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Off*Beat by Jen Lee Quick returns! Pre-order the new Chromatic Press print editions and score sweet Off*Beat goodies.

Update at $7,000 mark: Goal reached! Thank you so much for all your support! We're going to add the following stretch goals, if enough people pre-order through this Kickstarter:

Total of $10,000: Free postcards! If this Kickstarter reaches $10,000 total, every backer at the $35 level will get a free bonus Off*Beat postcard--and every backer at the $50 level and up will get four different postcards. Collect 'em, send 'em to loved ones, rub them over your face in the privacy of your own home. We don't judge!

Total of $15,000: Off*Beat goes audio! Jen will work with the Chromatic Press audio department to develop an audio story with your beloved Off*Beat characters. The audio will be offered as a free extra through Sparkler, no subscription necessary. Literally give a voice to Tory and Colin! WHOA.

Welcome to the Off*Beat Vols 1-2 (New Editions) Pre-Order Kickstarter, brought to you by Chromatic Press!

Since discovering Jen Lee Quick’s work in the pages of I.C. Entertainment’s AmeriManga Magazine in 2002, the editors of Chromatic Press have been insatiable fans for...jeez, over a decade now. When Jen launched her coming-of-age comic Off*Beat with TOKYOPOP in 2005, and was eventually paired with editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, it was a perfect marriage of business and intense fangirl enthusiasm. But after the publication of Volume 2, TOKYOPOP closed the doors of its English-language publishing house and Off*Beat was left unfinished and in publishing limbo, causing intense fangirl tears. The best chance for Off*Beat to come to its proper conclusion was if a new publishing company bought TOKYOPOP’s rights to Off*Beat and hired Jen to complete the series. Unfortunately, that publisher didn’t seem to exist.

So we started our own publishing house--both to help Jen thrive and to publish work by the many independent creators who move us. And we chose Off*Beat to be our first shining star.

The newly founded Chromatic Press is releasing new editions of Off*Beat Volumes 1 and 2--including special bonus material and ebook versions of the books for the first time ever--and will be serializing Volume 3 in its upcoming digital magazine Sparkler Monthly. Lillian Diaz-Przybyl is one of the founders of Chromatic Press and chief editor of comics; she'll be back editing Off*Beat right from where she and Jen left off at TOKYOPOP. Volume 3 and Sparkler will begin this summer, and the grande finale of Off*Beat will eventually be released in ebook and print book versions as well.

Poster available through this Kickstarter!
Poster available through this Kickstarter!

But in the meantime, you want those new editions of Volume 1 and 2, right? As soon as possible? With all sorts of bonuses? Of course you do. And you’re in the right place.

Pre-order your copies of Off*Beat Volume 1 and 2 (print and/or digital) from Chromatic Press on Kickstarter, and also get access to:

1.) Off*Beat posters, keychains, and buttons!
2.) Special Chromatic Press and Sparkler bonuses, so you can be first on board when we start Off*Beat Volume 3!
3.) Jen Lee Quick signing your stuff!
4.) Jen Lee Quick drawing you into the background of Volume 3!

A tiny rainbow of tassel bookmarks.
A tiny rainbow of tassel bookmarks.

About Off*Beat: 

Christopher “Tory” Blake is a little too smart for his own good. His flights of fancy can whisk him off to odd places, but some of the oddest are those involving his mysterious new neighbor, Colin Stephens. Quiet and unassuming, it’s obvious that Colin is up to something, right? And it’s apparently something called the “Gaia Project.” Now if only Tory could get to the bottom of what makes his neighbor so fascinating. From switching schools to better stalk--*ahem*--observe Colin, to becoming his study partner, to...well, it turns out that Tory’s instincts may actually be onto something. But as he and Colin get closer, first as friends and then perhaps as something more, Tory discovers that he’s got just as much to figure out about himself as he does about Colin.

A critically acclaimed hit, including a silver medal for Best Graphic Novel of 2005 by ForeWord magazine, Off*Beat is a brilliant story of growing up...and the risk-benefit analysis of being an obsessive weirdo.

Here's what other amazing women in comics have to say about Off*Beat:

"Jen Quick makes the kind of comics I like to read. Fun, sexy, mysterious, well-drawn (especially the boys), she always keeps me turning pages to see what happens next." Faith Erin Hicks, Friends With Boys

"Off*Beat has been a treasured possession on my shelf for years now and I cannot wait to finally find out What Happens Next. Compelling mystery story aside, I love Jen’s art and sure-handed storytelling--her characters walk and talk like they could really exist." Svetlana Chmakova, Dramacon, Nightschool 

"Jen Lee Quick's Off*Beat is an original and heart-felt story that combines the drama of teenage romance with the fantastical. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read with engaging characters and beautiful art." HamletMachine, Starfighter

"It might start out as a quiet mystery, but when you're not looking, Jen Quick's quirky characters and witty sense of humor will sneak their way into your heart. Off*Beat is perfect in its deceptive simplicity, hilarious in its relatability, and heart-fluttering in all the right places. You won't be able to contain your feels!" Becky Cloonan, The Mire, Conan the Barbarian

About Jen Lee Quick: A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Jen Lee Quick has been a professional comic creator for over a decade. Her credits include Soul Union for I.C. Entertainment, the art for Once in a Blue Moon by Oni Press, and the webcomic Witch’s Quarry, currently a premium title at MangaMagazine.net. The setting of Off*Beat is lovingly based on her years in Queens.

About Chromatic Press: The four founders of Chromatic Press collectively bring 25+ years' experience in the manga industry to the table, and their passion (both past and present) is deeply rooted in fandom. Read more about the staff on the Chromatic Press website here.

Where the money goes:
The funds raised through this Kickstarter go to the printing costs for Volumes 1 & 2 of Off*Beat and the creation of the merchandise extras. Although the books and most of the merchandise will eventually be sold to the general public, the first copies will reach Kickstarter backers prior to the books’ official street date, along with any extras exclusive to this Kickstarter.

After/if we clear our financial goal of $7,000, any additional funds we raise (minus Kickstarter fees and retail value of awarded rewards, etc.) will be split, with half going right back into the launch of Sparkler Monthly, and the other half going into a bonus check for Jen Lee Quick herself. So your extra dollars are literally going into more Off*Beat, not the pockets of any editors running away to the beaches of Aruba!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As a publisher, Chromatic Press is prepared to overcome any and all obstacles that may unexpectedly arise in fulfilling the pledges of this Kickstarter. After the struggles of Off*Beat and Jen Quick of the last several years, we're bringing this one home.

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    Thank you so much for your contribution to Off*Beat! Receive one invisible fangirl hug and a thank-you e-mail from Jen Quick and Chromatic Press.

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    Receive an exclusive Off*Beat desktop wallpaper, featuring SUPER SECRET NEW ART by Jen Quick! And that invisible hug above, of course.

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    Receive the new Chromatic Press ebook editions of Off*Beat Volumes 1 and 2! These will be delivered in three formats--pdf, epub, and mobi--for optimum compatibility on computers, most tablets, and the Kindle. This is the retail price of the upcoming ebooks, but you’ll get them earlier than the general public AND with the tiers above! SCORE.

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    Receive the ebooks and all tiers above, plus a 5-button set of brand new Off*Beat buttons! Shipping to anywhere in the world included!

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    PRINT EDITIONS OF OFF*BEAT VOLUMES 1 AND 2! This first printing of the Chromatic Press editions will come with two different bookmarks--one for each volume. You'll also receive the ebook versions, the buttons, and the exclusive desktop wallpaper (all tiers above). Shipping included within the United States, $10 shipping for Canada and international.

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    Get the print and ebook editions of Vols 1-2, all the tiers above, plus deluxe versions of your bookmarks (with handmade tassels) and a brand new Off*Beat keychain! Shipping included within the United States, $10 shipping for Canada and international.

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    SPECIAL MERCH TIER: Already have the TOKYOPOP copies of Off*Beat 1 and 2 and don’t wanna rebuy them? But you want the digital stuff and the rest of this sweet merch? This tier includes the ebooks, buttons, deluxe bookmarks, keychain, an unsigned poster, and the desktop wallpaper. Shipping included within the United States, $10 shipping for Canada and international.

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    FOR RETAILERS ONLY: Get four print copies each of Off*Beat Volumes 1 and 2, MSRP $13.99. Shipping included within the United States, $20 shipping for Canada and international.

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    All the stuff above (print and ebook versions of Vols 1-2, deluxe bookmarks, buttons, keychain) and an 18” x 24” poster of COLIN AND TORY BEING ADORABLE signed by Jen Quick herself! Whoa. Shipping included within the United States, $15 shipping for Canada and international.

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    Everything above (all the books, merch, signed poster) plus an original signed artwork page from Off*Beat! Jen herself will help you pick a great page from a wide variety of the pages in Volumes 1 and 2. Perfect for classy framing. Shipping included within the United States, $20 shipping for Canada and international.

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    NEW TIER: Everything above (all the books, merch, signed poster), but instead of an original page from Off*Beat, you get the discounted year's subscription to Sparkler that we only offered at the $200+ levels (which disappeared in two days, whoa). BE A FIRSTY ON OUR MAG. :D Shipping included within the United States, $15 shipping for Canada and international.

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    Everything above (print and ebooks, merch, signed poster, original signed page) plus a year’s subscription to Sparkler, which will serialize Volume 3 starting this summer! A subscription is valued at $60, so you’re actually getting that at a discount. Shipping included within the United States, $20 shipping for Canada and international.

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    NEW CREATOR TIER: In this tier ONLY, everything above in the new $150 tier track (all the books, merch, signed poster, but a year's subscription to Sparkler instead of an original page), plus an editorial review of your personal creative project by Sparkler's experienced editorial team. Did you want a portfolio review from Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, for example? We know some of you would love that, because damn, she's amazing. :D Here you go - a special discounted rate for a service we rarely offer. We'll look at pretty much any format of media you'll throw at us, because we've collectively worked in most major formats that exist. Message or leave a comment if you have specific questions about this. NOTE: This will be done digitally, via e-mail and/or Skype, so please only apply if you have a digital version of your work for us to review. Shipping included within the United States, $15 shipping for Canada and international.

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    Everything above (print and ebooks, merch, signed poster, original signed page, a year of Sparkler), plus Jen Quick will draw you into the background of a scene in Off*Beat Volume 3! You’ll also be credited in the digital and print versions of Off*Beat Volume 3 when it’s released. Comics fame and fortune awaits you! Shipping included within the United States, $20 shipping for Canada and international.

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    NEW "INTERESTED IN HOW THE SAUSAGE IS MADE" TIER: We're willing to part with three more VIP spots for those of you who want to be in the inner circle of Chromatic/Sparkler's test stuff, but don't have/were too slow with $500. :) (Also, three years' subscription and thus downloadable versions of every serial that runs in the magazine for that time, woo.) This level comes with everything at the $100 level (all the books, merch, signed poster), but with a VIP Subscription to Sparkler for three full years! Not generally offered for sale, this special membership will come with all the benefits of a regular membership (valued at $180 itself), along with three years of access to our secret forum and newsletter of beta material and field testing/surveys that we usually only share with editors, creators, and investors. This is almost like being part of our company. Want to be involved in Chromatic Press and give us feedback and suggestions from the bottom floor? Want to gain invaluable knowledge on digital publishing? This is your chance! Shipping included within the United States, $15 shipping for Canada and international.

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    All Off*Beat stuff above (print and ebooks, merch, signed poster, original signed page, drawn into Off*Beat 3), but with a VIP Subscription to Sparkler for three full years! Not generally offered for sale, this special membership will come with all the benefits of a regular membership (valued at $180 itself), along with three years of access to our secret forum and newsletter of beta material and field testing/surveys that we usually only share with editors, creators, and investors. This is almost like being part of our company. Want to be involved in Chromatic Press and give us feedback and suggestions from the bottom floor? Want to gain invaluable knowledge on digital publishing? This is your chance! Shipping included within the United States, $20 shipping for Canada and international.

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