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Welcome to Ménage à 3’s third Kickstarter!
After funding volume 6 & 7 with two previous Kickstarters, we decided to use it again to fund volume 8, and make previous volumes ALSO available! Ménage à 3 is self-published under the brand name Pixie Trix Comix, a name used for all projects linked in some form or another to Gisèle Lagacé (me!). 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.
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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.
Ménage à 3, Volume 8, collects the 8th year of the webcomic. Strips included are #1051 (July 21, 2015) to #1200 (July 30, 2016). The book, like all our volumes, will also include a 5-to-6 page, print-exclusive bonus story. This year, our bonus story will be a fun Barbarella-like story (you know, that film with Jane Fonda?) featuring most of the cast of Ma3. Imagine this story coming from the mind of Yuki. She's the warrior princess, who fights evil alongside her squadron of sexy girls (Zii, DiDi, Peggy, etc.) Who's the villain of this story? Sonya, of course! Who needs saving? Prince Gary, of course! Yuki has this story all planned out!
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 nudity (read: the female nipple!) With that said, we plan to fix that for the printed volume (and PDF.) I'll go in and tweak a few pages where I feel we would've normally not hidden nudity (read: the female nipple!) ;)
Here are sample comic strips found in volume 8 of Ménage à 3. Note: Strips are printed 1st half on top of 2nd half in the books.
Hold on a second...
There's more than just Ménage à 3?
As we've done in the past, we're taking this opportunity to fund the printing of more books part of the Pixie Trix Comix stable. Alongside Ménage à 3 volume 8, we are trying to raise funds to print volume 2 of Sandra On The Rocks and volume 2 of Dangerously Chloe. Past volumes of those two series are also available in this Kickstarter. Here's some background on those...
Sandra On The Rocks is a spin-off of Ménage à 3, and is written by David Lumsdon with art by Saiful Remy Mokhtar (also known as Eisu.) It follows the life of Sandra, a struggling model’s assistant who gets a massive promotion when famous photographer Domenico decides to make her the new freckled face for his modeling agency. But Sandra has to adapt fast to Paris and the big time. Domenico’s assistant Tatiana has her on a leash (although she’d rather whip Domenico with it), and veteran model Zoé tells her to quit when she walks in the door! Can she last even a week at this job? Well... the hot baker next door might make it easier.
Here are sample comic strips found in volume 2 of Sandra On The Rocks. Note: Strips are printed 1st half on top of 2nd half in the books.
Dangerously Chloe is a spin-off of Eerie Cuties, and is written by David Lumsdon and currently drawn by Jason Waltrip. It follows Chloe, 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 that should doom his soul to Hell. But Chloe's found a loophole: she can save him if she helps him fall in love fast. Will she succeed, and what will her teachers from Hell think of this?
Here are sample pages found in volume 2 of Dangerously Chloe:
Our first goal is $39,600CAD (approx $29,340US). If we raise this amount, we plan to:
-> Print 2000-2500 copies of Ménage à 3 vol. 8 (176 pgs / 5" x 7.5")
-> Print 1000-1250 copies of Sandra On The Rocks vol. 2 (168 pgs / 5" x 7.5")
-> Print 1000-1250 copies of Dangerously Chloe vol. 2 (208 pgs / 5" x 7.125")
-> Print each book's respective card set
(4 cards per book x 1000 approx each = roughly 12,000 card total)
-> Print each book's respective poster at roughly 800 copies each
(3 x 800 = 2400 total)
-> Leftover money will be used to buy all the necessary packaging material, labor cost (handling,) AND shipping cost to mail the rewards.
We're asking for more than last time as we realized with our previous Kickstarters that we didn't ask for enough for everything we were trying to fund. Let's just say we ate our shirt! Twice!
We plan to print the books early July 2017 to have them in hand later that month. We'll then personally sign them, and start shipping as soon as we can (late July/early August of 2017.) Depending on the number of backers, shipping could take a month or two, but rest assured, we will deliver. :)
We'd like to bring your attention to the Canadian currency used for this Kickstarter. US residents should see the amounts in US dollars, but everyone else should see them in CAD dollars. I put in brackets what the amount roughly converts to in US dollars in case it helps you estimate it, but to be safe, please convert your total using this currency converter website.
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.
Normally, I'd create a graphic for every pledge we offer here, but since there are SO MANY, I've decided to simplify things for myself, and hopefully this will help you choose which pledge is right for you...
WANT ADDED STUFF? YOU CAN DO IT BY INCREASING 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. If you want to customize your pledge by adding stuff, you have to increase the amount of your pledge by the amount needed for the item(s) you want. At the end of the Kickstarter, you will get a survey in which you'll let us all the stuff you've added. Make sure you've noted everything down as all you're doing for now is increasing your pledge to get what you want.
Here's a visual aid link (from our previous Kickstarter) to adding items: http://kck.st/1NZcnDT
Here's our list of stuff you can get via pledge increases
These prices include shipping to anywhere in the world. I won't be providing a graphic this year to show all items available. Please right-click our store link to either open a new tab or new window to preview all items. Again, some items aren't on this list as we have limited supplies. Also note that the items in our store are listed in US dollars without shipping added to the amount. We've tried to match these prices in CAD dollars (but, of course, we had to include shipping in this list below as Kickstarter won't let us increase the shipping cost on pledges when add-ons are added.) 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.
(with the exception of Penny & Aggie, and Cool Cat Studio)
-> For a Regular book increase by $20CAD each (approx $15US)
-> For a Collector's Edition book increase by $26CAD each (approx $19US)
-> For a Gold Edition book increase by $36CAD each (approx $27US)
Collector's and Gold Editions are only available for the 3 books we are trying to fund with this Kickstarter. If you want the postcards from past books, choose...
-> For a Postcard Edition book increase by $23CAD each (approx $17US)
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 ($18USD)
Ménage à Zombies one shot
-> To get a physical copy of this comic, increase your pledge by $14CAD (approx. $10.50US) (Early Fall release/will ship separately)
HIGH RES PDF BOOKS (includes P&A and CCS)
-> For a PDF book increase by $7CAD each (approx $5US)
-> For Ménage à Zombies one shot increase by $3CAD (approx $2.25US)
-> For Exorsisters issue #1 increase by $3CAD (approx $2.25US)
-> For any poster increase by $20CAD each (approx $14.75US)
NOTE: At survey time, mention which poster(s) you want, and if it's uncensored or censored (when available of course)
-> For the fridge magnets increase by $22CAD (approx $16.25US)
-> For the DiDi floaty pen increase by $15CAD (approx $11US)
-> For the guitar picks increase by $7CAD (approx $5USD)
-> For the Ma3 Cast lanyard increase by $10 CAD (approx $7.40 USD)
-> For the Zii figurine increase by $100CAD (approx $75US)
-> For the DiDi figurine increase by $100CAD (approx $75US)
-> For the Chloe figurine increase by $100CAD (approx $75US)
-> For the Gary plushy increase by $28 CAD (approx $20US)
-> For the buttons set (3) increase by $10CAD (approx $7.40US)
-> For the Pixie Trix tote bag increase by $30CAD (approx $22US)
-> For the 1.25" custom offset lapel pin of Zii & Lita increase by $10CAD (approx $7.40US) NOTE: If you have no physical rewards being sent to you, and all you get is the pin, please increase by $15CAD ($11US)
-> For the DiDi on one side and Zii on the other body pillow case, increase by $80CAD (approx. 60US)
-> For wallpapers of various sizes and resolution of the uncensored images created for this Kickstarter increase by $13CAD (approx $10US)
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $45,000CAD (approx $33,264US)
Everyone who's pledged for a physical reward will get a FREE DiDi bookmark! The image used on the bookmark is also being reused to create a 11"x17" poster which is available as an add-on. This poster is available uncensored as well (not the bookmark.) At survey time, you can tell us which version you want (censored or uncensored.) Increase your pledge by $20CAD (approx 14.75US) to get this poster. A 1.25" custom offset lapel pin of Zii & Lita is also available as an add-on. Increase your pledge by $10CAD (7.40US) to get it. Again, at the end of the campaign, we will send out a survey in which you'll indicate if you've increased your pledge to get some of these items.
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $50,000CAD (approx $36,945US)
Everyone who's pledged for a physical reward will get a FREE Sonya/Yuki/Kiley heart sticker! A sexy Sonya 11"x17" color poster is also now available as an add-on (censored or uncensored / at survey time, you can tell us which version you want.) To get this poster, increase your pledge by $20CAD (approx 14.75US)
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $55,000CAD (approx $40,785US) A 20"x59" body pillow case (100% polyester/silky feel) of DiDi on one side and Zii on the other is now available as an add-on. Final art will be in full color. To get this body pillow, increase your pledge amount by $80CAD (approx. $60US). A 11"x17" print of DiDi and Zii (side by side) is also available for a pledge increase of $20CAD (approx $14.75US) Wallpapers of various sizes and resolution of the uncensored images created for this Kickstarter are available as an add-on for $13CAD (approx $10US). Backers who will have already backed for extra posters or body pillow case will have access to these at no cost.
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $73,000CAD (approx. $54,260US) We're producing a 6" Chloe figurine based off the Chloe poster from our last Kickstarter! As we've done with our previous figurines, we'll use Gensen to produce it. We've been very pleased with the results up to now, and we know they'll do something real nice. Add-on cost (by pledge increase) is be the same as our previous ones ($100CAD / approx.$75US / shipping included.) We also created a reward for those wanting to pledge for the figurine only ($80CAD+$20CAD shipping.) Based on how long it took us to make the previous ones, she should be ready to ship (separately from the books, etc) in November 2017.
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $84,000CAD (approx. $63,543US) We're creating a Ménage à Zombies one-shot! We're gonna find out who kicks the most zombie butts! (Yuki's probably kicking something else ;) ) To get this digital one shot, increase your pledge by $3CAD (approx. $2.25US) Early Fall release.
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $95,000CAD (approx. $71,880US) Thank you for giving us the means to start this new project. Ian Boothby and I, and the whole creative team, can't wait to bring this new series to life. Behind the scenes will be available as Kickstarter updates to all backers, but if you'd like a high res digital copy of issue 1 once we have it complete (I'm aiming for a late August/early September release) increase your pledge by $3CAD (approx. $2.25US). Printing plans are still in the works (as we're thinking a more traditional route might be best for this project,) but you'll be in on the ground floor of this brand new series that we're all very excited to bring to you.
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $97,500CAD (approx. $73,743US) Our Ménage à Zombies one shot goes to print! To get a physical copy of this comic, increase your pledge by $14CAD (approx. $10.50US) and we'll ship it to you once it's printed early Fall. This pledge amount increase includes shipping to anywhere in the world. Remember, if you want the high res PDF of the issue, increase by another $3CAD (approx. $2.25US).
FUNDED STRETCH GOAL: $100,000CAD (approx. $75,320US) Everyone who's pledged for a physical reward or increased their pledge to get physical items shipped to them will receive this sticker for free! =^.^=
If we get past 105K CAD, I'll more than likely throw in a free secret surprise to all physical pledges (including PDF pledge backers who increased their pledge to get physical items.) Not sure what yet, but I'll think of something. Same for if it goes past 110K CAD. In this case, it might just be added pages to a story, but I'll see where the money might be better spent, and what I think you might enjoy the most.
Thank you again so much everyone for making this Kickstarter a success. We couldn't do it without you. Seriously. Love you, guys & gals--Gisèle :)
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To all our faithful readers and supporters, thank you SO MUCH for these last 8+ years. We couldn't have done it without your support, and it's a true pleasure creating these strips for you. I'd like to also take this opportunity to let you know Sticky Dilly Buns will return this Summer, and once the Eerie Cuties website is back up & running (we've had issues after a server move,) we'll be posting 3 short stories we were to run but didn't get a chance yet.--Gisèle & 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 23 books in print. Pages are done, covers and postcards are being finished & colored. Shipping will start late July/early August 2017.
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