A monstrous compilation of every SERENITY ROSE comic ever made. Celebrating 10 years of spooky witchcraft & social phobia!
ONE DAY LEFT
The campaign ends tomorrow, Nov. 30 at 5 PM Pacific Time. So you've got just about 24 hours to get in on the super-souped-up (Dragula-style) SLIPCASE edition.
Reminder: You can add ANY of the non-limited rewards to your existing pledge by clicking "Manage My Pledge" and boosting it suchlike:
Pendant - $20
Art Book - $20
"Triptych" Print Set - $50
"Anniversary" Print - $10
Don't worry about having the right boxes checked. I'll email a little survey on Sunday to make sure we get your order straight (and your name right on the "Thank You" page).
1200 backers... incredible. Thank you again for making this one of the most amazing 30 days of my life. YOU ROCK.
YOU DID IT!
SERENITY ROSE: 10 AWKWARD years was fully funded in one night! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
And not only that, you've sailed past every stretch goal I had in mind, so the final book will be HARDCOVER (full color, 450 pages, 6" x 9", spot UV on the cover) with a lovely blue silk ribbon to streak through the black. And if you pre-order the book THIS MONTH, you'll get a special Kickstarter-only SLIPCASE edition. Pretty decent for $25!
Again, I can't thank you enough for this unbelievable outpouring of support for Serenity. It means more to me than you know. I really owe you guys!
LET'S MAKE ART!
ORIGINAL POST BELOW.
Thank you, Sera! I know that was… difficult.
But yeah, WE'RE DOING IT! The SERENITY ROSE: 10 AWKWARD YEARS collection is alive! (Or… almost so, with your help!)
"SERENITY ROSE is 4'10", painfully shy, and totally into girls (shhh). She can also conjure MONSTERS out of ectoplasm, HOVER 20,000 feet in the air, and SHAPESHIFT anything she sees. Sera is a WITCH, one of only 57 the world over, a real supernatural oddity... And sadly for her, this social phobic sorceress lives in the glare of a tiny tourist trap that THRIVES on supernatural oddities.."
Way back in 1998 at CalArts, I started drawing this slumped, shuffling little character specifically for use in animation assignments. Over the next few years she wound up in two student films, a webcomic, and, in 2003, mighty SLG Publishing unleashed Serenity Rose #1 upon the unsuspecting world. TEN YEARS and several hundred pages later, this era of the Serenity Rose story is complete, and it's time to tie it up in a creepy little bow. Let's CELEBRATE.
And by "celebrate," I mean COLLECT.
SERENITY ROSE: 10 AWKWARD YEARS is a 450-PAGE behemoth collecting every scrap of Serenity Rose material, in COLOR (mostly), gorgeously printed and securely stitched up for rough handling forevermore. Here's what you get:
- ALL THREE BOOKS.
- EVERY VICIOUS WHISPER CARTOON
- EVERY BIT OF GUEST ART (By brilliant folks like Faith Erin Hicks, Ross Campbell, Jhonen Vasquez, Jamie Smart, Bryan Konietzko and more)
- The HALLOWEEN SHORT (never before in print!) The Free Comic Day short, too.
- All the PRINTS
- A 10-page BEHIND THE SCENES archive, including the very first sketches of Serenity and Tess from 1998.
- All the COVERS and incidentals from SR's original floppy comic run
A decade's worth of GREAT HUGENESS!
WHAT I'M ASKING FOR:
SERENITY ROSE: 10 AWKWARD YEARS is a massive monster of a book. I was offered a tremendous deal to print 1000 lovely, high-quality copies of this color-drenched demon brick, but it's still a little beyond me or SLG's ability to get it made on our own. I'm covering a lot of it, but we need your help to put it over the top by pre-ordering now.
Remember: This book is DONE. In fact, a lot of you guys have watched it happen page by page at heartshapedskull.com. No completion funds necessary. What this is all about is celebrating 10 years with a big, beautiful OBJECT, and presenting Serenity Rose in the way it was always meant to be read. I like books. You like books. Books are keen!
If we're lucky enough to get past $5500, anything beyond will go toward making the book HARDCOVER without budging the cover price. We can also look at sexy things like "spot UV" and heavier paper and possibly dipping the whole thing in blood or hiring a sorceress bring every copy to terrible, paper-flapping life. ALL IS POSSIBLE... and suggestions are appreciated! We'll talk more about stretch goals if/when we get there.
- PENDANTS: People have been asking for Sera's heart-shaped skull pendant since 2003, but I never figured out how to do it. Well, it's been figured and OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO GOOD. Seriously, rub this thing between your fingers and watch all your cares, um… well, slightly dissolve, I guess. It's AWESOME.
- STUFFED TROLLS: The lovely Ami "Gofflin" Goff, my incredible, multi-talented wife, is stitching together ten sweet little stuffed trolls with hard plastic faces. Hug these lil' guys tight and hope they don't drag you off into oblivion!
- PRINTS, SKETCHES, ART BOOK... Here's the full list:
WAIT! WAIT! IS THIS THE END OF SERENITY ROSE?? OH GOD NO!!!
Aaah! Don't freak out! You'll definitely see Sera again. But what I have planned for next year will be very, very different. This book collects the entire comic series called "Serenity Rose," but you have not heard the last of her. Promise! Change is scary, but can also be super-cool. THE FUTURE!
Serenity Rose has been a massive part of my life for a long, long time. And will continue to be. Some of you have been with us from the very beginning, and others have hitched a ride all recent-like, but it's been just incredible getting to know so many of you over the years. Over the next month I'll be looking for ways Serenity fans can participate in the Kickstarting, but in the meantime, send me your ideas and please, spread the word! The more we help each other get this beautiful monster book made, the more fun it will be.
Let's celebrate ten years of quiet voices and roaring monsters, look forward to the future, and in the meantime, make the COOLEST BOOK EVER.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This book is DONE, the printer is ready to go, and all the incentives are right on schedule, but there are ALWAYS unexpected challenges along the way. This is my first time handling the "printing" bit on my own, but I've been around long enough to have access to plenty of print experts and well-seasoned pros. And I'll be updating you guys every step along the way.
This project has been my life for over a decade... Nothing can stop us now!
YES. Just tack an extra $20 to any pledge, and the pendant is yours. We'll send a little survey at the end of the campaign to make sure your order is nice and sorted. There are plenty of pendants, too, so don't worry about getting all rushy.
YES. Once you've made your pledge, just go ahead and add $25 for each additional copy. (And don't worry; we'll send a little survey at the end of the campaign to make sure we get your order right.)
YES. Sorry, I knew I'd miss ONE thing somewhere. Kickstarter doesn't like you editing incentives once things get rolling, but rest assured, "BASIC BOOK" does come with a digital version.
YES. Every book pre-ordered through Kickstarter this month will be signed. By me. Aaron.