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Daisy Kutter & Antler Boy Show at Gallery Nucleus!

Happy New Year, everyone!

I've heard from a lot of people who have received and are enjoying their books, and Kazu and I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for your patience and support.  All of the books are out now, so if you haven't received yours yet, or it was damaged in shipping, please send me an email at jason(at)boltcity.com.

I wanted to let you all know that Kazu and Jake Parker (Antler Boy) will be at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA this weekend to sell artwork/prints, sign books, and talk about running a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Here are the details:

Kickstarter Panel & Exhibition with Kazu Kibuishi & Jake Parker
January 26, 2013
Nucleus 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801
Opening Reception / Jan 26, 6:00PM - 9:00PM

6:00PM - 7:00PM - Panel with Q&A ($5 admission)

7:00PM - 9:00PM - Exhibit & Signing (free admission)

You can also visit the show page here: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/gallery/exhibition/382#.UQGwcaWR24Q

I'll be there too, and we would love to meet you guys if you're able to attend!  It should be a really great show.

Thanks guys!

-Jason

That's all, folks!

This is Jason again, and I wanted to let you all know that as of today we have shipped out Daisy Kutter books to all of our backers!  Here are the last few packages ready to head out to the post office.

US BACKERS

You should HOPEFULLY be receiving your books before Christmas.  Media mail can be unpredictable, though, so if you haven't seen it by the end of the month, please send me an email at jason(at)boltcity.com and I'll see if I can give you more information. 

INTERNATIONAL BACKERS

Because of customs, the holidays, and the unpredictability of international shipping, I can't guarantee that your books will arrive by Christmas.  That said, if you don't see your books by the first week of January, please send me an email at jason(at)boltcity.com and I'll see if I can track the package down.

RETAILERS

The majority of retailer packages went out today, and should be arriving within the next two weeks, depending on the Holidays.  If your books haven't arrived by the first week of January, please send me an email at jason(at)boltcity.com and I'll see what I can do for you.

ORIGINAL ART BACKERS

The large 11x14 original art pieces have all gone out.  Character Duos are currently being packed up to be shipped out on Monday, and all of you guys should be seeing them next week.  All of your books were shipped separately a couple weeks ago, so you should be receiving those packages as well.

Just so you guys can have a look at one of the premium packages, here's the package we sent out to our Original Page backer.  The $777 tier included two signed/sketched copies of Daisy Kutter, an original page, a print of the toned page, an 11x14" original art piece, and a character duo.  I think it's a pretty incredible package, especially when you see everything together!

I'll be posting a few more updates with the rest of the original art pieces because I think they're pretty fantastic, but the bulk of the shipping is done!  Thank you all so much for your patience and support while we figured out how to ship all of these books.  If you have any questions, comments, concerns, anything, please don't hesitate to email me at jason(at)boltcity.com, send us a message on Kickstarter, or send us a tweet at @jcaffoe or @boltcity.  Seriously, we love hearing from you guys.

Thanks everyone!  And Happy Holidays!

-Jason

Shipping Progress Update!

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to make a quick update on our shipping status.  We have shipped out all orders in the first three tiers of rewards, which makes up about 2/3 of our total orders. This includes:

$15 - Single unsigned copy of the book (US/CAN)

$25 - Single unsigned copy of the book (INTL)

$25 - Single signed copy of the book (US/CAN)

If you pledged to one of the first three tiers and haven't received your book yet, PLEASE send me an email at jason(at)boltcity.com and let me know.  There are two possible reasons for it, either you haven't filled out your survey information yet, or your book has been lost in the mail.  Either way, I want to make sure your book gets there safely.

I just finished packing up the last of the orders in the fourth tier (International signed copy orders) and those should be out tomorrow.  I've also finished organizing all of our remaining orders, including 2-copy, 5-copy, original art, and retailer packages, so those should hopefully be packed up and shipped out before the end of the month!

This process has definitely been a learning experience, and has taken a lot longer than we anticipated, so I want to thank all of your for your patience with us.  We're working as hard as we can to make sure all of these books get to you guys safely and as soon as possible.

And again, if you have any questions about your books, or if you've received a damaged copy please send me an email at jason(at)boltcity.com or a tweet at @jcaffoe.  Thanks guys!

-Jason

Shipping Update!

Hey everyone,

Jason here.  Just a quick update to let everyone know where we are with shipping.  We've sent out all of the books for the first two tiers of backers.  That includes Canadian and International orders for a single unsigned copy of the book.  Right now we're working our way through the HUGE list of signed copy backers, and we've shipped about half of the US orders in that tier already.

I've received a few emails about damaged books, and we've been sending out replacements to people who've gotten in touch as quickly as we're able.  Once again, I just want to stress to everyone that if your book has been damaged in shipping, PLEASE send me an email or a message and let me know.  We will replace the book ASAP.

I've also received a TON of emails from people who have received their books in great condition, and Kazu and I have been so happy to hear all of the kind words from people about the book.  I've had quite a few questions about other material that we've published, so I thought I would run through other content you can find from us.

First and foremost, Amulet is the series that we work on full time at the studio.  We do a new Amulet book every year (220 pages of full color comics!) and they're published by Scholastic under the Graphix banner.  We just released Amulet 5: The Prince of the Elves in September, and we're both incredibly proud of that book and the rest of the series.  You can find more information and previews of the first two books here: http://www.boltcity.com/amulet.

Kazu's webcomic strip Copper was collected into a book and published by Scholastic a couple years ago. The book includes all of the strips published online, as well as a few short stories and process information. It's a really beautiful collection, especially if you're a fan of the strip.

We also recently launched a brand new all-ages anthology series with Abrams called Explorer.  The first volume, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, was released in March 2012, and has seven different artists tackling the theme of a mystery box.  We wanted to introduce kids and parents to a variety of comic artists, as well as encourage the idea of kids telling their own stories.

Explorer is a spiritual successor to Flight, our anthology series that we wrapped up last year.  The Flight series is much broader and hard to pin down, as the books aren't governed by a theme.  Instead, we gave each of the artists complete freedom to tell the story they wanted to tell.  We wrapped up the series last year with Flight Volume 8.

And that's all we have right now!  Of course we have many other projects in the works which I'll be sure to keep you guys posted on, but if you're looking for more of Kazu's work that's where you can find it!

Speaking of Flight, Michel Gagne just launched a Kickstarter project to animate The Saga of Rex! Rex was first published in Flight volumes 2-7, then collected into a graphic novel published by Image Comics. Michel is an incredibly accomplished animator, his work is absolutely incredible, and he's a good friend of ours. So go check out the Kickstarter page and see if it's something you might be interested in backing! We think it's a really amazing project and can't wait to see an animated version of Rex. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michelgagne/the-saga-of-rex-the-animated-film-project

So that's it!  We're still sending books out at a steady clip, working our way up through the pledge levels.  I'll be sure to keep you all posted on our progress.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email me at jason(at)boltcity.com, send me a tweet at @jcaffoe, or send a message on Kickstarter.  Thanks guys!

-Jason

The first 450 books are on their way!

Hey everyone,

This is Jason.  I just wanted to make an update and let you all know that we've shipped all of the US orders for unsigned copies of the book!  We're currently moving through Canadian and International orders, which should be finished and on their way very soon.

Kazu just finished signing all of the books yesterday, and we're going to start packing those up this weekend. This pledge tier is where we received the bulk of our orders, so it's going to take quite a while to work through, but we've got a pretty good system going now and I think things should run much more smoothly.

After we started shipping we received a few messages about books being damaged in the mail. We want to do everything we can to make sure the books arrive safely, so we've started packing each of the books with a cardboard backing board in each mailer. This should help keep the packages from being bent or corners being damaged in the mail.

Now, even with backing boards in the packages, we still expect to have a few books damaged in shipping.  It's something we took into account a while back and we're fully prepared to replace books that have been damaged in the mail.  That said, we can't replace a damaged book if we don't know about it.  So PLEASE.  SEND ME AN EMAIL OR MESSAGE IF YOUR BOOK HAS BEEN DAMAGED IN SHIPPING.  We will send you a new book without delay.  

Just to reiterate: 

PLEASE send me an email or message if your book has been damaged in shipping.

I can't stress that enough.  We can't replace the book if we don't know about it!  In fact, just let us know if your book arrived at all!  Let us know what you think!  Post a comment!  Send us a message!  Shoot me an email!  Tweet about it!

You can reach me by email at jason(at)boltcity.com, by message at our Kickstarter account, or on twitter at @jcaffoe.  Kazu is also on twitter at @boltcity.

Thanks guys!  And I'll keep you posted as we progress through the rest of the orders.

-Jason