I HAZ A BOX.
I wonder what is in the box?
Hmm, things wrapped in paper. NOT FOR LONG!
WHOA! It's my advance copies of the Smoke/Ashes cased hardback and the tpb!
It's so... thick! Both the cased hardback and the tpb! (Also, hey, fellow old art people! Ruler might bring back memories.)
The print quality is gorgeous. Oh, Dark Horse, you understand how classy it is to be matte.
Hey look! Here's the tip-in sheet in the cased hardback (what YOU will be getting) that I signed!
So pretty. *snif*
"So heavy", says our spokesmodel. ("Mommy made a book. Can I have candy now? I done a poop.")
This is what you are getting. Once again, thank you so, so much for your patience (I am so ashamed the project is late) and your support/ cheerful messages/ all around general awesomeness. The only reason this book exists today is because of YOU.
We are also getting fabulous posters with the Smoke/Ashes tpb cover on one side, and Francesco's Grindhouse #1 cover on the other, to send to retailers. I might have enough left over to send to backers... but I'd have to fold the poster (it's 11x17) to get it in to your mailing boxes with the book. Poster? Do you want? OPINE.
HEY ALEX. HOW COME YOU HAZ A BOOK, WHEN WE NO HAZ BOOKS. Dark Horse only got about four books airmailed to them... the price for airmailing me the books directly from China was, seriously, $4-5,000. So, that wasn't going to happen.
The books are set to arrive via boat at Dark Horse in Oregon on or around Sept 13, then they need to be ground shipped to me (so I will get around Sept 19 or 20). I will be ready with boxes and tape, and will package things up as fast as I can. However, this means that you are unlikely to get your books before your comic book store has them. I am super sorry about that. The financial cost of getting them over here early was just more than I could bear. Literally, I estimate that within 3 days of the books arriving in my garage I will have sent all of them out to you via Media Mail (domestic) and Priority Mail (non-US). Just remember, if anyone is like HA I GOT MY TRADE COPY FASTER THAN YOU GOT YOUR KICKSTARTER COPY just remind them that you've been able to read the complete Ashes since February via Comixology.
I also wanted to address head-on any Sullivan's Sluggers style concern you might have. (Sullivan's Sluggers was a project which raised far more than its goal, printed up thousands more books than were pledged for, then ran out of money and didn't ship a good portion of its international orders). Yes, the books are bigger and heavier than originally planned. Yup, I spent all the money on art. Yup, I have enough savings and credit card space to send you all your books. It won't be pretty for me, financially, but my heart will be rejoicing to be getting you the books you pledged for so long ago. Every book will be packaged up with a little squee of delight and happiness.
And oh, the books. Have I mentioned that they are beautiful? All credit to Dark Horse's design department. Without them, these books could not have been nearly as gorgeous as they are.
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Our undying love and affection. And a hug from Alex if you ever see her at a convention.Estimated delivery:
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Exclusive serialised digital version of ASHES (via the awesome folks at Comixology). Get the book a year before everyone else as chapters are released to you in seven instalments (chapters 1 & 2 will ship together) when finished! This digital serialised edition is ONLY available to Kickstarter participants!Estimated delivery:
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368 backers Limited (132 left of 500)
Beautiful hardback limited edition of ASHES, out of a one-time-only numbered print run of 1,000. This may be the ONLY time the book is ever printed, and it is ONLY available to Kickstarter participants. Once it's gone, it's gone! If there is a trade edition it will ship at least 6 months after this one. Plus you receive the serialised digital edition too! (And a hug.) We ship these books free, to anywhere.Estimated delivery:
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71 backers Limited (29 left of 100)
The limited, numbered hardback edition, signed and dedicated to the reader by both Alex and Jimmy. A great present for a friend or loved one! Plus the digital, serialised version and the hug.Estimated delivery:
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8 backers Limited (17 left of 25)
::UNLOCKED REWARD!!!::: A signed, dedicated limited hardback edition of Ashes PLUS a signed, dedicated print edition of Valentine Book 1 (which has been made possible by exceeding the Ashes funding goal -- THANK YOU!!!), the digital, serialised edition of Ashes, and the hug.Estimated delivery:
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16 backers Limited (19 left of 35)
RETAILER BUNDLE! For comic stores only. Five numbered, limited edition hardbacks (4 unsigned, 1 signed) PLUS bundled digital versions you can sell in your store starting Jan 2012. If we are funded, stores purchasing this bundle will be the only place latecomers can buy Ashes in 2012. For more details & a full explanation of how this works, see Update 3. We deliver worldwide but Aus/NZ/Asia we will need to charge you a bit extra to ship the hardbacks.Estimated delivery:
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4 backers Limited (21 left of 25)
A signed and dedicated colour galley proof from the book. Each proof is a unique page; there are no doubles. Plus the limited hardback edition, signed and dedicated to the reader by both Alex and Jimmy, and the digital, serialised version and the hug.Estimated delivery:
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10 backers Limited (15 left of 25)
A signed, dedicated limited edition, plus the inclusion of your name in the front of the book in this edition plus ALL future editions in a "special thanks". Plus the unique signed and dedicated colour galley proof, the digital, serialised version and the hug.Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)
A signed, dedicated limited edition, with your name included in "special thanks" AND a hand-drawn cover that is uniquely yours. Each of the 20 covers will be different. Plus the unique signed and dedicated colour galley proof, the digital, serialised version and the hug.Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)
An original piece of painted art from the glorious, gorgeous, fully-painted section of the book. This is the ONLY art from the book that will ever be for sale. Plus the signed, dedicated limited edition, with your name included in "special thanks", the unique signed and dedicated colour galley proof, and the digital, serialised version and the hug.Estimated delivery:
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Become a secondary character in the book! Your name and likeness given to an important supporting character. We have great characters for both men and women (and a particularly good pair suitable for a m/f or f/f couple). Plus the unique signed and dedicated colour galley proof, the signed, dedicated limited edition, with your name included in "special thanks", and the digital, serialised version and the hug.Estimated delivery:
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