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Surviving the World is ending, and to celebrate the end of 10+ years and 3500+ comics, we're doing a "best of" book collection!
Surviving the World is ending, and to celebrate the end of 10+ years and 3500+ comics, we're doing a "best of" book collection!
897 backers pledged $42,819 to help bring this project to life.

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WE MET OUR GOAL!  HURRAY!

Here are some stretch goals to further improve the book and your rewards as the campaign continues on!

ACHIEVED – THE AUDIOBOOK: a digital recording of the entire book being read aloud will be provided to all backers

ACHIEVED – THE SOUNDTRACK: a soundtrack listing to go with every page in the book will be added as an appendix to the book

ACHIEVED – THE THANK YOU: a handwritten thank you note on an index card will be inserted into every physical book copy obtained through the Kickstarter

ACHIEVED – THE CHEMISTRY TEXTBOOK: all backers will receive an additional PDF-only book of Bonding Time chemical structure art

ACHIEVED – THE WEATHER GUIDE: all backers will receive a complete guide of cloud names for all days of the year for any Sunday-through-Saturday configuration

Hello there! Grab a seat, and let's call class into session for one last time, and I'll tell you what this is all about.  

I'm Dante Shepherd. For the last ten years, I've been producing Surviving The World, a daily photocomic with a chalkboard and labcoat and lessons touching on just about everything (science, literature, creeping people out, you name it). The comic is a mix of humor and education combined with complete destruction of the fourth wall. STW has been used in classrooms as a teaching material, for a wedding proposal, as a daily mantra, and it's funny, too!  

It started in 2008, and now, ten years later, it's coming to an end of June 1st.  So to celebrate the end, we're pulling together a "best of" book collection, featuring 300 of the best comics from the 3500+ that have been made in the last ten years.

WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?

Let's put it simply - readers have been asking for a STW book for nearly as long as STW has been running. The entire goal of this Kickstarter is to get them made, printed in beautiful color with all the bonus jokes that have gone right along with it.

So for rewards?

  • The first and only STW book - 300 comics in color with bonus jokes and good stuff, and a foreword written by best-selling author Christopher Moore
  • A digital copy of the STW book - in PDF form
  • A Kickstarter-only print - a brand-new comic featuring a cat in a labcoat
  • A full-STW brain USB - containing the full run of STW and all additional STW comics ever made
  • A mini-slate chalkboard - to be personalized with a lesson of your choosing
  • Raisins - I'll eat a pound of raisins, like I did with the last successful STW Kickstarter. Ugh.

And I'll personalize and sign the book for you, creating a lesson around a subject of your choosing, if you so wish!

Here's what the USB looks like!

(It's a brain!)
(It's a brain!)

Here's a break-down of the rewards tiers:

ADD-ON ITEMS? 

Yes! There are a number of STW items which you can directly choose to include as a reward if you add it on to your backing tier. These can include additional books as well. First, select the reward tier that you're interested in, with the amount necessary to support the campaign at that tier. Then, make your donation an additional amount to reflect the add-on item that you wanted. This will cover the shipping of both items, too. 

The pricing for the add-on items are as follows:  

  • $10 – set of 4 black-and-white STW mini-books containing lessons from the site, signed and personalized
  • $12 – set of 12 squid-themed Christmas cards
  • $14 – set of 12 lobster-themed Christmas cards
  • $20 – report card dry-erase board
  • $40 – STW labcoat
  • $45 – signed labcoat
  • There are also still some 365-page STW calendars from 2014 if you're interested in those!

If you prefer, you will also be able to add items to your order via BackerKit after the project funds.

I WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION. CAN YOU SUMMARIZE?

The one and only STW book to celebrate the ending of Surviving The World. You'll love it.

Thanks for your support! 

German Shepherd has checked the math, and it all adds up.
German Shepherd has checked the math, and it all adds up.

Risks and challenges

We're working with Make That Thing, who have produced and fulfilled dozens of Kickstarter campaigns. They know what they're doing and will get your books to you safely and quickly!

STW has had success with Kickstarter before, and Make That Thing was a major help in making sure everything was delivered smoothly. This project will be in good hands with them!

The general design of the book is complete, so there shouldn't be too many concerns moving forward! In addition, I will be able to devote significant attention this summer to making sure the book is delivered to the printers with more than enough lead-time, so all systems are go!

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    DEAN'S LIST

    A PDF copy of the book!

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    CUM LAUDE

    A physical copy of the STW Book, and a PDF copy!

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    MAGNA CUM LAUDE

    A physical copy of the STW Book, and a special STW print! Also the PDF.

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    SUMMA CUM LAUDE

    A signed and personalized physical copy of the STW Book, and a special STW print! Also the PDF.

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    RETAILER

    5 physical copies of the STW book.

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    GRAD STUDENT

    A physical copy of the STW Book, the special STW print, and the USB containing the complete STW run! Also the PDF.

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    • STW Print
    • Complete STW on USB
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    PROFESSOR

    A signed and personalized physical copy of the STW Book, a special STW print, and the USB containing the complete STW run! Also the PDF.

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    • STW Print
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    VICE PROVOST

    A physical copy of the STW Book, a special STW print, the USB containing the complete STW run, and a mini-slate chalkboard with a personalized lesson of your choosing! Also the PDF.

    Includes:
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    • STW Print
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    PROVOST

    A signed and personalized physical copy of the STW Book, a special STW print, the USB containing the complete STW run, and a mini-slate chalkboard with a personalized lesson of your choosing! Also the PDF.

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    UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

    Everything at the PROVOST level, and I will also eat a pound of raisins.

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    • STW Print
    • Complete STW on USB
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