*Updated 6/5: Stretch goal number 5 FUNDED! All copies of Volume 3 will now include the Mr. Webby mini-story PLUS we'll be flying Rocio in for a convention!!
*Updated 6/2: Stretch goal number 4 FUNDED! All books will be upgraded from 80# to 100# paper!!!
*Updated 5/31: Stretch goal number 3 FUNDED! Volumes 1 and 2 now upgraded automatically to new, larger format!
*Updated 5/27: Stretch goal number 2 FUNDED! Photo print included for all $50+ backers! Added colored version of Greta Gravity statuette!
*Updated 5/23: Added "ship it now" option to the add-on section of the Kickstarter!!*
*Updated 5/20: Stretch goal number 1 FUNDED! Kickstarter exclusive wallpaper for all backers unlocked!!*
*Updated 5/15: Funded! Help us reach our awesome stretch goals, seen below! New PAINTED image of Spinnerette statuette!*
Meet Spinnerette - Ohio's Number Three Superhero!
Spinnerette, a superhero comedic drama, has been appearing on the internet for just over three years. Created by veteran author Krazy Krow following a sleep-deprived road trip to Florida, this webcomic is the story of Heather Brown - a clumsy graduate student turned costumed crime fighter! Originally planned as a one-shot superhero origin story featuring a hero who faces an unusual challenge with her disguise (6 arms?!!??), Spinnerette soon developed a modest following and began to truly come to life!
The story thus far:
Set in Columbus, Ohio, the "SpinnyVerse" (www.spinnyverse.com) is a world where both mainstream comic books and real life superheroes exist. After developing spider-themed superpowers following a freak accident, Heather becomes the story's main protagonist. She soon encounters Columbus' main crime-fighting duo: Tiger and Mecha Maid. With the help of the veteran heroes, she learns to fight crime and tackles baddies such as drug-dealing vampires, angsty teenaged driders and objectivist supervillains such as Dr. Universe and his buxom assistant Greta Gravity.
Spinnerette also enlists help from her seemingly prosaic roommate and best friend, Sahira, as well as the unfailingly cheerful "League of Canadian Superheroes", led by the pig-tailed great, great grandson of a certain redhead from Avonlea!
Volume One of Spinnerette collects the first 5 chapters of the webcomic and introduces the main characters of the series. As the story progresses, Heather learns more about herself, both as a fledgling hero and as a young woman. In Volume Two (chapters 6-9), we learn more about Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity, Tiger and Mecha Maid. Volume Two also introduces Time Traveling (and occasionally pants-less) Benjamin Franklin (yes, THAT Benjamin Franklin!) While remaining comedic in overall tone, the comic also explores emotional issues such as family, illness and sexuality. In Volume Two, we begin to see the heroes and villains as people - not just costumes.
Which leads us to...
The Point! Spinnerette is now ready for its THIRD Volume! Picking up where Volume Two leaves off, Volume Three will collect chapters 10 - 14, exploring the developing relationship between Heather and Marilyn (aka Mecha Maid), introducing new superheroes and villains and featuring adventures in Columbus AND Canada. As always, Volume 3 will feature a book exclusive chapter. This time around, we're heading BACK in time... to see the origins of Columbus, Ohio's most infamous villains: Dr. Universe and Greta Gravity!
Up until now, Spinnerette has been published via a "print on demand" method. This meant that any time we needed books for a convention, we'd place an order for 100-200 copies, books were printed and shipped to our home base, then repacked and flown, driven or shipped to the convention. Additionally, fans who wanted to directly order books had to order from the printer. In the early days of Spinnerette, this was necessary due to both cost and storage spaces, but now that Spinnerette is slowly making the transition to full color, this is no longer cost-efficient.
That's right... we said FULL COLOR! The bonus story for Volume Three will feature FULL COLOR ART! We will also include full color character art at the end of the book. With Volume Three, the Spinnerette team is ready to go to a high quality,
But... what does THAT mean??
For long standing fans of Spinnerette, this means a larger, higher quality book to put on your shelves! Previous print-on-demand volumes measured approximately 6.75" wide by 10.25" tall. Volume Three will measure a true 8" wide by 11" tall! In addition, the paper quality on both the covers and internal pages will be increased to a glossy 80# paper. These glossier, heavier pages will better stand the test of time and use!
How will this work?
The Spinnerette team will be working with a local printing company, located just 1/2 mile from our headquarters (AKA Casa de Krazy Krow). Working with a local printing company allows us to monitor printing progress, work directly with our printers to quickly solve any printing issues PLUS eliminates bulk shipping costs. We'll be able to oversee every step in the production of Volume Three!
Thus far, we have worked with this family-owned and operated printing company to set up quotes and logistical details. Printing 2000 books at once allows us to have better quality books at a quicker pace, but it is a much larger initial financial commitment than printing 100-200 books at a time. This is where YOU come in! If successful, funds from this Kickstarter will be used to pay for the set-up fees, printing and binding of a full run of 2,000 books.
We've got lots of awesome Spinnerette themed rewards planned for you, plus, you'll be among the first to receive Spinnerette Volume 3! Please help us bring you the highest quality books we can!!
We're excited to bring you lots of fun Spinnerette themed swag as a way of saying "THANK YOU" for helping out with this project!
Our awesome rewards include gorgeous, high-quality 6" statuettes custom made for us by Gensen! These photos are of our prototypes, but the actual statuettes will be fully painted! (UPDATE 5/15: Spinnerette statuette now fully painted!)
You can also pick up the cute Mecha Maid T-shirt, either in your rewards tier or as an add-on reward for any tier!
And of course: All books shipped as Kickstarter rewards WILL be autographed by Krazy Krow!
Looking for a bit more? Add the following to any reward tier! (Add the listed amount to the reward tier $$ and list the add-on in your reward survey, sent at the end of the Kickstarter campaign.)
*Ship it now*
(Can't wait for your Spinny fix? Add on the "ship it now" option and we'll ship each item when it's ready!)
$5 - U.S. "ship it now"
$10 - Canada "ship it now"
$20 - All other international locations "ship it now"
$13 - Get a micro-Mr. Webby!
(International backers please add $3)
$25 - Get the Mecha Maid T-shirt!
(International backers please add $5)
$50 - Get a Full-Sized Mr. Webby plushie!
(International backers please add $10)
We're always looking to do more for our fans, so take a peek at some of the fun rewards possible if we go above what's needed for Volume Three!
Risks and challenges
Our previous Kickstarter has given us a good idea of the perils of shipping! With this Kickstarter we have attempted to account for a more reasonable estimate of both shipping times and costs. We will also endeavor to be proactive in providing shipping updates so that our supporters will know when items are shipping. We will also strive to provide constant information regarding changes in estimated shipping dates.
By working with a printing company located just minutes from home, we have eliminated the worry of having overseas shipments become delayed (such as what happened with our Mr. Webby shipment) or lost.
Of course, there are always risks of delays that are out of our control. If an unforeseen situation such as fire or disaster occurs, we do have copies of all print files stored in multiple locations and will be able to shift to a different printer if necessary.
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