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We're making the best comic book podcast out there, and we want to do so much more!
We're making the best comic book podcast out there, and we want to do so much more!
We're making the best comic book podcast out there, and we want to do so much more!
27 backers pledged $1,144 to help bring this project to life.

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What is I Read Comic Books? 

I Read Comic Books is a podcast hosted by Mike Rapin, a comic book fan with a need to talk about comics. Joined by a handful of comic lovers, Mike and the gang discuss everything under the sun in comic books from how a comic is made, how we manage our pull lists, our favorite characters and stories, and more; the range is unlimited. 

After almost three years of creating this show on our own and talking with our fans, we want to do more. With the funding from this Kickstarter, we will be able to record in-person episodes, shows on the road, and on-site interviews at conventions with comic creators. 

Listen to episodes of our show at our website (or on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Google Play, and more). You can follow the show on Twitter at @ircbpodcast.

And make sure to check out our Goodreads Group where we have ongoing discussions about comics plus our monthly Book of the Month club that powers our Monthly Goodreads episodes on the show.

Listen to some of our favorite and most popular episodes:

What are you funding?

The goal of this Kickstarter is to help fund a few things:

Live Equipment

In March of 2018, IRCB is planning to head to Emerald City Comic Con where we look to record and create as much content as possible. This includes creator interviews, minisodes (a 30 minute show hyperfocused on one topic), on-the-spot microsodes (2-5 minute chats or thoughts on a topic), and (potentially) live episodes. But with our current equipment, this isn't a possibility. 

With the equipment funded by this Kickstarter, we will arrive at ECCC prepared. 

Equipment List:

Our Website

Since our start, our website and hosting costs have been funded out of pocket, your funding would take the cost of hosting our website, domain costs, and media hosting off of our shoulders for one year.

The total cost: $85

A Nod To Our Editor

Zander is the unsung, often mentioned, editor of I Read Comic Books podcast and he has dedicated the past two years of his life to making this show sound fantastic. He puts up with our antics, vocal tics, and technical glitches every week and turns our show into a golden piece of audio. 

For our Primary Goal in this project, we want to give him $1 per episode ($74 for the full year = 52 regular episodes and 12 bonus episodes). It's not a lot, but it's a start.

The Music

The greatest band in the universe, Infinity Shred, has lent us their music for our show since it started and without them, we would not be a complete podcast. 

We'd like to give our thanks for their music over the years in the form of $100.

Kickstarter Fees

To make sure we are able to purchase everything funded by this campaign, we will be adding an extra $28 to our costs to cover the Kickstarter fee.

And more?

Anything above our initial goal will go directly into covering manufacturing costs for the T-Shirts and stickers as well as to be used to help pay for our place at Emerald City Comic Con in March of 2018.

Funding Breakdown

 

What Do You Get?

For starters, you get another solid year of I Read Comic Books, but with even more content. On top of that, you have your pick of pledge levels, each with their own reward:

$1: Thank you!

While there won't be something physical for you to hold, we will cherish your donation no less than any other. You've been kind enough to lend us your dollar, and for that, we thank you.

$2: A shout out

We will call your name from the abstract mountains of the podcasting sphere on our show with a thank you, your name, and a short (PG) phrase.

$5: Your Name, Inscribed

On top of your shout out on our show, we will place you in the forever-archives of internet history on a special, well-decorated page on our website, specifically for our 2017 Kickstarter backers at this tier and above.

$10: An official IRCB Sticker

For this pledge level, you have ascended and reap the benefits of a true physical reward: A beautiful sticker designed by the insanely-gifted sister of IRCB's host: Rebecca Rapin.

Stickers!
Stickers!

(includes all lower tiers)

$25: An official IRCB Shirt

For this level, you have graduated to a higher plane. In order to hold your sanctimonious position, you will require a garment of true power: An IRCB T-Shirt (designed by Rebecca Rapin). (unisex, sizes XS-XL, 2X-4XL add $3)

Proclaim your love of comics!
Proclaim your love of comics!

(includes all lower tiers)

$75: We Must Talk

At this point, you have become a lord above us and we must speak with you. We will have a half-hour chat with you about comics, life, and more. It will be glorious.

(includes all lower tiers - Limit 15)

$100: Craft an Episode

It is here that your power as a backer has grown to a nigh-containable force of momentum. We shall seek your sage advice to craft the topic for an episode of our show.

(includes all lower tiers - Limit 10)

$200: You + Us = Minisode

We have no words, we simply require you to join us, if only for a moment. At this level, we will not only talk with you about something of your choosing, we will record that discussion as a minisode for our show.

(includes all lower tiers - Limit 5)

Stretch Goals

Unlock Level: $800 

  • Ever wanted to know how we make this show and what goes into each episode every week? Mike and Zander will sit down and record a "how we make the show" minisode. 

 Unlock Level: $950 

  • We will record a "Drunken Comics" episode of I Read Comic Books (guests TBD).
    Ever wanted to hear a long rant about the X-Men? TMNT? Archie Comics? This will be something like that featuring your favorite IRCB cast members. 
  • Every person who backs at the $10 reward level will get an extra sticker! 

Unlock Level: $1100 

  • ANOTHER "Drunken Comics" episode 
  • A "Live on the Internet!" stream/episode of IRCB (longer and on Twitch! (and also may involve beers))
  • Every backer at the $25-tier level will get a FREE 1" IRCB Pin! (Design is currently being worked on) 

Unlock Level $1250

  • ANOTHER "Drunken Comics" episode
  • Another "Live on the Internet!" stream/episode of IRCB on Twitch 
  • Spotlight Episodes on each member of IRCB 

All of the extra episodes of IRCB unlocked at each goal will be available to KS backers 2 days in advance before they enter our normal podcast feed.

Risks and challenges

The primary risks and challenges of this project are in the potential that I Read Comic Books may not be accepted for a booth at Emerald City Comic Con. If our application is rejected, the funding secured for Emerald City Comic Con will be used toward purchasable items in our stretch goals, future server and domain costs, and towards manufacturing costs for T-Shirts and Stickers.

We may also run into conflicts in scheduling Hangout sessions with backers at tiers where Hangouts are an option. We will not renege on any backers, but ensuring regular guests and Mike are available may delay delivery of that item.

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    Trash Person

    WHOA. You get to commission an episode. You pick the topic, give us your thoughts and notes, and we'll talk about it on a regular episode of the show.

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    Yeah, let's record a minisode. TOGETHER. ON THE INTERNET.

    You pick the topic and you and two of the IRCB cast will record a minisode to be released on our regular feed. MAGIC.

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