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$28,835 pledged of $25,000 goal
By Daniel Lanciana
$28,835 pledged of $25,000 goal

Funding Cancellation Pending

After a lot of consideration and discussion with everyone involved with the book (e.g. editors, Matt Turk, Sinister1), I've decided not to take your money...yet! Whilst disappointing it is the best and most rational decision and we ask for your understanding.

The main reasons for doing this are:

  • Too many unknowns: Nintendo are slow to respond, nothing from Tyson, and Pix'n Love Publishing is still a possibility. I chose a tight deadline because it was the actual anniversary of the book and I stick by that decision.
  • Legal advice: Still in conversation with a copyright lawyer on my options and liabilities should I not hear back from Nintendo at all (e.g. unofficial, free digital version).
  • Book costs: If the quality of China printing is good enough (has not yet arrived), it could mean significantly cheaper books and the possibility of a softcover version. It's easier to take new payments than try and adjust existing Kickstarter pledges.
  • No risk: I will still pursue permission for the next 3 months as promised. If successful, the Kickstarter backers will be given first opportunity to get the book.
  • Refunds: If unsuccessful in 3 months, I don't have to waste my time (especially) and money issuing refunds.
  • Page lives on: The Kickstarter page will continue to exist and will allow me to post updates.
  • Kickstarter is not a store: I was pretty naive when creating the project and in hindsight would have done things a bit differently. The last thing Kickstarter needs is another project that "failed to deliver to expectation."

Whilst it's unfortunate the project will continue outside of Kickstarter (as they have provided amazing publicity, marketing and opportunities while proving there is a market for the book), it has introduced a number of new people who may back other projects.

I will leave the Kickstarter running as long as possible to collect any last-minute backers then send a private post to collect your email addresses so I can contact you if/when the book becomes available. Keep an eye on the blog for constant updates.

Thanks to everyone who pledged as it was an amazing and rewarding experience to reach the funding goal. If I was allowed (i.e. not liable) to give you all a free digital copy, I absolutely would. This may change in the future!

Cheers, Daniel.


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      ZikZak on October 2, 2012

      I'm disappointed and glad too.
      Glad that you consider working with Pix'n Love publishing, they are trully a great publishing company and I'm sure your book will happen !

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      Steven Rodriguez on October 2, 2012

      I was wondering the same thing. Should i back out now? I think i will stay in. That's probably the only easy you can email me with new developments

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      MAL on October 1, 2012

      Bummer, hope the project becomes a reality, would like a hardcover of this some day

    4. John Ferguson on October 1, 2012

      Thanks for being honest. Tough climb, copyrights are.

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      Arthur Thomas
      on October 1, 2012

      Stand-up decision and completely understand. Not sure, but should we cancel our auto draft with amazon so we're not charged? I haven't been in involved in this situation before where the project was successful but the developer backs out from taking the funds. Could you provide some additional insight on this?

      Thanks again!

    6. Chad Smith
      on October 1, 2012

      Best of luck. I completely understand your logic. Keep us informed.

    7. Jerry Siskind
      on October 1, 2012

      I really like the softcover book possibility!

    8. Ronjan Sikdar on October 1, 2012

      Bummer, but can't argue with the rationale. Best of luck figuring out the solution. I hope it results in your being able to share this amazing creation with the world! Hopefully your follow-up project has fewer snags.

    9. Nathan Griffith on October 1, 2012

      This seems like a smart move. Keep us in the loop, so if/when you finally have hardcover copies ready to order, I can throw money at you. ;-)

    10. Daniel Lanciana Creator on October 1, 2012

      Hi Nights, I will void funding with about an hour to go. Just prior I will private message all backers asking them to message me their email addresses.

    11. Shervyn von Hoerl
      on October 1, 2012

      While I am saddened by this, I understand. I DM'd you my personal email.

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      Quentin H. on October 1, 2012

      I hope it all works out...but how will you keep Kickstarter from auto-taking our money after the time remaining expires?