Backers at reward levels that include shippable items: Kickstarter does not give us your address! After every campaign, we need to collect your shipping information. If you don't use our Pledge Manager to tell us, we don't know where to send your rewards!
Shortly after the campaign ends, our backers will get an email with a link to our Very Necessary Pledge Manager at BackerKit. Please be patient, it will take at least a week for us to get everything finalized. We will post an update here when our BackerKit page is live.
The BackerKit pledge manager will not stay open forever, so please try to fill it out as soon as possible. If, for any reason, you miss it, don't despair, you can contact us and we will do our best to get you your rewards.
We now have a central page on our web site where we keep track of all of our Kickstarter campaigns! We also have a contact form, in case you need to get in touch with us about an old campaign. We want to make sure everyone gets their rewards!
Girl Genius is an ongoing story featuring adventure, romance, and Mad Science! It follows the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne, the last of a notorious family in which the spark of mad science runs strong. We call it a "Gaslamp Fantasy," by which we mean that it takes place in an old-fashioned, Vernian world of airships, monsters, and wild inventions.
Girl Genius is published as a webcomic and graphic novel series, and also as a series of prose novels. The graphic series is updated three times a week on our web site at girlgeniusonline.com. When we have enough pages, roughly once a year, we run a Kickstarter campaign and publish a collection.
Queens and Pirates is Book Five of the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne–and the eighteenth book in the overall series. If you're new to the Girl Genius comics, The Second Journey is a great place to jump in!
We are Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the ongoing adventure story Girl Genius. We are ready to make the print version of Girl Genius: Queens and Pirates, the latest in our self-published series of Hugo award-winning graphic novels. The book will be printed as a trade paperback, with a short run of special hardcover volumes that feature a lovely "puffy" padded cover.
We used to offer pre-orders for upcoming books through our online store; which helped us pay for the up-front costs of printing the books. It also allowed us to get an idea of how many books we should be making in the first print run, especially of the limited-edition hardcover. Now we use Kickstarter, which really streamlines this process. We learn and get better at it every time we do a campaign. You can see information about all our previous campaigns on the Kickstarter Information page at girlgeniusonline.com.
If this campaign funds, all our backers will be asked to fill out our Very Necessary Pledge Manager form from BackerKit. A link to the pledge manager will be sent to each backer in an email from us through BackerKit, and we'll let everyone know when it has gone out. The pledge manager is important, because it's the only way we get a physical address to use when we mail your rewards.
As ever, we like to start with a tiny little immediate reward. Here is a special icon–just for fun. We hope you enjoy it, and use it to spread the word. We are very bad at social media, so any help we can get is appreciated!
The contents of the different reward levels are listed to the right. The stars of the show are, of course, the books. In addition, all backers getting a book will also receive a campaign-exclusive archival, acid free, self-adhesive 3"x4"bookplate, signed by authors Phil & Kaja Foglio.
Now that we have funded and met some stretch goals, each signed bookplate now comes in the Envelope of Madness! What is the "Envelope of Madness?" It's the stack of flat extras we'll be shipping along with each pledge level that contains a book. At this time, it consists of:
- The signed bookplate
- One Queens and Pirates sticker
- One "Thank You!" art card featuring Bangladesh DuPree and Captain Hawkins
- One Queens and Pirates bookmark
- The 2019 Transylvania Polygnostic University Student ID (with handy checklist)
- One Trilobite temporary tattoo
- One "You say COFFEE, I say BRAIN FUEL" sticker
- One "SCIENCE!" sticker
OTHER LEVELS AND REWARDS:
Because of stretch goals, BACKERS at the $10 and up level will also receive:
- A link to DriveThruComics to download a free PDF copy of the book
- A link to DriveThruComics to download a free PDF containing not just Revenge of the Weasel Queen, but our Girl Genius Cinderella story as well!
PDFS: For those who either do not want a physical book or plan to get it from their favorite real-life book store (or library) later, yet still want to support the project, we have some lower-level rewards, starting with a simple "Tips Jar." All our backers, regardless of level, will receive access to our commemorative downloadable computer wallpaper, which we will reveal at the end of the campaign.
TRAVEL STICKERS: At a slightly higher level, we have a new set of FOUR travel stickers! This year's set will feature attractions from around Londinium: The Hall of Privateers, The Royal Museum of Inconvenient Oddities, and the Glass City itself. I know we say in the sidebar that it's a three sticker set, but we've added an extra sticker, because we can't contain our enthusiasm for that pinnacle of Londinium tourism: Hydraulic Pump No. 74.
MEDALS: Next, we have this year's campaign-exclusive medal: this year it's for being a First Class Scallywag! It's a substantial metal pin-back affair, offered in a choice of silvery or brassy tones. Here is the sketch for this year's design!
Below are examples of some of our medals from previous campaigns. As you can see, the finals wind up a lot more 3D than Phil's 2D drawings...
PATCHES: Some levels also include our limited-edition Queens and Pirates patch. Here is the concept art:
The campaign has funded! Hooray! Now, we're able to set things up so that we can offer add-ons. So, if you're after extra medals, books or patches, you'll be able to add those on after the campaign, when our BackerKit survey goes out.
Now backer levels at and over the $12 level will have access to our post-campaign pledge management system! This is where you can add on all kinds of things, including extra campaign medals, patches and Envelopes of Madness. Additional shipping, if any becomes necessary, will be calculated in the pledge management system. (It has to do with weight and postal categories.)
Nota bene: We will have the BackerKit store open for a while after the campaign, but the campaign exclusives: the medals, patches and Envelopes of Madness, may be slightly more expensive at that point. So if you think you'll want one of our exclusives later, back now!
And now, onward to the stretch goals:
Just what it says...everyone at and above the $10 level will now get a free download link to the PDF of the book at Drivethrucomics.com, where the rest of our Girl Genius titles are half off throughout the campaign.
What is the ENVELOPE OF MADNESS? It's the stack of flat extras we'll be shipping along with each pledge level that contains a book. Now, the bookplate will be shipped inside the traditional ENVELOPE OF MADNESS, along with a Queens and Pirates sticker. Further stretch goals will add more to the envelope.
Deluxe medals! At this level, each of our medals will come with an extra insert to make it even more magnificent! They’ll be part of the whole thing when it ships, but you can still easily take them apart and customize them with past medals and inserts.
We've been out of our popular Trilobite lapel pins for AGES, now we'll be able to make more!
We just finished this art, and we'll be doing some other things with it, but stickers sound pretty good to start with!
For reasons of his own, Phil felt like making some beer labels. We'll print some up and offer them as an add-on in BackerKit!
A special PDF of the Revenge of the Weasel Queen side story for our $10 and up backers!
Finally, we also have a special downloadable wallpaper (in addition to the campaign exclusive wallpaper mentioned above.) This wallpaper is a freebie for all of you who have taken the time to come to our campaign page, whether or not you back the campaign. Thank you for visiting! There are five versions of the wallpaper, in the following sizes: 2560x1600, 1920x1080, 1600x1200, 1024x1024, 600x800. Or, you can download a zipped archive of all five.
Risks and challenges
There is always the possibility that some unforeseen problem will slow our delivery schedule.
It is possible that the book will show up in retail stores before we finish mailing out all the Kickstarter rewards. The bulk of our print run goes straight out to Diamond Distribution and from there to the shops. The rest of the books go to our studio, where our fulfillment team packs them up with all the extras and ships them out to our backers. This individual shipping adds time, and so the books can often wind up on shelves before they wind up in your mailbox. We hate that this is the way it is, but we haven't been able to find a good way to get the books to backers faster.
SO: Please back our campaign for the special extras like the signed bookplates and the Envelopes of Madness, and be aware that we will ship to you as quickly as we possibly can. It's OK to forego the extras and get it at the store, if that's the way you'd rather go!
We are working with a new printer this time around. We have high hopes, but problems are always possible. We are watching closely to make sure all goes well. If something comes up, we will handle it.
We are very experienced publishers, this is our eighteenth volume in this series, alone. That doesn't mean that delays can't happen, but it does mean that it would only be a delay, never a cancellation of the project.
We have done our own Kickstarter fulfillment on several projects, and used outside help a couple of times, as well. This time, we're doing it ourselves. This means that we'll avoid some problems, and probably run into others. There shouldn't be anything we can't handle.
We try to take good care of all our backers. You can see an overview of all our past campaigns, as well as our customer service contact form, here:
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