Multiplex: The Revenge gets sweeter — here's Chapter 11 for free (and let's add Chapter 16 into the mix, too)
Hey, gang. With four days and 30% of the funding goal remaining, things are not looking good. I know a lot of you have sensed that, and I'm incredibly grateful that a lot of you have increased your pledges to try to help see this through successfully, but we're still a very long way from the goal — and I think it's pretty clear that I screwed up, because there's a very good chance that this project will fail.
If that happens, I won't be relaunching for a print book. So it's now or… well, never say "never," right?
The major factor for the higher goal was the higher printing quotes. In hindsight, I should have known to lower the printing quantity from 750 copies (as I printed with Book Two) to 500 copies (basically, the minimum any offset printer will do — many won't even do that few). But that would only lower the quotes (and fees) by about $2000. Economies of scale, you know? Considering we're $7000 short as I write this, even $22,000 seems like a long-shot right now.
Also in hindsight, I should have pitched the book as a shorter book with much less new material. That would have shaved off another thousand or two, perhaps. I really wanted to do this Brian arc, though, because his disappearing from the strip was neither intended nor my best good storytelling. This was my chance to fix that. But it should have been a stretch goal.
I can't revise the funding goal or change the book specs now that nearly 300 of you have backed the project — but what I can do is add to the project.
Toward that end… here is Chapter 11, free for everyone — backers and non-backers, to get a taste of what Multiplex: The Revenge will be like (and to hopefully encourage new backers to support the book project).
If this project succeeds, I'll be able to use the lower printing costs toward what would have been the first stretch goal: the bonus comics (and eBook) of the first chapter from Book Four, Chapter 16. (For those of you pledging at the $3 level, which was FOR the Chapter 11 eBook only, you'll get Chapter 16 when it is completed instead.)
If this project fails, I may consider doing a new Kickstarter project for just the chapter eBooks, with a print run as a (still very expensive) stretch goal. But we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.