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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
Created by

Steven Sanders

1,149 backers pledged $63,491 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Christophe on February 7

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

    2. Creator MARVIN STEPHENSON on January 27

      Any updates on the progress!!!

    3. Creator Michael Faries on January 1

      Happy New Year, Steven!

    4. Creator David Churn on October 19

      Steven, Thanks for the update.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. Creator Steven Sanders on May 27, 2014

      Hi Randy, I'd say within a month.

    9. Creator Randy on May 27, 2014

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

    10. 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

    11. Creator Necrozius on May 4, 2014

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

    12. Creator Arnd Felten on January 23, 2014

      How are things coming along?

    13. Creator Don Balao on October 2, 2013

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

    14. 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!


    15. 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?

    16. 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.)



    17. Creator FredH on June 29, 2013

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

    18. Creator Tyler Ross on June 16, 2013

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

    19. 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

    20. Creator Gary Simmons on May 21, 2013

      Received the "Failing" print, nice work.

    21. Creator Caitlyn Colon on April 22, 2013

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

    22. Creator Britta Carlson on March 22, 2013

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

    23. Creator Britta Carlson on March 22, 2013

      I am psyched!!!!!

    24. Creator Eric Clough on March 22, 2013

      Great job! Looking forward to receiving your work.

    25. 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!

    26. 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.

    27. 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!

    28. Creator Paul Ta on March 21, 2013


    29. 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!

    30. 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.

    31. 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.

    32. 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)

    33. 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 :)

    34. 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.

    35. Creator Fizyx on March 16, 2013

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

    36. Creator Nicholas Dotson on March 16, 2013

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

    37. Creator Peter Marinari on March 15, 2013

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

    38. Creator Steven Sanders on March 15, 2013

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

    39. 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.

    40. 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. ;)

    41. 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?

    42. Creator Paul Ta on March 15, 2013


    43. Creator Brian Thomas on March 15, 2013

      YES! The goal has been reached!

    44. Creator Steven Sanders on March 13, 2013

      Keola, I have a personal website, but no site set up specifically for discusion, per se. The closest thing would be the Symbiosis Facebook page: I believe anyone who likes the page can comment on it, and people can discuss things there. I'll look into a forum of some sort at a later date, or if someone wants to make one themselves, it will likely happen faster that way.

      If anyone knows how to do forum coding and has a desire to run it, let me know and I'll get in touch with you and let you set it up on my website.

    45. Creator Keola Aki on March 13, 2013

      Mr. Sanders, do you have a website up or have a recommendation for one that fans can go to discuss or exchange ideas about your world?

    46. Creator Brys on March 12, 2013

      So glad I decided to snag one of the last spots for the $95 tier over the weekend while making sure I could budget it in.

      I adore the sci-fi concepts shown so far and absolutely love beautifully designed hardcovers. Creative Commons and the opportunity to show some extra love towards Steven for some of his comic work (RIP S.W.O.R.D.) makes it that much better.

    47. Creator Steven Sanders on March 11, 2013

      Thanks John! It's not weird at all; I'm a big fan of the concept myself, at risk of being self-aggrandizing.

      Glad you are excited about it! Please let as many people you know as possible about the project, as I've got some good stretch goals waiting if we can hit 50K soon.

    48. Creator John Harfouche on March 11, 2013

      As a die hard fan of world building (and also art books) I think this is an amazing project! The idea of releasing it under creative commons is mad brilliant, and I really hope it goes on to live a life all it's own.

      But I just want to say, and this might be weird, that perhaps the entire reason I am backing this is because of the concept of the Resonant Tooth. It has to be one of the most interesting and evocative Sci-Fi concepts I have ever heard, good on yah.

    49. Creator Steven Sanders on March 5, 2013

      Much appreciated Darren! I'm confident that together we'll make this thing happen. I can't want to get cranking on the work! I'm already seeing stories that are inspired by what little is out there already, and it's an amazing thing to see.

      Thanks again, everyone. There's a big audience for this, so much creativity out there to be tapped. People just need to see it.

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