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Today is the one-year anniversary of the end of this pledge drive and our long fulfillment together. I bet you thought I forgot.
In celebration, I am releasing the first of the digital stories that I should have had for you a few months ago. It's the Belkar Bitterleaf prequel story that was bought and paid for by one generous backer. I ended up making a bunch of last-minute revisions this week that pushed the completion back a little—I think I went back two boxes on the Workometer before going forward. This "8-10 page story" is coming in at 12 pages, too, so, you know, business as usual for me. The story will be available through a second backer-only update that I'll send in a few minutes, so check your email inbox for that.
I'm also happy to announce that I'm going to start working on the digital portraits (the "Stick It to You" and "Stick It to Your Family" packages). They don't take much more thumb effort than the regular comic, so I'm going to tackle them this upcoming week. No idea yet how quickly they'll go, though, so it may take a few weeks to get them all done. If you have one of those packages and haven't sent in your reference photos, do so now to firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject line "DIGITAL PORTRAIT REFERENCE.") I've also been sending more of the signed Patience packages; I have a huge stack of international envelopes for which I just have to fill out customs forms and they're ready to go.
Here's where the Workometer stands now:
I wish I had something special and inspirational to say on the occasion of the anniversary. All I can think of is how many unlit boxes are left on that Workometer a year later. My hand has been getting stronger, though, which has helped me with the amount I can draw before having to rest. I guess my new goal is to make sure it's all done so far in advance of the second anniversary that we don't even bother talking about it in those terms.
Thanks again for all the support and well-wishes, and keep an eye out for Belkar in your inbox. He'll probably start stabbing your important emails if you leave him unread for too long.
P.S. In case you haven't been keeping up with the regular comic updates, here are the latest pages:
OK, first thing's first: If you haven't been checking the regular website, The Order of the Stick is back to updating (albeit slowly). I've posted three new comics since the last day of last year, so go read them if you haven't already. This update will still be here when you get back.
- OOTS #864: Bet It Would Get Funded on Kickstarter
- OOTS #865: Getting Defensive
- OOTS #866: Complex Math
But wait, that's not the only old friend that's making a return. Drumroll, please:
Yes, the Workometer is back for this post, largely due to the fact that I have done work. Not as much as I would have liked, but there you have it. The main thing to announce is that I've finished all the no-Patience no-original-art autographed packages. If your ordered one of these, it's in the mail. I've even made some headway into the yes-Patience no-original-art packages, as I said I would last time—bars for them and the Patience art pieces have been added to the bottom of the chart. Most of the rest of the work I've done has been on the conceptual end of things, since I've been devoting what drawing time I can handle to updating the regular comic.
In other news, Morland Miniatures released the second OOTS mini this past week: Belkar Bitterleaf and Mr. Scruffy. (The big single base shown is a custom assembly they did for me; they ship with two individual bases normally for maximum cat exploration potential.)
Oh, and remember that exclusive free shipping code I gave all you wonderful Kickstarter backers last time? Morland Miniatures has generously extended its duration for the entire remainder of my Kickstarter fulfillment. Basically, with that code, you'll get free shipping on any order including an OOTS mini from now until every single segment is lit up on the Workometer. I can only assume that the fine folks at Morland are not truly aware of how abysmally tardy I am with some of this stuff, but their tragic miscalculation is your gain.
I think that's it. We're approaching the one-year anniversary of the start of this Kickstarter drive, and obviously I'm not going to get all the digital bonus material done in time. But everyone should have their physical rewards by now—or know the reason why they don't (their order requires artwork or is a Patience package that I haven't gotten to yet). If you don't have your package and you don't fall into one of those two categories, be sure to check the instructions in Update #50 for what to do. The number of backers contacting us through those channels has slowed to barely a trickle, by the way, giving me hope that we've finally conquered the last few shipping demons that were plaguing us.
Thanks, as always.
Welcome to what is probably the last Kickstarter update for 2012. It's going to be a fairly short one.
Physical therapy has been proceeding apace, and I've gotten to the point where I can now use a pen to make sloppy unintelligible lines. Lucky for me, my autograph has always been comprised of nothing but sloppy unintelligible lines. So I've slowly been trying to sign some of the outstanding autographed packages, in small clumps. I can't sign too many at once or my thumb starts to swell up, but I mailed a handful out before Christmas and I've got another handful sitting here, ready to go out tomorrow. Hopefully the rest will continue to drip forth over the coming weeks. This won't affect original art packages like crayon drawings—I don't have enough control for that yet—but I may jump some signed Patience packages ahead of them, just to get more off of my plate.
Also, if you previously got your autographed package with an I.O.U. for Sticky Shticks, those card decks have gone into the mail.
Ookoodook's warehouse is closed until after the New Year, but of the 150+ customers who contacted me with "missing" orders, all but about a dozen have either gotten their package now or at least know it's in the mail. We got 11 people from The List to contact us as well; if your name is still on there and you haven't contacted me, you have three days left to claim your stuff. If you're not on that list but for some reason you still don't have your (non-autographed and non-art-including) package, follow the instructions in Update #50 to contact the right person to fix your problem.
And that's it. Thanks again to all of you for the crazy rollercoaster that 2012 has been, and I hope you continue to stay patient with me as I claw my way back to work and get all those digital extras finished in 2013.
We've arrived, as I think we all knew we must, at the public shaming portion of the Kickstarter drive.
There are still a few dozen people who have not turned in surveys for things they bought. Without a survey, we can't send you anything because we don't have your address. I've tried several times in these updates to exhort people who haven't filled out surveys to do so, and all of these people have been directly emailed at least twice by my assistant. Since none of that has worked and I really don't want anyone to not get their order, here is a list of the 40 people who need to contact me right now in order to get their stuff (listed alphabetically so as not to reveal their pledge level):
- Aimee Bason
- Andrea StormRage Dattebayo
- Andy Williams
- Christopher Lee Baca
- David Parker
- Douglas Taylor
- Esteban Izaguirre
- Gardiner Cerul
- George Spier
- James Seibert
- Jason Stoddard
- Just a Username
- Jyrki Karhunen
- Kevin Jackey
- Matthew Brown
- Michael Evans
- Michael Kaplan
- Michael Neufeld
- Paul Graham
- Richard Morrow
- Roger Barkley
- Silas Byrne
- Theodore J Snider
- Tudor Carsten
- Wison Ruan
- Zach Sevcik
- Zachary Mcconnell
The list does not include anyone who just ordered the $10 minimum pledge magnet package; since so many people declined to get the physical magnet, I'm just assuming that the additional 34 people from that category that haven't yet responded are also passing on the magnet. They can still contact me to claim it before the 31st, if they want, but I'm not going to list their names publicly. It also doesn't include a handful of people with really unique account names like "Arthur" or "Tim" because I didn't think that it would be helpful for every Arthur or Tim to contact me just in case. But if that's the kind of screen name you have and you didn't fill out a survey yet, contact me!
That December 31st deadline doesn't apply to anyone who filled out a survey, even if circumstances have resulted in you not getting your package yet. If you gave us your address, we'll get you your stuff. We've been making a lot of progress on fixing incorrect or missing orders, so here's hoping that everyone gets what they ordered by the end of the year. Unless it needs my thumb.
As always, thanks for your infinite patience—in this case, for reading through this update when it doesn't apply to 99.74% of you.
P.S. I posted a thumb report on the main website.
P.P.S. I sent out a backer-only update about the leftover swag being on sale at Ookoodook like five minutes ago.