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Sticks and Bones is a 24-page comic, a modern fairy tale about a displaced house spirit looking for a new home in America.
Sticks and Bones is a 24-page comic, a modern fairy tale about a displaced house spirit looking for a new home in America.
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I’m Valya Dudycz Lupescu, author of the novel The Silence of Trees, and together with artist Madeline C. Matz, I’m here to talk about our new project, the fairy tale comic Sticks and Bones.

While working together on The Silence of Trees, Madeline and I discovered a shared Eastern European ancestry (she’s Lithuanian American, and I’m Ukrainian American), as well as a love of comics and graphic novels. Seeking to explore and bring to life some of the mythological creatures that made cameos in my novel, we decided to work together on a comic that explores issues of home, roots, identity, and sacrifice.

Home Is Where the Hearth Is tells the story of Yaroslav, a displaced house spirit in America looking for a new home. At its heart, this is a fairy tale about love and transformation, and the sacrifices we make to find our place in the world.

Our 24-page comic will be beautifully illustrated with fully painted pages by Madeline in a style that echoes the art of Czech Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha.

Fully painted means that each page will be done by traditional painting rather than being colored ink drawings or digital images. This process is time consuming for the artist, but the results are beautiful.

Madeline will start with small thumbnails in ballpoint and then use pencil drawings and digital rendering to create a rough underpainting that is printed out onto bristol board. Next she’ll paint in acrylics, and this is where the image comes into focus. Changes and adjustments are made as needed, and in the end, the final image is executed entirely in paint.

We decided to use kickstarter to fund our first issue as a way of connecting directly with you--our audience. By becoming a backer and pre-ordering this beautiful comic, you can help us to raise the $3,500 will need for production costs, printing, shipping, and some special incentives for backers. We’re hoping to bring the comic with us to San Diego Comic Con in 2012, as well as to World Con 2012 in Chicago.

We plan to have the complete PDF by April or May 2012. By donating just $1, you’ll be able to follow our progress on our special Kickstarter Backer’s Blog where I’ll post updates and sketches.

Thank you all for checking out our project, and we hope that you decide to contribute and spread the word about Home Is Where the Hearth Is!

Sincere thanks!

Valya Dudycz Lupescu & Madeline Carol Matz

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    Your name on a special acknowledgments page in the comic, a PDF digital download of the completed book, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog.

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    Your printed copy of the finished comic, your name on a special acknowledgements page in the comic, a PDF digital download of the completed book, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog. (NON U.S./Canada ORDERS: Add $5 for shipping.)

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    Your name on a special acknowledgement page in the comic. Includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog. (NON U.S./Canada ORDERS: Add $5 for shipping.)

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    SPECIAL UNLOCKED REWARD! - Get a limited edition "Home Is Where the Hearth Is" Spiritual Mist Spray, designed to create a warm, welcoming energy in your home! You will receive a 2-ounce bottle of Rita's "Home Is Where the Hearth Is" Spray, hand brewed with all natural herbal powders and essential oils. You will also receive your name on a special acknowledgement page in the comic, a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog. (NON U.S./Canada ORDERS: Add $5 for shipping.)

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    A signed/numbered poster with artwork from the comic: Home is Where the Hearth is. This special poster was created just for this kickstarter! (Shipped in a tube for protection.) This also includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog.

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    In the comic, Yaroslav is a handyman and tile installer. You can own your very own hand-decorated 4” x 4” tile, signed by Valya and Madeline. Use it for a trivet or hotpad, or incorporate it into your own kitchen backsplash. Also includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog.

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    Hard Cover Collector's Edition: A limited edition hard cover copy of Home Is Where the Hearth Is, numbered, signed, and shipped to you. This is a Kickstarter backer-only option, and the hardcovers will not be available outside of this project. Also includes a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog. This is the ONLY pledge that will get you the hardcover edition. All others refer to the paper comic book.

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    Retailer Level 1: 10 copies of the printed comic, Home Is Where the Hearth Is. Your company's name on a special acknowledgement page of the comic.

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    Valya will review up to 24 pages of your writing (poetry, prose, or comic script) and give you a one-page personal critique and advice on your writing. Also includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog.

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    Retailer Level 2: 20 copies of the printed comic, Home Is Where the Hearth Is. Your company's name on the acknowledgement page of the comic book.

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    Get one of three 6-inch custom-made figures of the domovyk (house spirit) from the comic, Home Is Where the Hearth Is. Created by toy designer JACKOFTRADZE, each one will be one-of-a-kind. Also includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog.

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    Retailer Level 3: 40 copies of the printed comic, Home Is Where the Hearth Is. Your company's name on the acknowledgements page of the comic book.

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    Get yourself a cameo in the comic! Madeline will draw you into at least one panel of Home Is Where the Hearth Is! Also includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog. You will be asked for a photo after the Kickstarter has closed.

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    Unleash your inner troll or gorgon (or whatever the case may be). Madeline and Valya will create/re-vision a mythological character (i.e. turn you into a mythical creature) based on your answers to five questions. Madeline will draw a black and white sketch of you as the character, and Valya will write a flash fiction fairy tale/myth based on the character. You will receive the story and sketch signed by both Valya and Madeline on a single page suitable for framing. This package also includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog.You will be sent the five questions and asked for a photo after the Kickstarter has closed.

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    This very special "Family Portrait" cameo is for three people to be painted into the comic together! From your photographs, Madeline will draw them together into at least one panel of Home Is Where the Hearth Is! Also includes three printed copies of the finished comic, signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, their names on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog. You will be asked for photos after the Kickstarter has closed.

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    A16"x20" fully-painted color portrait of your inner troll. Unleash your inner troll or mermaid (or whatever the case may be). Madeline and Valya will create/re-vision a mythological character (i.e. turn you into a mythical creature) based on your answers to five questions. Madeline will paint a full color portrait of you as the character, and Valya will write a flash fiction fairy tale/myth based on the character. You will receive the painting and printed flash fiction story. This package also includes a printed copy of the finished comic signed by both Valya and Madeline, a PDF digital download of the completed book, your name on a special acknowledgement page, and immediate access to the Kickstarter backers-only development blog.You will be sent the five questions and asked for a photo after the Kickstarter has closed.

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