Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 14, 2012.

Update #21

Hardcover part 2a

Hi

This is really a clarification to clear up some unintended confusion. At the stretch goal of $81,000, the entire print run of the book goes to hardcover, even the remarked and alternate cover editions. All books shipped will be hardcover. There won't be a softcover anymore. (We unfortunately can't offer a choice of softcover. That would be a separate print run, and the costs are prohibitive.)

This is an upgrade for the support and success of the KS campaign. No one is required to up their pledges for the hardcover. However, any backers - existing or new - who would like to up their pledges to help us get to the new goal faster, it would allow us to set our aim higher and make the book even better. If just half the current backers raised their pledge even $5, it would get us almost all the way there. But as long as we reach the new goal, no one has to add anything to their pledge to receive the book in hardcover.

Hope that clears it up, and thanks for everything.

And now, another classic--

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      Creator Todd Wilson on August 22, 2012

      I will simply say: Thank you both for the updates!!!! I prefer the updates over 99% of my usual email.

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      Creator Derek Chen on August 22, 2012

      Improper use of Kickstarter's update tool? Maybe. Spam? Hell no! I've been super excited about this project since I heard about it so keep the updates coming, it'll help make these 6 months pass quicker. :)

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      Creator ShinKagato on August 22, 2012

      I enjoy the update, they show enthusiasm for the project and help make you both seem more human because lets face it, most of us comic book geeks put you guys way up on this super star shrine in our heads and honestly, i like the interaction with you both. I have been lucky enough to meet a few creaters in my time and i still look at them in awe (which has to be weird for them) so yeah, happy to be kept in the loop, if you post them ill read them ^_^

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      Creator Frank Zermeño on August 22, 2012

      I like the constant updates! Just thought I'd chime in since everyone was leaving comments about the frequent updates. I see it as good communication, I haven't really received an update from you guys where I thought, "Really? They emailed me because of THIS?!" Everything has been of interest with regards to this project, and especially regarding the hardcover. I also liked the vote on whether to include the dust jacket, I feel more involved in this project than the last, and that's a great thing.

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      Creator William Thomas on August 22, 2012

      While I get @Jimmy 's comments regarding spam, but dont completely agree, most updates have been useful unlike a few other projects lack of update (Japan Needs Heroes/H.P Lovecraft's Wonderland) before and after being successful.
      A project with monthly update would put me off a bit until closer to the end of it, i'd expect you updated will likely drop back a bit as the time goes on as you will have less to mention except for possible further stretch goals.
      Tho' I agree, you really needed to have investigate the way successful Kickstarters have been run previously.
      As in my post agreeing with another poster I'd recommend making contact with Jason Brubaker (Successful Kickstarted comics: reMIND Volume 1 and Currently on very successful Kickstart on volume 2)
      He is always been happy to help other comic writers with tips on self publishing, see his reMINDBlog , email him on Kickstarter or via his website.
      (He is also planning on a future book on this topic)

      Either way I am looking forward to this project and are enjoying being kept informed of the progress via the updates :)

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      Creator Chuck Marshall on August 22, 2012

      I'm goign to wager that Jimmy is in the minority. While he's entitled to his opinion, I for one, love updates like Shark King eating Catman,etc. Certainly there has been some admitted "newness" to the Kickstarter and self-pubslishing system from you guys, but I don't see the problem there. I think this project took off in a way that you weren't expecting, so you were caught off your guard in a few aspects. indeed, I find the candor in the updates refreshing. In othe rprjects I've backed, backers are often left to wonder whether the creator is even watching, as updates are infrequent or non-existent.

      I applaud your enthusiasm, and say "keep it coming!"

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      Creator David Simerly on August 22, 2012

      Congrats! The number of updates per day from this project now outnumbers the daily penis enlargement and Viagra(tm) spam received. Let's see whether you guys can now beat M'bwebwe from Zimbabwe who has a large check waiting for me. :)

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      Creator G_Q on August 22, 2012

      I don't mind the updates at all....i've been backing a number of KS's and most tend to update at least once a day or every couple of days. I like all the little updates on this one...it's been keeping me interested and coming back even though I can't afford to up my pledge at this time.

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      Creator Ammon Beckstrom on August 22, 2012

      I appreciate and enjoy the updates. However, I'm even more appreciative of the clarification around the hardcover print run at $81K.

      Good luck!

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      Creator Jimmy Dunn on August 22, 2012

      (Actually you guys have been up for around closer to 14 days, which is 1.5 updates a day. My apologies for the math error)

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      Creator Jimmy Dunn on August 22, 2012

      Hey, I just wanted to leave a couple comments, then I'm unsubscribing from updates (I'm leaving my pledge intact, don't worry)

      It's really clear you guys didn't do your research before going into this Kickstarter. You had no idea what stretch goals were. You had no real research done into publishing / shipping costs. You didn't know how the multiple pledge system works, which has been explained to backers on nearly every Kickstarter (9 as of this one) I've backed.

      You've repeatedly made statements along the lines of "Sorry, I am new to this." Instead of starting the Kickstarter when you did, you should have taken about 5 hours and researched how successfully backed Kickstarters made their campaigns. When you begin to draw a person, don't you study them first? When you write about a factual event, don't you study that? You guys are fantastic creators, but you've done a disservice both to yourselves and to your fans by going into this without studying it.

      Now, all of this wouldn't really bother me as a backer, since normally all I have to do is click "Pledge" and a few months later fill out a survey with my address so I receive my pledge reward(s). But here's the rub--you have spammed my e-mail with Kickstarter updates pretty much daily for the last week. In the (I believe 7?) days that this Kickstarter has been active, you have had 21 updates. To put that in perspective, of the 8 other Kickstarters I've backed, only TWO have had more updates--one which was successfully funded 11 months ago has had 22 updates, for an average of 2 updates PER MONTH. The other was successfully funded 7 and a half months ago and has had 33 updates, or 4.4 updates per month. You guys have been averaging 3 updates PER DAY.

      Now, I know what you may be saying right now--"Oh, but you can just unsubscribe yourself from e-mail updates, can't you?" (Though you might not be saying that since you don't really seem to understand how Kickstarter works, going back to my first point). Yes. Yes I can. And I'm going to in just a minute. But you see, updates are generally important to Kickstarters. Updates are used to let fans know when they need to put their addresses in so that they can receive their pledge rewards. Updates are used to let fans know "Hey guys, we're running a bit behind--we're really sorry that your rewards are going to be a month late" or something to that effect.

      What updates AREN'T used for is posting a picture of King Shark eating Catman, or posting FOUR separate updates that are all saying "thank you" or "I'm dancing, except I'm not actually dancing because I don't dance but if I danced I would totally be dancing and you could all see it except you're not in the room with me anyway." I wouldn't have a problem with a few updates along those lines -- one "Thank you to everyone from Gail and Jim" and then maybe update it to have that video, and wishing Jim a happy birthday is certainly fine. But generally rather than spamming peoples' e-mails (and it's entirely possible I'm in the minority on this, in which case I'm sure I'll be lambasted in this comment section, but I would estimate I'm just in the largely passive/silent majority) MOST of those things ought to be edited into the actual Kickstarter main page post.

      I appreciate that you are interested in opening up a dialogue with the backers about things like dust jackets, but that can all be done in one comment thread, and then the decisions made go into the main page post.

      If you, Gail and Jim, have actually made it through reading this whole thing I appreciate it. I have the utmost respect for you as comic creators, and I'm excited to read this book once it's published. I've met Gail (and her wonderful husband Scott) at conventions and spent inordinate amounts of time bugging you guys. After this post I'm going to unsubscribe to updates and enjoy the radio silence from thereon out--so I don't really expect/need a response or anything to this. I just wish you had done more research before asking fans to give you $34,000 -- which is a lot of money.

      Thanks,
      Jimmy

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      Creator Gail Simone/Jim Calafiore on August 22, 2012

      Hi Richard
      I don't think with this system that's possible. We can only ask, and if you'd like to up your pledge, there's the MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE button under the goal amount on the main page (think a person has to be logged in for it to say that). We're not trying to inconvenience anyone.

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      Creator Richard Larson on August 22, 2012

      It would be nice if you want more money to have a visible and usable link to do so.

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      Creator Eric N Bennett on August 22, 2012

      Upped my pledge to $20. Well worth it.

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      Creator Chris Chew on August 22, 2012

      AWESOME!!! Thank you thank you thank you

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      Creator Amit Sharma on August 22, 2012

      I am the opposite, known to complain when I get TOO many updates. Yet still, I'm quite excited for this, and have upped my pledge from $15 to $50. Ms. Simone and Mr. Calafiore, thank you for your work past, present, and future.

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      Creator Dablue on August 22, 2012

      hehehe... I am known to complain when projects dont add updates often..... you guys make all that pain go away =)

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