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We want more copies of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, and we think that maybe you do, too!
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Status Report!

Hey everyone!  This is Jason, Kazu's lead production assistant.  I know we've been quiet for the past few weeks, so I wanted to send you all a long overdue update on what's been happening at the studio.

On June 28th Kazu was admitted to the hospital with a case of bacterial meningitis.  After 5 days in the ICU and nearly two weeks of recovery, he's home and resting.  He's been completely cured of the disease and he's slowly getting back to being the same old Kazu, but for the time being he's taking it easy.

In Kazu's absence I've taken over everything production related and tried to keep things moving forward.  Production on the book has continued, so here's an update on our progress over the last few weeks.

First, I know Kazu has talked a little bit about cleanup in these updates, but I wanted to clarify exactly what that means for you guys.  Back when Kazu was first working on Daisy Kutter, he was racing through pages as quickly as possible in order to make extremely tight deadlines for each book.  As a result there wasn't very much time for cleanup, so I've gone back over every page and removed errant pencil marks, specks of dust, and cleaned up the toning to make sure everything reads as clearly as possible.  Here's a before and after example of a panel from the book.

The proofs for the book came in a couple weeks ago and as a result of all this work (and the 4-color printing) they are absolutely gorgeous.  Everything is much cleaner, clearer, and sharper than it has ever been in print.  It feels like Daisy Kutter HD.  Needless to say, we okayed the proofs and the book is off to the printer!

We have also printed the bookmarks and have them in the studio. They look really great, and will definitely be a nice bonus for everyone with signed/sketched copies of the book.

Because we're printing overseas we don't have a clear picture yet for when the books will be in, but I'll be sure and update you all once I have an idea of when we'll get the books in and be able to start shipping.


So what's next?  Soon we'll be sending surveys out to the backers with original art purchases so you can clarify which characters you would like in your piece.  We'll also be doing a random drawing to determine which 10 backers with signed/sketched copies will get an original CHARACTER DUOS piece.

Once we have requests Kazu will start working on the original art while we wait for the books to arrive.  We'll be sure and update with a couple pieces once he has some to show.

We'll also be sending a survey a little later on so you can provide a shipping address for your books.  I'm going to hold off on this until we have an ETA for the books, just in case anyone is moving or needs to change their address before they arrive.

So again, I apologize for the delay on getting all of this information out to you guys.  With everything going on over the last month it's been a little hectic here at the studio.   The books are being printed and I'll be sure to update once we have a more concrete idea of when we will be shipping.

And thank you guys so so much for your patience and support.  We promise the book will be worth the wait.



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    1. Laur Uy on August 1, 2012

      Thanks for the update, Jason and hoping Kazu get lots of rest before more work comes his way!

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      on August 1, 2012

      Thanks for the status update. I wish Kazu a speedy recovery, and take it easy!

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      Dreamer2229 on August 1, 2012

      Bacterial meningitis is nothing to take for granted. Glad to hear Kazu is getting better and on the mend. Be sure to take it easy and drink lots of fluids until you are 100%, we don't want a relapse.

      And Jason, good job keeping things going.

    4. Suzie Q Sailaway on July 31, 2012

      Oh wow, meningitis is just awful- I'm so sorry he went through that! I'm very glad to hear he's on the mend though. :) Thanks so much for the update! I wish Kazu a speedy return to health.

    5. Christopher Hull on July 31, 2012

      Best wishes on your recovery Kazu!

    6. Antonio Garcia
      on July 31, 2012

      Best of luck with your recovery. You convinced me to pledge for a copy of the book during the home stretch, so I'm sure you can convince yourself to make a speedy recovery!

    7. joko budiono on July 31, 2012

      Take good care of your health Kazu. And take your time, we're not going anywhere Sir :)

    8. JayC
      on July 31, 2012

      Thanks for the update. Given that I've waited sometimes a year or longer for some Kickstarters, this is not really even a meaningful issue. Take your time, get healthy, and then worry about the book.

    9. Kazu Kibuishi Creator on July 31, 2012

      Shervyn - I just realized that, actually! With that in mind I'll just be messaging everyone with an original art piece individually.

    10. Marc Holmes on July 31, 2012

      Glad the books coming, but I preferred the "before" the "After" feels clinical in comparison

    11. Shervyn von Hoerl
      on July 31, 2012

      I am so glad to hear he is doing better.

      Also please bear in mind that Kickstarter only allows one survey.

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      dave on July 31, 2012

      Thanks for the great update Jason! Looks like Kazu's work is in good hands.

    13. Jian Shen on July 31, 2012

      Get well, Kazu and best wishes to everyone who's working so hard to make this project happen.

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      Christine - a.k.a. RiverbyNight on July 31, 2012

      That is so scary. I'm glad Kazu is ok now.
      This book is going to look awesome. I am very excited about getting it and do not mind waiting at all. I know things are in good hands with all you guys.
      Thanks for all the hard workk.

    15. David Helmer on July 31, 2012

      Great to hear that both the project and Kazu are doing well. I'm so very thankful that he's recovering and I hope everyone at the studio is doing well.

    16. Erich L. on July 31, 2012

      I'm sorry to hear of Kazu's ordeal! Rest well!
      Glad to know there was enough of a system in place for work to continue apace even with that big issue going along. Really evokes confidence. Cheers for the update; it's looking good!