What is Dumbing of Age? It's a webcomic you can find on the Internet, and it's about freshmen entering college. It stars Joyce, a fundamentalist Christian who was previously homeschooled, and her unlikely new friend Dorothy: an atheist who wants to be President. They're surrounded by a varied cast of fully-realized characters, such as Billie: the alcoholic ex-cheerleader who so totally didn't have such a huge problem-slash-love-affair with their Resident Assistant that she definitely didn't get moved to another hall, and Amber: the Internet shut-in who solves her rage issues by dressing up like a superhero and fighting crime.
This book would collect "Year Eight," spanning the four storylines that start on September 1, 2017, and complete on August 30, 2018. This includes new commentary, behind-the-scenes artwork, and new character designs into an 222-page tome with luxurious glossy paper all bound up into a sturdy presentation. Seriously, these books are gorgeous. Sometimes when we get solicitors I whip out a book to show them how pretty it is.
And there will be another foreword by Jeph Jacques. Yep, another one.
There are also a few pages of bonus material including unused strips and alternate punchlines!
To print 1500 copies of this book at $8 apiece, I'll need to raise approximately $12,000 to afford the printing costs alone. Add Kickstarter fees and postage (oof) and taxes (ooooof) and the like, and that means I'll have to raise approximately $22,000 total. So that's the number on the board!
Six years ago I did stretch goals to unlock website updates for Saturday and Sunday. Some of you thought updating 365 days a year would destroy me. Well, it did not! IT ONLY MAKES ME STRONGER. And so let's keep that going. Stretch goals are in place to elongate those Saturday and Sunday updates for another year. Otherwise Saturday updates end on May 10 and Sunday updates end on May 30.
More about stretch goals: Last four years I did die-cut character magnets, and that was pretty popular! And so I'm gonna do more, right? Obviously. You'd think, like, maybe folks would stop wanting magnets, but they keep selling! So, as always, we're going to do them similarly to last time, by unlocking some pledges for additional characters as we rise in pledges. Ultimately, we will unlock a magnet that everyone who orders physical goods will receive if we reach a certain point!
So, at $50k, I will send 2"x4" Dorothy die-cut character magnets to everybody who ordered snail-mailable goods. If you ordered any number of real made-of-paper books, you'll get a Dorothy character magnet with your order! (Sorry, folks who pledge only for the PDF, but there are not envelopes for PDFs in which to put magnets!)
But in the meantime, we'll start off with some pledge tiers of character magnets that you can choose from. First off are magnets of JOYCE and FFfffffffudgeFACE THE IGUANA! Joyce's magnet is 2"x4", and the iguana's is... smaller. Probably 2"x1". He's gonna be in scale AND in SCALES! Get it? Sorry, I'm a dad, I have to make these jokes.
Plus, we have pledge levels (COMPLETE MAGNET POWER) where you'll get every single magnet unlocked by the end of this Kickstarter.
- $22K DOA BOOK 8 <--- FUNDED!!!
- $25K DINA AND CARLA MAGNETS BECAUSE THOSE TWO ARE FOREVER THE MOST POPULAR MAGNETS ALWAYS <--- UNLOCKED
- $30K WEEKEND COMIC STRIP UPDATES CONTINUE <--UNLOCKED
- $30,508 AMAZI-GIRL STRIKES! MAGNET <--UNLOCKED
- $35K FAZ and NASH MAGNETS <--UNLOCKED
- $40K RACHEL MAGNET <--UNLOCKED
- $42,249 JASON MAGNET <--UNLOCKED
- $45K WALKY MAGNET <--UNLOCKED
- $50K EVERYONE* GETS A DOROTHY MAGNET <--UNLOCKED
- $55K OTHER RACHEL MAGNET <--UNLOCKED
*"everyone" meaning all who pledge for physical goods
And just like last year, there may* be some Surprise Magnet Reveals along the way!
*there will definitely be some Surprise Magnet Reveals along the way
Also returning again this year are the digital commission reward pledge levels! For $100, $150, and $300, you can get a digital commission piece of artwork of one, two, or two characters totally making out, respectively! Each is at least 6" long in some dimension, and will be sent to you in TIF and a smaller PNG form, the former of which you can get printed and framed if you like. Each one is unique, even if all of you ask for the same character! At the $300 makeouts commission pledge level, you also get one each of all the magnets unlocked by the end of the Kickstarter.
A new thing we're trying out this year are the DIGITAL PLUS MAGNET and the DIGITAL COMPLETE PLUS MAGNET tiers! If you've ever wanted just a PDF instead of a book, but you also wanted a magnet, your time has finally come!
After the campaign ends and I finish the PDF, you'll get that emailed to you, but I'll also be sending you an address survey, upon which you can tell me which of the character magnets you'd like mailed to you in a small envelope! Tier price includes shipping to anywhere in the world.
And if the Dorothy magnet is unlocked by the campaign, you'll receive her, too!
BELOW: Character magnets unlocked since the start of the campaign.
Risks and challenges
There are indeed many by-now-familiar risks and challenges in getting something like this together. I gotta get books produced and shipped from across the globe to me! And then I gotta personally mail over a thousand of these books and their rewards to you! also i guess tarifs and trade wars might happen because international relations these days are friggin' nuts but... but I'm pretty sure I can do it. This is my NINETH time! I am basically a machine at this by now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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