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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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Books have shipped! Signature cards have shipped! Shirts and prints are next

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According to Amazon, all books have shipped. At least to everyone who told Kickstarter their address. Those of you who got a signed copy, your signature cards are in the U.S. Mail. Shirts and Prints will follow next week. Digital copies to follow  

Take a photo of yourself holding or reading your copy and post it on Twitter or Facebook and tag us or use the hashtag #Duster or #DusterComic and you'll be entered in a contest to win a free copy on October 1st! And for anyone who's interested, our extra signed copies are for sale now at http://Duster.me and unsigned copies are available from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1942749821/ 

We hope you've received your copy, and are already reading it and enjoying it. If you don't receive your copy by next weekend (domestic buyers!), let us know and we'll look into what's going on! 

Yours, Team Duster

Your signature cards will arrive separately from your books
Your signature cards will arrive separately from your books

Signing Party

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Just a quick update; the books are on 3 different freighters steaming for American ports in Oakland, Baltimore, and New York. Our bet is on Oakland arriving first sometime next week since they don't have to go through the Panama Canal, across the Gulf of Mexico, and back up the east coast. Once the boats dock, they need to be unloaded which can take 5 days, then the contents need to be sorted and cleared through customs (5 more days), and then the books need to be driven to Amazon's warehouses and input into their inventory system (1-2 days) and then they will immediately start rolling out to contributors! We know you can't wait, and we're just as excited as you are. :)

Meanwhile, those of you who sprung for the signed edition of Duster can be proud of the fact that you've permanently incapacitated three talented artists! Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has destroyed their wrists, and will claim the signing hands of writers Micah and Jay next week when the signed cards arrive in Los Angeles.  It was fun being productive creators while it lasted, but we all recognize that our sacrifice was for a good cause!

Yours,
Team Duster

p.s.  For those of you who didn't get a signed edition, they're still available here, as are 3 different art prints and the official Duster t-shirts! 
http://duster-the-graphic-novel.myshopify.com/

p.p.s.  38 of you still have not logged into Kickstarter and updated your shipping address (down from 79 last week, so that's good news). If you have recently signed in and filled out your address survey, then you're not the problem and you don't have to do anything at all. Just go back to sleep! But if you haven't put your address into Kickstarter in the last 30 days for this project, then just sign in at Kickstarter.com and follow the onscreen directions in the yellow alert bar it will slap up onscreen. If you don't see that alert saying "Duster needs some information from you!" then you've probably already done it and just forgotten because of your intensive drug abuse. If you never do it, we literally cannot ship you a book because we don't have a mailing address for you.  SIGN IN!  UPDATE!  

fan folded cards awaiting signatures
fan folded cards awaiting signatures
Your art team! We who are about to cry, salute you!
Your art team! We who are about to cry, salute you!

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).