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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 2 2018 11:00 PM UTC +00:00.

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18days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 2 2018 11:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

👋🏼 I’m David Malki !, the author of the comic strip Wondermark. 

🖋️ Since 2003, I’ve been taking woodcuts & engravings created by LONG-DEAD ARTISANS and reassembling them into contemporary comic strips, such as this:

✂️ In other words, I scan illustrations from Victorian-era books & magazines, then take them apart in Photoshop and turn them into comics! Here’s an example of HOW it gets done:

🗞️ You may have seen Wondermark comics in newspapers (such as the print edition of The Onion); or printed out and taped to your professor’s door; or – who am I kidding? – online. If you’ve seen it, you’ve probably seen it online.

This campaign is for a new hardcover collection of comic strips! 

🏆 It will be the latest volume in a book series that has garnered reviews such as these:

The new book joins this very handsome family.
The new book joins this very handsome family.

📖 The new volume will collect Wondermark comics starting with #556, up through at least #740 (the exact length of the book will depend on project funding; see "Stretch Goals", below). 

📚 SO, if you have previous volumes of Wondermark in print, this book will pick up right where the last one (Emperor of the Food Chain) left off!

🏁 If you don’t have any Wondermark books yet, you’re in luck: this is a great place to start. This was a very good run of strips (IN MY OPINION), and contains some CLASSIC EPISODES as well as some of my absolute favorites:

obviously in the book you will get the whole comics instead of just a couple panels
obviously in the book you will get the whole comics instead of just a couple panels

🐘 NOTE: Since, with the book collections, I am progressing through the archive in order, I’m sorry to say that this book will contain no sea lions and no sick elephants. Those strips will have a home in future books! And if this campaign does well, it’s all the more likely that we’ll get to those books before too long.

🏭 ALSO NOTE: The expected delivery date for this book is in the spring of 2019. I will be working on finishing the interiors of the book throughout the fall of 2018, and then the completed books will take a few months to cross the ocean from Asia. 

🗓️ My plan is to send the book safely off to print, and then shift gears to work on the 2019 Wondermark Calendar (an annual tradition). So please note that the calendar, a separate project, will go on sale in November/December, and then print and ship before these books arrive – this is expected, and is just because those are printed locally, while the books will be printed overseas. If you order a book now and then a calendar in December, you’ll get the calendar first, and then the book in the spring. Just so there are no surprises!  

🎨 As I always like to do in my books, a generous number of the strips have been NEWLY COLORED, and are being shown in color here on this very webpage for the first time ever!

🎁 All my Wondermark books are chock-full of extra goodies you can’t find online, and this one will be no exception.

💎 In addition to the comic strips themselves, look forward to enjoying:

  • An application to give your mischievous child to the circus
  • A table of foods matched up with the appropriate atypical utensil to use
  • A waiver of liability for the use of a cryogenic hibernation chamber
  • A text transcript between a pair of naughty Cold War reënactors
  • A list of impressive epitaphs for your own personal use
  • And many more peculiar things!

🥇 Format-wise, this book will match my previous volumes: a cloth-bound hardcover, with gold foil stamping on the cover and spine. 

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it will DEFINITELY MAKE YOUR OTHER BOOKS JEALOUS.

🌮 Right now, the plan is to make only a hardcover edition of the new book. I know some of the older books are only available (at present) in paperback, so a FULLY MATCHING SET is unfortunately not something science can achieve without seeking out used copies of the previous volumes (which, by the way, you are free to do on eBay or Alibris or Abebooks).

💰 What? No, of course not. Besides, I know you’re the type of person who understands the vital importance that commerce and patronage play in the career of an independent artist!

🚀 BUT, here’s what I WILL give you for free: a PDF download of my previous Wondermark collection. 

Yeah! Totally free!! Just for reading this project description!

🎩 This way, without spoiling what’s going to be in the new book, I can give you a sense of Wondermark the comic strip (if you haven’t read much of it) AND ALSO, an example of what my book collections in particular tend to look like!

🐁 Click through this image (or this text) to Gumroad, and then enter discount code ‘KSPAL’ to take 100% off the price of the download! 

(Clicking this image will take you to Gumroad to download the file)
(Clicking this image will take you to Gumroad to download the file)

💾 You are, of course, welcome to download and keep this file EVEN IF you don’t choose to back this campaign! I hope you enjoy it!!

📘 At the base level, you can get the book, of course!

📌 You can also get the book paired with a FRIENDSHIP PACK of three enamel pins for $25 more:

✏️ You can also commission an ARTIST EDITION, which will come with an original hand-drawn illustration (by me) on an adhesive-backed bookplate. You can stick the bookplate into the book, or keep it separate as a frame-ready drawing!

Bookplate design not final. And your image will vary, natch
Bookplate design not final. And your image will vary, natch

📚 You can get various MEGA BUNDLES with copies of my PREVIOUS BOOKS, in case you need to round out your collection...

💣 And of course there are a bunch of higher-end MADNESS TIERS if you are so inclined – see the sidebar list for full details.

🎛️ To add additional items to your pledge, add the amount listed below to your pledge amount. (Adding multiple items is fine!) 

🗳️ Once the campaign is over, we'll send you a form so you can specify which exact items you want!

A note on international shipping:

Each reward tier has a base shipping cost that you’ll see added once you click through and indicate where in the world the package will be sent.

If you want to add anything additional to your order from the add-on list above, you’ll need to manually add the cost of the additional item and (if indicated) an additional shipping cost to your pledge total.

Here’s an example:

So that’s what that $8 for international shipping over in the reward tier descriptions is referring to. It’s not the total shipping cost, but the additional shipping cost.

And yeah, these costs suck. If you’re interested, I’ve explained more in this update!

🎉 I’ll be very grateful! This book has been a long time coming and I’ll be really excited to see it finally heave itself into the world, laden with laughs and bursting with charm and good humor. (Your results may vary)

If we’re fortunate enough to fully fund this campaign, there are two stretch goals that will be added to the project:

🗯️ STRETCH GOAL 1 – Every book will ship with a sheet of perfectly-to-scale WORD BALLOON STICKERS. In case the book contains any comics you don’t find funny, with these stickers you’ll be able to cover up the bad bits and write your own punchlines, or replace them with provided generic punchlines!

They will also be compatible with any other comic strip collection, comic book, or any printed image anywhere in the world. 

🗯️🗯️ STRETCH GOALS 2 through 10,000 – For every one of these later goals that we hit, we’ll add more pages to the book. 

That's it! I’ll keep cramming MORE COMICS into the VERY SAME book! For the very same pledge price, you could end up getting an even bigger and better book! 

📟 Here are links to our project updates for easy reference!

UPDATE 1 - VIDEO: I inform the Lord Captain about our very first backer!
UPDATE 2 - VIDEO: How the add-ons work! (Shipping costs, etc.)
UPDATE 3 - VIDEO: 10K cracked! So we’re unveiling a new reward tier!

🏓 That’s cool, I totally understand! I’m the same way. I have a lot of books and I don’t know if I’ll ever even get around to reading them all! 

💌 Yet I have sometimes backed campaigns not primarily for the reward, but also because I like the idea of being a small part of what that creator is making and doing. And I want to participate in the fun! 

🤷 If you’re not sure if you want this book, here’s what I’d ask you as a friend, ignoring for a moment that we’re on opposite sides of a transaction here:

• Do you want a book that doesn’t have to be read sequentially, but can be left on the coffee table and read a few pages at a time, in any order?

• Do you have friends who’re cool and smart and funny, and you want to get them a gift (or casually leave something sitting out) that proves that you’re the same way too?

• Do you like humor that’s silly without being too mean; sarcastic without being nihilistic; weird without being meaninglessly obtuse; and that tries hard never to punch down? 

 • Is it important to you to support independent artists who make work that you enjoy?

• Did you download the PDF of my previous book, higher up on the page? That’ll give you a GREAT idea of whether you might like this new book!

🙏 I hope that helps you figure out if this might be a project for you!

📦 Here’s a brief summary of each of my previous books, so you can decide if you want to add any of them on to your pledge!

Risks and challenges

This will be the fifth proper Wondermark book collection, and will be about the FIFTIETH book I have shepherded to print for myself or others. I am confident in my ability to design and produce books, and I've worked with our printing partners many times before.

Delays in delivery may occur because of:

👶🏼 Unforeseen events preventing the timely completion of the book's interior. I am the father to a toddler, so unexpected things could happen that prevent me from working on the book. I am launching this project without the book being entirely complete, so it could drag on longer than expected. In any case, I will always keep backers fully informed via project updates.

🚢 The process of shipping the finished books from Asia may be affected by sea conditions, port strikes, and/or changes in America's international trade policies. The first two have happened to me on previous projects and the third would be unsurprising. If the books are printed, all we can do is wait for them to arrive. If they are not yet printed and we suspect an issue, we have the option of changing printers and using a domestic company instead, possibly at increased cost to me personally. Again, should any issue arise, I will keep backers in the loop.

📮 Individual packages on their way to backers may be lost or misrouted by delivery services. This possibility is not unique to us or this project, and should it happen, we will deal with reshipments on a case by case basis. I will always be available via email or KS message to answer any inquiries!

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    Your copy of the book will come with all its pages glued shut. All content is guaranteed to be in the book, but will be sealed away and totally inaccessible. You will get to watch the gluing happen via livestream!

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    In addition to one book and one pin pack, get ONE of the following items, which will be printed in an all-over pattern of comic panels OR photographs of the book itself:

    👖 Leggings
    🛋️ Throw pillow
    🏖️ Beach towel
    🛍️ Tote bag OR beach bag
    💪 Tank top
    👙 One-piece OR two-piece ladies' swimsuit

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    Censored Edition

    I will take a black marker and unnecessarily censor various bits of dialogue in your copy of the book. This will probably make it read as MUCH MORE DIRTY than it really is! AND you will get to watch the censoring happen via livestream.

    (Your PDF copy will be unaltered, SADLY.)

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    In Case of Emergency Edition

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