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SYMBIOSIS: An art book exploring a world where all technology is powered by biological engines that are deeply linked to humans
SYMBIOSIS: An art book exploring a world where all technology is powered by biological engines that are deeply linked to humans
1,149 backers pledged $63,491 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator roy cowing 4 days ago

      You "HOLD FAST" man. I fell in love with this back when I met you at SFAL 1. It is all good. Take your time, creation is what counts. Glad to hear things are progressing for you.

    2. Creator Britta Carlson on September 26

      Good to hear Steven! Glad everything is going alright for you=]

    3. Creator Steven Sanders on September 15

      Hey Britta! Hm. "Frustrated and ashamed at the time it's taking to get back to speed, (though trying not to focus on it/let it impair progress) but now that I finally have some steady comic work and am seeing work efficiency get higher every day as I get healthy work/sleep/socializing habits dialed in, excited to get fiscals in shape, start putting out more Symbiosis art, and get this out to everyone."

      Or maybe "Holy Moses getting back on my feet is/was harder than I thought it was going to be, but I'm in this thing to win it."

      So.. a bit war-weary, and not yet where I'd like to be, but doing much much better and am excited and optimistic. :) Thanks for asking!

    4. Creator Britta Carlson on September 15

      How you feelin Steve? I'm honestly wondering

    5. Creator Steven Sanders on April 5, 2015

      Hi Marwan, are you caught up on the updates? Those should fill you in on everything. If not, feel free to shoot me a message and I'll be happy to answer whatever I can.

    6. Creator Marwan Marwan on April 5, 2015

      Anyone hear anything? What's going on?

    7. Creator Christophe on February 7, 2015

      Thanks for the first update of the year ! The waiting is abominable.

    8. Creator MARVIN STEPHENSON on January 27, 2015

      Any updates on the progress!!!

    9. Creator Michael Faries on January 1, 2015

      Happy New Year, Steven!

    10. Creator David Churn on October 19, 2014

      Steven, Thanks for the update.

    11. Creator Everett Thompson on September 29, 2014

      Steven - Take a deep breath, exhale and release all that angst. The book will happen and I will enjoy it. Take all the time you need.

    12. Creator HT Goh on June 24, 2014

      This must be the most amazing Kickstarter I've backed. It's difficult to trust projects sometimes when they're delayed but this so isn't the case here. Totally happy to wait for a great book. Well played Mr Sanders.

    13. Creator Richard Bruning on June 19, 2014

      Wow. Those samples you sent the links out to in your last email were amazing. BUT, I think I've discovered why it's talking you so long. The details! Why, if you were to stop doing all those amazing little constructions and renderings and miniature buildings, heck, you'd be done in no time. winkyface.
      Seriously though, with art, it's almost always worth the wait when it's work of this calibre. Anxious to get my copy but take the time you need. It'll be worth it to everyone in the end.

    14. Creator Steven Sanders on May 27, 2014

      Hi Randy, I'd say within a month.

    15. Creator Randy on May 27, 2014

      When can we expect to have an official update on the status of this project?

    16. Creator Steven Sanders on May 4, 2014

      hello! I've been trying to keep updates to a minimum/only major events due to hearing a lot of complaints about kickstarters with too many updates. :D I'm still grinding away on art, hope to have it to the printers in a little over a month, give or take. (I'm currently living on my credit card to get this finished ASAP. Gah. ) I should be getting a mock-up/dummy of the book for people to see soon. If you wish to see work in progress, I'm posting some of it on my tumblr at

    17. Creator Necrozius on May 4, 2014

      Hello! The last update was a month ago. How's progress?

    18. Creator Arnd Felten on January 23, 2014

      How are things coming along?

    19. Creator Don Balao on October 2, 2013

      thanks for the hard work steven, cant wait for my BIBLIOPHILE level, i hope my # is 135

    20. Creator Steven Sanders on October 2, 2013

      Hi Jack! Nope, I'll send a survey when we get close to shipping to make sure I have current addresses for everyone.

      thanks again for the support!


    21. Creator Jack Hud on October 2, 2013

      I recently moved. I know the book won't ship for a while but do I need to change my shipping address somewhere or will a survey be sent out before shipping?

    22. Creator Steven Sanders on June 29, 2013

      Anyone asking about the book or ebook, they both have ship dates of next spring. Everyone's contributions are allowing me to take some time off and make the book in a year vs the ten years it would probably take if I only worked on it in my normal spare time. :) (I work 60-80 hr weeks to pay the bills as a freelancer.)



    23. Creator FredH on June 29, 2013

      Was the ebook ever sent? If so, I fear I may have accidentally deleted it.

    24. Creator Tyler Ross on June 16, 2013

      Nvm... I backed the ebook. Was it sent to my email?

    25. Creator Tyler Ross on June 16, 2013

      I believe I backed a print and never received it. Can you check on this for me. Thanks

    26. Creator Gary Simmons on May 21, 2013

      Received the "Failing" print, nice work.

    27. Creator Caitlyn Colon on April 22, 2013

      can't wait to see the completed work! looking forward to receiving the ebook.

    28. Creator Britta Carlson on March 22, 2013

      and to Steve, yes I have seen Xam'd. You have very good taste in anime =]

    29. Creator Britta Carlson on March 22, 2013

      I am psyched!!!!!

    30. Creator Eric Clough on March 22, 2013

      Great job! Looking forward to receiving your work.

    31. Creator Salaam, the Choujin on March 21, 2013

      Nicely done people! Now we just have to wait while Steven slaves away. Looking forward to the completed work!

    32. Creator Jonathan Walters on March 21, 2013

      Congratulations! I can't wait to finally see the finished product, and look forward to seeing more of your fantastic artwork.

    33. Creator Jason on March 21, 2013

      @Steven completely understand, don't want you to be in the red on this! But if 32 pages is possible, would definitely appreciate that - would love to see more of your art.
      At any rate, congrats on getting funded!

    34. Creator Paul Ta on March 21, 2013


    35. Creator Daniel Andersen on March 21, 2013

      Congratulations! I was happy to be able to help fund such an interesting new world. Hope to see you at Planet Comic-Con in KC!

    36. Creator Steven Sanders on March 21, 2013

      Thanks folks! I doubt I'm going to be able to do 50, (printers still haven't gotten back to me yet. Not sure what the deal is.) but I'm likely going to do a 16 page bump up unless there's a big raft of last minute drops.

    37. Creator Jason on March 21, 2013

      Same here -- congrats on getting funded! Let's hope we can get an increase of 50 pages in before the deadline.

    38. Creator Fizyx on March 21, 2013

      Gonna be asleep when this finishes, so I just wanted to say, grats on getting funded, yay stickers, and I can't wait for the book! (Even if it hasn't had 100 pages added :P)

    39. Creator Fizyx on March 16, 2013

      Oh yeah, I completely understand. As much as I want another 100 pages, I want you to not be in the red on the project even more :)

    40. Creator Steven Sanders on March 16, 2013

      Benjamin- It's possible we can do it, (I keep hoping Boing Boing will show interest in this) but yeah. That's what I need to have it at to not lose money, unfortunately. That said, I'll definitely have some increased page count stretch goals as soon as I hear back from the printer. I have pricing on an increase of 16 pages and 100 pages, currently, I'm waiting to hear back on 50. Due to the small print run (currently 500), price on things per book is pretty high. I'm going to guess needing 65K to do the extra 50 pages. 16 pages will definitely be within our reach, though. Just gotta keep the word going. We were on Bleeding Cool today, so that should help things a bit.

      I have plans for supplementary volumes of anything that I can't fit in this book, so there's always that. Assuming the book pleases people, it shouldn't be a problem to do another Kickstarter and raise more money more easily.

    41. Creator Fizyx on March 16, 2013

      I so want this to get to 75k, but I don't think it's going to happen :(

    42. Creator Nicholas Dotson on March 16, 2013

      Many congrats, good sir. Looking forward to seeing what the mystery art is going to be.

    43. Creator Peter Marinari on March 15, 2013

      I meant signatures from the sewn pages perspective, but answer (and math) appreciated!

    44. Creator Steven Sanders on March 15, 2013

      Also, thanks for the congratulations/well wishes everyone! I'm excited to get to work on this!

    45. Creator Steven Sanders on March 15, 2013

      Peter - A fair point.. I went with this choice going by the Dresden Codak Kickstarter. (This was the same amount for getting the stickers) When I hear back from the printers, I may make the stickers a +5K goal and an extra 50 pages a 10K stretch.

      I'd offer more signatures, but this is pretty much a one man band, I'd be the only relevant person to sign it.

      Ultimately it will just depend on the math. I'm having to make sure that I don't do what a lot of other people with successful Kickstarters have done and stretch rewarded themselves into the red. I'll see what I can make happen, though! I'll hear back from the printers early next week, and we can go from there.

    46. Creator Jonathan Walters on March 15, 2013

      Congrats on your Kickstarter success! Now I can breathe easier and calmly await the arrival of this wonderful book. ;)

    47. Creator Peter Marinari on March 15, 2013

      First, congratulations! I am so excited to see this project become a reality.

      I also have a point for you to consider. The majority of your existing donors are at the eBook (328) and HC book (201) levels. An incremental additional pledge of $10 from all of us would be another $5k! Stickers are cool and all, but is there something more essential tot he book itself we can give more to receive or to stretch toward? Maybe just an extra signature or two in the book?

    48. Creator Paul Ta on March 15, 2013


    49. Creator Brian Thomas on March 15, 2013

      YES! The goal has been reached!

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