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Edge of December is an action/comedy web-comic following the chaotic adventures of three adoptive brothers.
Edge of December is an action/comedy web-comic following the chaotic adventures of three adoptive brothers.
Edge of December is an action/comedy web-comic following the chaotic adventures of three adoptive brothers.
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Edge of December creators are making a book - both digital and old-school - and we need your help. That’s right. We’re asking for money. If this is your first time on Kickstarter, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Whaa? I thought this was about dreams and stuff!” But to the veterans out there...

‘Sup.

We have dreams and stuff for sale.

Please check out our UPDATES for new information.

Who are we?

We are EB Dojo. A group of creative types who’ve banded together to make a wonderful creation and work on larger projects. Glenn Kitchell is our massively talented artist who’s been working on comics since he had the capability to put a comic on the Internet. He also provides the technical know-how that makes the site tick.

Courtney Walsh is not only Glenn’s lovely wife, but also the backbone behind Edge of December. She knows how to do research, conjure dark powers and generally provide the extra effort that makes Edge of December happen.

Seth Swanson is the comic’s lead author. He’s a penmonkey with delusions of grandeur and base competence. At the simplest level, he makes words, then Glenn takes those words and makes art happen.

And we wouldn’t have even started without original co-creator Gray Ross, who made our glorious server and website with Jonathan Wilkinson.  And there’s also Ryan Cohen, who was the lead writer on the first few sagas of Edge of December.  These guys have since moved on to other projects, but their passion for making a great comic has helped us get to where we are today.

What is Edge of December?

Edge of December follows the adventures, and occasionally, mis-adventures of brothers Kieron Alsmith, Trife Eidolon and Jameson “Baron” Koldunov as they try to revive their father’s dojo.  It’s a simple goal somewhat complicated by their complete lack of money and a building, the involvement of the local mafia, and their own tendency to get involved with situations beyond their ability to control.

Chapter 01: "Homestead" -- Page 14
Chapter 01: "Homestead" -- Page 14
Chapter 04: "The Death of Lonstus" -- Page 02
Chapter 04: "The Death of Lonstus" -- Page 02
Chapter 06: "Rescue Choppah" -- Page 15
Chapter 06: "Rescue Choppah" -- Page 15

If you want to see the whole story from the beginning check out our website.  There are currently 24 chapters and there are new episodes every Monday and Thursday.

Why Turn to Kickstarter?

One of the biggest challenges that we face at Edge is getting the word out, finding new readers, and telling our stories to as many people as possible.  Unfortunately, we’re also working schmoes and the price of printing sufficient quantities of books is something that’s far outside our budget.  We’ve been looking for a great way to accomplish these goals, and found a few different options online.  With Kickstarter, we’ve found a microcosm of like-minded people and a growing community, so it seems like the best fit.

What is in the book?

For this reprinting, we plan to expand Volume 1 to include more chapters, some new short stories, and some random pretty artwork.  While the first printing covered chapters 1 - 4, this new and improved Volume 1 will cover an additional saga to encompass chapters 1 - 11.  The total page count will be around 260.  This will allow you, the readers, to enjoy a lot more Edge of December action.

Volume 1 will be available in a hardcover edition for a retail price of $34.95 as well as various digital versions.


UPDATE: May 30, 2013

I talked briefly above about some extra goodies that will be in the book, but to curb some curiosity, I will give a more detailed explanation.

This book will contain the first eleven chapters of Edge of December, but these are not the same pages that you will see on the website. Some of the pages have been redrawn, others retoned or cleaned up. In essence, this is the best display of Edge of December that we can create.

As for the extra goodies. Edge of December Volume 1 will contain two short stories by Seth Swanson detailing some of Baron's side adventures. Here is the brief synopsis:

Jameson Baron Kuldunov has been wandering the world, taking time away from his brothers in an attempt to understand his prescient abilities. He finds more practice than expected in Kiev where he runs afoul of the Russian mob and a sword wielding assassin.

Both of these short stories can be tied right back to the story, giving you a fuller understanding of how events unfold.

On top of the short stories, each contributor to the Edge of December Volume 1 book has written a reflection on some aspect of the process. This is an exclusive behind the scenes look at how we got here, what it took to make the book, and some random silliness.

Finally, Glenn is including some of his random artwork from over the years such as excerpts from the Edge of December Story Bible and some drawings he has created when not working on Edge.

How will we use the money?

The main goal, of course, is to earn enough money through Kickstarter to reprint the improved Volume 1 book.  We have decided to go with a different publisher than the first printing to increase the quality and reduce the price.  This reprinting has more content and pages, so we are looking at a total cost of $8,000 for a printing of 1,000 hardcover books.

We have ideas on some extra goodies for you if we go over our goal, so check those out as well as they become available.

What are the rewards?

If the reward descriptions seem a bit confusing (they can get a bit wordy), here is a nice graphic to show you what you're getting.

As you can see above, there are some add-on options for some of the pledge levels.  If you backed a level with a hardcover book and you would like to receive a second one (it will be numbered and signed like the first), add $30 to your pledge.  If you backed a level with a T-Shirt and you would like to receive a second one, add $15 to your pledge.  When the surveys are sent out after funding is successful, indicate where the extra funds are going.

And if you are wondering what the T-shirts look like, these are the three designs you can choose from. To see the larger image, click on the T-shirt.

What are the Stretch Goals?

LAST DAY Lightning Deal Stretch Goals!!!
LAST DAY Lightning Deal Stretch Goals!!!

$9K - Updated Wrap-Ups for Chapters 4 thru 11 -- unlocked!! -- New chapter wrap-ups will be created for every chapter in the book!

Lightning Deal $10K - Three updates a week, Mon-Wed-Fri -- If we reach $10K in our Kickstarter Campaign, not only do you get your sweet pledge reward -- but also EoD will immediately start updating 3 times a week instead of just twice a week!!

$11K - HIDDEN

This tier will be announced after the previous tier is met. 

$12K - HIDDEN

This tier will be announced after the previous tier is met. 

$15K - HIDDEN 

This tier will be announced after the previous tier is met.

THANK YOU!

We are really excited to see this new and improved Edge of December book printed for the enjoyment of our fans. Thank you for all of your support.

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Risks and challenges

We’re professionals and we’ve been doing this for nearly ten years. That being said, this is only our second attempt at making a book. We learned a lot from the first one about length, formatting and such, but of course books are a multimillion dollar industry and we have no delusions of knowing everything there is to know.

We already have the content of the book ready, so that's a big win. Courtney has done a lot of work to find us a printing studio that will do the book justice and get all of us a great price too, so we’re doing our best to augment our knowledge with that of the book experts. Respect.

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