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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.

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The Long Weekend Update, Part Two

Posted by Greg Rucka (Creator)

And Here It Is

We are introducing a new Tier, beginning at $80, with a new edition of the trade that we're calling The Style to Which She is Accustomed Edition. What differentiates this version from both the Book in Cloth Covers and the Rare & Royal is, most obviously, the cover treatment. Like the Rare & Royal, this edition includes the ribbon bookmark, and, as with all other copies of the book, you'll receive the All Digital, All the Time package.

A brief explanation:

Rick, Eric, and I had all sorts of fantasies about how the book would look, all sorts of thoughts about cover treatment. One of the things I really wanted to do, but had discounted because of the price involved in the printing process, was an edition that had the feel of those Victorian/Edwardian-era hardcovers. Books with covers like these:

The problem, of course, was one of cost. We wanted cloth covers, but to do cloth covers with printing on it like this was to add... significant cost to each copy. Not to bore you too much with the details, but essentially, we'd have to bind the case of each book in a printable white fabric, and then print onto that the design motif.

Then you guys came along, and everything changed.

I'm very excited for this version of the trade. You can see a mock of the cover, below (this is with the jacket removed, obviously, like the mock of the Book in Cloth Covers).

Add-Ons Added-On

We've realized that the "minimum" of $50 was kinda... well, it was bogus, really. So that's gone, and we've updated the add-on choices. Essentially, anything we're producing that isn't offered in a limited number (ie, the Rare & Royal edition), can now be added onto your pledge.

You will note that for some of these items, there's additional postage incurred. As much as we wish we could assume all costs for shipping, sadly that would be prohibitively expensive.

Thank you for your patience, and to all who are commemorating Memorial Day, we wish you the best. To everyone else outside of the U.S., we wish you a restful weekend.

Hold fast!

Greg

The Long Weekend Update, Part One

Posted by Greg Rucka (Creator)

This is the first of two updates today. This is the informative update, and the supportive update, and the thank-you-all-again update.

First off, an apology for the silence the last two days. The one thing... one of the things... one of the many things that nobody tells you about Kickstarter until you actually try running one is how much time maintaining the campaign actually takes. I think Eric, Rick, and I all thought we'd be able to hit the button and then swing by occasionally to see how things were going, maybe answer the occasional question, like that.

Turns out, not so much. Turns out there are nearly 2000 of you now backing us...

...there are almost 2000 of you...

...you know, you don't actually want to think about that kind of thing for too long. You get self-conscious. Now I'm double-checking my spelling.

Right, anyway. Long and the short, turns out I'm spending more time on the behind-the-scenes stuff for the campaign than I'd ever have imagined. Some of this is taking longer than we'd thought. All goes well, we'll be unveiling the new tier(s) today, hopefully in the next couple hours. Eric is working on the mock-up as we speak.

Add-On Information

So many of you have modified your pledge to include add-ons, and frankly, we've been trying to figure out the best way to both accommodate that and to streamline the process. To this end, we're going to be using a genuinely wonderful service called BackerKit. Once the campaign ends, we'll be sending out the traditional surveys, and using BackerKit, you'll be able to access a web-portal that will list your pledge, your reward tier, and calculate any overage you may have pledged and then - this is the cool part - allow you to itemize and modify your add-ons. This will also allow us to provide even more add-ons and possibilities for customization, as well as calculating any additional postage, ie, if you want multiple copies of the books, etc.

We're very excited about this, and we think it's a good way to make everything on our end run smoothly for the fulfillment phase of this campaign, as well as making it easier on all of you to get what you want.

AR-K Last Call

The AR-K Kickstarter is picking up steam. I won't belabor the point, as I've done enough belaboring of it already, but they're in the Hours-Not-Days portion of the count down. I was speaking to my wife about AR-K yesterday, and she pointed out that there may be some confusion as to my position with the project. To clarify, I have been hired as a writer on the game; that's my interest in it, and in their campaign. It's a game I'm hoping to help make, but my position there is as an employee, rather than as it is here, as a "creator."

Just in case any of you were wondering.

I'm going to be posting recording a final video for their campaign this evening, the second round of Q&A questions. If you've got anything you'd like to ask about AR-K or the like, please head on over to their page and feel free to put your question in the comments!

The World Beneath the Clouds

This is another campaign that's going on that's been very, very kind to us; so much so, they're offering to stat-out Lady S and perhaps even Drake and Drum for their RPG. I suspect there's a fair number of you who are gamers out there, like myself, and even though they've reached their (in my opinion) very modest funding goal, they - like all the rest of us - would benefit from more support.

I've not played the Hive, Queen and Country RPG, but... c'mon. Steampunk!

Please give them a look and consider backing their campaign.

And My Mail Just Went Ping...

...and I see that it's from Eric, with the mock-up.

So I'll end this update and move onto writing that one and prepping the main page for the new tiers!

Hold fast!

Greg

P.S. Matthew Clark sent his pin-up to me yesterday. I'm not supposed to share it. So don't tell anyone that you saw this, okay? You can keep a secret, right?

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Hangout tonight!

Posted by Greg Rucka (Creator)

Hi everybody,

Eric here, disguised as Greg. We'll be broadcasting a Google Hangout tonight at 9:00 PM EST (8:00 Central, 7:00 Mountain, 6:00 Pacific), barring technical difficulties. Please check back in the comments here, on the Lady Sabre site, on Greg's Twitter feed, or on our Facebook page for the link to the chat shortly before it starts.

We wish we could get you all in there, but that might be a video streaming madhouse. In the meantime, or during the broadcast, if you have questions or comments you'd like us to answer or discuss, send them via Twitter, using the hashtag #sabrechat. I'll be corralling these during our discussion, and we'll do our best to get to as many folks as we can!

Better Book Barrier Broken (The Alliteration Update)

Posted by Greg Rucka (Creator)

Well, you guys went and did it, and once again proved Rick, Eric, and myself wrong about the commitment and enthusiasm that exists for this campaign. We've reached our 90K Stretch Goal, and you can read about the specifics under its heading on the campaign page, but the really quick version is this.

It's going to be a very, very nice book.

These changes will carry across all editions, by the way, so if you're a Cloth Covers backer or a Rare & Royal backer, these specs apply to both.

Cartographer's Craft

We've also added an explanation of our next goal, at 100K. Essentially, we're talking maps. Nice maps. Professionally done maps. Maps you'd be proud to take home and introduce to your parents.

New Tier Coming and More by Way of Add-Ons

We've hinted - well, stated, actually - that we're going to introduce a new tier for the trade, one that will hopefully fill the gap between the basic Cloth Covers and the Rare & Royal editions. Our initial run of these will be 300 copies, but we will be able to expand that run to meet demand. Rick is working on the mock-up of the cover for that edition now, and once that's finished, we'll be revealing the tier. This will be a higher-end edition of the book, though not as luxe as the Rare & Royal.

We've also been exploring the use of BackerKit, which has come highly recommended as a means of managing add-ons. We hope to integrate this service shortly, and will send a specific update once we've done so. Once the integration is complete, we'll expand the add-ons, and will no longer need to require a base $50 pledge to access them.

Finally...

I'm pleased to attach below the black-and-white preliminary of the Pegasus Crew Patch design. We hope to show you all a color version of this soon!

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Of Dresses, Patches, and Stretch Goals

Posted by Greg Rucka (Creator)

Day Fifteen, we are officially half-way through our campaign here, and in all sincerity, the shock and wonder of the first couple days still hasn't worn off. You guys, you guys... just... you guys!

We've got a couple things to share with you today, in no particular order.

The Doll Maker

Linda Candello has been working with Rick on the preliminary designs for the Lady Sabre paper dolls, and despite her protestations, I got her to send a couple images to me to share with you. We're early in the process yet, and Linda is still designing costumes and accessories. It occurs to me that actually doing a thread over at the Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether site where folks can suggest costumes, outfits, etc, for the dolls might be pretty fun. Let me know what you think of that idea, and if it's a thumbs-up, I'll get it up and running.

And here's another:

I've seen some of the more... inventive designs Linda's playing with, too, and I think this is going to be exactly what we were hoping for, or, in other words, a heckuva lot of fun.

Don't Leave Us Hanging

Rick, Eric, and I are doing a Google Hangout this coming Wednesday, at 6pm Pacific, 9pm Eastern. We'll post the relevant information on Wednesday morning. Please come and join us, bring your questions and your comments, and your sense of humor.

To 90K and Beyond!!!

With apologies to Buzz Lightyear.

So I've mentioned before that we'd been exploring a different edition of the book that would sort of fill-in the middle ground between the Rare & Royal edition and the basic edition, and we've come up with something we really like, and that is, in fact, one of the ideas we had from the start but had backed away from for fear of cost. We're closing in on A Better Book For All at 90K, and if we make it, we'll unveil this new tier, called The Style to Which She Is Accustomed. 

Vague enough for you?

On The Kickstarting Front

We're delighted that both the Hinges and Dirigible Days Kickstarters have successfully funded, each still with time to go! Very much looking forward to reaping those rewards when they start shipping!

As far as that goes, the AR-K Kickstarter is entering its final days. I did a video Q&A from questions that had been submitted that went up today - the video is below - and we're taking more questions for another round later this week.

Thank You (Again!)

Thank you all for your continued support and backing! This has been such an incredibly experience thus far, and it's because of you. Keep spreading the word about our campaign! If we make it to the final goal, that's Pegasus deckplans for everyone!

(Where everyone means backers, obviously.)

Hold fast!

Greg