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A Trade Paperback of "The...Li'l Lincoln" Comic Series Collecting Issues #1-3. Written by Benny Jack K with Art by Paul Johnson.

This Kickstarter campaign is to get the first collected trade of the independent comic series THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN into print. This trade compiles issues #1-3 telling the first major story featuring main characters, Abe Lincoln & his mutt Fido along with guest stars, Paul Bunyan, Babe the Ox, Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie in an adventure like none other! The trade is a planned 84 pages including the 3-page lost scene from Li'l Lincoln #3!  (The scene was draw but cut to meet our single issue page count.)

I am the writer/creator of The Less Than Historical Comic Universe with Paul Johnson covering artistic duties on the book. Paul and I have been working together going on four years now and have become an inseparable team creating 2 web comics; 1 mini-comic; 2 ashcan comics; 4 full size comics thus far with many more on the way!  Not to mention the many comics we have produced with other collaborators as well.  ;) 

Should it be noted, not all donations go straight to the production of the book. It takes a lot of time and money to fulfill rewards ordered and manage correspondence. These costs have been accounted for and added to the goal amount. Below is a brief run-down of what your actual donations will pay for.

*Production Costs - Paul Johnson and I (Benny Jack K.) are the entire creative team for the book (though our first issue's cover was drawn by the Incomparable Scott Shaw!). While Paul tirelessly worked on the art -penciling, inking & coloring- I've handled the rest -scripts, title design, lettering, print layout, promotional, publishing, etc.- with one exception (Shaw!), none have received pay for our work on the comic and this Kickstarter campaign does NOT include pay for either of us in the goal. Paul and I do this book for the love of comics and our reward is having our book enjoyed and our characters loved by others. (Not to say we wouldn't like to get paid, we just find it inappropriate to ask for donors to pay us for the work we've already done, plus we get to sell the book you all helped us get to print.)

*Production of the Books - I've used a quote from the printers for 500 copies of the paperback 84-page book and that is the base point for our goal.

*Kickstarter/Amazon Fees - Roughly 8%-10% of the final funding.

*Shipping & Shipping Supplies - This was much more difficult to account for as it largely depends on the rewards we will have to ship and where too. We've done our best to estimate the costs but no worries, we will get your reward too you. :)

*Buffer Amount - It has been suggested in other Kickstater campaigns to include a buffer to cover the unexpected, such as: dropped pledges, lost books, refund requests, and any other errors or miscalculations. So, I too have included it in the goal.

*Over Goal - Should we be fortunate enough to receive monies over our goal, we will use the extra to fund future issues of "Li'l Lincoln" as well as put it toward the selling and marketing of the comic; i.e. comic conventions and such.

Unlike other online ordering experiences, with this Kickstarter campaign, you are not only purchasing a product for you enjoyment but, you are also joining us in this wonderful collaborative journey! You can follow along in this adventure through all the tears and joys or bumps in the road. Then finally receiving the finished book in your hand, you'll share in a feeling of accomplishment which your donation has helped achieve! Here on Kickstarter, you've purchased more than a piece of art or a comic book, you've contributed to a piece of history; you've lent your support to dreams, ideas and given a gift like none other!  :D

Here's how you may be part of history!

*Step 1. Create a Kickstarter account and determine your method of payment.

*Step 2. Choose your Reward or make a simple donation (take note of any shipping estimates).

*Step 3. Watch the "clock" count down to February 12th, and see what happens! When our campaign ends with success your donation pledge will be charged and your reward will be secured! (if the campaign ends without reaching our goal then you will NOT be charged.)

*Step 4. (Optional) If you'd really like to see this project succeed, then the most helpful thing you could do is help spread the word! Tweet, Facebook posts, Blog about us, share it on Pinterest or even MySpace and other social networks. ;)   Do whatever you want to do to help, you will have our eternal gratitude!

We have the target of early May 2013 for delivery of most rewards. Please check your chosen reward for an approximate delivery date. Though the book is near complete we expect a month or two to pass before any prizes Paul Johnson delivers to reach the States (as he and his art live in the U.K.)

TYPES OF REWARDS

*The Less Than Historical Adventures of Li'l Lincoln - Vol. 1: This paperback 84-page, full color trade collects Issues #1-3 of the ongoing series by Warrior Innkeeper Comics. This trade includes additional material never before seen in digital format or print. The story follows a young Abraham Lincoln and his mutt of no discernible heritage, Fido. His father remarries after the death of Abe's mother. Finding this upsetting the young boy decides to run away from home and enters a less than historical adventure will with characters from American Folklore. In this collection, young Abe & Fido run into a few legends you may be familiar with, Babe the Ox; Paul Bunyan; Davey Crockett & Jim Bowie… but not everything is as you remember! As the title suggests, we have taken a few liberties with history and folklore to deliver a new Tall Tale sure to inspire readers young and not so young. ;)

*3 Brothers Frog Reward: You must message us here on Kickstarter with your prize pick of either Pud, Zip or Tad.

*Li'l Lincoln's Less Than Historical Sketchbook: A planned 48-page sketchbook featuring "behind-the-scenes" commentary by yours truly with early sketches of characters, full penciled page comparisons of the web comic version vs. the final print version of Issue #1, more pencil work by Paul Johnson, original sketches by Benny Jack K., The Fantastic Funnyman Fred Hembeck and other great artist from the Less Than Historical Universe!

*Signed/Sketch/Lithograph Copies: These may require longer processing time as some material will have to cross the Atlantic Ocean more than once.

*Cameo Reward: This reward will require a photo and "release-of-likeness" form signed.

*Penciled Page Reward: The page will be a standard 11" x 17" page of penciled art by Paul Johnson from the pages of "The… Li'l Lincoln" comic series. These pages will be the chosen by Paul (though if you have a requested section of the story please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your request.) HERE is a sample of the penciled page you may receive:

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Paul and I are both family men. We have our respective children, wives, pets, etc. to take care of and there are those pesky day-jobs too. However, we are consummate semi-professional comic creators, doing our best to deliver quality stories and art to our readers.

We each have challenges we must overcome; my own were revealed in a local newspaper last summer:

http://www.polkio.com/ns/features/23373/comic-therapy

Abe, Fido and all of the Less Than Historical Universe mean much to Paul and I, we are both looking forward to sharing our characters and tall tales with you. Thank you for your support! :)

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    A BONE FOR FIDO - Sometimes a bone is all ya got, should you choose to throw it our way, you will get your name in the special "Thank You" section of the book and gain access to Kickstarter Exclusive Updates, Previews and More!

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    EPIC REWARD 1 - You get your name in the special "Thank You" section of the book; gain access to Kickstarter Exclusive Updates, Previews and at this reward tier you will receive a pack of 3 epic postcards along with a special "thank you" post card from creator Benny Jack K!

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    TAD's TORCH - Light the way with the 3 Bros. Frog and not only will you see your name in print and gain access to all the Kickstarter updates but, you'll also receive the digital download version of THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN Issue #1 from our store at DriveThruComics.com!

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    ZIPPITY-3-FROGS! - You never know what the 3 Bros Frog will pull out of their bag o'tricks and, the same goes for this award! In addition to the above two awards, if you're brave enough, you can choose one of the three brothers: PUD, ZIP or, TAD and win a mystery prize! Will it be a digital download package? A 3 Bros. Frog Lithograph? Or a signed copy of THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN #1 (2nd print)? Place your bets on your fave frog and find out what you've won on February 12th!

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    INSIDE THE TOP HAT - This is where you get your own copy of the book you're helping to make a reality! You will also get your name in print (see above), access to all the Kickstarter updates and, a digital download of THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN #1 from our store at DriveThruComics.com!

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    CROCKETT's CROCKPOT - Davey Crockett is stirring up a Kickstarter Exclusive in his li'l crockpot - a LI'L LINCOLN LESS THAN HISTORICAL SKETCHBOOK! Only being made available to those who pledge $35 or more, this 32-page sketchbook includes never before seen sketches by Scott Shaw!, Fred Hembeck and of course, Paul Johnson, as well as, a look at characters from future issues of Li'l Lincoln and Ben & Mike comics! Be the first 10 people to pledge for this EXCLUSIVE Sketchbook and receive a hand drawn sketch cover with art by Paul Johnson!

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    SHARP AS BOWIE's BLADE- Jim Bowie's signature knife isn't as sharp as this award cause this is a big one! Add all the above and a copy of THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN collected trade signed by both Benny Jack K. (author) & Paul Johnson (artist) and you get one haul of a collection to take home! (Limits on previous awards are first come first serve.)

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    BOWIE's SATCHEL - In addition to the above, you'll also receive digital versions of the trade and the Exclusive sketchbook. (Limits on previous awards are first come first serve.)

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    BABE's GIFT - You get a Limited Li'l Lincoln Lithograph hand signed and numbered (of 25-50). Plus a copy of this book, your name in print (see above), access to all the Kickstarter updates, a digital download of THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN #1 from our store at DriveThruComics.com and the Exclusive Sketchbook! (Limits on previous awards are first come first serve.)

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    BUNYAN's GIANT AX - The Limited Li'l Lincoln Lithograph hand signed & numbered (of 1-24); a signed copy of the other Less Than Historical comic, THE MAGNANIMOUS INVENTIONS OF BEN & MIKE #1; a copy of this book signed by the creators; your name in print (see above), access to all the Kickstarter updates, a digital download of THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN #1 from our store at DriveThruComics.com and the Exclusive Sketchbook! (Limits on previous awards are first come first serve.)

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    LINCOLN MEMORIAL AWARD - Always wanted a page of original comic art? This is your chance! Paul is only donating a limited number of pages to the cause so if you want one you better get this one quick! In addition to a page of original art from the "Li'l Lincoln" comic series you also get a copy of this book, your name in print (see above), access to all the Kickstarter updates, a digital download of THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL ADVENTURES OF LI'L LINCOLN #1 from our store at DriveThruComics.com and the Exclusive Sketchbook! (Limits on previous awards are first come first serve.)

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    AN EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION - Abraham Lincoln believed in the American Dream and with your donation you are helping us live it. With great thanks for pledging to this project at such a high level, Paul Johnson has agreed to draw you an original commission sketch for your comic related wall at home! :) Of course we're also gonna give you a copy of this book signed by both of us; you'll get your name in nice BIG letters on our special thanks page in the book; a digital download package with all THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL Universe comics from our store at DriveThruComics.com and the Exclusive Sketchbook! An' don't forget you'll also have access to all the Kickstarter updates! (Personal Sketchs may be delivered at a later date and Limits on previous awards are first come first serve.)

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    THE PRESIDENTIAL AWARD - A once in a life time opportunity to get your cartoon likeness drawn into a future issue of "Li'l Lincoln" and receive the original page of art with your likeness from Paul Johnson! Plus we'll be giving you a copy of this book signed by both of us; you'll get your name in nice HUGE letters on our special thanks page in the book; a digital download package with all THE LESS THAN HISTORICAL Universe comics from our store at DriveThruComics.com and the Exclusive Sketchbook! An' don't forget you'll also have access to all the Kickstarter updates! (Page with your likeness may be delivered at our connivence. Limits on previous awards are first come first serve.)

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