About this project
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.”
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.
* 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
Yes! That's an option we plan to add in the next few days - we'll send out an update when we do!
Yes! TopatoCo will be selling our shirts, old books, and prints. The shirts and books will run out eventually, but our comic prints will be available ~forever~
We sure will! That's one of our planned stretch goals, soon to be revealed!
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