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The fifth Weregeek collection - a full-color comic about geeks and the games they play!

Weregeek is a comic strip that has been running online since 2006. At its heart, it's a comic about geeks and geek culture, highlighting the power of imagination, as one seemingly "normal" guy called Mark learns to love all things nerdy. Roleplaying games, LARP, anime, cosplay, miniatures battles and many other forms of geekdom are explored in great detail... for the uninitiated, here's a glimpse of what you might find in this book:

D&D Puns FTW!
D&D Puns FTW!

The Book:

Why would you want to buy this book? Well, even though the comic strips are posted online at weregeek.com, there's a TON of extra content packed into this book that ISN'T available on the website! There's production artwork, big splash images, author commentary, never-before-seen extra strips, and an exclusive 8-page story in the back of the book about the group's high school days!

Book 5 Details at a glance:

  • 104 pages, full color art throughout
  • Durable gloss cover, perfect bound 
  • Format: 10" x 8.5"
  • Over 12 pages of extra content - artist commentary, extra strips, and splash art galore!
  • "Weregeek High" - A story exclusive to this book about the gang's high school days! 

What YOU get out of this:

Our last pre-order (run through IndieGoGo) was a HUGE success! We not only met our goal of $5,000, but more than DOUBLED it, ending the campaign at over $11,000!! Because we hit a number of stretch goals, all of our backers ended up getting a TON of extras - an exclusive print of the entire cast, a D&D monster print, personalized & hand written thank-you cards, and a downloadable 8-page PDF comic! 

We have some great rewards planned for this campaign as well - both as regular Backer rewards, and as added bonuses later on in the campaign! In addition to pre-orders of the book itself, we're offering a LOT of cool incentives to entice you to jump on our book-printing bandwagon!  All backers will receive a special all-new 2-page Weregeek PDF comic, exclusive only to backers! All backers will all receive a set of computer wallpapers and an advance PDF copy of the book! In addition, you can add additional copies of ANY of our books to your order for a super-low cost, exclusive to this pre-order campaign!

Then there's the really exciting stuff:  Weregeek swag, including d20 jewelry and D&D fridge poetry, custom sketches, original artwork used in producing the book, one-of-a-kind Weregeek sculptures... check out the images below for some examples!

If that weren't enough, there's the REALLY exclusive stuff... want me to NPC at your next game? I'll do it! Want me to RUN you a game over Skype? That's also something I can do! Get your gaming group to pool your money and get a wonderful one-shot gaming experience, plus original artwork to commemorate the experience! And if you want a combination of things that doesn't appear in any one perk, you can always adjust your pledge accordingly and let me know what extra stuff you want to get!!

So, to summarize:

  • You'll get access to a downloadable PDF of the book earlier than anyone else!
  • You'll get a signed copy of the book!
  • You'll get reduced prices on exclusive Weregeek merchandise and additional books!
  • You'll get a bunch of extras added to your pledge as the campaign takes off and stretch goals are met!

Where the funds will go:

The print cost (including shipping from China) for Book 5 will be between $4400-$4600. Plus I need to pay brokerage fees for customs, and pay to have it transported from the port in Vancouver to my storage facility. On top of that, I will also have to cover taxes on all money earned, as well as Kickstarter & Amazon fees. Then there's the shipping! The final estimated cost for all of this is around $8000, which is the goal I've set... if we break that goal, additional funds will go to pay for additional shipping, fees and materials costs, and whatever's left over will be re-invested in our business, because we hope to bring you some REALLY exciting new products in 2013! If we hit some of our stretch goals, we'll reveal a lot of our plans to you, our backers!! How's THAT for exciting??

Shipping

Shipping for U.S. supporters has been included in the price of each perk. For non-US supporters, a small additional charge is listed below the perk to help cover the extra costs. Please make sure to include this cost in your contribution, or your order can't be shipped to you! Don't worry though, I'll be in contact with you if there's any kind of problem with your order.

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't contribute any money (and believe me, I know what it's like to be broke! Games ain't cheap!), the best way you can help us out is by spreading the word about this campaign. Tweet about it, post about it on Facebook, mention it to your gaming group or at the local gaming store... Every little bit helps!!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks are minimal. I have a very good printer lined up who has done excellent work on my past books, and since I've printed with them before, I can assure you that their quality is top-notch! I've also handled all the fulfilment and shipping on my last book, and feel confident that I can get everyone their order on time and packed with plenty of extras. :)

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    PDF GOODIES: Can't wait for the book? This option will get you early access to a PDF of the book (including the 8 page exclusive story), and a never-before-published 2-pg story just for backers! You'll also receive a printable poster PDF and a wallpaper set.

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    PREORDER: $25.00 gets you a brand-spanking new copy of Weregeek: Book 5, signed by the artist! You also get all of the PDF downloads. (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout.)

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    EVEN MORE PDF GOODIES: For those who prefer eBooks to the real thing, or who live in a totally-digital world inside a computer like in Neuromancer or something, we've made a full 5-book PDF set available! As before, you can request a free PDF copy when you order any of the physical books (see More Books, More Awesome below), but with this pledge, you get the entire 5-book Weregeek collection as PDFs INSTEAD of any of the physical books.

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    ARTIST'S EDITION: For an extra $10, I will sketch your favorite character in the back of your copy of Book 5. Please let me know which character you would like! You also receive all of the digital downloads. (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout.)

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    EXTRA WEREGEEK SWAG: In addition to a sketched copy of Book 5, you get your choice of a) a package of our Fantasy Gaming Fridge Poetry, b) A pair of mini d20 earrings, c) A d20 necklace. (See pictures below!) Jewellery comes in your choice of blue, green, purple, red, black, or white. And the poetry sets have over 200 words, so you can write LOTS of poems about checking for traps! This option includes all of the digital downloads. (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout. ). NOTE: THESE ITEMS CAN BE ADDED TO ANY PLEDGE FOR AN EXTRA $10 EACH!

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    MORE BOOKS, MORE AWESOME!!: Get a sketched copy of Book 5, plus the digital PDF downloads, plus ANOTHER Weregeek book of your choice (1,2,3 or 4)! Or, you can add the following for even MORE books! ..............................................................3 BOOK SET: +$10 ($55 total) ............................................................ 4 BOOK SET: +$25 ($70 total) ......................................................... ALL 5 BOOKS!: +35 ($80 total) ......................................................... (Please add $15 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout.)

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    "CUBIE" MONSTER PLUSH: In addition to your sketched copy of Book 5 and the digital downloads, you will also receive a 5" plush cube-shaped Gelatinous Monster, based on the designs shown below! Perfect for throwing at your players during acid attacks! Look at that cute little face... he's so HAPPY to dissolve you and your belongings! (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or $10 for International)

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    IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU: A sketched book 5, plus a custom color drawing of your own character from any game system or genre imaginable! (Portraits of yourself are also allowable, but why get a portrait of yourself when you can get a portrait of yourself as a barbarian warlord riding a dragon?) Includes all the digital downloads. (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout.)

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    WEREGEEK HIGH: This is your chance to own original art from the book 5 extra story, Weregeek High! Each half-page has been drawn on 11" x 17" paper. You will receive this original inked drawing along with your sketched copy of Book 5. Includes all the digital downloads. (Please add 10 for Canadian shipping, or $20 for International.)

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    PRODUCTION ARTWORK: A sketched copy of Book 5, plus a signed original piece of artwork from the book. This could be anything from one of the extra strips to one of the big splash images from the book, or even the original cover image! It's a surprise! Includes all the digital downloads. (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout.)

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    WEREGEEK ORIGINAL ARTWORK: Because we've hit the 12K mark, we're opening up the archives! At this pledge level, you receive a sketched copy of Book 5, plus the one-of-a-kind original artwork of any single Weregeek comic strip from the archives! There's only one original for each comic, so we're going to operate on a first-come-first-served situation. Just message me before or after you make your pledge and let me know the date-stamp for the comic you want, and I'll let you know ASAP if that one is available! (Please add $10 for Canadian shipping, or $20 for International)

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    CAMEO APPEARANCE: Have you always wanted to be IN comics? Well, this perk will get you a (non-speaking) cameo appearance in a Weregeek strip of my choosing, to appear within 3 months, plus a mention/link in my blog! Includes a sketched copy of Book 5, the digital downloads, PLUS the ORIGINAL ARTWORK for the strip you appear in! (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or $10 for international.)

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    GUEST STAR APPEARANCE: Have you always wanted to be IN comics? Well, this perk will get you a speaking cameo appearance in a Weregeek strip of my choosing, to appear within 3 months, plus a mention/link in my blog! Includes a sketched copy of Book 5, the digital downloads, PLUS the ORIGINAL ARTWORK for the strip you appear in! (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout.)

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND WEREGEEK FIGURINE: In addition to a sketched copy of book 5, you get a unique, one-of-a-kind Weregeek figurine! Hand-crafted by the artist from black sculpting polymer, each figure will be a 4-inch-tall miniature of a shadowy WEREGEEK form in a cool pose. (See pictures at left.) Includes all the digital downloads. (Please add $15 for Canadian shipping, or check the "International" box during checkout.)

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    GUEST STAR EXTRAVAGANZA!: The original guest star level sold out so fast, I'm opening up a super-special version of it for the last day of the KS! This level gets you a speaking appearance in the comic, the original art for that comic, a sketched copy of Book 5 AND a piece of original production artwork from the book!! What a deal!! (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or $10 for International.)

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    NEED AN NPC? I will put in an appearance at one of your games via Skype, Google + or another video conference software of your choosing. I will also draw a digital portrait of all of the characters in your group, so you'll each have a memento of my (virtual) visit. Includes one sketched copy of book 5 and the digital downloads. (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or $10 for International.)

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    WEREGEEK GAMEMASTER: If you want a truly memorable experience for your gaming group, I will run a one-shot RPG (chosen by you from a list of good one-shot games I will provide) for up to six players via Skype/Google+/MSN/etc.! This includes one sketched copy of Book 5, a digital portrait of your group of characters from the game, and all the digital PDF downloads. (Please add $5 for Canadian shipping, or $10 for International.)

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