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Bingo Love

Created by Inclusive Press

Bingo Love
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1,950 backers pledged $57,148.11 on Kickstarter

Raised in Kickstarter
$57,148.11 / 1,950 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$2,049.00 / 1,368 backers

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Bingo Love is an 80 page graphic novella that revolves around Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, two thirteen year old Black girls who, in no time, become the best of friends. As their relationship grows, they discover their deep love for one another, but the timing couldn’t be worse. Two girls in love are bound to be star-crossed in 1963, and their families forbid them from seeing each other again. 

 

Not only do the young women have to endure the pain of separation, but they’re also both married off to men they don’t love. They seem destined to live apart, permanently cut off from one another, but fate — and bingo — have another plan for them. Nearly fifty years later, Hazel and Mari once again see each other across a bingo hall, and all their feelings come flooding back. 

BINGO LOVE:

Let's travel to 1963 when Hazel first met the love of her life, Mari...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazel and Mari's love lasts a lifetime...

We need your help to bring Bingo Love to life. We are currently deep in the creative process, but this awesome creative team needs to be paid for the outstanding work that they're doing. On top of that, we want to get Bingo Love into as many hands as possible. Our goal is to raise $19,999 to pay for the creative team, printing, shipping and making these pretty great tiers and stretch goals a reality, and frankly, we need your help for that. Have a look at our rewards, we're positive you'll find something there that will get us to our goal and beyond it!

Thank you!

REWARDS:

 

Pull out your bingo cards and markers everyone, it's time to play BINGO!!!!

B9: Our undying gratitude for supporting Bingo Love, plus digital wallpaper.

G54: DIGITAL DRM-FREE PDF. A PDF of Bingo Love + our undying gratitude.

I23: LIMITED DAYTIME BINGO SESSION!!! Free shipping for domestic and reduced shipping for international shipping. Softcover copy of Bingo Love **Also includes digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

 N41: Softcover copy of Bingo Love featuring Jenn St-Onge's cover.  **Also includes digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

Jenn St-Onge's cover

O70: Softcover copy of Bingo Love featuring Genevieve Eft's variant cover, featuring Hazel and Mari in their 60's. **Also includes digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

Geneveive Eft's variant cover

I17: Softcover copy of Bingo Love featuring Nilah Magruder's variant cover, featuring Hazel and Mari as teenagers. **Also includes digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

 

Nilah Magruder's variant cover

G60: Softcover copy of Bingo Love featuring Carla McNeil's variant cover, featuring Hazel and Mari in their 80's. **Also includes digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

 Carla "Speed" McNeil's cover 

O69: Two (2) Softcover Bingo Love Copies. **Also includes softcover of Bingo Love + digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

B12: 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna J. Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai. **Also includes softcover of Bingo Love + digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

Shauna J. Grant's Maldives honeymoon postcard

 Christina "Steenz" Stewart's Paris honeymoon postcard

Meredith McClaren's Hawaii postcard
Meredith McClaren's Hawaii postcard

 

Vicki Tsai Reykjavik, Iceland postcard
Vicki Tsai Reykjavik, Iceland postcard

 

Vicki Tsai Reykjavik, Iceland postcard CROPPED!
Vicki Tsai Reykjavik, Iceland postcard CROPPED!

 G50: Library giveaway! Get 2 Softcover Bingo Love copies and give 1 away to the library of your choice.

B11: Three (3) Softcover Bingo Love Copies. **Also includes softcover of Bingo Love + digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

I16: LGBTQ and/or youth center giveaway. Donate 3 Softcover Bingo Love copies to the LGBTQ center of your choice and receive FREE SHIPPING. We reserve the right to to verify the center's legitimacy. Thank you.

N39: A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton. 

 

**Also includes 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Juan Ferreyra + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

O67: ***RETAILER OPTION*** Six (6) softcover copies of Bingo Love.

I26: Are you a Time period collector? Get Nilah Magruder variant + Genevieve Eft variant + Carla McNeil variant  

**Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

B1: Cameo!!! Our artist Jenn St-Onge will draw a cameo of you, so you'll appear in Bingo Love.  **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

G58: Script Review. Get ONE script up to 22 pages reviewed by Erica Schultz (Charmed, M3) **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

O73: Script Review. Get ONE script up to 22 pages reviewed by Al Ewing (The Ultimates, U.S. Avengers) **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

I29: Script Review. Get ONE script up to 22 pages reviewed by Shawn Pryor (Cash and Carrie, F.O.R.C.E.) **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

B3: An 9 X 12 inch Ariela Kristantina (InSEXts) one character color commission! (If you'd like to add more characters, please message me before pledging.) **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

X23 Ariela Kristantina
X23 Ariela Kristantina

N33: Asia Kendrick-Horton commission!!! (Limited to a 1 person with a colored background) **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

Asia Kendrick-Horton's Garnet
Asia Kendrick-Horton's Garnet

B4: Portfolio Review. Get ONE portfolio reviewed by Dark Horse's Patrick Thorpe. **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

N40: An 8.5 X 11 inch Benjamin Dewey (Autumnlands) one character color commission! (If you'd like to add more characters to this, please message me before pledging, thank you!) **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

Benjamin Dewey's Stranger Things
Benjamin Dewey's Stranger Things

O71: Portfolio Review. Get ONE portfolio reviewed by Top Cow's Bryan Edward Hill + a 60 minute Skype session with you. **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

G49: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with Steve Orlando (Midnighter & Apollo, Virgil). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

I27: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

N30: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with Scott Snyder (All-Star Batman, Wytches). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

G55: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with Gail Simone (Secret Six, Clean Room). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

O68: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells, InSEXTs). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

N37: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with Mikki Kendall (Swords of Sorrow, Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

B5: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with G Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

I18: THIRTY (30) minute Skype session with Amy Chu (Kiss, Poison Ivy). **Also includes A 1x1 hard enamel pin designed by Asia Kendrick-Horton+ 4 Honeymoon Limited Edition Postcards from artists: Shauna Grant, Meredith McClaren, Christina "Steenz" Stewart & Vicki Tsai + Softcover copy of Bingo Love + Digital PDF of Bingo Love + digital wallpaper and our undying gratitude**

You asked for add-ons, well here they are!!!

 

And now for some...

  • If we reach $23,000.00, physical tier backers will receive a special Bingo Love keychain.
  • If we reach $30,000.00, ALL backers will receive a 5 page digital PDF from D.J. Kirkland (Black Mage). Someone in Hazel's family has been holding on to a secret and they finally decide to drop the heavy baggage that comes with holding a secret for so long.
  • If we reach $35,000.00, the creative team will receive $50.00 page rate increase + ALL backers will receive an additional digital wallpaper.
  • If we reach $40,000.00, ALL backers will receive a 5 page honeymoon digital PDF from Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells, InSEXTs) and Asia Kendrick-Horton. Read what happens on Hazel and Mari's honeymoon as they visit various countries. Make sure you pick up those amazing postcards!
  • If we reach $45,000.00, physical tier backers will receive Kickstarter edition stickers.
  • If we reach $50,000.00, physical tier backers will receive a Asia Kendrick-Horton variant. 
  • If we reach $55,000.00, we will add another 8 pages to Bingo Love to make it an 88 page book!

****should we surpass these goals, I have other great goodies in store, including another digital story from a DC Comics writer!!****

MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM: 

Writer Tee Franklin (Nailbiter's The Outfit, Love is Love) might be new to creating comics, but she's definitely not new to being queer, disabled and Black. Tee Franklin's voice in comics has been loud when it comes to the lack of representation in comics, which led her to create several inclusive #BlackComicsMonth panels at NYCC. Now writing comics of her own, Franklin hopes to change the game with her unique voice and show that inclusion is needed in comics through her publishing company, Inclusive Press.

Artist Jenn St-Onge (Jem and The Misfits, Finding Molly) aka “Princess Jem” is the Canadian illustrator/comic artist behind IDW’s Jem & the Misfits and Emet Comics’ Finding Molly series. She’s the princess of coffee-loving cat ladies and currently lives just outside Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, four cats, and one doggo.She's a dedicated cat lady who adores Legend of Zelda, Bioshock, and Silent Hill.

Colorist Joy San (Rumble for Toronto Comix) is a Filipina Canadian freelance illustrator. Her work revolves around illustrating the amazing in all that is ordinary and mundane, whether in editorial illustration, comics, or animation. When not illustrating or drawing comics, she enjoy hiking, vlogging, and hunting for bakeries.

Cardinal Rae is a letterer whose projects include Rose (Image), Coming of the Supermen (DC), Tracy Queen, Pack (Oneshi Press), and others.

Editor Erica Schultz (Charmed, M3) is a comic book writer, letterer, and editor. She is best known for her work with comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment on Charmed and the Swords of Sorrow series, participation in DC Comics' first Writers Workshop, and her creator-owned crime series, M3.

Select Praise

“Bingo Love is the young, tender love story that brown queer women have never been allowed to have. This is the coming of age story that 10 and 15 year old baby-queer me needed.” - Vita Ayala (Our Work Fills The Pews) 

"I'm backing Bingo Love because Tee Franklin's delivering a fresh, charming story of adolescent love with adorable, fluid art from Jenn St-Onge and Joy San. And if you care about representation, here's a great opportunity to step up. The world needs more stories with African American girl heroes of all different kinds, and Bingo Love is leading the charge." - Greg Pak (Kingsway West, Totally Awesome Hulk)

 "Bingo Love is a dose of pure sweetness, about overcoming hardship without relying on tragedy, with beautiful, bright art to boot!" - Tini Howard (The Skeptics, Power Rangers: Pink) 

In Closing,

On behalf of the entire creative team, we'd like to thank every single one of you for stopping by, pledging, sharing, and just being you. We hope that you enjoy our project and it warms your soul. 

Love is Love is Love is Love. Everyone should be free to love and not be afraid, shamed, and punished to love whomever they choose. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me via email: Tee@TeeFranklin.com

Special thanks:

  • Vita Ayala
  • James F. Wright
  • Patrick Thorpe
  • Shawn Pryor

Kickstarter video thanks to the super talented Lucia Retamales !!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

SECRET PAGESSSSSSSSSSS (plus other boring jazz)
7 days ago – Fri, May 19, 2017 at 11:11:54 PM

Top Secret
Top Secret

 Heyyy backers! I hope everyone's doing well. I'm not going to bore you with things, I'm just going to drop dopeness right on your screen.

KAPOW!!!

Stickerssssss 

 

 

These dope stickers are done by Sara Kim, super professional and these were knocked out in no time. LURVVVVVV!!!

I think I promised you pages for the next update, so here you go. (These are just inks, no story for you and in no particular order! Use your IMAGINATIONNNNN *SpongeBob voice*)

BAAAAAAAAM!!!!

Someone's jumping for you, like they purchased a Toyota!
Someone's jumping for you, like they purchased a Toyota!

 

Tears Floweth!
Tears Floweth!

DRAHHHMAAAA. So much drama is happening and I can't share so there :P Hope y'all enjoyed the teases. 

Now for the boring stuff. Or maybe not so boring.

As you see, we're trucking along and knocking these pages out. We're on schedule! Stickers are done and I'm looking for the best place/price to get them printed. I have the postcards en route and the enamel pins are being made.

Rewards are coming along nicely and I'm excited!

Surveys from Backerkit will be coming very soon! Please keep your peepers peeped and answer them. Thankque! OH! For those asking, yes, you can officially get your add-ons through backerkit!

Bingo Love tour is happening. Ok, not really a "tour", but I'm doing the comic con circuit to promote Bingo Love :) Here's my schedule where you can see me and get some Bingo Love goodies.

May 20th-21st: (Tomorrow!!!)  Five Points Festival Pier 36 NY, NY     

May 25th-28th: MegaCon Orlando Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida 

June 16th-18th: Heroes Con Charlotte Convention Center Charlotte, North Carolina 

August 19th & 20th: Flame Con Brooklyn Bridge Marriott Brooklyn, NY  

September 22nd-24th: Baltimore Comic Con Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD

Come on down, if you're in town and see me and get some Bingo Love goodies!

Look for this banner and you'll find me!
Look for this banner and you'll find me!

Welp. That's about it folks. Til next time, as the homie Jerry Springer says, "Take care of yourself...and each other."

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Oh? You thought I was done. HA! GOTCHA!!!!

SMOOCHES!!!

Rewards Update
23 days ago – Wed, May 03, 2017 at 07:57:14 PM

Howdy folks!!! 

Just wanted to check in and update you that rewards and stretch goals goodies (postcards, stickers, keychains, enamel pins, etc) are being ordered. I'm very excited that the ball is rolling.

The book is coming along pretty good. I know I sorta kinda promised a page when I update you, but...

Anyways, soon you'll be receiving an email from BACKERKIT. You can enter your shipping information and you can also add-on all types of goodies.

WHAT IS BACKERKIT?  

BackerKit is a service that helps us collect and organize all our backer information. The service was started four years ago by a fellow Kickstarter project creator. I've heard nothing but positive reviews from Backerkit and it's trusted and used by tons of Kickstarter projects.

HOW DO I FILL OUT THE BACKERKIT SURVEY? 

Just click the link in the email invite and follow the on-screen instructions from there. You will not need to create a login or password to fill out your survey - just follow the personalized link, and you’re good to go! 

If you want to go back to review or edit your responses, just click on the link in your survey email again, or enter your email address into the BackerKit project page to recover your survey link.  

CAN I ADD ITEMS OR CHANGE MY PLEDGE LEVEL IN BACKERKIT?  

Heck yeah ya can! You can add items and change your pledge level all from inside the BackerKit Survey. When you finish your survey questions you'll see the Add-On screen. Then you can add items to your reward (like an enamel pin), or you can click the "Want to upgrade to a different pledge level?" button.  

WHAT SHOULD I ENTER AS MY SHIPPING ADDRESS IF I MIGHT MOVE?  

Enter the shipping address that you expect to have in December 2017. Since the book won't be arriving until the end of the year, you don't even have to enter an address in the survey at this time. When we're close to shipping, we'll let you know and then you can enter your current address or modify the address.  

If you have any other questions, you can contact me at any time. 

Now that the boring news is out the way, here's something that I think is kinda cool. I'll be at Five Points Festival in NYC on May 20th & 21st and then at MegaCon Orlando in Orlando, Florida May 25th-28th. I'll have some Bingo Love goodies with me and I'd love to sign them for you and personally thank you for your help. 

Next update, I've got a page maybe two for you. K? Be blessed folks!

 Oh. One more thing. Some of you your pledges have dropped, so I'm going to be reaching out to see if you're still interested in pledging to Bingo Love. 

The Bingo Love Store is Open for Business
about 1 month ago – Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 08:50:55 PM

 C'mon in everyone, the Bingo Love store is now open! Quite a few of you have been asking how to order extra pins, postcards or even books. Now you can preorder everything that you've missed at the Bingo Love store.

Now, there are stipulations to the store and unfortunately I can't change them. If you are a backer you can purchase whatever your heart desires, but if you are NOT a backer, then you're only limited to the comics.

I want every backer to feel special, so that means only those who have backed can order postcards and pins, PLUS only the backers will have access to the extra stories by D.J. Kirkland, Marguerite Bennett and Asia Kendrick-Horton. You really mean the world to me and you are a Bingo Love family member. 

Have fun at the Bingo Love store and please feel free to continue to spread the word about Bingo Love! 

Thanks for everything!

- Tee

Watch & Draw on Kickstarter Live!!!
about 2 months ago – Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:51:10 PM

Wednesday evening 7pm EST, Jenn and I will be going live to talk about Bingo Love, plus Jenn will be drawing a cute page just for you. Be there or be...well...not there. 

In other news, we have over 1,000 backers and over $32k in pledges. 

 OHHH MYYY GAAARRSSSHHHH!!!

Some of you have been asking for a tier with 2 books, I'll be adding one later on today, so keep an eye out on that.

Thank you everyone for all of your support. I can't believe that this is happening. It's truly surreal.

See you Wednesday at 7PM on Kickstarter Live!!!

New Tiers & New Postcard!
2 months ago – Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 03:55:53 PM

Hey Everyone!!

I just want to say what an AMAZING 3 days this has been!!! We are a little over 60% funded to making Bingo Love a reality! The team couldn't do it without you!

I wanted to update you on a new postcard that artist Christina "Steenz" Stewart has sent in for tier B12.

 Isn't this just a beaut? ACK!

If you haven't seen Carla McNeil's variant cover yet, tier G60, here you go.

 And now for the new tiers!!!!

Someone asked to have a tier to donate books to LGBTQ and youth centers so, that tier has been created - I16. In this tier we're giving FREE shipping for this tier only. 

Finally, the last tier we have is a GAIL SIMONE SKYPE SESSION TIER! Check out tier G55, it's only one tier and I'm sure it's going to go fast.

Thanks again to everyone, on behalf of the team, we appreciate every single one of you.

-Tee