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--- UPDATE 1/28/15 - Pledge $20 or more to have your name read in a Bonus Episode! 

As an extra incentive for the second half of our Kickstarter campaign, a special bonus episode will be made featuring the names of everyone who pledges at $20 or more. You do not have to accept a reward. Your pledge just needs to be $20 or greater. At the end of the Kickstarter, we will ask you for the name you would like to include in the extra episode, so it doesn't have to be your name if you are pledging on behalf of someone else. If you pledge at the $120 level or higher, then along with your doubled rewards, you will also get to put in a second name. If you don't have any friends, we can put your name in twice. 

The working title for the new episode is "The Shareholder's Brawl." This episode will recap what amounts to an all-out fight between a group of Kakos Industries shareholders. Your name will be mentioned at least once, and probably in reference to some outlandish, perhaps cartoonish act of violence. If you're uncomfortable with that sort of thing, send us a message and we can talk. 

And now back to your regularly scheduled Kickstarter content. 

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Welcome to the Kickstarter for Kakos Industries! Do Evil Better. If you believe the cover story, Kakos Industries is a dark and satirical look at the world of business, politics, science, and even interpersonal relationships in the form of a podcast. Join us twice a month for the corporate shareholder announcements keeping you up to date with all of the recent bizarre, wacky, and unsettling developments from Kakos Industries, its client base, and its surprise guests. Divisions discussed include the Adult Entertainment Branch, the Division of Philosophical Sabotage, the Division of Propagating Propaganda, the Division of Secret Societies, the Division of Pharmaceutical Advancement, the Division of Retro Religiosity, and everyone’s favorite, the Division of Gleep Glorp. Listen in as Corin Deeth III, the young CEO of Kakos Industries, gives the announcements, and also as a revolving door of guests join the broadcast, interrupt, and occasionally declare war, broadening the ever expanding Universe of Kakos Industries. Kakos Industries is written, produced, directed, edited, and scored by Conrad Miszuk, who is also the voice of Corin Deeth. 

You can find Season 1 at http://www.KakosIndustries.com (Warning: NSFW language)

You can find the video advertisements here. (Also NSFW language)

Now to the all important question: What is the money for? Well, to put it simply, the money is for Evil.

Evil
Evil

More specifically, the money is for lesser evils (fees) and Real Evil. 

Real Evil and lesser evil
Real Evil and lesser evil

More specifically, Real Evil is broken down into Evil Material Costs, and Real Serious Evil. The posters and T-Shirts all cost money to produce, and we want you to have the highest quality items possible. Along with the packaging and included US shipping, the material costs will account for around half of our budget. They are printed in the US by mostly willing participants, but I am told the side-effects of working with us will be long lasting and mostly negative.

Real Evil
Real Evil

That’s probably still not specific enough. It is obvious to anyone with a smartphone that web design is not my forté. In addition to getting professional help with the main site, we will create a web store for items like these as well as many new items in the future. We will also be putting a sum of the money toward having a better hosting plan, which will help to spread Evil much faster.

Real Serious Evil
Real Serious Evil

The Evil of Immense Gravitas can be further broken down into Evil Software and Production Costs (the things that make the show and the youtube videos possible and sound/look good) and True Evil. Kakos Industries is in need of some expensive software upgrades, storage solutions, and other "legitimate business things." 

Evil of Immense Gravitas
Evil of Immense Gravitas

True Evil should be obvious. And if it is not, then you are not meant to know. Rest easily knowing that it will not go to anything good, depending on your perspective, I guess.

Why $13,264 USD? In response, we only have to ask you this: Have you not been paying attention to the numbers during the broadcasts?

To summarize, the money will go to making the show sound better, it will streamline the processes of putting the show together, it will secure the data storage, it will go to making the show easier to access on the website and elsewhere, it will go to making more humorous advertisements, and it will go to making the excellent swag that you are about to order, and a store to order even more swag from in the future.

Speaking of the swag, it's about time that we saw some of it.

The Sticker (4” x 1.75”)

The Sticker
The Sticker

You can put The Sticker on your car, on your laptop, on your bicycle, or perhaps on a kinky friend's nipple. Kakos Industries is not about judgment.

The T-Shirts

There are three T-Shirt designs. Everyone who pledges at the "We’re-Finally-Getting-There Shareholder" level or higher gets a T-Shirt. T-Shirts are screen printed in white ink on Gildan black blanks and are unisex sizes. You may increase your pledge for additional T-Shirts. See the pledge levels for rules.

T-Shirt 1 tells us to Do Evil Better

T-Shirt 1 - Do Evil Better
T-Shirt 1 - Do Evil Better

 T-Shirt 2 features the company name.

T-Shirt 2 - Kakos Industries
T-Shirt 2 - Kakos Industries

T-Shirt 3 features only a larger logo.

T-Shirt 3 - Logo Only
T-Shirt 3 - Logo Only

Some action shots: 

Adam, the voice of Corin Deeth in Episode 13
Adam, the voice of Corin Deeth in Episode 13
Lindsey, the voice of Helena Concutio
Lindsey, the voice of Helena Concutio
Hanna, the voice of Hailey Solomonari
Hanna, the voice of Hailey Solomonari
Conrad, the voice of Corin Deeth (usually)
Conrad, the voice of Corin Deeth (usually)

The Posters

The standard Kakos Industries Poster (18x24") for everyone who pledges at the "Poster Child of a Shareholder" level or higher:

The Standard Kakos Industries Poster
The Standard Kakos Industries Poster

 The Shareholder Certificate (8.5x11" on parchment paper) for everyone who pledges at the "A Real Shareholder" level or higher:

Shareholder Certificate
Shareholder Certificate

The text body of the certificate is still being worked on. With all of the blanks to fill in, no two certificates will be the same. Each will feature the signature of Corin Deeth III, a fancy embossment, some number of shares, a certificate number, and some numbers to ignore.

The limited edition variant "First Blood" poster lets the world know you were there for us at the start. Everyone who pledges at the "Shareholder Deluxe" level or higher gets one!

"First Blood" Poster
"First Blood" Poster

Is there something else you want? Let us know and maybe we can work it out.

Please feel free to use the contact links if you have any questions or comments. 

Stretch Goals

It may seem like hubris to announce stretch goals before we have made The Goal, but, as we've said before, at Kakos Industries, hubris is kind of our thing. Without further delay:

$16,000 - Additional T-Shirt design to choose. At this amount of money, Kakos Industries will be able to acquire more musical hardware and software to enhance the background tracks.

$18,000 - Everybody signs everything. That's right, the entire cast of Season 1 will sign both the standard posters and the limited edition posters for everyone who pledges at a level that gets these posters. The additional funds will help to buy the cast of Kakos Industries an extravagant meal as thanks for their hard work.

$22,000 - Kakos Classic Episode 1 - Isn't it about time we actually heard from the man. the myth, the epic poem himself, Corin Deeth I? Producing this episode will require a substantial amount of new music, and the additional funds will help me to secure it. This is an additional episode, not a replacement. It will be released concurrently with one of your regularly scheduled announcements from Corin Deeth III.

$26,000 - Kakos Classic Episode 2 - Let's hear from Corin Deeth I about some of the monsters kept inside of Kakos Industries. This episode, from another time frame, will also require some new music, and the additional budget helps to secure that. This is also an additional episode, not a replacement. It will be released concurrently with one of your regularly scheduled announcements from Corin Deeth III.

$30,000 - Kakos Classic Episode 3: The Threeth - Hear about young Corin Deeth III directly from his grandfather. This episode will also take place in a different time frame, and will require a new score. The additional funds will help to secure that new music. Again, this is an additional episode, not a replacement. It will be released concurrently with one of your regularly scheduled announcements from Corin Deeth III.

What's next? Push us higher and find out!

Risks and challenges

The challenges facing the Kakos Industries Season 2 Kickstarter are printing the rewards, shipping the rewards, and continuing to make great episodes of the podcast. I am new to printing posters and shirts, but I have spent the last few months refining designs, communicating with printers, and calculating costs. I even ordered a batch of T-Shirts with money out of my own pocket to make sure that they are as awesome as they need to be. For these reasons, I'm confident I can tackle any problems that arise.

International shipping may be a challenge as its cost varies from country to country. Problems may arise because of this variance, but we will always work with you to get you your rewards. If you know that shipping to your country is complicated, feel free to contact us and we can look into it.

In regards to challenges in making new episodes, I've been working on this project for over a year, and I am also confident I can keep that going. The additional funds and tools will hopefully make things easier.

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    Technically a Shareholder*!
    Well, you’ve given us a dollar, so I suppose you’re entitled to some updates about the progress and the making-of, and you also don’t have to feel quite so guilty about listening to the free podcast episodes. You will (technically) be a Kakos Industries Shareholder. You will also be added to the mailing list to stay up to date with the episodes of the podcast.

    *The legal team would like to note that being a shareholder in Kakos Industries is only being a shareholder in the Evil produced by Kakos Industries. There are no monetary rewards.

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    Technically a Better Shareholder*!
    That’s a little better. At this reward level, you get 2 Kakos Industries Stickers! The Stickers are around 4” x 1.75”, which is 10cm x 4.5cm for those of you living almost everywhere else in the world. That is roughly 3 x 1.3 Chinese inches if you’re into that sort of thing. International shipping is an additional $5.

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    We’re-Finally-Getting-There Shareholder*!
    Hey, look at that! You’ve really upped your involvement there. You know what? You can have 2 stickers and a T-Shirt, screen-printed in white ink on a Gildan black blank. Now you have the unenviable task of choosing which of the three T-Shirt designs you would like. Are you a “Kakos Industries” type of person? You want people to know exactly what it is that you support without them asking any questions. Are you perhaps a a “Do Evil Better” kind of person? You want people to know that you support the cause of Evil, and further you want to answer endless question about “what that’s from.” Or perhaps are you the simple “Logo Only” person? You don’t want anyone to know anything. You only want to talk to people who are already in the know, and you want to leave everyone else wondering, but without enough information to formulate a question. Or perhaps you want all three? That’s okay. For more shirts, pledge an additional $20 in the US, or $35 international, for each shirt you want and we'll send you that many. We’ll be sure to collect your size and design preference later in whatever way that makes the data entry the most hellacious.

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    Poster Child of a Shareholder*!
    The rewards above, plus the Kakos Industries standard poster, autographed by the creator of the show (and designer of the poster), Conrad Miszuk. US shipping is included, international shipping is an additional $35 USD. You can still add additional funds for more T-Shirts just like in the pledge level above ($20/shirt in the US, and $35/shirt outside of the US).

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    A Real Shareholder*!
    Let’s face it. Everyone above is only barely scraping by as a shareholder. You want it for real. And for real, you shall have it. At this level, you will receive a Shareholder Certificate (8.5” x 11” on parchment paper) indicating your ownership of some piece of Kakos Industries and the Evil that it produces (we would like to emphasize once more that there is no monetary reward to being a shareholder). On the certificate will be your name, some number of shares, a certificate number, a fancy embossment, some numbers to ignore, and the signature of Corin Deeth III. No two Shareholder Certificates will be alike. Shipping in the US is included, elsewhere is $35 USD. You will also receive the standard signed poster, a T-Shirt, and two stickers, and you can still add on for more shirts ($20/shirt in the US, and $35/shirt outside of the US).

    *Corin Deeth himself would like to note that being a shareholder in Kakos Industries is only being a shareholder in the Evil produced by Kakos Industries. There are no monetary rewards.

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    Shareholder Deluxe*!
    We get it. You want to separate yourself from the rest with something truly unique. Well, how would you like this limited edition, "First Blood" color variant poster? A minimum of 500 will be printed to satisfy the requirements of our printer, but in the event that we are very lucky and more than 500 are ordered during this Kickstarter, we will be happy to print additional posters, but only for Kickstarter backers. These color variant prints will also be signed by the show’s creator, Conrad Miszuk. Shipping in the US is free; International shipping is $35 USD. This pledge level also includes a T-Shirt, the standard signed poster, two stickers, the shareholder certificate, and you can always add on for more shirts ($20/shirt in the US, and $35/shirt outside of the US).

    *The disembodied voice of Evil produced by Kakos Indsutries would like to note that being a shareholder in Kakos Industries is only being a shareholder in the Evil produced by Kakos Industries. There are no monetary rewards.

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    Double Plus Shareholder* Deluxe!
    Why wouldn’t you want two of everything? This pledge level comes with four stickers, two T-shirts, two standard posters, two shareholder certificates (we can make them both with your name, but it also makes for a great gift), and two of the limited edition posters. US shipping is included; international shipping is $50 USD. Posters are still signed, and you can order more shirts by adding on $20/shirt in the US, and $35/shirt outside of the US.

    *A small child we just asked would like to note that being a shareholder in Kakos Industries is only being a shareholder in the Evil produced by Kakos Industries. There are no monetary rewards.

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    Call-Me-Maybe Shareholder*!
    In addition to the Double Plus Shareholder* Deluxe rewards, you will receive a personalized answering machine recording from Corin Deeth. International backers will still need to pay an additonal $50 to ship the physical rewards. Shipping in the US is still included.

    *An echo in the halls of Kakos Industries would like to note that being a shareholder in Kakos Industries is only being a shareholder in the Evil produced by Kakos Industries. There are no monetary rewards.

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    Undead Shareholder*!
    In addition to the Double Plus Shareholder* Deluxe rewards, a character in an episode will be named after you, and then killed. Shipping for the physical rewards is included in the US. International shipping is $50. The physical rewards will be shipped at the same time as everyone else's, but the character may take some time to appear in an episode.

    If you're on the fence about this, consider that new fans of Kakos Industries typically start from the beginning, meaning that everyone who listens to Kakos Industries will hear your name eventually.

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    Dinner with Deeth!
    You will receive all of the rewards of a Double Plus Shareholder* Deluxe, but you will also have the honor of dining with the show's creator, Conrad Miszuk, during the Phoenix Comic Con (May 28-31, 2015). You must secure your own transportation to Phoenix. Actual participation in the convention is optional. Physical rewards may still take longer to arrive. International shipping for physical rewards is an additional $50.

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    Let me Ruin-A-Life!
    You will receive all of the rewards of a Double Plus Shareholder* Deluxe, but you will also have the distinct honor of naming the “winner” and the “target” of the Ruin-A-Life drawing in one episode throughout Season 2. Perfect for immortalizing your name and a friend’s name. Also perfect for making something ridiculous canon. Some naming limitations apply (hint: Don't be a prejudiced dickhead. "Prejudiced Dickhead" is acceptable, though). The physical rewards will ship at the same time as everyone else's, but it may take some time to work your names into the episodes. International shipping is an additional $50.

    If you're on the fence about this, consider that new fans of Kakos Industries typically start from the beginning, meaning that everyone who listens to Kakos Industries will hear your contribution to the Ruin-A-Life drawing eventually.

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    It’s-All-About-Me VIP Shareholder*!
    In addition to receiving the rewards in the Double Plus Shareholder* Deluxe level, a special 5-minute episode will be made detailing everything you, the VIP shareholder, have helped Kakos Industries to do. Have we named a wing after you? Has your money gone to establishing a new division? This personal tour will be read by Corin Deeth III and accompanied as always by the Kakos Industries background music. The final file can be posted to the podcast feed like the other episodes, or it can be delivered directly to your email inbox, giving you the choice of whether or not to ever share it with another person. Physical rewards will ship at the same time as everyone else's, but making the special episode will take longer. International shipping for the physical rewards is an additional $50.

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