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 suddenly visiting. Weird!
This book would collect "Year Five," spanning the four storylines that start on September 22, 2014 and complete on August 30, 2015. This includes new commentary, behind-the-scenes artwork, and new character designs into an 208-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.
Also there will be a foreword (with artwork!) by Diana Nock.
SUPER NEW to this year's volume are 12 comic strips that you can't find on the DumbingOfAge.com website! Every month I do two bonus strips exclusive to my Patreon, and this book is the first time a sizable chunk of them are being collected.
To print 2000 copies of this first book at nearly $8 apiece, I'll need to raise approximately $16,000 to afford the printing costs. Add Kickstarter fees and taxes (oof) and the like, and that means I'll have to raise approximately $22,000 total. So that's the number on the board!
Three 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 year 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 year, 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"x3.75" Amber 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 an Amber 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 Dina, we got Becky, and we've got Dina AND Becky! Plus, we have a pledge level where you'll get every single magnet unlocked by the end of this Kickstarter.
(oh and if we hit $40k, i'm going to reprint book 2 because i'm nearly out of those)
Let's list these stretch goals all list-like:
- $22K DOA BOOK 4 <--- FUNDED
- $25K SATURDAY UPDATES <--- FUNDED
- $27K MIKE AND SARAH MAGNETS UNLOCKED <---FUNDED
- $30K SUNDAY UPDATES <---FUNDED
- $35K MARCIE AND MALAYA MAGNETS <---FUNDED
- $40K BOOK 2 REPRINT <---FUNDED
- $45K DANNY AND ETHAN MAGNETS <---FUNDED
- $50K EVERYONE* GETS AN AMBER MAGNET <---FUNDED
- $55K JOYCE AND BILLIE MAGNETS <---FUNDED
- $60K ROZ 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.
And hey, I have a pretty big back catalog of books by now, so let's open that up a little to pledges, why not? Check it out:
MORE TO COME AS FUNDING PROGRESSES, PLEASE AND THANK YOU
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 SIXTH time! I am basically a machine at this by now.
All that stuff, minus the update from "fifth" to "SIXTH," is basically copy-pasted from previous years, and WOULD hold true still, in general...?
HOWEVER: In December we had twins. Yeah, I know. This changes everything, time-budgeting-wise, but I don't know exactly by how much! Note I pushed the estimated delivery date back by a month (and we're starting earlier), just for safeties, but, y'know, you never know. I mean, right now they're 3 months old, which is exhausting, but by the time we have books ready to ship out, they'll be closer to a year old? Maybe that's better? SERIOUSLY WHO KNOWS, I HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY BEEN A FATHER, is it easier at one year old i have no clue
but that's definitely a game-changer
and maybe in december i will beg for patienceLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)