We crossed the $500,000 mark about an hour after my last update, making it official: half a million dollars of OOTS stuff. Mind you, before anyone thinks I'm buying a yacht with it or something, my best estimate is that around $200,000 of that is going strictly to the postage for shipping out the rewards! The rest is going to the print runs, the cost of the bonus prizes like the stickers and such, and other miscellaneous expenses. My income will largely be off of the sales of the books once they're reprinted and back on store shelves, which should trickle in over the course of the year. Still, it's an incredibly positive sign for the health of the comic and its readership, and I couldn't be happier that we've managed to get the books into so many people's hands with this pledge drive.
For those interested in more of my thoughts on the Kickstarter drive, Chris Sims (of Invincible Super-Blog fame) did an interview with me for Comics Alliance, a real website about real comic books. Personally, I was hoping for more questions about my deep and abiding love for the character of Aquaman, but what can you do? The man has to do his job. The interview was conducted last Thursday, so some of the information in it is already dated, but it's still a pretty good indication of my expectations and such. And I'm pretty sure it won't be the last interview you see from me on the subject. Wink.
Finally, we've added two more lines to the chart. They're purely informational while I work on the next goal, but they represent what we need to put us into the #5 slot in the list of all-time most funded Kickstarter drives, and what we need to be 1000% funded, or ten times the initial funding goal. I added them mostly because half the people in the Comments were talking about them anyway, so I might as well put them up here for everyone to see. So here's the chart:
So that's it for today. As always, thank you for all of the support and kind words that I've been getting every day in my email. It would seem like something about this pledge drive has inspired people who have never sent me a message or made a message board post to take this opportunity to tell me how much they enjoy the comic week in and week out, and it's more than a little humbling. After all this outpouring of support, I think I've added a few new lines to my internal chart that I will try my best to reach in order to be worthy of everything I've received from this drive, tangible and otherwise.
P.S. Oh, right. Something about a Mystery Prize, right? Well...
Elan brings us the latest StickTales adventure in the tradition of last year's Greenhilt, Prince of Denmark: The story of Haleo, heir to the roguish House of Starshine, as she falls in love with the fair and delicate Julelan. But she's shocked to learn that her new lover is the son of her father's sworn enemies, the power-hungry House of Tarquin! Will their love be doomed? Probably. But more importantly, will we milk 15 pages of jokes out of it first? Yes. Yes, we will.
P.P.S. Every pledge that's getting the other PDFs will get this one, too, so everyone over $10. This will definitely be the last PDF story added to the pledge drive, as I've already probably bitten off more work than I can chew.