A graphic novel about a teenage vampire who is not going into the family business! Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on June 21, 2012.
About this project
Thank you! Thank you SO MUCH! See you again in August!
12 HOURS LEFT!
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!"
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!
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!
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.
I'm doing a job, which is working on THE GARLICKS, that happens to support me and my family. Jobs tend to do that.
You have to wait a year to get your copy of THE GARLICKS trade (PDF and/or book), you DON'T have to wait a year for other incentives (aside from guest appearances). They'll be mailed out between August and September. I had to give a delivery date based on when the books would ship.
Sure have! That's why this is expensive!
Add $15. to your pledge at ANY level you've pledged that includes a book and I'll add a sketch of Kurt eating a bug!
BTW, Kurt Busiek is an awesome dude who's volunteered to eat a bug for every THE GARLICKS pledge! He's also written comics like ASTRO CITY, MARVELS< and JLA/Avengers.
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