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 with a Resident Assistant problem(?), and Amber, the Internet shut-in who solves her rage issues by dressing up like a superhero and fighting crime. Oh, right, and there's Joyce's childhood best friend, that unflappable smartass Becky, is hiding out in Joyce's dormroom in secret, after having escaped from her evil jerkbutt dad who hates that she likes girls.
This book would collect "Year Seven," spanning the four storylines that start on September 2, 2016, and complete on August 31, 2017. This includes new commentary, behind-the-scenes artwork, and new character designs into an 228-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 a foreword by LINKARA.
In addition to the year of comics from the DumbingOfAge.com website, the book also includes 27 bonus comics that were originally created exclusively for the Dumbing of Age Patreon! (Usually it's 24, but I did three extra one month because NO ONE STOPS ME.)
There are also a few pages of bonus material including unused strips and alternate punchlines!
To print 2000 copies of this first book at over $8 apiece, I'll need to raise approximately $17,000 to afford the printing costs. Add Kickstarter fees and taxes (oof) and the like, and that means I'll have to raise approximately $25,000 total. So that's the number on the board!
Also available as part of some bundles is the It's Walky: Year Zero book I kickstarted last last year! If you don't see it as part of a pledge tier you like, just add $15 to your pledge and remind me in your address surveys after the end of the Kickstarter. (This does not work with the two WHATEVER FITS IN AN ENVELOPE tiers, since that's already filling out the envelope.)
Five 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 three years I did die-cut character magnets, and that was pretty popular! And so I'm gonna do more, right? Obviously. We're going to do them similarly to last time, as well, 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"x4.5" Ruth 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 Ruth 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. THREE inaugural magnets this year, instead of the usual two! We got Sierra, we got Amber, we got Ukulele Danny, and we got Amber and Ukulele Danny together! Plus, we have pledge levels (COMPLETE MAGNET POWER) where you'll get every single magnet unlocked by the end of this Kickstarter.
- $25K DOA BOOK 7 <--- FUNDED
- $30K DINA AND CARLA MAGNETS BECAUSE THOSE TWO ARE STILL THE MOST POPULAR MAGNETS FOREVER <---UNLOCKED
- $34,931 A WILD BLOWJOB CAT APPEARS! <---UNLOCKED
- $35K SATURDAY AND SUNDAY UPDATES CONTINUE <---UNLOCKED
- $40K LUCY AND MALAYA MAGNETS <--- UNLOCKED
- $42,780 SUDDENLY SAL MAGNET <--- UNLOCKED
- $45K I WILL SHOW PLEDGERS A YET-TO-BE-PUBLISHED STRIP FROM... THE FUUUUTURRRRE <--- UNLOCKED, CHECK UPDATE #8
- $44,477 DOUBLE DUKES MARCIE MAGNET <--- UNLOCKED
- $50K EVERYONE* GETS A RUTH MAGNET <--- UNLOCKED
- $50,024 BILLIE MAGNET <--- UNLOCKED
- $55K HOWARD AND ASMA MAGNETS <--- UNLOCKED
- $62K HOWARD'S WORD BALLOON MAGNET
*"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.
WHAT WE'VE UNLOCKED SO FAR:
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! And every year the number of you who pledge increases in size. That's both good and intimidating! But I'm pretty sure I can do it. This is my EIGHTH time! I am basically a machine at this by now.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)