, FOREVER

    Every member of our Community matters and we appreciate your support! That's why we'll put your name on our Kickstarter THANK YOU WALL at Chimera's Comics in La Grange and Oak Lawn, for all eternity.

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    HIGH FIVE

    You get our most popular gift ever, a shiny, blue, aluminum BOTTLE OPENER KEYCHAIN to be the hero of any party, plus a LAPTOP STICKER! Not bad for five bucks, huh?

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    CONVENTION CRUSADER

    We'll take care of our Community at comic-con, too! You'll get one of our most popular gifts, a cinch/drawstring CONVENTION BAG perfect for swag, plus a HAND SANITIZER to keep that greasy con food off the grail you're adding to your collection (and to fight off con crud!)

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    GOING GREEN

    Okay, Hal Jordan, here's your time to go green!

    You'll get a reusable TOTE BAG like we'll use at the shop to eliminate plastic waste, plus a reusable aluminum WATER BOTTLE!

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    I'LL DRINK TO THAT

    Whether you're cutting loose after a hard day's night, or just taking a well-deserved rest, we're there for you.

    That's why you'll get a BOTTLE OPENER to open that cold one, and 16 oz TUMBLER GLASS for to pour it in. We'll even throw in a 1.5 oz MINI GLASS in case Ant-Man show up to your party.

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    WHO NEEDS A CAPE?

    Show your pride for your local comic shop and for small businesses everywhere with an official store TSHIRT and BASEBALL CAP!

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    THE COMPLETIST

    You'll receive the works! We can't tell you how much we appreciate you making Chimera's Comics the best store it can be. It's not us, it's not the selection, it's not the prices - it's YOU.

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    • YOUR NAME ADDED TO OUR THANK YOU WALL
    • LAPTOP STICKER
    • BOTTLE OPENER KEYCHAIN
    • COMIC CON SANITIZER
    • COMIC CONVENTION BAG
    • REUSABLE TOTE BAG
    • REUSABLE ALUMINUM WATER BOTTLE
    • 16 OZ TUMBLER GLASS
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    • TSHIRT
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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    A $92 value, this pledge level will ONLY be available for this pledge for the first 72 HOURS! After that, the cost will go up $10! So save the cash and pledge now!

    You'll receive the works! We can't tell you how much we appreciate you making Chimera's Comics the best store it can be. It's not us, it's not the selection, it's not the prices - it's YOU.

    Includes:
    • YOUR NAME ADDED TO OUR THANK YOU WALL
    • LAPTOP STICKER
    • BOTTLE OPENER KEYCHAIN
    • 16 OZ TUMBLER GLASS
    • 1.5 OZ MINI GLASS
    • TSHIRT
    • BASEBALL CAP
    • REUSABLE TOTE BAG
    • COMIC CON SANITIZER
    • REUSABLE ALUMINUM WATER BOTTLE
    • COMIC CONVENTION BAG
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