1st Artifice Bonus Comic Goal Reached!
Hey, everyone! Stunningly great news!
We hit $25,000 this morning and that means I'll be able to afford to commission Winona to create another short comic with the heroes from Artifice! WOO HOO! This comic will pick up after the events of the webcomic—we'll get to find out what's happened with Deacon and Jeff and the comic will be sent out to ALL backers as a PDF download.
It's something that I've wanted to be able to do for some time, but didn't think would be possible. Now thanks to your amazing generosity, I'm going to be able to do it! You ROCK!
So! New bonus goal chart! A couple notes on it:
- The next bonus goal is for an exclusive Q&A video just for Kickstarter backers! If you haven't already, please be sure to check out the Google Moderator page to create and vote on questions you'd like me to answer. :)
- I've added another bonus goal at $35,000—a "mystery Artifice art print" that will be one of the print options for $100+ backers (and will be sent out to ALL backers as a high-res digital file). What will Winona paint for it? Well, you all know how I am about spoilers... ;) But it will be something safe for work/family and awesome, I promise!
- And then at $40,000, there's the 2nd bonus comic I'd like to create—a flashback "romantic scene" on Da Vinci Four that includes another intimate scene with Jeff and Deacon and will also answer the question [SPOILER ALERT!] of how Jeff got the codes.
These are all things that I'd like to do—and they are there because I've learned never to underestimate your total awesomeness. But I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm bowled over with the generosity you all have shown this project already and I'm over the moon with what I'll now be able to do, thanks to you. If we're able to do more, that would be great. But if we were to stop right here, you'd still have made me the happiest creator in all of comics. For real. :D
Speaking of which, I just have to let you know about something special that happened (and is still happening) on the penultimate page of the webcomic. People are sharing their coming out stories and others are offering their support for those sharing stories in the comments section. If you haven't already, you should check it out. It's really kind of wonderful. :)
Certainly a goal of mine with Artifice was to try to tell a good sci-fi tale. But another goal was the hope that by putting this kind of story out there, that I would, in a small way at least, help to create the kind of world I wish I had lived in growing up. A world where love of all kinds between consenting adults was not only tolerated but embraced. And one of the most wonderful surprises for me about Artifice has been the amazing, thoughtful, brilliant and kind community of readers of all genders and orientations that has formed around the webcomic site. I feel so very lucky to have had a chance to connect with you all and reading the responses to these coming out stories has touched me deeply. It makes me feel that together we are truly coming closer to that world I dreamed of. And I thank you for that too. :)
All right! Home stretch! Just 8 days left to go! You've already been super amazing in helping me get the word out. Please take a moment again to let folks know through the Facebooks and the Twitters about what we're doing here. This will be the only time I will be taking pre-orders for printed copies of Artifice and I want to make sure all of our readers who'd like one will get one!
Thank you so much for your generous backing, for getting the word out and for making this bonus comic possible! It's going to be so much fun to tell another story with these guys. I can't wait! :D