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Help fund the publication of the fourth book in Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle

Update: We've blown away all of our fundraising goals! Thank you! 

Here are the new incentive goals we're introducing for the last few days of the Kickstarter:

  • $55,000: We will produce a digital-type DRM-free eBook with all of the B&W comics not contained in the first four printed books.    All backers at the $9 level or above  will receive this new eBook, either on their USB thumb drives or as a digital download.

Here's what you've funded so far: 

  • $20,000: GOAL MET!!  All contributors at the $9 level and over will receive a brand-new exclusive Goats mini-comic, approx. 8-12 pages, to be distributed as a DRM-free PDF ebook.
  • $25,000: GOAL MET!!   I'll have the mini printed up as a proper paper comic and include it in every reward package we mail out.
  • $30,000: GOAL MET!!  I'll build a brand-new fully functional usability-friendly website for Goats. 
  • $35,000GOAL MET!!  I will bring Goats back into production once the new website is complete, with a monthly update of one full page until the story is complete. 
  • $37,500:  GOAL MET!! I will bring Goats back into production once the new website is complete, with a minimum of two full-page updates per month until the story is complete. 
  • $40,000: GOAL MET!!  I will bring Goats back into production once the new website is complete, with a weekly update of one full page until the story is complete.
  • $44,000: GOAL MET!!   All backers at the $9 level or above will receive DRM-free eBook versions of the first four Goats B&W collections, either on their USB thumb drives or as a digital download. 
  • $47,000: GOAL MET!!  All backers receiving a mailed reward will be sent a pack of brand-new Goats/SFAM stickers, designed just for this kickstarter. 
  • $50,000: GOAL MET!! All backers receiving a mailed reward will be sent a brand-new Goats/SFAM 1" button pack, designed just for this kickstarter.
  • 400 backersGOAL MET!!  I will throw in a Goats bookplate with each physical book in your chosen reward package. 
  • 600 backersGOAL MET!!  Each of you receiving a mailed reward will get two RFV bumper stickers included at no extra charge.

What's this all about, then?

Once upon a time, there was an epic sci-fi comedy adventure comic called Goats. This comic lived on the internet, and it was well-loved by many people. Then, one day, a big company came along and published beautiful full-color collections of Goats in a format called a Book! For a time, all was well and the people were happy.

Lots of people bought these Books, but not enough to satisfy the shareholders of the big company. So they passed on publishing the fourth volume in the series. 

This is where you come in to the story! You can help me raise the money to publish Goats Book IV. Your contribution can get you a copy of the book, prints, original art and more depending on your level of generosity. 

Why do this now, after all this time?

Goats has been on hiatus for quite some time, but I get emails and tweets from folks like you every day asking when it will be back. I never anticipated that there would be so many people still interested in it almost two years later. Frankly I'm curious to see how the story turns out myself (I know most of the story, but the details are always in flux), but it's been difficult to find time to work on Goats alongside my other comic, Scenes From A Multiverse.

By raising the money to publish this volume, you'll be helping me to gauge just how much interest there really is and see if I can make a viable living juggling both comics.

What happens if we exceed the Kickstarter Goal?

We've already exceeded the minimum funding goal in less than a day! WOW. We've also hit all of our secondary goals, which means every backer who contributed $9 or more will be receiving a DRM-free electronic copy of a brand-new Goats mini-comic, and everyone receiving a mailing will get the printed comic as well. We'll be building a brand-new Goats website. We'll also be bringing back Goats for weekly updates.

Here are the next few goals I'm setting:

  • $55,000: We will produce a digital-type DRM-free eBook with all of the B&W comics not contained in the first four printed books.    All backers at the $9 level or above  will receive this new eBook, either on their USB thumb drives or as a digital download.

Now that we've reached the $50,000 goal, I'll be bringing Goats back into production so we can finish up the story and get you guys Book 5 in the series. Your contribution translates directly into financial support that has helped make that happen.

Finally, if we blow our goals out of the water, I'll be racking my brains during the drive to come up with new and more depraved rewards for you. So keep an eye on this page for new rewards and announcements. 

Thanks in advance for all your help and support!

FAQ

  • In regards to this fundraiser, a bookplate is a sticker you can put in the inside cover of your book. You can write your name on it! That means the book is yours. This is useful when confronting book thieves. I will try and make it super-groovy for you.

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    The Electron Special: A downloadable DRM-free ebook version of Goats Book IV: Inhuman Resources, and a warm feeling in your heart.

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    Dead Tree Delight: You'll get your very own printed copy of Goats Book IV: Inhuman Resources and access to the downloadable ebook version as well for your Digital Book Reader. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Electron Cloud: New Reward! Access to downloadable DRM-free versions of all four Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle ebooks and multiple warm feelings in your heart.

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    Artist's Edition: A signed and sketched copy of Goats IV, access to the downloadable ebook and a small signed print featuring the front cover artwork, suitable for framing. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Thumb Drive: Plain and simple. You will receive a signed USB thumb drive with all four Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle ebooks on it. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    Dead Tree++: New Reward! This reward features everything in the Dead Tree Delight reward package plus your choice of one other volume of Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle. We'll ask you to specify which volume later on towards the end of the fund drive. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Ultimate Answer: Everything included in the Artist's Edition, plus a signed USB thumb drive with all four Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle ebooks on it. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Executive Producer: Everything included in The Ultimate Answer, plus your name listed in a special credits/thanks section of the book. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    Dead Tree's Company: New Reward! Just like the Dead Tree++ reward package, except you get Book IV plus your choice of any two other Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle. We'll ask you to specify which volumes later on towards the end of the fund drive. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Action Edition: We'll send you everything in The Executive Producer reward package along with a Diablo the Satanic Chicken action figure, complete with accessories like The Necronomicon, 2nd Ed. and three pieces of oversized novelty bacon.

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    Print Lover's Edition: Everything included in The Action Edition plus a super-sized archival quality print featuring the full spread of cover art from the book, signed and numbered and suitable for framing. I'll also throw in a signed print of your favorite Goats strip. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Infinite Pendergast Edition: New Reward! Just like the Dead Tree's Company reward package, except you get Book IV plus the other three books from Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle. Added at your request, these books are unsigned and unsketched for maximum cheapness. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    Magnetic Personality Edition: You get all the swag in the Print Lover's Edition, plus a neato set of Bunnies Planet fridge magnets, suitable for hanging report cards in your kitchen or wiping sensitive data from hard drives. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    Just All The Books Ma'am Edition: You get one of every Goats book published so far: The four books of Goats: The Infinite Pendergast Cycle, plus the three (volumes I-IV) black and white "classic" silver-covered books from the early years of the strip. Each book will be signed and sketched by the artiste. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    Original Gangsta Edition: You get everything included in the Magnetic Personality Edition, plus I'll send you the original signed artwork from a Goats strip of my choosing. If you specify a storyline I'll do my best to choose a strip from it but I can't make any promises. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Complete Edition: This package includes everything in the Original Gangsta Edition, plus I'll send you full-color copies of Goats:The infinite Pendergast Cycle Books 1-3 too! Signed and sketched, of course. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Classic Edition: You get everything in The Complete Edition, plus we'll send you copies of all three of the classic "silver" B&W Goats books with all the trimmings. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Handmade Edition: You get everything in The Complete Edition, and I'll draw you your favorite Goats character by hand, on paper, no computer magic involved. I've sworn off paper forever so this is a good way to irritate me if that is your inclination. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Super-Handmade Edition: Includes everything in The Complete Edition, and I'll paint you an acrylic painting of your favorite Goats character on canvas. By hand! Seriously. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Super-Duper-Handmade Edition: Includes everything in The Complete Edition, and I'll paint you an acrylic painting of your five favorite Goats characters boozing it up at the Pub. (Canada/Mexico orders, please add $7 extra to your pledge to cover shipping; international orders, add $10.)

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    The Peculier Edition: Includes everything in The Complete Edition, and you'll be invited to a special evening at The Peculier Pub in NYC for refreshments and pleasant conversation with Jon.

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    The Cameo Edition: Includes everything in The Complete Edition, plus I'll draw you into an SFAM comic sometime during the 2012 calendar year. No promises on what color/species you'll be. OR I'll bring back your favorite SFAM character for an encore strip if you prefer.

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    The Goats Cameo Edition: New Reward! Includes everything in The Complete Edition, plus your visage will be featured in a brand-new exclusive Goats mini story that will be distributed electronically to all backers at the $9 level and above.

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    The Cellulose Edition: You get everything contained in The Complete Edition, plus I will eat one of the vegetable of your choosing and videotape it. Even my parents could not get me to do this.

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    The Hand-Delivered Edition: Includes everything in The Complete Edition, and I'll come and personally deliver ten copies of Goats Book IV into your hot little hands at the bar/pub/drinking hole of your choosing, anywhere in the US of A. What happens then cannot be adequately described here without violating Kickstarter's terms of service.

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    The Global Hand-Delivered Edition: Includes everything in The Complete Edition, and I'll come and personally deliver ten copies of Goats Book IV into your hot little hands at the bar/pub/drinking hole of your choosing, anywhere in the world that is not in a war zone or in a country where people will want to hurt me on sight.

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    I will bring Goats back into production, IMMEDIATELY, one full page per week at a minimum until the story is complete. I'll also send you everything in The Complete Edition, twenty Diablo action figures, plus one of every t-shirt I currently sell in whatever size you'd like. Heck, I'll even throw in some stickers.

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