VOTING RESULTS for the 23rd Trading Card; the 24th Trading Card; and NEW STRETCH GOALS!
Well, today was a crazy day, huh? But all's well that ends well and I've got a bunch of fun announcements! The first of which are today's voting results!
Your 23rd Trading Card
So! Voting results for your 23rd Trading Card are in and with 970 ballots cast you chose the COMMANDER ORIGIN CARD with 307 votes!
Your choice means that in addition to a physical book and beautiful POWERS trading cards for ALL 9 character choices, ROMANCE trading cards for ALL 9 character choices as well as ORIGIN cards for The Annihilator, Kyle, Spooky Jones and Flyboy, those of you who are pledging at the FULL CITIZEN level or above will now also receive a nice, glossy 2.5" x 3.5" trading card with a powerful image of one of the first uses of Commander's powers as well as a fascinating narration about how she became a superhero!
You're going to be getting twenty-three bonus cards with your books now! In addition to that, all backers will get access to a digital version of this card! YAY!
Backers Fight Back Against The Darkness!
As you already know, because some lame hacker decided to make an ad network look bad, my comics site was down today for a little over eight hours. And during that time very few new backers pledged to this Kickstarter giving us our slowest daytime funding since the project began. As I assessed the damage, it looked like the day was going to be a total wash and I braced myself for that.
But once you all were made aware of what was going on, something amazing happened: a whole bunch of you started to increase your pledges. And then when Google fixed the problem and my sites became accessible again, even more of you fanned out on the Internet to spread the word and bring in new backers. Despite our incredibly slow patch during the business hours of the day, your efforts through the evening meant that we still raised nearly $2000 in funding today!
Now, that wasn't the $2500 needed to unlock the $87,500 stretch goal, but I don't care. I refuse to let some stranger's act of petty evil end your daily streak of unlocked stretch goals. Not when you tried so hard to make it happen in spite of what they did! So, I've decided to unlock the thirtieth stretch goal a little bit early. Right now. So your streak won't end. Not today, anyway.
Now, the technical word for this is cheating. And I won't ever do it again. But this is cheating for the benefit of my awesome backers because of an extraordinary circumstance. And after how hard you all worked today, I think it's deserved.
So, a few minutes after this Update goes out, I'll send you another BACKERS ONLY update for your 24th Trading Card. Because I think you're all superheroes. :)
Backers At The TRUE SUPER-HERO Level And Above Are Now Getting 30 Prints!
And speaking of superheroes, one other bit of good news that I realized today is that because the last stretch goal unlocked the remaining two ROMANCE CARDS, that also meant that two more 11" x 14" Print options also got unlocked! Which means that backers at the TRUE SUPER-HERO level and above are now going to get 30 full-color prints sent to them as one of their rewards. Which is pretty freaking awesome! :)
New Stretch Goals!
As for me, I've been busy trying to come up with new stretch goals to keep up with y'all! And I think I've come up with some fun ones which should carry us through the end of the project.
You can see the whole list on the main page under STRETCH GOALS, but here are some highlights:
WHAT-IF ROMANCE PRINTS FOR THE ANNIHILATOR AND KYLE
At $105,000, THE ANNIHILATOR WHAT-IF ROMANCE PRINT gets unlocked which asks the question: which The Young Protectors character would you want to see The Annihilator with if Kyle were out of the picture? You'll answer with your votes!
And at $115,000 you'll get to answer the same question, but this time for Kyle: the KYLE WHAT-IF ROMANCE PRINT will have you vote on which The Young Protectors character you would want to see Kyle with if he had never met The Annihilator!
Both 11" x 14" print options will feature a beautiful full-color scene of romance between each main character and the supporting character you choose. Both will have an NSFW option in case you want the scene to be extra spicy. And of course, as with all print options, all backers will be able to see and download the art as a digital wallpaper.
I'd be really curious to find out who you'd vote for these! :)
AT $110,000 ALL REMAINING ORIGIN CARDS WILL BE UNLOCKED!
If we make it to $110,000, two things happen:
1) We become one of the Top 20 Most-Funded Comics Kickstarter projects of all time
2) Any remaining ORIGIN CARDS will automatically be unlocked, guaranteeing you full sets of POWERS, ROMANCE and ORIGIN cards! Completists rejoice!
SHOWER SCENE/LOCKER ROOM PRINT FOR THE GUYS
Thanks to the SEXY HEIGHT CHART FOR THE GUYS, you're already going to get to find out what the adult heroes of The Young Protectors team look like from the front. But are they just as nice looking from behind? That's what the SHOWER SCENE/LOCKER ROOM PRINT FOR THE GUYS at $120,000 endeavors to find out! It will feature the male heroes of The Young Protectors team sudsing it up in a sexy locker room/communal shower scene in an 11" x 14" Print option. And just like the Sexy Height Chart, you'll get to vote for whether you want to see full-nudity for the adult characters!
ILLUSTRATED PROSE SHORT STORY PDF FEATURING SPOOKY JONES
So, when I reached out in the comments for suggestions for future stretch goals, a popular suggestion was for more bonus comics. And I can totally see the appeal there, but you've unlocked up to 40 pages of bonus comics through this Kickstarter already. Creating comics pages is the most labor and time-intensive thing I can ask from my artists and while they are totally up for anything, if I add in yet another bonus comic, it could easily push finishing the rewards out past a year or more and I don't want you to have to wait that long.
But a smart backer suggested that I create something that was "mostly written" instead and that got me thinking: what if I were to come up with a short story, a story that wouldn't make as much sense as a comic, but that I really wanted to tell and that would allow me to get inside one of the character's heads in a way I never could in comics pages. And I realized that there was in fact a story I've been wanting to tell about fan-favorite character Spooky Jones that would fit the bill quite nicely!
So, if we hit $125,000, I'll create this short prose story that shares some deeper insights into who Spooky is and have Adam and Vero come up with 3 or 4 full-color illustrations to go with it to show off the big moments. And I'll then send it out as a PDF for all backers to enjoy.
A YOUNG PROTECTORS STICKER SHEET!
If we hit $130,000, I'll create a nice sticker sheet with all The Young Protectors characters drawn in the fun cartoon style of the Spooky Logo! And I'll send them out to all backers who are receiving a physical book!
You'd be able to have a cute little Red Hot on the back of your cell phone or anywhere else you'd like!
AT $135,000 ALL REMAINING TRADING CARDS WILL BE UNLOCKED AND THE SUPPORTING CHARACTER TEAM-UP/BATTLE PRINT IS ALSO UNLOCKED!
If we hit $135,000, this will place us in the Top 15 Most-Funded Comics Kickstarter projects of all time. And to celebrate, two things will happen:
1) I'll unlock any and all remaining Trading Cards. If we hit this goal, all backers at the FULL CITIZEN level and above will be sent full sets of POWERS, ROMANCE, ORIGIN and FIRST-TIME cards—36 cards in all!
2) I'll also unlock the SUPPORTING CHARACTER TEAM-UP/BATTLE PRINT, which is just like the last Team-Up/Battle Print but this time main characters Kyle and The Annihilator will be out of the picture! And then, once you choose which two supporting characters you want to see featured in this pulse-pounding 11" x 14" action print option, I'll send out another voting link for you to decide if you want those two characters teamed up or battling each other!
Curious who would win if Spooky had to fight The Platinum Priestess? Unlock this stretch goal and we might just find out!
KYLE FIGURINE PROTOTYPE
If we hit $140,000, I'll take the first step towards making resin figurines of The Young Protectors characters by commissioning work on a 8" prototype painted resin figurine of main character Kyle. It won't be cheap, but a real Kyle figurine will then exist in the world and I'll share it with you in a whole bunch of pictures! :D
YP FLAME LOGO PENDANT FOR ALL YOUNG HEROES
If we hit $145,000, I'll create a beautiful pendant necklace based on the YP Flame Logo (which you can see used for the keychain). I'll send this out to all backers at YOUNG HERO and above and you'll be able to vote on whether you want it colorful like the keychain (orange/yellow/silver) or more tasteful in gold and silver metal (with the flame in gold and the YP logo in silver)!
THE BIG KAHUNA: AN ILLUSTRATED PROSE SHORT STORY FOR THE SUPPORTING CHARACTER YOU VOTE FOR AND FULL MONTY TRADING CARDS FOR EVERYONE GETTING A BOOK!
If things get truly crazy and we manage to hit $150,000, two things will happen:
1) I'll create another Illustrated Prose Story PDF, but this time, you'll get to vote on which supporting character you want it to be about!
2) I'll ask my printer if they'd be willing to print trading cards with full frontal nudity and if they say yes, I will create an additional set of 2.5" x 3.5" Romance Cards using the Full Monty pin-up art that you've already unlocked for the adult characters of The Young Protectors. These cards will be sent IN ADDITION to the regular set of Romance Cards to any backer getting a physical book who wants them. That means that backers at the FULL CITIZEN level and above could potentially be sent 43 Trading Cards!
(Now just a caveat here with these Full Monty cards: If this stretch goal is hit, I will ask my printer and try to work with my printer to make these cards possible. But as you probably know, a lot of printers have issues with printing full nudity. And I probably won't know for sure whether they will do it until I send them the finished art. If they refuse, I'll come up with another NSFW Romance Print option for you all to vote on at that time instead. But hopefully they won't because I'd love to have these sexy cards too! :D)
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! :)
So what do you think? I wracked my little brain and tried my best to come up with things you'd like. Do these seem like fun stretch goals? Please let me know in the comments!
So! We're now at $86,769. The next stretch goal gets unlocked at $90,000 and this one is pretty cool. If this stretch goal gets unlocked, I'll create another ROMANCE PRINT, this time one that is guaranteed to be safe enough to hang in your living room so you can show off cute super-powerful folks kissing to visiting family. (As one should.) And all characters will be back in play so you'll be able to vote on any two characters you want!
And what's next next?
- at $95,000, all backers getting a physical book will also be sent a KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE BOOKMARK featuring the character you vote on!
- at $97,500, the FIRST-TIME TRADING CARDS get unlocked! These cards would reveal intimate details about a character's romantic experience, namely their first-time experiences with romance and sex (first kiss, first time in love, first...). The card art would also feature a sweet, beautiful image of that character's very first kiss.
- and then if we hit $100,000, all backers at the YOUNG HERO pledge level and above will be sent an authentic, embroidered SPOOKY CAP!
Will we hit any of those stretch goals? Fingers crossed! But for now it's time for me to send you your next BACKERS ONLY voting link!
I woke up this morning to all those emails telling me there was an issue with my Web site and my heart sank because this is the last week of the Kickstarter and it was the worst timing possible. But reading all your kind words of support, both here and through the personal emails you sent me totally turned things around for me. And by the end of the day, I was again grinning with happiness with just how awesome you all are.
Thank you so much for all your support and enthusiasm. And for making this so much fun for me!
6 days left to go! More soon!