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Hi - I can't remember if you sent out surveys for addresses etc, back around the original deadline, but if you did, will you be sending follow up emails closer to delivery to reconfirm old or get current addresses, as I know that mine has changed. Thanks!
Trying to be respectful and considerate. This is getting ridiculous, I am not happy. I am considering never helping anyone on kickstarter again because of this. I am really upset and feel as if this was a giant mistake, i would rather have my money back then actually get this project.
My comment below was not intended to be harsh, it was the truth about how I flet after reading the update about this project, basically frustrated. I apoligize for it sounding that way. Bryan, if you send me a message on Facebook about my coment, then block me, how exactly am I supposed to reply? That's a bit unprofessional.
I've always responded to email messages as quickly as possible. I'm sorry I've not visited the comments section as I believed the updates showed proof of what I was saying has happened. I can only provide you transparent updates with what's going on. If people want to fabricate intricate stories of what "could be" happening, I can't stop that, people are just going to make stuff up and run with it.
As for suspecting something is up because I ran multiple campaigns? I can explain this very simply. My background is game development and when you run a game development studio you need projects to build your company. The more projects you can run, the bigger you can build your team and the smoother things can run. For example, had we been successful with the Red Queen game, we would have been able to bring in additional artists to work on the game and contribute to the graphic novel (since the graphic novel art was going to be used in the game), This would have been a double win.
I've also explained in an entire update what happened to all of the money that was raised; it went to the rewards. People either didn't read this update or "forgot" about it when saying I'm being secretive about finances. The opposite, I've been as transparent as possible.
Why is the book taking so long? Easy, we had budgeted for more people to work on it. When the rewards came in at higher cost than estimated during the campaign, all of that money went out the window. We're now working on the book and paying out of pocket for additional artists to get this done as quickly as possible.
For me, going a month without an update means things are moving along. I get now some people want to take this as a negative thing and that's ok. We're going to finish this, get it out and be done with it. I know it's taken forever. I can only say it's frustrating to me as well so many times but I seem to be damned if I do, damned if I don't. If I don't make frequent updates, people start making up stories about how we're abandoning the project. If I do update and it's not what people want to hear, I get attacked with name calling and assaults on my character and even people going so far to look up my personal information and posting it online so they can make personal threats at me. All over delays.
The book will get done. I'm providing updates with proof it's being worked on. I can't let what people say anymore bother me because they're so stubborn they want to believe what they think over the facts I provide and there's nothing I can do about that. As I said before, everyone will get what they pledged for and then they can decide what they want about the project.
I can't believe how long this book is taking to get finished. I don't like hearing that another artist will be working on it either, if their art style is different than Simon's. There's nothing I hate more when reading a comic or graphic novel than when artwork suddenly looks different. Three years to finish this is rediculous.
It's not about people being haters, it's the lack of communication. It takes less than a minute to write a few words and just to hear anything is better than silence. Regardless of how over due a project is, as long as the backers are kept in contact with, there wouldn't be a problem. People can be very understanding, but if they are kept in the dark, what are they supposed to think?
Ignore the haters, take all the time you need :) Nobody wants a rushed product and I for one am happy to be part of your experience with understanding the realistic logistical nightmare that this process can be. How else do we learn - can't wait, my wife will be thrilled when she gets her hands on it.
Yeah, I'll take my refund now as well!! Two years to make a book is ridiculous. My daughter doesn't even want it anymore.
this is just ridiculous now, 2 years on and it appears from FB that Bryan has moved on to other projects and this project will never see the light of day. so disappointed I think refunds need to be made and very soon!
It's no wonder he can't find anyone to help him finish this project. Look how terribly it's been managed up until now.
TWO YEARS LATER - and we all have NOTHING. You have $18,000 - and we have NOTHING.
As investors we need communication wih Brian. When he does not respond to investors and the updates he puts dont even make scense and contradict each other, of course people would question if this project is legit and we have the right as investors to ask for a refund if we dont see any progress inside the time he said it would get done.
To the people who are questioning if the project is real... It is. I am Todd Kinsley... The music composer who created the custom soundtrack for the project. I was indeed paid, as Bryan stated in his last update. In fact, I have worked on many projects with Bryan over the years (primarily video games). Regarding this project, I have viewed in-progress versions of the book. They exist. In fact, I've read multiple in-progress rough versions of the complete book, with rough art in place. Each of the versions I received had progressed from the last, including a version that to me appears to be a complete graphic novel, with art, but in black-and-white, because it has not been colored yet. I am definitely not a graphic novel expert, but I do know what a comic book looks like, and the most current version I was sent (several months ago) is a PDF of a complete black-and-white comic book. It does exist, and has been progressing. It is also quite good.
My involvement with the project ended several weeks ago when the soundtrack was completed and released, however I have no reason to believe that work stopped on the book. I have seen Bryan do amazing things in the past with little budget, and I'm quite certain that is what he's doing now. I know he believes in this project 100%, and I'm certain he is doing all he can to complete it as quickly as possible under the circumstances, and up to the artistic standards everyone is expecting. I can understand your frustration with the timeline, as I am a backer too, and I am very much looking forward to the final project. However indie projects, and sometimes even huge multimillion dollar projects, run into snags that push timelines out further than expected. I can tell you that if Bryan has to spend time trying to defend the project, and deal with online personal attacks, that time is being directly subtracted from the time he is spending working on the book. The personal attacks are having the exact opposite effect you want them to have. They only slow progress on the books.
I'm not typically one for online sparring matches, but after reading some of the comments being posted here, I felt I had to step-in and say something in defense of the project and Bryan.
@Chad Smith, lol good luck on getting a refund.
I'm still excited for this project and can't wait on getting the books in due time.
I want a refund.
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The longer this streaches out, especially without any communication, the more I think this was a scam and the more I am pissed off.
I gave you couple hundred dollars. I am, and I think most of us, are not made of money and are struggling financially with the government, banks and everyone else with their hands in our pockets helping themselves to our money and hate to be taken for a ride. I cant afford to throw money away, I am a disabled person who has major chronic pain everyday and finds it tough to find any job my illness can handle and just to survive day to day without wanting to give up. The longer I live the more I see humans in general are selfish and would step over their own grandmother if it meant they make a few extra dollars.
Please any kind of update with photos will go along way to put backers faith that this project is real.
Is everything else ready, except the actual book, like the plush etc?
Wow, this is actually nearing 2 years.
Any new information you can give us backers?
What are the chances of you increasing your communication with everyone. I know for me an email every 2-3 weeks with the actual progress being made would make a world of difference. An email every week or so that had just a couple of lines; 110/110 pages sketched, 110/110 pages with text, 25/110 pages colored, 10/110 pages checked for errors. I don't know what goes making a comic but you could cut and paste the example every week and simply update the numbers.
Since this was supposed to be sent out I've moved and my 12 month postal redirect has expired. I guess it's good to know I definitely won't receive anything rather than constantly wondering like everyone else now.
How much longer do you expect the project to take since we are now a year and five months out from the funding of the project?
2 years to create a comic? Wow, just wow.
And no, I've said this before, I am the game maker. If I'm doing anything with games it's not involving Simon's time. Rest assured he's concentrated on our book :)
Hey Sara, we've been updating monthly with progress. Are you not getting the updates?
Any update? I hope the game is not holding back the comic. :)
Hey Richard, I apologize for such time between updates. It was a case of holding off to see how much work we could have gotten done so our update would be more positive than "we're still working". Unfortunately a few attempts to bring help on board didn't work out. I'll try to keep updates coming more regularly, it's just tough when there's no huge milestone to announce. As of right now our schedule has the first pass of the 110 page book completed by the first week of September. We're working around the clock to achieve a timely delivery and still achieve the quality everyone is expecting. We're very happy everyone is so patient with us and we will make sure it's well worth the wait. Thank you!
You had said back in may (your 2nd to last update) that the book should be finished in June/July, and since it is nearing the end of july, i was just curious.
You hadn't posted an update since May 28th, so i haven't missed anything..
Sounds like you're hard at work. I'm sure we all agree that we care more about a nicely finished product than the time it takes to produce. Keep up the good work.
@Richard, are you not receiving the updates? We have been keeping everyone up to date as we make progress. Our last update explained and apologized for being behind on the book. We're working as fast as we can to get the book finished. I will provide more updates as we progress. Again, thank you for your patience and apologies all around. We greatly underestimated the amount of time to put the entire book together but remain committed to a quality final product.
I was wondering if you had any new information about the progress and when the rewards will start shipping?
Hello, how is it all going? Well I hope! :)
@Sara, I've sent out two updates talking about the books being pushed back to June/July. The entire 88 page book plus the 22 page stretch goal really created a big workload. We're working on it as quickly as we can while making sure our end product will be of high quality.
Hey, any update on when everything will be ready? :)
@Jenna, I'm sorry for the delay but as I said in the update, with added work in the stretch goal, an already tight deadline for the book and the lack of being able to bring another artist on board, we had to push the date out. Unfortunately this affects everything, including the rewards as we can't afford to send out rewards as a separate shipment than the books. Again, I apologize for the delay but we're working hard to make sure everything is the highest quality for when you do finally receive it.
Hi, I was wondering about your latest update; One of the reasons I backed this was to get the miniature figurine by at least March. This is because I was planning on giving the figurine as a b-day present early April. Thanks.
@Connie, The $40 level was for people who wanted the hardcover edition of the book without the extra rewards. That's why it was listed as "Exclusive" and listed everything it came with. If you'd have pledged $30 you would get a softcover edition of the book and the t-shirt. HC editions of books are much more expensive to produce. Sorry for the confusion.
$40 level should include tshirt because under rewards it says for pledges above $30, or I would have just pledged $30.
OG i saw the plushie in the other kickstarter and i must say it looks wicked awesome
Bryan and Simon, and the backers
Happy Thanksgiving eveyone
Chris, send me a private message and we can talk.
I see that you tried this campaign once before this one and it failed. Can I ask what you did differently to make this one a success?
Thank you so much! It just goes to show, the only way you can truly fail is by giving up. Setbacks always will exist!
Great to see so many friends here, from adventure game Kickstarter projects! Hello, friends :-)
@Bryan: Isn't it interesting to note that your exclusive hardcover tier, by itself, exceeded the original funding target? It goes to show that people enjoy nice, high quality things, intriguing storytelling, and are willing to pay for it. Only lately have I heard of your recent setbacks, and I'm firmly in the "don't give up, Bryan!!" camp. I'd love to see this project blossom into a "new lease on life" for your team. I'd like to extend a genuine, hearty & heart-felt, congratulations to you on this book & soundtrack, as a fan from the community you're most associated-with (*hint* *hint*). Best of luck to you, and a *wink* *wink* back to you, regarding the juicy tidbits dispensed in the update comments...
Congrats guys, looking forward to next year! :D