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A graphic novel based on the original Fighting Fantasy novel by Steve Jackson.
A graphic novel based on the original Fighting Fantasy novel by Steve Jackson.
356 backers pledged £15,472 to help bring this project to life.

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Update on Dispatch

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Hi everyone,

So, we have hit a slight snag on sending everything out to you guys. While the books and prints are all fine, the company which was printing the badges for us has e-mailed us to let us know that they've had a small fire in one of their factories. Apparently, it didn't affect any of their machinery, but did cause damage to some stock. They couldn't tell us initially if our badges were among the damaged stock or not, but we've now had confirmation that they were. Meaning the company has to make the badges again before they can send them onto us. We've been in constant contact with them since the fire, and they've assured us the badges should be here by the end of the month.

We did have a look at whether we could maybe send out the books and prints without the badges, then send the badges out separately at a later point, but while it doesn't cost much to send each individual badge set, the number of them we'd have to send means it all adds up, and we simply don't have the funds to cover this extra cost.

I'm so sorry everyone. I know this is yet another delay when we're painfully close to getting everything to you. I hope you can understand that this one is completely beyond our control, and we are doing everything we can to rectify the issue as quickly as possible.

I know not everyone has backed at a level that includes badges, but we didn't want people receiving their books possibly a couple of weeks before we'd even started sending everyone else's. But rest assured, as soon as the badges arrive, the parcels will start going out.

Thanks all,

PJ

Trolltooth Wars Has Gone To Print!

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Yes, the book is finally with the printer (I know, I know, about time, etc). We've had the digital proofs back today from Comic Printing UK, and given them approval to go ahead, so the printing itself will get underway imminently.

Once the books arrive with us, we'll still need to send the copies that require Steve Jackson's signature off to Steve. While we wait for those to come back, we'll start getting all the unsigned copies sent out, as well as all the other rewards.

With that in mind, I'll be closing the surveys soon, so please make sure we have all your up to date address details so we can get your rewards to you. I'm going to leave them open until next Saturday (13th of May), so you've got until then to make any changes if you need to.

Thanks all!

Status of the Project

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Trolltooth Wars is continuing to move towards completion. The book isn't with the printer yet, but it's close. Steve Jackson requested a couple of small edits, which have been made. We've also run the comic by Jonathan Green for his feedback, and he's pointed out a few more corrections which need to be made. At the same time, Gavin has been working closely with Mike, our book designer, and Rich at Comic Printing UK to make sure the book is all in the correct format for printing. Gavin has had to tweak some of the colours slightly for the printer, and Mike is now working on collecting the newest versions of the pages together ready for print. Once he's done so, Steve has to approve the changes, then we go to the printer.

We've asked the printer how long the turn around should be once we send them the book, and they've advised us this should only be a week. So we're hopeful that the book will be with you very soon.

We have had one minor setback, to do with the packaging we ordered to send the books out to you with. We wanted to order this so that we had it all before we had the books, and could just start sending them straight out once they arrived. However, yesterday the supplier we selected unexpectedly cancelled the order without any explanation. They've contacted us today to say that this was a system error, and said we can place our order again. We have done so, and the packaging should still be here before the books.

We are very aware of how long this has taken, and how frustrated some of you are by this. I'd already announced that by way of an apology, we're including a bonus print for all backers who are due a physical reward. This means some of you will be getting six prints instead of the promised five. The print will be a splash page from the comic itself. It's a page you haven't seen yet, but Jonathan Green has seen it, and commented that he loved it.

As well as the bonus print, we've also decided to upgrade the badge set for backers. The original plan was a set of four badges. Three of these would feature designs by Gavin to represent the three forces involved in the Trolltooth Wars (Balthus Dire, Zharradan Marr and Salamonis), with the fourth being the Fighting Fantasy logo. Well, you're still getting the three standard badges designed by Gavin, but the FF logo badge will now be a deluxe enamel pin badge. This will look a lot classier, and be highly collectable, since they're only going to be available to you guys. The cost of the extra print and the upgraded badge is not covered by the Kickstarter budget, and is coming entirely out of our own pockets. We know it doesn't entirely make up for how late the book is, but we hope it goes some way towards it.

Thanks all.

Letters Now Finished

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So, the pages are now provisionally complete! Gavin has finished lettering the book! We've sent the completed comic off to Steve Jackson for his final approval, and are in the process of finishing getting it all assembled for the printers. Pending any final edits requested by Steve, it will be ready to print very soon indeed. We're also getting the other rewards ready to go, including the extra print I promised to every backer with a physical reward, and the character sketches of those of you who have been drawn into the book.

Updated Cover Image, by Gavin Mitchell
Updated Cover Image, by Gavin Mitchell

A couple of people have messaged asking if they can still update their addresses, and yes, you can. I'll be leaving surveys open right up until the last minute, so we can make sure everyone's details are as up to date as possible when we send the books out.

Finally, as some of you will no doubt already be aware, Jonathan Green has launched a Kickstarter for You Are the Hero Part 2! A sequel to his original coffee table book celebrating thirty years of Fighting Fantasy, this new book will act as a supplement to the original, featuring all-new material about the Fighting Fantasy franchise as it celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary. The book is already fully funded on Kickstarter, and is now very close to unlocking the first stretch goal, a brand new cover from Fighting Fantasy and Doctor Who art legend, Chris Achilleos! It will also feature an interview with myself and Gavin about Trolltooth Wars. Head over to the Kickstarter page, and pledge your support!

 

Colours and Letters

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Hello all.

As of this update, The Trolltooth Wars has been completely coloured. In terms of pencils, inks and colours, every single page is finally finished, and they look stunning. Here's a few previews for you.

Art by Gavin Mitchell
Art by Gavin Mitchell

 

Art by Gavin Mitchell
Art by Gavin Mitchell

 

Art by Gavin Mitchell
Art by Gavin Mitchell

Gavin's now lettering the book, a process which won't take long at all. We'll then make any minor edits which are required, then send the book to the printers.

Thanks all.