Two Lumps has been around for over a decade and has become a household name in snarky cat comics. At every convention, fans ask us for new lines of merch. But for the first time, we are reaching out to ask the fans to help us get those new lines of merch off the ground! New shirts! Book reprints! Meet and greets! We can do it all, with your help!
Risks and challenges
We're only asking for funding levels at or above what fans have already been willing to pay per unit for previous iterations and designs of products, but those always have had a "trickle-in" payback due to selling at conventions etc. that has resulted in straggling profit and no re-investing potential. Recently, we've had an extremely hearty (even pushy) fanbase reaction asking us to crowdsource our new designs so we can get them off the ground fast and quickly re-invest in new variations on the crowd-pleasing designs.
We've tried to space our rewards and potential stretch goals to include personal appearances and original art that is already created, so there is no risk of being unable to meet the requirements of the larger goals, as the rewards already exist. Everyone wins! Many rejoicing! Wow!
UPDATE 3/4: WOW. You guys have blown our socks off! We're scrambling to price out new ideas and requests to keep up with y'all, but here's what we've got in the pipe:
$5000 stretch goal - MET!
New Limited Edition shirt design will be offered in "aged newsprint" tan, black and white! No longer are you held hostage to a single hue!
$6000 stretch goal - MET!
ALL donation tiers above $10 get stickers added! A little extra madness for everyone.
$7000 stretch goal - ON HOLD: NEW AND IMPROVED UPDATE!
Thanks to wisdom of Kickstarter mentors, we are now putting the cart BEHIND the horse! So first: NEW OFFERINGS!
New shot glass designs involving Archie, AKA Angry Fish! (If you wish to add this reward to an existing donation, send a message), and will be available in the regular site store after Kickstarter completion, but backers get first shipping (and the likelihood of glasses being licked by the actual 'loafs). And I mean really, who doesn't need a rage-fish floating in a shot of their favorite beverage?
Also: DUNN DA DA DUNNNN! The item you've all been asking for! The one! The only! TWO-SIDED COFFEE SHIRRRRRRRRRRT! Yes, thanks to all y'all, we are now FINALLY able to offer the combo shirt you've been asking for for years! "Not Enough Coffee" on the front, and "Too Much Coffee" on the back, so you can swap as your mood and caffeine levels shift. PLUS, if we get more than 150 pre-orders for this design, we will have an extra bonus for shirt backers! Hit this Super Secret Side Goal to find out! (Super-secretness not guaranteed, in fact, likelihood of super-secret goal increases the more you talk about and share it. Void where prohibited. Do not lick super-secret fun shirt.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Due to the way we create the comic, there is no original art of any full strip. J pencils and inks individual pieces of the characters in the poses we need and/or with the props required (usually 2-4 per page), and those pieces are scanned in. Coloring, shading, backgrounds, and lettering are all done entirely digitally, so there is literally no original art of those steps in the process. What we are offering is the original pencilled/inked line art of the characters that was scanned and used, signed and customized to you as you wish. If you want the character art from a specific strip and we still have it, we will absolutely accommodate.
HOWEVER, since so many people asked, we are now looking at adding a separate tier to print out specific strips on high photo-quality paper and send them signed. If that is what you were expecting when you pledged for original art, or you just like that idea better, you will absolutely have the option to swap your reward.
"I want to pledge an amount for two smaller rewards rather than the tier my pledge adds up to. Can I do that?"
Absolutely! Just message us via the kickstarter, and select the highest limited number reward you are looking for in your initial donation. We will take note and update the remaining number on the other reward, if it is also limited. Otherwise we will just take note and send you the proper rewards after the Kickstarter finishes.
To quote my Grammy: "Aw Hayell naw!" We have plans within plans, both for new rewards based on stretch goals (because we can afford to produce them, holy carp), and other reward tiers based on what people are showing to want/prefer.
But on the other side: This isn't an online store. It's a fundraising initiative to back and get ideas for what people WANT in the online store. So if you are wanting something in particular and don't see it, don't just walk away; MESSAGE US! It might be the "Holy dogsnax, that's brilliant, we must make it immediately" that we are looking for! (I know, we are looking to make products that people actually WANT, it's crazy.)
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