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Book design by Eric Trautmann
Book design by Eric Trautmann

Couture is a comic book collection inspired by the most iconic moments in fashion.  Drawing from the work of designers from Christian Dior to Hussein Chalayan, writer Dani Colman (Black Jack Ketchum, ODY-C) has written 15 short comics, each inspired by an iconic fashion collection, that will be drawn by some of the most stylish and exciting artists in comics.

Some of the fashion being turned into comics:

  • Alexander McQueen's darkly romantic collection The Girl who Lived in a Tree becomes a fairy tale about a girl who climbs an ancient tree to find a lost prince - drawn by the fabulous Jen Bartel!
  • Guo Pei's lavish One Thousand and Two Nights collection becomes a modern drama about an elderly socialite seeking wisdom from a fortune teller, but getting something unexpected in the Chinese woman's story - drawn by the talented Justin Greenwood!
  • Galliano's beautiful Art Nouveau collection for Dior becomes a magical romance about a painting who comes to life in 1920s Paris - drawn by the accomplished Marguerite Sauvage!
  • Elsa Schiaparelli's surreal and whimsical Circus Collection becomes a horror story about Death visiting the circus on the day the Big Top burns - drawn by the amazing Tony Parker!

Check out our "sneak preview" updates for more of the fantastical fashion and diverse stories!

Why support Couture?

At New York Comic Con 2016, over 400 people packed the room to hear Dani Colman, Robbi Rodriguez, Jen Bartel, Cameron Stewart and Adam Withers talk about how comics are the most stylish and fashion-forward they have ever been, from the diverse contemporary fashion of The Wicked + The Divine to the cool and modern updates to Batgirl and Captain Marvel.  Couture is the first book to truly pay homage to the connection between fashion and comics, by using great fashion to create great stories.

By backing Couture, you're helping support something truly unique: a never-before-seen combination of fashion and comics, created by some of the most exciting artists working in comics today.  The short stories in Couture span horror, romance, fantasy, mystery and more, but what brings them all together is their celebration of the great art of haute couture.  Help us turn this unique idea into a real and beautiful book, and be a part of the creation of Couture!

Just announced: Claudia Balboni is joining Couture!

Claudia Balboni, with art from Image Comics' "Black Jack Ketchum"
Claudia Balboni, with art from Image Comics' "Black Jack Ketchum"

As if the artists working on Couture weren't amazing enough, we're pleased to announce that Claudia Balboni - who drew the mind-bending miniseries Black Jack Ketchum for Image Comics - will be joining Couture to illustrate one of the stories!  Read all about it in this announcement.

As a Kickstarter-exclusive bonus, we're also releasing a digital companion volume called Atelier, only available to Kickstarter backers.  Featuring original scripts, "director's commentary" and process pages for every story, Atelier takes you behind the scenes of Couture and shows you how the book was made from start to finish.

Some of the designers and artists featured in Couture.  Clockwise, from top left: Alexander McQueen, Marguerite Sauvage, John Galliano, Kevin Wada, Thom Browne, Jen Bartel, Thierry Mugler, Robbi Rodriguez
Some of the designers and artists featured in Couture. Clockwise, from top left: Alexander McQueen, Marguerite Sauvage, John Galliano, Kevin Wada, Thom Browne, Jen Bartel, Thierry Mugler, Robbi Rodriguez

 

 

Sample art by Howard Chaykin
Sample art by Howard Chaykin

 

The stories in Couture are being drawn by some of the most innovative and celebrated artists working in comics today.  From industry veterans like Howard Chaykin to new stars like Jen Bartel, all of the artists involved with Couture are passionate about comics, about fashion, and about exploring what the two art forms can do when they are brought explosively together.

Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms)
Jen Bartel (Jem and the Holograms)

 

Robbi Rodriguez (Spider Gwen)
Robbi Rodriguez (Spider Gwen)

 

Howard Chaykin (American Flagg)
Howard Chaykin (American Flagg)

 

Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells)
Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells)

 

Tony Parker (Mayday)
Tony Parker (Mayday)

 

Taki Soma (Sinergy)
Taki Soma (Sinergy)

 

Kevin Wada (She-Hulk)
Kevin Wada (She-Hulk)

 

Comfort Love & Adam Withers (The Uniques)
Comfort Love & Adam Withers (The Uniques)

 

Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet)
Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet)

 

  

Jed Dougherty (Worlds' Finest)
Jed Dougherty (Worlds' Finest)

 

Justin Greenwood (The Fuse)
Justin Greenwood (The Fuse)

 

Claudia Balboni (Black Jack Ketchum)
Claudia Balboni (Black Jack Ketchum)

 

And more to be announced!

 

Hand-cut silhouette by Jordan Monsell, available at $250
Hand-cut silhouette by Jordan Monsell, available at $250

When you support Couture, you have the opportunity to pledge for a copy of the book, for comics-themed rewards like prints, postcards and original art, and for exclusive fashion accessories including custom-designed enamel pins from Dani Vulnavia and Get Lapel Pins, and limited-edition jewellery by Optimystical Studios.  Check out some of our reward tiers below!

 

 

 

 

 

Fully half of the funds are going towards paying the contributors.  Couture is lucky enough to have some of the top names in comics contributing story art, and they all deserve to be paid fairly for their work.

After Kickstarter and other fees (~10% of the total), the rest of the money is going towards shipping, printing, and production costs for the book.  Couture isn't intended to make a massive profit or to be the start of a publishing empire: all the money we raise is going into creating the most beautiful possible book for our backers.

 

Risks and challenges

All of the creators working on Couture are experienced comics professionals with plenty of practice hitting deadlines, but delays do happen. We have centralised project management and an expert editor making sure that everyone's deadlines are clear and we can recover from any delays during the creation of the book.

It is always possible that delays may occur during printing or shipping. If this happens, we will work with the printer to fix errors and get the books printed and shipped as quickly as possible.

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    BACKSTAGE PASS

    Your name in the special thanks section of our digital companion volume, ATELIER, and exclusive access to backer-only updates including art reveals, interviews, story outlines and more!

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    PETITE MAIN

    Your name, featured in the special thanks section of our behind-the-scenes digital companion volume. Plus, a handwritten thankyou postcard featuring one of KEVIN WADA's breathtaking interstitial pages, and exclusive access to backer-only updates.

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    ATELIER

    A pdf of our digital behind-the-scenes volume, ATELIER, featuring scripts, process pages, facts about the fashion, and a special thanks for all our Kickstarter backers.

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    PIN

    One COUTURE enamel pin of your choice! Designed by stylist DANI VULNAVIA, each of these pins represents one story in the COUTURE collection. Plus, get a digital download of ATELIER, our behind-the-scenes companion volume.

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    PRINTS AND PATTERNS

    In addition to our eternal thanks, a digital download of ATELIER, and one of our enamel pins, get a high-quality, Kickstarter-exclusive COUTURE print, designed by a special guest artist!

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    GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

    24 HOURS ONLY!

    A limited-edition Optimystical Studios COUTURE necklace with SHIMMER finish, and an enamel pin of your choice!

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    • Enamel pin
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    COUTURE - AHEAD OF THE TREND

    Get your copy of COUTURE a month before its official release!

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    COUTURE - ON THE RUNWAY

    The book itself! Hard-cover with a debossed and foiled cover design, COUTURE features 15 stories with over 120 pages of art by award-winning artists.

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    THE WHOLE ENSEMBLE

    At this level, your copy of COUTURE comes with a full set of accessories: an enamel pin, a Kickstarter-exclusive print, a thank-you postcard and the digital download of ATELIER.

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    DESIGNER LABEL

    Everything from THE WHOLE ENSEMBLE, but your copy of COUTURE will come signed by at least 5 of the contributing artists!

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    3-BOOK RETAILER SPECIAL

    RETAILERS ONLY: get 3 copies of COUTURE for your store, and a surprise special promotional item from us! Proof of retailer status required.

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    COUTURE CAMEO

    Step up your accessories game with an exclusive COUTURE necklace from Optimystical Studios! Includes everything in THE WHOLE ENSEMBLE.

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    • Limited-edition COUTURE necklace
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    COUTURE CAMEO: GLITZ & GLAMOUR

    24 HOURS ONLY!

    Step up your accessories game with an exclusive COUTURE necklace from Optimystical Studios - for a limited time in exclusive shimmer finish! Includes everything in THE WHOLE ENSEMBLE.

    Includes:
    • COUTURE, the book
    • ATELIER, the digital companion volume
    • Limited-edition COUTURE necklace with SHIMMER finish
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    THE FULL SET

    Get the full set of all 15 COUTURE enamel pins, custom designed by stylist and designer DANI VULNAVIA.

    Includes a digital download of ATELIER, does NOT include a copy of COUTURE.

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    5-BOOK RETAILER SPECIAL

    RETAILERS ONLY: get 5 copies of COUTURE for your store, and a surprise special promotional item from us! Proof of retailer status required.

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    PINS AND PAPERS

    Get a full set of 15 enamel pins AND a copy of COUTURE! Plus, get a digital download of ATELIER, the Kickstarter-exclusive print and our thanks on a handwritten postcard.

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    STRIKING SILHOUETTE

    The one-of-a-kind, hand-cut silhouette featured on the cover of COUTURE, designed and cut by artist JORDAN MONSELL - and, of course, a copy of COUTURE.

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    DESIGNER-IN-TRAINING

    COUTURE writer DANI COLMAN will critique your writing! Send up to 5 short stories or comic scripts, and Dani will give you detailed feedback on how to elevate your writing to the best it can be. Includes a copy of COUTURE and a digital download of ATELIER.

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    PERSONAL STYLIST

    COUTURE stylist DANI VULNAVIA will give you a personal, in-depth style consult! Send pictures of yourself and your wardrobe, and Dani will show you how to make the most of your personal style by mixing and matching garments, layering, and creative accessorizing. Includes a copy of COUTURE and a digital download of ATELIER.

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