We're pretty floored by the massive show of support for this project. The campaign brought in a total of $51,995. While we did anticipate making our goal, we didn't realize we would meet it nearly 26 times! I'm happy to see that enthusiasm for this project is still out there, and it certainly gives us a lot of confidence to make projects like this going forward.
Our progress: We already signed a work order contract for the printing of the books, so once we have the files ready, we should be ready to send them off to begin the process of printing. All during this campaign, Jason Caffoe has been hard at work polishing the page files and preparing them for press. In effect, we're "restoring" the book.
Warning! Technical jargon: Because we're using a 4-color process (Cyan/Magenta/Yellow/Black) to print even the black and white pages in the book, this means we have to strip the dialogue text out of each page file and set the words on their own clean layer to be printed in 1-color black. With toned and shaded artwork, being slightly off register (misaligned colors) with the images is hardly noticeable, but you don't want that happening with the text. End Technical Jargon.
In short, we're taking careful steps to ensure the final product is brought up to the level of quality in the Amulet series, and everything else we produce today. With the benefit of 7 years of experience gained since Daisy Kutter was first printed, we are able to bring this book to life in a way we previously didn't know how!
Once the books are printed and shipped to us, I will begin the process of signing and sketching books (over 1000 copies to draw in!) and we will be boxing up the books and start shipping orders out in waves. We will let you know when this happens, and ask you for the most current mailing address at the time. Until then, sit back and relax while we provide you with updates on our progress and any exciting related news.
A huge thanks to...
Jake Parker has, for a long time, been like a wingman or partner-in-crime on these comics projects. His portfolio inspired me to post my own, and when I started Flight, he was the first artist I thought to approach. We drew our comics for Flight concurrently, and I would say that the other artists seeing us post those first pages was instrumental in making that project work. And now, after sitting on this Kickstarter project for months, I saw Jake take the plunge and felt compelled to follow him in. Thanks Jake, for being such an inspiration, on many levels.
Kurt Busiek is a man I don't know well, but feel I do because of my close ties to Scott, Ivy, Sky, and Winter McCloud, and their even closer ties to him. I felt his support for this project was really instrumental in really getting the word out to a lot of comics fans. And to have such a talented writer back your work means a lot. Thank you so much, Kurt!
My wife Amy is probably the biggest supporter of my comics, and without
her help, I wouldn't be able to do any of these projects, so thank you
Jason and Gordon, my studiomates. Of course. Without Jason this book wouldn't look nearly as awesome as it does now in this edition, and without Gordon we wouldn't be able to create such an awesome digital version of our comics. Speaking of digital, more news on that soon...
All of the proper thank yous will make this post far too long. I watched so many of you support this project heavily on twitter and facebook, and I appreciated every mention or retweet. To keep this short, I'll just end it here and thank the many friends and family that supported this project individually, or in person. But thank you all sooo much. It really means a lot.
And to keep with the tradition of passing folks along to other Kickstarter projects that look interesting, I really like the look of this one: TEDDY-1. Help back this project, because I would love to get a copy of these books.
Thank you, again, for not only purchasing a copy of this book to own,
but in giving us the kind of support we would need to make books like
this possible. See you again soon when the book is ready to send to press!