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A female cropduster pilot fights to save her daughter from Nazis in 1940's Texas! DOWNLOAD THE FIRST 40 PAGES FREE!
A female cropduster pilot fights to save her daughter from Nazis in 1940's Texas! DOWNLOAD THE FIRST 40 PAGES FREE!
A female cropduster pilot fights to save her daughter from Nazis in 1940's Texas! DOWNLOAD THE FIRST 40 PAGES FREE!
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Guess What We're Holding?

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Our printer overnight shipped us two copies of the Duster hardback yesterday...

Hot Off The Presses
Hot Off The Presses

We ripped them open and eagerly pawed through them...

Manhandling The Books!
Manhandling The Books!

Then we ran outside and posed like giddy schoolboys! 

Lookit These Goons!
Lookit These Goons!

So here's the timeline at this point; the bulk of the books should be finished being printed within 10 days. At that point, they're getting put on a slow boat from China. Literally. They'll arrive at Amazon's warehouses, be brought into their inventory system, and then immediately start going back out the door to YOU.  We will be sending out an address survey next week to get everyone's most current address/phone/email information.  You will have until three days before the books arrive at Amazon to change your information (we'll let you know that exact date when we get closer to it).

Theoretically you should have your copies of your books by Mid-September at the latest.  Signed art tip-in cards, collector's prints, t-shirts, and personalized portraits will all be mailed separately.  

This is great news, folks.  We think the book looks great, and we can't wait for YOU to hold your copies as well.

yours,
Micah, Jay, and the rest of Team Duster

Printing Signatures...

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Hello Duster Army!

We wanted to give you a brief patriotic update as we head into the July 4th holiday season... your books are being printed as we speak!  Attached are some photos from the factory floor of uncut signature pages.  As we gaze at those gigantic piles of paper, it's suddenly dawning on us just how large of a physical undertaking printing this many books truly is.  It's all very exciting for us, and we hope you as well.  Binding these reams of paper has not yet begun, but that should be happening in a couple of weeks, and then the long, slow boat from the printers to Amazon for delivery to you.  

Speaking of Amazon and delivery, sometime in the next two weeks we will be sending you a Kickstarter Backer Survey. In the time since we created this project, Kickstarter changed how they handle address and phone number information for their users/backers. Once upon a time, Kickstarter took your address and kept it on file.  Now, however, they make all Kickstarter projects send out a survey which asks all of your most current phone, email contact, and address information, so that we can properly address your books/your digital copies, etc.  Your previous shipping address which you gave us back in ye olden days is NO LONGER ON FILE WITH KICKSTARTER.  WE ARE NOT "UPDATING" YOUR ADDRESSES.  THE ONLY ADDRESSES WE WILL SHIP COPIES TO ARE THE ADDRESSES WHICH COME BACK IN YOUR SURVEY ANSWERS!  This prevents us from shipping the books to the wrong address, and makes it easy for you to update your information up until the day of cutoff (which will be the day that the books arrive at Amazon + 1 day, and we will let you know what that day is, don't worry).  You will have PLENTY of time to change your address.  But you can't do it yet, because we haven't sent out the survey, and won't, at least until after the 4th of July holidays are over.

So relax and kick back, keep an eye on your email Inbox, fill out your Survey, and we'll all have our books relatively soon (late August/early September).  :) 

yours,
Team Duster

Crashing to Earth
Crashing to Earth
Taking Flight
Taking Flight

Final Approvals: Go To Print!

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Great News, Duster Army, we have received our final printing proof and as of five minutes ago, we have approved it and our printers are moving forward to printing the book.

Eight years in the making, this book has been a labor of love through thick times and thin. It has been interrupted by freelance work, by work-for-hire jobs, by the fact that Jay and I wrote and directed a live-action movie last year, by the addition of SEVEN children to the families of our team, and much more... but we always kept moving forward, and we are THRILLED to enter this next stage of this book's existence.

So what's next? Well, we've designed and priced out the art prints for those of you who contributed at those levels.  If you didn't, well, there will be a FEW leftovers, so if you want to upgrade your pledges, NOW is the time to do it before we go to print.  After that will be the t-shirts... we are expecting camera-ready art to come back on those this week, and for them to be printed in the next couple of weeks. The signature cards are being designed as we speak, they'll be signed and shipped here to Los Angeles where Jay & I will sign them and then ship them out to you. For the high-end donors who paid to be part of the comic itself, your hand-crafted original art is being generated as we speak and should be in your hands soon.  

Lastly will come the books... Amazon should have books by late August, and donors will start receiving them shortly after that. We will be sending out address/shipping info surveys soon.

And once all of THAT is finished... well, then we're on to the next comic and the next Kickstarter.  And that one is already underway and should take much less time to complete. :)

Thank you for sticking with us, and we can't wait for you to get your copies.

yours,
Micah, Jay, Jok, Cristian, Gervasio, Jorge, and the rest of Team Duster!

p.s.  This is what 8 years looks like in 12-page signatures (black and white because this was a sizing and page order/count proof, not a color proof, and no, your copies won't be stapled, they'll be smythe sewn).

Gone to the Printers!

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Great News, Duster Army!

The sample print pages look great, they revealed a small error in our process, we've spent the last week fixing that problem throughout the book, and by the end of this weekend our printing company will have the full book and begin printing YOUR copy by next week!

yours,
Micah, Jay, & the rest of the Duster gang

Pages! Pretty Colors!
Pages! Pretty Colors!
Pages! And the cover!
Pages! And the cover!

Pre-Press Color Check

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Fantastic News, DUSTER Army!  Our printer has our test pages for printing color tests. We'll be getting back sample pages, endpapers, and covers fresh off the printing press within the next 10 days. Assuming we don't have any problems, we go to print after that; we anticipate 4 weeks for printing, 4 weeks for shipping to the Amazon warehouses and then we put Jeff Bezos' army of robot drones to work flying your books into your hands (or UPS, whichever).  For those of you who ordered posters, t-shirts, and signed tip-in plates, those materials will be arriving separately in order to streamline our shipping process. 

We appreciate everyone hanging in there for three long years, and we are just as relieved as you are to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We've learned several lessons in the last few years, and the biggest lesson of them all is that our NEXT graphic novel will be completely FINISHED before we ask you to help us Kickstart it.

Oh, did I say "next"?  Here, quick, look at this pretty artwork and pretend I didn't say that...

The Printing Press Finally Starts...
The Printing Press Finally Starts...