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The printing of a 36-page comic about having the courage to do what you love.

FINAL UPDATE:

730% funded. $11,000. 300 backers. These are all figures I could not have dreamed of three weeks ago as I was scrabbling to launch the project while finishing my thesis and trying to graduate from college. What an amazing experience. We're in the home stretch with just under 24 hours to go, but I'm so humbled by this that I've run out of things to ask for. 

Keep being yourselves, keep being wonderful. I'll be posting a video update soon.

WEEK 3 UPDATE:

Well, it's official. You're all AWESOME. Thanks to you, True Believer is going international later this month with a trip to the inaugural Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! Since we've got a week to go, I'm going out on a limb and setting the new reach goal, and I really can't believe I'm saying this, at $10,000. I've added even more incentives (nautically-themed this time) to help move things along. If you'd like to get your hands on Baggywrinkles #3 pre-orders or tall ship illustrations, check the incentives bar. To read the whole update (including pics from the Release Party), click here!

WEEK 1 UPDATE: 

After receiving such an incredible response in the last week, the campaign has evolved! The new goal is $8,000, and I've added some extra incentives to sweeten the deal. New funds will be going towards the creation of my first full-length graphic novel, Wherefore, which will hopefully be done by early 2013. Check out the full update here.

What's All This Then?

Hello! My name is Lucy Bellwood. I'm a cartoonist and illustrator living in Portland, OR and I want YOU to help me publish an awesome comic called True Believer. It starts something like this.

True Believer is a 36-page autobiographical story about having the courage to do what you love. It's got art, religion, love, death, and all those other Big, Juicy Things, but thankfully also features a healthy amount of sneezing, slapstick, and swear words -- just so we don't take ourselves too seriously.

The story charts my changing attitudes towards art as a personal practice over the course of 12 months. From selling my first comic at a convention to losing one of my mentors -- Portland-based publisher Dylan Williams -- to cancer, the year encompassed a staggering variety of experiences and revelations.

After six months of intense work on this story, it's finally ready to see the light of day. Since I'm a sucker for all things analog (the comic was penciled, inked, lettered, and colored by hand), my goal is to publish it at the highest quality possible. I want this book to feel fantastic. 100 copies of the print run will have regular color covers and interiors, but there will also be a limited edition of 100 copies featuring two-color screen printed covers (with French flaps!) by Matt Davison of Portland's own Dueltone Printing. 

The trouble is that printing these large-format color comics can be a bit spendy for a young self-publisher...

Which Is Where You Come In.

With your help, the dream of publishing this comic in all its colorful glory will become a reality. 

Kickstarter's model is simple. You pledge an amount (small or large) towards my fundraising goal by clicking the "Back This Project" button on the top righthand side of the page. If I make my goal in pledges by my deadline, May 14th, you will then get charged for your donation, and receive some awesome incentives in return (like the limited edition poster pictured below!). However, if I don't make my goal, your card doesn't get charged and I don't receive any funding. It's an all or nothing kind of game, but I have faith that we're going to make it happen. To check out the various incentives and their corresponding donation levels, peruse the column on the right.

By taking pre-orders through Kickstarter, I can confidently pull out all the stops to print True Believer the way it was meant to be printed. And what's more, I've included a number of Kickstarter-exclusive rewards that go beyond copies of the comic to include custom sketches, limited edition prints, and even dinners and studio tours with yours truly.

Sounds Great! But Where's The Money Going?

I've asked for $1,500 to complete the project. This will assure enough money to print the comic, ship your rewards, and cover Kickstarter and Amazon's processing fees.

The breakdown goes something like this:

  • $950 to print 200 copies of the comic through Minuteman Press.
  • $150 to screen print 100 limited edition covers with Dueltone Printing.
  • $100 to assemble limited edition comics with Eberhardt Press.
  • $150 for incentive printing & shipping (posters, archival comic prints, postcards, etc.)
  • $150 for Kickstarter and Amazon fees (approximately 10% overall).

In the event that I exceed my funding goal, I'll not only be able to print more copies of the comic and offer some extra incentives, but also begin putting funds towards my graphic novel, Wherefore, and the next issue of my Baggywrinkles series. Baggywrinkles is a nautically-themed comic exploring my life as a tall ship sailor in the 21st century, and this next issue promises to be a lot of fun. Excess donations will allow me to make the new issue twice as long as its predecessors and experiment with some new cover printing styles.

And That's It!

Thanks so much for taking the time to investigate my Kickstarter page. If you feel compelled to pledge towards my goal, thank you even more! I really couldn't do this without you.

If you're a journalist or blogger interested in covering the campaign, you can download a press release for the project here. If you'd like to follow along with the project's process -- or just drop me a line -- check out one of these many fine social media outlets:

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And, of course, my main site, lucybellwood.com!

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    My eternal gratitude and a shout-out on my site, lucybellwood.com!

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    A hand-written True Believer postcard delivered to you via the magic of the postal system! Want to hear about life as a cartoonist? Perhaps enjoy some spontaneous haiku? Maybe even receive a mystery doodle? This one's for you.

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    Access to the Backers-Only Process Blog that I'll be updating as I plan, draw, and print Baggywrinkles #3 and Wherefore. Go behind the scenes through the whole process, from scripting to publication design. It promises to be a wild ride.

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    Limited edition of True Believer with two-color screen printed French flap covers by Dueltone Printing + Eberhardt Press! Shipping included. Also includes digital download + bonus features. (Domestic shipping included. International Orders please add $10.)

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    Sketch That Ship! An ink and watercolor illustration of a sailing vessel of your choice. Barques and Brigs, Schooners and Sloops, whatever you fancy. (Domestic shipping included. International orders please add $10.)

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    A snazzy, black "Fight for your Art" t-shirt + digital download material. Note: if you'd like a physical copy of the comic with your shirt, pledge $45 for the regular edition or $50 for the limited edition. (Includes domestic shipping. International orders please add $10.)

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    A limited edition copy of the comic and a 13x19" archival-quality print of a page of your choosing. Includes digital download, and bonus features. (Domestic shipping included. International Orders please add $10.)

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    The Lucy Bellwood MegaPack™! Get a signed copy of True Believer along with all my previously-published comics. Includes Baggywrinkles 1 & 2 (with spiffy nautical buttons!), Tales from The Fragment (an adventurous foldy comic), and the never-before-published first 12 pages of Wherefore, my forthcoming graphic novel about home, belonging, and cultural heritage. (Domestic shipping included. International Orders please add $10.)

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    A custom portrait in ink and watercolor + digital download material! Send me a photo (or, even better, photos) of yourself and receive a beautiful illustration in return. Hint: Great for gifting to grandparents. (Domestic shipping included. International Orders please add $10.)

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    A signed, limited edition 9x6 color miniposter ("We Want to Fight for Our Art"), sketched-in copy of the comic (add $10 for limited edition version), digital download, and bonus features. (Domestic shipping included. International Orders please add $10.)

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    A 5x8 custom color sketch from me, as well as a postcard, copy of the comic (add $10 for limited edition version), digital download, and bonus features. (Domestic shipping included. International Orders please add $10.)

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    A delicious home-cooked dinner (or a meal of your choosing) in Portland with yours truly, plus a tour of my studio! Will hand-present you with a sketched-in, limited edition copy of True Believer as we talk about comics* and other awesome stuff while geeking out about work spaces and consuming delicious food. Not in Portland? Let's have a Skype date! *Note: I can also hold forth on a variety of other topics including, but not limited to, mythology, literature, traditional sailing, early British radio comedies, dancing, and knitting.

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    A personalized 3-6 panel comic strip starring YOU! We'll collaborate to create a short strip detailing your exploits in a setting of your choice. Also includes a copy of the comic, a limited edition poster, digital download, and bonus features. (Domestic shipping included. International Orders please add $10.)

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