Well, so apparently when a freight company says "the books will be there at 9am" they mean "if you badger us incessantly we MIGHT just pull our finger out and get them to you by 3pm". By which time I was so full of sugary breakfast products, caffeine and stress they needed a spatula to scrape me off the ceiling. We still got 35 books out yesterday, though!
Should have the rest of the $60 and up books out today, and some or all of the retailer books.
Overseas shipping is costing a TON (first class airmail is $20 to Canada and $30 to Rest of World, which means for the $30 pledges your entire pledge went to shipping). So, yeah. Weep for me and my mastercard bill. They're all going out by the end of this week dammit, so don't worry. I have it sorted (loans from family, credit card increase, etc). However if you happen to have more money than you need right now and fancy paypalling me a bit extra to cover shipping, it's firstname.lastname@example.org. If not, that's cool too. You'll get your book no matter what.
Here's what the signature stickers look like in place -- I'm having un-shrinkwrap the book and stick all them in for the retailers because it really isn't fair to ask stores to do that. The individual $60 and up backer books are coming shrinkwrapped with the sig stickers in the bubblewrap bag with the book, so you get to arrange the stickers as you see fit :)
Keep my spirits up! If you get your book and want to photo the unboxing/share your impressions/squee at me, please either comment below or send me a tweet at @alexdecampi !
WE'RE ALMOST THERE.
Oh, and here is a really nice, spoiler-free review of the book from Fanboy Comix.
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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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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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