Behind each great piece of software is a talented, concientious team of hardworking individuals dedicated to producing the highest quality product using internationally accepted best practices and industry standards. And then there are these guys.
Not Invented Here is a comic strip that documents life at a software company. It is written by creator Bill Barnes (Unshelved) and drawn by Jeff Zugale (frequent John Scalzi collaborator here, here, and here). In 2011 we published Runtime Error, a collection of our first 18 months of strips. Now, with your help, we're hoping to publish its sequel Upgrade Path, with a foreword by gregarious Internet personality StepTo.
Here's the deal. If we make our baseline funding goal we will publish a 168 page full color book in digital, paperback, and hardcover editions, containing strips from April 2011 through October 2012. Every copy will be signed by Bill and Jeff. But if we can do even better we'll make the book longer, adding more strips with every milestone level, up to a maximum of two years of strips. You'll get more book, at the same price. We'll also commission guest strips from some of our fellow webcartoonists, each exploring a different NIH character.
We will announce other stretch goals as warranted, including a plan to guarantee a year's worth of on-time strips, so wrangle your friends and coworkers to join in on the fun!
Plus, because you asked for it, we are going to bring back two NIH t-shirt designs from the past AND our famous IT Barrier Tape. You can add these to any pledge level $20 or above:
Thank you for supporting two independent cartoonists as we attempt to feed our families through our art.
Risks and challenges
Bill has published eleven collections of comic strips, and at this point he doesn't think there's anything that can surprise him. We have allowed for unexpected increases in the costs of printing and shipping, so only a major international incident should be able to delay this book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
International shipping is really expensive. It also varies by country, and so we had to make up a number that we hope will cover our expenses on average.
Buy books and shipping materials, pay for shipping and handling, feed our families.
Like most superheroes, he prefers to keep his real identity secret so as to protect his loved ones. But we still love him and he still loves NIH and is looking forward to contributing a new strip as part of our stretch goals.
They are limited by the number of hardcover copies of Runtime Error.
Assuming we reach a suitable level of funding we expect to have wholesale copies available for purchase through our distributor Ingram Publisher Services in late November. A token pledge would still be much appreciated!
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