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$16,926 pledged of $40,000 goal
By Lea Hernandez
$16,926 pledged of $40,000 goal

69 HOURS LEFT! More THE GARLICKS HARDCOVERS, Final Wave of Pandora's Kit, Have a Custom Sketch Added to Your Book!

As we move into the final 60-some hours for THE GARLICKS, a big thanks for your support! Now, for the almost-final incentives of the campaign!

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!

xo, Lea

How We're Bringing THE GARLICKS Home Fully Funded

As THE GARLICKS: Pandora Garlicks, Fail Vampire heads into its final days,  I need your help to make the last big push to get it fully funded, and it CAN BE DONE. (I will also eat a bug*. Really.)

Here's how:

Everyone who's pledged, PLEASE tap FOUR people who haven't backed THE GARLICKS and encourage them to pledge at least $25. (That gets them a signed and sketched in book, a PDF, a sticker, and their name in the book.) That will generate $29,600** in funding, which puts us past goal.

Tell your friends who like Twilight, My Little Pony, want their kids to read more, like vampires, like genre fiction, like manga, parents you know who wonder where the good genre comics for kids are, or people who want to feel good about supporting a single parent entrepreneur.

Please post about THE GARLICKS to Facebook, Twitter, email lists, your blog(s), Tumblr, etc.Tell people THE GARLICKS needs their help to reach its funding goal.

If you've got a Big Name pal you can nudge to support THE GARLICKS with a Tweet, Facebook or blog entry, please do. If you've got an in at a site like The Mary Sue (who already covered TG, THANK YOU, GALS) or, please tell them about THE GARLICKS.

I'll still be doing my P.T. Barnum thing, too.

Know what else? It'd be COOL to get THE GARLICKS Kickstarter across the finish line in four days. You can say, "I WAS THERE!" You will all be badass Fishbats.

LET'S DO IT! I want to start drawing THE GARLICKS, already!

*I'm not kidding. I will eat a bug. I get to choose the bug, and I will not CHEW the bug, but I will eat one.

**The math: Backers so far: 296. If each of you gets four friends to pledge, we have 1,184 more backers. Get each of them to pledge $25., that's $29,600.

Incentives UNLOCKED! EAT A BUG! And New Print!

UPDATE! The Kurt Busiek Eats a Bug prints will be signed by me AND KURT!

Here are the new incentives: KURT BUSIEK, Big Name Writer of Astro City, Marvels, JLA/Avengers (and Big Fan of THE GARLICKS)  is shown in an awesome new signed print eating a Madagascar Hissing Roach (it's cute, I promise)! There's also a $50. custom EAT A BUG incentive, which is a copy of THE GARLICKS with a sketch inside of Kurt eating the bug of YOUR choice, plus the print and other goodies!
(Scroll to the bottom for the PRINT INCENTIVE image!)
In his own 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. Or at least, I'm willing to claim to.

I have no limits. I will claim to eat any kind of bug you want. If enough pledges come in, I'm perfectly willing to claim to have caused the extinction of entire insect species. I'm just that committed.

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! Heck, I'll claim to eat Herbie the Love Bug. Or a clandestine listening device. Inelegant and glitchy computer code. Ambush Bug. Any kind of bug you want!

And if we get enough takers, maybe we'll unlock a level where I'll sign the sketches, too, 
authenticating my claim of having eaten said bug, just for you!

Support THE GARLICKS. I'll claim to eat a bug -- and you'll get a one-of-a-kind keepsake of it! AND a great book!

Now how much would you pay?"
Here is the new incentive: a print of adorable Kurt Busiek about to eat the first of many bugs I'm willing to draw in your book! And, c'mon, don't you want this print signed by Kurt, too?YEAH, you do.

ONLY SIX DAYS LEFT! Be a backer! Share with your friends and family! Raise your pledge!


As hinted, passing the $9,000. level has unlocked THE GARLICKS hardcover! This will be an edition exclusive to Kickstarter and limited to 50 books. The hardcovers will have a tipped-in plate identifying it as a Kickstarter-only book with the number of the edition and my signature, plus a sketch in the book itself.

There are 35 copies at the $40. level, 5 at the PAN'S BOOKS $70. level, 5 at the PANDORA'S KIT (BLACK) $95. level, and 5 at the PAN'S LIBRARY $105. level.
You can upgrade your current pledge to get a hardcover!

A big THANKS to Anthony Cardno who put THE GARLICKS past the $9,000 mark!

What a Successful Kickstarter Does for Me

About half of the post-fees and taxes raised for THE GARLICKS via Kickstarter goes towards paying me to produce the art for THE GARLICKS, which will be serialized online three times a week,  readable for FREE, and then will be collected into a trade paperback.

This pay I've budgeted for gives me a year of financial security so I can focus solely on making THE GARLICKS. In the interest of letting you see exactly where your pledges (and your wonderful confidence in me) are/is going, here's my monthly budget:

My base pay is $125. a page, 12 pages minimum per month. That pays for this on a monthly basis:

  • Rent $300.
  • Food $300. (Even rice and beans cost money, and I have cats and two teenagers.)
  • Utilities $240. (Hey, busted water heater!) and phone.
  • Gas $50. (Going without a car isn't an option in a city without proper public transportation.)
  • Summer daycare (and evening daycare during the school year) for my son with autism. He requires constant supervision and time with peers. $200.  (Without the daycare, I can't work, his sister can't work, and we're all effing miserable.)
  • Health insurance $30.
  • Car insurance $80.
  • Meds $40. (That are, quite literally, lifesaving.)
  • Paying back personal loans made to me and bills that piled up while I wasn't working: $150./month

The remainder goes into savings against large regular expenses like car inspection and registration, tax preparation, taxes, and also emergencies or disasters. (Broken car, broken glasses, the aforementioned busted water heater, sick me, sick kids, you get the idea.) Things that can wipe out funds for rent, food and insurance. (Hi ho, drove around with expired registration for three months, car water heater blows up, prescription co-pay doubles...)

I'm hoping this will make you more likely to pledge or even increase your pledges! Your money is going towards not only a new graphic novel, but helps a cartoonist and single parent of two teens (one special needs, one hoping to go to college) keep her household together.

THANK YOU! Please keep sharing THE GARLICKS Kickstarter across all your social networks!