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Badass Patches for READERS and LIBRARY People

Do you admire biker jackets but prefer reading to the open road? These patches from the Library Comic team are for you.

Badass Patches for READERS and LIBRARY People

Do you admire biker jackets but prefer reading to the open road? These patches from the Library Comic team are for you.

$6,645
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145
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 1 2019 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Are you a library professional or friend who wants to look smart, well-read, and tough?  

Don't read and drive.

Are you a renegade reader who admires the biker aesthetic? 

Working in the yard is better with books.

It's time to show the world how seriously you take books, reading, and the 1st Amendment by putting our patches on your jacket or vest (or whatever) and becoming a member of these affiliated book clubs. 

Optimal positioning of your BC ("Book Club") and 1st (First Amendment) patches

Or, if you're not quite ready to commit to the intense book club lifestyle, you can opt to look smart in one of our T-shirts or lightweight hoodies. 

Patch Sets

All patches are shown in relative size to each other.
  •  Back of the Jacket set - $35.  A set of 5 patches including either the READERS rocker or LIBRARY rocker plus Reading Skeleton, READ TO LIVE, 1st (Amendment), and BC ("Book Club").
  •  Additional patches will be added as we meet stretch goals. Next up: the Winged Book patch will be added when we hit $10,000 in pledges.
All patches are shown in relative size to each other.
  •  Complete Set - $46, for folks who want everything. A set of 7 patches that includes your choice of the READERS or LIBRARY rocker. 
  •  Additional patches will be added as we meet stretch goals.  Next up: the Winged Book patch will be added when we hit $10,000 in pledges.
Contains too much goodness to put in an image.

If that doesn't sound like enough, there's the Library Comic Completist Set is for you. It includes all of the patches in the Complete Set except this one includes both the READERS and LIBRARY rockers +  all the patches available now + all the patches from stretch goals that are met (including your choice of a rank badge, if we hit that stretch goal) + a hoodie + all Library Comic merchandise from our previous Kickstarter campaigns: the card catalog and book drop library LEGO kits, all six enamel pins, a deck of Library Tarot cards. I'll also throw in awesome things  from my garage, filling whatever space is left in the box. You like books right? I have a ton of those, plus assorted bits of weirdness. Tell me what you like and I'll surprise you. All for an amazing price: $150. (Ships to the US only.)

And if that all sounds like too much you can grab individual badges or this:

All patches are shown in relative size to each other.
  •  Basic set - $32. Includes the four patches shown.

Other Combinations of stuff: If you want a combination of patches, shirts, and hoodies that's not listed as a set, please go ahead and pledge for the most expensive of them now. 

If you want to help reach the stretch goals, you can add the cost of a patch or two to a single patch without adding to shipping. 

In other cases it gets a little complicated -- you can the cost of a T-shirt, hoodie, or a bunch of other patches to any order, but you may have to pay a bit more for shipping later. (Sorry, Kickstarter isn't very robust about this, and I don't want to have a million sets.) 

You will have the chance to add more patches and merchandise using Backerkit after the campaign ends, when you give me your address. (See add-ons section below.)

Patches

LIBRARY and READERS rocker patches

READER / LIBRARY rocker patches

  • 13” across
  • embroidered letters, merrowed edge
  • wide letters created with a tammi stitch so they're bold and beautiful
  • custom size / curve to fit the wide font 
  • Yep, I have samples in hand. They look amazing. 
Reading Skeleton patch

Reading Skeleton patch

  • 7.5” x 10.5" 
  •  100% embroidered
  • Who needs skin when you have books?
READ TO LIVE patch

READ TO LIVE / LIVE TO READ patch

  • 5” x 2.5" 
  •  embroidered letters, merrowed edge 
  • I'm putting mine directly under the Reading Skeleton patch.
READ FREE OR DIE patch

 READ FREE OR DIE patch

  • 4” wide
  •  embroidered letters, merrowed edge 
BC "Book Club" patch

 "Book Club" patch

  • 1.5” wide
  •  embroidered letters, merrowed edge 
  • Only available with certain sets.
  • If you get one of these, congratulations -- you're full a member.
1st Amendment patch

1st Amendment patch

  • shows your support for your favorite amendment  
  • 1.5” wide
  •  embroidered letters, merrowed edge 
  • Only available with certain sets. 
Unchained Book patch

Unchained Book patch

  • 5” wide
  • 100% embroidered

A note on attaching patches: All patches will have an iron-on backing, which works pretty well for denim and cotton, though you should never, ever put a garment in the dryer after you iron your patches on!  I recommend sewing them on, especially if your jacket/vest/book bag is a synthetic fabric or leather. There are  a number of special glues and adhesive sheets on the market, too. (A friend told me Fabri-Tac glue is great but reviews vary. Buy glue locally so you can check that it's not dried up. Let me know if you have a recommendation.)

Patches may have slight variations due to the nature of embroidery, though the samples I have now look perfect (and exactly like the concept art).

 Stretch Goal Patches

Winged Book patch ($10,000 stretch goal)

When pledges reach $10,000 a Winged Book patch will be included with the Back of the Jacket and Complete sets. These will then also be available as add-ons later via Backerkit.

  • 2.5” wide
  • 100% embroidered
Rank badges for members of each club. These will be available as add-ons for $3 or less if we pass $15,000 in pleges

When pledges reach $15,000, “Rank” Badges for each club will be available to as add-ons after the campaign, in Backerkit, for $3 each. Badges like these are often worn on the front of a jacket or vest, but put them wherever you'd like. Ranks are intended for READERS or LIBRARY book club members as shown, but you'll be able to order whichever you like even if it doesn't make sense to me. You can even order extras for problem patrons and your library's friends, because those folks should all be labeled.

  • 1” high
  • embroidered letters, merrowed edge
  • You'll be able to add these in Backerkit after the campaign. No need to add money to your pledge now.
  • You'll be able to choose and order whichever you want and as many as you'd like.
Book Cart patch ($20,000 stretch goal)

When pledges reach $20,000, a Book Cart patch will be included with the Back of the Jacket set and Complete set. These will then also be available as add-ons later via Backerkit.

  • 5” wide
  • 50% embroidered on a light blue background, merrowed edge
Spread Eagle patch ($30,000 stretch goal)

When pledges reach $30,000, a Spread Eagle patch will be included with the Back of the Jacket set and Complete set. These will then also be available as add-ons later via Backerkit.

  • 4" across
  • 100% embroidered

Reading Skeleton T-shirt & Hoodie

Reading Skeleton T-shirt -- $20.  These will also be available as add-ons after the campaign.

  • Soft! Comfortable! Won't shrink. (We've used this shirt for years for Unshelved and Library Comic.)
  • Black and white print on a black, 4.3-ounce, 100% combed ring spun cotton
  • Tear-away label
  • Sizing Guide here.  Sizes XS - 3XL. 

Reading Skeleton Hoodie -- $32. These will also be available as add-ons after the campaign.

  • Soft! Lightweight! Perfect for chilly library conferences or the information desk.
  • Black and white print on a black frost (dark heathered gray) hoodie
  • 4.5-ounce, 50/25/25 poly/combed ring spun cotton/rayon. (This is ever so slightly heavier than a T-shirt.)
  • Tear-away label
  • Sizing Guide here. Sizes XS - 4XL.
  • (I recommend a size larger than you'd normally wear. They're true to size, but a roomier hoodie makes me feel relaxed.) 

Add-ons

You may go ahead and add the price of an extra patch or two to your pledge now, based on the cost of that reward, if you want to help the campaign reach its stretch goals. That won't increase your shipping cost. Adding a hoodie or T-shirt or a bunch of patches to your order may mean you owe a little more money for shipping later, depending on where you live. 

If you need clarity on any of this, wait to consider add-ons when you're filling out your Backerkit survey -- it will all be clear. (Backerkit surveys will be sent out after the campaign. This is how you tell me your shipping address, even if you don't want more stuff.)

Here are the basics:

  • You'll be able to add more patches, T-shirts, and hoodies to your order via Backerkit after this  campaign ends. Quantities of these add-ons won't be limited if you fill out your survey before December 16th.  
  •  Many add-on prices will be lower for backers who pledge for sets of patches during this campaign.  
  • A limited amount of other Library Comic merchandise will be available as add-ons, including library tarot cards, enamel pins, and LEGO kits from previous Kickstarter campaigns, plus a few of our other T-shirts

Shipping / International Shipping

Rewards and add-ons ship in envelopes, mailers, or boxes via USPS First Class or Priority Mail, depending on the final size and weight of the packages.

Want your rewards shipped to a country that's not currently listed? Message me via Kickstarter or just  email me which country and the pledge level you're considering.

-- Other Questions?  Just want to say hello? Contact Gene. --

Who We Are

I'm Gene Ambaum, a librarian and an avid reader who writes comics, too. I'm currently working on Library Comic,  Barbarian Girl: The Burning Blade of the Badlands , and a few other projects with Willow Payne, the artist who designed these patches. (Check out her Tumblr -- she's been drawing monsters all October, and they are fabulous.) I also used to make a comic called Unshelved with Bill Barnes.

Thanks to my buddy Mike F, my wife Silver, and our daughter Beatrice for their willingness to model for me. 

Mike F, Speed READERS / LIBRARY Professional
The windblown reader look proved impossible to achieve, despite our best efforts.

Timeline: What's Going to Happen and When

Nov 30, 2019: Kickstarter ends.

~ Dec. 2 -- Backerkit Surveys sent: This is your chance to add additional patches.  Answer your survey by Dec. 15th to insure you get the add-ons that you want. Quantities of patches, shirts, and hoodies in this campaign will be limited after that.

Dec. 16th -- I order the goods.

Late Dec.: Approve proofs. Manufacturing starts. See new Star Wars movie.

Dec. - Jan.: Nervous waiting. Stress eating. Give up giving up caffeine. Reorganize the Library Comic "warehouse" (my garage) for shipping. Order supplies. Print T-shirts and hoodies. Try not to panic. 

Late Jan. (best case scenario) or sometime in Feb. (less than ideal case), patches arrive in Seattle.

Start and finish shipping ASAP. Unshipped packages make my brain itch. I'll work long days listening to audiobooks and podcasts. My cats will wonder where I've gone.

Mid-Feb: In the ideal scenario, I'm done shipping now. I treat myself to a bottle of expensive Scotch to celebrate.

Feb. 26: See you at the Public Library Association conference in Nashville, TN. 

Mid-March: In the less than ideal  scenario, shipping is completed now. I buy myself an adequate bottle of Scotch to celebrate. 

March 24th -- See you at the Texas Library Association conference in Houston.

April 2020: In the worst case shipping scenario that does not involve fire, flood, or a devastating Seattle earthquake, shipping is completed now. No Scotch for me.

Risks and challenges

I have designed and fulfilled several Kickstarters for Unshelved and Library Comic, including the patch heavy Library Rangers campaign way back in 2019.

I have proofs of the largest, most complicated patches in hand already, and I'm working with a company that I've used before that has a great record of quality control.

The stated fulfillment date of April 2020 is close to a worst case scenario. (See the timeline at the bottom of the campaign for more details.) I try to fulfill Kickstarter campaigns earlier than promised, and I'm hoping to do that again. Timing could be impacted by needing to make corrections after seeing proofs and by other things beyond my control: labor strikes, trade wars, the big earthquake Seattle has been waiting for, damage to the patches in transit, global pandemics, and etc. It's unlikely that any of this will happen, but I build extra time into my Kickstarter campaigns to deal with the unexpected, and I'm being transparent about that in my timeline.

Throughout production and fulfillment, I promise to keep Backers informed about any issues that will affect timing, and to share details every step of the way.

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    Library Comic Kickstarter Completist Set

    Never bought anything from the Library Comic's Kickstarter campaigns? Are you a completist? Or looking for a bunch of great gifts? Get one of everything I've funded on this platform so far + more:

    - One of each of the patches for this campaign, stretch goals we reach + 1 rank badge if we hit that goal. Yes, this includes both the READERS rocker and the LIBRARY rocker. That's 8 or more patches.
    - A Reading Skeleton hoodie (XS - 4X). ($32 value)
    - The Library LEGO Card Catalog kit and the LEGO Book Drop kit with a few weird items you might find inside a book drop. ($50)
    -All six enamel pins for Library folks. ($32)
    - A deck of Library Tarot cards. ($24 value)
    + Bonus stuff from my garage, depending on how much room is left in the box. I don't know what I mean either, but there's a lot of stuff in there, including a ton of books, action figures, and comics that are in my way. Tell me what you like and what you're a fan of.

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