Jamming the gas pedal with Paypal, hats, Bengal, Djet, and Matteo de Longis.
Hope you had a great weekend -- we considered posting another update over the weekend, but then thought "ah, let's not flood everyone with updates. Monday!" We've got more to share, and we're making more strategic adjustments hoping to really pace ourselves through this middle-valley. There's always a spike at the end, and we are far from done! That said, PLEASE KEEP SPREADING THE WORD! And if you haven't actually pledged yet, PLEASE DO! This book will definitely be worth it!
So what are we doing to tweak the formula now? Well, we realize that, looking at the tier pricing, $21 for a ($15) softcover and $26 for a ($20) hardcover seems high, especially considering postage is ON TOP of that. Frankly, honestly, we didn't realize postage was added on top. This is our third project campaign, and we're still learning the confusing intricacies. Now that we realize that, we want to compensate accordingly. SO:
ALL PHYSICAL REWARD TIERS ($21 and up) WILL NOW INCLUDE THIS BALLIN' RACE DAY CAP!
Seriously. If you've pledged, don't worry about it, you automatically get it. (assuming we hit our goal). Because we can't adjust the Tier reward descriptions at this point, just know that everything above $21 includes one of these. That's easily a $5 value to make up that perceived difference in value. We apologize for not considering this difference earlier! But hey -- you're getting more stuff!! (Again, assuming we hit our goal...)
We recognize some people might think "you're just throwing more stuff at us as bait", but don't be fooled -- this book and this world are our focus. Yeah, we may (will) take a loss on finishing this book for you in the end, but all of us on the project, including the AMAZING GUEST TALENT, really believe it will be so awesome that the second-life of it once its made will prove itself. If we made mistakes launching and promoting this campaign, it is educating us for what to fix moving forward. And like a Sega Saturn, we're learning...
A lot of you have been asking about this. Just as a lot of people have been asking Kickstarter about this for years.
Currently, Kickstarter does not support Paypal. But we want to. So we are proposing a solution:
If you cannot back the campaign within Kickstarter (which requires a credit card), we will TAKE PRE-ORDERS FOR THE BOOK AT OUR WEBSTORE, which DOES take Paypal. We have the softcover, hardcover, and the race-day swag bundle available there.
If you pre-purchase one of these bundles, we will tally the total of webstore pre-orders and have a 3rd party (friend) place that total amount as a single pledge 24 hours before the campaign ends.
This way, those pre-orders can be "counted" as pledges towards our goal. And if for some reason we still aren't successful at reaching our goal, we will refund all of those webstore pre-orders.
So, for example, there are $780 dollars worth of pre-orders on our webstore from backers who cannot use Kickstarter or would prefer Paypal. That $780 will be pledged in the final 24hours as a single $780 backer by a third party (friend) so that the funds can be counted toward our success (or failure). If it is a success, your pre-orders will be filled with every other backer. If it is still a failure, we will refund your pre-order through Paypal. Makes sense?
We really want to include everyone, and know that there are a lot of you, especially outside the U.S., who would like this book. So this is how you can help -- pre-order here, and we will count your funds towards the goal.
If you have any questions or concerns, just message us here and we will make it work for you. We appreciate your support and want to help you help us! :)
Born in France in 1976, Bengal was 10 years old when he developed the passion for drawing. His love of comics, manga, movies, and video games led to work in the video game industry as a concept designer at Darkworks with Nicolas ‘Sparth’ Bouvier and Benjamin Carré until 2004, when he began the two-part graphic novel project MEKA with JD Morvan for Delcourt.
Afterwards, he contributed to several anthologies, including Spirou magazine, Flight, Skydoll Factory, and Chroniques de Sillage, while simultaneously producing the ‘Naja’ series with Morvan at Dargaud. After Naja's completion, Bengal began working on his own original series ‘Luminae’ for Ankama, which was published in two parts.
After years of pursuing the US comic industry, he finally broke into the mainstream following the English language publication of his French work by Magnetic Press. Upon their release in 2014, he immediately found work illustrating covers for such popular titles as Superman/Batman, Spider-man and the X-men, and Teen Titans. His breakout, however, was with Batgirl: Endgame, a wordless one-shot story which caught widespread fan approval. He has since illustrated the Batgirl annual, issues of Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, and character design and artwork for the original card game universe "The World of Cassyno".
French artist Djet has honed his talent primarily as a concept artist and illustrator for commercial work and video games. He has contributed designs for the Wakfu universe, as well as several projects including Pinocchio, Exodia, and La Compagnie des Ombres, but his first published work was "L'ile de Puki" for French publisher Vent d'Ouest.
His North American breakout came with the publication of POET ANDERSON: THE DREAM WALKER, created by multi-platinum recording artist Tom DeLonge (Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves), published by Magnetic Press. This led to several new projects on Djet's schedule, to be announced later in the Fall.
MATTEO DE LONGIS (guest):
Matteo De Longis was born in Italy in 1979. A fantasist and musician at heart, his first illustrations were inspired by wildlife, but keen on Japanese artists like Terada, Morimoto, Murata, and Okama, he began to draw inspiration from animation and manga with echoes of rock music. He has contributed to Sky Doll Space Ship Collection and was named one of Marvel’s “Young Guns” with several covers for the Avengers Initiative series.
His artbook VOX has made a splash in North American book stores since its release by Magnetic Press last fall. Primarily a character-designer, he created a vinyl toy collection called Mekaneko, but his desires are to abandon purely “graphic-design” work to broaden his horizons and concentrate on drawing, concept design for games, illustration, animation, and art toys.
He has also produced music videos for his brother’s rock band, Airacomet, in Italy. (Airacomet provided the musical track "La Mission (instrumental)" from their album MUROC for the Hugo Broyler Kickstarter trailer.)
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