THANK YOU, everyone! We have met our funding goal! Here are our STRETCH GOALS:
STRETCH UPDATE 5/22:
We are now happy to offer both tee shirts and customizable dog tags as add ons! Please add $20 for each shirt, and $15 for each set of dog tags. We will ask for sizes, customizations, etc in the survey after the Kick ends. Here are our preliminary designs:
DOG TAG FRONT:
DOG TAG BACK (text will be customized):
Year Five cover concept (not final).
Why Are We Here?
This is the Cura Te Ipsum: Year Five Kickstarter, a drive to fund the printing of the fifth full year trade of Cura Te Ipsum, a digital comic by Neal Bailey (writer, letterer) and Dexter Wee (artist) with over eight hundred thirty pages posted to date.
What is Cura Te Ipsum?
Cura Te Ipsum is a comic that tells the story of Charlie Everett, a guidance counselor who decides to kill himself, only to be stopped at the last second by a Charlie from a similar world in another dimension.
In most worlds, Charlie dies, but in some, Charlies unite across time and space to form a team calling themselves Cura Te Ipsum (Latin for "Physician, Heal Thyself!") who try to stop other Charlies from alternate dimensions from ending their own lives. They are pursued by the Dark Everett, a version of Charlie who believes they all must die, across space and time, in every universe.
Year Five is the conclusion of this story.
What people have been saying:
Critically Cura has been fortunate enough to have people speak for it at I09, Newsarama, Comics Alliance, Four Colors and the Truth, and our personal favorite, a very flattering review from Greg Rucka.
Cura Te Ipsum has consistently updated for free every week since 2010, and thanks to you, we've now completed our story.
The best argument we can give for if it's your thing, however, is to actually have you read the story, which you can start doing here, for FREE. Woot!
What we’re trying to do…
Like the preceding trades, Year Five will collect an entire year of the ongoing story in a trade paperback. The last year had more ground to cover than previous trades, so this trade will be longer than the preceding years, almost two hundred pages in length. This paperback will feature:
- A 10pt C1S Carolina stock color cover with Layflat Gloss laminate coating.
- 80# Anthem Matte (436 PPI) black and white interior pages.
- 6.625X10.25 standard trade width and height, perfect bound.
- Approximately 180-195 pages (varies based on backmatter).
- Pages 674-847 of the story.
As before, every physical order will also come with deluxe digital PDFs for all trades thusfar, which will feature complete thumbnails (the original versions of the pages before Dex draws them, with alternate angles, etc), the final art in high quality (blow it up and see all the details), and the entire original script with Neal’s commentary about the creation and thought process.
Year Four Hardcover concept (not final)
We're bringing back the popular limited edition hardcovers from the previous Kickstarters. They are once more limited to fifty, and each will include a hand-drawn sketch from Dex and a personal inscription from Neal. If you bought a limited edition hardcover in Year Two, Year Three, or Year Four, we will match your number.
Every order will include a poster of the massive, four-page square spread featured in Year Five, pictured above.
Where will my pledge go?
There are many costs associated with printing a trade. Outside of the huge investment of time and energy, there are basic costs to get this thing going feasibly.
This year we are going back to our old printer. Though last year's switch in printer brought the promise of lower cost, it caused significant delay and difficulties that did not justify the switch. Switching back will add to the basic cost, but we feel justified that it will result in a better product given our experience in the past. In addition, increased efficiency has actually decreased total cost. We live and learn and get better with time.
To that end, we have calculated we need:
- $602 for 100 copies of Year Five in Softcover.
- $500 for sketches, print layouts and covers from Dex.
- $300 for comps for Dex.
- $195 for print setup fees.
- $915 for 50 hardcovers.
- $100 for posters.
- $1,250 for shipping (envelopes, postage, books to us, books to you, etc).
In addition, Kickstarter asks for 5% fees, and Credit Card companies their own 5%. That means an additional 10% to factor in, or $386.20.
That puts us at $4,248. With breakage, lost mail, and x-factors, of which there are always a few hundred dollar's worth, our final goal will be:
The Domain, and the Future...
With Cura completed, Dex and I are in a difficult place. We have an ambitious plan to start a new comic after Cura called The Domain, a tale of the future where humanity has conquered the stars with gravity well drives, but not the greed and power that nearly destroyed its past.
If we manage to meet or exceed our goal, our stretches will offer you a guarantee of this comic coming to pass, along with extending its potential run, given our struggle to move from black and white to full color and still maintain a working budget.
If Cura meant a lot to you, and if you'd like to see what we do next, here is where you vote with your wallet!
Our campaign needs YOU!
The only reason we were successful the last three times was because all of you fine people were spreading the word on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and even a few podcasts! If we’re to succeed, we will only succeed with your help. We will be telling people about this, of course, but if we can add all of your voices to ours, there’s a much, much better chance of success.
-Neal and Dex
Risks and challenges
Dexter and I have now put together eleven trades in our time working together. We know the ins and outs and difficulties of the process. There are very few risks in terms of product being produced effectively and on time. There are always unforeseen circumstances, but we work through them actively and communicate when they happen. You can feel free to browse updates on the last Kickstarter to see that this is true.
We have also taken the step of making our anticipated arrival date one month later than we plan on delivery, just in case.
Our best reassurance is our past performance. Feel free to ask anyone who has been a part of previous print incarnations of this comic. We consider it a gross personal failure if anyone leaves this process dissatisfied, and stand by our work. All we need, really, is your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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