We want to say thank you to all of you for your support and helping us get to goal so quickly. Here's some info on the stretch goals (with detailed information on the update and near bottom of campaign):
Now, back to the campaign!
Billie’s parents were taken from her when she was young. Lucky enough, her neighbor Victor wasn’t too far away. He brought her in and instantly put her to the test. At a young age she learned to work with the animals, shoot guns, investigate matters, and even master hand-to-hand combat.
With the help of Jayne and Gordon, Billie spends her time around Aspen, New Mexico taking on the gangs that have roughed up the west. The three continue to fight off gang violence in the local towns and mines, protecting the settlers who are looking for work or to strike it big. But the battles become more intense as Drask and his gang continue to build weapons unlike any seen before thanks to a genius named Cog.
In a male driven west, Billie is a female force on the rise.
Billie is the newest graphic novel from Project-Nerd Publishing.
Project-Nerd Publishing is just about a year old. Even with a brand and a title, it’s still an independently owned publisher scraping for funds to make and distribute both creator-owned and internally created comics we know the world will love.
One of those titles created from within is Billie. Created and written by Iggy Michniacki, Project-Nerd Publishing’s Founder, Billie is a western tale more than five years in the making. Billie promises to deliver on action and excitement, and sets out to break the racial and gender stereotypes of the wild west without those pesky political undertones. The west was wild after all.
Billie is debuting here first as a 68 page graphic novel filled with 60 pages of action and some amazing artist pinups. The graphic novel is about a quarter of the way done and with the proper funding could possibly be done by the holiday (we're calling January our actual launch though).
The perfectly bound graphic novel is available for pre-order with the standard cover, the sexy Andrew Tarusov variant, a cosplay option, and the Kickstarter Exclusive cover featuring Graeme Jackson’s ode to old western movie posters.
Main Cover: Artwork by Zack Rezendes, Colors by Bryan Timmins
Kickstarter Exclusive: by Graeme Jackson
Cosplay Variant: Modeled by Erin Lei, Photo by 801 Studios
Variant Cover: Andrew Tarusov Pinup & Illustrations
Instead of launching Billie as one of our quarterly comic series, we’re going big with a 60-page story that gives you some insight into who these characters are and the war being waged. But the story won’t stop here. We hope for a successful campaign that will introduce a new character people will be looking for more of in the future. Additional stories are already being conceptualized and Billie will ride again.
Page 1 - Dream Sequence
Page 5 - Early introduction to Billie
Page 8 - Introduction to Savannah
We will share more pages as the campaign progresses, but we don't want to spoil the story.
There are many players in Billie and her follow up stories, but five stand out the most. Billie is joined by Jayne and Gordon as they take on the Drask Gang that features a fearsome foe in Savannah.
More characters will be introduced throughout Billie's adventures, possibly even yours as there is a perk level that features being drawn as a character.
Publishing a comic of this size and caliber is no easy or cheap task. Funds are needed mostly for printing, but we also need to pay the artists, supply the perks and promotional materials, and cover the costs of the campaign.
Every dime raised from this campaign will go to the creative people that helped make this book happen as well as back into Project-Nerd Publishing to make this series and others more well known. Profit will not be pocketed as we need to grow!
As you can see, it takes a number of individuals to make a project and a brand like this work. There's so many more individuals who have contributed art, helped Project-Nerd Publishing at events, and those who have focused on other aspects of the brand too that cannot be forgotten.
Founded in 2015, Project-Nerd Publishing is a division of EEON, LLC offering original and independent comic books and geek literature. Project-Nerd Publishing focuses on high quality creator-owned titles, as well as custom publications, building a diverse library of content that is unlike anything else.
As well known as the Project-Nerd name is, Project-Nerd Publishing is new to the game. Even with a great team of volunteers and a dynamic group of creators, we have a long way to go and we need your help. We need fans to pick up our comics, spread the word, and push for local and regional stores to carry our titles.
Basically… if you want more Project-Nerd Publishing, you need to ask for it!
We have a wide variety of perks to offer. So many in fact, it's best we show you in photo format!
To say thank you to Bleeding Cool for sharing our campaign and its readers for checking it out, we’re offering a limited perk. The Bleeding Cool Bundle is just $45 and features the Kickstarter Exclusive Variant Edition of the 68-page graphic novel, the digital copy, two Billie themed art prints, two Billie themed cosplay prints as modeled by Erin Lei (character model and cosplayer), a replica plastic Billie pistol handmade by Erin Lei, and your name on the thank you page.
If you have a suggestion for perks, we're always happy to listen. Send us a message!
We're hopeful that the goal is hit early, giving us the opportunity to provide you with more perks!
We're going to let you save your spot on anything you're reading with a pair of awesome Billie Bookmarks. Good for anybody that pledged $20 or more and is receiving a physical perk.
We're also going to conduct 3-5 Google Hangout sessions where you can hang out with the creative team while we work on wrapping up the Billie graphic novel.
We're paying you back... in wooden nickels! I mean, after all, it is the Wild West. That's right, we're printing Billie characters onto custom wooden nickels and sending them to everybody already receiving a physical perk. (Quantity still to be determined).
We'll also add 2-4 pinups in the comic for your enjoyment (both digital and physical copies).
We've received a ton of praise on our fun little character sketches, and if we hit this level everybody who pledged get's high-resolution digital copies of the Character Sketch Cards and those that receive physical perks will get the 5 Character Sketch Cards as post cards.
Everybody that pledged more than $15 will also receive a 50% off coupon code at the Project-Nerd Publishing Web Store, good on an entire purchase!
Everybody that pledged more than $20 and is getting a physical perk will also receive a Billie themed Collector's Coin. That's right, an actual coin with Billie on it. (Final coin may vary from image shown).
At $8,500 and $10,000 we'll update you on surprise perks. If there's something you're thinking we should consider please send us a message.
Edited by :
Voice Over: Kat Pryor Betke
Music: “Raw Rivalry” by Jay Man
Script: Iggy Michniacki
Monument Valley: John Menard from Phoenix, USA - Mittens at sunset, CC BY-SA 2.0
Simi Valley Three Actors Death Scene: By George Louis at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0
Risks and challenges
Project-Nerd Publishing is now over a year old with more than eight (8) titles available to the public. With three successful Kickstarter campaigns under our belt, not only have we delivered all perks in a timely manner we have learned what challenges face us during these campaigns.
Project-Nerd Publishing has conducted four Kickstarter campaigns and backed more than thirty others through our various accounts.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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