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Help bring a lovely, full-color, printed collection of Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell to life!

Hello Everyone!  We’re Sophie Goldstein and Jenn Jordan, and we’re the creators of Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell.

Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell is set in a world where mythical beings not only roam the earth, but also camp out on your sofa and raid your refrigerator.  Gods and demons walk the earth, pay rent, and hold unfulfilling minimum-wage jobs just like everyone else.  

In 21st-century Brooklyn, karma can be tracked like a credit score, and our protagonist Darwin Carmichael has a big problem.  Due to an unfortunate incident involving some intense snogging, an unbalanced high chair, and a framed image of the Buddha, he acquired a massive karmic deficit. Long story short, he’s going to go to hell...and he should probably do something about that.  

You can read all of Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell here.

We started publishing our comic in January 2009 and just finished it this past summer at strip number 360. We would really love to make a beautiful, full color print edition of the comic for our loyal readers and respective moms to cherish for years to come.

In addition to the comics our print edition of the book will feature behind-the-scenes commentary as well as concept art and a few other goodies.  We have a number of cool incentives to choose from as well, including a Darwin zombie doll, a Skittles plushie, original art, comics packs, and a special artist edition of the book.

Sophie previously participated in the successful Kickstarter campaign for the horror anthology Sleep of Reason and is November's Artist of the Month on Geek Room. Her work was also featured in Best American Comics 2013, edited by Jeff Smith.

Jenn is working on her doctorate in medieval history at SUNY Stony Brook.  After running the now defunct medieval blog Per Omnia Saecula, she now occasionally group-blogs at Modern Medieval.  She has contributed several performances to the NYU-run Performing Medieval Narrative database, and has written on using performance to teach medieval literature and history.  

Please help us make our comics dream a reality.  Thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page, and for your support.

Every day is a fresh hell, but it’s a chance at redemption.

Praise for Darwin Carmichael

"It's like Peanuts with added sex and drugs. And set in a gorgeously colored world where every mythological being is real, and also kind of a dick." -Sylvan Migdal, Curvy

"I love complicated characters and world mythology, and Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell has both in spades. It's fun and colorful and cheeky as hell and has been one of my favorite webcomics for years." -Yuko Ota, JohnnyWander.com

"Skittles may be the best character ever created: a 2000-year-old manticore who was once owned by Oscar Wilde, William Howard Taft, and Batman (to name a few) and who has the personality of a 13-year-old girl. Brilliant." -Mike Braff, Suvudu.com

"DCIGTH is terrific, funny, heartfelt stuff, and you should get in on this while the getting’s good." -Gary Tyrrell, Fleen.com

Darwin Carmichael Review on io9.com

Sophie and Jenn interviewed on Bitch Media

Darwin Carmichael Review on Geek Room

Artist Spotlight on High-Low

Artist of the Month on Geek Room

Darwin Carmichael's TVTropes Page

Rewards

Here's a preview of some of the rewards we're offering!

Three science fiction comics by Sophie!  For more on these comics,including descriptions and links to reviews, check out Sophie's store page.

Irene, a comics anthology featuring a story by Sophie and the work of many other talented cartoonists!  For further info on this book, check out the Irene store page.

"Poopy Claws" a children's book written by Gene Ambaum and illustrated by Sophie!  More details about this are available at the Unshelved Store.

Skittles Cake Tote!  Sturdy and attractive!  Not actually good for carrying cake.

Handmade Skittles plushie, designed by Claire Sanders!  One foot long from head to butt and designed for huggability.

Darwin Zombie Doll by Flipping Zombies!

Push Goals

We've met our goal of $12,000 (In 4 days!  Wow!) so we're setting up push goals!  Here's the first one:

$12,000 - Goal. MET!
$14,000 - Hard-cover books for every level with a book order! MET!
$16,000- Bookplates included in every "signed" book, hand-lettered with backer's name (or name of their choice) and signed by both authors.  MET!
$18,000- SCIENCE IS MAGIC bumper sticker for every level with a book! MET!

$20,000- Spot gloss on the cover, custom colored endpapers and a bookmark ribbon.  Our dream book! MET!$24,000- SKITTLES bumper sticker for every level with a book!

Bookplate printed on heavy vellum paper, signed by both authors and handlettered with the backer's name or name of their choice.

 Bumper sticker proclaiming your mystical love of science.

Fierce Skittles bumper sticker to protect the car/notebook of your choice.

More to be announced as the Kickstarter continues!  Keep tuned guys!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Sophie and Jenn have been working in webcomics since 2009. Although Sophie has a lot of experience preparing mini-comics, this will be our first time working with a professional printer. We have spoken with other web comic artists who have launched successful Kickstarter campaigns about working with printers and handling large-scale distribution, so we are confident that we can bring this project to fruition. We have a lot of gumption. Like, we measure it in metric tons.

The book is complete, so there will be no issues on the creation side. We are still thinking of places where we can store a thousand books containing dangerous levels of awesome, but we are looking at several promising abandoned missile silos and re-purposed Doomsday bunkers. Also, Sophie has a studio.

If anyone has any other concerns or questions about this project, please drop us a line!

FAQ

  • No! In fact, the book will be EVEN LONGER! We are printing the strips one per page to ensure high-quality readability and we'll also be including some additional materials like end-notes and early character sketches. Our estimated page length at this time is 372 pages. That's a big book!

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