Collecting the first year of d20monkey into a perfect bound, 156 page book filled with gaming, geeks, and dick jokes.
Hey guys! d20Monkey is a gaming webcomic created by gamer/cartoonist Brian Patterson. I am coming to you and Kickstarter in the hopes of creating and producing a collection of comics, pulled from the first year of d20monkey. This is my first Kickstarter project and I'll be honest, I'm as nervous as a virgin at a prison rodeo. I'm sure once a few days pass, my nerves will settle down. sure they will. Hopefully, this grabs your attention and you'll read on to the campaign below. Thanks so much for your time.
For more information on d20monkey visit www.d20monkey.com
d20Monkey: The Short Version
d20Monkey focuses on the lives of gamers and longtime friends, Sam and Brett. Throughout the comics contained within you will experience gamer habits and culture, game sessions based on unlkely holidays, witness fist fights with Santa Claus, and the wrath of a heartbroken DM. However, the most important thing I hope to bring across with this collection is my lifelong love of gaming and comics, packaged in an all-in-one tome.
What Makes First Edition Special?
Printed on high-quality paper, this 156 page of comic goodness measures 8” x 8” and collects every D20Monkey comic from October 2010 through November 2011. These comics include the first Christmas story, Sam’s introduction to Larry the DM, and the Evil Sam storyline. Additionally, I am going back through the archives correcting typos and reformatting the earliest comics to match the size/format of the current comics. In addition to the reformatted comics, First Edition also contains over 40-pages of bonus content including early character sketches, designs, notes, and full character bios. I love webcomics and digital medium but there is just something special about holding a comic or trade paperback in your hands. I want this collection to be above and beyond anything you’re expecting.
I Cannot Do This Without You
With your support, I want to do all of the work to make d20Monkey: First Edition a reality. For any cartoonist, a collection of work is a major milestone and serves to set the pace for years to come. I want to be that guy and I am asking you to help make that happen. As many of you already know, printing (especially full-color printing) is not cheap. All funding received will directly support the printing, freight shipping to me (that is a huge chunk) and the delivery of d20Monkey: First Edition and rewards with an estimated February 2013 release.
Okay guys! With the initial goal in the homestretch, here are the first Stretch Goals for the project. Some of which, I believe to be a nice mix of obtainable and ambitious.
What are the Reward Levels?
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Leading up to the launch of this campaign I've worked to reformat old comics for the book and the d20monkey site, as well as beginning the prep work needed to lay out the book. Over the course of the 30-day campaign, I will complete the layout process and additional content for the printer to roll into production as soon as possible. Regardless of whether or not the funding goal is met, I will have a full PDF ready to go. That said, there are a few things to keep in mind if the goal is met and the production process begins:
The books will be produced through a Canadian printer with overseas connections, resulting in an estimated 90-day turn around time for printing and freight shipment to my place here in Nashville. Granted, there are a lot of things that can hiccup along the way that are out of my hands (poor printing, shipping delays, etc) but I will not accept sub-standard quality of goods.
However, I conducted a lot of research before beginning this project, as well as consulting with other comic publishers for printer recommendations. I feel confident in the printers ability to deliver a quality product on schedule. If something does go wrong, you will know first, along with the steps being taken to correct any issues.
All of the backer rewards will be handled by my proven sources for t-shirts and prints. I have worked with these vendors many times over and have zero concern in their ability to deliver quality products on time. In regards to the one-of-a-kind boner fairy doll, Designs by Anna has assured me that a February due date will not be an issue.
I am a firm believer in constant communication and timely updates. As a backer, you will see the production process from start to finish and you will the first to know about any and all events during production. I want you to see where your dollars are going and share in the experience.
I am excited to make this book (and the rewards) happen. I took the time to research printers and vendors capable of delivering the products I want to offer, with the highest possible quality. It is a scary and exciting process but I know that with my design/printing background and your support I can make this happen.
Thanks so much for your time and consideration.
I do (and they're doozies) but I am more concerned with just hitting the goal at the moment. If the project passes the halfway mark at 4k, I'll post the first stretch goal. Yes, I used the word doozies. No shame.
Will the Exclusive Tee be available in ladies styles or different colors (for the folks who already have too many black tees)?
Yes and (probably) Yes. Once the campaign ends and I send the surveys to folks receiving tees you'll have a chance to specify mens or ladies styles and choose a color from a list of options. Usually when I order tees, I have to choose 1-2 colors for a large run but with this one-time-only deal I can mix and match to suit.
You may choose any cast member you like! Once the post campaign surveys go out, you'll have a chance to specify who you'd like in your book. I'm prepared to draw a lot of Larry's, Brett's, and Mel's.
I sure do. Check out this dragon Anna made.
Yep! The pre-gens are based on the casts player characters: Dagger McStabb III, Gerta Stonesong, Reginald The Brave, and Fynrir Silkenmane. I will also include Mel's old cleric character as well, Shene of the Blessed Equation.
I like to think so. I've been an active DM since I was 10-years old and I do have a list of professional design credits in the RPG industry. I've worked for Fantasy Flight Games, Bastion Press, EN Publishing, Kenzer & Co, White Wolf Publishing, and a handful of others. I stepped back from freelance design towards the end of the 3.5/OGL rush but I am always working on things for my own games. My short list of credits includes:
Traps and Treachery 1 & 2, Mythic Races, Seafarer's Handbook, The Path Series (Path of Magic, etc), The Weeping Tree, Arms and Armor, and Sorcery and Stream.
I also have the benefit of being surrounded by amazing folks who are honest, talented, and willing to lend me an ear. More than my eyes will have a look at the Alpha rules and it is my hope that the Beta/Playtest packet that hits your hands will be polished and absolutely ready to go through the paces.
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The Newbie: Your name will be printed on the credits/special thanks page amongst other backers. You will receive a PDF featuring a selection of sample strips from the book to introduce you and your friends to the world of d20Monkey. You have my sincere thanks and should we meet someday, a hearty handshake is coming your way. The heartiest of handshakes.Estimated delivery:
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The Supporter: You want to support d20Monkey but a copy of the book doesn't float your boat. At this level, your name will be printed in the book, you'll receive a PDF sampler, and you'll receive an exclusive 8.5 x 11 print featuring cover art from d20Monkey: First Edition International backers: $3 added to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Beginner: Your name will be printed amongst other backers inside the book and you'll receive a full PDF version of d20Monkey: First Edition and the signed exclusive 8.5 x 11 cover print. The full PDF is available to higher reward tiers as well by special request. International backers please add $3 to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Casual Gamer: Your name will be printed inside the book, youʼll receive the signed exclusive 8.5 x 11 cover print, the PDF, and a signed copy of the book. International backers please add $10 to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Gamer: Your name will be printed inside the book, you'll receive the exclusive 8.5 x 11 cover print, the PDF, and a copy of the book with an autograph and character sketch inside the book. International backers please add $10 to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Well-Dressed Gamer: Your name will be printed inside the book and you will receive a copy of the book with an autograph and a character sketch, as well as the exclusive 8.5 x 11 cover print. At this level, you will also receive an exclusive d20monkey t-shirt commemorating this campaign. International backers please add $10 to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Couple That Games Together: Your names will be printed inside the book and you will receive 2 copies of the book (each with autographs and character sketches), 2 prints, and 2 PDFs. International backers please add $10 to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Art Fan: Your name will be printed inside the book and you will receive a copy of the book with an autograph and a character sketch. You will also receive the 8.5 x 11 cover art print and a separate full-color digital commission. Just tell me which character you want and I will make it happen. International backers please add $10 to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Collector: Your name will be printed inside the book and you will receive a copy with an autograph and a character sketch. the 8.5 x 11 cover art print, the exclusive t-shirt, and a separate full-color digital commission. International backers please add $10 to cover shipping.Estimated delivery:
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The Dungeon Master: Your name will be printed inside the book and you will receive a copy with an autograph and a character sketch. the 8.5 x 11 cover art print, the exclusive t-shirt, a separate full-color digital commission AND I will create a custom, full-color map for a location specific to your campaign (a single dungeon, tower, guildhall, etc).Estimated delivery:
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The Fanatic: You receive all previous rewards (name, print, book, sketch, tee, art, map) plus, I will draw you in a cameo role in a d20monkey strip (during 2013). Donʼt worry, youʼll be classy. So classy. Unless you don't want to be classy. I can do that too.Estimated delivery:
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The Personal Fairy: You receive all previous rewards (name, print, book, sketch, tee, art, an appearance in d20Monkey, and a custom map) plus a one-of-a-kind felt boner fairy doll hand-crafted by Anna Walker of Designs by Anna. This doll will inspire your friends and frighten your enemies.Estimated delivery:
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