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Fun, feisty manga that follows a fledgling vamp, Cherri Creeper, to a school for Vampires where she can learn to drink responsibly!
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School Bites:Independent Studies! What will be in this book?

This 128 page Full Colour trade will be a collection of chapters that have appeared on my Webcomic, School Bites! It will include "Private Lessons" and "Home Ec" as well as Pin Ups, sketches and NEW content!

Drama Unfolds!
Drama Unfolds!

It will be Manga size (a bit bigger than 8x5"), perfect bound with a lovely glossy cover! Backers of this Kickstarter Project, who pledge $20 and up will receive the EXCLUSIVE and Limited Kickstarter Cover!

Exclusive Kickstarter Cover!
Exclusive Kickstarter Cover!
Cherri & her School Pals...
Cherri & her School Pals...

Never Read School Bites?! Here's a Crash Course!

The story itself centers around the main character, Cherri Creeper, once known by the Mortal name, Charlotte Webb. After being bitten and left for dead by a rouge vampire, Charlotte is lead by a love smitten bat named Bing into an alternate realm where the Shadow Academy resides.

Cherri is invited to the Academy!
Cherri is invited to the Academy!



The Shadow Academy is an institution were fledgeling Vampires learn to drink responsibly. There, Charlotte is given her her new Vampire name, meets her classmates, teachers and begins her Vampiric education.

Unlike many Adventure or Vampire series or movies, School Bites does not dip into the ‘we must Save or Destroy the world!’ dramatics. It relies on personal experiences of the characters dealing with being different, coping with coming of age, being ageless, friendship and matters of the heart.

These Vampires do no live on blood alone. Because of a special elixir, they can live on sugary goodies for most of the time, giving them the ability to pick and choose their human meals more carefully without bloodlust clouding their decision.

Nom Nom Nom
Nom Nom Nom


Why do my Vampires look somewhat different from each other? In School Bites there are many types and hybrids of Vampire. For example, Nostferatu are born Vampires, they are green in appearance and are usually of royal lineage. Where other Vampires have elf-like ears and different shades of lavander skin. This sometimes causes prejudice among Vampire clans which the school continuously strives to extinguish.

School Bites is For a 13 years+ audience. Buuut I do know alotta grown up dudes dig it too!

Some of the Snazzy School Supplies & After School Specials in store for you!

Here are examples of the swag...

All these Goodies are a Part of the "Senior Dorm Room" Pledge!
All these Goodies are a Part of the "Senior Dorm Room" Pledge!
An Example of the "Get Vamped" Incentive! where you're turned into a character and written into the story!!
An Example of the "Get Vamped" Incentive! where you're turned into a character and written into the story!!

And if we exceed our goal, wonderful NEW upgrades will be revealed!

UPDATE 11/13

WE EXCEEDED OUR GOAL YIPPEE!
Thank You so much for supporting my story of Love, Fun, Cuteness, & nom noms!
I do hope it brings a few more smiles to this world & because of you all, those grins may happen! <3
We do have 11 more days to make you Smile, so we created some STRETCH GOALS!

And here they are:

If we hit $11,000: a "Witches n Whatnot: mini art book by Me, will be added to all pledges that include a book!


If we hit $13,000:A Gold Foil Stamp of Cherri's insignia, The Cherri Bat, will be added to the Kickstarter Exclusive Cover!! 


If we hit $15,000: a NEW 24 pg, 5x8" Swimsuit Edition Pin-Up book featuring the School Bites Characters, will be created and included in all pledges that include a book! PLUS Jim Balent will be the Artist for the Swimsuit Centerfold that will feature Cherri!


If we hit $18,000: All Kickstarter Exclusive Cover Books will get a nifty Dust Jacket that will feature NEW Art by Me!!


Thanks Once again for all your support & how FUN and exciting if we can hit these STRETCH GOALS!
With Hexy Hugs & Spider Kisses!

Holly G!

Swimsuit Pin Up Book if we hit $15,000
Swimsuit Pin Up Book if we hit $15,000

UPDATE 11/10

Added a NEW Incentive! "Art Minor/ Divination Major"!
It's a very unique and exciting experience! Only $90 to look into your future & get an original piece of art! Yay!!

UPDATE 11/8

Great Glazed Cupcakes!! We Passed $7,000!!! Which means BOOKMARKS for all pledgers whos' incentives included a book! Yay!!! Whoa!! Thanks to Gregg, THE "ART MINOR" PACKAGE! is SOLD OUT!! OH! and Only One more Senior Package Left!!!

CHECK IT OUT: NEW INCENTIVE!

The Meet & Greet Package!!!!...A Truly Unique , Day of your life experience!!!

Hurray!!

It will be a Holly-Day!
It will be a Holly-Day!

UPDATE 11/7

If/when we hit $7000 everyone who's pledge includes a book will get a Nifty Bookmark ,with of course School Bites Art on...tuckled into your book...well that is if/when we reach our final Goal!!

UPDATE 11/6

HEYA!!

SQWEEEE! We've past 60% Rah Rah Rah!!!

And I tell ya -if we hit our Goal I will add a NEW EXCLUSIVE story, "Secrets of the Shadow Academy" featuring Professor Moonfire!
So ping & poke your Pals and I'll start drawin' ASAP!!!

oh- and if we exceed our Goal- even MORE Upgrades....: D

UPDATE 11/5

We've hit over $5,000, so every one who's incentive includes a book will get a bonus postcard sized art print of a character that you Vote for...

Click over to the Updates to see which character is winning!!!

Please feel free to contact me at holly@jimbalent.com with any questions about the incentives or project!

*ALL PLEDGES OF $20 AND UP WILL HAVE THEIR NAME INCLUDED ON A SPECIAL THANK YOU PAGE! ( I wrote $25 in the reward- whoopsie!)


Why Kickstarter?

 I was so excited when I discovered Kickstarter. A platform that was created for creators to connect directly to those who enjoy their ideas.

For me to feel the support of my Readers and have them participate in the creation of my project is so kinetic and personal!

A Lil' Bio Viddy of Me!

stuff you may not have known!

Risks and challenges

I just ask for patience on anyone who has chosen an incentive with original art.
I want them all to be beautiful, I'm a fast Artist, but sadly Shiva has not blessed me with that second pair of arms :sigh:

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    THE TECH SCHOOL PACKAGE:
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    THE "FRESHMAN" PACKAGE!
    A Signed Trade Paperback version of the "School Bites' Independent Studies Collection" with an Exclusive Kickstarter Cover!
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    THE "FRESHMAN PLUS" PACKAGE!
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    THE "SOPHOMORE" PACKAGE!
    A sketch on the inside cover of the signed trade paperback of “School Bites: Independent Studies Collection” with an exclusive Kickstarter cover! PLUS the premium digital edition!
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    THE "JUNIOR" PACKAGE!
    A sketch on the inside cover of the signed trade paperback of “School Bites: Independent Studies Collection” with an exclusive Kickstarter cover! PLUS the premium digital edition AND the other 3 “School Bites” trades, AND an exclusive sticker set AND a bonus signed print!
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    "THE ART MINOR & DIVINATION MAJOR PACKAGE" Holly will do a profession Tarot Card reading over Skype/Phone PLUS you will receive an original trading card-size black & white coptic Vampire themed Tarot card to commemorate your personal divivanation! The incentive will also include the complete Junior Package.

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    THE "SENIOR" PACKAGE!
    The complete Junior Package PLUS an original art page from “School Bites”, a t-shirt, & coffee mug!

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    THE "SENIOR DORM ROOM" PACKAGE! The complete Junior Package PLUS an original art page from “School Bites”, a t-shirt, coffee mug, a snuggly 50"x60" fleece blanket,& a wall clock!

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    THE "ART MAJOR" PACKAGE!
    The complete Junior Package PLUS an Original 6” x 9" watercolor of one of the School Bites Characters!

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    THE "GRADUATE" PACKAGE!
    The complete Senior Package PLUS an original black & white, 11 x 17 pinup of your favorite School Bites Character, PLUS a signed print of that pinup digitally rendered in full color!

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    THE "GO TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS" PACKAGE!
    The complete Senior Package PLUS an original 9” x 12" watercolor of YOU as either a Shadow Academy Student or Teacher to be published in the book in the Head Mistress' Honor List Gallery!

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    THE MEET & GREET WITH HOLLY & JIM PACKAGE!

    You & a Friend will spend a day with Holly & Jim! Get an Original Hand Painted Portrait of You as a Vampire & the Original cover art of This project- hand delivered by Holly!!
    On the phone, Holly will arrange with you all the details for a perfect Zippity Do Da Day! You will also receive a digital copy of her "Fears & Ears" travel guide for the Gothy & Geeky Orlando Traveler.
    Then you'll meet up with them for an awesome all day experience! (Contributor will be responsible for their own travel & lodging in the Orlando area.)
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    THE "ART MINOR" PACKAGE!
    The complete Junior Package PLUS an original, trading card-size watercolor of Cherri Creeper!

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    THE "GET VAMPED" PACKAGE!
    The complete Senior Package PLUS you will be written into “School Bites” as a supporting character. Package includes multiple pages of original artwork in which you appear!

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