First and foremost, thank you everybody who pledged to this project. It's amazing and gratifying that enough people believe in these weird-ass comics. You've really made my year.
It's been a very eventful week and change in the Jensen household. Come along with me, won't you, and let's revisit.
We launched on Monday, February 4th. I posted on Facebook and by the end of the next day we were already 1/4 of the way there.
On Tuesday, February 5th my wife's biological father, who she'd just been reunited with after 30 years, died. She wrote a really beautiful thing about it here. I would literally be nothing without my wife - she's the rock that makes my life possible and I love her forever.
On Wednesday, February 6th Kickstarter picked the book as a Staff Pick and put it in the weekly newsletter. Thank you, Kickstarter! It's obvious that my book is... a little different from most of the comics projects here, so this really helped. By the end of the week, we would be 3/4 funded.
On Thursday, February 7th my son Henry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He'd been getting up a lot in the middle of the night to pee so we decided to have him checked and thankfully we caught it. My boy is a ridiculous, charismatic genius and he might just have a little cartoonist in him if this is any indication. My wife took him to Children's Hospital in Seattle while I stayed back with our daughter because.
On Friday, February 8th I took my daughter Rylie to the annual father-daughter Valentine's dance in our small town. It was really important for me to take her because I knew that things were going to be tough on her for the next little while. Here she is dancing with her bestie. She is an incredibly kind, considerate and clever girl who we adopted last year and has belonged with us since the moment we met her.
On Saturday, February 9th Rylie and I took the ferry to the mainland to be with them. Here's a picture of a cloud from the trip. When she got to the hospital, they both exploded with sheer joy at seeing each other.
On Sunday, February 10th we all came home. The past week has been spent getting used to the ins and outs of living with diabetes, for Henry and for all of us.
All of the people I have been talking to about this have told me that in addition to doing everything I can for him, I need to find something for myself and give myself permission to do it. Cloud Stories is my "thing for myself." I'm super excited to finish this book. More pages will be posted when the campaign ends.
If we keep getting pledges, I'm talking to the printer about nicer paper stock and color signatures. We'll see where we end up.
I'm also going to donate 10% of the final profits from this book to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
Here's a bonus for backers: a new rare non-Cloud Stories comic called Trickster Loses Most Of His Penis. Potentially NSFW due to non-realistic illustrated genitals. Enjoy!