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FUNDED! Thanks so much, everyone! Everyone at the physical level gets all three signed art prints from our good friends Nick, Elliot and Tim!
** UPDATE 4: Nick Bradshaw art print! **
One final update for our last day of funding; Marvel Comics artist Nick Bradshaw is doing our third and final art print for the book! Nick is a great friend and I'm very happy that he's helping us out.
** UPDATE 3: Elliot Cowan art print! **
Included with every physical copy of the book will be a signed mini-print by animation film director Elliot Cowan!
Here's Elliot's fantastic artwork!
** UPDATE 2: Tim Sale art print! **
Included with every physical copy of the book will be a signed mini-print by Batman and Captain America artist Tim Sale!
Here's a sneak peek at Tim's drawing!
** UPDATE 1: Tad Stones foreword! **
The foreword to the book will be written by Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones! I could not be happier that he's on board; he's been very kind to the strip and I'm a big fan of his work with Disney and beyond.
What is The Adventurers?
The Adventurers (the-adventurers.com) is a twice-weekly webcomic that chronicles the true-life adventures of me, a cartoonist, and my daughter, a charming toddler. It's all true, and it's all adorable.
When my oldest daughter was two, I began making drawings of her every day. In order to fit the strips in between my regular work, I made the rule that they had to be in pen, with no sketching beforehand, with only one colour (blue). She was growing up so fast and becoming such a fascinating person that I felt I needed to document it. As soon as she could speak, I realized that it would be a lot funnier to make comics about her.
And I was right.
For the last three years, I've been running The Adventurers as a twice-weekly all-ages webcomic. I've amassed over two hundred strips, and I think it's high time to put the first and best of them into a physical book. Let's do it!
And let's make it as nice as we can.
The Adventurers, Volume 1: Love You Very So Much will be a ninety-six page hardcover spanning two years of our adventures. She'll learn about Frankenstein, dancing, and snowballs. She'll have adventures at daycare, the library, and with her friends. And I, her lucky father, will be right there with her.
For the first time, I'm going to write and draw the harrowing story of my kid's heart surgery at eight months old. The horrible days leading up to the surgery, the endless night while we waited to hear, and her two-week recovery. I haven't had the courage to sit down and write about the hardest event in my life, but I believe now is the time, at last.
Now, let's talk stretch goals.
My initial goal is to make 500 copies of The Adventurers, Volume 1. However, I would like to print more copies, and I would like to make those copies better.
The first stretch goal is to gussy up the book itself. Let's add some lovely fabric to the cover, and print the spine with beautiful silver letters. Once we reach this point, I will also include with every physical package a brand-new sticker made by our friends at Sticker Mule!
The second stretch goal is to print 750 copies instead of 500! This will ensure my stock for a year and allow the book to reach more fans that ever before!
The next goal is to print 1000 copies. Since this is the trickiest hurdle to make it over, I will include a SECOND sticker from our friends at Sticker Mule. And best of all, I will have the cover's logo embossed! Fancy!
Stay tuned for updates about the special extras I'm including in the book.
Risks and challenges
My first Kickstarter was a qualified success. Now that I have the experience to run something like this, I'm confident that my second book's campaign will go even more smoothly.
I will have the book nearly complete and ready to go by the time the campaign ends, so unless there is a family emergency or similar disaster we should be on target for an early fall release.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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