Welcome to Ménage à 3’s Fifth Kickstarter!
After successfully funding the printing of Ménage à 3 volume 6, 7, 8 & 9, Sticky Dilly Buns volume 1, Sandra on the Rocks volume 1 & 2, and Dangerously Chloe volume 1 & 2 with four previous Kickstarters, we've decided to use it again to try and fund the printing of Ménage à 3 volume 10, Sticky Dilly Buns volume 2, Sandra on the Rocks volume 3, and Dangerously Chloe volume 3, and make previous volumes also available! For those not in the know, these volumes will be the last volume for each series and are completing each series. If you've never participated in one of our Kickstarters before, here's your chance to get everything all at once! We don't plan on closing the door on these universes, so expect to see more from us, and more Kickstarters in the future for these new upcoming projects. :)
Ménage à 3 & Co. is self-published under Pixie Trix Comix. All properties in the Pixie Trix universe are linked in some form or another to Gisèle Lagacé aka Giz (me!) or David Lumsdon aka Dave Zero1. I collaborate with many talented folks, whom you can read about in the "about" section of the Pixie Trix Comix website. My personal Kickstarter account for projects backed and whatnot is here.
What is Ménage à 3?
Ménage à 3 is a long-form online comic strip co-written by Gisèle Lagacé (me) and David Lumsdon, and drawn by me. It's a sexy, HBO-style romantic comedy set in Montreal. It follows the lives of Gary, a shy 30-year-old comic-book geek, and his way-sexier-than-he-is roommates—adventurous punk rock chick (and bisexual) Zii, and DiDi, a sweet, naïve woman with amazon-like strength. Once Zii becomes Gary’s “wing-girl,” all three of them are set to have wild adventures with a lot of sex appeal, a lot of laughs, and a little bit of heart.
For our grand finale, we present a volume of endings... and those endings come through choices.
"How much am I willing to risk for my dream job? How much am I willing to sacrifice?"
"Should I drift in a comfortable arrangement or risk what I have by admitting I want more?"
"What do we do when sex doesn't work?"
"Should I get out of this uncomfortable threesome with a guy I'm not into at all and a woman who's starting to look as crazy as she is hot?"
For most of us, the last of those decisions seems like the easiest. But most of us haven't lived Gary's life.
Volume 10 of Ménage à 3 collects the 10th (and final) year of the webcomic. Strips included are #1351 (Sept. 28, 2017) to #1512 (Apr. 9, 2019). Each chapter break will feature a new illustration. The book, like all our previous books, will also include a 5-to-6 page print-exclusive bonus story (PDFs include the bonus stories too). This year, our bonus story will be part 3 of our reverse-gender take on Ma3. Did Geri (female Gary) find her man? Or woman? We'll also include the reverse-gender bonus story we funded during our volume 7 campaign: The Clams Before the Storm.
As some of you may know, we've had to restrain our art choices of late online due to advertisers not wanting us to show mild nudity. With that said, as we did with volume 8 & 9, we plan to fix that for this printed volume (and PDF). I'll go in and tweak a few pages where I feel we would've normally not hidden it.
Here are the main pledges for Ménage à 3 volume 10:
Here are sample comic strips (picked at random) from volume 10 of Ménage à 3. Note: Strips are printed 1st half on top of 2nd half in the books.
"What are these other series you're talking about?"
Sticky Dilly Buns and Sandra on the Rocks are two spin-offs of Ménage à 3, and Dangerously Chloe is a spin-off of Eerie Cuties. Even though they can be read independently, if you enjoy Ménage à 3 or Eerie Cuties, you'll more than likely like these as well. Past volumes of these series are available as well as add-ons or included in some of the rewards.
Here's a bit of info on each of these series. Like Ménage à 3, they are available in REGULAR, COLLECTOR, or GOLD editions, and past volumes are also available.
Unlikely friends Dillon and Ruby challenge each other a lot, but that helps them face other challenges, like Ruby's disinterested-seeming boyfriend and some men who seem interested in Dillon for all the wrong reasons. Though Ruby's sometimes not so much "helping" there as she is "delightedly ogling." On his own, Dillon has to face his jealousy and career woes, while Ruby has to address her frosty family relations and whether her manga addiction can possibly be an asset in her business-minded life. Or they could just fail to face those problems forever, we suppose! Growth is optional.
For our bonus story in volume 2 of Sticky Dilly Buns, we learn how well things went with Ruby's yaoi calendar. Has this helped Dillon's career or made it worse?
Sample strips from Sticky Dilly Buns volume 2 (picked at random).
Sandra has been drifting a bit... even though she still can't pose "nakies," when she ends up on a tropical island with no memory of how she got there, she just goes with the flow. But sharks are circling: Eloise continues to play the long game in hopes of snatching away Sandra's boyfriend, while Eva manipulates the rest of Sandra's circle as revenge against her mentor. Before this is over, going with the flow will land Sandra on shores that seem inescapable. And what happens next will settle the question: is she model or mouse?
Sample strips from Sandra on the Rocks volume 3 (picked at random).
Teddy-- or Teddi-- has finally come to accept life as a girl and absolutely everything that goes along with it, to save Chloe's life-- and her own. But Teddi's new look draws attention from all corners, from bullying or smitten peers to young monster hunters to her own family. Also involved are Heaven, Hell, and the angel of death-- not a crowd known for resolving differences over a game of Scrabble (the succubi object that there aren't enough X tiles to spell "XXXRATED"). Can Teddi and Chloe survive? Maybe so. But not without a price.
Sample strips from Dangerously Chloe volume 3 (picked at random).
Our goal is $44,000 CAD
Our goal is $44,000 CAD (roughly 33k US). If reached, this amount will allow us to print roughly 1500 to 2000 copies each of Ménage à 3 volume 10, Sticky Dilly Buns volume 2, Sandra on the Rocks volume 3, and Dangerously Chloe volume 3, AND print all the necessary posters and postcards associated to each book. Shipping is expensive, so pretty much half that amount will go to shipping & handling (and shipping supplies).
We plan to send the 4 books to print by July so we can start shipping in September-October 2019 (once we've received everything from the printer). We're not a big business, so sometimes it can take us like a month or two to get all the packages out, and depending on your location, it can take from one week to two months to get to destination. If you check our previous Kickstarters, you'll see that we always end up delivering.
We ship everywhere in the world. When you select a pledge, shipping cost will be added for the location you’re in. The shipping cost added is included in the goal amount, so it all adds up. Since we know some backers will be new to Pixie Trix Comix, all our books are available in this Kickstarter, either included in the reward you selected or as add-ons (read below on how to add stuff).
If you've participated in one of our previous Kickstarters, things should pretty much self-explanatory. We're trying to fund 4 books, and we're making them available as REGULAR, COLLECTOR and GOLD editions. Pick the reward that includes all the stuff you want, and any extras (like a book you're missing, or swag you want from our store) can be added with a pledge increase (what we call an add-on).
ADD-ONS & CUSTOMIZING YOUR PLEDGE
Since we know many of you wait for our yearly Kickstarter to get some of the stuff found in our store, we're allowing you to get select items from our store via pledge increases. Since Kickstarter can't calculate the extra shipping cost these added items would incur, we've included the shipping cost to each item in the list below. What this means is that when you select a pledge, a shipping cost will be added, but that's only for that pledge in question, and the items in that pledge. When you want more stuff than what's in your pledge, you have to remember that this doesn't work like a store where you can add items to your cart. You have to add up the cost of the extra items you want based off the list below, note it down, and at the end of the Kickstarter, we'll send you a survey for you to fill out. THAT'S where you'll tell us what this increased pledge amount was for (see the pledge increase as store credit). We plan on using Backerkit, so this should help make things easier if you did your math wrong or want to add more items after the fact.
Here's an example of a running spreadsheet you can use to plan your Kickstarter pledge.
Here's our list of stuff you can get via pledge increases.
These prices include shipping to anywhere in the world. Please right-click our store link to either open a new tab or new window to preview all items. Some items aren't on this list as we have limited supplies. Not all books are available as collector's edition, so please double check to see what's still available. Also note that the items in our store are listed in US dollars without shipping added to the amount. What you're seeing here are the same items converted to CAD dollars with shipping included. Rest assured that whether you're buying from our store or getting them here through the Kickstarter, you're paying about the same in the end. (Slightly cheaper here, though, if you selected a pledge with lots of stuff).
We have many add-ons that you can add to your pledge. Here's a picture reference with the written list below it. For more details, please visit our store.
PRINTED BOOKS (with the exception of Penny & Aggie, and Cool Cat Studio)
-> For a Regular book increase by $20 CAD each (approx. $15 USD)
-> For a Postcard Edition book increase by $23 CAD each (approx. $17 USD)
-> For a Collector's Edition book increase by $26 CAD each (approx. $19.40 USD) (only the 4 books we're trying to fund the printing of in this Kickstarter are available as Collector's or Gold Editions)
-> For a Gold Edition book increase by $36 CAD each (approx. $27 USD)
Penny & Aggie & Cool Cat Studio are thicker books with more pages so...
-> For a Penny & Aggie or Cool Cat Studio book increase by $24 CAD each (approx. $18 USD)
One shots (example: Ménage à Zombies, Space Captain Miyuki, Carmen Chamelia, Wolfharts)
-> To get a physical copy of ONE one shot, increase your pledge by:
>$7 CAD (approx. $5.25 USD) if your pledge includes physical items.
>$14 CAD (approx. $10.50 USD) if your pledge doesn't include physical items (like a PDF only pledge).
Obviously, if you want more than one, multiply the above by the number of one shots you want. If your pledge is a PDF only pledge and this is the only physical thing sent, first one shot is at $14 CAD and the others are at $7 CAD.
NEW > Space Captain Miyuki: Dead or Alive one shot, increase by $8 CAD or $14 CAD if you don't have any other physical items shipped (like a PDF only pledge)
NEW > Carmen Chamelia: Beta Test one shot, increase by $8 CAD or $14 CAD if you don't have any other physical items shipped (like a PDF only pledge)
NEW > Nightgale One Shot, increase by $8 CAD (approx. $6 USD) if your pledge includes physical items. Increase by $14 CAD if you have no other physical items shipped, like a PDF only pledge.
Freaky Frights 48 page comic (full color)
-> To get a physical copy of this comic, increase your pledge by:
>$9 CAD (approx. $6.70 USD) if your pledge includes physical items.
>$16 CAD (approx. $12 USD) if your pledge doesn't include physical items (like a PDF only pledge).
HIGH-RES PDF BOOKS (includes P&A and CCS)
-> For a PDF book increase by $7 CAD each (approx. $5.25 USD)
HIGH-RES PDFs OF ONE SHOT COMICS
-> For Ménage à Zombies one shot PDF increase by $4 CAD (approx. $3 USD)
-> For Freaky Frights 48pg comic PDF increase by $7 CAD (approx. $5.25 USD)
-> For 1st Space Captain Miyuki one shot PDF increase by $5 CAD (approx. $3.75 USD)
-> For 1st Carmen Chamelia one shot PDF increase by $5 CAD (approx. $3.75 USD)
-> For Wolfharts one shot PDF increase by $5 CAD (approx. $3.75 USD)
NEW -> For Nightgale one shot PDF increase by $5 CAD (approx. $3.75 USD)
NEW -> For Space Captain Miyuki: Dead or Alive One shot PDF increase by $5 CAD
NEW -> For Carmen Chamelia: Beta Test One shot PDF increase by $5 CAD
Note: our physical pledges don't include PDFs, so if you wanted PDFs as well, make sure to increase your pledge accordingly.
-> For any added poster increase by $20 CAD each (approx. $15 USD) NOTE: At survey time, mention which poster(s) you want, and if it's uncensored or censored (when available, of course). The posters included in the Gold rewards can't be substituted for older ones.
Note: The newly funded posters from the 45k and 50k stretch goals fall under the above category. For any added poster increase by $20 CAD each (approx. $15 USD).
-> For the DiDi floaty pen increase by $15 CAD (approx. $11 USD)
-> For the Zii figurine increase by $110 CAD (approx. $82USD)
-> For the DiDi figurine increase by $110 CAD (approx. $82 USD)
-> For the Sonya figurine increase by $110 CAD (approx. $82 USD)
-> For the Chloe figurine increase by $110 CAD (approx. $82 USD)
-> For the Gary plushy increase by $28 CAD (approx. $20 USD)
-> For the 3 buttons set increase by $10 CAD (approx. $7.50 USD)
-> For the Pixie Trix tote bag increase by $30 CAD (approx. $22 USD)
-> For the guitar picks set increase by $7 CAD (approx. $5.25 USD)
-> For the Ma3 Cast lanyard increase by $10 CAD (approx $7.50 USD)
-> 1.25" custom offset lapel pin of Zii & Lita increase by $10 CAD (approx. $7.50 USD) NOTE: If you have no physical rewards being sent to you, and all you get is the pin, please increase by $15 CAD (approx. $11 USD)
-> 1.25" custom offset lapel pin of Sonya increase by $10 CAD (approx. $7.50 USD) NOTE: If you have no physical rewards being sent to you, and all you get is the pin, please increase by $15 CAD (approx. $11 USD)
-> 1.25" custom offset lapel pin of Yuki increase by $10 CAD (approx. $7.50 USD) NOTE: If you have no physical rewards being sent to you, and all you get is the pin, please increase by $15 CAD (approx. $11 USD)
-> Set of playing cards, increase by $20 CAD (approx. $15 USD) NOTE: If you have no physical rewards being sent to you, and all you get is the card set, please increase by $28 CAD (approx. $22 USD)
-> For the DiDi on one side and Zii on the other body pillow case, increase by $85 CAD (approx. $63.50 USD)
NEW -> For the Peggy figurine (with mini Gary) increase by $120 CAD (approx. $89 USD)
NEW -> Ma3 bookends! (made of metal) increase by $35 CAD (approx $26 USD)
NEW -> Set of 6 acrylic standees increase by $40 CAD (approx $30 USD)
NEW -> 1.25" custom offset lapel pins (set) of Gary & Geri increase by $20 CAD (approx. $15 USD)
NEW -> New wallpapers for 2019 (stretch goal of 63k) increase by $13 CAD (approx. $10 USD)
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To all our faithful readers and supporters, thank you SO MUCH for these last 10+ years. We couldn't have done it without your support, and it's a true pleasure creating comics for you. With your continued support, we hope to bring you more comics.--Gisèle & The Pixie Trix Team
Risks and challenges
Pixie Trix Comix is no stranger to making books. We have over 25 books in print. If funded, shipping should start sometime in September 2019 (based on our last one). We might experience delays, but we'll keep you posted. Based on our past Kickstarters, I think you know that we always deliver.
Pixie Trix is not responsible for import/duty fees your home country may charge. (We haven't had any reports from buyers so far, but we can't assure you 100% that it won't happen).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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