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All of the electronic codes were emailed in June, and the physical copies have gone out to everyone who responded to the backer survey.
This update is to catch any outliers who for whatever reason have not yet received their books. Some people have changed email addresses (in which case they won't receive the updates, so I'm posting this comment).
Thank you all again for helping bring this graphic novel to life; I'm happy to see it completed and put to bed.
If anyone wants to keep up with the book from now on, please check the website or Facebook page:
Physical rewards have been shipped to every mailing address that was provided via the backer survey. Digital reward codes will be emailed to individual backers within the next 10 days, as soon as they are received from the publisher. Updates to follow...
All of the backer surveys (address requests) have been sent out, and most of the responses (mailing addresses) have been sent back to me. If you backed this project, but have not received a backer survey email, then perhaps the email went to spam, or you were using a different email address at the time of the campaign. Please send me a private message if you haven't received the backer survey email and can't find it in spam. Thanks!
For those who haven't seen the latest update, the books are on their way from China! I'll receive them this month (next week or two), then ship to backers. Woot!
Also, the Coast Guard has agreed to allowing interviews with three of its service members to be included in the book. I've conducted the interviews, they have been OK'd by the Coast Guard, and sent to the publisher for inclusion. We got two active duty rescue swimmers, plus one former captain, who is now a honcho at FEMA. They all had very interesting stories.
Hi, Matt. The publisher's release plan (outlined in the last backer update) is going along as they'd promised. The five issues are being released sequentially to the public over a five-month period (Issue 1 is out now). The collected edition will be printed once that serialized run is complete. Once I have the firm date from the publisher for the collected edition, I'll let everyone know what that's going to be. I'll then buy our copies out of the publisher's print stock and ship them to everyone, along with the other rewards.
So are there any updates?
Indeed. I just posted a backers-only update. Anyone who wants to know more right now, we'll need to schedule a phone call. I'll post updates more frequently from now on, especially as a couple of pending variables get resolved this month.
Hey, Matt. Ashley has about two and a half issues of art done. I'm lettering Issue 2 now, and have brought on a talented dialogue editor to make sure I'm not too close to the material. There will still be a big announcement near the end of the year, which will be great news. I'm just not allowed to say anything yet. I hope everyone is doing well, and thank you all for hanging in there. This book IS happening!
So where does everything currently stand?
Reece, it was my pleasure! The students were so well prepared with insightful questions. Expect some big announcements about the comic book - hopefully by the end of the year. Things are cooking!
Mark, I can't thank you enough for speaking with the children of the Richwood, LA Development Agency. Please, let us know when things get going for you so that we can actively be your biggest fans!
That said...I can't wait until I get my hands on Vol 1! I fully expect to throw all of my money at you for signed a signed copy when Vol 2 is published.
2015 is going to be a good year for "Bloodthirsty." Thank you all for your patience. It's happening!
Yes! Issue 2 is nearly complete (just a couple more pages to go). Then Ashley will get started on Issue 3. Still waiting to hear back from a few publishers, so fingers crossed the book will get picked up at some point soon.
Hey, Matt. Thanks for asking. I sent out a draft of Issue 1 over the holidays to a few readers, and Ashley and I have incorporated their comments. I'll be sending the newly-edited issue 1 to publishers for consideration by the end of the month. Fingers crossed that we get picked up!!!
Stay tuned for a Halloween update - and some NEW ART - today!!!
Ashley has completed the pencils for Issue 1, and has moved onto coloring. It's looking great!!! I should've able to tease some fully-finished pages sometime in November.
Cant wait buddy =) Glad to see everything is going according to plan!
Ha, things are going very well, thank you for asking! I will likely tease you guys with a panel or two from Ashley very soon (perhaps during ComiCon next week). The artwork is AMAZING!
I I did receive a very good hardcover quote from PrintNinja. It's too early to commit to it just yet, but it looks promising. We'll see if the prices remain stable by the time we print in April.
Its awefully quiet Mark. How is it going and how is the HC discussion going ?
Not yet. I just got another print quote from a domestic printer here in the US. Now that I know which printer will have the best value for the price, I'll initiate cover discussions with them.
Have you started the HC discussion with the printer?
Thanks! So exciting. Ashley has already started the pages, and I'll share some art in a couple of months, when we're further down the road!
YAAAAY Yippeeeeeee ! Bloodthirsty rocks and so do you Mark ! Congrats !
Wow! Congrats. Very exciting :D
Woohoooooo!!! Thank you guys so much for sharing the moment.
Funded yaaaaay! Congrats (runs off to toilet)
11 seconds!!! Yaaaay woohooooo
Awesome. It's counting down the seconds now. You can go ahead and pee your pants. I think I'm going to. ;)
Hurry up, i need to go to the toilet lol
Ooooh its going to be glorious ! ;)
I'm looking forward to your post when there are only 11 seconds left. ;)
11 minutes to go ;)
11 hours to go!
And 30 hours left to run!!
16k and still running ?!!..Awesome !
@Richard: Thank you!
@Roxanne: The poster with backers' names is a great idea. Remind me when the time comes, and I hope you win the lotto! :)
Congratulations! Love the artwork and the story.
Well would love to see some pictures, you know what would be cool at the launch event a poster with all the backers names on it to show our support! Thats unless i dont win the lotto in that time then i an ask for an rsvp!
I hope your bone tasted well. Congrats again!
Thank you! Weeeeee!!!!
Well done! Congratulations! Eeeeeee!
Haha, I think we'll have a release party when the book is done. Probably in Los Angeles, but I'll send out details when the time comes. For now, my dog and I are celebrating by doing some work and chewing on a bone, respectively. ;)
Big congrats, now where is the partieeee?