One Stretch Left Update
You did it again.
Rick 2.0 is now unlocked, and while Mr. Burchett attends his son's graduation in New York, somewhere he's looking at his smartphone and he's blushing, because you guys did what he sincerely thought wouldn't be done. I'm telling you right now, we'll be making an "unboxing video" of Rick getting his new set-up and putting everything together. We'll keep you posted post-Campaign's conclusion, but, on Rick's behalf as well as Eric and myself, thank you all.
The HMS Pegasus Deckplans are all that remain. On a similar subject, I spent an hour on the phone with Sterling Hershey last night in a discussion about the maps we're now able to produce, and the larger portion of that conversation ended up in a discussion of what shape the atlas image should take, and, in turn, what is the shape of the Sphere.
As I told Sterling - who I suspect is much smarter than I am - I know just enough science to be dangerous. The challenges of bringing a sense of realism to our fantasy are daunting, and the creation of an actual world map is both exhilarating to me and terrifying. I'm very, very grateful that your support has allowed us to bring Sterling aboard for this work; not only the book, but our story itself, will be the better for it.
To PDF or Not To PDF
A couple of folks have sent me messages asking if the digital edition of the trade could be available in a format other than PDF, and they've cited some excellent reasons, including one or two of which I'd not been aware. The primary argument in favor of offering additional electronic formats seems to be that PDFs simply are not ideal for reading comics, and a desire for consistency and ease-of-use is, honestly, very persuasive. At the same time, my understanding is that PDF is ideal for text, or text-heavy, documents.
Eric, Rick, and I are now actively exploring our options. My suspicion is that we'll attempt to provide Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, Vol. I, in CBZ or similar; the Annotated Process and the Pocket Guide - both primarily text offerings - will likely remain PDF. If you have thoughts on this, or suggestions, please feel free to share them in the comments section.
That Abominable Karl Kerschl
Today, we're adding a tier for Karl Kerschl's original art for the pin-up of Lady Sabre. This is the same image we've featured on our Story page (the main Kickstarter page) from the start. As with the previous offerings, Karl's piece will come with a copy of the trade in the Style to Which She is Accustomed edition, and include all the digital options.
The Call of Kickstarter
It seems I can't go more than a couple of days without talking about games as much as we talk about comics. Well, today, I became aware that Chaosium has launched a Campaign to produce and distribute the 7th Edition Rules for their venerable and still brilliant Call of Cthulhu RPG.
I love this game. This is, in fact, the only game I'm actively running these days. It is a brilliant and elegant game system, designed to promote storytelling in a world of unknowable horror and globe-spanning adventure. It is a game system that allows for role-playing of the highest order. It is a great game, inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft, full of mind-rattling enemies and universe-ending threats. It's a game that rewards thought, and was one of the very few games I found early that eschewed the violence of D&D and the like for creative, intelligent solutions. After all, as the game itself once wrote, "What happens when you nuke Cthulhu? He reforms ten minutes later. But now he's radioactive."
Hey, Evan? "Are they real crocodiles?" "They're real HUGE crocodiles."
Or is it alligators? I can never remember which….
Rocket Queen and the Wrench
Justin Peniston, who has been doing the webcomic Hunter Black for almost exactly as long as we've been working on Lady Sabre, is a talented and hungry young writer, and he's got a new all-ages book being released this coming Wednesday via the Comixology app.
This is a creator-owned, self-published comic, available only digitally.
Please consider giving Justin your support and checking the book out when it's released this coming week.