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A graphic novel about a teenage vampire who is not going into the family business!

Thank you! Thank you SO MUCH! See you again in August!

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Pledge $5,001., noted comics creator Kurt Busiek eats a REAL bug!

A second wave of 40 copies of THE GARLICKS hardcovers have been added at the $40 reward level! They will be unnumbered, but will be signed and sketched, like all copies of THE GARLICKS.

A LIMITED run of 10 THE GARLICKS Kurt Eats a Bug hardcovers are available at the $70. level. You'll get a signed hardcover with a custom drawing of Kurt Busiek eating a bug, mini-prints, a PDF of THE GARLICKS, and a sticker!

The FINAL wave of the popular PANDORA'S KIT is ready: a customized pencil bag with pencils, a blank moleskine, a copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, mini-prints, and a PDF of THE GARLICKS. Get yours at the $80. pledge level!

Finally: if you've already pledged at $25. and up and want a sketch of Kurt Busiek Eating a Bug in your copy of THE GARLICKS, just add $15. to your existing pledge! Simple!

INCENTIVE UNLOCKED! $12,000. Goal Reached! New THE GARLICKS print signed by KURT BUSIEK!

TRUE! Kurt Busiek, creator of ASTRO CITY, writer of JLA/AVENGERS and MARVELS,  has committed to eating a bug per pledge to THE GARLICKS!

This bug-eating support is depicted in a print of my painting of Kurt, which is SIGNED BY KURT and me, plus a (depending on level) a PDF, THE GARLICKS collection, mini-prints, etc. There's even a possibility of Kurt eating a REAL bug, if the price is Right. (The right price is probably $3,000., the right place at Emerald City Comic-Con.)

Shoot, I'll eat a bug if THE GARLICKS makes its funding goal!

In his words:
"I want THE GARLICKS to happen. I want that book. I want it so bad, I'm willing to eat a bug to get people to support it.
I call this the Renfield Strategy. Entirely fitting, for a graphic novel about vampires, I'd say. And hey, now you can have my bug-eating claims immortalized! An original sketch of me eating whatever kind of bug you want, as drawn by Lea in your own copy of THE GARLICKS! Stinkbug, goliath beetle, pillbug -- drive Lea mad, looking up reference!
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At $20., $30. and $40. pledge levels, you'll get a signed print of the above art along with (depending on level) a PDF, a softcover book, the mini-prints, etc!
At $50., The BIG BUG PACKAGE, you get a custom sketch of Kurt in your copy of THE GARLICKS eating the bug of your choice, the signed Kurt Eats a Bug print, the mini-prints, and so on!

INCENTIVE UNLOCKED: THE GARLICKS Limited Edition Hardcover!

Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE: THE GARLICKS: Pandora Orange, Fail Vampire HARDCOVER LIMITED EDITION! This hardcover will have a tipped-in plate that is signed and numbered, and a sketch in the book. The edition number is determined by when the backer pledges, so get in early! It also comes with a PDF copy of THE GARLICKS and a sticker! There's only 10 left at the $40. level, so grab one while you can!

INCENTIVE UNLOCKED: Custom Sticker added at ALL Pledge Levels!

All pledge levels from $5. to redonkulous will get a custom THE GARLICKS sticker of (likely) Fishbat. It'll be about 3" x 3", suitable for your bumper, laptop or sibling!

---------<----@ @--->--------Old Skool!

I'm Lea Hernandez, and I need your help to fund the production and printing of my sixth graphic novel, THE GARLICKS: Pandora Orange, Fail Vampire. 

Here's what comics pros say about THE GARLICKS: "...funny, human, silly, gorgeous, sweet and smart," --Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels), "Lea's stuff is terrific."-- Neil Gaiman (Sandman, The Graveyard Book),"Lovely work."--Jim Lee (artist of Justice League, co-publisher, DC Comics).

I'm an award-wining 25-year veteran of comics, creator of three graphic novels, co-creator of a fourth, artist of a fifth, not to mention stuff for Marvel, DC, Disney, Image, and Oni Press.

Become a backer and make yourself a part of this project and get recognition, books, art and more!

THE GARLICKS Pilot Story!

A pilot? Yep! The 6-page THE GARLICKS pilot is online to give you a taste of the graphic novel to come. (Right-click and "open in new tab" so you don't lose this page!)

The Webcomic, the Book, and Cool People

THE GARLICKS is story about a vampire girl, for girls. (But so far, guys have dug it a lot--I call this the My Little Pony Effect: if it's good, it's for everyone!) It's my first all-ages book, and my first creator-owned graphic novel in color. I'll be serializing THE GARLICKS, three color pages a week, over the next year as a webcomic at http://thegarlicks.net.

When Pandora's first story is complete and still piping hot, it'll be collected into a full-color print trade of 144 pages, with an introduction by Jill Thompson, incredible creator of SCARY GODMOTHER! (Who better, right?)

"The graphic novels of Lea Hernandez don't come along every day, but when they do, they're must-reads. So THE GARLICKS is cause for celebration. Charming, funny, human, silly, gorgeous, sweet and smart, all in one family-sized vampiric package -- I can't wait. And I've already been waiting longer than you. So let's get this done." Kurt Busiek, writer of Marvels and JLA/Avengers, creator of Astro City.

Meet Pandora, Fail Vampire

THE GARLICKS is told from the point of view of Pandora, a vampire with zero vampire abilities and the big sister of baby Pamila (who's usually called Ham), who seems to have gotten everything Pandora didn't, like being able to shapeshift into an adorable flying fish and eat meat.

Pandora turns to her passion, making comics, and chooses her family as her muses: the exhausting Ham, her father Vourdain, (a flower-eating barista), her mother Olive (who is butcher), and their house/business, Orange Espresso and Meats.

Pandora thinks her problems (no time to actually make comics and a lot of Ham-tastic soakings) begin when she puts a suffocating Ham (in her fishbat form) in a toilet to save her life, but things really get crazy when Pan steals a blanket (and granny panties) to hide fishbat-Pamila after one of many chases through their neighborhood. This brings them to the attention of Maxim, a boy who can see monsters, and three rock-stupid but very dangerous demon hunters.

Pan quickly finds out that the only thing worse than having no time to draw stories is having entirely too much material to draw from.

A colored page from THE GARLICKS pilot! 

Presents!

Fishbat Plush Comes with an $85 Pledge!
Fishbat Plush Comes with an $85 Pledge!

When you look to the right, you'll see I have brewed, shaken and sweetened some great incentives! Frameable mini-prints of the characters, multiple copies of THE GARLICKS to share, a behind-the-scenes sketchbook, a gorgeous limited-edition custom courier bag (full of goodies!), roles as extras, and retailer packs, each thoughtfully prepared for you.

If THE GARLICKS goes over its funding goal (which would be incredible and call for MORE COFFEE and rose sodas for everyone), I'll unlock more incentives, do four pages a week instead of three, start the next volume or add a hardcover edition.

Be My Partner!

THE GARLICKS is now in your hands, help make it a reality! Choose a reward, pledge, and get ready for a great new book!

The Money!

Here's how your pledges for this project will be used:

First, Kickstarter and Amazon get their fees, and the IRS gets taxes. $10,000. right off the top! Snap!

The remaining $30,000. will be placed into a managed account, which can only drawn on as various parts of the project are put online, printed, purchased, mailed, painted, etc.

I'll be getting a rate of $125. a page. Wrapped up in that is writing, painting, lettering, sketching in books, administration, production work, mailing out rewards, and making my own coffee, all while I make YOU a great new book. I'm a bargain!

All the rest goes into printing a beautiful trade collection of THE GARLICKS: Pandora Orange, Fail Vampire, a perfect-bound behind-the-scenes sketchbook, incentives, and postage.

The wonderful music in my video is "Thursday and Snow (Reprise)" by Blank and Kytt.

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    LILY: A lovely THE GARLICKS wallpaper for your desktop, and acknowledgement at The Garlicks website as a backer.

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    VOURDAIN: A PDF of THE GARLICKS when it's complete, plus acknowledgement at The Garlicks website as a backer.

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    OLIVE: A PDF of THE GARLICKS when it's complete, a set of 4 high-quality 4.25" x 5.5" mini-prints of Pandora, Ham, Fishbat Ham, and a surprise character, plus acknowledgement at The Garlicks website as a backer. Outside of the US, add $5. for shipping.

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    EAT A BUG PDF! Kurt Busiek is willing to eat a bug to support THE GARLICKS, so here's a signed print of writer of him EATING A BUG, plus a PDF of THE GARLICKS when it's complete, a set of 4 high-quality 4.25" x 5.5" mini-prints of Pandora, Ham, Fishbat Ham, and a surprise character, plus acknowledgement at The Garlicks website as a backer. Outside of the US, add $5. for shipping.

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    PAMILA: A signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    EAT A BUG! PAMILA: Kurt Busiek is willing to eat a bug to support THE GARLICKS, so here's a signed print of Kurt Busiek EATING A BUG (see update 17 for image), a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    PANDORA: A signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, the swell mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    EAT A BUG! PANDORA: The signed print of Kurt Busiek EATING A BUG (see update 17 for the image), a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, the swell mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    THE GARLICKS: Pandora Orange, Fail Vampire HARDCOVER SECOND WAVE! This second wane of THE GARLICKS hardcover isn't a limited edition, but will still be the same wonderful book, and will be signed an sketched in! It also comes with a PDF copy of THE GARLICKS and a sticker!

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    INCENTIVE UNLOCKED! Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE: THE GARLICKS: Pandora Orange, Fail Vampire HARDCOVER LIMITED EDITION! This hardcover will have a tipped-in plate that is signed and numbered, and a sketch in the book. The edition number is determined by when the backer pledges, so get in early! It also comes with a PDF copy of THE GARLICKS and a sticker!

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    KURT BUSIEK EATS A BUG BIG PACKAGE! In your copy THE GARLICKS trade paperback you will get a custom sketch of Kurt Busiek eating any bug you want: doodle, fly, hissing roach, the cute little car kind, a dung beetle. You'll also get a signed Kurt Busiek Eats a Bug print, the PDF, the swell mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    PAN'S BOOKS: Get "Pan Orange", a special behind-the-scenes THE GARLICKS sketchbook, plus a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, the swell mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    EAT A BUG! PAN'S BOOKS: Kurt Busiek is willing to eat a bug to support THE GARLICKS, so here's a signed print of Kurt doing that (see update 17 for image), plus "Pan Orange", a special behind-the-scenes THE GARLICKS sketchbook, plus a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, the swell mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    INCENTIVE UNLOCKED! PAN'S BOOKS HARDCOVER! You get a signed, numbered and sketched limited edition HARDCOVER of THE GARLICKS plus "Pan Orange", a special behind-the-scenes THE GARLICKS sketchbook, the PDF, the swell mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping.

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    KURT BUSIEK EATS A BUG *HARDCOVER* BIG PACKAGE! In your copy of THE GARLICKS hardcover you will get a custom sketch of Kurt Busiek eating any bug you want: doodle, fly, hissing roach, the cute little car kind, a dung beetle. You'll also get a Kurt Busiek Eats a Bug print (signed by me AND Kurt!), the PDF, the swell mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $16. for shipping. Note: this is an unnumbered hardcover, not a limited edition one.

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    PANDORA'S KIT GREEN: A second wave of PANDORA'S KIT. This is the kit I use to create every piece of art that becomes a GARLICKS page: Prismacolor pencils in blue, red, and black, a GREEN pencil bag that doubles as a pencil cup and can be hooked into a binder,and a blank Moleskine notebook. I'll draw a GARLICKS character on your bag, too! You also get the Pan Orange sketchbook, a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    PANDORA'S KIT TEAL, FINAL WAVE: the FINAL limited set of the kit I used to create every piece of art that becomes a GARLICKS page: Prismacolor pencils in blue, red, and black, a TEAL pencil bag that doubles as a pencil cup and can be hooked into a binder,and a blank Moleskine notebook. I'll draw a GARLICKS character on your bag, too! You also get the Pan Orange sketchbook, a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    LIMITED OFFER! PANDORA'S KIT: This is the kit I used to create every piece of art that becomes a GARLICKS page: Prismacolor pencils in blue, red, and black, a pencil bag that doubles as a pencil cup and can be hooked into a binder,and a blank Moleskine notebook. I'll draw a GARLICKS character on your bag, too! You also get the Pan Orange sketchbook, a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    FISHBAT: TWO signed copies of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, PLUS the Pan Orange sketchbook, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    RETAILER-ONLY 5-book package (must provide proof after funding): 5 signed copies of THE GARLICKS trade paperback and 5 stickers. Price includes shipping.

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    Plush FISHBAT: An adorable handmade 5-6" long plush fishbat, just right for decor or snuggling! You also get a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the Pan Orange sketchbook, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    LIBRARY! A LOT of books! A copy of THE GARLICKS, signed and sketched in, the PDF, the Pan Orange sketchbook, signed and sketched copies of my other creator-owned books: Cathedral Child, Clockwork Angels, and Rumble Girls, and a copy of my 2011 sketchbook, BUNNIES, BUNNIES! Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    INCENTIVE UNLOCKED! PANDORA'S KIT HARDCOVER BLACK: A signed, numbered and sketched HARDCOVER copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive edition of THE GARLICKS plus the kit I use to create every piece of art that becomes a GARLICKS page: Prismacolor pencils in blue, red, and black, a BLACK pencil bag that doubles as a pencil cup and can be hooked into a binder,and a blank Moleskine notebook. I'll draw a GARLICKS character on your bag, too! You also get the Pan Orange sketchbook, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    ESPRESSO WITH FRIENDS: THREE signed copies of THE GARLICKS trade, THREE sets of mini-prints, a PDF, and your and two friend's names in the book recognizing you as backers. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    ORIGINAL ART from the THE GARLICKS "pilot," with a Certificate of Authenticity. You also get a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the Pan Orange sketchbook, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    INCENTIVE UNLOCKED! PAN'S LIBRARY HARDCOVER! This package will be a Kickstarter-exclusive signed, numbered and sketched HARDCOVER of THE GARLICKS, the PDF, the Pan Orange sketchbook, signed and sketched copies of my other creator-owned books: Cathedral Child, Clockwork Angels, and Rumble Girls, and a copy of my 2011 sketchbook, BUNNIES, BUNNIES! Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    PAINTING! A ORIGINAL 5" x 8" watercolor painting of one of my characters from THE GARLICKS or any other book I created, or something general like a "superheroine" "a black cat with wings." (Sorry, no portraits of pets or people, or copyrighted characters.) You'll also get the signed and sketched THE GARLICKS trade, the PDF, the Pan Orange sketchbook, mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping..

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    RETAILER-ONLY 10-book package (must provide proof after funding):10 signed copies of THE GARLICKS trade paperback and 10 stickers. Price includes shipping.

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    MONSTER: You get a character named after you! Always wanted to be in comics, but you're a reader through and through? This is your reward! A character will be named for you, your cat, your mom, etc. I'll keep it tasteful, but I can't promise your namesake won't be the buttmonkey! You'll get a high-quality print of the page you appear on, too! You also get a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the Pan Orange sketchbook, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    EXTRA MONSTER: You (or a real person or pet you know) as a character in a walk-on role! Want to be a teeny-tiny bit famous? I can do that! You'll also get a high-quality print of the page you appear on, PLUS a sketch of yourself in character! You also get a signed copy of THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the Pan Orange sketchbook, the PDF, the mini-prints, and your name in the book recognizing you as a backer. (BTW, the person/animal you pick can't be a celebrity or a copyrighted character. I love My Little Pony, too, but I can't put Pinky Pie in.) Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    PANDORA'S DREAM BAG: This is the ULTIMATE backer reward and there's just FIVE of them! It's ALL of the previous rewards in a custom-printed medium-size courier bag by Rickshaw Bagworks. (It's big enough to hold an iPad or 13" laptop!) In your bag will be THE GARLICKS trade paperback, the Pan Orange sketchbook, my three previous graphic novels, Cathedral Child, Clockwork Angels, and Rumble Girls, my 2011 sketchbook BUNNIES BUNNIES, the mini-prints, Pandora's sketch kit (the customized pencil bag, pencils and blank book), a Fishbat plush, and a red/blue/black original drawing of a THE GARLICKS character (you choose!), a few packets of my favorite instant coffee, and possibly some magic pencil shavings. (You'll also get the PDF!) Outside of the US, add $22. for shipping.

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    VAMPIRES FLY! I bring myself, copies of THE GARLICKS, the Pan Orange sketchbook and prints (up to$500. total value at cover price) to any event/school/bookstore in the continental U.S. I'll stay two days and two nights, sign and sketch in all the books, and do up to 3 hours of workshops. The reward's delivery date is May, but I can visit any time between September 2012 and June 2013. If I appear earlier, the signed and sketched books will be shipped after printing. This reward is for conventions/ schools/bookstores only. (You'll have to provide proof.)

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    KURT BUSIEK eats a REAL BUG! Seriously. Kurt Busiek will eat a bug. One that's ok for humans to eat, but definitely a bug. You'll also get the PAN'S DREAM BAG incentive & the KURT EATS A BUG print signed by me and KURT!

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