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Dumbing of Age is a webcomic about college and making bad choices.
Dumbing of Age is a webcomic about college and making bad choices.
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Oh oh, Becky's into dinosaur ladies!  Don't tell Jesus!
Oh oh, Becky's into dinosaur ladies! Don't tell Jesus!

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 Joyce's childhood best friend, that unflappable smartass Becky, is hiding out from her jerkbutt dad 'cuz she was caught smooching her roommate!

Ruth and Billie continue to be assholes in love.
Ruth and Billie continue to be assholes in love.

This book would collect "Year Six," spanning the four storylines that start on August 31, 2015 and complete on September 3, 2016. 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 Jeph Jacques!  

In addition to the year of comics from the DumbingOfAge.com website, the book also includes 24 bonus comics that were originally created exclusively for the Dumbing of Age Patreon!  

There are also a few pages of bonus material including unused strips and alternate punchlines!

TWENTY-FOUR strips not published previously on DumbingOfAge.com, like this one, are included!
TWENTY-FOUR strips not published previously on DumbingOfAge.com, like this one, are included!

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 $24,000 total. So that's the number on the board!

Four 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.

In Book 6, watch Amazi-Girl try to stop Becky's dad from kidnapping her!  Seriously, it's a wild ride.
In Book 6, watch Amazi-Girl try to stop Becky's dad from kidnapping her! Seriously, it's a wild ride.

More about stretch goals: Last two 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!

A helpful illustration of what magnets look like on a refrigerator.
A helpful illustration of what magnets look like on a refrigerator.

 So, at $50k, I will send 2"x4" Becky 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 Becky 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! We got Jocelyne, we got Carla, and we've got both Jocelyne and Carla together! Plus, we have a pledge level where you'll get every single magnet unlocked by the end of this Kickstarter.  

Let's list these stretch goals all list-like: 

  • $24K DOA BOOK 6 <--- FUNDED!
  • $30K LESLIE AND ROBIN MAGNETS <--- FUNDED
  • $34,569 RAPTOR ATTACK DINA MAGNET <--- And that's when the stretch goal comes. Not from the front, but from the side.
  • $35K SATURDAY AND SUNDAY UPDATES CONTINUE <--- FUNDED!
  • $40K DEXTER AND MONKEY MASTER MAGNETS <---FUNDED
  • $44,446K FOOLS!  A GALASSO MAGNET APPEARS!
  • $45K I WILL SHOW PLEDGERS A YET-TO-BE-PUBLISHED STRIP FROM... THE FUUUUTURRRRE <---FUNDED
  • $50K EVERYONE* GETS A BECKY MAGNET <---FUNDED
  • $53,171 A WILD JOYCE APPEARED!
  • $55K JOE AND JACOB MAGNETS <---FUNDED
  • $57,925 FINAL SAL, THE MAGNET <--- FUNDED

*"everyone" meaning all who pledge for physical goods

Examples of digital commission pledge levels!
Examples of digital commission pledge levels!

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.

LESLIE AND ROBIN MAGNET PLEDGE LEVELS UNLOCKED
LESLIE AND ROBIN MAGNET PLEDGE LEVELS UNLOCKED

 

RAPTOR ATTACK DINA MAGNET sudden dinosaur rampage
RAPTOR ATTACK DINA MAGNET sudden dinosaur rampage

 

DEXTER AND MONKEY MASTER MAGNETS UNLOCKED
DEXTER AND MONKEY MASTER MAGNETS UNLOCKED

 

FOOLS!  A GALASSO MAGNET APPEARS
FOOLS! A GALASSO MAGNET APPEARS

 

A WILD JOYCE APPEARED
A WILD JOYCE APPEARED

 

bros bros bros bros bros bros bros
bros bros bros bros bros bros bros

 

FINAL SAL
FINAL SAL

 

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 SEVENTH time! I am basically a machine at this by now.

The only wrinkle these days is my two baby kids! Despite them, I did manage to get all of my Book Five pledges mailed out in time last year, but I also had, like, months more time to do so. (The books arrived WAY earlier than I expected.) But, like, the kids still exist, so, um, who knows how they'll affect my speed in mailing out books and stuff this year. That's the only ongoing "risk and challenge" I can think of. They're both scheduled to hit their Terrible Twos in December, so LET'S AIM FOR DELIVERY BEFORE THEN, SHALL WE.

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    JOE MAGNET

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    JOCELYNE AND CARLA MAGNETS

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    LESLIE AND ROBIN MAGNETS

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    WHATEVER FITS IN AN ENVELOPE

    Choose four Dumbing of Age books, any four Dumbing of Age books (well, three books plus Book 6, I would assume)! I'll ask you which three books (on top of book 6) you want in your address survey later.

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    COMPLETE MAGNET POWER

    Physical, made-of-paper copy of Dumbing of Age book 6! I will doodle a character and autograph inside your book! AND you will get ONE OF EACH CHARACTER MAGNET unlocked by the end of this Kickstarter! The sweetness of this deal will improve as more magnets are unlocked! Additional costs will be added to your pledge for shipping, based on your location.

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    SINGLE COMMISSION

    Physical, made-of-paper copy of Dumbing of Age book 6! Also, I will doodle a character and autograph inside your book! PLUS: I will digitally draw a sweet one-of-a-kind picture of your favorite DoA character specifically for you, suitable for printing and framing. Additional costs will be added to your pledge for shipping, based on your location.

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    WHATEVER FITS IN AN ENVELOPE EXTRA

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    COMPLETE BOOK POWER

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    COMPLETE BOOK POWER EXTRA

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    DOUBLE COMMISSION

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    COMPLETE MAGNET AND BOOK POWER (EXTRA)

    Physical, made-of-paper copies of all six Dumbing of Age books! All six books will be doodled-in and signed! AND you will get ONE OF EACH CHARACTER MAGNET unlocked by the end of this Kickstarter! A pledge level so big, it will arrive in two packages of three books each (with magnets sprinkled throughout somehow)!

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    MAKE-OUT ART AND COMPLETE MAGNET POWER

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