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Billie is the newest graphic novel from Project-Nerd Publishing, featuring 68 pages of western action!
328 backers pledged $9,086 to help bring this project to life.

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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):

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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.

Cover Credits:

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!

Digital

Prints

Graphic Novels

Accessories

Bundles

Large Bundles

Special Bundle

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.

Artwork

Business

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!

At $4,500

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.

At $5,500

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).

At $6,500

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!

At $7,500

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.

VIDEO CREDITS

Edited by : Jason Betke
Voice Over: Kat Pryor Betke
Music: “Raw Rivalry” by Jay Man
Script: Iggy Michniacki
Photo Credits:
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.

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    Digital Thank You

    We are grateful for any and all support we receive. Whether it’s a share or a dollar or two; we appreciate you! In return for your thoughtful gesture, we'd like to give a big "Thank You!" on the interwebs for all your friends, all our fans, and all the other like-minded Indy comic supporters to see.

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    The Digital Copy

    ONLY $8(!!) and the digital PDF format of Billie will be your very own to peruse wherever you go with your electronic property of choice. And for those of you who are repeat readers, always reading things over and over....this is the version that'll never wear out! We’ll also say thank you online and add your name to the backers page in the graphic novel for every perk level from here on out.

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    Cosplay Print Bundle

    What most people don't realize is that comic characters are often modeled after real human folk. Billie is based off costumer/model/uber-nerd, Erin Lei. In this package, we'll assemble three 8x10 comic cover worthy prints for the nerd who loves their comics, and appreciates a cosplayer taking on the task to model her. (See campaign for images).

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    Print Bundle

    Artists *literally* from around the world have created artwork for this imaginative wild west piece. Maybe you have heard of a few of them? In this fancy artistic bundle, for only $15, you can enjoy three high quality 8x10 prints of the best of the best's artwork. (See campaign for images).

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    Billie Themed Playing Cards

    Gamble like cowgirls in the wild west with some Billie themed playing cards! Not only do you receive a sweet deck of cards no one else at your next poker night will have seen, you'll also receive a digital copy of the comic. We don't guarantee these cards with the image of a very lucky lady on them will bring you any luck....but we won't deny they may possibly provide a positive atmosphere which could lead to lucky circumstances!

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    The Graphic Novel (Early Bird)

    For just $20 shipped, all 68 (that's right we said 68) amazing pages of Billie is yours in perfect bound hard copy. Be one of the first to back us at this level and we’ll throw in an 8x10 print at no extra charge.

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    The Graphic Novel

    For just $20 shipped, all 68 amazing pages of Billie is yours in perfect bound hard copy as well as the digital copy and your name on the thank you page.

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    Tarusov Variant Graphic Novel

    World renowned artist, Andrew Tarusov, has drawn us up something extra special for this sexy variant cover of the Billie graphic novel. You like smoking hot, do you? I think we can all agree this is where smoking hot became a phrase.

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    Kickstarter Exclusive Variant

    Talented artist, Graeme Jackson, has taken inspiration from the movie posters of early westerns to create this limited run variant of the Billie graphic novel only available through this Kickstarter campaign.

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    Billie or PNP T-Shirt

    We get it, you love our t-shirts! So for just $25 you can get either our brand new Billie shirt or the traditional Project-Nerd Publishing shirt. (Sizes 3XL and up please add $5 to pledge).

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    The Kid Comic Bundle

    The Kid Bundle features the standard cover of the Billie graphic novel along with your choice of one 8x10 print and a Billie themed sticker. Get everything you need all in stop!

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    Cosplay Variant Graphic Novel

    For those of us who can't get enough cosplay, Erin Lei agreed to be on another cover for us. Lucky for all of us, we even have it available with a bonus cosplay print (naughty or nice). You'll have to back this bundle to find out what print you'll get. Erin Lei has confirmed, you will not be disappointed.

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    The Gunslinger Bundle

    The Gunslinger Bundle features the standard cover of the Billie graphic novel along with all three 8x10 prints and a Billie themed sticker.

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    The Outlaw Bundle

    The Outlaw Bundle features the Kickstarter Exclusive cover of the Billie graphic novel along with all three 8x10 prints and a Billie themed sticker.

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    The Cowgirl Bundle

    The Cowgirl Bundle features the Cosplay Variant of the Billie graphic novel along with three 8x10 prints from Erin Lei (model for Billie) and a Billie themed sticker.

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    The Express Bundle

    The Express Bundle features the Kickstarter Exclusive cover of the Billie graphic novel along with a print and the Billie t-shirt.

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    The Gambler Bundle

    The Gambler Bundle features the Kickstarter Exclusive cover of the Billie graphic novel along with a print and the Billie themed playing cards.

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    Bleeding Cool Bundle

    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.

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    A Wooden Canvas Print

    Get either the Andrew Tarusov sexy variant or the original cover design (your choice) printed on a 10x10 wood slat canvas. (Only ships to US and Canada).

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    Small Reseller Bundle

    Get five copies of the standard cover of the Billie graphic novel to either resell at your store or give to your friends.

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    The Bank Bundle

    The Bank Bundle features the standard cover of the Billie graphic novel along with all three 8x10 prints and all three of our other graphic novel releases (Blue Moon, Bullet Gal, and The List).

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    Drawn as a Character

    Become an outlaw, or a good citizen of Aspen. We don't care. Either way you can have your likeness drawn into Billie as a recurring character. Includes Graphic Novel.

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    Custom Sketch

    Billie artist Zack Rezendes will do a standard pencil and ink sketch on comic cover size paper with no or simple background.

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    Drawn as a Character Pt 2

    It was so popular, it's back! Become an outlaw, or a good citizen of Aspen. We don't care. Either way you can have your likeness drawn into Billie as a recurring character. Includes Graphic Novel.

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    Large Reseller Bundle

    Get ten copies of the standard cover of the Billie graphic novel to either resell at your store or give to your friends.

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    Original Billie Art

    We’ll send you an original piece of art from Zack Rezendes that is featured as a panel or page in the Billie graphic novel.

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    Ad Space

    Not everyone gets the opportunity to have their business featured in a one of kind graphic novel! If you own or manage a business you think fans of our comic would be interested in, look no further in your advertising campaign! $150 could end up in the targeted hands of untold countless comic reading fans.

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