What is The GaMERCaT?
Hello! My name is Samantha Whitten and I'm the artist of The GaMERCaT, a webcomic that mixes gaming humor with mischievous felines. It started in 2011 as a fun little side project and quickly gained popularity from both gamers and cat lovers alike, and now has a steady once-a-week update schedule (every Monday!)
The slice-of-life comic features an appropriately-named cat with access to a large library of games and an over-active imagination, who literally dives into popular franchises and tackles topics in gamer life from a cat's perspective. He's haunted by a materialistic fairy and preoccupied with raising a gamer kitten protege, all while he and his friends fly under the radar of blissfully ignorant humans.
The comic is free to read online at TheGaMERCaT.com, but readers have long been asking for a printed version, so I'm finally here to deliver the first volume! The book will include the first 100 comics, plus a bit of extra bonus content if we can hit some stretch goals ;) How exciting!
The book will be a perfect bound paperback with a 12pt gloss cover, sized at 9" x 6" and roughly 130 pages long. The art and layouts of some comics will be tweaked, mostly to be more suitable for print or to convert animated panels to static images.
The book will also include concept art, as well as pet profiles of my cats, who serve as inspiration for the personalities of the characters and influence their antics.
As a special bonus sale for this Kickstarter I have exclusive enamel pins available! This pixel Gamercat pin is unique to this project and will not be sold in the online store, so if you like it this is your chance to grab it.
The standard pin is unlimited, but the shiny gold metal version is limited to only 200 pieces and reserved for the special shiny bundle pledge tier.
During the first Kickstarter I offered over-sized vinyl stickers of Gamercat and Glitch. They were super popular, so I decided to add Pixel and Sweet and offer all four as an add-on in this project. Who doesn't love stickers?
If funding exceeds the main goal I have some bonuses planned! This time I would prefer to enhance the main focus of the project rather than doing a bunch of extra products, so I've kept the stretch goals focused on and around the book.
Progress & Timeline
Time for the little details! The book is mostly ready to go, I just have to prepare any extra bonuses that come from any stretch goals the project hits. If we reach these bonuses early I will get started on them while the project is still running in the hopes of getting the book submitted as soon as the Kickstarter is done.
File approval and sample production can take 2-4 weeks, and if everything is good on the first go, the book can go into production and will likely take 4-6 weeks. Shipping will add another 4-6 weeks, so the best case scenario for receiving the books is possibly in December, but I'm estimating delivery in January to add a little safety buffer. Please do not count on these for Christmas gifts!
Where the Funds Go
The funds from this project will go towards producing the books, the bonus items, and shipping all rewards. Kickstarter takes 5% in fees, and Stripe (the payment processor) takes another 3%-5%. I also need to reserve a percentage for US taxes at the end of the year.
Any funds leftover after the fees are paid and the rewards are filled will be reinvested back into The GaMERCaT.
Shipping can be complicated and, unfortunately, rather expensive for international backers. I've done my best to find the cheapest rates and have detailed them below. All rates are gathered from USPS.com
I'm afraid I cannot control how much shipping will cost. I understand that international rates may be a major deterrent and I wish I could do something about them. I'm sorry!
Domestic Shipping (within the US)
- Media Mail $3 - All book-only rewards can be shipped via Media Mail
- First Class $4.50 - Books + other items (stickers, pins, etc) need to be sent via First Class mail
- Priority Flat Rate Padded Envelope $6.30 - Pledges that include more than one book will be sent via flat rate
- First Class International $15 - Shipping to Canada is slightly cheaper than other countries.
- Priority Flat Rate International $22.75 - Pledges that include more than one book will be sent via flat rate
International Shipping (outside the US)
- First Class International $22 - First class international is the cheapest option available for the weight of the book
- Priority Flat Rate International $32.25 - Pledges that include more than one book will be sent via flat rate
Risks and challenges
I have many years of experience from running my own online ecommerce business, which already has an established and dedicated fulfillment system that will be used to fulfill the pledges from this Kickstarter.
I have existing working relationships with the chosen producers for all of the products in this Kickstarter and can rely on them to deliver a quality product in a timely manner. I have also completed & shipped two previous Kickstarter projects so far.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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