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A full color, softbound book of Chapter 3 of Tamberlane, a comic about a bat that cares for a mysterious creature: a human child.
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One day, the citizens of Treehollow discovered a small, strange creature wandering alone in Rattleglen Forest. Clearly much too young to be on her own, and with limited verbal communication skills (though she gets by with a little sign language), it’s anyone’s guess how this mysterious being, named Tamberlane, ended up in their care.

Fostered by Belfry, the accident-prone bat with a heart of gold, and guided by a colorful cast of animal characters, Tamberlane’s mysteries continue to unfold. But one question remains on everyone’s mind: who (or more specifically, what) is she?

Chapter 3 Summary

The citizens of Treehollow are preparing to host the region’s annual Sovereign Festival for the first time in 12 years. Belfry and Tess must resolve their fight, and soon, because they have to work a festival booth together. Meanwhile, Oakewood and his godson Milo are deep in the process of learning about Tamberlane, observing her in experimental situations in hopes of getting closer to unlocking the mystery of her origin.

Tamberlane is an ongoing LGBTQIA+ created comic that updates every Wednesday and is rated PG13. Want to try before you buy? Read it here for FREE! 

You’ll love Tamberlane if you also enjoy stories like:

  • Redwall
  • The Jungle Book
  • Wolf Children
  • Beatrix Potter
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • Watership Down
  • Warrior Cats
  • Once Upon a Forest
  • Blacksad
  • Pogo
  • Bone

This Kickstarter is to fund the printing and distribution of a gorgeous, perfect-bound full-color book with 80 pages of comic and 10 pages of fan comics and behind-the-scenes concept art!  

Book Specs:

  • 6.9" x 9.8", perfect for your shelf!
  • 100 pages (and maybe more!)
  • 80 lb matte coated interior pages
  • 12pt card matte cover
  • Perfect (square) binding

Printing will be done by Marquis Books with fulfillment being managed by myself with the help of BackerKit.

While the purpose of this Kickstarter is to get Chapter 3 turned into a book, there’s a lot more Tamberlane goodness I can’t wait to share with you in the form of backer perks and extras! Here’s a description of each tier and the details of the rewards you can look forward to getting by backing this Kickstarter.

  •  Just the Book: Just the new book of Tamberlane: Chapter 3. ‘Nuff said!
  •  Signed Book: Your copy of Tamberlane: Chapter 3 will include a signed and numbered bookplate by artist and author, Caytlin Vilbrandt. Plus a print and a sticker! 
  •  3-Book Set: Copies of Tamberlane: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in all their beautiful printed glory. Catch up on the whole story so far!
  •  Signed 3-Book Set: Copies of Tamberlane: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in book format, with a signed and numbered bookplate in each copy, as well as 1 print and 1 sticker. Collect the whole Tamberlane set! 
  •  Gimme the Goods Set: A copy of Chapter 3 with a signed and numbered bookplate, including a personalized DOODLE. This is NOT a full sketch, but a quick pen drawing that is nevertheless made just for you! This tier also includes 1 print, 1 sticker, and 3 unlocked Backer Achievement items of your choice!
  •  [Limit 25] Collector’s Set: Copies of Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in book format, with a signed and numbered bookplate in each copy, one of which has a special, personalized sketch of your two favorite Tamberlane characters! Plus, you’ll get 2 prints, 2 stickers, and one unlocked Backer Achievement item of your choice.  
  •  [Limit 25] Supporter’s Set:  A copy of just Chapter 3, including a signed and numbered bookplate with  a personalized sketch of your two favorite Tamberlane characters, high  quality Tamberlane-themed canvas tote bag (upgradable to messenger bag if we hit our stretch goal!), plus all available additional merchandise, including stretch goals as they are unlocked. Ideal for past supporters of the comic who already have Chapters 1 and 2, though these books can be purchased a la carte through BackerKit if you’d like the extra goodies.

This Kickstarter is to fund the creation of the Chapter 3 book, which is available to all tiers, but you have the option to get your hands on tangible copies of previous chapters either by pledging to a higher tier or purchasing through BackerKit. Books will be signed only at the tiers specifying as such.  

Keep book thieves away from your comics with signatures and sketches delivered via a special Tamberlane bookplate featuring key characters from the comic! Bookplates will be signed and numbered at all tiers containing signed books, with a limited number of personalized and numbered bookplate sketches being offered split between Collector’s Set and Supporter’s Set tiers. 

Sketch options will go fast, so don’t delay if you’re interested in receiving one-of-a-kind Tamberlane art!

Eligible tiers: Signed Book, Signed 3-Book Set, Collector’s Set, Supporter’s Set  

These stickers are weather-proof, perfect for putting on your car, your laptop, your face, or any other surface your heart desires! Stickers will be available to purchase a la carte through BackerKit, and more designs are unlockable through the Backer Achievements detailed below!

Eligible Tiers: Signed Book, Signed 3-Book Set, Collector’s Set, Supporter’s Set  

 Miniature prints of your favorite Tamberlane characters. Additional print designs will be unlocked as stretch goals are met! Mini prints will be available to purchase a la carte through BackerKit, and more designs are unlockable through the Backer Achievements detailed below!

Eligible tiers: Signed Book, Signed 3-Book Set, Collector’s Set, Supporter’s Set  

For backers at the highest tiers, you’ll get a durable and functional 15" x 16" x 3" canvas tote featuring sketches of Belfry and Tamberlane! Made of sturdy, heavy-duty canvas, this tote bag features a 3" gusset and is perfect for carrying in your groceries, you eco-minded person you! You will have the option to upgrade your canvas tote to a stylish messenger bag or purchase both through BackerKit as stretch goals are unlocked. 

Eligible tiers: Supporter’s Set

Want something your tier doesn't provide? Add-ons featured in this Kickstarter as well as my online store will be available for purchase through BackerKit!

All additional rewards will be available as add-ons through your BackerKit survey when the Kickstarter campaign is over. Be sure to check that support@s.backerkit.com is whitelisted in your email so that you're sure to get the notification of a survey.

 Let’s keep the momentum going with a chance to earn even more backer rewards through stretch goals! Here’s what each milestone will unlock.

UNLOCKED! At $12,000, this awesome Expressions pencil pouch has been unlocked!  A 20x10 cm, waterproof, double-sided pencil pouch featuring a Tamberlane and Belfry sketch pattern. This pencil pouch will be available for purchase through BackerKit.

Eligible tiers: Collector’s Set, Supporter’s Set 


Minty is creating some brand new, breathtaking artwork for this, but in the meantime, her beautiful piece of Nora will serve as a placeholder!
Minty is creating some brand new, breathtaking artwork for this, but in the meantime, her beautiful piece of Nora will serve as a placeholder!
Current WIP of the actual Variant cover!!

At $15,000, a Kickstarter-exclusive variant cover painted by Minty Messerly will be available for all backers! When you complete your BackerKit survey, you will be able to choose whether you want the Variant cover or the Normal cover. Both will be available for purchase through the BackerKit store as well!

Eligible tiers: All of them!

Unlock 5 sketch card designs, which will be printed on a high quality 4"x6" cream cotton heavy cardstock. Each tier with a signed bookplate will receive 1 randomly chosen card design. Full sets of all 5 designs can be purchased through BackerKit.

Eligible tiers: Signed Book, Signed 3-Book Set, Collector’s Set, Supporter’s Set  

Mockup; final product may differ.
Mockup; final product may differ.

For the Supporter’s Set tier, get a high-quality 16" x 11" x 4 1/2" polycanvas messenger bag, featuring a side mesh pocket and lots of useful compartments to store your stuff and sport your love of Tamberlane wherever you go! You can upgrade your Supporter's Set canvas tote to the messenger bag as this is unlocked, or get both through BackerKit. (Even non-Supporter Tier folks!)

Eligible tiers: Supporter’s Set

New for this Kickstarter campaign are ways you can unlock even more rewards by sharing and participating in the Tamberlane community via social media. Be sure to follow Tamberlane on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook

Retweets: 142
Retweets: 155

Starting August 6th, retweet this tweet advertising the Kickstarter! Retweets only; due to Twitter's limitations, quote tweets (the "Retweet with Comment" option) will not be counted! The digital rewards will be given to all tiers automatically, and will be available to purchase separately in the BackerKit store if you didn't back the campaign. The Retweets counter will be updated once a day in the evening.

Your call has been answered! The first digital reward has opened up, revealing PDFs of each of the comics! These will be automatically added to all tiers, and two digital tiers have opened up: one for just Chapter 3's PDF, and one for all 3 comics as PDFs.

REWARD: The more Retweets our tweet receives, the more excellent digital rewards will open up! 

Shares: 43
Shares: 43

Starting August 6th, share this facebook post advertising the Kickstarter! If enough folks share the post, we'll unlock a lovely Expressions pattern on the inside cover of the books! The shares counter will be updated once a day in the evening.

REWARD: All Chapter 3 books will have a patterned interior cover. 


Current: 1,188 (Twitter: 838 | Facebook: 29 | Tumblr: 321)
Current: 1,188 (Twitter: 838 | Facebook: 29 | Tumblr: 321)

 Be sure to follow Tamberlane on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook! The more folks who follow our social media accounts, the more mini prints will be unlocked! These prints will automatically be included as part of the Supporter's Set tier, will be an option for the Collector's Set tier, and will be available for purchase in BackerKit. The Followers counter will be updated once a day in the evening.

REWARD: 1, 2, or 3 extra mini print designs as more folks follow. 

Reached total funding and beyond will unlock 2.5" double-sided clear acrylic keychains featuring your favorite Tamberlane characters! These keychains will automatically be included as part of the Supporter's Set tier, will be an option for the Collector's Set tier, and will be available for purchase in BackerKit. Check the top of the page to see our progress.

First Design UNLOCKED! Our first design is "Goodnight," the same as our stickers! At 2.5", this adorable clear acrylic double-sided keychain is perfect for your bag, cork board, or other assorted keychainable accessories. Bearing a sleepy Belfry on the front and a snoozing Tamberlane on the back, keep them with you at all times for mellow good vibes.

REWARD: 1, 2, or 3 keychain designs as we get more funded. 


For all you pin collectors out there, the more backers this campaign receives will unlock up to 3 1.5" hard enamel pin designs, which will automatically be included as part of the Supporter’s Set tier, an option for the Collector's Set tier, and available for purchase in BackerKit. Check the top of the page to see our progress.

Our first Enamel Pin reward has been UNLOCKED! "Cupcakes" is an adorable 1.25" enamel pin of Belfry holding a pile of cupcakes! She has antiqued bronze plating on the metal to contrast with her bright fur, and they're hard enamel -- meaning that the color is even with the metal!

Our second Enamel Pin reward is UNLOCKED! "Animal" is an adorable 1.25" enamel pin of Tamberlane making the Trissol/sign language sign for "animal"! With gold plating on the metal outlines and a playfully fierce expression, she's sure to adorn your lapels and your heart!

REWARD: 1, 2, or 3 enamel pin designs as backer count grows.  

Total Stories: 3
Total Stories: 3

Tell stories on social media about how Tamberlane has impacted you. Use the #Tamberlane hashtag for it to count toward this goal! You get an extra entry if you include a photo of yourself with something Tamberlane-related, be it merchandise, art, or just a handwritten note of support! Posts to the #Tamberlane tag that aren't about how it impacted you don't count!

If it’s not on Twitter, please share the link with the @TamberlaneComic Twitter account or via email tamberfan@gmail.com. Please keep all posts rated PG and below. For each milestone we hit, a new sticker design unlocks! These stickers will be automatically added to the Supporter's Tier, will be an option for the Collector's Tier, and will be available for puchase a la carte in the BackerKit store.

The entries counter will be updated once a day in the evening.

REWARD: 1, 2, or 3 extra sticker designs. 

So to summarize, here's how you can help:

  • Back the Kickstarter
  • Retweet the tweet and post the Facebook post
  • Share your stories about how Tamberlane affected your life in the #Tamberlane hashtag
  • Participate in the #TamberlaneAndMe fanworks contest
  • Follow the comic social media accounts (see below)
  • Tell your friends about the comic & this kickstarter
  • Read the comic

Tamberlane is entirely made possible thanks to readers like you. Here are other ways you can support the creation of the comic!

Patreon | Shop | Read the Comic and Share | Buy Me a Coffee

Follow on  Twitter | Tumblr | Facebook | Twitch | Youtube

Risks and challenges

The comic is already done, the files are already completed, and I have ample experience in crowdfunding, having successfully finished 6 previous campaigns. I've also been successfully fulfilling orders for my online shop and Patreon, I've got a streamlined fulfillment process, and a handful of helpers to get through it all.

However, there is always a risk with a crowdfunding project. As I'm hoping to have the books in my hands, fulfilled, and ready to sell before GeekGirlCon (November 16-17 in Seattle!), the turnaround is very tight. My aim is to be sure the rewards are in the mail before I head out to vend, but that may not be possible if there are delays. I've tried to build in a bit of a time buffer, but it's still tighter than I’d like!

In addition, my health goes up and down. I struggle with chronic pain and fatigue that can sometimes kill my ability to work for days at a time. If it strikes at the wrong time, fulfillment may be delayed. Plus, manufacturers can sometimes take longer than I anticipated.

But for all of that, as long as this kickstarter is funded, there is zero possibility it will not be fulfilled. I'm a hard worker with a proven track record. If you back this Kickstarter, you're backing a safe bet.

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    Signed Book

    Your copy of Tamberlane: Chapter 3 will include a signed and numbered bookplate by artist and author, Caytlin Vilbrandt. Plus a print and a sticker!

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    • Signed/Numbered Bookplate
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    3-Book Set

    Copies of Tamberlane: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in all their beautiful printed glory. Catch up on the whole story so far!

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    • Book: Chapter 3
    • Book: Chapter 2
    • Book: Chapter 1
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    Signed 3-Book Set

    Copies of Tamberlane: Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in book format, with a signed and numbered bookplate in each copy, as well as 1 print and 1 sticker. Collect the whole Tamberlane set!

    Includes:
    • Book: Chapter 3
    • Book: Chapter 2
    • Book: Chapter 1
    • Signed/Numbered Bookplate
    • Print
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    Gimme the Goods Set

    Like all the unlocks? Don't need extra books? This tier is for you! Get your copy of Chapter 3 with a doodled bookplate: NOT a full sketch, but a quick pen drawing made just for you! Plus, 1 print, 1 sticker, and 3 items of your choice from our unlocked Backer Achievement items.

    Includes:
    • Book: Chapter 3
    • Signed/Numbered Bookplate w/ Personalized Doodle
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    Collector's Set

    Copies of Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in book format, with a signed and numbered bookplate in each copy, one of which has a special, personalized sketch of your two favorite Tamberlane characters! Plus, you’ll get 2 prints, 2 stickers, and one unlocked Backer Achievement item of your choice.

    Includes:
    • Book: Chapter 3
    • Book: Chapter 2
    • Book: Chapter 1
    • Signed/Numbered Bookplate
    • Signed/Numbered Bookplate with Personalized Sketch
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    Supporter's Set

    A copy of just Chapter 3, including a signed and numbered bookplate with a personalized sketch of your two favorite Tamberlane characters, high quality Tamberlane-themed canvas tote bag (upgradable to messenger bag if we hit our stretch goal!), plus all available additional merchandise, including stretch goals as they are unlocked.

    Ideal for past supporters of the comic who already have Chapters 1 and 2, though these books can be purchased a la carte through BackerKit if you’d like the extra goodies.

    Includes:
    • Book: Chapter 3
    • Signed/Numbered Bookplate with Personalized Sketch
    • Special Tamberlane Bag
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