About this project
Thank you all so much, I am overjoyed with the number of pledges the Magnet Comic has received. I've been trying to think up new stretch goals, some with more goodies for you and some goals that pass on the generosity that has been shown to me. Take a look below for more details.
*UPDATE* Tote bags are go! Every Magnet Comic will come with a "comic books" tote bag.
The Accessories Pack will have every day items like phones, computers, trees, etc. to add to the scenes you can put together on your Magnet Comic.
Stretch goal #3 is an idea I really love. I want to make and donate plastic versions for kids to have and play with while they stay in the hospital and to take home with them. For sanitary purposes these need to be plastic so the production process will be different so I've started talking to the Boston Children's Hospital to see how I can make this a reality.
ALL THE STRETCH GOALS HAVE BEEN HIT!
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The Magnet Comic is a dry-erase comic strip that uses magnetic characters with a variety of different facial expressions to make the comics you want to make. It also lets you make comics a part of your every day life whether at home or work because it's a physical comic you can display and interact with.
It includes a walnut wood comic strip with dry-erase panels, magnets on the back for mounting on a refrigerator or filing cabinet, a stand, marker and microfiber wipe. Each kit includes a basic pack of 4 characters, and each character has 9 different facial expressions. That gives you 36 character pieces to use to create lots of different combinations as you make your comics.
I've been making these over the past year, all the while refining the materials and process and now I'm at the point where I know exactly what goes into making the Magnet Comic and how best to do it. I'm asking for your help to fund a bulk order of materials (wood, magnets, glue, etc) as well as to help me get my hands on some new tools and equipment that will make the construction and assembly a lot smoother.
Right now I'm using a CNC mill to cut the wood strips, but the rest is done by hand. I stamp the panels, screenprint the characters, stamp them out too and glue it all together by hand. What I'd like is to be able to get a couple new stamps that let me cut out more of each item at a time (including new characters) and a new rig to help me glue them faster.
I'd love to step up production so I can get them out the door faster and create a steady stream of new character packs so you can keep changing and updating the comics you can make.
I'm really excited to get this campaign going on Kickstarter. I've talked to a lot of people throughout the production and sale of these and the feedback has been surprising. I originally came up with the idea because I'm a fan of comics myself and I thought it would be fun for people like me to have something to play with to make physical comics. Luckily I've found that teachers love this idea because it will let their kids work out stories using the fixed emotions of the characters. Kids seem to love it too which brings a smile to my face. It's nice to see a kid pick up the pieces and think and write. It seems like so much of their other activities revolve around digital media, that it's nice to see them thinking and playing with something tactile.
Please take a look at the rewards to see how you can help. All of the rewards will include a thank you credit on www.magnetcomic.com.
There are two options for limited edition Magnet Comics and they include everything in the basic kit, with the difference being that they are made out of high end (ie. fancy) wood, instead of the basic walnut wood. The options are:
Also, if you get one of the rewards that includes additional character packs, those will be released over time, usually once a month or two as they are created. The additional character packs will be mailed to you as they are released, but you will receive your Magnet Comic set with the basic characters immediately.
Thanks so much for helping me make this happen and keep making comics,
Risks and challenges
I've been designing and developing the Magnet Comic since 2007 and I'm finally at the point where I've decided on the finished look and the materials that will be used to manufacture them. My biggest challenge now comes from doing it quickly. These funds will be a big part of solving that problem and I plan to purchase new equipment that will help me speed up the process so I can spend more time drawing new character sets and working on a website that lets everyone share images of their Magnet Comics.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Magnet Comic panels enable you to use both dry-erase and wet-erase markers. The kits come with a dry-erase marker because they are easier to clean up when you want to change the dialogue on the comic strip. Wet-erase marker requires a wet towel to remove it so we recommend using dry-erase.
It's basically an oversized Magnet Comic. You get large characters and a marker. The only thing you wouldn't get is the stand, but since it's meant for the wall you wouldn't need one. I'm open to doing custom characters for these if you want something special. Thanks.
Absolutely! Check out the $55 reward. I'll draw four characters from photos or from your descriptions, and they'll all have 9 facial expressions. Thanks.
Right now the custom options are sold out. I want to make sure most of my efforts go towards producing the actual Magnet Comics so I'm keeping the custom options limited for now. In the future, these will be an option on the Magnet Comic website, but not until all the Kickstarter orders have been fulfilled.
Nope. The earliest they'll ship is February. But check out the card I've made that you can give as a placeholder gift instead: www.magnetcomic.com/kickstarter
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