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A parody art project, commenting on the ancient origins of modern Japanese game culture.  浮世絵ヒーロー
A parody art project, commenting on the ancient origins of modern Japanese game culture.  浮世絵ヒーロー
A parody art project, commenting on the ancient origins of modern Japanese game culture.  浮世絵ヒーロー
2,422 backers pledged $313,341 to help bring this project to life.

Hoping your favorite design becomes a woodblock? Here's our official schedule!

It's been almost a week since launch, and we are floored by everybody's enthusiasm. We know that many of you are waiting for your favorite design to become a woodblock. Rather than string everybody along with random stretch goals, we thought it would be better to keep you in the loop. We've assessed our progress so far, and came up with the progress goals in the image below.

You might notice that the delivery dates of the last few prints extend all the way to August, 2013(!).  Because woodblock prints are handmade, there's no way to put them into mechanical mass production.  Every print takes X time, and our delivery dates will reflect this.  Specifically, David expects each design to take about 2 months to carve, test print, and produce. Please note that these are long estimates!  Dave will work hard to deliver ahead of schedule if possible.  Perhaps the coolest part is that David will post updates on this Kickstarter page, as well as on Facebook and his own website, documenting his carving and printing.  

(Also note: This schedule only affects woodblock prints.   The gicée prints will still be delivered in November, 2012.)

We didn't want our delivery dates to stretch longer than August 2013, so we had to limit our current schedule to 6 designs.  (6 designs, times 2 months each, equals a year of production.)  For that reason, we chose wide range of characters and designs for this run of prints.  If your particular favorite isn't in this batch, don't lose hope!  It's still available as a giclée, and we might even make a woodblock in the future!

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    1. michael marcet on July 7, 2013

      just want to make sure that i am still on the list for the "Soul Eater" woodblock.

    2. Ben Turner on August 22, 2012

      @Dan - see the FAQ on the front page--you just pledge an amount equal to D+K, then choose one of them for your reward level, and let Jed know via email what rewards you would like.

    3. Dan Evans on August 16, 2012

      I'm new to Kickstarter and am just curious: can you back a project with multiple pledges? That is, can I select pledge option D plus option K? (made up options.) Or do I pick one and that's that?

      This project is a real thrill to see unfold. Thanks for your time, enthusiasm and your creativity! Definitely enjoying this!

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      Rob on August 12, 2012

      Please, do not hurry at the expense of quality. I love the work and respect the artist, and his artistry. I would rather wait, than feel that what I received was rushed. Part of the charm here, at least for me, is that it DOES take time.

    5. Ben Turner on August 11, 2012

      @Christopher Goodno - just a suggestion, but five of the woodblocks have been unlocked, and things look good for the sixth, so as long as you don't mind waiting ~2 years, I'm betting almost all these designs become woodblocks (albeit probably not all in their current forms--see Jed's new Pokem*n design on his facebook page). You could just get the 6-pack now, and then once the post-Kickstarter website goes live, watch for the rest of the set.

    6. ShinKagato on August 11, 2012

      I want the Yokai Dracul one so bad (HUGE Castlevania fanboy) but i love the one ive already chosed in Fox Moon, if we reach that stretch goal im going to be seriously conflicted ^_^

    7. Christopher Goodno on August 11, 2012

      Thank you for offering this artwork to the community. I've gone with the full giclees option since I would be able to partake in all artwork. If you had made it available to do a lot more woodblocks, rather than 10 of them but some of them being duplicates, I definitely would have gone with the $1,100 option (or more if all were available). I don't think I'll buy woodblock prints of giclees I will already own by the end of this KickStarter, but I hope you put out new artwork in the future on your site that is available as woodblock printings.

    8. Terry Kramarz on August 9, 2012

      a subscription service for the woodblocks (even if just the ones that are fronted through kickstarter) would be a GREAT idea!! He has those for other projects, and they come with such a nice box too

    9. Céline .S. Sauvé on August 7, 2012

      Oh, I can understand the cost (I just can't afford it).

      Mainly it was the fact that there is seemingly nothing "extra" being offered for the 800%+ of extra funding so far.

      This post explains that it allows for more blocks to be created, but I didn't see that clearly stated on the main page and I don't know many people who will go through the updates before deciding if they want to back a project or not.

    10. Jed Henry 3-time creator on August 7, 2012

      Hi, Celine! Over half of our gross earnings will go to materials and shipping. The giclées are printed on fine Japanese handmade paper. They're more than just posters – in a way, they're faux woodblocks, printed on museum grade printers. All of that costs a lot to produce!

      As for for the handmade woodblocks, if you watch the production videos, you'll understand why they have to cost $135. So much work goes into each print.

      Thank you for the question!


    11. Céline .S. Sauvé on August 7, 2012

      I nearly passed by this project (and probably would have, if not for the $10 option) due to the price, and the fact that it was several times funded and had (it would seem from the main page) so stretch goals.

      Perhaps you could make it a bit more obvious to those viewing the project for the first time where the extra money is going?

    12. Jed Henry 3-time creator on August 6, 2012

      Hey, Erich.
      Yep! We'll keep printing these designs as long as people still want them. Once the kickstarter ends, we'll announce our website, where you can come make purchase at your own convenience. In the mean time, the Kickstarter is helping us fund the next step.

    13. Erich L. on August 6, 2012

      If it had come at any other time of the year, I could have purchased them all upfront, but even then, it would have been a great blow to my finances. Looking forward to seeing the one by one productions later (I'll get what I can now), but would really love a subscription method similar to what David already employs.
      What about older designs? Would I be able to backorder, say, the Rickshaw design if I go for the Fox Moon first once I have more money?

    14. Jed Henry 3-time creator on August 5, 2012

      Rachel Teng,
      I totally understand if buying all of these up front is impossible. We'll be selling these one by one soon after the Kickstarter ends. Of course, the Kickstarter orders will have priority.

    15. Barbara Mason on August 5, 2012

      I agree with Ben, I will happily buy all the woodblocks, but not all at when it comes off of kickstarter I will be happy to be a subscriber

    16. Ben Turner on August 5, 2012

      Hi Jed - sounds good. I didn't mean to suggest you should try to change things mid-course. Just letting you know that regardless of where the funding ends up, I think there are many of us who will want to see this project continue in whatever format you and Dave come up with =)

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      Lauren Page on August 5, 2012

      I think what we're all saying is that you are probably thinking forward to what the business model will be when this project moves off of Kickstater. And I think the key is going to be keeping community involvement.

      I've been a subscriber to Dave's print series for some years now, and while I've always been willing to let him guide the content, I think the method you came up with here, of having people vote on a set of designs is one reason for the series' popularity. I know that in terms of a print that will show off Dave's ability as well as yours, "Soul Eater" or "Youkai Dracul" are better choices than "Fox Moon", but I HAD to have that one, both because of the many pleasant hours I spent watching my son play Star Fox, and because of its echos of Yoshitoshi Taiso. I do want the other two, but like many I'm pushing the limits of my budget as it is. Perhaps a subscription series where subscribers get to vote on the order of the images?

    18. Rachel Teng on August 5, 2012

      I agree with Ben's suggestions. Personally, while I would like to get as many of the wood block prints myself, it would be impossible for me to shell out that much money in a single go.

      At any rate, what I really wanted to ask was: the new pledges with the wood block sets doesn't include shipping rates. Will it be free, or is it already included in the pledge? I'm not sure where the woodblock prints will be shipped from, but shipping to someone once every two months for a year might be costly for you guys, so I just wanted to clarify that.

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      Gordon Coale on August 5, 2012

      Jed --
      A subscription system would be great! I can only pledge for one but I would like them all. Something like Dave has done for his prints.

    20. Jed Henry 3-time creator on August 5, 2012

      Ben Turner –
      I think that kind of flexible pledging is the best thing about Kickstarter. We're free to pledge, hoping our communal funding can make big things happen. Then if it seems we only make it 80% of the way, I don't mind at all if a few people retract a little at the end. It's better than them being bound to a purchase they don't want. :)

      Our schedule of woodblocks is based on a survey we've been taking for a few months now. With 2 exceptions, it exactly follows the preferences voiced by our body of facebook and tumblr fans.

      Also, we plan to continue making woodblock prints WELL into the future. We're very likely to produce more of these designs over the years. You wonderful backers will be able to follow our progress on the website. We might even dream up a subscription system at some distant point.

      Thanks for the great thoughts. I like keeping the discussion open like this.

    21. Travis Lauver on August 5, 2012

      Yeah, I'd agree with Ben - I'd like to get every woodblock, but might not be able to afford to buy them all at once. But a month or two down the road, I'd totally buy the next one.

      So glad the Kirby one is on the path to being unlocked though, hope it gets there! Hopefully at some point we'll get Dave to the point where 'Pocketing a Wager' can be done too for an Oban. I don't think that one could be redrawn for a Koban and capture the same spirit (but I could be wrong).

    22. Ben Turner on August 5, 2012

      Hi Jed - this seems like a reasonably good compromise, but I worry it's also a little circular--for instance, even though I'll pledge for two woodblocks now since my two favorites are in the lineup, I'll drop down to one if the unlock point isn't reached on the second by the end of the campaign. The risk for you (and us!) is that it might look like there's not enough interest to warrant producing the full line, when in fact, there might be people like myself who would buy at least 4, if the 4 I like best were available. I guess I'd suggest at least putting up a poll somewhere gauging interest in something like a subscription once the campaign is over--or potentially doing each design as a separate Kickstarter, so that the designs that get made are truly chosen meritocratically (I know that's what the mokuhanken survey was meant to achieve, but it only sort of worked). The winners could be produced in whatever order you and Dave saw fit, and anyone willing to pay for the woodblocks will understand the long production times.

    23. Rylock on August 5, 2012

      Damn, too bad 'Pocketing a Wager' isn't included, that was my favorite. Still, these are nice too.

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      Steven Savage on August 5, 2012

      Yeah, the delay is understandable. Considering the sheer quality of the work here, it's probably worth it. You're making something people will leave for their KIDS.

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      Hailinel on August 5, 2012

      Thanks for this update! It's also perfectly understandable that not all of the designs will be scheduled for woodblock printing at this point. That's a lot of work! Hopefully, my preferred print out of this batch will make the stretch goal cut, but if not, there's always the prints.

    26. Youri Vandevelde on August 5, 2012

      Only $300 before my favorite woodblock!!! Woottt!!! Consider it DONE sir ! =D and thus I'll also help the other woodblocks to be created !! ^ ^ awesome!!!! Time is not important...get things right and that's the most we can ask of you =) you guys are just awesome!