About this project
My name is Denis Caron, or "Joenis" as some of you readers may know me. I am the artists and writer of a webcomic called L.A.W.L.S. - Large Air Whales Like Silence (See it here), a humor based action adventure comic that follows a journey of a boy named Joseph on a quest to bludgeon the worlds Air Whales. On this quest he meets new friends, monsters, enemies and random fun creatures!
What the funds are for exactly:
My reason for running this campaign is to help me raise the funds I need to put this comic into book form! I've always dreamed about having an actual book, especially since I travel a lot to promote this comic at various conventions like San Diego Comic Con, Emerald City Comicon, and many more. I love the webcomic community dearly, but would like to be able to bring this book to the conventions I attend to broaden the scope of my readership. Also, for the awesome readers I have online, this book will make a very nice collectors items.
I'm asking for $6,000 to cover the printing cost from the printers I have selected to print 1,000 copies of an ~140 page book. The book will be "perfect bound" which means it has a square binding, the size will be 8x8inches and will be printed in full color on very nice paper!
If I exceed my goal of $6,000 the funds will potentially go to producing more books, or even be invested into going to more shows exhibit the book at! The $6000 goal was based on the initial quote of the actual printing, not including shipping and handling from the printers to me. So, most of the excess funds, if I'm blessed enough to get them, will be put into the shipping and handling that the printer will charge me. If you guys ended pledging past my goal, I will be extremely appreciative, but I will be happy to even get the $6,000!
Let's talk rewards:
All Backers will receive a pack of 4 LIMITED EDITION buttons from the book's cover!
ONLY the first 50 Backers will receive a "Reeder Rabbit: The Gift of Death" zine! (This is all I have left of the first edition of this zine, and will NOT be printing it again)
ALL Books WILL be signed.
YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE BOOK!
By donating ANY amount to this Kickstarter campaign, you can have your name listed on this page in the back of the book. You will be forever immortalized as awesome (at least in my book) for helping this project come to life! You are allowed to put your real name or even a pseudonym (nick name, online handle, etc), or whatever you want! Show it off to your friends that you were part of the creation of this book with any name that will prove to them its you! :] Anyone who pledges $100 or more will get a star next to their name for extra bragging rights! When the book is fully funded, I will also publish a list of backers in my blog on the L.A.W.L.S. site with links to your projects, if you guys are interested in that, for helping me out.
The four 11x17 prints (outside of the exclusive cover print) are shown above! These are available in the $75 and up packages.
The first two are the "Pin-Up" prints of the book's characters Autumn and Cadence.
The second are the "Dapper" prints of the Squid and Whale from the comic as well.
EXCLUSIVE POSTER/CANVAS PRINTS:
Available in 12x12 Poster Prints and 14x14 and 30x30 Canvas Prints!
This is the cover with out the book title and Vol. 1, the focus of these is the art itself! I spent a lot of extra time on the cover so that this prints would come out as pretty as possible.
All donations $50 and over will receive the 12x12 poster printing, and there are LIMITED edition versions in the $250 and $700 dollar packages as well. You're probably thinking, WHY SO MUCH!?! Well, the canvas prints are NOT cheap, I was actually really surprised by how much they cost... but because of their production cost and the cost to ship these to you, they needed to be more expensive. Also, because of this, I made them very exclusive in the numbers that will be made: There are 10 available in 14x14 and 2 in 30x30.
ALL PRINTS WILL BE SIGNED!
Digital Rewards are broken into two parts. First is the L.A.W.LS. B.F.F. Pack that comes with a short 8pg mini comic about how Cadence and Rudy met. With this pack you get a collection of gravatars and wallpapers for personal use. This was previously released online by donation only for a short time on the L.A.W.L.S. website, but now has extra wallpapers and gravatars exclusive to Kickstarter!
The second is a L.A.W.L.S. B.F.F. / Reeder Rabbit Digital Combo. This comes with the previously explained BFF pack PLUS a digital copy of my first zine Reeder Rabbit the Gift of Death (28pgs)! To make this pack even more worth it, I'm throwing in a few more gravatars and wallpapers exclusive to THIS pack only. :]
Both packs EXCLUDE the free buttons and physical copy of Reeder Rabbit. This package is meant for backers who want to support the project but don't really want things shipped to them.
(The 10$ mini pack will be included into all packages above $25.)
I thank you all dearly for your help in making my dreams come true. I feel blessed to have the readers that I already have, and would love to be able to reach out to more readers if possible, this book will make that happen!
( If your curious, the video was put together by my friend Ali Showkati. )
All you are required to pledge to get a reward (regardless of location) like a copy of the book or one of the other packages, is the amounts listed there on the site. If you feel like the shipping is gonna be more than the pledge, feel free to donate more money to the overall pre-order. I'm more concerned about getting this project funded than paying a bit more to ship something to someone, you know? Basically, I wont know for certain how much anything will cost to ship to other countries until i have a final copy made that can be weighed. I do know however, something like a shirt cost me around $10 USD to ship to most parts of the world… so if that helps you scale it, try to figure out your best guess from there. Any pledge I will be grateful for and am fine with taking a small loss to ship it to people if they are generous enough to donate. :]
If my goal is met, at the end of the campaign I will be sending out what kickstarter calls a "survey" asking you all what names you'd like listed in the back of the book, and which characters you'd like. If you wanna me to start working on your sketch early and have a character in particular you HAVE to have, you can e-mail me (joenisnorac@gmail) or comment here if you like and I'll make some notes and get started on it as soon as I can!
Why yes, yes you can. The incentive of having your name in the back of the book is there only if you choose. If you don't want your name listed in the book make your Kickstarter User name something anonymous in itself OR just send me an e-mail letting me know. I will likely be sending out a message to all backers at the end asking for a final approval on having names listed, as well as finding out what name they actually want listed.
I respect your privacy, so if you DON'T want it listed, PLEASE let me know before the book is published. There is NOTHING I can do once the book is printed.
When the campaign is over, I will be messaging you personally for a photo of you. Pick something that says a lot about you and represents the way that you want to look in the book. The easiest way to identify you as a LAWLS character is to show me a lot of characteristics in a photo.
Remember, this Kickstarter campaign will end around the time I finish the art for this book so you wont show up untill Vol. 2. Luckily long before the book is printed, the strip with you in it will be published online! Also, you will receive the print of yourself after you are drawn... I can't promise WHEN you will be drawn in Vol. 2, only that you WILL be drawn. I can't let drawing people interfere with the story, but i have places reserved for random minor characters to show up. When the times come, I will draw you.
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