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Help us publish the first two volumes of Twokinds into high quality books, along with premium hardcover editions!

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WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?

Hi there! My name is Thomas Fischbach and I am the artist behind Twokinds, an ongoing fantasy-adventure webcomic that has been running since 2003. Starting in 2008, I've used Print-on-Demand services to publish Volume 1 in the series. But now, after several years of hard effort, I feel it's time to expand.

Volume 2 of the Twokinds series is nearing completion. Contained within is brand new, updated artwork and an even larger page-count than the first. But I also haven't sat idle with the first book. It's also been updated with new art and a shiny new cover, and is ready for a second edition run.

However, releasing one book and re-releasing another at the same time is no easy feat! The fact of that matter is, publishing both into full-color graphic novels is well beyond my meager pocketbook's limitations. The printer requires a minimum number of books in order to produce them for a reasonable price, and it's more than I can afford alone. However, thanks to Kickstarter, and with your help, these books have a chance to become a reality!

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?

Over in the top right corner of this page is the goal. That's how much I will need to print the minimum number of books to restock my online store and put books on shelves. If the goal is reached, printing will begin immediately. If the goal is not reached before the end of the 30 days, though, then you will not be charged anything. You only pay if the project reaches its goal before the deadline!

WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT?

Obviously, I wouldn't expect you to give away your hard-earned money for free! Participating in this Kickstarter project will net you lots of nifty rewards, many of which are available nowhere else. Along the right side, you will see categories, with dollar amounts. By pledging that amount, you will receive the rewards listed in their respective boxes. Here are some examples of rewards:

Obviously, the books themselves are available, along with several different never-before-seen posters, a printed map of the world, and a couple of side-comics, one titled "Feral Hunger" which has been seen before (but has now been updated with new artwork) and "Prank Pixie Panic" a brand-new side comic that is exclusive to this promotion!

When it comes to the two main books themselves, there are actually a few variations of each which may require explanation. See the chart below:

Each book has now been divided into three editions, which are referred to as the Manga Edition, Special Edition, and Premium Edition. All of the content within the books remain the same, the only difference is the size and properties of the book's exteriors.

The Manga Edition is the standard version of the comic. It is 6" x 9" in size (15 cm x 23 cm) and has a soft cover, just like your typical manga. The interior pages are all full-color, on high-quality glossy pages.

The Special Edition is 25% larger than the Manga Edition, at 8" x 10.5" in size (20.5 cm x 26.5 cm), but otherwise still keeps the standard soft cover. It's size is comparable to a magazine, and also contains full color pages.

The Premium Edition is the same size as the Special Edition, but comes with a nice hardcover exterior, making it the ultimate collector item. The supplies of hardcover editions will, unlike the other version, be limited.

See this chart for a size comparison:

Whichever edition you ultimate choose will contain the same updated artwork and classic Twokinds story for your viewing pleasure. Also, many of the items available will also be signed by me personally.

WHAT IF WE BEAT THE GOAL?

If the goal is reached, production will begin for both books! And Volume Two will make its debut at the San Diego Comic Con, thanks to Keenspot! There, I will be signing and selling books in person. Then, after the convention, work will begin on distributing the rewards to those who participated in the Kickstarter throughout the month of July and August.

If the goal is exceeded, it will mean more books will be produced! Every dollar over the goal line means a larger quantity of books can be ordered. However, if we REALLY go over the goal, I have two special rewards that will be announced if that should come to pass.

Once the goal is reached, everyone who participated will be charged the amount they pledged and rewards will go out. However, if the goal is not reached for whatever reason, then no one is charged, everyone keeps their money, and we all go back to our normal lives. Whatever happens though, I want to thank each and every one of you who supports this endeavor. It's because of you guys that something like this is even a possibility.

In closing, thanks for checking out this Kickstarter project of mine. You can follow updates on my Twitter account: @twokinds

SOME OF THE REWARDS:

EXCLUSIVE SIDE COMIC: Prank Pixie Panic is a 24-page full-color comic available only through this Kickstarter campaign! It followed the main cast of characters aboard the ship as they encounter their strangest (and perhaps most dangerous) foe so far: a magic-wielding pixie with a twisted sense of humor! Can the crew fend off the mischievous creature, or will they be forever plagued by random magical mayhem? Pledge to find out!

VOL 1 + 2 CAST POSTER (SIGNED): This poster features all the primary characters introduced in books 1 and 2! Each copy will be professionally printed on high quality glossy paper and signed by me.

TIGER IN THE STARS POSTER (SIGNED): This brand new poster was created specifically for this Kickstarter campaign! Each copy will be professionally printed on high quality glossy paper and signed by me.

WORLD MAP POSTER PRINT: A high-resolution print of the Twokinds world map, featuring all the locations visited by characters during their travels.

AND OF COURSE, THE MAIN ATTRACTION:

TWOKINDS VOLUME 1: 124 full-color interior pages covering the beginnings of Trace's and Flora's adventure in the world of Twokinds. including a bonus five-page epilogue not available online. Almost every page has been digitally touched-up using original, high resolution files. See the comic in more detail than ever before! New in the second edition: brand new cover, updated dialogue, more updated pages, and bonus artwork! Plus, a thank you section specially devoted to those who helped to make this book possible!

TWOKINDS VOLUME 2: The continuing adventures of our trio of heroes (and their stalkers) as they venture near Keidran territory and face off not only against wolf assassins and masked demigods, but also against their pasts and each other. This 164 page full-color comic is nearly a quarter larger than the previous book, and contains new artwork and deleted pages that never made it into the online version!

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  • Yes, of course! Everyone who donates to the $100 or above pledges is eligible for the GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK reward, however you do not need to use your real name. After the Kickstarter is over, those eligible will be sent a question form, and you can input the name you want, or even have your name be anonymous!

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    "PRANK PIXIE PANIC" DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: A digital copy of the brand-new 24-page full-color side comic "Prank Pixie Panic" available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD VOL 1 + 2: A digital copy of BOTH Twokinds volumes with all the updated art and extra bonus comics included, in both PDF for computer and ebook format for your ereader of choice.

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    "PRANK PIXIE PANIC" SIDE COMIC PRINT: A brand-new, 8" x 10.5" 24-page full-color side comic exclusive to this Kickstarter, involving the cast of Twokinds. This comic is not available anywhere else online. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    EXCLUSIVE SIGNED CAST POSTER: A limited edition 11" x 17" poster of the entire cast from Volume 1 + 2, exclusive to this Kickstarter drive, and individually signed by hand. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TIGER IN THE STARS POSTER: A limited edition 11" x 17" poster of Flora made just for this Kickstarter drive, autographed. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    MAP OF THE TWOKINDS WORLD: A high-quality poster print of the Twokinds world map. (Outside of North America, please add $10 to your pledge for shipping costs.)

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    THE DIGITAL BUNDLE: digital versions of both Twokinds Vol. 1 and Twokinds Vol. 2, and a digital copy of "Prank Pixie Panic" the 24-page side-comic PLUS bonus side comic "Feral Hunger"

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    TWOKINDS BOOK VOL 1 (MANGA SIZE): The newly printed re-release of Twokinds Vol 1, complete with brand new cover, slightly larger size, updated art, and new map. Signed copy. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS BOOK VOL 2 (MANGA SIZE): The brand new release of Twokinds Vol 2. Includes 164 FULL COLOR pages, updated artwork, and bonus content not seen online. Signed copy. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS VOL 1 SPECIAL EDITION (MAGAZINE SIZE): A soft-cover, 8" x 10.5" special edition copy of Twokinds, Vol. 1. This book is a quarter larger than the standard manga edition (see scale image) and contains thick, high-quality glossy paper. Each copy is hand signed inside the cover. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS VOL 2 SPECIAL EDITION (MAGAZINE SIZE): A soft-cover, 8" x 10.5" special edition copy of Twokinds, Vol. 2. This book is a quarter larger than the standard manga edition (see scale image) and contains thick, high-quality glossy paper. Each copy is hand signed inside the cover. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS MANGA-SIZE BUNDLE: Both Twokinds Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Manga Sized) bundled together. Both copies will be signed. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS POSTER BUNDLE: All three posters: Tiger in the Stars, the all-cast poster, and the map of the Twokinds world, signed and bundled together. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS HARDCOVER VOL 2 (PREMIUM EDITION): The highest quality version of Twokinds Volume 2. Contains magazine-sized 8" x 10.5" pages, printed on high-quality glossy paper, and is hard-cover bound. Only a certain number of copies are available for the initial run, and each book is hand numbered to show you've received a first-edition copy. They are also each individually signed. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS HARDCOVER VOL 1 (PREMIUM EDITION): The highest quality version of Twokinds Volume 1. Contains magazine-sized 8" x 10.5" pages, printed on high-quality glossy paper, and is hard-cover bound. Only a certain number of copies are available for the initial run, and each book is hand numbered to show you've received a first-edition copy. They are also each individually signed. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS MANGA + DIGITAL BUNDLE: Everything included in the Digital Bundle (Digital copies of both side comics and Vol 1 and 2) plus everything included in the Manga Bundle (Twokinds Vol 1 + 2 manga size books). (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS MANGA BUNDLE + "PRANK PIXIE PANIC" PRINT: Both Twokinds mangas, signed, plus a signed physical copy of "Prank Pixie Panic" the exclusive side comic. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS SWAG BUNDLE: Includes a print copy of "Prank Pixie Panic" and "Feral Hunger", plus print copies of all three posters: Tiger in the Stars, the All-Cast poster, and the Map of the Twokinds World. ALSO includes digital downloads of Twokinds Vol 1 + 2 as an additional bonus. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS SPECIAL EDITION BUNDLE: Both Special Edition Magazine-sized soft-cover copies of Twokinds Volume 1 and Volume 2 bundled together. Each copy will be individually signed. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    SPECIAL EDITION + DIGITAL BUNDLE: Everything included in the Digital Bundle (Digital copies of "Prank Pixie Panic" and Vol 1 and 2) plus everything included in the Special Bundle (Twokinds Vol 1 + 2 magazine size books). (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS MANGA + SWAG BUNDLE: Everything included in the Swag Bundle (Posters, side comics, digital downloads) plus everything included in the Manga Bundle (Twokinds Vol 1 + 2 manga size books). (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    TWOKINDS HARDCOVER BUNDLE: Both premium edition copies of Twokinds Vol 1 and Vol 2, signed, numbered, and bundled together for your convenience. Limited copies available. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK: Become immortalized by having your name placed in a special thank you section of the first book. You will also receive a signed special edition copy of both books, so you can show off your contribution. (Add $30 to upgrade your special editions to hardcover editions)

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    HARDCOVER + DIGITAL BUNDLE: Everything included in the Digital Bundle (Digital copies of "Prank Pixie Panic" and Vol 1 and 2) plus everything included in the Hardcover Bundle (Twokinds Vol 1 + 2 hardcover books). Also includes GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK reward. (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    SPECIAL EDITION + SWAG BUNDLE: Everything included in the Swag Bundle (Posters, side comic, digital downloads) plus everything included in the Special Edition Bundle (Twokinds Vol 1 + 2 magazine size books). Also includes GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK reward. (Outside of North America, please add $20 for international shipping costs.)

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    HARDCOVER EDITION + SWAG BUNDLE: Everything included in the Swag Bundle (Posters, side comic, digital downloads) plus everything included in the HARDCOVER Edition Bundle (Twokinds Vol 1 + 2 magazine size books). Also includes GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK reward. (Outside of North America, please add $20 for international shipping costs.)

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    HARDCOVER SKETCHED COPY: Get both Hardcover books - Vol 1 and 2 - and have one of your books sketched in by hand with the character of your choice! Your sketch will be drawn inside the cover, right next to the signature and number of your copy. Extremely limited reward! (Outside of North America, please add $10 for international shipping costs.)

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    A PERSONALIZED DRAWING: One entirely original, full-color drawing of a Twokinds character of your choice, signed by me and shipped directly to you. Plus, everything in the SWAG BUNDLE and GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK rewards are included as well. Add signed hardcover editions of vol 1 and 2 for an additional $90. (Outside of North America, please add $20 for international shipping costs.) PLEASE NOTE THE DELIVERY DATE! The drawing may take more time than the rest.

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    THE WORKS: This pledge gets you a set of manga-sized books, a set of premium edition hardcover books, one copy of "Prank Pixie Panic", one Flora poster, one all-cast poster, one map of the world, bonus side comic "The Hunger" print, AND an 8x10 bonus print of your favorite character, all signed and numbered where appropriate. Additionally, ebook and PDF versions of all the books are included as well. Also includes GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK reward, plus your name will be in BOLD to stand out. (Outside of North America, please add $20 for international shipping costs.)

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    THE WORKS + PERSONAL DRAWING: Includes all physical rewards up to this point, including one set of manga-sized books, one set of premium edition hardcover books, plus the Flora poster, all-cast poster, map poster, Prank Pixie Panic, The Hunger, and ebook downloads of everything. All signed and numbers where appropriate. AND a PERSONALIZED DRAWING of a Twokinds character of your choice drawn, signed and shipped to you. Also includes GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK reward, plus your name will be in BOLD to stand out. (Outside of North America, please add $20 for international shipping costs.) NOTE: Your personalized drawing may take additional time.

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    BACKGROUND CAMEO APPEARANCE: A character of your description (as a Human, Basitin, or Keidran) will appear as a background character in one of the books. You will also get a personal drawing of this character, made into an 8 x 10 print, signed, and delivered to you, along with signed hardcover copies of both books, so you can go looking for your character. Also includes SWAG BUNDLE and GET YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK reward, in BOLD.

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    SAN DIEGO COMIC CON: Come meet me at San Diego Comic Con July 12 - 15! You will be able to attend Comic-Con as a special guest of Keenspot for all four days plus Preview Night, which you can use to come meet me at the Keenspot booth. There, you will receive all the rewards offered with the Kickstarter, including all the books, booklets, and posters, signed in person! Plus, your hardcover books will be the very first printed copies, #1 - #6, respectively. You will also be allowed to attend a luncheon with me and others from Keenspot, and receive a personalized sketch of anything you want! This offer is extremely limited, and you will need to arrange your own transportation.

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    A PERSONALIZED SHORT STORY: A short Twokinds story (~ 6 - 12 pages) about any character of your choice from the comic, drawn and shipped to you personally, and shared among those who pledged, along with your name or screen name as part of the credits. Essentially, you will be choosing a character that you want to learn more about, and I will write a story that expands upon that character in some way. You may pick any person, living or dead, that has appeared in the comic at any point. You will also get a personal drawing of this character, signed and delivered along with the comic booklet, PLUS all rewards listed in THE WORKS.

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    BECOME IMMORTALIZED IN THE COMIC: A character of your own creation will become a named, canon historical figure within the world of Twokinds. At some point in the story, the main characters will come across a monument created IN YOUR HONOR, and the tales of your character's heroic (or infamous) actions will be regaled as part of the lore of the world. You will also get a signed personalized drawing of your character, PLUS all rewards listed in THE WORKS.

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