Thank you and good night.
Hello, awesome backers!
We regret to inform you that we've decided to cancel this project. We only have a couple of days left in the campaign and still need over 50% of our funding. Realistically, I don't see how we can possibly make goal.
And that's the bigger concern. Given all of the international attention this campaign has gotten over the past week, it's very possible that another "Kicktroll" (or group of trolls) could swoop in at the last minute and artificially "fund" the campaign. This project likely has a big red target painted on it now, and our genuine backers shouldn't have to pay for that.
This hasn't been an easy decision to make, but Kam and I have been discussing it for a few days now and think it's the best course of action given the circumstances.
Now, it's not all doom and gloom! We do have a few things to be very proud of.
We were able to get nearly $12,000 in pledges for what was essentially a pitch for an untried and unfinished middle grade graphic novel that was to be delivered digitally over the course of a year. "Incomplete things" have always had a hard time on Kickstarter, as have digital comics projects, as well as comics projects perceived as "all ages."
So we had all of that going against us and still managed to top many print drives.
We have you -- our incredible backers -- to thank for that!
We also managed to get a few shoutouts in high-profile outlets like USA Today and io9, and were featured as a Kickstarter Project of the Day early on in the campaign. Very few projects can lay claim to all of that, especially something as quirky as Crimson Rhen.
So what does the future hold for Crimson Rhen? For now, sadly, this book will have to be tucked away in a drawer. We'll investigate other publishing options in the future, but it's just not the kind of project that's right for Kickstarter.
We're thinking of taking a second Shadowbinders print book to Kickstarter sometime next year, but will have to carefully weigh how and when to go about it.
So we part ways for now, friends of Rhen. Know that you were all fantastic!
- Thom and Kam