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Cayti Bourquin and Yishan Li's highly-acclaimed, quirky, time-traveling paradox begins her journey in issues #1 & #2 of Paradox Girl!
Cayti Bourquin and Yishan Li's highly-acclaimed, quirky, time-traveling paradox begins her journey in issues #1-3 of Paradox Girl!
Cayti Bourquin and Yishan Li's highly-acclaimed, quirky, time-traveling paradox begins her journey in issues #1-3 of Paradox Girl!
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Paradox Girl: Issues #1 & #2

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A Girl Without A Past

Paradox Girl doesn't have an origin story the way that other heroes might. Paradox Girl has gone back in time to fix her own past so many times, the actual truth of where and how things started has been overwritten. Even she (at least the one we now see) doesn't know who she was. She's a living paradox.

A Woman Without A Future

PG's time travel powers aren't bound by the normal rules of cause and effect. Consequences can come before actions. A constantly shifting past means a constantly changing future, the two blending into an endless present. Her timeline criss-crosses over itself again and again. Consequently, she runs into herself a lot—and we mean a lot.

A Hero Without A Clue

Where one Paradox Girl shows up, another one isn't far behind, there to fix whatever the first one's done, or vice versa. Paradox Girl does a lot without thinking of consequences, since she can always get a do-over. Your expectations will be confounded...

It's Still True, Though

You're infinite, so while there might be 4 of you somewhere saving children from a burning school, there are probably 800 more of you arguing about why you set the school on fire in the first place.

Help Us Make More!

We love Paradox Girl, and we think you will too. We've made one comic "A Day in the Life of a Paradox" with stunning art by Yishan Li, and the second is ready to print. We need your help to print and distribute the first two issues. If this Kickstarter is a success, we'll be able to make more Paradox Girl comics!

By backing Paradox Girl, you're making a lot of wonderful things happen. First, you're getting an original, smartly written, beautifully illustrated, hilarious and mind bending comic. Second, you're paving the way for more comics like this one, declaring to the world that this is just the sort of thing we need to see more of! Finally, you're helping make a dream come true for people who absolutely love the medium and want to see it reach its full potential.

Also, we believe that diversity in the comics industry will make it better, and we hope you do too. By supporting this Kickstarter, you're also supporting the growing number of women in the comics industry.

What will the money be used for?

We've already printed a sample run of the first issue, but we need the funds for a larger print run and distribution. We also have Kickstarter-exclusive stretch goals planned!

Still not convinced? Check out these awesome reviews!

Here's what people are saying about the first issue of Paradox Girl:

“I really want to read more issues of this.”—Bridget Wilson, That Comicshop Girl

"It was a new way of reading, since you skip ahead, then back. The jokes really worked, and it's something original you don’t see often, if ever."—Josh Hohbein, C3 Comic Show

“I enjoyed the heck out of this comic.”—Tobiah Pancheon, View From The Gutters Presents: Singles Club

“Paradox Girl has gone back in time to fix her own past so many times, that the actual truth of where and how things started has been overwritten... lots of timey-wimey stuff going on... very well done.”The Awesome Comics Podcast

“There are so many little brilliant moments, and there's no telling if it was all Cayti Elle Bourquin's script or an art choice from Yishan Li. This book is rock solid entertainment from every single panel. Wow, wow, wow wow wow.”Comic Book Resources: The Buy Pile

Writer Cayti Bourquin

Cayti Bourquin is an amazing writer who's great at everything she does except writing bios and being humble. Obsessed with stories and storytelling, Cayti is eager to move into being a full-time writer. Cayti currently resides in the frozen reaches of Montana in the United States, but considers the internet her true home. She likes rain, and also spiders.

 Artist Yishan Li

Yishan Li is a professional UK/Chinese manga artist currently living in Edinburgh, UK. You can see a list of her projects at www.liyishan.com.

Yishan Li has been drawing since 1998 and has been published internationally including China, USA, France and the UK. She has worked for DC and Darkhorse and is the artist for the Buffy graphic novels coming out next year.

 A word about our parent company, Hanako:

Georgina Bensley is the woman behind Hanako Games. For more than ten years, Hanako Games has been creating independent, narrative-driven video games. Notable titles include the deadly rulership game Long Live The Queen, the wizard school sim Magical Diary, and the detective management game Black Closet. For more information about other projects we are developing or sponsoring, please visit the Hanako Games website.

Matt Hosking, the business manager for the Paradox Girl comics and awesome friend of Cayti, is helping us make our dreams of publishing a reality! Georgina's partner Peter Bensley is the editor of the series, and hopes to be able to bring more Paradox Girl comics to you!

 Look at each individual reward tier for more information!

Merchants: We have a RETAILER DEAL for you! Read the RETAILER DEAL reward tier for details!

To purchase any of these add-ons, simply add the amount listed to your pledge. Some add-ons are only available to certain tiers. Some may require additional shipping.

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OMG!!! Paradox Girl #3 is coming your way!!! We unlocked the last stretch goal!!!

WE DID IT!!!
WE DID IT!!!
    

Risks and challenges

Cayti and Yishan have already done the heavy lifting—the writing, art, and layout for the first two issues is complete! Now it's up to us to deliver the finished products! If anything unforeseen occurs, we will all work together to find a solution.

Most importantly, we will keep our backers appraised every step of the way! We want you to take this journey with us!

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FAQ

  • Yes, copies in the ART HISTORY tier are signed. Not mentioning that in the tier was our mistake.

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  • Yes, it's just a matter of shipping costs. Shipping for the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier is $12 US, $26 worldwide. If you add the difference to your pledge to cover shipping you can order any or all of the add-ons.

    For instance, if you were in the UK and backing at the PARADOX level ($12 shipping) you would need to add another $14.

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  • We haven't decided yet, we're going to take some time to look into all the different digital distribution platforms available after the campaign.

    What we can guarantee is that there will be an easy way to download your copy in a range of DRM free formats, including PDF and CBR/CBZ.

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    DEJA VU:

    You'll get the DRM-free PDF of Paradox Girl issue #1, and we'll add your name to the thank you page of our website.

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    ANOMALY:

    You'll get the DRM-free PDFs of Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2, and we'll add your name to the thank you page of our website.

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    PARADOX:

    You'll get the printed, full-color Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2, and the DRM-free PDFs.

    We'll add your name to the thank you page of our website and the credits page of the second issue of Paradox Girl, PLUS everything from the ANOMALY tier!

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    TWO TWOS:

    We created this tier especially for those of you who are early PG adopters and already have a copy or two of the first issue!

    You'll get two printed, full-color Paradox Girl issue #2 comics, and the DRM-free PDFs.

    We'll add your name to the thank you page of our website and the credits page of the second issue of Paradox Girl, PLUS everything from the ANOMALY tier!

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    TEMPORAL RIFT:

    You'll get two Paradox Girl A5 prints (5.8 x 8.3): cover art created by Yishan Li from Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2, PLUS everything from the PARADOX tier!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    RETAILER DEAL:

    You'll get five copies of each issue at wholesale, for a total of 10 comics!

    Note: This reward is for merchants only. You must email us (click "Contact Me") with proof of your status as a retailer.

    If we cannot confirm your retailer status, you will be rewarded at the TEMPORAL RIFT level.

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    TIME LOOP:

    You'll get everything from the TEMPORAL RIFT tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin herself!

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    POSTDESTINATION PARADOX:

    You'll get everything from the TEMPORAL RIFT tier, PLUS Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2 with alternate covers!

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    BOOTSTRAP PARADOX:

    You'll get everything from the TEMPORAL RIFT tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li!

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    PREDESTINATION PARADOX:

    You'll get everything from the TEMPORAL RIFT tier, PLUS you'll get both of the alternative covers, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li!

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    GRANDFATHER PARADOX:

    You'll get everything from the POSTDESTINATION PARADOX tier, PLUS your very own Paradox Girl "No Time" T-shirt, just like PG wears in issue #1!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

    (We will send you a survey after the Kickstarter closes so you can choose your T-shirt size.)

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    ART HISTORY:

    You'll get everything from the POSTDESTINATION PARADOX tier, PLUS sketch cover Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2 with original, one-of-a-kind sketches by the incredible Yishan Li!

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    HANAKOFAN:

    Whether you're already a fan of Hanako, or you're discovering us for the first time, now's your chance to have your cake and eat it, too!

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS Steam codes for our games Long Live the Queen, Date Warp, Science Girls, Black Closet, and Magical Diary!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    WISH YOU WERE NOW:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS Cayti will write you a personalized, unique postcard as Paradox Girl, from a particular point in history.

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    TIME BANDIT'S STASH:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS an Unhelpful Wall Clock, PLUS a "Definitely a Real Superhero" Lunchbox!

    Check out the descriptions for the Clock and Lunchbox under "Add-Ons" in the main body of this page :)

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    QUANTA VAULTER:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS...

    Your name will appear in the credits (as Quanta Vaulter) on the inside cover, right alongside the author and artist of Paradox Girl issue #2!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    POLICE BOX DENIZEN:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS...

    Your name will appear in the credits (as Police Box Denizen) on the inside cover, right alongside the author and artist of Paradox Girl issue #2!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    DELOREAN DRIVER:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS...

    Your name will appear in the credits (as Delorean Driver) on the inside cover, right alongside the author and artist of Paradox Girl issue #2!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    ELOI RESCUER:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS...

    Your name will appear in the credits (as Eloi Rescuer) on the inside cover, right alongside the author and artist of Paradox Girl issue #2!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    CLOTHES, BOOTS, & MOTORCYCLE NEEDER:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS...

    Your name will appear in the credits (as Clothes, Boots & Motorcycle Needer) on the inside cover, right alongside the author and artist of Paradox Girl issue #2!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    13th MONKEY:

    You'll get everything from the GRANDFATHER PARADOX tier, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS...

    Your name will appear in the credits (as 13th Monkey) on the inside cover, right alongside the author and artist of Paradox Girl issue #2!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    ALL OF TIME:

    You'll get the printed, full-color Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2, and the DRM-free PDFs (and of course you'll be thanked on our website and in Paradox Girl #2), PLUS you'll get the two Paradox Girl A5 prints, PLUS Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2 with alternate covers, PLUS your comics will be signed by the author, Cayti Elle Bourquin, AND by the artist, Yishan Li, PLUS you'll get a Paradox Girl T-shirt, PLUS Steam codes for our games Long Live the Queen, Date Warp, Science Girls, Black Closet, and Magical Diary, PLUS Cayti will write you a personalized, unique postcard as Paradox Girl, PLUS you'll get an Unhelpful Wall Clock, PLUS you'll get a "Definitely a Real Superhero" Lunchbox!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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    CHANGE HISTORY:

    You'll get one of everything (including everything listed in the ALL OF TIME tier, PLUS Yishan Li sketch covers of for Paradox Girl issues #1 and #2, PLUS a one-of-a-kind, personalized postcard from PG, PLUS your comics and alternate cover comics will be signed by Cayti and Yishan, PLUS...

    Cayti and Yishan, our Paradox Girl creators, will work with you to create your own four page, all-ages Paradox Girl story with co-author credit!

    You'll also get all of our unlocked digital stretch goals!

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