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This project was successfully funded on February 21, 2012.
End of the Line—All Aboard!
Hey, remember when I said I was saving some stuff to say when this ended? Turns out I'm mostly speechless. Well, speechless for me, which still means that I cram way too many word balloons onto the page.
Let's recap with some achievements:
- Second most funds pledged to a completed Kickstarter drive ever.
- The third Kickstarter project in history to reach one million dollars in pledges.
- The most funded creative work in Kickstarter history in any medium, ever.
- The most funded project by a single person (rather than a company), ever.
- 2127% funded from my initial goal of $57,750.
- 35 goals reached
- 28 updates made (including this one)
- 63 increasingly-byzantine reward packages
- 14,952 backers
- Over 25,000 books sold
- Over 16,000 comments made
- Uncounted broken F5 keys
- And I think we kinda broke a Kickstarter server at the end there
Any way you want to analyze it, it's surprising. Certainly, I'm still shocked. There have already been media stories about it, and there will be more now that we've ended. And they'll talk about crowdfunding and what this success means to the future of blah blah blah. You know what? Screw that. This is between me and all of you. This is because you guys love the story I'm writing, and I love writing it. We made this thing together, and no one is going to replicate it, not exactly. Oh, sure, these records won't stand forever. Some won't even last a month. But it doesn't matter, because you didn't pledge money to me so I could beat a meaningless record. You pledged your money to me because you believe in me and my silly stick figure comic. And that is not something that is going to be mentioned in those media articles.
But I'm pretty sure the slope of this line will be:
(What, that Mystery Prize at $1,250,000? That was always there. I don't know what you're talking about. But you will have to wait a day or two before I tell you what it is.)
On the other hand, this also marks the beginning of a far longer process: that of making and fulfilling everything to which I've committed. It will take some time, I'm not going to lie to you. I will do my best to keep everyone updated on every step of the process. I won't be able to write daily posts all the time, but as each hurdle is cleared, this is where I'll tell you about it. Like I said in the last update, give me a few days before expecting anything; I need to recuperate a little. But then we'll start talking about shipping address surveys and delivery schedules and all that fun stuff.
This is going to be a big year for me, and for OOTS, and for GITP. And for you, I guess. You have a veritable shower of goodies waiting for you in your reward packages, and there will be some unknown number of new ideas and improvements to the website, the comic, and whatever else I can make better for everyone by throwing some of this money at. I hope you're as excited as I am to see what comes next.
Because if this drive has proven anything, it is that I am very, very bad at predicting the future.
P.S. For reasons I don't understand, I can no longer see or make Comments on the project because it says I'm not a backer. Which is really upsetting, considering that's where the party's been this whole time. So if you want to make sure I can see what you're saying, comment on this update instead. (EDIT: Never mind, this fixed itself.)
P.P.S. You are still awesome.
EDIT 2: It looks like somehow my total was off a little; I'll fix the chart.