About this project
NERDS. NOMS. COMICS.
Three great things that belong together.
Artist Tom Gordon and I spent over a year collaborating to create dozens of lavishly illustrated, ridiculously geeky, and, most of all, surprisingly easy recipes. Fans of Kitchen Overlord begged us for a display worthy cookbook, because nobody really wants to rub smudgy food fingers all over their iPad while trying to scroll through a recipe online.
Your wish is our command! We’re ready to make the Illustrated Geek Cookbook a reality.
You’ll get 50 fully illustrated, easy to make recipes with homages to over 120 years of geek culture. This isn't yet another collection of boring nachos and cookies with recipe title puns. Instead, we give you unique recipes that look like iconic aspects of your favorite fandom.
You like science fiction? We’ve got recipes for Sandworms, Tribbles, Cylon Raiders, and lots more.
Prefer fantasy? How about washing those Princess Buttercups down with some Gelatinous Cube Jello Shots. Bring them both to a party and I promise, you’ll add plus four to your charisma.
Are you a comic lover? How about chowing down on Captain America’s Shield, Tony Stark’s Arc Reactor, or Deadpool’s Chimichangas.
Prefer the classics? We don’t stop at old school favorites like Soylent Green and a Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy recipes, we start there, then go all the way back to the earliest days of Geek culture with tributes to Cthulhu, Sherlock Holmes, and HG Wells. Then we bring it right back to the present with recipes inspired by hit shows like Once Upon a Time and the The Walking Dead.
This isn’t just a comic. It’s not just a cookbook. It’s an illustrated encyclopedia of the best of geek culture.
Tom and I want you to have a gorgeous, full color, professionally printed coffee table book you can proudly show off to all your nerdy friends.
We want to print the book on high quality paper while keeping the cover price really affordable for you. Full color books are darn expensive, so economy of scale makes a huge difference. The more money we make on this Kickstarter, the more copies we can print. And the more copies we print, the less we have to charge per book for those people who didn’t get their exclusive bells and whistles Kickstarted edition. Everybody wins.
AN ENTIRE ILLUSTRATED COOKBOOK SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF WORK. HOW DO WE KNOW WE’LL REALLY GET A BOOK?
80% of the work is already done. We have a year’s worth of completed, gorgeous illustrated geek recipes.
All we need to do now is come up with a glorious cover and any book exclusive recipes that result from this Kickstarter. You will have a book in your hand in time for Christmas.
ACHIEVED! $4000 - CARBS AGAINST HUMANITY! Once we hit $4000, we'll release a totally free printable Cards Against Humanity expansion with 200+ geeky, food-centric, Carbs Against Humanity cards. Get the free .pdf here!
ACHIEVED! $6000 - YOU PICK THE FANDOM! We’ll send everyone who supported the Kickstarter a survey asking which fandom they want to see represented in a book-exclusive recipe. Your favorite gets turned into an original recipe for the book.
ACHIEVED! $7500 GAMESTORMING - We’ll make an unscripted video, filmed in front of a live studio audience, where professional game designerJonathan Leistiko not only teaches us how to create a playable game in ten minutes (a trick you can use at home!) but also helps us invent a brand new, geektastic, foodie oriented game.
ACHIEVED! $9000 - GEORGE TAKEI: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of Sulu from Star Trek.
ACHIEVED! $10,000 - RECIPE POSTCARDS: We’ll offer a set of recipe postcards as an add-on. These will have the main recipe header image on one side, the ingredients list on the back, and a little space for postage and your taunting message gloating about your culinary superiority. These also work well as recipe cards with space for you to take notes for yourself if you’re less into gloating.
ACHIEVED! $11,000 - RACHEL NICHOLS: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of Kiera Cameron from Continuum.
ACHIEVED! $13,000 - JOHN BARROWMAN: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of Jack Harkness from Doctor Who.
ACHIEVED! $14,000 - FREE POSTERS FOR EVERYONE: Everyone who supports the Kickstarter at the $25 level or above gets a Kickstarter Exclusive, quad folded, Illustrated Geek Recipe poster.
ACHIEVED! $15,000 - ALYSON HANNIGAN: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
$17,000 - NATHAN FILLION: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of Mal from Firefly.
$19,000 - FELICIA DAY: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of Codex from The Guild.
$20,000 - One randomly chosen Kickstarter supporter will get a custom caricature of yourself by Tom Gordon. You’ll get both the physical sketch the the high resolution final graphic, which you can use however you’d like.
$21,000 - WIL WHEATON: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of a beloved nerdy guy with a beard.
$23,000 - DAVID TENNANT: Every backer who buys a print book ALSO gets a deliciously frameable caricature of the 10th Doctor.
REWARD LEVELS - NOW IN EASY CHART FORM!
$1 - OUR LOVE AND STRETCH GOAL PDF'S: If you throw a buck our way in the name of moral support, we'll thank you with a free .pdf of CARBS AGAINST HUMANITY and the Kitchen Overlord Board Game created for the $4000 and $7500 stretch goals.
$10 - EBOOK ONLY: A DRM-free copy of the ebook and our thanks.
$25 - EBOOK AND PRINT BOOK: A signed, numbered, first edition copy of the print book plus the DRM free ebook.
NEW $30 - KITCHEN OVERLORD EBOOK COLLECTION: DRM Free ebook copies of five Kitchen Overlord Cookbooks! Dining With the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook, Wood for Sheep: The Unauthorized Settlers Cookbook, SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks, The True Blood Drinking Guide, and, of course, The Illustrated Geek Cookbook. NOTE: NO PRINT COPIES INCLUDED; Also available as a $25 add-on at any level
NEW $35 - YOU PICK THE POSTER: One copy of the print book, one copy of the ebook, and one quad folded poster of your choice (poster survey sent after the Kickstarter ends.)
$45 - PRINT BOOK AND WHOVIAN POSTER TRIO: One copy of the print book, one copy of the ebook, plus 3 Whovian themed Illustrated Recipe posters. (Crack in the Wall, The Doctor's Yorkshire Pudding, and Dalek Bread.)
NEW $50 - GET ONE, GIVE ONE: Two copies of the print book, two copies of the DRM-free ebook, and one quad folded poster of our choice for you to keep.
$75 - PRINT BOOK AND FULL POSTER COLLECTION: One copy of the print book, one copy of the ebook, plus a full set of all 7 posters (Whovian Collection + 4 more from Kitchen Overlord's poll for favorite recipes.)
SOLD OUT!! $100 - ORIGINAL RECIPE: One copy of the print book, one copy of the ebook, a full set of all 7 posters (Whovian Collection + 4 more from Kitchen Overlord's poll for favorite recipes) plus I write an original recipe for Kitchen Overlord from your favorite fandom.
$125 - ORIGINAL RECIPE PLUS PIMPAGE: One copy of the print book, one copy of the ebook, a full set of all 7 posters (Whovian Collection + 4 more from Kitchen Overlord's poll for favorite recipes) plus I write an original recipe for Kitchen Overlord from your favorite fandom, publicly thank you in the text, and provide a link back to your site or favorite cause on Kitchen Overlord, Facebook, and Twitter. (Link approval pending. I'll pimp prawns, but sorry, no pr0n links.)
$200 TOM GORDON'S ORIGINAL ART - the print book, the ebook, all 7 posters, plus original sketches of Tom Gordon’s artwork from one of the Illustrated Geek Recipes on Kitchen Overlord. First come, first served when it comes to choice. (Firefly and Game of Thrones sold out!)
$250 RECIPE VIDEO AND PIMPAGE - The print book, the ebook, all the posters, a 30 minute phone or Skype call, and I will record and produce a 4- 6 minute video of the making of one of your favorite Kitchen Overlord recipes. If you can get to the Austin area, you can even be in the video. Plus effusive thanks to you in the book, on the blog, and in social media, including a brief bio of you in our “patrons you should love as much as we do” section. (Bio pending approval. This is a family book.).
$500 - ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATED RECIPE OF YOUR CHOOSING GOES IN THE BOOK: The print book, the ebook, all seven posters, a 30 minute phone or Skype conversation with the author about whatever you'd like, AND a custom illustrated recipe from the fandom of your choice, which will be included in the print book. We’ll also include a brief bio of you in our “patrons you should love as much as we do” section. (Bio pending approval. This is a family book.)
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ALL THAT MONEY?
Print more books.
Full color books on nice paper are expensive to produce. The more money we make, the more books we can order. Sure, we can get a small print run for only $6000, but the economies of scale really kick in after about $12,000. We’d love to make enough to not only print books for all our supporters, but also keep shelves stocked through the Christmas season.
This isn’t one of those ridiculously complicated cookbooks that requires you to graft your own oxygen and hydrogen molecules into the purest water before you even get started. Instead, this book is all about looking like you spent two days crafting an epic, geek-tastic pintrest-worthy recipe when in reality, you threw it all together in 45 minutes, all while laughing at a nerdy joke.
WHICH FANDOMS WILL BE IN THE BOOK?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Cthulhu (HP Lovecraft)
Dungeons and Dragons
Game of Thrones
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hunger Games
Lord of the Rings
Nightmare Before Christmas
Once Upon A Time
The Princess Bride
Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: The Original Series
Soylent Green/Make Room, Make Room!
Super Mario Brothers
The Time Machine (HG Wells)
The Walking Dead
World War Z
We worked hard to bring you a good mix of Books, Comics, Games, Movies and TV spanning over a century of geek culture.
You can see examples of all the artwork at Kitchen Overlord.
Risks and challenges
Not much. We already have a year of experience cranking out one high quality illustrated recipe each week. Chris-Rachael has lined up an affordable printer who promises they can deliver the book on the luscious paper you expect from a quality cookbook.
We need to reformat the existing illustrations and layout then print the book. If we reach our stretch goal or any of you super generous souls take us up on the $500 level challenge, then it’ll be up to Chris-Rachael to conjure good recipes for your fandom and up to Tom to draw them. We set the max levels where we did to ensure we can produce all the Kickstarter funded recipes and still get the book in your hands before the Christmas holiday season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
If you're already supporting at the $25 level or above
+ $25 for the Kitchen Overlord Ebook Collection
+ $10 for the Recipe Postcards
Check out Kitchen Overlord's Illustrated Geek Recipe archive!
Click on any header image to be taken to a poster sized illustration of the full recipe.
These will be altered into glorious two page spreads for the printed cookbook.
Sorry about that! This is my first Kickstarter. I foolishly wrote, "All of the above plus..." on several reward levels instead of listing each item in the reward individually. I didn't realize I'd be adding more rewards later.
When in doubt, check the REWARD LEVELS section of the text. You'll find it just under Jareth holding some delicious cheesecake. Each reward is spelled out in exact detail with no confusing cross-references.
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