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Collecting the first five chapters of the Lady Sabre steampunk-adventure webcomic by Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett.
2,901 backers pledged $143,379 to help bring this project to life.

The Prisoner Update (Number Six!)

Posted by Greg Rucka (Creator)

Welcome to Monday

Couple of things we want to share with you!

First off, we've resumed our publishing schedule over at Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether. Now, we understand there are some of you who've backed out project and you don't actually know what you've backed! Silly you! Feel free to follow the link and see how it all began (and how it continues).

Second, we're still running numbers for our next stretch goal - we hope to post information about that tomorrow at the latest. Right now, we're looking at a number of ways to improve the book, including  fancying up the endpapers on the trade. This would mean using a heavier stock, and printing them with a two-color process, instead of simply one; this would, ideally, allow us to include... something a little special on the endpapers (and it will be cool and you will like it and it starts with an 'm' and ends with a 'p' and is three letters and has an 'a' in the middle). We're also exploring the possibility of including the ribbon bookmark in the trade, similar to the one that's part of the Rare & Royal editions, amongst other things.

Speaking of Rare & Royal, while we've run through the 100 copies on offer, we are aware that many of you were hoping to get one for yourselves. We're trying to determine what's fair - we don't want to diminish the "rare" part, but we don't want to punish folks who came late to the party, or, for instance, are waiting until payday to donate to the campaign. It's been suggested that, perhaps, an additional - unnumbered - short run might solve this problem. If you've an opinion on this, please weigh in on the comments section! We are listening, I promise you!

We'll be adding a new tier today, tentatively titled Sentimental Journey, as well, so please keep a look out!

Pledge to the AR-K!

I've mentioned this campaign before, and I'm going to mention it again! For those who've missed it somehow, the AR-K Kickstarter is to raise funds to make an old-school puzzle/adventure game in the style of Secret of Monkey Island and the like. Gato Salvaje asked if I had any interest in working with them, and I kinda fell all over myself saying yes, and as a result, I'm writing Chapters Three and Four. They have already completed the first two chapters, so this isn't a something-for-nothing campaign; they've proven their ability to make this happen, and they've been a joy to work with so far.

Here's a little video of me talking about Alicia, the game's main character, and why I think she's awesome. Please ignore the fact that I look like a total dork at the start of this video.

I'm genuinely excited about working on AR-K, and I really want to see this campaign succeed. Please consider backing the project, and please spread the word!

Stop the Presses

Eric, Rick, and I did a number of interviews and podcasts this last week. In case you missed 'em, here you go:

Matt Santori-Griffith interviewed all three of us.

I was on War Rocket Ajax podcast, with Chris Sims and Matt Wilson.

I talked to Russ Burlingame at

I talked a lot to John Siuntres at Wordballoon.

Hold fast!


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      Benjamin Abrams

      Great, a reference to the Prisoner, which I just finished rewatching... now I've got "Dry Bones" stuck in my head again.

      Be seein' you!

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      james chan on

      I agree with Duane and Jake! My guy says more rare and royal editions wouldn't be fair to those who bought the rare edition in a timely manner but if you do end up printing more of those, perhaps adding something a little extra to those original 100 would be nice.

      I will be fine with whatever you decide. At the end of the day, we all get one incredible product!

    3. Jake Smith on

      I'm a Rare and Royal backer, and I'm thankful that I got in under the deadline (indeed, I adjusted my original pledge to get that edition with Rick's remarque). That said, it was the quality of the edition drew me to it, not the scarcity. And if a few more steadfast readers want to join our ranks, that's alright by me.

      If rarity is the primary issue, then I think some alteration of the book--so as to distinguish it from the original R&R edition--would be a fine idea, as Alexis suggests below. Or you could consider throwing in a small bonus for the original R&R backers that we didn't have before. I'm not exactly sure what shape that would take (and may do more ill than good), but I wanted to provide an alternative that would reward backers for their timeliness while still allowing others to join in.

      At the end of the day, I echo Duane's point that everybody would likely be satisfied with your decision. You guys have been very deliberate about both the comic and the campaign from the start, and that is very much appreciated. Hopefully, this feedback helps. Thanks for reading it, and keep up the great work!

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      Duane Murray on

      Hmmm, I don't know what to say about the limiting of the Rare and Royal. I am lucky enough to be an R and R backer and although I am sure I would possibly feel different if I wasn't, I feel like it should remain limited so that it separates itself. I mean where does one draw the line? I missed out on being able to back it as a "Gold Shirt" backer and I would have loved to have been able to receive that reward, but unfortunately I missed out. So does that mean there would be an opportunity to open up a few more "Gold Shirt" rewards? Because if so, let me be the first to say, "I'm in!!!". (Didn't work, did it?"

      In the end, it is your project and up to you and I am sure no one will begrudge any decision you make. You guys are clearly great and everyone is backing you for a reason. And you have great backers such as Alexis here who has provided some very intelligent, fair and thought out possibilities. Either way, you guys are doing great and yeah... If we are talking about opening up tiers a bit... I WANT TO BE A GOLD SHIRT!!! That is all... "Go forth and conquer!!!" Or whatever that fancy tag line of your is.

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      Alexis Carpenter on

      I'm not a person who pledged at quite the Rare & Royal level, but I have some suggestions for a an alternative or 'sequel' to the original R&R, based on what I've seen done with other books that have had differing limited editions: a different color of imitation leather and foil, without a slipcase? Or clothbound with foil (both still with different colors), but with a slipcase? And instead of hand-signing each one, you could have an endpaper with a digital copy of your signatures?

      If it's not more than a handful of people expressing interest, your original idea of a few extras with no numbering is probably the best solution, possibly with the digital-signature endpaper as an additional differentiator?