OK, so, the hardest part of the bookcrafting is now complete, the bonus stories. Here they are for you to read and enjoy!
Thief - The bonus story for Volume 2, starring Razgril's OC, Isidro!
WoodReads - The bonus story for Volume 3, starring a much younger 'Nj family!
NOTE: You should definitely DOWNLOAD these pdfs in order to read them. For some reason, their coloring shows up way wonky in browsers.
We're in the home stretch of the bookcrafting, and still on schedule to have them complete by the end of the month, goal being of course to have all the physical goods shipped and out the door within one year of the Kickstarter's completion.
I have to apologize once again. We fell in the trappings of some of the biggest n00b mistakes in Kickstarterdom. Rest assured, when we try this crap again, we won't launch the Kickstarter until the materials are already crafted and ready to hand into the printer. We can and will deliver on everything we promised, but as you all are probably well expecting, it will take some more time.
But once the books are handed into the printer and we've squared away all the print/digital rewards, we'll be proceeding towards getting on the animations! As much trouble as we (really, *I*) have been having with all the bookcrafting, I went ahead and assumed that trying to do the animations at the same time would make things even worse.
So thanks again for your patience, it is one of the many reasons I count our audience as the best damned Webcomic audience on the freakin' Internet. Seriously, the level of patience and forgiveness you guys have shown has only humbled me further.
But we're in the home stretch now! More and more stuff is on the way!
Many of you have been asking for updates, and it is my failing for not providing them.
I've got clearer news and more digital goodies on the way VERY soon, but I will say this in short:
We are currently on schedule to have the material for both books in the hands of our printer by the end of March. As such, if everything proceeds on schedule from there, the books will be in our hands by mid-June, ready for sale at ConnectiCon, and we will begin the shipping process as soon as those books hit our doorstep.
Honestly, if we manage to get all this done and shipped before the anniversary of this Kickstarter's conclusion, I'm going to call it a win.
Producing these books is taking a bazillion times longer than we predicted, in large part of the fact that we're producing *two* books simultaneously, but I assure you this: Next time, we will *not* launch a Kickstarter until the book materials are actually DONE and READY to send out to the printers, that way, at the very least, y'all would be able to enjoy the eBooks right off the bat.
We are now in the layout process, and I'm lettering the bonus stories and assembling the rest of the content. I will get the bonus stories lettered before the rest of it, so that you all might enjoy the chance to read them before waiting on us to print & ship. They will also be packaged along with the Sketchies eBooks that we promised as well.
Once the publisher is confirmed for printing our stuff, we will turn our attention to the animations immediately.
So STAY TUNED, STUFF COMING SOON!
We're gearing up to start the Ask An Adventurer strips for the full calendar year of 2014! So to that end, we only need one thing from you guys... QUESTIONS!
We will ONLY be accepting Ask An Adventurer submissions through this method. No e-mailing directly, please.