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Ghosts run rampant and Inspectre Pickle is our best hope. Hold on, it will be a bumpy ride.
Ghosts run rampant and Inspectre Pickle is our best hope. Hold on, it will be a bumpy ride.
Ghosts run rampant and Inspectre Pickle is our best hope. Hold on, it will be a bumpy ride.
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We hit the goal!  Shiver Bureau will be printed.  But lets see what other fun stuff we can add in the remaining time.

I will add all the original stories I created when I was first conceiving Shiver Bureau.  Fully illustrated covers and sequential pages.  I think this will be at least 20 extras pages of content.  This will be awesome to have in the book just for the sure zaniness of the stories, but it will show the Shiver Bureau in its infancy.  The story, the characters and even me grew a lot in the 8 years it too to get to this point.  I think these pages will really showcase that growth.

Prints of cool interior pages, panels and the cover will be sent out with all physical shipments.

All books will be printed in glorious hardcover!

The hardcover will be upgraded to include some tasteful embossing.  My plan is to emboss the logo, Trish, and Pickle.  Also I will start compiling a massive concept art book for Shiver Bureau volume 2.  All backers who gave $10+ will get a digital PDF copy of this book when complete.

Upgrade Level twooooooo! The book will get a spot UV treatment.  I think that is something like a spa day for graphic novels.  I want to add a shiny, 'invisible' ghost to the back cover.   A spooky friend you only spot out of the corner of eye when the hair raises on the back of your neck.

Shiver Bureau: Welcome to London is a 150 page graphic novel.  That's 150 pages of full on story.  There will be some bonus content in the back as well. It will be a paperback unless we raise enough to afford a hardcover.

Best part is, this first volume is completely finished.  I'm not waiting for the artist to art, or the colorist to color, or the letterer to letter, or even the snozzleblurrer to snozzleblur.  I just need cash money to get it printed.

Suitable for all ages with parental guidance.  There is some cartoon violence and monsters lurking about.  But nothing worse then a Saturday morning cartoon.

This is the first volume of a trilogy (possibly a quadrology) but this volume is self contained and serves as an introduction to the world, characters, and the awesome.

It's also a webcomic that you can read for free at http://shiverbureau.com/

The world is overrun with ghosts and it's up to the Shiver Bureau to keep things under control. But everything isn't as it seems, the bureau is corrupt and there are things lurking in the shadows that are far worse then the shivers.

That's where Pickle, Trish, Mr. Todd and Oliver come in.  The is Pickle's first day in London and already he's been attacked by shivers, fallen out of a blimp and been shown up by his assistant*.  How much worse could his day get?  A lot worse...Welcome to London.

Pickle is taking over the London headquarters.  Not only does he have to deal with shivers, but he needs to clean up the bureau, deal with a power hungry minister, get back his assistant*, and there are rumors about missing kids.  I think Pickle needs a vacation (wink wink volume 2 wink nod wink wink wink wink...sorry got something in my eye).

There are a wide assortment of characters, but the main dogooders are...

Pickle is an Inspectre, a rare type of person with the ability to lay shivers to rest.  He is overly confident, but has the skills and the mouth to back it up...most of the time.  Pickle thinks he's the hero of the story...

Luckily, Trish is there to remind him that he's not.  Trish is the power house of the group.  She's not just a brute though, she has more than enough smarts to keep Pickle and his mouth in check. *Not Pickle's assistant.

Mr. Todd fixes everything that Trish and Pickle break.  He also makes some really cool toys.  Don't let his size fool you, he's no good in a fight...he's a pacifist and very huggable.

Oliver is the next generation.  He embodies the best of Pickle, Trish, and Mr. Todd. Maybe some of their faults as well.  When he's older, he will be someone to reckon with...if he can live that long.

Well I'm me, silly...

More info?  Okay, my name is Walter Ostlie and I am a part-time storyteller who dreams of retiring early to create new worlds and new possibilities, to boldly go where no cartoonist has gone before...or go where they went but put my own twist on it.

Shiver Bureau is my second graphic novel.  My first is Cubicles: The Movie: The Graphic Novel...or just call it Cubicles.  It's a sci-fi comedy about two office workers who get dragged across the universe.  It's pretty funny, you should read it.  It's available on Comixology.  You can read the first chapter for free and the entire novel is only 4 bucks.  That's like 80 pages of hah hah hilarious uproar for 4 bucks. What?  What!

https://www.comixology.com/Cubicles/comics-series/6589

$10 - Not only do you get a digital copy of the story, but also some overloaded bonus content.  You will get the B/W, unlettered version of every page plus all the bonus content I can wrangle up.

$25 - Get the fresh off the presses print edition of Shiver Bureau plus the oversized PDF and a Shiver Bureau bookmark.

$35 - Get a snazzy original ink sketch on the inside of your new print copy of Shiver Bureau plus you get all the cool stuff from the previous tier.

$60 - Get this fashionable Shiver Bureau t-shirt.  Not only is it styling and profiling, but it's functional.  No shirt, no service.  Any pledge 60+ will have their name printed in the 'Thank You' section of the book.

$65 - This is like the $35 tier but even cooler.  Instead of sketching in the Shiver Bureau book, I will sketch on a separate 6" x 8" card stock. You pick any character you want and I'll draw them looking their coolest.  Keep it to a single character.  Background are at my discretion.  You also get the signed print copy and overloaded PDF.

$90 - This is like the $35 tier but even cooler. Instead of sketching in the Shiver Bureau book, I will sketch on a separate 6" x 8" card stock. You pick any character you want and I'll draw them looking their coolest. Keep it to a single character. Background are at my discretion. You also get the spooky shirt, signed print copy and overloaded PDF.

$160 - Get an original, ink washed Shiver Bureau page.  These are 11x17 bristol pages lovingly hand crafted by a tortured artist.  Plus all the other goodies.

$400 - Do you want something drawn, need someone to draw it, why not commission me?  Get an original 11x17 ink wash commission by me...the tortured artist mentioned above.  Instead of the commission you could choose one of my already completed original illustrations.  Plus all the other goodies.  See all the available original art pieces at the bottom of this update here.

$600 - The one, the only original art for the cover of Shiver Bureau volume 1.  This is the thing you want.  Plus all the other goodies, obviously.

Risks and challenges

This is my second graphic novel, fourth time printing a project, and second Kickstarter. The graphic novel is completely finished. The files just need to be packaged with a nice little bow and sent off to the printers.

The only possible risks could be printing or shipping delays if I use an overseas printer.

If the Kickstarter is successful, the final PDF will be sent to all backers once funds have transferred. So you can start reading without the long printing process wait.

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FAQ

  • Yes. I will take request. The default will be Shiver Bureau characters and creatures. However if there is a specific character you want, your own character, or perhaps a cartoony likeness of yourself or a loved one: I will happily do that. Within reason, remember these are sketches inside a book. If you want Silver Surfer, with Galactus in the background devouring Earth while a space armada unleashes fire, I would suggest you take a look at the $400 commission reward. I will put many hours into creating something special, detailed, epic, and unique that only you will own.

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  • That was an accident, it was supposed to be October of 2015. Sorry.

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  • The $400 reward is a 'sky is the limit' commission. You tell me what you want and I draw it. Dragons breathing fire on a crumbling castle, octopus wrapped around a submarine, etc. The $65 sketch commission is a single character and no/minimal background. The sketch commission is a perfect reward for people that have favorite characters, would like to give a gift to someone, or maybe have their own original RPG or story character that would like to see illustrated in my style.

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  • Every tier that includes a printed book will be signed. This is all tiers except the first tier; $10 with the overloaded PDF only.

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  • Yes, just add $25 per extra shirt to your order

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  • Yes, just add $20 per extra book to your order.

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  • Send me a message with how many books you would like to buy in bulk and we'll figure it out.

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  • I can not guarantee that there will be left over copies, but you can always ask after.

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  • Yes you can. If you want 2 books instead of one, or 2 shirts. We can totally do that. It is simple, just pick your base reward and add the item cost per unit to your pledge amount.

    Book - $20
    Sketched Edition Book - $30
    Shirt - $25

    So let's say you want to buy 2 sketch edition books. Select the $35 tier and in the amount add $30 to your total for a grand total of $65. Don't select the $65 tier, just select $35 and add the amount. But if you select anything else on accident, it is no big deal. Just email me that you wanted more items and let me know how many and I will be sure that it all gets out to you.

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    Digital Copy

    Overloaded PDF of the the first volume of Shiver Bureau. This will include the Welcome to London story, concept art, black/white versions of all pages, and other cool extras.

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    A signed physical copy of the first volume of Shiver Bureau. Also get a handy bookmark to keep track of your progress. Anyone who gets a physical copy will also get the overloaded PDF version.

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    Get an original ink sketch of a Shiver Bureau character inside your new Shiver Bureau book.

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    Get a cool spooky shirt with your cool new sketch edition book. Also your name will be printed in the 'Thank you' section of the book.

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    6x8 original sketch commission, you pick the subject. Keep it to 1 character. Minimal to no background. Also get the overloaded PDF and signed print copy of Shiver Bureau.

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    Sketch Commission plus shirt

    6x8 original sketch commission, you pick the subject. Keep it to 1 character. Minimal to no background. Also get the spooky shirt, overloaded PDF, and signed print copy of Shiver Bureau.

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    Get an original Shiver Bureau page along with your sketch edition and spooky shirt. Includes US ship cost. Also your name will be printed in the 'Thank you' section of the book.

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    Commission / Original Art

    11x17 original commission of whatever subject you want or an original illustration (first come first served). Also get the sketch edition and shirt. Also your name will be printed in the 'Thank you' section of the book.

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    Cover Original Art

    Get the original, one and only, cover artwork for the first volume of Shiver Bureau. Also get the sketch edition and the shirt. Also your name will be printed in the 'Thank you' section of the book.

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