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A graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton, written by Greg Pak and drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa.
A graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton, written by Greg Pak and drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa.
A graphic novel based on the songs of Jonathan Coulton, written by Greg Pak and drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa.
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8,452 backers pledged $340,270 to help bring this project to life.

Stretch goal to expand the book to 96 pages! Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey contribute a story! More figurines!

Hey, friends! Thanks again for your amazing support for the "Code Monkey Save World" graphic novel -- you have no idea how much we appreciate it. And we're doing our best to make this book as good as it possibly can be for you. So we have a few big things to announce this morning.

First, your support has made possible an awesome BONUS -- the great Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey, the award-winning comic creators behind "Action Philosophers" and "Comic Book Comics," will bring their special talents to a two page story riffing on the real-world history and ideas behind one of Jonathan Coulton's songs! (Right now "Mandelbrot Set" looks like the most likely candidate.) The Van Lente/Dunlavey story will be an extra in the printed trade paperback of "Code Monkey Save World"! So everyone who pledges to get a physical trade paperback will get this new Van Lente/Dunlavey story for FREE!

Second, we're thrilled to announce our first official STRETCH GOAL! Last Monday, you blew right past our first stretch goal before we even had time to announce it, so we just bumped up the page count of the book from 60 to 80 pages as a bonus.

This week, we're hoping to bump up the page count again -- from 80 to 96 PAGES! That's four covers, the back cover, 80 pages of story, and 11 pages of extras and goodies!

That big bonus kicks in when the Kickstarter hits $130,000. As I write this, that's just $6000 away. I bet you guys can get us there by the end of the day. Spread the word, tell your friends! And if all goes well, everyone gets his or her trade paperback increased to 96 glorious pages -- with 32 more story pages than originally planned. All because of your support!

Incidentally, we've noticed two or three people online saying they've pledged for a Code Monkey "hardcover." To clarify, as we mentioned in the project description, all of the books we're shipping are trade paperbacks -- softcovers. We used the term "hard copy" in the rewards section to differentiate them from the digital copies that are being provided via Monkeybrain and Comixology. We sincerely apologize if our terminology confused anyone -- and we hope that bumping up the page count and adding these various bonuses makes up for it.

Finally, we're thrilled to announce that our figurine scupltor Sean Chen and his team have agreed to provide a second round of exclusive Code Monkey figurines as rewards! So today we're adding 20 numbered, signed "Friday Casual" Variant Code Monkey figurines (this guy wears blue jeans rather than khaki pants) to the rewards column. Check out the beautiful image of the sculpt-in-progress below!

You are all amazing and we love ya.

See ya in the funnybooks!

Greg - -

Jonathan - -

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      Joel on April 23, 2013

      How about a vinyl edition of the figurine as a stretch goal? I'd happily add $30 to my pledge for a cheaper, non-limited edition of the Code Monkey himself.

    2. Kai Teoh on April 22, 2013

      If there's an upgrade option for hardcover or a stretch goal or something... oooh. I'd definitely jump at it.

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      on April 22, 2013

      actually, I've been in a few kickstarter projects where all the softcovers were upgraded to hardcover as a stretch goal when it was amazingly successful (Like yours is sure to be)....
      go for it....this need to be better preserved for posterity.

    4. John Koster on April 22, 2013

      Music is always good.

    5. Ali Grotkowski
      on April 22, 2013

      *laughs* music? I love JoCo music! ;)

    6. Greg Pak 4-time creator
      on April 22, 2013

      Also, to those asking about hardcovers, we're definitely looking into some kind of something here. Lots of factors play into this and we want to make sure we've got all the numbers down before we make a move. But we're investigating!

    7. Greg Pak 4-time creator
      on April 22, 2013

      YOU GUYS. You are awesome. You hit this stretch goal in an hour and thirteen minutes. The graphic novel is now 96 pages! But keep it coming -- new stretch goals coming soon! Hint: DO YOU GUYS LIKE MUSIC?

    8. John Koster on April 22, 2013

      Ok Backed, and.... currently $132,000 so grats guys!! What is the next stretch goal ;)

    9. Ali Grotkowski
      on April 22, 2013

      I go to read about the stretch goal and it's already reached! Woo! :)

    10. Laurie Brown on April 22, 2013

      I also mistook the meaning of the word hard copy. I don't mind a trade paperback at all though.
      I agree with David, a poster of the cover illustration would be awesome.

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      David Austin on April 22, 2013

      I was a little disappointed about the book not being a hardcover, but that's my fault for not reading it properly.

      Still, it looks like you're going to need some more stretch goals soon, and that's definitely one I'd support - any chance of there being hard-cover upgrades? I'd really like for you to take more of my money.

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      Jonathon on April 22, 2013

      Personally, if there were some way to have a hardback, that'd be awesome, but not a deal breaker. But, I find the more I look at that front cover the more I wish it were hanging on my wall. Any chance of covers as posters?

    13. Byron Schmyron Hamel on April 22, 2013

      I'd definitely raise my pledge for a Canada Only T-shirt/mug bundle, and of course a hard cover edition

    14. Kevin J. Maroney
      on April 22, 2013

      Well, offering a hardcover seems like a perfectly reasonable stretch goal. You can add new pledge levels to a kickstarter in progress, I believe (you just can't remove or modify existing ones).

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      Baudelier on April 22, 2013

      Here is a thought, stretch goal -make book hard cover.