FUNDED! And now we make this thing!
Thanks to each and every one of you fabulous backers, we not only hit our initial goal, but enough stretch goals to make this a book of beauty, 200pgs, hardcover, with nearly 100 contributors (as of now, we're still hoping to lock down another 6-7 shortly).
And because of your continued generosity, we'll not only be contributing over $1000 to the BLACK INK project, but bundling 250 copies of their finished film with a special DVD edition of the book, too! Their campaign still has another 47 days left, so there's plenty of time to spread the word and help them hit their finishing goal!
So what's next?
First, Kickstarter will start collecting funds from everyone. If they run into a problem with your payment method they will contact you immediately. PLEASE address their notice and try to correct the issue as soon as you can! If they can't collect your funds within 7 days, your pledge will be marked as incomplete/cancelled, and you won't get the stuff you registered for.
Once they've collected the funds, we'll send everyone individual survey-links through BACKERKIT -- this will be the place where you can enter all of your shipping information, item preferences (like Tee shirt size, etc), and add any extra items to your pledge, including the optional upgrade to the limited BLACK INK DVD edition. Backerkit makes organizing such a large-scale fulfillment process as this a whole lot easier for you and us both! (We may even add some new merchandise to that storefront, who knows...) From that final tally, we'll know exactly how much stuff we need to make so we can get things out to you ASAP.
We're aiming to have everything finished and ready to upload to the printer by the end of April, so that we can have books in hand by July. (We really want to have copies to show at San Diego Comic-Con!) If we can hit that goal, we'll ship all rewards at the same time, starting in July. Our goal is to have everything IN YOUR HANDS by early August. We know the reward tiers said "July", but the book nearly doubled in size in the course of the campaign! With so many artists involved, wrangling artwork from everyone in the right resolution and format will be the biggest challenge, but we're on that task already! Plus, assuming BLACK INK hits their goals, they'll need until August to finish editing and mixing too. So July/August is the goal, and it seems plenty reasonable at this point.
We should have Backerkit set up this week, and we'll follow up with another update the minute its ready!
There are still a number of contributors we haven't had a chance to spotlight in an update, and we're still nailing down a handful more, so we'll share those soon, in future updates. We're not stopping the updates cold turkey, but they will slow down to maybe only 1-2 a week while we shift focus to actual book production.
If you have any questions, ideas, comments, etc, please hit us back! We love to hear from you, and truly owe all of this to you and your support.