Thank you so much, everyone! We're nearing the end of the Kickstarter funding period, but we're really just getting started!
As we enter the production and fulfillment phase, you can follow me right here in the Updates section and Comments sections, as well as on:
- Broodhollow (where you can read Books 1 and 2, and Book 3 starting soon)
- Twitter: @krisstraub
- My other comic, Chainsawsuit
If you missed the opportunity to back, the softcovers and many of the other goods will appear in my online store after the Kickstarter has been fulfilled.
I've made some requested items available as add-ons! Here's how they work:
Step 1. Choose a physical tier to pledge at. For example, WITNESS for $25.
Step 2. Choose your desired add-ons below, then total their values and increase your pledge by that amount. For example, the Cadavre pin + the Book 1 Softcover = $30. Your new WITNESS pledge is $55.
Step 3. After funding, you will receive a backer survey. In the notes field, remind me which items you added on, and they will be shipped with your existing tier rewards.
Here we are again, Doc.
My name is Kris, and I've been a cartoonist since 2000. In 2012 I launched Broodhollow, a cosmic horror adventure comic set in the 1930s, done in the style of comics from that era. It's about Wadsworth Zane, an unlucky encyclopedia salesman who travels to the peculiar town of Broodhollow to collect a mysterious inheritance. But a series of supernatural encounters leaves Zane wondering how much of what he sees in Broodhollow is real, or just in his mind.
The Kickstarter for the first book was a huge success! Thank you! Now the story continues in the second book of the series, Angleworm. Zane has settled into everyday life in Broodhollow, but is plagued by unsettling nightmares. When a tragedy strikes the town in the dead of winter, Zane is left wondering how far he's willing to go to end his nightmares once and for all...
The first Broodhollow book Kickstarted last year and thanks to backers, it looks incredible. I want to print the second Broodhollow book with the same quality level as the first -- if not higher!
This Kickstarter isn't about raising money to tell the story. Book 2 is done, and you can read it for free online starting with Book 1 right now.
Broodhollow is full-color, and digitally painted. Book 2 was even more challenging than the first -- I wanted very much to turn the horror convention of darkness and shadow on its head. Many of Angleworm's scares come from staring into the blinding white of a monstrous winter storm.
I will again be working with printing professionals who will help me translate the comics you see on screen to the printed page. There are a lot of details and subtle colors that I want to make sure the book captures!
This Kickstarter is about the production of a book -- so all backers at all listed reward tiers will be getting a copy of Angleworm, be it digital, softcover or hardcover.
In addition to the book, higher tiers will also be receiving other goods, such as...
For the first time, I'm working with local shops to make the quality of this year's goods even better than last year!
And at higher tiers, you can commission a personalized Cadavre comic strip from me, or even have me render you as a member of Broodhollow's restless dead.
If Book 2 goes over the target funding goal, we enter stretch goal territory, which heightens the experience for everyone. Goals will be revealed as we get close to them!
ACHIEVED! At $35,000, I'll release a new pack of hi-res wallpapers and avatars to all backer levels.
ACHIEVED! At $45,000, a new collectible postcard (like the ones from the Book 1 Kickstarter) will appear in tiers at or above $40!
ACHIEVED! At $60,000, all backers will receive a hi-res paper doll set, featuring Zane, Iris, Doc and more in various tab-affixed period clothing!
ACHIEVED! At $75,000 -- now it's getting good -- I commission Abby Howard (Junior Scientist Power Hour, The Last Halloween) to draw an Edward Gorey-esque Broodhollow alphabet that I've written!
ACHIEVED! At $85,000, all pledgers at $40 and above will also receive a NEW Iris pin! Designs will be discussed in the project comments!
ACHIEVED! At $90,000, all backers -- digital and physical -- will get the Angleworm companion soundtrack from composer David Graey!
ACHIEVED! At $95,000, author Mikey Neumann (Borderlands, The Ending) will write H. David Novacek's pulp detective novella The Knife Struck 12! It will be a digital download for all tiers!
ACHIEVED! At $100,000, I want to thank all physical tier backers by giving you each a Zane crest pin ($25 tier and up) -- designs will be posted in updates and comment sections!
ACHIEVED! At $105,000, I will read (well... maybe just selections of) Broodhollow Book 1 to our baby and make a video! Will he like Zane? Mercy? Iris? Will he just tear the pages out? Let's see!
At $115,000, I will do a 4- to 6-page Mercy backup story! What does a little bat get up to in a freezing Broodhollow winter? You'll find out! Thanks to @akaEmmybelle on Twitter for the recommendation.
Risks and challenges
I've printed over a dozen of my own books, t-shirts and pins over the last 15 years. I ran the Kickstarter for Broodhollow Book 1 in 2013, which went very well, but did teach me a couple minor lessons.
I'm again working with a reputable fulfillment service to get backer materials shipped in a timely fashion. Each of these vendors I've worked with before, and have been happy with their service.
If and when delays occur, backers expect to be told the truth and kept informed. I will provide regular summaries to backers so they can stay aware of the stages of the project, and answer each message and comment as I'm able.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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