NEXT STRETCH GOALS:
For more details on these stretch goals, scroll down past our pledge and add-ons lists. And speaking of add-ons, those can be really useful to create a custom reward. For instance, you may not find the exact reward you want but by using add-ons, you might be able to create it, so scroll down past our pledge list to see what add-ons you can can add. :)
Welcome to Ménage à 3’s second Kickstarter! Last year, we had a very successful Kickstarter for volume 6, and we decided to use Kickstarter again this year to fund volume 7. Ménage à 3 is self-published under Pixie Trix Comix, which is a brand name used for all projects linked in some form or another to Gisele Lagace (me!). My personal Kickstarter account for projects backed and whatnot is found here: http://kck.st/1eOBSvt and my personal site is at www.GiseleLagace.com.
I collaborate with many talented folks, whom you can read about in the "about" section of www.PixieTrixComix.com. For those unfamiliar with Ménage à 3 (found at Ma3comic.com), the comic is co-written by Gisele Lagace and David Lumsdon, and drawn by Gisele Lagace. It could best be described as a sexy, HBO-style romantic comedy. 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 amazon with an unusual problem (delved into deeply in volume 7). 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.
Here are samples of the comics found in volume 7 of Ménage à 3:
Ménage à 3, Volume 7, collects the 7th year of the webcomic. Strips included are #901 (June 19, 2014) to #1050 (July 18, 2015). The book, like all our volumes will also include a 5-to-6 page, print-exclusive bonus story. This year, our bonus story will go behind the scenes of Gary’s (very instructive) night of passion with Matt and Peggy!
Hold on a second... Volume 7??
Yes! We’ve been at this for seven years now! We’ve been putting out a volume each year, and this is the second time we’ve used Kickstarter to help us fund our yearly print volume. Last year, as stretch goals, we decided to fund two more books alongside Ménage à 3. This year we’ll do the same for volume 4 of Eerie Cuties/Magick Chicks and volume 1 of Dangerously Chloe. Eerie Cuties and Magick Chicks are two series set in the same world that sometimes cross over, so they fit better into one volume.
Eerie Cuties started in 2009. Like Ménage à 3, it’s co-written by Gisele and David, and drawn by Gisele with some inking/shading help by Shouri. A high school for monsters features vampires, werewolves, witches, succubi, and snake girls. There’s a little bit of horror in the series but our focus is more comedy in general. And that comedy should please most Ménage à 3 readers. After all, it’s the same team!
Here are sample pages found in volume 4 of Eerie Cuties:
Magick Chicks is a series that started at the same time we rebooted Eerie Cuties, written mostly by David with some help by Gisele. The art duties have featured Gisele, Shouri, and Cassandra Wedeking. A coven of witches have been punished for bad behavior by being transferred to a monster hunter school. How are they surviving this? Disguised as magical girls, of course!
Here are sample pages of Magick Chicks (included in EC vol 4):
Volume 4 of Eerie Cuties/Magick Chicks is the end of both series as we know them. Both resolved large underlying arcs in this volume, and we feel it’s time to wrap them up. But we have more side stories to tell, and this universe will live on one way or another. More on that soon! ;)
Dangerously Chloe follows Chloe, a succubus from Eerie Cuties, who now attends a succubi-only school in Hell itself! She’s brought back to earth after Teddy, a geeky high school kid, mistakenly makes a pact with an ancient statue in which he offers his soul to Chloe if he can’t fall in love. Chloe decides to help Teddy fall in love in order to save his soul. Will she succeed, and what will her teachers from Hell think of this? The creative team for this first volume is David Lumsdon on writing duties and Cassandra Wedeking on art duties.
Here are a few sample pages of Dangerously Chloe found in vol.1:
Our first goal is $27,800. If we raise this amount, we plan to print 2,500 copies of volume 7 of Ménage à 3, 1500 copies of volume 4 of Eerie Cuties, and 1500 of volume 1 of Dangerously Chloe. We’ll also print each book’s respective postcard set: four postcards per book at 1000 each, for a total of 12,000 printed postcards. We’ll then print each book’s respective 11x17 poster at roughly 800 copies each, for a total of 2400 posters. Leftover money will be used to buy all the necessary packaging material, and we’ll have enough to mail at least half of all copies printed in this run.
We plan to print the books mid-to-late September, have them in hand for mid-October so we can personally sign them, and start shipping late October. Depending on the amount of backers, shipping could take a month or two.
Canadian backers might notice an increase in price versus last year. That increase is due to our weaker dollar this year (roughly 75 cents CAD for 1 US dollar) and an increase in printing and shipping costs. (Tax is included for Canadian backers.)
We ship everywhere in the world! When you select a reward, 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 will be available in this Kickstarter. Just choose the proper reward if you want more than 1 book.
Visual guide to see ALL that you’re getting with your pledges! Note that some art is not final, and needs to be pencil refined, inked, and colored.
NOTE: PDF Books DO include the bonus stories :)
(Fernando & Dan's commissions, and Gisele's 4th, were taken via add-ons, so those reward tiers were removed from the list.)
You can add any book from the Pixie Trix library, posters (even from last year's Kickstarter,) PDFs... even last year's DiDi doll to any pledge! Just increase the amount of your pledge by the amount needed to get any of these add-ons. At the end of the Kickstarter, you will get a survey in which you'll let us know which add-ons you've added, so make sure you've noted everything down as all you're doing for now is increasing your pledge to get what you want.
A visual aid link to adding items: http://kck.st/1NZcnDT
Here's our list of add-ons WITH last year's items added.
These prices include shipping to anywhere in the world:
Any regular book add $20CAD (approx $15US)
Any collector's book add $26CAD (approx $20US)
Any GOLD collector's book add $36CAD (approx $27.50US)
Any PDF add $7CAD (approx $5.30US) (P&A & CCS added)
Any Penny & Aggie or Cool Cat Studio book add $24 CAD ($18USD) (There are 4 P&A books and 1 CCS)
Any poster add $20CAD (approx $15US)
(Posters from our previous Kickstarter still available.)
The fridge magnets add $22CAD (approx $16.75US)
The DiDi floaty pen add $15CAD (approx $11.50US)
Peggy/Gary poster censored or uncensored $20CAD (approx $15US)
Chloe/Pandora poster censored or uncensored $20CAD (approx $15US)
Cool Guitar picks! add $7CAD (approx $5.31USD)
Ma3 Cast Lanyard! add $10 CAD (approx $7.60 USD) (final in color)
The Zii figurine add $95CAD (approx $72US)
(Zii can also be selected as a reward)
Last year's DiDi figurine add $95CAD (approx $72US)
The Gary plushy add $28 CAD (approx $21US)
LAST YEAR'S ITEMS:
The DiDi keyring add $18CAD (approx $14US)
The phone charms (4) add $22CAD (approx $17US)
The buttons set (3) add $10CAD (approx $8US)
The Pixie Trix tote bag add $30CAD (approx $23US)
There are 4 PDFs for P&A and 1 for CCS, so if you want all PDFs of this past work, you have to increase your pledge by $35CAD (approx $27US). Printed books also available (see list above.)
Note: If for some reason, you can't find your EXACT reward, using add-ons is a way to create your own. Just pick a reward that has SOMETHING you want, and just add to it by increasing your pledge following the above list.
$35,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APROX. $26,500 USD): Reprint Vol 3 & 4 of Ma3 + FREE sticker to all physical pledges!
$40,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APROX. $30,300 USD): Reprint Vol 0, 1, 2 of EC/MC + FREE new Ma3 11x17 poster added to Gold Collector's Editions!
$45,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APROX. $34,200 USD): Magnets (set of 3) “Gimme a M! Gimme an A!”
$50,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APROX. $38,000 USD): Didi Eskesen floaty pen! Turn the pen over, and DiDi’s dress comes off! Check the add-ons section to find out how to get this pen!
$63,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APROX. $48,000 USD): Zii figurine. (Also available as an add-on. Check our add-ons list!)
$65,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APPROX $50,000 USD), add for FREE a Chloe sticker (Dangerously Chloe) and a Layla sticker (Eerie Cuties) to all pledges that include a physical reward.
$70,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APPROX $54,000 USD), we'll create a NEW Tiffany Winters story! That's right, our favorite monster hunter from Eerie Cuties & Magick Chicks will fly solo in this story written just for her by Dave & Gisèle with art by--get ready for it--Archie VS Predator artist, Fernando Ruiz! The pages will run online (this one on Eerie Cuties) and will later be collected in a high res PDF (free to backers.)
$72,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APPROX $55,000 USD)
$77,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (APPROX $59,000 USD), we'll create a NEW 10 page Melissa(s) story! Poor Melissa.... is she a witch? A magical girl? Both? Find out what her new life is like after the events of Magick Chicks. This story will be written by Dave & Gisèle with art by none other than our good friend, Dan Parent, the man behind Kevin Keller (Dillon's favorite comic... after yaoi of course) and many more Archie stories, like Archie Meets KISS! The pages will run online (this one on Magick Chicks) and will later be collected in a high res PDF (free to backers.)
$80,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx $61,000 USD) we will open commission spots. One will be added for Gisèle (that tier brought up to 4 commissions total) and new tiers for Fernando Ruiz (Archie Vs Predator,) Dan Parent (Archie Meets KISS,) Andrew Pepoy (Fables, Katy Keene, Archie) and Shouri (Jem & the Holograms colorist & longtime Pixie artist) will be added. Commissions can be physical or digital (for Gisèle too.) Same for coloring (digital coloring can be more complex.) Level of nudity & complexity will be to the discretion of the artist. If digital coloring is requested, we can provide a high resolution signed print (with the original line art if the line art is physical.)
$85,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL(approx $65,000 USD) we will create wallpapers for Ménage à 3, Eerie Cuties, Magick Chicks, and Dangerously Chloe. As we did last year, we will use art created for this Kickstarter to create them. For instance, the Peggy/Gary (censored & uncensored) will be used to make one. Same thing with the others. Last year's wallpapers will still be available, and we'll try to make as many sizes available.
$90,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx $69,000 USD) we will create a new 6 page Reverse Ma3 story. Some of you may already be familiar with this world as we did a short story featuring the reverse gendered cast in volume 4 of Ma3. This story will be their continued adventures! We had fun with this, and hope to be able to bring you more of it.
$92,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx $70,000 USD) we will create/produce this cool set of 4 guitar picks! For KISS fans, you may recognize where we got the inspiration from! Check our add-ons list on how to get these cool picks!
$95,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx $72,000 USD) we will create/produce this 1" wide lanyard that features most of the cast of Ménage à 3. The final lanyard will be in full color. Check our add-ons list on how to get this lanyard!
$100,000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx $75,500 USD) we will make available this 11x17 poster (final will be inked and in full color) of Chloe & Pandora (Eerie Cuties/Dangerously Chloe.) If funded, the poster will be available censored and uncensored. Uncensored will have the little dog holding more than one bikini top. ;)
$107 500 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $81 500 USD) we're gonna print the complete Penny & Aggie (even post Gisèle) & complete Cool Cat Studio. Books available at $24CAD (approx $18USD) each.
$110 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $83 400 USD) we'll add 3 pages to the Reverse Ma3 story, making it a total of 9 pages! (This story is free to backers as a high res PDF.)
$116 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $88 000 USD) we'll write & draw a new Eerie Cuties story featuring Brooke, Nina & Ace.
$122 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $92 500 USD) we'll write & draw a new Magick Chicks story in which we touch on Melissa... or is it Melissa(s)?
$125 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $95 000 USD) we'll make a Gary plushy based on the design found on Amber's poster from last year. Check our add-ons list for pricing!
$132 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $100 500 USD) we'll write & draw a new Eerie Cuties story featuring Kade, Ace & Dio.
$139 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $106 000 USD) we'll write & draw a new Eerie Cuties story in which we touch on Tia & Blair!
$146 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $110 600 USD) we'll write & draw a new Menage a 3 story that's DiDi focused.
$152 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $115 000 USD) we'll write & draw a new Dangerously Chloe story that focused primarily on Chloe. Art by Gisele. Story will be free to backers as a high res PDF!
$157 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $119 000 USD) Colorist extraordinaire, Shouri, will color all 46-50 pages of the above new EC/MC stories. You know you want to see this in color. We ALL want to see this in color!
$165 000 CAD STRETCH GOAL (approx: $125 000 USD) we'll print a 48-52 page full size color comic of the new EC/MC stories!
The graphic says it all! We'll keep producing with the help of friends, like Fernando, Dan, Andrew, and possibly more!
Update 9/1: For anyone still unclear about add-ons
Update 9/1: 6 HOURS LEFT TO PLEDGE! (Or edit your pledge)
Update 8/31: Gary plushy FUNDED!
Update 8/31: Gary plushy stretch goal moved to 125k!
Update 8/30: P&A/CCS books funded! Add-ons update!
Update 8/29: Visual aid for adding on items
Update 8/28: 100k stretch goal FUNDED! Thank you! Chloe & Pandora poster now available!
Update 8/27: 95k Funded! Get our cool lanyard AND many more goals added!
Update 8/27: 92k Guitar picks FUNDED! Merci!
Update 8/26: 90k FUNDED! Reverse Menage a 3 gets a new story!
Update 8/24: 85k FUNDED! Free wallpapers for everyone! And new stretch goal!
Update 8/21: 77k & 80k FUNDED! New 92k & 95k Stretch Goals Announced!
Update 8/17: 80k, 85k, & 90k Stretch Goals Announced!
Update 8/17: 70k Tiff story and 72k Peggy/Gary poster FUNDED!
Update 8/13: Zii figurine & two more free stickers FUNDED!
Update 8/13: 65k, 70k, 72k & 75k Stretch Goals Announced!
Update 8/7: 45k & 50k FUNDED! Merci! What's next? A Zii figurine!
Update 8/6: 45k stretch goal funded! Magnets available as add-ons!
Update 8/5: 40k stretch goal funded! Vols 0, 1 & 2 of EC/MC will be reprinted, and all Gold collector's orders will get a 11x17 poster for free! :)
Update 8/5: 35k stretch goal funded! Vols 3 & 4 of Ma3 will be reprinted, and all physical orders will get a sticker for free! :)
Update 8/5: Stretch goals announced!
Update 8/4: Ménage à 3 volume 7, Eerie Cuties volume 4 and Dangerously Chloe volume 1 have been founded! Thank you!
Update 8/4: We're live!
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To all our faithful readers and supporters. Thank you SO MUCH for these last seven years. We couldn't have done it without your support, and it's a true pleasure creating these strips for you! On to year 8!
-The Pixie Trix Team
Risks and challenges
Pixie Trix Comix is no stranger to making books. If all 3 books are funded in this Kickstarter, we will have 15 books in print! Pages are done; covers and postcards are being finished & colored. Last year, we had a few shipping delays but it was our first Kickstarter ever, and we were caught off guard by its success. We've learned from that experience, and feel we're more prepared this time around. Shipping will start in November 2015. :)
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