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A group of comics friends hits the trail with seven diverse stories of western/frontier fantasy and more in this brand new anthology.
A group of comics friends hits the trail with seven diverse stories of western/frontier fantasy and more in this brand new anthology.
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Poor Wayfaring Strangers is an anthology of frontier fantasy shorts created by six independent artists. The book will feature seven stories totaling 100+ pages, printed in full color.

Fittingly, a collection spotlighting the frontier as a setting also celebrates the new: many, if not all of us, tried something new in our creation of these stories. For some it was a new genre, for another a new art tool, for some a new format, for many the challenge of one more side project!

We are a small but diverse and multinational group of independent comics creators. I'm Erin, an Eisner-nominated comic artist and the mother of a young son. I live in Wisconsin, USA, and my husband's out of work as of January 27th, 2016, so I'm lowkey hopeful this Kickstarter more than breaks even.

Our excellent posse, and some work you may already know us for:

Before Poor Wayfaring Strangers I [Erin] successfully Kickstarted the first volume of my comic Next Town Over.  I did my research, calculated my costs. And then ... the USPS drastically raised international shipping rates in the interim. Twice. The container the books were shipped overseas in was flagged for a random customs inspection, costing the importer (me!) a wholly unforeseen and indisputable $800. Amazon was kind of jerky to me about stock up requests, killing my meager profit with even more shipping costs, such that I was forced to stop selling through them. It took me a long time to break even on that book because of unforeseen costs, never mind paying myself for time spent creating the comic, and the comic was a lot of work, but it's easier to short change yourself than your friends. Poor Wayfaring Strangers is the work of 6 people, who I'd very much like to pay a little something for their time. So roughly $5K to print books +  roughly $5K to pay contributors (and myself, this time!) + $2.5K to cover postage, an ISBN, assorted other costs = $12.5K.

For every additional $1000 pledged over the fundraising goal the story artists involved will get a $100 bonus in addition to their built-in rates, up to $1000:

$13.5 K - All Artists Receive $100 extra
$14.5 K - All Artists Receive $200 extra
$15.5 K - All Artists Receive $300 extra
$16.5 K - All Artists Receive $400 extra
$17.5 K - All Artists Receive $500 extra
$18.5 K - All Artists Receive $600 extra
$19.5 K - All Artists Receive $700 extra
$20.5 K - All Artists Receive $800 extra
$21.5 K - All Artists Receive $900 extra
$22.5 K - All Artists Receive $1000 extra!!!

By popular demand, I'm adding an ala carte add-on menu to the campaign, allowing you greater flexibility in getting the reward package you want! Just add the amount listed below to claim the additional reward[s] you want to your [qualifying] pledge!

Alternately, if you've already pledged, you can still easily add these bonuses:

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  • No need to change the tier that you originally pledged at!

$14,000 - The print edition of PWS will get gussied up with some spot gloss on its wraparound cover, anyone receiving the complete digital libraries will also get two additional shorts: SNAKE by Erin Mehlos and SOIL by Jon Cairns.

$17,000 - All Kickstarter copies of PWS (and ONLY Kickstarter copies of PWS) will be rarified with a nifty bookplate

$20,000 - Another short comic will be added to the book by productivity rockstar Gustav Carlson

$25,000 - Erin will draw yet another [short] short for inclusion in the book

Special thanks to Neko Case for giving us permission to use her phenomenal cover of Wayfaring Stranger in our fundraising video. Buy it on iTunes!

Thanks also to my sister Cate Mehlos, without whose help there would be no video!

Risks and challenges

With one successfully funded and fulfilled Kickstarter under my belt already, and all the stories to be included in Poor Wayfaring Strangers already finished, the greatest risks are always-possible printing and shipping delays.

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    PETIT PAL
    For $1 you get our love. Or more of it, as the case may be. We'll all softly whisper your name to ourselves as we drift off to sleep at night. Or maybe we won't. You won't know the difference. No one will. And it won't matter, because you'll be gazing at your PDF of Golden Son, Erin's 15-page PWS short, and a high res wallpaper of PWS' amazing wraparound cover.

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    PDF PAL
    You'll receive a digital download of Poor Wayfaring Strangers. That's 100+ pages of comics and bonus materials, in your choice of PDF or CBZ flavor. And I guess you also get our love. This cannot be beaten.

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    ... Okay it can. Everything can be beaten.

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    YOURS DIGITALLY, JON CAIRNS
    You'll receive a digital download of Poor Wayfaring Strangers, in your choice of PDF or CBZ flavor, along with 7 (SEVEN!) digital Jon Cairns comics, including Alpha Flag #1-5 & Untitled SF1 & 2.

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    YOURS DIGITALLY, GUSTAV CARLSON
    You'll receive a digital download of Poor Wayfaring Strangers, in your choice of PDF or CBZ flavor, along with 7 (SEVEN!) Gus Carlson books -- Blue anniversary, 3 Eve of the Ozarks adventures and 3 Tourist Unknown offerings! -- as DRM-free PDFs. This is like 250 pages of digital comics, and it's outstanding.

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    YOURS DIGITALLY, ERIN MEHLOS
    You'll receive a digital download of Poor Wayfaring Strangers, in your choice of PDF or CBZ flavor, along with 12 (TWELVE?!) Erin Mehlos books -- Next Town Over #1-7 and Hell's Corners #1-5 in DRM-free PDF format. Seriously this is like 400 pages of comics.

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    PRINT PARTNER - EARLY BIRD
    $15 = 1 print copy of Poor Wayfaring Strangers. I am not responsible for any devil gris gris that might accompany this tome ... if you can call a 100 page perfect bound comic anthology a tome. I really think that's pushing it. But seriously it reeks of undiscovered eldritch power even from way in the hypothetical future in which it exists. This unbeatable early bird price is available in a very limited quantity and is sure to go fast!

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    PRINT PARTNER
    $20 = 1 print copy of Poor Wayfaring Strangers. I am not responsible for any devil gris gris that might accompany this tome ... if you can call a 100ish page perfect bound comic anthology a tome. I really think that's pushing it. But seriously it reeks of undiscovered eldritch power even from way in the hypothetical future in which it exists.

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    DIGITAL ULTRAPAL
    You get PWS digitally, along with all 26 digital comics from Erin, Gustav & Jon. Seriously, this is like 650+ pages of comics for $25. This is insane. You're insane if you don't back at this level.

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    WESTERN FANTASY PRINT PACK
    This is what I'm talking about. This is the VALUE NEXUS, right here. PWS, in print, along with Next Town Over Volume 1, also in print. How? How can one small rigid mailer contain this kind of combined gravitas?

    Q: What the hell is Next Town Over?

    A: [Erin's] fantasy western I can only assume is germane to your interests since you're here looking at this anthology of fantasy westerns. And while there are other channels through which to pick up this book, none of the others help print PWS ... and also help you in that you'll be getting it signed and ridiculously discounted.

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    ARTIST'S EDITION: ERIN
    A print copy of PWS, except Erin Mehlos will ruin it by sketching inside.

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    ARTIST'S EDITION: DANI
    You'll get a print copy of PWS in the mail, and a beautiful b/w digital sketch of your choice by Dani Graves (http://donebydani.tumblr.com/ - perfect for avatars, character sheets & more!)

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    ARTIST'S EDITION: GUSTAV
    Arguably a better value than the Erin variant, Gus will draw you a sketch card (ink & watercolor) and just mail it beside the book, OR draw you a custom digital avatar for all your social media needs.

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    DIGIPRINT ULTRAPARTNER
    You get PWS in print as well as digitally, along with all 26 digital comics from Erin, Gustav & Jon. Seriously, this is like 650+ pages of digital comics and a sweet printed anthology for your shelf for just $40.

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    ARTIST'S EDITION: LAURA
    Along with your print copy of PWS, you get a signed print copy of Laura Wilson's DAGs zine AND an original black and white (probably dags-themed) sketch. The premier tier for fans of Laura and fans of dags.

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    DIGIPRINT ULTRAPARTNER: ERIN SPECIAL
    You get PWS in print, completely ruined by Erin with a sketch inside, as well as digitally, along with all 26 digital comics from Erin, Gustav & Jon. Seriously, this is like 650+ pages of digital comics and an artist's edition of the anthology for your shelf for $50. Pretty great.

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    DIGIPRINT ULTRAPARTNER: GUS SPECIAL
    You get PWS in print, with a neat sketch card by Gustav, as well as digitally, along with all 26 digital comics from Erin, Gustav & Jon. Seriously, this is like 650+ pages of digital comics and an artist's edition of the anthology for your shelf for $55. Breathtaking.

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    RETAILER PARTY PACK
    This is 5 copies of the print edition of PWS for discerning retailers and finer comic shops.

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    BEYOND STRANGERS
    (WITH JON CAIRNS)
    Along with your print copy of PWS, you get a signed print copy of the Beyond anthology, as well as a black and white ink drawing of one of the characters done by Jon Cairns. This is pretty rare and special.

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    SEE YOU IN THE NEXT TOWN OVER
    You get PWS in print and digitally, all 26 digital comics, a special credit in the book, and a cameo in a future page of Next Town Over (appropriately attired, naturally!)

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    SEE YOU, SPACE COWBOY
    You get PWS in print and digitally, all 26 digital comics, a special credit in the book, and a cameo in a future Bars Beyond the Stars (appropriately attired, naturally!)

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    PAL, PATRON, PARTNER: ERIN EDITION
    You get PWS in print as well as digitally, along with all 26 digital comics from Erin, Gustav & Jon, a special credit in the book, and a color illustration of your choosing done by Erin.

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    PAL, PATRON, PARTNER: GUS EDITION
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    PAL, PATRON, PARTNER: JON EDITION
    You get PWS in print as well as digitally, along with all 26 digital comics from Erin, Gustav & Jon, a special credit in the book, and a color illustration of your choosing done by the inimitable Jon Cairns.

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