We have (THANK YOU ALL!) met our initial funding goal, so now it's time to stretch! After listening to your requests, most centered around a better book, which is our inclination as well. Bearing that in mind, here are our
STRETCH GOAL ONE, AT $6,000: BETTER PAPER - UNLOCKED!!!
At $6,000, we will be able to upgrade the paper, from 80# White Williamsburgh (333 PPI) black and white interior pages to 80# Anthem Matte (436 PPI), for EVERYONE.
STRETCH GOAL TWO, AT $7,500: HARDBACK OPTIONS - UNLOCKED!!!
Every tier order above $75 has now been upgraded to a HARDCOVER limited to fifty signed and numbered copies! Congrats, and THANK YOU!
NOTE: If you ordered any of those tiers and still want softcover for whatever reasons, simply note your preference in the survey and we will gladly oblige.
STRETCH GOAL THREE, AT $8,000: POSTCARD! - UNLOCKED!!!
At $8,000, every physical order will now get a POSTCARD from a design drawn by Dexter Wee!
STRETCH GOAL FOUR, AT $8,500: BOOKMARK! - UNLOCKED!!!
At $8,500, every physical order will get a BOOKMARK from a design drawn by Dexter Wee!
STRETCH GOAL FIVE, AT $9,000: BUTTONS! - UNLOCKED!!!
At $9,000, every physical order will get a BUTTON from a design drawn by Dexter Wee!
STILL TO GO:
STRETCH GOAL SIX, AT $10,000: MULTIPLE POSTCARDS, BUTTONS, and BOOKMARKS! - LOCKED
At $10,000, we will put TWO POSTCARDS, TWO BOOKMARKS, and TWO BUTTONS in every physical order, along with the main cast in TRADING CARDS complete with power levels, character bio, and weaknesses! All new designs will be drawn by the amazing Dexter Wee!
In addition, we will add a completely new 22 page original comic to every order, written by Neal Bailey and drawn by local Portland artist Hopskotch Sunday, a one-shot piece titled "The Anti-War Museum of Tuscaloosa, Alabama!" a tale of shock, horror, intrigue, and violent politics!
The book is complete and just waiting for you to read it. Let's make this happen!
STRETCH GOAL SEVEN, AT $15,000: MOHAWK PIE FROM PORTALS IN THE SKY! - LOCKED
At $15,000, both Dex and Neal will be able to upgrade their respective seven-year-old computer systems to work on Cura. We can rebuild them. Make them stronger. Faster. More multiversal.
Neal will also shave his shoulder-length hair into a mohawk, dye his hair green, and record himself walking down a busy Portland street in broad daylight singing a song that you will choose by vote with his acoustic guitar. This will be recorded and posted to Youtube, even if he is arrested as a vagrant in the middle of his solo. Any Portland residents or people who are near Portland are welcome to come sing backup.
Let it never be said that Neal will not go to great lengths for art. Or horrible, horrible lengths.
So why are we here?
This is the Cura Te Ipsum Year Two Kickstarter, a drive to fund the printing of the second full year trade of Cura Te Ipsum, the ongoing digital comic by Neal Bailey and Dexter Wee.
What is Cura Te Ipsum?
Cura Te Ipsum 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, alternate dimension Charlies from ending their own lives. They are pursued by the Dark Everett, a version of Charlie who believes they all must die, across every dimension, in every universe.
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, among others.
Cura Te Ipsum has also consistently updated for free every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since 2010, and we're not stopping until we finish our five-to-seven year plan - barring death or apocalypse. Over three hundred and eighty pages have been uploaded to date.
The best argument for if it's your thing, however, is to actually read the story so far, which you can start doing here. Woot!
What we're trying to do...
Like the Year One Trade, Year Two will collect an entire year of the ongoing Monday/Wednesday/Friday story in a trade paperback with the following features:
- A 10pt C1S Carolina stock color cover with Layflat Gloss laminate coating.
- 80# White Williamsburgh (333 PPI) black and white interior pages.
- 6.625X10.25 standard trade width and height.
- An eight page original story set in the Cura Universe available ONLY in this trade.
- An approximately 200 page trade, featuring pages 162-339 of the ongoing story as featured originally on the website.
The trade covers a wide swath of story ground. The culminating fight with the Dark Everett and his crew that started in the first trade. A crazy version of Central Park. The origin of Andrus. By the time we get to picking up the pieces of a shattered team, the book erupts into portal combat defying gravity, space, and time, and ends with both Charlie and the Dark Everett in one hell of a predicament.
An eight page backup story will only be available with the Year Two trade, and will introduce a new team of Charlenes (female versions of Charlie) that will factor heavily into future story.
We will also produce a "Choose Your Own Dimension" web novella in the style of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books, where you will play the part of a Charlie (or a Charlene) from your birth to your untimely demise or happily ever after in a novella length original piece that will be available digitally.
Another perk new to this drive are deluxe digital PDFs for both trades, 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.
Where will my pledge go?
There are many costs associated with printing a trade, but in the main this Kickstarter will cover:
- $1678 for 100 copies of each trade.
- $489.5 for 50 copies of the special edition cover version.
- $1900 shipping for 250 books (including envelopes and all postage).
- $300 print run setup fees.
- $250 5% Kickstarter fees.
- $250 5% Amazon Credit card fees.
That puts the total at $4867.50, with a little wiggle room for the inevitable unknowns that pop up.
Anything extra left over after the Kickstarter will go to paying Dexter for his work on the ongoing comic and defraying the costs accumulated in creating and maintaining the comic.
That's not to say we don't have stretch goals, because we certainly do. Every dollar over the five thousand puts us in a better position. As you can see, we have a low print run, but if we get more books, print costs go down per unit, so we can do some neat things like improving the book, adding in treats, and other things that I'll mention should we be fortunate enough to get to that bridge and cross it.
Our campaign needs YOU!
May I ask one last favor? Please spread the word on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, heck, I'd take Myspace if anyone still has an account. If this is to succeed, it will only succeed with your help. I will be out there telling people about this, but if I can add your voice to mine, there's a much better chance for success.
THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!
-Neal and Dex
We are happy to offer some add-ons, per request!
If you'd like to make an add-on, simply go to MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE, up your pledge the amount of the add-on, and we will confirm your choice in the post-Kickstarter survey.
The current add-ons are:
-$30 CURA YEAR TWO in PRINT (with inscription) (add $15 for international shipping)
-$30 CURA YEAR ONE in PRINT (with inscription) (add $15 for international shipping)
If you have an add-on you'd like to see, please let us know in the comments! We aim to please!
Risks and challenges
Fortunately, there are very few risks with this Kickstarter. Dex and I have put together four trades so far, three six month volumes and one year-length volume. This will be our fifth, so it's old hat. In our quest to get a better deal for you and a feasible cost for ourselves, we've done this dance multiple times.
Usually it takes about two months from starting the trade process to getting it in people's hands. I have the first month of that work finished. The estimate of August is just in case the sky falls. In reality, I'll probably have it to you folks earlier. If I won't, I'll let you know. I believe in communication and honesty.
We take our work very seriously, and would not have come to Kickstarter if we weren't almost positive this would be a smooth affair. We've seen people in the past who give in good faith cheated by product that never comes, and that's just not something I could let happen and sleep at night.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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