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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.
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8,452 backers pledged $340,270 to help bring this project to life.

Huge Stretch Goal: A children's book based on "The Princess Who Saved Herself"!

Posted by Greg Pak (Creator)

Thanks as always for your amazing support! And now the big, big, big news as we launch into the final eight days of the campaign:

If the "Code Monkey Save World" Kickstarter hits $250,000, we'll make a CHILDREN'S BOOK based on Jonathan's awesome song "The Princess Who Saved Herself"! That's right, A WHOLE NEW BOOK, to be delivered digitally to every backer at the $15 level and above! And if we go far enough over the stretch goal, we'll consider the possibility of printing actual physical copies as well. 

"The Princess Who Saved Herself" tells the story of a tough, tomboy princess who encounters a scary dragon and creepy witch -- and recruits them to play in her rock band. It's a beautiful, fun, funny song, and with your help, it's going to be a great kids' book. If we make the stretch goal, the whole "Code Monkey Save World" creative team will shift over to work on the children's book once the graphic novel is completed.

Click here to listen to the song:

See below for the gorgeous art by Takeshi Miyazawa with colors by Jessica Kholinne. And please feel free to spread the word to your friends and family!

Also, we have a new reward: for $500, you can have Takeshi Miyazawa draw your child's likeness into "The Princess Who Saved Herself" as a supporting character! You'll also receive a beautiful 11" x 17" print of the page on which your child's likeness appears!

And just a reminder: as we write, there are just 21 of the Code Monkey Figurine DIY Kits and just nine of the advertisements in the "Code Monkey Save World" trade paperback available. Get 'em while they're hot!

Thanks as always for your support!

Greg Pak •

Jonathan Coulton •

Image: "The Princess Who Saved Herself" art, drawn by Takeshi Miyazawa with colors by Jessica Kholinne.

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    1. Oded Sharon on

      I couldn't play the song here in Israel.
      "Sorry, we're not available where you are. Leave your email to stay tuned for good news."

    2. Greg Pak 5-time creator

      Hey, Joel. Sorry for the confusion! No,there are no printed serialized issues, only a collected trade paperback. All the tiers that mention "hard copy of the graphic novel" or "hard copy trade paperback" are referring to this physical copy of the collected trade paperback.

      Hope that helps!

    3. Joel Pan on

      Hey Greg/JoCo, could someone please clarify the difference between the "hard copy" mentioned in the $35 tier and the "trade paperback" in the $50? Does this mean the $35 tier will get serialised issues whereas the $50 gets a single paperback volume?

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      Seth Purdy on

      This looks amazing! Just increased my pledge. Please, please, PLEASE let there be a hard copy print of this! I'd be over the moon to have it to read with my daughter when she's older (she's only 13 months right now, but loves paging through the board books already!)

    5. Emilly Orr on

      Whatever else you do, I really, REALLY think you should consider even a limited-run printing of the childrens' book after the Kickstarter closes. THIS is the kind of book we need parents to buy for kids of either gender, and if that image is going to be representative of the art inside the book, as well, it's going to be phenomenal.

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    7. Serpine on

      I sort of wonder if some variation of the bit with the prince on the phone will be factored in. I always get a huge laugh out of that part.

    8. Ali Grotkowski

      OMG I SO want a printed copy of THAT book! Heck I'd upgrade my pledge if I could get a signed printed copy of THAT! What will THAT stretch goal be? Want!

    9. Jennity on

      Oh my goodness this is amazing! And if you do end up going through with the printed copies i'm definitely getting one or more for my daughter and some of our friends!! I didn't think this campaign could possibly get even more awesome, but obviously it just keeps getting better. XD

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      Rick Roe on

      The only way this could be more awesome is if there were yet another stretch goal to actually get it printed. SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

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      Michael Smith on

      Mr. Satan sans-fro: Constipated Guy, what does the scouter say about their awesome level?
      Constipated Guy: It's OVER $250,000!

    12. Joseph Latouf on

      god this Kickstarter gets better and better all the time. Come one guys donate a bit extra just for this extra book, we as fans have to show our awesome levels

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      Michael Smith on

      Need to add more: this stretch goal renders all other stretch goals stupid by comparison. It's too awesome.

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      Michael Smith on

      Code Monkey Save World? Meh. The Princess Who Saved Herself as a picture book for kids? TAKE ALL MY MONEY! Which would not be enough. Will pledge $25 for now. Will raise if both desperate and hopeful. The last stretch goal to make me raise a pledge was the first Kickstarter I did, tremulus. Well played...

    15. "Filkertom" Tom Smith

      Excellent. Simply excellent.

    16. Holger Dors on

      Is there any chance that it could get translated?

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      Michael Brindamour on

      This has been my daughters theme song since she was 2... can't wait!

    18. Ryan Graham on

      A children's book would be so awesome in print! Not sure how I'd read a children's ebook to my kids.. they're fingers would be all over it, turning pages randomly as I try to read. *fingers crossed for print*

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      Craig Overman on

      I love this idea!..And it's gonna make a fantastic children's book.

      In fact, I've been wanting "My Beige Bear" to get the same treatment for a long time, now (it would make for an awesome bedtime book).

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    21. Jon-Paul McGowan on

      Even better, now a new bed time story book.

    22. Greg Pak 5-time creator

      Thanks so much for the kind words, y'all! We're super excited and really appreciate the support. Coupla quick responses --

      Jon-Paul, we're actually planning to make "The Princess Who Saved Herself" as a traditional children's book, not a graphic novel. But it will be awesome! ;-)

      Charles, if you're having trouble hearing the song at that link, head over to -- they have it embedded on their site, I believe.

    23. Jon-Paul McGowan on

      My daughter loves this song, and with a graphic novel based on it? How could I not back this!

    24. Michael Askew on

      Now this is a stretch goal worth stretching for.

    25. Jocylin on

      I am so, so excited about this project. I was happy before, but now with the added possibility of The Princess being added, I am now bouncing up and down (inside and out). AHHH!!!

    26. Jocylin on

      @ Charles - I just tried it, too. It maybe having to many requests to run at the moment. I'm not in Canada, so don't worry.

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      Charles Coleman on

      Apparently, not allowed to hear the song in Canada... ?



    29. Elizabeth Carlson on

      I was excited about this project to begin with, but I'm over the moon about this! My 8- and 6-year old daughters have adored this song since its release, and they will love being able to read its book counterpart. Thank you!

    30. Sam Wright

      Awesome! But I sorta pictured the Princess wearing flip-flops.

    31. Shauna Forrister

      I'm kinda tearing up on this one. I can just imagine my niece's reaction to seeing herself in a book (She loves to read, and she's only 2.5!)

      Wish I could afford to up my pledge to cover that :(

      Still, I'm so going to read it to her!

    32. Kristin Powell on

      That is just awesome!

    33. Maxwell Jahner on

      Totally neat, loving the artwork and colors. Hope this happens! :D