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First 100 strips of the reader-fueled webcomic about bad jobs, in book form!
First 100 strips of the reader-fueled webcomic about bad jobs, in book form!
38 backers pledged $1,974 to help bring this project to life.

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How We Stay Sane @ Work Vol. 1

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WE HIT GOAL!! See the Updates section below for stretch goals!

Bad jobs: we've all had 'em. Envelope stuffing, box moving, burger slinging, toilet cleaning, and of course: customer verbal punching bag. Why not be recognized for your hard work? This was the idea behind How We Stay Sane @ Work: a weekly webcomic that launched in July 2013. It quickly became a communal project with stories submitted from all over the internet. Now that we've passed the 100-strip mark, it's time to make a book!

Volume 1 will contain the first 100 strips with updated text and SFX for crisper, funnier gags! Printed in a special long format like the newspaper-strip compilations you grew up with, it's sure to stand out on your bookshelf. Plus, the book will contain extras like artist notes, The Guide to Office Slang, and more Server Workout Routines!

Strip #10: Server Workouts
Strip #10: Server Workouts

Rewards

Recognizing the little guys and supporting indie creators is great, but what about swag? I have plenty of stuff set up exclusively for this campaign such as:

  • Thank You: Your name and company immortalized on a special page of the book reserved for donors.
  • Digital Sketches: Single character digital sketch of whomever you want! No nudity or offensive topics please.
  • PDF: A full-color PDF of the book, released as soon as the final print version is approved.
  • Mini-Comic: "The Five Stages of Boredom," featuring the comic's biggest submitters, previously only available at comic conventions!
  • Postcard Prints: I will be creating a Kickstarter-exclusive set of 4 prints titled, "Murphy's Law At Work!" Updates on design will be posted periodically!
  • Work Survival Kit: A set of items guaranteed to make work (almost) fun! contains a snarky notepad, Server's Friend Pilfer Prevention Pen, Customer Service Bingo card, and, of course, some candy.
  • Custom Name Badges: Polished gold or silver with your dream job title of choice.
  • Original Inks: A hand-drawn original strip from the first 100
Add-ons
Due to popular demand I am making the Custom Name Badge available to everyone, without having to donate at the Executive level. Simply add $15 USD to any tier to snag one of your own! After you donate send me a message confirming your request and we can work out the specifics. See something else you want? A second badge or book for a loved one, perhaps? Send a message!

The Webcomic

You can find How We Stay Sane At Work at Comic Fury or howwestaysaneatwork.com. Updates weekly via Twitter and Tumblr

Strip #82: Workers in Glass Cubicles
Strip #82: Workers in Glass Cubicles

 Updates

6/12: Holy COW guys, you filled out the Guest Strip-O-Meter!! We will now have a full 4 months of guest strips, freeing me up to work on all your rewards! I've already started the legwork on that. Hopefully I can tease some artists soon.
So what to do with these last 11 hours? Well I figure you all have been so nice, the next stretch goal should be something more... materialistic. If we get to $2,100, there will be a 5th print in the Murphy's Law @ Work postcard print set! And everyone who has donated at the $15 Shift Lead tier or higher will get it FREE! Spread the word!
A few more reminders:
  • Anyone who chooses the $10 Desk Jockey tier or higher is entered to win the cover inks!
  • A-la-carte items like extra badges($15), prints($4), and books($20) can be added to your rewards until the campaign ends at 7:08pm CDT tonight. Add the appropriate amount and send me a message with your preference.
  • Custom badges and the Murphy's Law @ Work print set are Kickstarter Exclusive items and will not be available to purchase after this campaign! Not even at conventions!

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6/11: It's my birthday, and the best present ever is watching the donations keep trickling in. You guys secured another 2 guest comics since yesterday's update! That means 2 more weeks of uninterrupted work for me. At this point you're helping me work faster on the rewards, so it's really a win for you.
There's 32 hours left to go, which is not a lot of time to take advantage of the bundles in the reward tiers. Bought separately, the Manager tier items would be $50 instead of $30! And after the campaign the book itself will be $25.
And don't forget that you can add to your donation for a-la-carte items like extra badges($15), prints($4), and books($20). Add the appropriate amount and send me a message with your preference.

Thanks again everybody! I'll see you tomorrow for one last push!

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6/10: Woooah! I didn't think we'd hit goal with time to spare! Ya'll are gonna make me cry... *sniff* Thank you so much!
I've been thinking about what's next, and what's next is a lot of work on my part. I've seen and backed a lot of Kickstarters, and usually the production phase is the longest. To try and mitigate that, I'm going to use extra money made after the goal for guest comics, so the strip can keep updating while I work on the book! I will produce 1 strip a month, but the other 3 weeks will be taken care of by guest artists.

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6/2: As the deadline looms nearer I want to say a big thank you to everyone who's donated and shared! Here are a few teasers of the final product!
The first strip as it will look in the book:
And here's the inks for the first of the Murphy's Law prints:

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Once we reach the funding goal everyone who donates $10 or more (that is, everyone who's already getting stuff in the mail) will be entered to win the original inks for the book cover! Shipping is free!


A big thanks to Aaron W for editing and narrating the video, and Den P. and Luke M. for lending their voices!

Risks and challenges

* Although this is my first Kickstarter campaign I have assimilated advice from creator friends and colleagues throughout the planning process. The money I have saved up will cover the packing and shipping costs, and some of the rewards like the mini comic and Work Survival Kits are things I have in-stock already. All donation money will go towards printing the book and the Kickstarter-exclusive rewards like the prints and custom badges.

* All 100 strips are drawn. However, to respect the wishes of all the comic's submitters, I have asked permission to use their stories and likenesses in this book. Those who have not given their permission will have their strips redrawn. I have factored that time into the release date, but as with any project real life and day jobs sometimes sneak up on you. I have been working successfully with weekly webcomics deadlines for 4 years, but I am still a one-woman army. You can rest assured I will keep you informed of all stages of the production process, as well as any delays, with copious updates.

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    PART-TIMER: Give some love to the little guys! This tier nets you a single-character digital sketch of your choice! No nudity or offensive topics please. You also get your name on the Thank You page.

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    DESK JOCKEY: A little something for you to read while you pretend to work: a PDF of How We Stay Sane @ Work Vol. 1! In addition, you also get the digital sketch and your name on the Thank You page.

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    SHIFT LEAD: A few educational materials to help you climb the ladder! This tier includes the "5 Stages of Boredom" mini-comic and a print of your choice from the Murphy's Law Postcard Print Set. In addition, you get all the previous rewards: PDF of the book, digital sketch, and name on the Thank You page.

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    MANAGER: Now you're going somewhere! You get the physical version of How We Stay Sane @ Work Vol. 1, signed by the artist. In addition, you get all the previous rewards: a print of your choice from the Murphy's Law Postcard Print Set, the "5 Stages of Boredom" mini-comic, PDF of the book, digital sketch, and name on the Thank You page.

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    DISTRICT MANAGER: Like the Manager, but with more swag and more responsibility. You get all 4 prints from the Murphy's Law Postcard Print Set as well as all the previous rewards: the signed physical copy of Vol. 1, "5 Stages of Boredom" mini-comic, PDF of the book, digital sketch, and name on the Thank You page.

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    EXECUTIVE: Life gets a bit more cushy! This tier contains a Work Survival Kit, guaranteed to make work (almost) fun, and a custom name badge with your title of choice! Your name and title will go in the "Executive Donor" section of the Thank You page. In addition, you get all the previous rewards: all 4 prints from the Murphy's Law Postcard Print Set, signed copy of Vol. 1, the "5 Stages of Boredom" mini-comic, PDF of the book, and digital sketch.

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    CEO: Top of the top! You get the original inks from any HWSS@W strip of your choice, mailed to your door! In addition, your name and title will be enshrined in the special "CEO" section of the book's Thank You page! You also get all the previous rewards: custom name badge with your title of choice, Work Survival Kit, all 4 prints from the Murphy's Law Postcard Print Set, signed copy of Vol. 1, the "5 Stages of Boredom" mini-comic, PDF of the book, and digital sketch.

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