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Issue #2 of the print humor quarterly! Cartoons, comics & prose from the folks behind SNL, The Simpsons, The Onion & National Lampoon!
Issue #2 of the print humor quarterly! Cartoons, comics & prose from the folks behind SNL, The Simpsons, The Onion & National Lampoon!
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    1. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on August 6, 2016

      Eddie, I mailed your wife $20 to say that.

      Our tentacles are everywhere.

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      Eddie Churchill
      on August 5, 2016

      I got my copy the other day and decided to leave it on the counter, turned over. Now my wife is reading it... and asked where the first volume was.

      Nice back! :-)

    3. Christian
      on July 23, 2016

      I just received my copy today Mike!
      Once again fantastic job!
      It's much appreciated.

    4. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on July 22, 2016

      Copies should be there any day now, folks! Anybody who doesn't have their book by next Wednesday, email and we'll get you one directly.

      I submitted the order June 24th; then it got printed, shipped to the polybaggers, and then shipped back to the printers for mailing. This is inefficient and we will fix it for Issue 3. (They didn't tell me about the extra step until after I'd paid them -- and started bellowing, "Where my magazines AT?" in their general direction.)

      Anyway, thanks for your patience and rest assured, if you ordered a book, you'll get one. Even if I have to pack and mail it myself. :-)

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      christina on July 22, 2016

      Michael: thanks, I just got the magazines yesterday. It must have been delayed in the mail or something. I'm very excited to read them now. :)

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      anthony on July 22, 2016

      Still waiting on my copy as well. As far as I know I provided the right address, so let me know if it was shipped or not! Thank you.

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      susan marder on July 21, 2016

      Hello! I, too, have not received my copy. I did send you my snail mail address, and it was correct. They don't call it snail mail for nothing! Looking forward to seeing it. Thanks!

    8. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on July 17, 2016

      Joe, I'm going to send you the address we used; but since it was a PO Box, you might ask at your PO -- the issue might've been too big to fit in the box.

    9. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on July 17, 2016

      Christina, I just checked and you were in the first mailout several weeks ago-- the only thing I can think of is the Royal Mail; other Canadian backers have told me of problems.

      Can you contact the Royal Mail? If it doesn't turn up, holler and I'll see what more I can do from my end.

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      Joseph Lally on July 16, 2016

      I have not yet received mine either. There was a typo in the first address I submitted, but I submitted a corrected address by email. I hope that isn't the reason I haven't gotten mine.

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      christina on July 15, 2016

      I still haven't received the magazines.I double checked and am sure I gave the right address in the survey. :(

    12. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on July 6, 2016

      Stefan, they were printed last week and should be in the mail now. Keep your eyes peeled. If you don't have them by this time next week, I'll call the printer and raise hell.

    13. Stefan Blitz on July 6, 2016

      When is the book shipping out?

    14. Gaal
      on June 9, 2016

      Received both editions on PDF. Looks real interesting. Thanks :)

    15. Josephine Perry on April 28, 2016

      You asked about T shirts? Get Chris Bonno's print of George Carlin (from a painting I commissioned), put it on a T with some funny saying of Carlin's and watch the sales fly off the shelves. We need Carlin on our backs now more than ever. Just saying.

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      Nelson Greenfield on April 27, 2016

      I would like to suggest Rick Geary for the shirt design (or one of the shirt designs). He’s an old Lampoon contributors and he’s got a strong, bold graphic style that would make for a great shirt illustration. He should be in the magazine as well (if you haven’t already contacted him). Ooo, maybe a big fold-out! He does great maps and cross-sections!

    17. Michael Hughes on April 27, 2016

      Hi Mike and congrats! I'd buy a t-shirt. Perhaps backers could vote on designs.

    18. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on April 22, 2016

      Thank you, everybody -- none of this -- not one little bit -- would be happening without your faith and generosity. It is a dream, and you're making it happen. Thank you.

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      Kathy Alpert on April 22, 2016

      My first Kickstarter project! So excited to see this brilliant concept taking shape. I need to laugh more. Thanks, Michael. (And thanks to Merrill for spreading the word.)

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      CORINNE MCGRAIL on April 22, 2016

      Mike, I am delighted to become one of your community and I am looking forward to reading your magazine. I love that you, and Kate, are able to live your dreams. I wish everyone could.

    22. Nick Spooner on April 22, 2016

      oh thank christ.

    23. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on April 19, 2016

      Oh I'm so glad you thought so, Wendy! I was sitting here half-naked and groggy in the rosy-fingered dawn, terrified I'd go off on some ill-considered rant.

    24. Wendy Hewitt on April 19, 2016

      The NPR interview was GREAT!!!! Way to go you guys!!!!! Rock on.

    25. Arthur C Adams
      on April 9, 2016

      "BOOM, Arthur. Your wish has been granted."

      Hhhmm.... the last time I heard that, I ended up with this foot-tall man playing piano...

    26. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on April 6, 2016

      @John Crumrine, I'd be happy to do that. Satisfied backers are our best advertising. I will send you a link to the PDF, and trust you to upgrade to whichever level you wish.

      Any other backers, I am happy to send you the link to #1, if you're willing to be our ambassadors.

    27. John Crumrine
      on April 6, 2016

      Hi Michael! I'm currently sitting at the $5 pledge level, but I want to upgrade to the 'Catch up' $25 level if it's possible to deliver issue #1 PDF before the campaign is over. You see, if it's hilarious I want to convince all my friends to pledge for both issues along with me. What do you say? Can we make that a reality? Looking forward to the laughter.
      -John C

    28. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on April 4, 2016

      Matt, that's just how we roll here. The Bystander aims to be inefficient but affectionate. It is a humor magazine for our cold, hard world.

      I will pass along your kind words to Mr. BMc. We've got lots more great stuff from him in #2.

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      Matt A on April 4, 2016

      I pledged $6.32, and you sent me a personalized comment. I've never gotten one of those on Kickstarter, so I upped my pledge to $20.54. Still whimsical, but more money. You first issue's article about falling off the roof had me crying with laughter. I look forward to crying again.

    30. Arthur C Adams
      on April 1, 2016

      Thanks for adding the PDF-only level. I switched to it, but added in extra money to show my appreciation.

    31. Michael Gerber 8-time creator on April 1, 2016

      BOOM, Arthur. Your wish has been granted.

    32. Arthur C Adams
      on April 1, 2016

      Any chance of getting just PDF's of 1 and 2? Or is that only if you're able to offer the PDF subscription?

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      Amaranta Viera on March 30, 2016

      Go crush it, Mike!

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      Mark Leffler on March 23, 2016

      Ten percent of the way home in a matter of hours. This makes me very happy. Viva The American Bystander.