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SITHRAH 4: The Deep. This is the fourth installment of the beautiful hardcover comic series by Jason Brubaker.
SITHRAH 4: The Deep. This is the fourth installment of the beautiful hardcover comic series by Jason Brubaker.
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Slipcase Options, Stretch Goals and ECCC Video

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Hello Friends!

It's been way too long since my last update and so I have a bunch of stuff to share in this one. :)

First of all, I had a great trip to Seattle to the Emerald City Comic-Con. We sold a bunch of books and made some new friends and talked with a bunch of old ones too. I finally got back in my studio yesterday and all caught up with email and I even made this little video about the trip. I hope you enjoy it.

And now for...

Slipcases!

I have been thinking a lot about how I should do the slipcases for this series and even though I was originally thinking that I would just package all the books into one slipcase at the end, the more I thought about it and weighed the books (what all 6 would weigh) the more I started thinking about breaking it up into 2 or 3 slipcases. I have had some experience before with the reMIND slipcase and the thing about it is things start getting heavy fast with these hardcover books. There were a bunch of slipcases that got damaged in shipping for the reMIND boxset even though it only had 2 books in it. So I can only imagine how much more easily a six book boxset would would get damaged in shipping and moving it around. 

So I started favoring the idea of doing 2 slipcases with 3 books in each. The two problems with that is that all the kickstarter backers who backed it would end up getting 3 books in a slipcase and the new one without. :/ 

The other problem was that it would not look very nice to have the last 3 books in one boxset because the spine colors for the books 5 and 6 will be white and black cloth. So it would end up being a green, white and black spine and that would just look funny, in my opinion.

So I started favoring the 3 slipcase option. With 3 slipcases, all the backers of this campaign (who add the slipcases) will get 2 slipcases filled with books. And the colors of the slipcases could match the colors of the spine better. Then when I have the final kickstarter next year for Books 5 & 6, I will be able to have the black and white cloth spines together in their own slipcase and the set will be complete. 

Now, I'm not a very good designer and so I will have to hire someone to help me design these slipcases so that they look amazing. But I did throw together a BADLY designed mockup to prove just how bad my design skills really are. I do plan to have some art on the slipcases and the colors are still up in the air. I'm not sure if they will be all the same color or if they will all be unique. But I do want the image across the backside to reveal a picture when they are all placed together on the bookshelf. :)

So here is my badly done mockup as well as the dummy boxset that my printer gave me as a sample.

So now you can kinda see what I'm thinking. I will be adding a new tier that has all the collectors books (except for book 1 which will just be signed) and I will also add both slipcases as a single add-on for $25 for both slipcases that ANYONE can add to their existing tier. I'm not sure how to calculate how much to charge for shipping based on where you live and so I will just leave that up to you if you want to add any extra money to help me cover the shipping of the slipcases. Just so you know, in the reMIND campaign I charged $25 for just one slipcase and so this time you will be getting 2 for the price of 1.

So, check out the Add-on section and you will see the slipcase option now. :)

Stretch Goals?

Any ideas for stretch goals this time? I am kinda thinking about doing an oversized postcard-signed-print at $35k. What you say? I'm open for ideas. 

Thanks so much for helping me hit this goal again on the 4th book in this series. I am blessed to have you all for support.

See you in the next update!

Jason

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    1. Jason Brubaker 8-time creator on March 15

      @Aureliano - Thanks for the shipping warning. I didn't know that. Since I'm using a UK shipper for the International orders I'm just basing my prices on what they told me but it's still kinda hard to tell with all the moving variables and countries.

      As far as shirts, I don't have any in stock that are larger than 2x right now but I was planning on doing custom orders for anything that I don't have in stock. Although it might cost me more than $20 for 4x and 5x. But I am happy to get you a shirt if you want one and we can just work out the details. Here is a link to my red CTC shirt: http://ctc.storenvy.com/products/11491707-coffee-table-comics-logo-t-shirt

      And here is what the gray one looks like: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVs5mESBV7T/…

    2. Aureliano Rama
      Superbacker
      on March 15

      PS. About shipping costs, don't forget that recently shipping companies have changed their policy and are billing you not by real weight but by "volumetric weight" (or "dimensional weight") that consider the total volume of the package in addition to its weight to calculate costs.
      There are a few kickstarter projects that have been caught on the wrong foot by the additional amount needed to ship rewards. Be sure to look into that for the slipcases.
      Good luck.

    3. Aureliano Rama
      Superbacker
      on March 15

      Hello Jason, I think the 3 2-book slipcases are a marvelous idea, I added them to my pledge with a little something extra to help with the additional shipping cost.

      I have a question : could you please link a slightly larger version of the t-shirts? I would like to see them better before committing.
      Also, I need a large one for my big bulk, do your contractor sell 4X and 5X sizes?

      Thanks for your help and your hard work, I love Sithrah.

    4. Jason Brubaker 8-time creator on March 14

      @John - Interesting idea. But yeah, Young is right that the slipcases would all need to be a unique size. I could have them all have a consistent color though so they feel more unified. Thanks for you ideas. :)

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      Young Jin Park on March 14

      That's a neat idea, but the problem is that the thickness of the books are all different. I'd want the case to give a precise and firm fit. Is there a way to design a single slip case that would accommodate books of varying thickness?

    6. John Neiner on March 14

      Hey Jason — have you considered designing the 2-book slipcase less specific to the books they contain and more generic/general to the project as a whole?

      ie, instead of designing multiple slipcase designs — design a SINGLE 2-book slipcase that could work across all the books. (more neutral color that would go with all the books — think light/gray tones)

      This way you only have to do one production run of the slipcase (single design) and all the slipcases will look good side by side on a bookshelf. Also if one gets damaged in shipping you would not need to track WHICH slipcase design got damaged, simply how many.

      Then you are ahead of the game for books 5 and 6.

      Also a single slipcase color would look really good next to the 2 remind books in their slipcase already on my bookshelf :)

      In Summary: let the book spline colors be the distinguishing factor and not the slipcase art.

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      Young Jin Park on March 12

      Only 8 days remaining?! Where did all the time go? I must be getting old. #fakehaiku

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      Forgerelli
      Superbacker
      on March 9

      Just added $25 +$3 extra for the slipcases.

    9. Andrew Lopez on March 8

      Cool! Good slipcover color choices in your example image imo. Already pledged. I had originally thought of maybe a dark grey slipcase like your ReMind set would be better contrast with each set of colors, but as much as it may be I'm sure you may want Sithrah to stand out it. As far as the other stretch goals, I like any art ideas, also what about different colors for your CtC shirt, like blue or dark blue like the book 2 spine?

    10. Jason Brubaker 8-time creator on March 8

      @Benjamin - Yeah I will stuff them with big bubble wrap. But if anything does get damaged in shipping I will send you a replacement for free. :)

      @Irawan - Yep, just add $25 to your pledge amount if you want both slipcases to be added to your order. After the campaign is over, I will send out a Add-On survey to collect all the information about the add-ons you have picked. Thanks so much! :)

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      Young Jin Park on March 8

      Woot! We’re going to get slipcases. That’s awesome. Looking forward to seeing the designs and colors. Regarding shipping empty slipcases, I got one from Michael Regina and it was stuffed inside with bubble wrap—worked very well.

    12. Manuel Succo on March 8

      Add the (bargain) $25 to my pledge. The slipcases of your previous books are beautiful!

    13. Benjamin Parry on March 8

      Hi Jason.

      Currently owning all books to date. I am excited to see slipcases now available.
      You said in your update that these can get damaged. Since I already own the other books, in this campaign I'll be getting book4 and 3 slipcases. Will there be some kind of bracing or anything inside the cases for shipping purposes for those who aren't buying the back catelog? I'm a little nervous about them getting squished in the mail.

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      Coll Wise on March 7

      Added $30 for the slipcases.
      Thanks!

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      Irawan
      Superbacker
      on March 7

      So we just add $25 to get both Slipcases (1&2, 3&4) on top of our pledge amount ?

    16. Jason Brubaker 8-time creator on March 7

      @John - Hi John! I didn't add a extra shipping charge for the boxsets because they will not make a big weight difference. But I won't turn away any extra funds you would want to throw at me for shipping. :) It was wonderful meeting you too. :)

    17. John Idlor
      Superbacker
      on March 7

      Is the an additional shipping charge for adding the slipcases? I am planning on adding 2 sets.

      Also it was nice to meet you at ECCC.