Hello everybody. Let me echo Michael's sentiment of sincere and heartfelt gratitude. It has been so wonderful to see the community of friends and admirers rally around this project. It's reinforced the notion that what we're doing here is both valued and desirable to a degree we never could have anticipated. Michael and I are both ecstatic about finally being able to bring this book to as a beautifully produced work of art in and of itself. It's been sitting on my hard drive for over a year now, and we cannot wait to put it into you waiting hands.
When this campaign started, I'll admit that I went into it with a wholly experimental mindset. While I've published small things via print on demand services such as Lulu, and a fully produced sketchbook from the brilliantly talented Shelly Wan last year, this is certainly my first try at something of this magnitude. I've always wanted to publish on a larger scale, the one thing holding me back was the financial aspect of it all. Frankly, it's a LOT of money to be asking a crowd of strangers for. So, after weeks of research, some coaching from my mentor Allen Spiegel (who publishes the BEST art books in the business, bar none), much research and many, many drafts of proposals, press releases and other bits and bobs, I felt prepared to embark upon this grand adventure. Would it work? Could we REALLY succeed?
Well. Not even four days later, and here we are already. The speed at which this has all happened is astounding. Both Michael and I are absolutely FLOORED by the amount of support and enthusiasm people have demonstrated. We've had serious industry giants tweet about it. We've had Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool get behind us in a big way. We've had pledges from literally all over the world. I see the twitter feeds out there, and I observe people talking about this project in a myriad of different languages. And while I certainly can't read them all, it is wonder to know so many people the whole world over are watching and cheering us on.
So once again, and though we'll never be able to say it enough to convey the depth of appreciation we have every single one of you, we'll keep saying it: THANK YOU.