About this project
Pole Dancing Adventures (PDA) is a weekly webcomic that gives an insightful, witty and truthful account of what life is like as a pole dancer. Part educational and mostly humorous, much of Pole Dancing Adventures comes from my four years experience as a pole dancing student. You'll find everything from dancing and safety tips; to commentary on current trends; to the funny and embarrassing truths in becoming an experienced dancer.
Most of all, PDA seeks to encourage dancers and non-dancers alike to understand the beauty behind the dance form. It's also about health and fitness, building self esteem, confidence, and just having fun. Since 2012, men and women around the globe have shared their love of pole dancing with each other using this comic. Bringing the first book of Pole Dancing Adventures to print will make it easier to share the story with others and will help me to continue the webcomic.
"(Pole Dancing Adventures) gives a pretty solid reason why it’s become her favorite pastime. For her, pole dancing is a legitimate athletic activity, no different than yoga or aerobics." - Larry Cruz, Robot6 / Comic Book Resources
"You can see that Leen is in love with her art. This makes the reader feel empathetic, even the non-dancers. Before I even realized, I was cheering along with her achievements and getting excited with every new pose learned." - Carolina Mello, Women Write About Comics
The first year of Pole Dancing Adventures will be collected into a 100 page volume featuring over 100 comics! “Pole Dancing Adventures: Volume One” will be available in both print and digital formats. The book will also include a foreword by international award-winning pole dancer, Natasha Wang! Your support in funding this Kickstarter will help fund the publishing process of this book and rewards.
This book is perfect for pole dance enthusiasts as well as for anyone curious about the dance form. Don't pole dance but know someone who does? This would be the perfect gift! Are you too shy to try pole dancing for yourself? Buy this book to learn more about it!
6.875” x 10” Full Color Interior // Full Color Cover
$1 – My thanks! A thank you shout-out at PoleDancingAdventures.com!
$10 – BASIC INVERT // PDA Book in PDF, .epub & .mobi format for your computer or ebook readers.
$22 - GEMINI PACKAGE // EARLY BIRD - PDA book + Digital Formats (+$20 international shipping)
$25 - CUPID PACKAGE // PDA book + Digital Formats (+$20 international shipping)
$35 - BUTTERFLY PACKAGE // Signed PDA book + Digital Formats (+$20 international shipping)
$45 - IRON-X PACKAGE // Signed PDA book + Sketch + Digital Formats (+$20 international shipping)
$59 - SPLITS PACKAGE // PDA Book + Signature + Sketch + Blank Journal + Digital Formats
$59 - MUG PACKAGE // PDA Book + Signature + Sketch + Mug + Digital Formats
$65 - COCOON PACKAGE // Signed PDA Book + Sketch + Digital Formats + YOUR CHOICE of one tote bag! (+$20 international shipping)
$65 -TOTE BAG PACKAGE #2 // Signed PDA Book + Sketch + Digital Formats + YOUR CHOICE of one tote bag! (+$20 international shipping)
$135 - TITANIC PACKAGE // Signed PDA book + Sketch + Digital Formats + BE DRAWN INTO A FUTURE COMIC! (+$20 international shipping)
$140 – Studio Package #1 // 10 unsigned books / (+$45 international shipping)
$240 – Studio Package #2 // 10 signed books / (+$45 international shipping)
$145 and up – Original PDA Artwork // Signed PDA book + Sketch + Digital Formats + Original B&W comic strip artwork + Limited Edition print of finished comic. (see rewards at right for availability) (+$20 international shipping)
$610 and up – Original Artwork // Signed PDA book + Sketch + Digital Formats + My original artwork -- may come framed. (see below & rewards at right for availability) (+$45 international shipping)
Here's a quick preview video of me flipping through my proof copy. I'll be working hard to make this book just right for YOU!
SHIPPING: Domestic shipping rates of $5.00 ($20 for Studio Packages & Original Artwork) are included into the price of each reward, international orders please add the requested amount for each pledge bundle. Thank you!
If you're a backer of this project at the $22 level or higher, you will get each of the following gifts as each $5k tier is met! Once we hit 20k, you'll receive all four gifts: a bookmark, a greeting card, a temporary tattoo sheet and a mini-poster when we're successfully funded! The only way to grab these rewards is to get this Kickstarter campaign to its funding goal. You won't get this great package deal again! Pre-order your book, spread the word and these gifts will be yours when we hit 100%!
And for each stretch goal met beyond that, I will include four more exclusive mini posters for a total of up to five designs for each backer! So, at $40,000, backers who pledge $22+ will receive all four rewards above AND four MORE posters!
The more you spread the word, the further we’ll go to get you awesome rewards!
If successfully funded, here is the breakdown of how the money will be used to get PDA to your door.
- Printing PDA will cost $4000 for 1000 soft-cover copies.
- Manufacturing the rewards will be an additional $1000 (cost has been increased when more rewards were added mid-campaign.)
- Shipping costs are estimated at $9700 using USPS Domestic and International Flat Rate. [This number is an estimate that should cover both domestic (66%) and international (33%) shipments based on my reader demographics.]
- Processing fees to Kickstarter (5%) and Amazon (5%) for a total of $2400.
- And finally, the income tax at 30% comes to $7200.
The grand total comes to $23,900! While it does sound steep, my largest concern is being able to cover for shipping costs as international shipments will be expensive. Giving myself cushion in the budget will make sure the shipping costs are covered so that I can get your books out on time!
In the event of over-funding...
- A second printing of the book and rewards will be made to accommodate the amount of backers that pledge.
When will the book/rewards be ready for shipment?
If funded, my goal is to have the books and unlocked rewards begin shipment in late September 2014. Different pledge levels will have different estimated delivery dates.
I’m Leen Isabel! I’m an illustrator who loves to pole dance and I’ve combined both of my interests into a web comic called Pole Dancing Adventures. Besides creating this comic, I have exhibited my artwork both domestically and internationally.
Special Thanks: I'd love to thank Nguyen Dong for helping organize this Kickstarter and for the fantastic video above, my friends at Fun Pole Fitness of San Diego and Metamorphosis: Mind Body and Pole for the class photo, and Aeriform Arts for in-studio video footage! Music: “Saturday (Instrumental)” by Josh Woodward. Thanks to http://kickingitforward.org
Risks and challenges
While I've got my fingers crossed that nothing dire should occur, I still have to have a plan for the worst case scenario. In which case for self-publishing a book, that would be that the ship carrying my books from China doesn't arrive on time. If that were to occur, I would ask that my backers exercise patience as I will keep you updated on the arrival of the books and how the shipping schedule will be affected. If the shipment does arrive late, it may also mean that I will not have the book in hand for an upcoming pole dance convention. :( Any extra books AFTER backer fulfillment would then go for sale online at www.poledancingadventures.com.
Of all the pledges, the sketch rewards will take longer to ship out. I intend to work on sketch pledges beginning upon my return from Pole Expo in September unless I face any illness or any other harm to my person which can delay production. Those orders will be shipped out as they are finished with an expectation of completion by December 2014. If it is necessary for me to go beyond that, then customers will be notified and a new deadline will be set.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Sorry, no! The book is still in print and will not be available in time for the show.
However, if you still want to come by and say "hello" I will be attending San Diego Comic Con at booth 5628 with Girls Drawin Girls. My schedule at the booth is pending.
Kickstarter processes their payments through Amazon. They do not hold funds. Your card is only charged when the Kickstarter campaign ends and is at or over 100%. You are only charged the amount you pledged and you will receive a receipt at that time. :)
If the Kickstarter campaign does NOT reach 100%, no backers are charged and I do not get a single penny.
Yes! Within the US, shipping is included. International backers will be asked to add an additional fee.
If the goal is not reached, all current backers are not charged for the amount they pledged. I do not receive a single penny and none of the books or exclusive rewards will ship out. From there I have the decision to either relaunch the Kickstarter campaign and all backers can re-do their pledge. OR I can move forward and take orders for the book outside of Kickstarter. However, the later option, retail sales of the book will not include any Kickstarter rewards. By pre-ordering now, you will receive more for your money.
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