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Support the next wave of projects from a cherished independent publisher. Keep McSweeney's going!
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Support the next wave of projects from a cherished independent publisher. Keep McSweeney's going!
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Dear Readers,

We need your support!

Here at McSweeney’s, we want to keep putting out projects that take risks and celebrate great writing and make contemporary lit a little more vibrant. Now you can help make that happen.

Our independent press is edging up on its eighteenth birthday, with a few hundred novels and art objects and essay collections and magazine issues—many of them award-winning or envelope-pushing or impossible to publish anywhere else—under its exotically beaded belt. We’ve done it all on a shoestring, devoting ourselves to discovering unheard voices and publishing the best new writing in a wide variety of eye-gratifying ways, and we have some terrific things in store for the months ahead: stories from Roxane Gay and Jess Walter and Meg Wolitzer; essays from Lydia Davis and Lena Dunham and Peter Mendelsund; new books of all kinds; a third season of our euphony-packed podcast; and daily laughs on our enduring and eponymous humor website.   

Last fall, we announced that we’ll be moving toward nonprofit operation; that shift will be a big step toward sustaining our work for many years to come. But to keep our projects going and our lights on in the near term, your support in this moment is essential. By backing our upcoming undertakings, you’ll be keeping our corner of independent publishing alive through a pivotal period—and, of course, you’ll be getting some pretty amazing stuff from us and our exceedingly generous community of writers, artists, and friends.

We’re pulling out all the stops here—in order for our next passel of projects to reach your hands, in order for our website to keep running and our warehouse to keep warehousing and for all the things we want to share with you to see the light of day, we need your help. Every backer will get us closer to our goal. Join us!

Here's what we'll do with your help. 

This campaign will allow us to complete production on our two magazines' upcoming issues: the Summer issue of the Believer and the 49th issue of our celebrated literary journal, Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. We'll also make sure that our Internet Tendency has the support it needs to keep on humming as one of the web's most beloved humor sites, and that The Organist, our arts and culture podcast, is given the fuel for its most ambitious season yet. Finally, you'll be bolstering crucial post-production, distribution, and publicity efforts for our upcoming books: That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, an autobiographical collaboration between David Shields and Samantha Matthews; Girl at the Bottom of the Sea, a much-anticipated young-adult treasure by Michelle Tea; and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray, an irresistible new picture book by Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols.

With your support, these JPEGs on your screen will become books and magazines on your shelves.
With your support, these JPEGs on your screen will become books and magazines on your shelves.

You can learn more about these projects and the rest of what we do below—and scroll down still further to hear about this campaign's rewards! The rewards, we think, are very good. 

The Believer

For over a decade, the Believer has dedicated itself to publishing new work by undiscovered and underappreciated writers, and to giving everyone who appears in its pages near-total freedom from word counts, news pegs, and style restrictions. Our bimonthly magazine followed Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah into the belly of Electric Lady Studios and traveled with Michelle Tea to a transgender activist camp at a womyn’s music festival; this year, we have new work on the way from Esmé Weijun Wang, Pablo Calvi, Karen Tongson, Kima Jones, Julianna Brannum, Sarah Marshall, and many more (as well as L. Davis and L. Dunham, as mentioned above). We'll have in-depth reporting from far-flung locales: Tijuana’s red-light district, Cuba’s punk scene, an oil pipeline running through Ecuador, a semi-abandoned movie studio in India, and the deep woods of the Pacific Northwest. And we'll have extensive new interviews with everyone from LL Cool J to Alain de Botton.

A few of the 111 covers that have graced the Believer to date.
A few of the 111 covers that have graced the Believer to date.

This year, we redesigned the magazine from front to back and introduced more space in each issue for ambitious, unique, and stylistically innovative work. We’ve also overhauled our commissions and acquisitions process to improve authorial diversity—we know that if we’re sharing the work of only a portion of our community, we are failing. Our next issue is ready to go; succeeding in this campaign will make it real.

Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern

Our quarterly has been a home for everyone from John Hodgman to Hilton Als to Miranda July to Rebecca Curtis—and, in recent years, through special sections on Latin America, South Sudan, Croatia, Kenya, and Indigenous Australian writing, for international authors of all stripes. Since Issue 4, we’ve redesigned the journal every time, printing issues in the form of bundles of junk mail and cigar boxes and cube-shaped imitations of sweaty human heads. We’ve published screenplays by Boots Riley, serialized plays by Denis Johnson, Art Spiegelman’s notebooks, and a murder mystery printed on a suit of cards designed to be read in any order. We’ve brought home two National Magazine Awards and done a fair bit to redefine what a literary magazine can be.

Shown above: approximately 35.4 percent of the McSweeney's issues currently known to exist in the world.
Shown above: approximately 35.4 percent of the McSweeney's issues currently known to exist in the world.

2015 finds our journal in the run-up to Marlon James’s Caribbean fiction anthology; a jubilee fiftieth issue featuring fifty stories by fifty different writers; and, before that, our long-awaited 49th issue, an LP-sized compendium of cover stories, featuring classics by Flannery O’Connor and James Joyce and a dozen more, “covered” by contemporary authors from Roxane Gay to Alice Kim to T.C. Boyle, and collected within a frame-worthy slipcase designed by legendary album artist Gary Burdan. It’s going to be a gorgeous and absurdly enjoyable thing—all we need to get it done is to hit our goal.

Books

Since the beginning, our publishing arm has been a place to put out boundary-breaking work, with untrammeled storytelling matched to unrivaled design. We've published the debut novels of Deb Olin Unferth and James Hannaham and Salvador Plascencia; on the nonfiction front, we’ve brought out Hilton Als’s White Girls and William T. Vollmann’s three-thousand-page Rising Up and Rising Down, along with award-winning work by T Cooper and Darin Strauss and Michael Chabon. (You can see our whole list right here.)

A handful of the new books we'll be putting out in 2015.
A handful of the new books we'll be putting out in 2015.

In the coming year, we'll have new fiction from Valencia author Michelle Tea and form-shattering short-story writer Diane Williams, debuts by San Franciscan M. Quint and Croatian Olja Savicevic, that genre-defying autobiographical collaboration from David Shields and Samantha Matthews, and poetry and kids’ books and a few other surprises, too. We can't wait to send them all your way. 

The Organist 

The Organist began as the Believer’s monthly arts and culture podcast, in collaboration with the legendary Los Angeles–based radio station KCRW. We wanted the show to reflect the same omnivorous approach to culture that the magazine does, pairing longform interviews with oddly absorbing (and absorbingly odd) reported stories. We’ve aired oral histories of psychedelic cults alongside radio dramas written by leading novelists, and listening histories of your favorite musicians alongside stories from scientists, philosophers, and poets. This year, we switched the show to weekly.

James Franco (on the right) preparing to perform an untitled radio play by playwright Will Eno (on the left), which aired on Episode 17 of the Organist.
James Franco (on the right) preparing to perform an untitled radio play by playwright Will Eno (on the left), which aired on Episode 17 of the Organist.

Your contribution to this cornucopia of a Kickstarter will have a direct impact on the future of the Organist: we’re counting on this campaign to cover the costs of a third season of the most eclectic, electric, eccentric, and engaging podcast in the known world. We’ll be pushing out in every direction, with more reporting from farther-flung lands, new radio dramas commissioned from the best writers around, boosted production values, and studio time with the best and brightest lights of modern-day arts and culture and beyond.

Judy Blume and Lena Dunham in Blume’s NYC apartment, just before the taping of their conversation for the Organist.
Judy Blume and Lena Dunham in Blume’s NYC apartment, just before the taping of their conversation for the Organist.

With your support, too, we’ll be able to take the Organist out on tour, creating a live show featuring an all-star cast of writers, actors, musicians, and talkative cybernetic goldfish. It's going to be very good. 

Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Since 1998, our website has been publishing new humor writing every damn weekday—even Thursdays. One of the Internet’s earliest intentionally funny websites, we were the first to recognize decorative gourd season, the first to analyze the physics of the Death Star’s trash compactor, and the first to allow a misunderstood font like Comic Sans a place to vent. We’ve also served as a launching ground for too many comedy writers and performers to count, and as an outlet for the likes of Michael Ian Black, Jesse Eisenberg, and Ellie Kemper. Our contributors have gone on to write best-selling books, acclaimed films, and award-winning TV shows—all while, until recently, our website ran on not much more than some decade-old code and a wing and a prayer.

With your support, we’ll be able to upgrade the site with responsive design, so the Tendency can serve as an even better home for all the free and funny and eminently Facebook-worthy web humor your heart desires, on any device. Plus, you’ll help us keep our servers powered up, our column contest alive, and our fearless editors fed, shorn, and mostly clothed. 

Our website also houses our online store, which we want to boost with faster performance and better service so we can get our books and magazines into the hands of more happy readers—this campaign will help us make that happen, too. 

McSweeney's Poetry Series

Nine books in, our Poetry Series has brought out work by some of today’s most exciting emerging and established poets—from Rebecca Lindenberg’s breathtaking Love, an Index to Arif Gamal’s Morning in Serra Mattu, we’ve made the series a place for writers of all backgrounds and artistic orientations, and for work that finds room for both the deeply personal and the formally experimental.

The first nine titles in the McSweeney's Poetry Series.
The first nine titles in the McSweeney's Poetry Series.

The future holds new collections by Jesús Castillo, Emily Carr, Jay Hopler, and Dorian Geisler, as well as expanded offerings from the poetry realm: works in translation, anthologies, travelogues, and much more.

The Rewards!

All right, you're thinking—this campaign seems good and necessary and I will back it. But what should I take home in return? Let this pictorial guide be your guide! And be sure to peruse the column to the right—not every reward is pictured here. 

For $10: A set of postcards created by the McSweeney's design team.
For $10: A set of postcards created by the McSweeney's design team.
For $15: The Believer Faces Poster, featuring 130 Charles Burns–illustrated persons or creatures, and as many recognizable expressions for you to ponder and interpret.
For $15: The Believer Faces Poster, featuring 130 Charles Burns–illustrated persons or creatures, and as many recognizable expressions for you to ponder and interpret.
For $15: An annotated e-book edition of McSweeney's 49—our  hotly anticipated cover stories issue. The digital edition will contain exclusive commentary by the authors, editors, illustrators, and art director.
For $15: An annotated e-book edition of McSweeney's 49—our hotly anticipated cover stories issue. The digital edition will contain exclusive commentary by the authors, editors, illustrators, and art director.
For $18: BOOKSTORIES, our exceedingly rare California Bookstore Day publication, featuring work from Susan Straight, Ishmael Reed, and Eric Puchner.
For $18: BOOKSTORIES, our exceedingly rare California Bookstore Day publication, featuring work from Susan Straight, Ishmael Reed, and Eric Puchner.
For $25: Our first-ever "digital bundle," including, among other wonders, this Portlandia activity pack.
For $25: Our first-ever "digital bundle," including, among other wonders, this Portlandia activity pack.
For $25: Get these pirate posters from our friends at the world-famous 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store, plus the poster below, "Make Something" by beloved San Francisco artist Paul Madonna.
For $25: Get these pirate posters from our friends at the world-famous 826 Valencia Pirate Supply Store, plus the poster below, "Make Something" by beloved San Francisco artist Paul Madonna.
For $20: A gorgeous 16" x 12" print from beloved San Francisco artist Paul Madonna's "All Over Coffee" series, and an essential daily reminder!
For $20: A gorgeous 16" x 12" print from beloved San Francisco artist Paul Madonna's "All Over Coffee" series, and an essential daily reminder!
For $25: McSweeney's first-ever "logo tee"! Silkscreened by our friends at San Francisco's Babylon Burning
For $25: McSweeney's first-ever "logo tee"! Silkscreened by our friends at San Francisco's Babylon Burning
You can choose your size and cut after the campaign!
You can choose your size and cut after the campaign!
For $30: A tee from Adult Swim's "Decker" signed by Tim Heidecker himself.
For $30: A tee from Adult Swim's "Decker" signed by Tim Heidecker himself.
For $35: This beautiful and bookish limited-edition McSweeney's tote bag designed by Sunra Thompson.
For $35: This beautiful and bookish limited-edition McSweeney's tote bag designed by Sunra Thompson.
The tote in the wild!
The tote in the wild!
For $30: A gorgeously silkscreened 20" x 30" poster from Miranda July.
For $30: A gorgeously silkscreened 20" x 30" poster from Miranda July.
For $40: A decorative gourd signed by the author of the Internet Tendency multi-platinum hit "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers." (Photo by Flickr user David Goehring, used under Creative Commons license.)
For $40: A decorative gourd signed by the author of the Internet Tendency multi-platinum hit "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers." (Photo by Flickr user David Goehring, used under Creative Commons license.)
                                             
For $45: "'Twixt Two Worlds: Or, the Uninvited Guest: A Magician at the Seance," signed by actor/magician/McSweeney's author Ricky Jay.
For $45: "'Twixt Two Worlds: Or, the Uninvited Guest: A Magician at the Seance," signed by actor/magician/McSweeney's author Ricky Jay.
For $50: A Certificate of Awesomeness by Jessica Hische, for only the truly awesome.
For $50: A Certificate of Awesomeness by Jessica Hische, for only the truly awesome.
For $50: An Ali Fitzgerald print of characters from her popular Internet Tendency comic "Hungover Bear and Friends," made exclusively for this Kickstarter.
For $50: An Ali Fitzgerald print of characters from her popular Internet Tendency comic "Hungover Bear and Friends," made exclusively for this Kickstarter.
For $50: An inscribed literary treasure from Dan Kennedy, Internet Tendency contributor and host of "The Moth".
For $50: An inscribed literary treasure from Dan Kennedy, Internet Tendency contributor and host of "The Moth".
For $50: A signed copy of Tendency contributor Teddy Wayne's acclaimed novel.
For $50: A signed copy of Tendency contributor Teddy Wayne's acclaimed novel.
                                        
For $55: A first-edition copy of our forthcoming Dave Eggers/Tucker Nichols collaboration, "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray." Plus a tote and digital bundle!
For $55: A first-edition copy of our forthcoming Dave Eggers/Tucker Nichols collaboration, "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray." Plus a tote and digital bundle!
For $55: "The Defiant" bundle, with our forthcoming book by M. Quint with illustrations by Lily Padula. Plus our tote and digital bundle.
For $55: "The Defiant" bundle, with our forthcoming book by M. Quint with illustrations by Lily Padula. Plus our tote and digital bundle.
For $65: A signed copy of these two best-sellers by BJ Novak, friend of McSweeney's and alumnus of "The Office".
For $65: A signed copy of these two best-sellers by BJ Novak, friend of McSweeney's and alumnus of "The Office".
For $70: The first two books in Michelle Tea's great young adult Chelsea Trilogy, plus our tote and digital bundle.
For $70: The first two books in Michelle Tea's great young adult Chelsea Trilogy, plus our tote and digital bundle.
For $70: Six all-new issues of the Believer, plus our tote and digital bundle.
For $70: Six all-new issues of the Believer, plus our tote and digital bundle.
For $80: You'll get a tote bag, our digital bundle, and four issues of quarterly, starting with #49.
For $80: You'll get a tote bag, our digital bundle, and four issues of quarterly, starting with #49.
For $100: Commission a portrait—based on a photo you supply—by Rachell Sumpter, artist behind the stunning cover for "What is the What."
For $100: Commission a portrait—based on a photo you supply—by Rachell Sumpter, artist behind the stunning cover for "What is the What."
Here's a portrait Rachell Sumpter did of Gloria Steinem for The New York Times.
Here's a portrait Rachell Sumpter did of Gloria Steinem for The New York Times.
For $100: a one-of-a-kind drawing by Tony Millionaire, from his archive of drawings done for the Believer over the last decade or so.
For $100: a one-of-a-kind drawing by Tony Millionaire, from his archive of drawings done for the Believer over the last decade or so.
For $100: Come party with us! Join McSweeney's for an invite-only summer party at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco on July 31st. There will be food, drinks, books, music, and maybe some surprises!
For $100: Come party with us! Join McSweeney's for an invite-only summer party at Green Apple Books on the Park in San Francisco on July 31st. There will be food, drinks, books, music, and maybe some surprises!
For $100: The Best of McSweeney's Deluxe box set—plus a tote to carry it in, and a digital bundle to read when you leave it at home.
For $100: The Best of McSweeney's Deluxe box set—plus a tote to carry it in, and a digital bundle to read when you leave it at home.
For $100: This Bieber print from "Tween Hobo: Off the Rails" plus a signed copy of the book, from the Twitter sensation and playwright behind Organist Episode 16.
For $100: This Bieber print from "Tween Hobo: Off the Rails" plus a signed copy of the book, from the Twitter sensation and playwright behind Organist Episode 16.
For $130: A "This American Life" tote-stravaganza. Their wonderful "public radio" tote bag, filled with lots of goodies, including a comic book signed by Ira Glass.
For $130: A "This American Life" tote-stravaganza. Their wonderful "public radio" tote bag, filled with lots of goodies, including a comic book signed by Ira Glass.
For $150: Our friends at Riverhead Books have filled the beloved Riverhead tote bag with some of their favorite new releases.
For $150: Our friends at Riverhead Books have filled the beloved Riverhead tote bag with some of their favorite new releases.
For $150: A custom donut drawing by Scott Teplin, artist behind the McSweeney's treasure-hunt classic "The Clock Without A Face" PLUS his two signed prints below.
For $150: A custom donut drawing by Scott Teplin, artist behind the McSweeney's treasure-hunt classic "The Clock Without A Face" PLUS his two signed prints below.
Scott Teplin's "Big Canal"
Scott Teplin's "Big Canal"
Scott Teplin's "Big Hospital"
Scott Teplin's "Big Hospital"
For $150: A rare signed Dr. Demento picture-disc LP, with an autographed Demento photo-pack.
For $150: A rare signed Dr. Demento picture-disc LP, with an autographed Demento photo-pack.
For $250: An original drawing by Keith Shore of Mikkeller Beer, plus a copy of each of the books he designed for McSweeney's, and a night on us at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco.
For $250: An original drawing by Keith Shore of Mikkeller Beer, plus a copy of each of the books he designed for McSweeney's, and a night on us at Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco.
For $250: A piece of intricately folded book art by author and Believer contributor Rivka Galchen.
For $250: A piece of intricately folded book art by author and Believer contributor Rivka Galchen.
For $300: You'll be invited to have doughnuts with our camera-loving staff, in San Francisco! Not shown here: the gift bags and limited-edition items we'll send you away with when the doughnuts are done.
For $300: You'll be invited to have doughnuts with our camera-loving staff, in San Francisco! Not shown here: the gift bags and limited-edition items we'll send you away with when the doughnuts are done.
Enjoy donuts much like these with us!
Enjoy donuts much like these with us!
For $300: These goodies, and more, from our friends at Drawn & Quarterly. Not pictured here: the delectable dinner you'll get to enjoy with D&Q authors and staff!
For $300: These goodies, and more, from our friends at Drawn & Quarterly. Not pictured here: the delectable dinner you'll get to enjoy with D&Q authors and staff!
For $325: An original Matt Furie drawing, plus copies of his wordless kids' book "The Night Riders" and the gorgeously sweaty McSweeney's 36, which he illustrated.
For $325: An original Matt Furie drawing, plus copies of his wordless kids' book "The Night Riders" and the gorgeously sweaty McSweeney's 36, which he illustrated.
...Matt Furie...
...Matt Furie...
...another Matt Furie...
...another Matt Furie...
And the final Matt Furie drawing available!
And the final Matt Furie drawing available!
For $350: Have your name featured in the banner of our website for 1 week. A rare chance to receive public praise by Timothy McSweeney himself, in front of hundreds of thousands of visitors!
For $350: Have your name featured in the banner of our website for 1 week. A rare chance to receive public praise by Timothy McSweeney himself, in front of hundreds of thousands of visitors!
For $400: Enjoy an Omakase dinner at ICHI Sushi, one of the best restaurants in San Francisco, operated by McSweeney's friends, Erin and Tim Archuleta. Photo by Alanna Hale.
For $400: Enjoy an Omakase dinner at ICHI Sushi, one of the best restaurants in San Francisco, operated by McSweeney's friends, Erin and Tim Archuleta. Photo by Alanna Hale.
For $400: A giant cheeseburger drawing (18" x 22") by Jason Polan, plus additional Polan-iana!
For $400: A giant cheeseburger drawing (18" x 22") by Jason Polan, plus additional Polan-iana!
For $400: 16 pounds of goodness from our pals at Sub Pop, including nine CDs, 8 LPs, 4 T-shirts, a coloring book, a button pack, pencils, sunglasses, a mug, a jacket, and a tote.
For $400: 16 pounds of goodness from our pals at Sub Pop, including nine CDs, 8 LPs, 4 T-shirts, a coloring book, a button pack, pencils, sunglasses, a mug, a jacket, and a tote.
For $500: An original painting of an ancient trophy by Tucker Nichols, artist behind our beloved picture-book "Crabtree" and the forthcoming "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray." Ten available, and they're all different!
For $500: An original painting of an ancient trophy by Tucker Nichols, artist behind our beloved picture-book "Crabtree" and the forthcoming "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray." Ten available, and they're all different!
For $700: An original painting by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, who has also designed several beloved McSweeney's covers.
For $700: An original painting by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, who has also designed several beloved McSweeney's covers.
For $750: An original drawing from the Believer by Matthew Thurber, artist and Believer comics contributor extraordinaire.
For $750: An original drawing from the Believer by Matthew Thurber, artist and Believer comics contributor extraordinaire.
For $750: William T. Vollmann's seven-volume history of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down, published in the early days of McSweeney's and long out of print. Comes still wrapped in kraft paper from the printer.
For $750: William T. Vollmann's seven-volume history of violence, Rising Up and Rising Down, published in the early days of McSweeney's and long out of print. Comes still wrapped in kraft paper from the printer.
For $750: A tour of the truly awesome top-secret offices of Nashville's Third Man Records, plus our digital bundle.
For $750: A tour of the truly awesome top-secret offices of Nashville's Third Man Records, plus our digital bundle.
For $1,000: A Bob's Burgers Basket (not pictured here: the actual basket), containing among other things an invitation for two to a live table-read in Los Angeles.
For $1,000: A Bob's Burgers Basket (not pictured here: the actual basket), containing among other things an invitation for two to a live table-read in Los Angeles.
For $1,500: Get a complete set of the entire run of the Believer, with the first issue signed by all three founding editors. That's 111 issues!
For $1,500: Get a complete set of the entire run of the Believer, with the first issue signed by all three founding editors. That's 111 issues!
For $2,500: Commission an animal portrait not unlike this one from renowned animal painter Dave Eggers! You choose the beast, Dave chooses the words.
For $2,500: Commission an animal portrait not unlike this one from renowned animal painter Dave Eggers! You choose the beast, Dave chooses the words.
Will he draw chickens, though? Yes, he will.
Will he draw chickens, though? Yes, he will.
For $2,500: Commission a drawing featuring your favorite tree by Robyn O'Neil, the artist behind the gorgeous covers of McSweeney's 32 and Alessandro Baricco's "Emmaus".
For $2,500: Commission a drawing featuring your favorite tree by Robyn O'Neil, the artist behind the gorgeous covers of McSweeney's 32 and Alessandro Baricco's "Emmaus".
For $8,250: An ORIGINAL work by Marcel Dzama: "Untitled (We Love New York)," 2001. Ink and watercolor on paper, framed.
For $8,250: An ORIGINAL work by Marcel Dzama: "Untitled (We Love New York)," 2001. Ink and watercolor on paper, framed.

Risks and challenges

Publishing requires tremendous effort and a lot of resources, but we have more than fifteen years of experience in the industry and a bright, dedicated team that’s poised to get these projects out the door. We're confident that we'll be able to follow through on all we've promised.

In the wake of this campaign, we want to keep taking on ambitious projects and paying the writers and artists that appear in our pages, and our shift toward nonprofit operation will be the key to making that possible. But applying for 501(c)(3) status takes time, as does building up the backing every nonprofit depends on. We’re working hard to develop funding from grants, foundations, and memberships, which will form the bedrock of McSweeney’s for many years to come. This Kickstarter is designed to ensure that we can keep putting new work into the world while we set ourselves up for long-term sustainability.

Over the last year, we've been making some fundamental changes to our operation in order to continue supporting the kinds of projects we believe are important. In October 2014, we became a fiscally sponsored project of SOMArts, a San Francisco nonprofit arts incubator with a rich history of supporting Bay Area arts and culture organizations. This sponsorship allows us to accept tax-deductible donations while we work on obtaining our own 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Our Kickstarter supporters will be able to choose from the rewards described above; if you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/membership-levels.

And in the meantime—thank you for supporting independent publishing. We’re profoundly grateful for your help.

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    BELIEVER SUMMER READING EBOOK

    This collection of our most summery pieces from the past twelve years will contain essays on Sweet Valley High, '90s soda, surfing, amusement parks, and music festivals; interviews with tattoo artists and spelling-bee pronouncers and comedians and fireworks aficionados; reviews of Lake Fun and comics and the Unisex Omnisexual Purity Test; and charts and poems and lists and drawings of baseball players done in beet juice—along with much, much more! Perfect for beach and picnic reading, as well as for indoor kids.

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    THE BELIEVER FACES POSTER

    This gorgeous 27" x 34" poster is perfect for hanging in your hallway or walk-in vegetable-chiller. It features 130 Charles Burns–illustrated persons or creatures, and nearly as many recognizable expressions for you to ponder and interpret.

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    BOOKSTORIES

    Our exceedingly rare, nigh-impossible-to-find publication celebrating the first-ever California Bookstore Day is available again only through this Kickstarter—nine writers, nine bookstore-ish places, one tall book!

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    BACK-ISSUE SURPRISE

    From the deep but well-kept recesses of our basement, we will pluck one classic issue each of the Quarterly (our short-story journal) and the Believer (our arts and culture magazine).

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    QUARTERLY ISSUE 50 EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL

    This guarantees you a first-edition of our upcoming fiftieth issue—our jubilee, if you will. The issue will probably be sold for $26, so you're also locking in a lower-than-list price! This is a preorder and will ship when the issue comes off press, early next year.

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    "MAKE SOMETHING" POSTERS

    Now available on its own—a gorgeous 16" x 12" print from beloved San Francisco artist Paul Madonna's "All Over Coffee" series, and an essential daily reminder!

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    McSWEENEY'S DIGITAL BUNDLE

    Available solely on Kickstarter! This "didge bund" will contain the following:

    + Our first-ever digital preview anthology, with never-before-seen fiction, essays, interviews, letters, and poetry from upcoming McSweeney's publications.

    + A set of printable posters created by our design team.

    + A Portlandia-themed activity pack.

    + And, of course, a thank-you note from Comic Sans.

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    POSTER SET FROM 826 VALENCIA'S PIRATE SUPPLY STORE

    Including Paul Madonna's "Make Something" and two other posters designed in San Francisco for the crew of 826's world-famous Pirate Supply Store.

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    TEAM McSWEENEY'S TEES

    Our first-ever "logo tee"! Featuring the classic McSweeney's chair logo in black on a heather-gray tee, silkscreened by our friends at San Francisco's Babylon Burning.

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    EBOOK EXTRAVAGANZA

    Double up on your McSweeney's digital reading with the Believer Summer Reading ebook, a collection of the most summery pieces from our arts & culture magazine, PLUS our annotated ebook edition of McSweeney's Issue 49 with commentary by the editors, authors, and illustrators.

    (Note, the Believer summer reader will arrive in August, but the annotated McSweeney's Issue 49 will be later.)

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    "I WANT TO KISS THIS PERSON" POSTER

    A gorgeously silkscreened 20" x 30" poster from Miranda July.

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    A DECKER T-SHIRT, SIGNED BY TIM HEIDECKER

    This shirt from the celebrated Adult Swim show will be signed by Special Agent Decker himself. (Sizing not available—your shirt will come in Medium or Large.)

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    A LIMITED-EDITION McSWEENEY'S TOTE

    We have it on good authority that this tote will be perfect for carrying your books. You love books! (You can also carry other stuff in it.)

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    A SIGNED DECORATIVE GOURD

    You'll receive a gourd to call your very own, signed by Colin Nissan, long-time Tendency contributor and author of the immortal "It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers." A signed gourd! That shit is going to look so seasonal.

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    SIGNED RICKY JAY BROADSHEET

    A full-color, double-sided broadsheet entitled "'Twixt Two Worlds: Or, the Uninvited Guest: A Magician at the Seance," signed by actor/magician/McSweeney's author Ricky Jay.

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    THE KCRW BUNDLE

    You'll receive, from the legendary LA radio station that produces the Organist, a T-shirt, tote bag featuring art by Daniel Peacock, keychain, stickers, and guitar-pick-shaped USB with live recordings of performances on "Morning Becomes Eclectic."

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    POSTCARD FROM RACHEL KUSHNER

    The author and Believer contributor will write you a postcard and mail it to your house.

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    DAVID SHIELDS BUNDLE

    A copy of our forthcoming book "That Thing You Do With Your Mouth," by David Shields and Samantha Matthews, plus our tote and McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    FAKE CELEBRITY MUSICAL

    Ben Greenman will write a fake celebrity musical about crowdfunding, and incorporate your name. We'll mail you a signed copy of the musical.

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    A CERTIFICATE OF AWESOMENESS, DESIGNED BY JESSICA HISCHE

    Jessica Hische, designer of some of our finest book covers here at McSweeney's (A Hologram for the King, McSweeney's 38, Song Reader…), has printed these up using two-color letterpress and holographic silver foil that has a crazy Saved-by-the-Bell-esque rainbow pattern to it. These certificates are for winners—and you deserve an award, after all you've done! (Or maybe your boss, dad, brother, cousin, significant other, or teacher does?) We'll pose the two-part follow-up question for you: Do these certificates feature rainbow edge-painting, and are they signed? Yes—and yes!

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    SIGNED SIMON RICH BOOK

    A book signed by the author and McSweeney's contributor, plus our McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    THE SHARPENED PENCIL BUNDLE

    A signed copy of David Rees's "How to Sharpen Pencils"—plus a sharpened pencil and our McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    SIGNED FIRST EDITION OF "THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE"

    A signed copy of Tendency contributor Teddy Wayne's acclaimed novel, plus our McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    SIGNED DANIEL ALARCÓN BOOK

    McSweeney's contributor and fellow San Franciscan Daniel Alarcón has a signed book just for you. Plus, of course, our McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    SIGNED BEN MARCUS BOOK

    A book signed by novelist and McSweeney's/Believer contributor Ben Marcus, plus our McSweeney's Digital Bundle

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    SIGNED HEIDI JULAVITS BOOK

    A book signed by the author and founding Believer editor, plus our McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    HUNGOVER BEAR PRINT

    An Ali Fitzgerald print of characters from her popular Internet Tendency comic "Hungover Bear and Friends," made exclusively for this Kickstarter. These will be Risograph prints on archival paper (roughly 8" x 11").

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    SIGNED DAN KENNEDY ITEM

    From the Internet Tendency contributor and host of "The Moth" come signed copies of "Loser Goes First" (advance copy with rare fly page), "Rock On" (advance copy stuffed with rare retro sell sheets), and "American Spirit" (in both hardcover and audio-book form). You will receive one of the above, plus the McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    BACK ISSUE BUNDLE

    Get one classic issue each of the Quarterly (our short-story journal) and the Believer (our arts and culture magazine), PLUS our Kickstarter-exclusive McSweeney's tote!

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    THE McSWEENEY'S STREET TEAM BUNDLE

    You'll receive our limited-edition tote bag, plus our new Team McSweeney's chair logo tee, for maximizing the representation of your support, as rendered on cotton and canvas.

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    THE SAN FRANCISCO BUNDLE

    A copy of our forthcoming picture book "This Bridge Will Not Be Gray," with words by Dave Eggers and art by Tucker Nichols, plus our tote and McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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    THE DEFIANT BUNDLE

    For our stretch goal, a copy of our forthcoming book "The Defiant," by M. Quint, with illustrations by Lily Padula, plus our tote and McSweeney's Digital Bundle.

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