NEW STRETCH GOALS AND REWARDS—From $50K to BEYOND!
So! Things have been pretty awesome for the week or so our little Kickstarter has been running.
What You've Made Happen So Far
In a little over 9 days, we've raised over $48,000 towards creating The Young Protectors goodies (including a gorgeous trade paperback!) and you've unlocked fourteen stretch goals.
- There will be a printed book of The Young Protectors: Engaging the Enemy Volume One, published on beautiful, thick glossy stock, just like I used for the Artifice graphic novel
- The book will include a 25-page BONUS COMIC featuring fan-favorite characters Commander and Spooky Jones (and which won't be posted on the webcomics site)
- I can now afford to fly colorist Veronica Gandini up to California to sign books with me and penciler Adam DeKraker. All backers at PILLAR OF COMMUNITY level or above will now get those triple-signed books.
- All backers will be getting the full PDF version of the Annihilator Dossier, which will reveal details about his secret history
- Three bonus 11" x 14" prints will be available as print options, featuring characters and pairings YOU voted for. And all backers will get digital downloads of this art.
- Backers getting a physical book are now getting twelve (!) 2.5" x 3.5" glossy trading cards sent to them, including ROMANCE CARDS which feature sexy pin-up art and details about the character's romantic interests. And all the art from these cards (and the POWERS ones too!) will be available as 11" x 14" print options to backers at the EXPERIENCED VIGILANTE level or above! (And all backers get access to digital versions of these too!)
(Want to see a complete list of what you're getting broken down by reward level? Check it here.)
Wow! Not a bad haul for our first week!
Let's ask for more—a lot more!
The Platinum Priestess may be satisfied, but in less than $1500 we're about to run out of stretch goals and I want you all to be able to continue to share in our awesome success! So, I've working hard all weekend—crunching numbers, going to my happy place—coming up with new stretch goals and rewards that I hope will delight you.
New Stretch Goals
If you take a look at the main page of our Kickstarter project and scroll down to the Stretch Goals section you'll see I've added a whole bunch of new stretch goals. Some are pretty self-explanatory (like the 13th and 14th Trading Cards), but I'll point out a few things.
New 11" x 14" Print Stretch Goals
Kyle and The Annihilator have won both the ROMANCE PRINT votes by a landslide—which is good, because they are our main characters. I certainly hope you find them interesting! But variety is the spice of life so I thought it might be fun to find out who you'd all pick if those two were out of the equation. Thus, I've come up with two special Romance Print Stretch Goals —the SUPPORTING CHARACTER ROMANCE PRINT (at $55,000) and the NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE ROMANCE PRINT (at $80,000)—to find out who else you'd like to see kissing and stuff. And both have votable NSFW options.
At $65,000, we have the ACTION TEAM-UP/BATTLE PRINT which actually involves a two-part vote. First, you will get to vote on which two characters you'd like to see featured in this ACTION print. Then, once that vote is done, you'll get to vote on whether you want to see those two teamed up... or battling each other! Curious whether Tsunami’s water trumps Kyle’s fire? Now you can find out!
At $70,000, we have the SEXY HEIGHT CHART FOR THE GUYS PRINT featuring all the guys from The Young Protectors super-hero team lined up by height against a height chart in their underwear for a government- mandated team physical—and you’ll get to vote whether you’d rather go the Full Monty and see them with their underwear off instead! (In that case, underage characters Flyboy and Fluke would have their modesty protected somehow, much as you’ve seen happen with full nudity in the regular comic.) Discover how the guys of The Young Protectors team measure up!
New Trading Card Types
This next round of stretch goals offers the chance to unlock two new kinds of trading cards: ORIGIN CARDS and FIRST-TIME CARDS.
At $67,500, you unlock the ORIGIN CARDS, which you already know about. Any character who already has a ROMANCE CARD will be eligible to get an ORIGIN CARD, which will offer a narration about how a character discovered their powers and chose to be a superhero (or villain!). The card art would feature a dramatic image of one of the first uses of that character's power.
But the success of this Kickstarter has gone so far beyond my expectations that I've had to come a brand new type of card, just in case: the FIRST-TIME CARD (unlocked at $97,500). Whereas the ROMANCE CARD reveals information about the character's "romantic interests", this one would reveal intimate details about their romantic experience, particularly their first-time experiences with romance and sex (first kiss, first time in love, first...). Characters who already have an ORIGIN CARD would be eligible to be featured on one of these cards and the art on the front would feature a sweet, beautiful image of that character's very first kiss.
The ORIGIN and ROMANCE cards will be beautiful, glossy 2.5" x 3.5" cards sent out to all backers getting a book reward, just like the POWERS and ROMANCE cards. And, just like the POWERS and ROMANCE cards, all backers will receive the art as digital downloads once it is complete. The one difference, though, is that unlike the POWERS/ROMANCE cards, the art for these cards won't be offered as 11" x 14" print options.
Why? Well, because this project has already exceeded my wildest imagination and I need to make sure that the rewards I'm offering are things that I'll be able to fulfill is a reasonable and timely manner. Even without offering print options for these new card types, all the other stretch rewards I'm now offering will mean backers could have up to something like 27 print options to choose from (and, for those at TRUE SUPER-HERO and above, actually receive all at once). Adding in potentially another 18 print options on top of that feels like we're approaching Crazy Town—both for you to try to figure out what prints you'd want when it comes time for me to send you the Kickstarter Rewards Survey and for me to be able to store, organize and manage your requests. (And, frankly, afford—I've run the numbers and adding in 18 additional 11" x 14" bonus print options could actually wind up costing more than the printing of the books.)
Don't get me wrong. I like Crazy Town. Especially if it means more awesome stuff for the awesome backers of this project. And to that end, if we somehow manage to blow past $100K, I'll certainly come up with even more 11" x 14" Print options than the ones I've just added. But keeping the Trading Card Print Options to just the POWER and ROMANCE Trading Card art will make sure things don't run off the tracks. And anyway, with both action poses and sexy pin-ups, I bet art from those first 18 cards would be the ones you'd really want to have as prints anyway. :)
New Bonus Comic—TRUTH OR DARE
At $75,000, we unlock a new Bonus Comic! Using Google Moderator, backers will be able to create and vote on a total of six TRUTH OR DARE questions/dares which The Young Protectors will answer in a short, fully illustrated (5-15 page) comic. Standard AMW Comics rules apply in terms of showing uncovered wee-wees and Tsunami and Commander will be there to make sure things don't get too out of hand with the dares (especially for the underage characters). But all the team has been told this “recorded video” session is for their favorite charities and so they are open to pretty much anything and will approach even unusual or sexy requests with an open mind and good humor. And, of course, they will be completely honest for the Truth requests—heroes don’t cheat! This bonus comic will be sent as a PDF to all backers.
Why a PDF? Why not include it in the book? One reason is to give me the freedom to be spicier with this bonus comic than I would be in the regular comic pages. But another is because an additional bonus comic added to the printed book would mean a further delay before we could print it. (And that would be a delay in addition to the extra time that we'll need to create the just-unlocked 25-page Bonus Comic.) Frankly, I don't want you to have to wait that long for your books. But I do want you to have another fun, sexy-comedy Interlude One-like bonus scene featuring our team! With a PDF, I can make that happen.
If we get so far as $95,000, you'll unlock another physical reward sent out to all backers at the FULL CITIZEN level or higher—a Kickstarter-exclusive The Young Protectors bookmark! And you'll get to vote on which character you want smiling at you as you enjoy reading your brand new trade-paperback of The Young Protectors!
Spooky Cap for all Young Hero backers and above!
See the cap that the handsome, young hero on the left is wearing? The one with the cute ghost in the trenchcoat? That's actually part of Spooky's casual superhero uniform and a number of readers of the webcomic have mentioned they might like one. Well, if things go really crazy and we actually hit the $100K stretch goal, then ALL BACKERS AT THE YOUNG HERO LEVEL AND ABOVE WILL BE SENT AN ACTUAL, PHYSICAL SPOOKY CAP, embroidered with that cute ghost character and looking as close to his actual cap as I can make happen in the real world.
Wear it visor-front to shield your eyes from the sun or twist it backwards to adopt a jaunty air when kicking demon ass. If this stretch goal is unlocked, Spooky's coveted cap will at last be yours, Young Hero!
All right! So those are all the new Stretch Goals! Before I wrap this up, I'll point out two new Backer Rewards I've added.
Three More Penciled Production Pages
Both Adam and I were taken by surprise at how popular the penciled production pages at the SECTION COMMANDER level were. All five we had available were gone in the first two days. (It might have been the first 24 hours; things were happening fast.)
So, Adam took it upon himself to carefully go through all the penciled The Young Protectors production art he has to see if there were any other pages that he felt were "excellent" quality or better. And he found three more! So I've added three more penciled page rewards to the SECTION COMMANDER level. If you wanted one of those, but missed out, now's your chance!
A New High-Level Pledge
Also, when I came up with the $1250 reward level, I really wasn't sure if anyone would want to support this project with that much of a pledge. In fact, I thought it was quite unlikely. But yet again, I underestimated y'all! Much to my surprise, all five were gone within a week! O_O
Since the PARAGON OF VIRTUE level got "sold out", I've gotten some requests from potential backers who are new to the project and are still looking to back at that level or higher. But because I've plotted everything out, I can't actually add any more rewards than I already have to include backers as characters in our actual production comics pages.
Some people have suggested offering a "Have dinner with Alex!" reward, but while I am a charming dinner companion, I wanted to offer something a lot more awesome than that for really high-dollar pledges. Something would be very special for the backer but that could also be fun for everyone. Something very special, actually. Here's what I came up with:
Will anyone bite? Who knows. All I know is that this reward would be a heck of a lot of fun for me to make. ;)
Thank You So Much!
Phew! I've put a lot of thought into trying to come up with a brand new round of Stretch Rewards that you might find appealing. If there are any you particularly like, please let me know in the comments. And if you think other people might like what I'm offering here, please spread the word and encourage them to become backers. The more people who back, the more likely it is that everyone will be able to enjoy these new rewards!
Thank you very, very much for your amazing generosity and support. As I type this, we're rapidly closing in on $50,000 and there are still 20 days left to go in this project. The response and enthusiasm you've shown have just blown me away. I might not be sleeping a whole lot during this project, but you've got me grinning all day long. :)
You are all SUPER-HEROES! More soon!