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The Musical Mishaps of Cat and Fiddle Vol. 1

A reluctant fairy-cat and her fiddle go on a zany, macabre adventure in a Victorian world of madmen, monsters, and music in 160 pages!

The Musical Mishaps of Cat and Fiddle Vol. 1

A reluctant fairy-cat and her fiddle go on a zany, macabre adventure in a Victorian world of madmen, monsters, and music in 160 pages!

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About the book

Hello! I'm Isaac Crawford and I'm very pleased to present to you The Musical Mishaps of Cat and Fiddle Volume 1: the King of Instruments. A reluctant fairy-cat and her living fiddle go on a zany, macabre adventure in a Victorian world of madmen, monsters, and music. We jump right in with Catherine (Cat) Bogart, a blind, frustrated, aspiring violinist scraping by with her disabled father in London. Her aspirations and stubbornness land her in the middle of a battle between a monstrous composer with an army of mutant rats and a magical lady-of-the-wood named Artemis, who commands a group of fairy-cat warriors. Cat must leave behind her dreams and her humanity to become a fairy-cat with a magical, living fiddle. She must choose for herself where her loyalty lies and to what limits she will take her music, for health or destruction.

This will be a 160-page trade paperback book collecting the complete 6 issues of The King of Instruments. The plan is to have this book and all rewards delivered in January. Then in April or so, I'll be continuing the story here on Kickstarter with issue 7, one of four 60-paged issues making up the second story arc.

So far this hidden gem of an indie comic (if I dare say so myself) by a little-known creator (which I can claim with confidence) has only hit a small audience but, with you and the Kickstarter community, I'm excited for The Musical Mishaps of Cat and Fiddle to reach many more. Also, printing single issues, as I have done on my own, is one thing but trades are expensive to get printed so I need your help to make this dream book of mine a reality!

Below is the preview and a free download of issue one to get you started! 

About me

I'm Isaac Crawford and I've been making my own comics, writing, drawing, the whole deal, for four and a half years now.  I have drawn a story in Cullen Bunn's A Passage in Black, which was on Kickstarter in 2018, but other than that I've only created and drawn my own stuff. I have a background in electrical trades, music, sound design, and counseling and I live in Springfield, MO. I kickstarted a bedtime story comic in 2016 called The Boy and the Dragon and I self published two other graphic novels before beginning work on The Musical Mishaps of Cat and Fiddle in 2018. I've learned to do it all myself and I keep improving--to the point that I'm really happy with this book. 

I love coming up with fun, crazy stories and packing a lot of humanity into them. Then I get to bring the stories to life with my own vision, my own virtual reality. I've been making 4 or more comics per year for a while now (or the equivalent number of story pages) and I plan on continuing that with a focus on this ongoing series because it is such a rich world with so many fun places to go, characters to meet, and things to do.

At Memphis Comic Expo Oct '19

My plan

The book will be printed by a high-quality, eco-friendly printer in the U.S.A. Printing is about $4500 and shipping is about $1300. Kickstarter fees are another $700, so, you can see it'll be a pretty tight budget with our $7,000 goal. If we go over the goal, shipping and Kickstarter fees will go up some but I will also be able to up the print run, which is great because the cost per copy will go down. The great thing is that even if I don't get paid for my work at all out of the funds (which is the plan in my budget), I will have extra books I can sell for a good while--a big help financially for an indie comic creator. 

I mentioned it elsewhere but, again, the plan is to have this book and all the rewards delivered in January. Then in April or so, I'll be bringing the 52-60 paged issue 7 to Kickstarter, which is one of four in the second story arc.


Rewards

U.S. Shipping is included! I'm keeping this pretty simple. I'll save extra stuff like prints and stickers for stretch goals that would be added to all tiers, which I'll wait to announce if and when the time comes.

$7- a pdf of the book

$25- a signed book and a pdf

$40- a signed book and a pdf PLUS the book will be personalized to you with a sketch inside

$45- a signed book and a pdf PLUS an extra signed book...perhaps for a friend

$65- a signed book and a pdf PLUS an original black-and-white ink drawing of Cat with her trusty fiddle on 5.5"x8.5" bristol

$75- a signed book and a pdf PLUS a copic marker colored original ink drawing of Cat with her trusty fiddle on 5.5"x8.5" bristol

$85- a signed book and a pdf PLUS a copic marker colored original ink drawing of a character of your choice on 5.5"x8.5" bristol. Here's a recent example:

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$95- for comic/book retailers only: Seven signed books and a pdf

$100- a signed book and a pdf PLUS (1) a personalized thank you and sketch inside, (2) a commission of the character of your choice on 5.5"x8.5" bristol, and (3) your name printed on the special thanks page of the book

$350- a signed book and a pdf PLUS an original page from the book. Now's your chance to get an 11"x17" original page from this book before I change my mind and lock them back in the vault! The pages are labeled below with A, B, C, etc. so you can select the reward level with that corresponding letter. First come, first served, of course. 

original A pictured above
original B pictured above
original C pictured above
original D pictured above
Original E pictured above
original F pictured above

 $450- a signed book and a pdf PLUS the original cover art for the book. 11"x17" bristol. First come, first served, of course.

The original cover art

Risks and challenges

I've done one Kickstarter before and, this book being done, I don't see any special risks. I plan on handling fulfillment all myself, which I've done before for The Boy and the Dragon Kickstarter, so if we get way more backers than we're shooting for there may be a one month delay in getting everything packaged and shipped.

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