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I think what we're trying to say is that we trust you and we understand the scope of this is pretty ambitious! It's not a tech object, it's not even 'just' a comic, it's summoning an entire mythos, and we're happy to be with you for the ride.
So just trust us too! We're with you on this. It's kind of like people at your house party who love art, love your art, and want nothing but for you to make the stuff you want to make, including supporting you through the creative process (like having breaks so you can keep on truckin').
Thanks Andy, that's... oddly comforting? I guess? But yeah, still pushing forward. I read old Popular Mechanics from the 30's before bed and take screen caps for inspiration. So there's an "excitement" folder building up.
There's a local comic creator drink (coffee) and draw on saturdays and I'm working on Symbiosis when I can during that time. The last small-group update should have had a Tumblr link to some new work and another is going up tomorrow morning. stevensanders.tumblr.com
I'm easing back into the large scale work with these smaller pieces/vehicles. Having fun and looking forward to making more!
I looked into the old projects that are still not out, late years past their release dates...
...this one has NOTHING on the video game projects I backed (the ones that are still chugging along and actually proceeding forward, 2+ years of delay later).
So no probs. Take your time and do it right. But please keep pushing forward. Take a few hours a week to set aside and keep it in motion.
Best of luck. Thanks!
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.
Good to hear Steven! Glad everything is going alright for you=]
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!
How you feelin Steve? I'm honestly wondering
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.
Anyone hear anything? What's going on?
Thanks for the first update of the year ! The waiting is abominable.
Any updates on the progress!!!
Happy New Year, Steven!
Steven, Thanks for the update.
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.
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.
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.
Hi Randy, I'd say within a month.
When can we expect to have an official update on the status of this project?
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 stevensanders.tumblr.com
Hello! The last update was a month ago. How's progress?
There's a new update here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/570044257/symbiosis-a-creative-commons-art-book/posts/710647
How are things coming along?
thanks for the hard work steven, cant wait for my BIBLIOPHILE level, i hope my # is 135
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!
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?
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.)
Was the ebook ever sent? If so, I fear I may have accidentally deleted it.
Nvm... I backed the ebook. Was it sent to my email?
I believe I backed a print and never received it. Can you check on this for me. Thanks
Received the "Failing" print, nice work.
can't wait to see the completed work! looking forward to receiving the ebook.
and to Steve, yes I have seen Xam'd. You have very good taste in anime =]
I am psyched!!!!!
Great job! Looking forward to receiving your work.
Nicely done people! Now we just have to wait while Steven slaves away. Looking forward to the completed work!
Congratulations! I can't wait to finally see the finished product, and look forward to seeing more of your fantastic artwork.
@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!
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!
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.
Same here -- congrats on getting funded! Let's hope we can get an increase of 50 pages in before the deadline.
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)
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 :)
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.
I so want this to get to 75k, but I don't think it's going to happen :(
Many congrats, good sir. Looking forward to seeing what the mystery art is going to be.
I meant signatures from the sewn pages perspective, but answer (and math) appreciated!
Also, thanks for the congratulations/well wishes everyone! I'm excited to get to work on this!
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.
Congrats on your Kickstarter success! Now I can breathe easier and calmly await the arrival of this wonderful book. ;)