This is just a quick note to thank everybody who's pledged to the Thrilling Tales project - today we met the goal!
But this is also a reminder that as I said at the beginning, the goal was just a figure that I believed we could reach. The project's costs will be far above and beyond that goal, and it falls on me to make up the difference. So in the midst of victory.... more is even better! If you've come late to the party, don't assume that there's no point in your pitching in. Believe me... there is!
The Thrilling Tales are densely illustrated, lightly interactive stories set in Retropolis, my world of the retro future. Retropolis embodies the kind of future people dreamed about in the 1920s and 1930s - those days when we were *really good* at imagining the future - full of faithful robots, personal rocket ships, and the fascinating, if disturbing, inventions that pour out of the Experimental Research District. (The accent there is on "Mental".)
The stories can be read in their entirety at the web site (for free!) or purchased as full color books (not for free!).
In a lot of ways this is like a webcomic site. But because of the nonlinear nature of the stories and the length of time it takes me to illustrate them the interactive Tales can't be published like a webcomic, with one or two updates a week. The interactive Tales are a pretty big helping of story that comes in large, infrequent scoops.
Which, of course, is the ultimate plan.
Up to now I've built the site and its system for displaying stories; I've spent six months illustrating Part One, "Trapped in the Tower of the Brain Thieves"; I've designed and released the book version of that story; and now I need to dive back in again to make two stories at once while the site grows into its adult form. That's another six months of work, at least, and very likely more.
And of course I've done all of this, up to now, with my own resources. The project's been subsidized by the sales of T-Shirts, posters and other merchandise, mainly from my Retropolis web site.
And that's where Kickstarter - and you - enter the picture. Kickstarter backers can give me an opportunity to take this next step in the best Telethon style, by taking home some rewards while helping the Thrilling Tales to grow up.
The hardest thing for me has been to decide how high to set the goal here. Because if we don't meet the goal, none of the funding becomes available and we all sit there wondering what the heck happened.
The fundraising goal I've set is nowhere near enough to fund the whole project... because it has to be a goal that I think we can reach. So if this project reaches "100% funded" status, you shouldn't be shy. Just do the math on about eight months of work spread across the amount that's been raised - less the cost of the rewards - and you'll see what I mean.
Update! Read the latest for information about this guy... The Clockwork Book.
- (70 days)