Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A Softer World is ending and to celebrate we're doing a collection of our favourite comics, from the very first to the very last.
A Softer World is ending and to celebrate we're doing a collection of our favourite comics, from the very first to the very last.
3,923 backers pledged $251,062 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$251,062

3,923

Hello! We’re Joey Comeau and Emily Horne and we’ve been making our webcomic A Softer World since 2003. You can go look at the comics for free on our website - www.asofterworld.com. For twelve years we’ve been making sad, weird, harsh and sometimes ridiculous comics. Our whole adult lives, it feels like. And now we’re going to stop. A Softer World is ending.

To celebrate the end of the world, we want to make a book. A collection of our favourite comics, from the very first to the very last. The final day of this Kickstarter campaign will coincide with the final comic in A Softer World.

 Over the years, people have said some nice things about our comic.

  “[like] finishing a really good short story, in a fraction of the reading time.” – Rolling Stone

"Touching, horrible, depressing, and blackly funny. This is brilliant stuff." -- Warren Ellis

"One of the most curious and most original webcomics around" - Comic Book Resources

"[ASW] isn't a narrative photocomic, but a poem in words and pictures that transcends what even some traditional comics are capable of." - The Comic Pusher

And now those people are going to have to find something new to say nice things about. And that’s part of why we’re stopping. We love doing the comic, love what we’ve created, but we don’t want to do the same thing forever. So, we’re going to stop now while we STILL love doing the comic. Before something dies inside of us and all that’s left is the work. And, as Emily pointed out – “It’s better to burn out than to get old and weird and pathetic.”

where it all started
where it all started

Our previous books have been collections in a more traditional sense. The first book collected all of the first 200 comics in chronological order, the second book picked up where that left off, and so on. But we have more than 1200 comics now, and we want to create a book that is only the very best. Sometimes when you look back on your life, you just want the important memories. Not the happiest necessarily. Don’t get us wrong. Skinned knees and childhood funerals helped make us who we are, too. First kisses and broken hearts.

We want to make a book that captures (as much as possible) what the comic meant to us over twelve whole years. And so here we are – The Best of A Softer World. 200 comics. 2 per page! And we’ll be including some of our six-panel comics, for the first time ever in print. All our favourite comics, plus their alt texts, in one beautiful hardcover package. 

We present:


* To explain the Remix thing: we'll create a PDF of 40 wildly illegal remixes of our own comic text with images from our favourite pop culture shows and comics and release it into the wild on Bittorrent. These are remixes done by us, but obviously inspired by so many awesome fan remix projects over the past few years.

 And because this is Kickstarter and we like fun as much as the next people, here are the rewards! And there are a lot of them. Books, totes, lighters, heartfelt thank-yous and even the opportunity to select one of your own favourite strips to appear in the book.

Risks and challenges

Barring international trade disputes, port issues, etc. This should be pretty simple to assemble. We've already started working on our list of favourites.

We're also working with the fine folks at BREADPIG to make sure things are handled properly and get into your hands as fast as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A PDF of Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    98 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A PDF of Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World, PDFs of all previous A Softer World volumes, AND a Thank You in the Best-of Book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    209 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World white hardcover edition, plus a PDF of the book, too!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1,378 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $36 or more About $36

    Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book! (EARLY BIRD)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 100 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    657 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $55 or more About $55

    Limited Edition RED HARDCOVER edition of Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World, plus a PDF copy of the book, too.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 100 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $56 or more About $56

    Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World white hardcover edition, plus a PDF of the book and PDFs of all 4 previous A Softer World books, too!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    256 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    Limited Edition of Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 200 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    348 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book! You also get PDFs of all 4 previous A Softer World Books!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    78 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited Edition of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 181 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $115 or more About $115

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited Edition of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book! You also get PDFs of all 4 previous A Softer World Books!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 98 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited and Regular Editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 140 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book! You also get physical AND PDF versions of all 4 previous A Softer World books!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $170 or more About $170

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited Edition of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World physical and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book! You also get physical AND PDF versions of all 4 previous A Softer World books!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 15 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $195 or more About $195

    "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited and Regular Editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World and PDF copies, a print of the first comic and a print of the final comic, plus a thank you in the book! You also get physical AND PDF versions of all 4 previous A Softer World books!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 15 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Joey Will write you a short letter on your behalf. A job application letter, a resignation letter, a love letter or a letter to your dead best friend. Anything you want! (within the limits of the law, of course) Tell him what you want to convey and he'll make it awesome or sad or insane or ALL THREE.

    PLUS "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited and Regular Editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World and PDF copies, a print of the First Comic and a Print of the Last comic, and a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Emily will Photograph you for use in the book. You must make it to Toronto by June 10th. PLUS you get "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited and Regular Editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World and PDF copies, a print of the First Comic and a Print of the Last comic, plus a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  19. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    You choose one of the comics to include in the book! PLUS "I Guess It Really Was A Softer World" Tote, "F**k Politics" Lighter, PLUS Limited and Regular Editions of The Anatomy of Melancholy: The Best of A Softer World and PDF copies, a print of the First Comic and a Print of the Last comic, plus a thank you in the book!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (27 days)