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      Creator Dan Kim on March 24

      And thanks to everyone for being so patient through this, really, really, just crazy delay. I need to deliver and get this material into your hands instead of worrying about marginal quality improvements.

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      Creator Dan Kim on March 24

      I'm afraid I've also been bitten by the #1 killer of KS projects -- project creep and anxiety about quality. A day passes, so I have to be able to deliver something EVEN BETTER, so I grind and try and improve drawing quality... ... but then I spend the day trying to improve my drawing ability. But now that the drawing is better, I should improve writing, right? So I go on and try to improve the story, add some bits, etc. Oh man, it's going to be so much bigger and better! And now the project is bigger and requires better drawings, so I should go back and improve drawing... -- and so on.

      Well, you can see some of the results of my foolishness below...

      Comparison of colour works (2013 to current): http://manga.clone-army.org/temp/comicwork.png

      Another recent colour work: http://manga.clone-army.org/site/themes/2013b/2014_jan.jpg

      You can compare the above drawings to some of drawings of Cupcake I did just before the Kickstarter campaign: http://manga.clone-army.org/gallery.php…

      In any case, I've stopped grinding and started producing comic pages for the digital rewards again.

      Here's the current page of Vampire Princess I'm working on (NSFW!):
      http://manga.clone-army.org/temp/snax_and_templar_026d.png

      Here are the 25 other pages (so far):
      http://manga.clone-army.org/viewer.php…=

      It was originally supposed to be 8 pages of small 4komas, but like I said, it exploded into something much bigger.

      I've been producing a lot of character art for the series as part of my drawing practice, too... Mostly Vicky (the short-haired Templar with the mechanical arm):
      http://manga.clone-army.org/gallery.php…

      If you scroll through, you can see the slow improvement over the months.

      Anyway, I'm still on the job and I'll make sure everyone gets what they paid for, even if it takes a while.

      Apologies, though, for falling out of communication and the terrible wait. Just anxiety coupled with guilt. Ugh. Hopefully it'll all be worth the wait! : <

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      Creator Jonathan Barrett on March 21

      Um, hey, I don't want to complain, since I have my awesome physical book and everything else but... what is going on with the Digital rewards? You said Christmas last I asked, but that was a few months ago now... I mean, take as much time as you need, but, it would be nice to know what is going on.

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      Creator Jonathan Barrett on December 30

      Lizzie Shinkicker should be a secret boss in it.

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      Creator Dan Kim on December 22

      Yup, something like that. : >

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      Creator Jonathan Barrett on December 22

      Wait a sec, Magical Girl Maker? Will this be anything like Gainax's old Princess Maker games? http://lparchive.org/Princess-Maker-2/Update%201/

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      Creator Dan Kim on December 19

      Ha ha, thanks. : >

      Well, I was thinking about doing a KS each time I finish a book -- and there's a magical girl maker game that I wanted to do... but I don't want to get ahead of myself. Gotta get take care of everyone who backed this one first before I do anything else.

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      Creator Jonathan Barrett on December 18

      No problems, I was just curious, since it hadn't been mentioned for a while. Physical stuff arrived just fine, so you're doing so much better than a good deal of other projects. *cough*LAGAMESPACE+ENDLESSFANTASY*cough*
      I was mostly asking just because I am looking forward to crossing this kickstarter off the waiting list entirely, especially since the KS site now allows us to actually tick them off.
      You done good with this Kickstarter, do you think you'll do another in the future?

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      Creator Dan Kim on December 14

      Yo!

      Sorry for dragging this out. I thought I'd aim for a release on the 25th and make it a nice Christmas surprise for everyone. Hopefully that'll be okay.

      I know it's pretty frustrating to wait on stuff like this - I've just been hung up on improving drawing quality for the last several months. To the point of obsession. Thankfully the results have been pretty good, going from this (before drawing ~500 sketches and ~100 waifus):
      http://manga.clone-army.org/gallery/drawstream/drawstream_109.png

      to this (after all the sketches and waifus):
      http://manga.clone-army.org/cupcake/cupcake_000.jpg

      to this (just recently):
      http://manga.clone-army.org/toppics/2013_dec.jpg

      Hopefully it'll all be worth the wait.

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      Creator Jonathan Barrett on December 9

      How are the Digital Rewards coming along? Looking forward to those bonus comics, etc…

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      Creator Dan Kim on November 23

      Hey, Dieithrio.

      I see -- the two books you ordered were wrapped and sent individually. It seems unthinkable that BOTH would go missing, so something definitely went wrong.

      I'm sending you a direct message.

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      Creator Dieithrio on November 23

      Ok, I've been patient but I think I have waited enough now and nothing arrived. )': Is there a way to find out what happened to the package?

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      Creator Dieithrio on September 29, 2013

      @TheChosenOne. Oversea mail can be a pain sometimes and this is the case. But I'm not losing hope for my copies since you receveid the package recently as you have stated.

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      Creator Dan Kim on September 28, 2013

      Glad it arrived safely! : >

      Now I just have to send out the digital goods. ;w;

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      Creator Matthew Hanger on September 28, 2013

      Mine just came in the mail (Australia). It looks amazing!

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      Creator TheChosenOne on September 28, 2013

      Received mine a few days ago. (Netherlands)

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      Creator Dieithrio on September 13, 2013

      Yeah, crossing fingers... Maybe that's just slow...

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      Creator Dan Kim on September 12, 2013

      Hi!

      I sent both of your books almost 6-7 weeks ago... normally they should have arrived by now.
      Maybe give it another week?

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      Creator Dieithrio on September 12, 2013

      Is it normal to not have received it yet? :\ (Deluxe Hardcover - Italy)

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      Creator Dan Kim on September 9, 2013

      Great! Glad it arrived at last! : )

      And thanks again for grabbing a copy. : >

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      Creator AliSaenz on September 9, 2013

      Yay! Got home today to find my copy in the mail! Looks beautiful, can't wait to sit down and read the story!

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      Creator Dan Kim on September 3, 2013

      Glad you like it! : >

      And thanks for waiting through all the delays! ;w;

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      Creator Tor Damian Lorentzen on September 3, 2013

      Got my book last week (living in Norway), and I'm really happy with the quality of it! Great job Dan! Also, the sardine drinking gentleman cat sketch was perfect. Framing it :D

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      Creator Jonathan Barrett on August 10, 2013

      Just so you know, Earlybird Sketch editions now seem to be arriving in the UK…

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      Creator Larry Tyner on August 3, 2013

      Book arrived , with extras. Now to start reading.

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      Creator Dan Kim on August 2, 2013

      Great! Glad it got there alright. : >

      Thanks again for picking up a book. : >

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      Creator Anthony on August 2, 2013

      Got it today. Awesome book

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      Creator Anthony on August 1, 2013

      Still waiting on my book. Hopefully tomorrow or Saturday.

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      Creator Aaron Dosser on July 30, 2013

      YES FINALLY MY BOOK IS HERE
      I LOVE IT, AND MY SKETCH, AND I ONLY WISH MY CUPCAKE MEMBERSHIP CARD WOULD FIT IN MY WALLET

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      Creator Spencer Nelson on July 30, 2013

      The book looks and feels great. Thanks for putting so much effort into this project :)

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      Creator Stormwaltz on July 30, 2013

      Mine was waiting on my desk this morning, and wow is it nice. It "feels" nice too. The size, the weight, the tactile quality of the cover.

      I know, weird. Bibliophile. :)

      I'm looking forward to digging in to it tonight.

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      Creator Dan Kim on July 30, 2013

      Timothy:
      Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying the book~ : >

      Soeyoung:
      Awesome, glad you're satisfied. That Cupcake card was fun to make, too. : >

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      Creator soeyoung kim on July 30, 2013

      That's fine by me, I was just making sure I wasn't missing anything. I'm in love with your book and 120% satisfied with all of the nice goodies we got as bonus, (especially the cupcake membership card and bookmark!) so no worries. Thanks, Dan!

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      Creator Timothy Lincolne on July 30, 2013

      Came home from vacation to find the book waiting for me. Almost done reading it. Great Job!!!

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      Creator Dan Kim on July 30, 2013

      Hi, Soeyoung!

      Ah, yeah, about those stickers -- they just looked so tacky compared to the nice material in the book that I just left them out. It seemed like it was more of a downgrade than an upgrade. Sometimes ideas just don't work out, I guess... : <

      On the plus side, all books did indeed get materials upgrades (linen, better paper, etc.)

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      Creator soeyoung kim on July 30, 2013

      Hey Dan! I received the book yesterday, and it's just as great as I imagined it. Thanks!
      There's just one thing I'm having trouble with, where is the 20K stretch goal reward? I can't find it. :<

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      Creator Dan Kim on July 27, 2013

      Great! Glad it arrived safely! : >

      ... now to complete these additional digital goods... ;w;

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      Creator Jasper on July 27, 2013

      got mine! http://instagram.com/p/cSYF2pvwdH/ can't wait to read it~ TYTY!! :D

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      Creator Kartik Gupta on July 19, 2013

      Thanks Dan for an update.

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      Creator Dan Kim on July 13, 2013

      I'm getting tweets and messages from people who are starting to get their books now -- seems like they're finally starting to arrive. : )

      The books were sent out in waves over a couple weeks so there could be at least that much variation in arrival times... sorry I can't be more specific than that. If I do another project like this I'll make sure to have better bookkeeping. : (

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      Creator Spencer Nelson on July 13, 2013

      At what point should I expect my nonleather hardcover to arrive? I'm looking forward to reading it in print! I live in North Carolina.

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      Creator Dan Kim on July 10, 2013

      International orders may vary according to location and the speediness of your customs agency -- they've all been sent out via surface mail, so it could be 3 weeks or it could be 7.

      I'd have sent it by airmail, but that would cost about $40 - $60 per book, which just can't be done. : (

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      Creator Kartik Gupta on July 10, 2013

      Hi, when to expect my international shipment [HARDCOVER EDITION] ?

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      Creator Aaron Dosser on July 9, 2013

      I'm hyper excited for my book @_@ Will let you know how I like it (PROBABLY A LOT)

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      Creator Dan Kim on July 8, 2013

      Great! Glad you got it! : >
      I hope you think it was worth the wait. : >

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      Creator Brendan Hong on July 8, 2013

      I got my book today. Looks great. Love the matte feel of the slipcase, but I love just the look and feel of the actually hardcover book more.

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      Creator TheChosenOne on June 25, 2013

      Any chance you can have some pics/short movie of the leather books process and all? Even just a little.

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      Creator Ryan Bellward on June 22, 2013

      Haha i'm only messing with you Dan. I'm excited to get anything you produce, especially if its bound in leather :3

      From your most recent update they sound so fresh it defies words.You really weren't joking when you said they were going to be hand-bound.

      I'll be pleased even if the pages are upside down.

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      Creator Dan Kim on June 20, 2013

      Man, I hope these live up to expectations.

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      Creator Ryan Bellward on June 20, 2013

      Getting far too excited for my delicious leather books.

      They better look like god-damn Grimoires Dan! GRIMOIRES!!

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