Funded! This project was successfully funded on May 14, 2012.

Update #2

True Believer sees the light of day, the Campaign gets some new goals, and more!

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Hello, spectacular Kickstarter team:

First off, I thought I meant it when I said you guys were awesome in the last update. Turns out you're all in a totally different league of awesomeness than I had ever imagined. We're over 450% of the goal with just under two weeks to go, which means it's time to make some major plans for what's coming up next.

The first step, naturally, is to increase the print run of True Believer

With the help of many friends, I slogged through Portland's schizophrenic spring weather last week (HAILSTONES THE SIZE OF MY FIST) to check the print proof on the regular edition. The following afternoon, barely in time for the Stumptown Comics Festival, I received the first batch of copies. 

Needless to say, I was a pretty happy girl. The comic made its debut on Sunday to much excitement and acclaim. I am now even more thrilled to start shipping copies out to my backers. However, given the response at the Festival and the number of pre-orders here on Kickstarter, we're going to need some higher figures.

My goal right now is to increase the print run to 500 copies and, in the process, switch to offset printing via Eberhardt Press. This will result in an even handsomer comic and support an excellent Portland printing establishment in the process. I'm working on getting quotes figured out right now, but it's the highest priority and thus will receive the most funds.

For those of you who opted for the limited edition, we'll be keeping the total publication size at 100 for that run. I got a sneak peek at Matt's amazing print job the other day, which I wanted to share with you all before I start scoring French flaps and stapling comics this week.

Here are the screens being prepped for printing...

And here are the prints! Awesome, right? (P.S. If you want to hire Matt -- and you really should -- you can find him right here.)

So that's the news on True Believer

"But wait, Lucy," I hear you say. "What about those extra 5,000 smackers?"

My original idea for extra funds was to reprint my current issues of Baggywrinkles (a nautical comic about life as a tall ship sailor in the 21st century) and fund the creation of the next, twice-as-nice issue. However, given the extraordinary response we've received so far, I think we can do one better.

If we can make it to $8,000 this week, I'm excited to announce that I'll be able to begin work on Wherefore, my graphic novel about cultural heritage, family, and belonging, in earnest. The story is currently around 80 pages long and will probably take me at least 6 months to complete, but with the looming expectation of 200 backers hovering above me, I have a feeling I'll work quickly.

Of course, there needs to be something in it for you guys, too. With that in mind, I'll be releasing some new incentives including...

- Portraits! Since personalized comic strips were so popular, I've added a similar option for a simple bust portrait.

- In a similar vein, and because I've had a lot of requests for these: Cameo appearances in upcoming comics! (You can choose between Baggywrinkles #3 or Wherefore.)

- Access to a backers-only production blog for my upcoming comics, where I'll be posting exclusive content from the creative process. Curious about how one makes a graphic novel from start to finish? This is the place to be.

- And, since everyone loves wearable goods, Fight for your Art t-shirts! Which will probably look something like what you see below.

That's all for now, but I'm in the process of figuring out some more goodies, so stay tuned for more updates. You've all been beyond incredible in your dedication and excitement about this project. It touches me deeply to hear from so many voices and to see your support manifest in the climbing figures and encouraging words on this page.

I don't have enough arms to hug you all, but I'm really looking forward to connecting with each and every one of you when the campaign closes and I get to send you all your rewards.

Thank you for everything -- and let's keep the momentum going!

With gratitude, 

Lucy

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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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    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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    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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