About this project
What IS Oh Joy Sex Toy?
Oh Joy Sex Toy (OJST) is a weekly webcomic by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan that debuted April 2013 and has updated every Tuesday since. It covers reviews of everything that relates to sex, sexuality, and the sex industry. From sex toy reviews to sex education to interviews with sex industry professionals and more! With the aid of curated guest comics, OJST strives to be relevant to all different genders, body types, and sexualities
Last year we successfully Kickstarted Volume 1, a book collecting the first year's worth of comics, which went fantastically. Not only was it over-funded but rewards arrived months ahead of the delivery dates. You can read more about our experience here, in our post-kickstarter transparency write up, and Volume 1 can still be purchased here!
A Second Volume?
It’s been one whole year since the successful Oh Joy Sex Toy: Vol 1 Kickstarter and since then we’ve collected another mighty 330 pages (WAY more than Vol 1!), for our hopeful Volume 2. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to collect these new pages into a another lovely soft cover book that will include everything that appears online since Vol 1, as well as a few brand new comics, essays, and behind-the-scenes peeks at the process of creating OJST.
As well as our own work, every month or so we hire guest artists to help give us fresh alternative comics, which helps bring new humor and perspective on the sex world. Finding and paying great artists to showcase their work on OJST is something we’re super proud of, and a full one third of this book will be devoted just to them.
As of this writing, the guest artists that will be featured in Vol 2 are:
- Lucy Bellwood
- Isabella Rotman
- Jess Fink
- Terry Blas
- Tits McGee
- Ryan Estrada
- Grace Allison
- Mady G
- Blue Delliquanti
- Shing Yin Khor
- Allison “Mu” Jones
- Jeannette Langmead
- Abby Howard
- Purple Kecleon
- Ryan North & Trudy Cooper
We did the math from last year and after figuring out all the costs of shipping and stuff, we worked out that folks who backed us at a book tier, on average saved $10.50 per book (23%!) compared to buying one afterwards. This years book is much BIGGER, so expect to save even more.
If you're into humorous comics all about sex and sex positivity, and want to support Oh Joy Sex Toy and get a hold of Volume 2 at its cheapest, now’s your chance!
Talk About the Rewards!
We like to keep things simple: by supporting us at any level, you’ll be helping us take our comic from the web, fill it with additional content and turn it all into an awesome sex education book worthy of your bookshelf.
Ready to lend us a helping hand? Awesome, here’s what we’re offering you!
$2 - Kickstarter Exclusive Digital Desktop Wallpaper
$10 - OJST Vol 2 PDF & Digital Wallpaper
$20 - OJST Vol 2 & Vol 1 PDF's & Digital Wallpaper
$35 - OJST Vol 2 Book & PDF & Digital Wallpaper (+$20 for international shipping)
$45 - OJST Vol 2 Book with Signed Book Plate & PDF & Digital Wallpaper (+$23 for international shipping)
$55 - OJST Vol 2 Book with Doodled Book Plate & PDF & Digital Wallpaper (+$23 for international shipping)
$70 - TWO OJST Vol 2 Books & PDF & Digital Wallpaper (+$35 for international shipping)
SOLD OUT $70 - Both OJST Vol 2 and OJST Vol 1 Books & PDF & Digital Wallpaper (does not include Vol 1 pdf) (+$35 for international shipping)
SOLD OUT $100 - OJST Vol 2 Book with Unique Drawing Book Plate & PDF & Digital Wallpaper (+$23 for international shipping)
SOLD OUT $250 - OJST Vol 2 Book with Doodled Book Plate & PDF & Digital Wallpaper, AND ‘Be a Masturbateer for a Day’: You provide clothed photos and agree to be drawn into a future OJST strip as one of the Masturbateers. (+$20 for international shipping)
NEW $80 - Both OJST Vol 2 and OJST Vol 1 Books & BOTH PDF's & Digital Wallpaper (+$35 for international shipping)
NEW $130 - Bonus Tier for late backers! OJST Vol 2 Book with Unique Drawing Book Plate & PDF & Digital Wallpaper (+$23 for international shipping)
NEW $325 - Bonus Tier for late backers! OJST Vol 2 Book with Doodled Book Plate & PDF & Digital Wallpaper, AND ‘Be a Masturbateer for a Day’: You provide clothed photos and agree to be drawn into a future OJST strip as one of the Masturbateers. (+$20 for international shipping)
(By pledging at the ‘Be a Masturbateer for a Day’ tier, you’re consenting to let us use your likeness in a future sex-related comic. You may be depicted nude and having sex: you have been warned!)
Since we’re expecting a fair few orders we’ll be using Make That Thing for our fulfillment this year. So all the books will be shipped by experienced comics giant Topatoco.
Where’s the Money Going?
Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll be helping us fund, so you know where the money is going!
With this Kickstarter we’ll be:
- Buying 3,000 soft cover books for about $19,000 from Shanghai Offset Printing (this is a bigger book than last year, so we have to buy more to offset the additional price!).
- Hiring book designer Allyson Haller, for $600 worth of consulting.
- Buying Book Plates for about $200 from Book Plate Inc.
- Using Make That Thing for fulfillment for roughly $4,500 as a minimum to cover about 400ish books (how much we owe them will go up according to the number of orders we get, but this is a good starter number)
- Paying for a kickass Kickstarter video by Anne Moloney for $500
- Sending all our guest artists a complimentary book
When all is done and dusted, we’re expecting to need $24,800 to make this book. Slap in a cautionary 20%ish for taxs, Kickstarter/credit card fees and faulty cards, and we’ll need a mighty $30,000 to get this ball rolling. Since we made about $10,000 from last years kickstarter, we'll be spending that on this book, and tossing in another $2,000, so we're asking for $18,000 again.
Want to help boost how much makes it into our pockets? The Signed and Doodled book-plated books are the best way to go!
This year we're slimming down on our goals and only have a few personal ones!
Firstly we want to ideally reach $30,000, our golden number where everything loosely balances out and we no longer have to spend out of pocket for these books.
Secondly, we REALLY want to order another few thousand copies of OJST Vol 1, since that first print run is nearly sold out. This will be something we can realistically afford around the $40,000 mark.
If this goes mad bonkers well, we'll also consider getting spot gloss for the books.
Who are Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan?
Matthew and Erika run OJST, it is their full time job! Together they write and edit every comic. Erika is responsible for all the drawing while Matthew colors them and handles all the business, website, and Kickstarter parts of their business. Erika is a 16 year comics veteran at Periscope Studio in Portland, OR. Her work has been published by Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Villard, BOOM! Studios, Penny Arcade and Scholastic, among many others.
Some thanks to a few people for helping make this Kickstarter possible.
Risks and challenges
We’re aware of how quickly things can go wrong and are natural pessimists, always preparing for the worst. All our costs and dates are lightly padded, to ensure we don't run out of cash and that there's room for delays and errors. With the help of Make That Thing's fulfillment system, baring anything major, we're pretty sure we can ride out any storm.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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