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!
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!
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 $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.
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!
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
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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