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The end of sophomore year: a time for first jobs, first cars, and first breakups. But nothing is that simple in Roseville High!
The end of sophomore year: a time for first jobs, first cars, and first breakups. But nothing is that simple in Roseville High!
The end of sophomore year: a time for first jobs, first cars, and first breakups. But nothing is that simple in Roseville High!
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Bittersweet Candy Bowl is an online comic about love, friendship and broken hearts we’ve been telling since 2006. Every couple of years, we put another part of the story into a lovingly-made new book. It’s time for the fifth!

With cute characters and everyday problems, people get addicted to this teen drama! Who can’t identify with crappy breakups, jealous boyfriends, and prom-bound limousines? It’ll hook you too: start back in 2006 and binge-read ’til you’re up to date, but as a quick taster we suggest this chapter about Stacy’s secret MMORPG shame.

With your support, we think we can deliver another book of anxious teenagers in May!

And it’s almost ready to print. We just got the sample copy:

Like all our books, it’s not just what you can read online. After we poured hours into tweaks and cleanup…

…we made fifteen (15!) new pages of comics! Hope as Jordan tries to make it work with Roxy! Despair as Rachel reaches for a relationship she can’t have! Cringe as Abbey nearly blows Stacy’s cover!

Compared to fourteen in Volume One, twelve in Volume Two, thirteen in Volume Three and ten in Volume Four, it’s the most pages of bonus comics we’ve put in a book yet.

Wait, you don’t have those books either? That’s so many book-exclusive comics you’re missing! Lucky for you, we’re doing something special. We invite you to:

We don’t want your Volume Fives sitting all alone on the shelf. We want your collection fully up to date! So for this Kickstarter, we’re offering a “Complete Your Collection” reward to fix that.

Just pick any “Complete Your Collection” reward (starting as cheap as $69!) and we will send you all those books you’re missing — just tell us which after the Kickstarter’s over!

Got an old Volume One? We’ll fill in Two through Five. Won an Ask Roseville High when we launched our blog? Well, we’ll send you every Volume of the real story! Missing just a couple of books? Whatever you need!

The only caveat: those who you who ask for Volume One will get an eBook, because we ran out. But the rest are real and physical! Volume Two, Three, Four and Ask Roseville High! 

And yes, you can totally max it out and get the whole set. For $69. All we ask is you support us by pledging for Volume Five!

We’ve designed a Daisy plush to match Lucy, Mike and Paulo! And after hitting $25,000, she’s going into production!

The first prototype, with a few tweaks! (And her friends.)
The first prototype, with a few tweaks! (And her friends.)

Just like the other toys: 8 inches head-to-toe, plus a pearl necklace and fluffy tail. We skipped her the first time around due to the added complexities of her design, but with your help we’re completing the quartet!

The Daisy plush is available individually as a reward choice, and also as a $25 (US delivery) \ $32 (non-US delivery) add-on to existing pledges.

You can keep your existing reward while adding a Daisy to your pledge. Here’s how you could add-on a Daisy plush if you pledged for the $89 Gold Edition reward:

Just add $25! (or $32 if not in the US.)
Just add $25! (or $32 if not in the US.)

That’s all it takes. We’ll check all pledges with the extra amount added and pack her alongside your other rewards.

But wait, there’s more:

For years we’ve sold various charms for phones, backpacks, keyrings and everything else. But between our time in Akihabara and anime conventions last year, clear acrylic charms became a little bit of an obsession. They’re more expensive to make, but they look clean and pretty and special. So we designed some!

The new acrylic Rachel charm!
The new acrylic Rachel charm!

We’ve picked out super deluxe models, 2.2″ tall, double layered 2.5mm + 2.5mm acrylic with colour-coordinated straps. And they’re our next set of stretchgoals:

 Just like the Daisy plush (or in addition to her, if you want!) you can add $10 to your pledge to get one (same if you’re in the US or out.) Add $20 for two, and so on. We’ll ask which character(s) you want at the end of the campaign.

They come packaged like this!
They come packaged like this!

Because we reached the $30,000 stretchgoal, all Gold Editions (rewards priced at $79, $99 and above) will come with a free acrylic charm of your choice. And, of course, you can add a second with $10, a third with $20, etc. There’s Rachel, Augustus, Paulo, Sue, Daisy, Abbey, Lucy, David, Mike and Sandy. They’re all unlocked, you can pick any and all.

In addition to all that, we’ve got lots more to pick from! Some highlights:

There’s more, too: personalized watercolor paintings (like this!), personalized mini-comics (like this!), two final book covers with these crafty laser-cut logos, and this unique(ly long) convention banner. If you’re interested in the big rewards, check out the post we wrote about them.

Thanks so much for checking out our project!

 

Risks and challenges

This project is much like our successful 2013 Kickstarter for the printing of BCB Volume Three: the work is basically done, the product is simple, and the supplier is one we’re comfortable with. We shipped Volume Three on time, and we are confident we can do the same again with Volume Five. We’ve yet to disappoint a single Kickstarter backer in our five years on the site, and we plan to keep things that way!

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    eBook Collection

    The brand-new Volume Five in eBook form, along with Volumes One, Two, Three, Four & Ask Roseville High! In both full-color PDF and e-ink-optimized Kindle (.mobi) and .cbz formats.

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    Silver Edition

    A special “Silver Edition” cover sticker, exclusive Matt keychain charm and a drawing of any BCB character you like inside your book!

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    Plush collection

    No book, just all four plush toys — including the new Daisy!

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    Volume Five + Complete Your Collection

    After the campaign, we’ll ask which BCB books you need to complete your collection — and send them to you!! (Yes! Physical books! Except Vol. One, which we’ll send as an eBook.)

    If this reward seems particularly cheap, YES IT IS CHEAP. It’s a one-off. We just don’t want you being put off by this being our fifth damn book, we want you to get EVERY book!!

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    Gold Edition

    Everything from the Silver Edition, plus a specialer cover sticker, the brand-new relationship chart poster and a signed, original watercolor page from Volume Five! (See FAQ.)

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    • Volume Five, the hardcover book (Gold Edition)
    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
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    Same as the $69 reward, plus a “Silver Edition” cover sticker, exclusive Matt keychain charm, a drawing of any BCB character you like inside your book and all the books you need!

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    Gold Edition + Watercolor Painting

    Everything from the Gold Edition, plus a watercolor painting of up to two BCB characters doing whatever you request! (See FAQ.)

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    Gold Ed. + Complete Your Collection

    Everything from the Silver Edition, plus a specialer cover sticker, the brand-new relationship chart poster, a signed, original watercolor page from Volume Five and all the books you need!

    Includes:
    • Volume Five, the hardcover book (Gold Edition)
    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
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    Last Chance Megapack

    Same as the $150 reward, plus we will send you one of the very last four pristine, new, undamaged physical copies of Volume One from our personal bookshelf!

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    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
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    Good Outdoors Megapack

    Same as the $150 reward, plus the full-size watercolor painting we used as a first draft for Volume Five’s cover.

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    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
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    Ludicrously Long Banner Megapack

    Same as the $150 reward, plus the original 14-feet-long infinitely-looping convention backdrop banner (We couldn’t get it to work! But maybe you can display its unique artwork!)

    Includes:
    • Volume Five, the hardcover book (Gold Edition)
    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
    • Relationship chart poster (2017 edition)
    • Signed, original watercolor page from Volume Five
    • Complete your collection with up to 5 BCB books (See desc.)
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    Same as the $150 reward, plus a Daisy prototype straight from the plush factory! Maybe her head will be too big, maybe she’ll look a little pink, but she’ll certainly be unique! We’ll throw in the final Daisy plush to compare.

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    • Volume Five, the hardcover book (Gold Edition)
    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
    • Relationship chart poster (2017 edition)
    • Signed, original watercolor page from Volume Five
    • Complete your collection with up to 5 BCB books (See desc.)
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    Personalized Mini-Comic Megapack

    Same as the $150 reward, plus pick a character or story element from BCB and Veronica will write and draw a 6-15 page side story comic we’ll feature in our BCI comic library! We’ll send you every original page after it's done. (See FAQ.)

    Includes:
    • Volume Five, the hardcover book (Gold Edition)
    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
    • Relationship chart poster (2017 edition)
    • Signed, original watercolor page from Volume Five
    • Complete your collection with up to 5 BCB books (See desc.)
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    Great Outdoors Megapack

    Same as the $150 reward, plus the real, final version of the hand-painted cover, complete with laser-cut logo overlaid! Perfect for framing.

    Includes:
    • Volume Five, the hardcover book (Gold Edition)
    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
    • Relationship chart poster (2017 edition)
    • Signed, original watercolor page from Volume Five
    • Complete your collection with up to 5 BCB books (See desc.)
    • Your own BCB watercolor request, painted by Vero
    • Sharpie sketch of a BCB character in EVERY book
    • The one-of-a-kind FINAL Volume Five cover painting, plus sketches
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    Beach Party Megapack

    Same as the $150 reward, plus the real, final version of the hand-painted Volume FOUR cover (we still have it!), complete with laser-cut logo overlaid (only the second laser-cut logo we have!) Also perfect for framing.

    Includes:
    • Volume Five, the hardcover book (Gold Edition)
    • Kickstarter-exclusive Matt keychain charm
    • Relationship chart poster (2017 edition)
    • Signed, original watercolor page from Volume Five
    • Complete your collection with up to 5 BCB books (See desc.)
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    • Sharpie sketch of a BCB character in EVERY book
    • The one-of-a-kind FINAL Volume FOUR cover painting, plus sketches
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