Thank you! AHHH
AND WE ARE DONE.
30 days ago I started this Kickstarter for my little Hamlet book, and honestly believed it could reach $20k. I thought, absolutely best-case scenario, we'd get near $100k near the end of the pledge drive. I wrote up a bunch of stretch goals up to that point, hit "submit", and crossed my fingers.
Original Hamlet character sketch by Kate Beaton.
We hit that goal of $20k in less than three and a half hours, and thirty days later we've stopped with a grand total of $580,905 from over 15 thousand backers. The book has gone from a black and white dealie to a fully-illustrated, full-colour volume and the extras have grown to include multiple-path bookmarks, books going to schools, AND of course the Squishable Yorick skull. We blasted through five complete sets of stretch goals and then some. We became the single most-funded publishing project in Kickstarter history.
Also I promised to explode something.
It's all thanks to you, and your support of this crazy project. I've said this every day for a month and meant it every time: thank you so much. We've got a schedule to follow from here on out to bring the book to production, and I'll be posting updates here often - at least once every two weeks - so you'll know how far along we are. I've seen other Kickstarters not post anything after they close and it results in sad people instead of awesome fun times! I THINK YOU KNOW WHICH OF THOSE TWO OPTIONS I PREFER.
If you pledged above $30 - with or without shipping - and want the Kickstarter-exclusive ecard with art by Noelle Stevenson be sure to fill in this form right now because the first emails will be going out tomorrow!
Finally, here's a video of me thanking everyone, and here's that same video touched/exploded up by Andy Vatter and also my dad blew me up as well. EXPLOSIONS. EXPLOSIONS EVERYWHERE. CHOOSE WHICH EXPLOSION YOU WISH TO WITNESS.
More soon! You are awesome!