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The final Volume for the main plot to Dubious Company!  This book will complete the long journey of Walter and his friends.
The final Volume for the main plot to Dubious Company! This book will complete the long journey of Walter and his friends.
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Dubious Company Volume 3! Kickstarter! This is it folks! The final book in the Dubious Company Trilogy! If you're here then you know who Elaine and I are, and you know how amazing Dubious Company is! If you just stumbled upon this Kickstarter, please check out the start of our wonderful comic here

Wait, Final Book? Is Dubious Company Ending?

For the most part yes, Dubious Company has been running for almost a decade and Elaine and I both feel that we should end the current plot. I've run out of story to write and Elaine has run out of pages to draw. But we're giving the story a great ending, and we're running this final Kickstarter as a last celebration for such wonderful fans!

Super Shipper's Special!

We here at Tiny Blue Dragon Studio (AKA: Elaine Tipping and Ben Hsu) don't officially endorse any particular romantic pairing (or "ship") amongst our characters. But we do love it when they get mentioned amongst our fans. 

Given this is the last Dubious Company project we'll see for a long while, we figured, "Hey, let's let our fans indulge." Add on $35 dollars to your pledge and we will include a sketch card with your favorite Dubious Company pairing (or tripling if you that's your head-canon) in a pose you suggest. This will be a colored drawing and original artwork by Elaine. 

Note: Don't pick the reward level. DO NOT pick the reward level. Send me a private message telling me what you'd like, then add $35 dollars onto your pledge. I will handle the paperwork from there.

We've gotten requests for this at conventions and it always turns out super cute, so we're looking forward to see what you guys request.

What's With Your Reward Levels?

Rewards are basically split into two "paths." 

1. Dubious Company Volume 3 + Swag.

2. Dubious Company Volumes 1,2 and 3 + Dust Jackets.

Please check your reward level carefully to make sure you're getting the reward you want. If you're really confused check the handy visual charts we've created below:

Art and Updates!

Cover is Penciled! Here's the initial design for the cover of Volume 3!

Inked version of the cover!

 Now in color!

Stretch Goals!

We'll be releasing more stretch goals as we meet them.

$5500 - A short story (in comic form) will be added to the book. The story will be separate from the main plot, but still involve your favorite Dubious Company characters!

$6500 - Interviews! Elaine and I will interview each other and put the transcripts into the book. Questions will be taken from family, friends and fans!

Is It Really Over? I Wanted More!

I'm sorry, but Elaine and I both know when it's time to end a story. But, there's still hope. There's still plenty of things to explore in the Dubious Company world, and there's a possibility that Elaine and I will continue to write short stories (in comic form) in the Dubious Company universe. However, for that to happen, we would need support through Patreon. Otherwise, if you're just yearning for more of our collaborative work, check out our other comic: Licensed Heroes!

Final Statements:

Regardless on whether or not we start writing shorter stories in Dubious Company, this comic has been amazing to work on. We've learned more than we thought we would in this past decade and we're glad we got to share it with our fans. If this is the last Dubious Company Kickstarter (and we kind of hope it isn't), we're sure we can count on all of you to make it the best one!

Also, thanks to the fine folk at http://kickingitforward.org for helping promote us!

-Ben "TagalongDT" Hsu and Elaine "Triaelf9" Tipping

Risks and challenges

We are actually pretty well practiced at creating both the books and the rest of the rewards. This will be our fourth kickstarter together and our sixth kickstarter overall. The only real issue I can foresee is the creation of the "Best of Book." The idea is currently only in it's early stages, but it's something we'd really like to push forward for our dedicated fans.

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    Raccoon Level - The most basic level, but not to be overlooked! Thank you so much for your support, even this little bit helps. You'll get your name in Dubious Company Volume 3 on a special "Thank you Page" for your support.

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    Gary Level - Your name in the book and your very own digital copy of Volume 3 (in PDF form). We'd also offer you a cool facial scar and fire magic, but that's against Kickstarter regulations.

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    Mary Level - You still get your name in the book, and you'll get all three Dubious Company Volumes in PDF format! (Magical girl powers not offered at this reward level, sorry).

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    Leeroy Level - Your name in the book and a physical, signed copy of the book. Sadly, Elaine will still be sending me digital signatures that I'll be pasting into the books. Plus, at your request, we'll provide you with digital copies of any or all of the Dubious Company Volumes!

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    Sue Level - Upgrade of the Leeroy level! You'll get everything in the Leeroy level, plus a specially designed dust jacket for your book!

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    Elator Level - Upgrade mark 2! Everything the Leeroy Level has, but with your choice of Dubious Company Volume 1 OR 2 in addition to your copy of Dubious Company Volume 3. That's an extra book for only ten dollars, better than the deal I give out at cons! I'll even sign both books for you! Note: Dust Jackets NOT included at this level.

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    ADD ON! NOT AN ACTUAL REWARD LEVEL! DO NOT CHOOSE THIS REWARD! SEE THE MAIN BODY FOR MORE DETAILS! - Colored Sketch Card. Add $35 onto your pledge and we'll include a colored sketch card featuring your favorite Dubious Company pairing in a pose you suggest. This will be an original, physical, colored drawing by Elaine about the size of a postcard. See the "Super Shipper's Savers" section of the main body for more details.

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    Izor Level - Cover art prints! Like the Leeroy Level you'll receive a signed physical copy of Dubious Company Volume 3 (with your name on the "Thank You" page), and three high quality prints! These prints will be of the cover art from each of our Dubious Company Volumes.

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    Marty Level - Next version of the Sue Level, you'll still get your choice of Volume 1 OR 2 with your copy of Volume 3, but now both books will come with dust jackets! (Note: Prints not included in this level).

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    Tiren Level - The powerhouse level! You get signed copies all three Dubious Company Volumes! Show your dedication with a full set! Again, you don't see this price outside of conventions.

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    Sal Level - Bookmarks! Sal Level backers will receive a signed physical copy of Dubious Company Volume 3 (with their name in the book), the three cover art prints, and three bookmarks specifically designed for this kickstarter! The bookmarks will each feature two different Dubious Company characters!

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    Kreedor Level - Crazy insane awesomeness for the crazy insane God Emperor! This level is a signed physical copy of Dubious Company Volume 3, the cover art as prints, the bookmarks, and three postcards we're designing for this kickstarter. The postcards will also each feature two different Dubious Company characters. Cover your workspace in Dubious Company awesome!

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    Walter Level - The ultimate completionist level. You'll get signed copies of all three volumes of Dubious Company AND their respective dust jackets. We'll even throw in bragging rights for free!

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    Book Bundle Level - For those of you who've missed our previous kickstarters this contains the bulk of Tiny Blue Dragon's published books. You'll get Dubious Company Volume 3 (with your name in it), Tales of a Gaijin, Peter Pan Volume 1, Licensed Heroes Volume 1, and the rarely found Tiren Loses Her Rum!

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    Phred Level - Kind of a special level for our truly dedicated fans, the ones that have been with us since the beginning. You'll get everything you did in the Kreedor Level, but we'll also include a special book, we're currently calling "Best of Dubious Company." The book will include twenty of our favorite comics, as well as commentary and thoughts about each comic. We'll also include a couple of short essays about what it was like writing such an epic and fantastic comic. Basically, we wanted to share a part of the Dubious Company experience you wouldn't normally see.

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    Tiny Blue Dragon Level - Character Artwork! At this level Elaine will draw your favorite Dubious Company character, just for you! This artwork will be a high quality, full color picture of a DBC character of your choice. Plus, you get to personalize the picture by picking the character's pose! You'll also receive Volume 3 (with your name in it), the book's dust jacket, all three bookmarks, postcards and the cover art prints. We're even throwing in the Best of Dubious Company book!

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