Website Funded! New Goal $42,000, and a Group Reward
I am stupidly thrilled that we're going to get to build the website I always dreamed of for Erfworld. Seriously, the website idea came first and the comic exists because of this "wouldn't it be neat" website idea that we're finally getting around to. I can't wait til you can see it! Watch the Site News for information about beta testing it this spring.
Next Goal: Who Should Be Reading Erfworld?
Xin is now working on an illustrated goals chart for the rest of the Kickstarter, but we're following the website with a smaller goal of $3000 for the "Who should be reading Erfworld?" initiative. Here's what that's all about.
Lev Grossman and Erfworld
One of the best things ever to happen to Erfworld in its first five years was being named to Time magazine's list of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2007. That happened entirely because columnist (and later, author of the excellent and groundbreaking Magicians series) Lev Grossman started reading it on the Giant in the Playground site. I've been grateful for the support and attention that Lev has thrown our way, and finally got to meet and party with him at his book release party (that turned into a Campbell Award winner celebration party) at WorldCon in Reno last August. Besides Rich Burlew, our webmaster Harknell, and my dad (hi Dad!), no single person has done more to help Erfworld succeed than Lev.
Find More Lev Grossmans!
You have to imagine that there are people out there who would get really into Erfworld if they only knew about it. So we need a smart, cost effective marketing plan to reach those people. The plan is to find a dozen more like Lev Grossman.
Assuming we raise the funds for this, we'll be asking for your suggestions for people who should receive a free softcover copy of Book 1: the Battle for Gobwin Knob. It's hard to get people into a dense story comic, and we need all the help and attention We're looking for people who are influential nerds of whatever stripe. The book reviewer at the L.A. Times might or might not be a good choice, but an entertainment editor at Wired would be great. It could also be someone in academia or the tabletop gaming industry...you tell us and we'll send them a promo copy. We're looking to send about 300 copies out, plus spend some money on an ad campaign for the motion comic when that's out.
New Group Reward - Year of the Dwagon Desktop
Also, once we hit $42,000 I will send an update to project backers only which will tell you how to get that beautiful cel shaded Year of the Dwagon graphic as a desktop background. More group rewards will follow if/when we hit that mark.