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Fantasy-themed comic book/graphic novel anthology featuring 17 stories from 31 creators in the Louisville, KY area.
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Our newest anthology is ready for you! 31 local creators collaborated on 17 different fantasy themed stories and now we have over 140 pages ready to go. We just need a little financial support to get "Tall Tales and Little Lies" printed in full color and bound in an attractive trade-style softcover volume. This is where you come in. With your help we will raise the money to print, distribute and promote this book featuring some of Louisville’s best talent. Don’t miss the chance to help make this fantasy anthology a reality!

The creators who have contributed to this anthology include: 

Rewards!

Several of the artists featured in the book have agreed to do one-of-a-kind original art commissions of any character you choose. Get all the details below and in the rewards listing on the right.

REWARD UPDATES:

4/21/15: Added commission reward level for Phil Back. More artists have agreed to add more commissions: Kristie Semmel, Bruce Thomas, Keith Akers

4/12/15: Damon Westenhofer's commission has reopened and Stretch Goal #1 has been met! Scroll to the bottom to see the bonus art print by Phil Back that will be included with all rewards $20 and up!

4/1/15: Steven Bowman has opened up one more commission slot! (new total: 2)

 Louisville Cartoonist Society - Who We Are

The Louisville Cartoonist Society (LCS) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based independent comics group, formed in 2009 by a group of artists who all shared the same passion… making comics. We encourage the creation of comics and help local artists connect with their audience. Our group is made up of amateur cartoonists and aspiring artists who all work *real* jobs, have families and stay up late drawing and creating comic books!

Special Thanks

  • To Nicmor, Louisville-based EDM all-star, for allowing us to use his music in our video.
  • To Poof the Sketchy Wizard for making an appearance in our video.
  • To Josh Hoeppner for the script and writing help.
  • To Eric "Odin" Vancza for helping out with some cool 3D book creations.
  • To all the LCS members who helped get this thing started.

Risks and challenges

Risks are minimal and we do not anticipate any issues. All the artwork is ready and the printer is ready for us. There could be delays related to the print schedule or file preparation, but we have worked through such things before and have experience working through projects of this type. This is our 5th anthology project and our second Kickstarter project.

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    Every Dollar Counts! - Thank you for supporting local comic book creators. We will print your name as one of the backers in the book.

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    STICKERS! We will send you some fantastic stickers via the U.S. Mail. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well.

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    Digital download of the book in PDF format so you can read it on your pc or mobile device. We'll even list you as one of our backers in the book!

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    THE BOOK - Get a physical copy of the "Tall Tales & Little Lies" Anthology, and we'll print your name in the back of the book. You can tell your friends that you were into the LCS before we were cool. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    THE BOOK (for locals) - If you're from the Louisville, KY area you can pick up the book yourself and save on shipping! We'll be at the Derby City Comic Con, so you can get it there, or we'll make other arrangements. We'll even list you as one of our backers in the book! Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Artist's Sketch Edition - You hard-core collectors out there who want something special can pitch in an extra 10 bucks and get a mystery sketch in the front of your copy. "What's a mystery sketch?" you ask? It's a cool one-of-a-kind sketch from one of the artists in the book — and a deal at just $10 more! We'll even list you as one of our backers in the book. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Writer's Edition - 17 stories not enough for you? You want something special but don't want to break the bank? With this edition you'll get a physical copy of the book with your name in the list of backers PLUS a signed and numbered copy of the script for "The Delivery," a story written by Josh Hoeppner for the anthology that never found an artist. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book. We'll even have one of our artists do an original sketch in the book for you!

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    **NEW REWARD** Phil Back - Commission: Want a physical copy of the book AND a cool little drawing of your choice? Phil will do a cool original piece of art just for you. Sketches will be pen, ink and marker (with some color!). Size will be 5x7 on super-sexy Stillman & Birn Delta Series, thick archival paper. You pick the character (we'll ask for 2 character options, artist's choice - sorry, no personal portraits). You'll also get a sticker, your name in the book as a backer, plus the digital download.

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    Robert Cook - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Rob will do an original, pen, ink and marker piece just for you. 9x12 or larger on bristol board. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Nate "Big Papa" Jones - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Nate will do an original, pen, ink piece just for you. 9x12 or larger on bristol board. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Rene Blansette - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Rene will do an original, pen, ink piece just for you. 9x12 or larger on bristol board. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Portrait of Your Pet! - By Ron King - Commission: Send a photo of your pet and Ron will do an original, pencil sketch of your furry friend! 8x10 or larger (artist discretion). You get a copy of the book, and we will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Bruce Thomas - Cartoon-You-Commission: - Ever wonder what you would look like if you were in a comic book? Let's find out! Send us a photo of yourself or pick some other character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Bruce will do an original, b/w pencil sketch just for you. 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    TIB - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and TIB will do an original piece of b/w artwork just for you, you might even be surprised with color! 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Dana Amundsen - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Dana will do an original, super tight b/w pencil sketch just for you. 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Kristie Semmel - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Kristie will do an original piece of b/w artwork just for you, she might even add some color! 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Zach W. Allen - Commission: Original Water Color piece. You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Zach will do an original pen, ink and water color sketch just for you. 9x12 or larger on water color paper or similar. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Kevin Richardson - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one) and Kevin will do an original, b/w pen and ink piece just for you. 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Steven Bowman - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one.) and Steve will do an original b/w pen, ink and marker sketch just for you. 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. You also get a copy of the book. Steve tends to outdo himself with every commission he does... Don't wait on this one! We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Damon Westenhofer - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one.) and Damon will do an original b/w inked sketch just for you. 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. Although Damon is not in this anthology, he's done cover work for us in the past and has worked on illustration projects for Pathfinder Games. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Jeremy Miller - Commission: - If you've been in Prestons Art Store in Louisville, you've no doubt seen Jeremy's work all over the place! He's a great artist on many levels. You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one.) and Jeremy will do an original b/w pen and ink - *maybe* some color, just for you. 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Keith Akers - Commission: - You pick the character (We'll ask for 2 options and the artist will choose one.) and Keith will do an original b/w pen and ink just for you. 11x14 or larger on bristol board or similar. Keith does beautiful inked illustrations with dramatic lighting. Just wait until you see the story he illustrated for our book! You also get a copy of the book. We will list you as one of our backers in the book as well. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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    Zbar SPECIAL: The Drink-n-Draw Edition - You get all the artwork we can generate in one hour during our weekly drink-n-draw at Zanzabar in Louisville, KY. You are guaranteed at least 5 pieces of art. There will be sketches, doodles and who knows what else. You can even suggest a topic. We can draw a lot in an hour! Also get the book, a sticker, the digital download, and be listed in the book as a backer.

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    FANTASTIC ART JAM ~ At least 10 artists featured in the book will collaborate on a fantastic 22x17 (i.e. double-page) b/w original art piece. It will be a fantasy themed piece and we'll get your input before we start so we can incorporate as many of your ideas as possible. We will also send you a copy of the book and list you as a backer on the thank you page in the book. Also includes a sticker and the digital download of the book.

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