I can't believe it's been more than two years since we ran this Kickstarter. O.O What a ride it's been!
Those of you on the $50+ tiers have been receiving regular updates on Book 2, but for the rest of you: serialization of Book 2 is finally complete. It took twice as long to serialize than Book 1 did, mostly because Book 2 is longer, Book 1 started with a backlog, and because we started a digital fiction magazine in the middle of serialization. :) For those who didn't know, we launched Sparkler Monthly last summer, a place for us to publish the comics, illustrated prose, and audio dramas of other great creators (and pay advances, to boot!). Tokyo Demons moved into it, but thanks to your generous support, back chapters aren't subject to the paywall that most of the other serials have. You subsidized it, and we can't thank you enough for that. <3
We'll be releasing the ebook sometime in July. $50+ pledges will get notification by email, and we'll post another update here as well.
For you $100+ pledges, more good news: the Book 1 audio book is also finally complete! If we're talking about projects that took much longer than anticipated, that one takes the prize--almost three years from start to finish. (With all the bonus material, it clocks in at about fourteen hours of meticulously edited audio.) Again, thanks to your subsidy, the audio book is free to stream, so you can click that link and listen to the whole thing right now! We're revising some of the old chapters and putting together more bonus material, so the complete set for you guys will probably be ready in early August. We'll let you know!
We released about half of our stretch goals during the serialization of Book 2, and the other half will be rolling out in the coming months. But we'll save that for our next update--there's a lot to go over!
Also, I'd like to take a moment to say something about another one of our light novels...Gauntlet, written by Ellery Prime and T2A (teaat2am), was chosen as the first illustrated prose novel to run alongside Tokyo Demons in Sparkler Monthly, and we worked carefully with the creators to make the book as awesome as possible. But now, unlike our Off*Beat Kickstarter, the Gauntlet paperback Kickstarter is in serious danger of not succeeding. Illustrated novels in English are a tough sell, so if you enjoyed Tokyo Demons, please consider checking out Gauntlet and helping us bring the creators' hard work into paperback form. (And tell your friends, if you think it would be up their alley!) The tier buy-ins are much lower for Gauntlet, since it's not on the Tokyo Demons subsidy model.
Thanks, guys! You'll hear from us a lot in the next few months, as we finally bring this GIANT project to a close. Thank you for all your support, and for sticking around this long!
-Lianne and Rebecca