ERFABET BOOK, VIDEOS, AND DAVID TO GENCON FUNDED! ALL ADDITIONAL PLEDGES WILL GO TO FUND THE NEW WEBSITE
Getting this far, this fast, is beyond even my most optimistic guesses. See the first project update for details about where we are and where we go from here. Details about the GenCon get-together will probably follow after the project, since I need the money before I can put down deposits on anything.
NOTE: There's some confusion about add-ons. Right now it's simple: just add $20 to your pledge for an Erfabet book, or $30 for a signed Erfabet book. You'll be asked about it in your donor survey.
Hey, everyone. Thanks for coming to take a look at our second Kickstarter. Watch this space every day for a new page of the book we're asking your help to fund!
Okay, slow down, Sparky. In one sentence, what's this project about?
Um, Erfworld needs a new artist, and we're making an "Erfabet" book to teach him to draw Erfy things.
I see. What's Erfworld?
Erfworld is an ongoing webcomic about an obsessive strategy gamer named Parson Gotti, who gets summoned into a fantasy universe that works a lot like a game. It's free to read at Erfworld.com, and it was named one of Time magazine's Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007.
Here's a video I made a couple of years ago to promote the comic.
And why do you need a new artist?
As any Erfworld reader could tell you, our update schedule has often been inconsistent and subject to interruption. In 2011, we put Book 2 on hiatus for 9 months and began Book 0, so that our illustrator Xin Ye could deal with the illness and subsequent passing of her mom. With her family crisis continuing, Xin has not been able to keep up with updates, and unfortunately has decided she must leave the project at the end of the current book.
That's too bad.
It really is. Xin has brought some truly amazing art to Erfworld. I will miss her and I know the readers will, too.
So, what now?
Frankly, the continuation of Erfworld is in doubt. Unless we can bring in an experienced professional comic illustrator to take over the series, then there may not be a Book 3 and beyond.
David Hahn is the 11th artist we have auditioned to take over for Xin. His terrific style hits the midway mark between Jamie Noguchi's bold minimalism and Xin Ye's dense detail. I believe he's got the chops and the professionalism to finally put Erfworld on a regular update schedule.
Okay, so the book is for...
For fun, of course. But learning what Erfworld is all about well enough to draw it is a huge task. That's why I thought up this idea.
"E is for Erfworld" (The Erfabet Book). It's a literal primer on the characters and things in this huge comic universe we've created. With its 26 letters and 10 numbers, David gets a chance to learn to draw everything from Archons to Zhopa, and everyone else gets a fun and funny new Erfworld comic book to enjoy.
That book will be 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" full color glossy pages, saddle stitched with heavyweight cover.
And you'll update a page a day, right here?
Yep, this project will go on for 36 days, and all 36 pages will appear as updates in smaller size. Everyone who donates $10 or more will get full-sized versions, suitable for making your desktop background.
Is that it? $9600 seems steep for a 36-page picture book.
Well, in addition to the book, if this project is funded then David will also illustrate the epilogues to Erfworld Book 2 "Love is a Battlefield." Each of those pages will have 2 color panels and about 250 words of text. Those will update at least 4 times a week, starting at the end of Book 2, and will run for about 25 pages. We may include a stretch goal to make audio/video treatments of those pages as well.
Your donations will go to publishing the new books, fulfilling the other rewards, and paying David a pro rate for his pro work. In return, at certain donor levels you will be able to own a piece of that art for yourself.
YARLY. Xin's art was entirely digital, but David draws inks on paper before digitally coloring/shading. That means we can offer you the original inks from a page of the Erfabet book if you pledge $90 or more. These will be line-art only, no borders or color, but they will be signed by David (limit 34). You can also receive the original inks from one of the Book 2 epilogues for a pledge of $125 or more (limit 40).
I just want to say that this is another tough transitional time for the comic, and a lot is at stake. If this project succeeds, then there will be a second Kickstarter this year to fund Book 3 in much the same way. If the project fails, then we'll have to see what exactly we can do to keep Erfworld alive.
As always, thanks to everyone who supports Erfworld in any way. You are why the comic exists. There's much more story to tell, and I hope we can continue to bring it to you.
Risks and challenges
We have a firm quote from our printer on these books, and we know the postage/shipping rates much better than we did in our first project. The book is the only thing which needs to be manufactured to meet the promises of rewards to our donors. So this project is much less ambitious and should run more smoothly once it is funded.
Our only real unknowns are David's ability to get up to speed on drawing Erfworld on schedule, and the acceptance from Erfworld readers of his new style. I have pretty high confidence in both, though.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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