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Comics to fill the uncontrollable, overarching void in your life. Of course, they probably won't.
Comics to fill the uncontrollable, overarching void in your life. Of course, they probably won't.
415 backers pledged $16,000 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm Dave! I've been publishing the comic MercWorks online since 2011. This is my first book, and you can play a huge part in helping me get it printed! It's already laid out and ready to go, so you can preorder and get a bunch of other cool stuff!

The Book


Both the paperback and hardcover editions of the book are 128 pages and are 8.5 by 11 inches. They feature all of the best comics from the first two years of MercWorks, as well as minicomics, previously unreleased sketches, and guest comics from other great webcomic artists. I've also remastered and fixed some of the older comics to look a lot nicer!

Both versions are available as Artist Editions, which means they'll be signed and have a small, hand-drawn illustration on the title page.  

Extras

In addition to the book, backers can get a set of six 4 x 6 inch prints featuring characters from MercWorks. Here are a few of the prints that will be available:

NEW! Backers can get the MercWorks Activity Fun Pack - a black and white booklet full of games and coloring pages for your enjoyment!

Backers who receive digital portraits can expect something like one of these (in high resolution for printing, of course!)

Stretch Goals!

$13,000 - Carleton's Stipend

My intern Carleton played a huge role in the laying out of the book and I'd like to thank him! Not only can I pay him, but everyone who pledges $15 or more will get two stickers with their rewards!

$14,000 - Button Fever

Call me crazy, but I think you deserve some pins for your awesome pledges. If we hit this mark, everyone who pledges $15 or more will receive a MercWorks button with their rewards!

$15,000 - Sweet Tats

I will personally get the bumblebee tattoo from the 'sweet tats' comic on my arm. It'll be my first tattoo - I'll even record the process and post it on the website! 

Risks and challenges

The book is already designed and ready to go, so once we're funded it's a just matter of sending it off to the printer. We've already selected the printer - some super knowledgeable local guys who are giving us an excellent deal.

Books will be sent to backers as quickly as possible. I've never done this before but from what I've been told by the printer it should only take a few weeks to print (possibly a bit longer for hardcover editions, as they're set up at a separate facility). They should arrive to backers no later than October.

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    Artist's Edition hardcover of The Joy of Despair. Special thanks in the book. A DRM-Free PDF of The Joy of Despair. Two random mini-prints.

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    Get featured as a character in MercWorks! You'll be in one strip and featured on the website. It won't be in this book, but more than likely will make it into the next one! Artist's Edition hardcover of The Joy of Despair. A DRM-Free PDF of The Joy of Despair. Two random mini-prints.

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