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Princess Calabretta is a comic book love letter to Disney Princess movies. It's also super violent.

Princess Calabretta is Frank Comics' new, stand-alone comic that we're excited to debut in its 68-page full-color glory right here on Kickstarter. Typically, a good portion of a new comic's Kickstarter funding goes towards paying the artist to actually make the book (as it should be!). Frank Comics is going to go ahead and skip that part. Princess Calabretta is complete. The funds for this campaign will go towards book and reward production. Any additional funds will go towards Frank Comics attending conventions.

And hey, some folks in the press already have awesome things to say about it. Here's a review from Chris Sims of Comics Alliance!

**UPDATE(9/14)** We've been working hard as a team to make sure y'all get the best efforts from us (also this video is a Breaking Bad homage if you're into that):

**UPDATE(8/19)** You all have fully funded the project! One of the higher ups in Frank Comics has some new ideas for us:

**UPDATE(8/23)**

As suggested in the above video, we've added "stretch goals"!

We've also added new shirt options for backers supporting Tier #6 and up, as well as a new color option for our "COLUMBI-YEAH!" shirt.

For more information, check out our 8/23 update. Thanks, guys!

The Story

For as long as she can remember, Princess Calabretta has dreamed of winning the Kingdom of Columbia's Coronation Tournament: a mixed martial arts tournament held every year to decide who will be the country's king. 

King Frank forbids her to enter for fear of her getting injured. Unbeknownst to him, she's been participating in underground MMA matches for years. She's an unstoppable force in the octagon, which leads to national crisis when one night, her opponent just happens to be Prince Kirrane of the the rival kingdom of Cayce. 

Let's just say she beats him into a coma and the threat of war between the two kingdoms emerges because of this. All the while, a conspiracy from within the kingdom is underway to overthrow King Frank's rule. 

If Princess Calabretta doesn't get her act together, everything she cherishes will be in ruin. 

 This is a Disney-style Princess story. There's magic. There's a cute animal sidekick, Ellie Mae the giraffe. 

Of course, there's romance between the Princess and her Prince. 

 There's a good chance some of the characters live Happily Ever After. The story also takes tragic, violent turns that will never appear in a Disney Princess movie. Yet somehow, the book very much stays in the Disney Princess spirit.

The Funding

The money we're asking for will go primarily towards producing the books and rewards for backers. Money beyond that will go towards Frank Comics attending comic conventions. We're not asking for much because we're eager to get this book in as many people's hands as possible. And since the book's done, we'll be able to send everything to our backers in as little as two months after the campaign ends (sooner, if we can!).

Frank Comics at Heroes Con 2012 in Charlotte, NC
Frank Comics at Heroes Con 2012 in Charlotte, NC

The Rewards

You're so awesome for backing our Princess Calabretta comic that we've got some rewards lined up that should pique your fancy something fierce. We have 8 tiers and two limited Special Tiers detailed on the sidebar. Below are examples of the cool stuff we're giving you in more detail.

1. 7.5" x 11" perfect bound, full-color Princess Calabretta book. This is the whole reason we're here.

2. 2.5" x 3.5" Princess Calabretta trading cards. Starting with Tier #3, you get two cards. Each tier up, you get an additional card. Collect all 7!

3. Our comics Mr. Waffles and Motor Psycho with new color covers exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

4. A high resolution PDF of Princess Calabretta. (Tablet not included)

5. A Columbi-Yeah! t-shirt as seen in Princess Calabretta fights. Let us know what size and color you need (navy or garnet).

6. A set of Princess Calabretta buttons. Fancy!

7. 7"x10" full color original Princess Calabretta sketch by John

8. 7"x10" black and white Princess Calabretta sketch by John

9. Example of a 1-page comic strip John draws for you based on a script you provide. We'll send you a high resolution file and a print of the comic strip. (For 5 backers only!)

10. Example of a 20-page comic book John will draw, color, and letter for you based on a script you provide. We'll send you a copy of the book and the files you'll need to publish it. (For 1 backer only!)

So Yeah!

Thanks so much for your time and support. We hope you love the book! 

Go team!

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