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About this project

  

I'm Peter Chiykowski, the creator of the webcomics Rock, Paper, Cynic and Is It Canon? and the viral Twitter account Dad Joke Han Solo.

I'm bringing my best comics together with some never-before-seen material to create TWO awesome collections of comics that will bring equal parts joy and maniacal laughter into your life.

BE A TURTLE and Other Secrets to a Happy Life is a book about going your own pace and marching to the beat of your own drum when the rest of the world is on a big dumb parade to nowhere.

It's full of cynical and sometimes sweet comics mixed in with badass life advice from turtles. Because turtles don't worry about being judged or paying rent or getting promotions. They just do their thing.

The book will feature a foreword by Nick Seluk, creator of The Awkward Yeti and Heart and Brain, and covers topics like:          

  • How will you survive the robot uprising(s)?
  • How can blood magic help you make friends?
  • Can the power of education let you shoot lasers?
OH DANG I WISH I COULD ANIMATE THE BOOK VERSION
OH DANG I WISH I COULD ANIMATE THE BOOK VERSION

Is It Canon? is a book featuring my best pop culture parody comics that ruin your favorite books, movies and games!

It mixes strips from both Rock, Paper, Cynic and Is It Canon?, a webcomic that I make with my friend Aaron Lenk. It will feature a foreword by Kris Wilson, one of the twisted and delightful minds behind Cyanide and Happiness.

This book asks the BIG questions, like:

  • What if a spider got bitten by a radioactive human?
  • How can steam catapults strengthen your relationships?
  • What does it take to be a superhero but not an a**hole?
Note the appearance of your favorite heroes: Batperson, Green Lamp Warrior and Iron Suit.
Note the appearance of your favorite heroes: Batperson, Green Lamp Warrior and Iron Suit.

I'm so friggin' excited to share these books with you!

344 pages of hilarious comics! That's two full books, yours to share enjoy! You might recognize a few of the comics and jokes from these places that have covered my work!

Forewords by special guests! The books are introduced by Kris Wilson, co-creator of Cyanide and Happiness, and Nick Seluk, creator of The Awkward Yeti and Heart and Brain.

Extra comics and bonus content! If you're the kind of person who reads acknowledgment pages or takes detours in games because you want to explore EVERYTHING, you're gonna love diving into these volumes!

PDF eBooks! When the robots take over the planet and all of human consciousness is uploaded to the cloudmind, you can take these with you! That's why every eBook will be accompanied by a password-protected PDF file only to be opened in the event that robots rise up.

Softcover first editions of the new books! When the Internet becomes self-aware and begins to hunt the last biological humans with killbot drones, you can read these instead of webcomics! That's why every copy of the book comes with a sealed letter only to be opened in the event of killer robot apocalypse.

Wooden laser-cut collector coins with a code phrase you can say to me at conventions to get me to teach you my secret fist bump techniques. 

 

Signed collector's hardcover editions. There will only be 200 copies of each, so we'll be hand-numbering each copy.

Collector's dice-rolling towers. This wooden tower is used for rolling dice in limited space on crowded board game tables, or for hurling at the heads of your enemies when you lose. It collapses for easy storage and transport. Additional faceplates will be made available through stretch goals.

Your own tiny empire! I will draw your likeness or a royal emblem of your choice, and have it laser-cut onto the front face of a set of 20 wooden coins. You can choose a motto and title for the flip side. I will also sign a decree designating you the sovereign ruler of one square foot of my apartment, which I will photograph and describe to you in a prospector's report.

But what does these rewards cost? Well, you'll want to check out the...

 

 Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about the reward tiers!

Peter Chiykowski is the creator of Rock, Paper, Cynic and co-creator of Is It Canon? His comic won the Aurora Award for "Best Graphic Novel" in 2014 and his viral Twitter account Dad Joke Han Solo has appeared on Entertainment Weekly, MTV News, Buzzfeed and Mashable. A few months ago he quit his job to write and draw comics full-time! When he's not making comics, he's being dragged by rescue and foster dogs on long walks in Toronto parks.

Aaron Lenk is the co-creator of Is It Canon? and the mind behind Big Simple Comics! His comic The Big World tells short feature stories in a vast and interconnected universe. His comics The Last Giant, Dave's Wurld and I Hate You have been featured on Imgur, DeviantArt and Tapastic. He's inspired by the works of Larry Marder, Doug Tennapel, Pendleton Ward, Anthony Clark, Alan Moore and Osamu Tezuka. 

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This is my fourth Kickstarter book project. The first three were successfully funded and delivered, and were even staff-picked by Kickstarter and once featured in their newsletter.

I work as a writer and illustrator full-time and have been making webcomics and publishing books for eight years, so I have a lot of experience with book production.

The artwork is ready and the layout is underway, so there are just a couple steps left before we send the book to the printers. Delivery will be digital and physical rewards will be delivered worldwide.

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    SINGLE EBOOK + ROBOT UPRISING PDF

    Get a PDF eBook of your choice of one of the two new books, along with a password-protected PDF manual to be opened only in the event of a robot uprising.

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    BOTH EBOOKS + ROBOT UPRISING PDF

    Get PDF eBooks of both "Be a Turtle" and "Is It Canon?" including never-before-seen comics. You'll also get a password-protected PDF manual to be opened only in the event of a robot uprising.

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    ONE SOFTCOVER + APOCALYPSE LETTER

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    BOTH SOFTCOVERS + APOCALYPSE LETTER

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    SOFTCOVER TRIO + APOCALYPSE LETTER

    There are only a few first edition copies left of my debut collection, "The HMS Bad Idea"! Get a trio of first edition softcovers while supplies last, along with digital rewards and a sealed letter only to be opened in the event of a robot apocalypse.

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    • 1st edition softcover of "Is It Canon?"
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    • PDF eBook of "Be a Turtle"
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    BOTH SIGNED HARDCOVERS + SECRET COIN

    We'll be printing a limited number of fancy-pants collector's hardcovers, which we'll be signing and numbering out of 200. Every collector's set also comes with a wooden coin laser-cut with a turtle emblem on one side and a code phrase you can say to me at conventions to make me teach you my secret fist bump techniques.

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    • Signed collector's hardcover of "Is It Canon?"
    • PDF eBook of "Be a Turtle"
    • PDF eBook of "Is it Canon?"
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    SIGNED HARDCOVER TRIO + SECRET COIN

    Get the collector's hardcover edition of my first book, "The HMS Bad Idea," in reprint, as well as first edition collector's hardcovers of my two new books, all signed!

    Every collector's set also comes with digital rewards, a sealed letter only to be opened in the event of a robot apocalypse, and a wooden coin laser-cut with a turtle emblem on one side and a code phrase you can say to me at conventions to make me teach you my secret fist bump techniques.

    Includes:
    • Signed collector's hardcover reprint of "The HMS Bad Idea"
    • Signed collector's hardcover of "Be a Turtle"
    • Signed collector's hardcover of "Is It Canon?"
    • PDF eBook of "The HMS Bad Idea"
    • PDF eBook of "Be a Turtle"
    • PDF eBook of "Is it Canon?"
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    DICE TOWER + BOTH SIGNED HARDCOVERS

    We've designed a special Rock, Paper, Cynic dice-rolling tower to bring your gaming table to the next level. These are great for rolling dice on crowded gaming tables/throwing at your opponents in fits of dice-related rage.

    You'll also get fancy signed and numbered copies of the two new collector's hardcover books. Every collector's set comes with digital rewards, a robot apocalypse letter, and a wooden coin with turtle emblem and secret phrase.

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    • Signed collector's hardcover of "Be a Turtle"
    • Signed collector's hardcover of "Is It Canon?"
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    YOUR TINY KINGDOM + COMPLETE COLLECTOR

    I will draw your royal likeness or a royal emblem of your choice in high resolution and have it laser-cut into a set of 20 wooden coins with a royal title and motto on the flipside. I will send you high-resolution files for all of the art.

    I will also sign a royal decree designating you the sovereign ruler of one square foot of my apartment, which I will describe to you in unnecessary detail in a prospector's report.

    You will also get the collector's dice-rolling tower, all three of my books in signed and numbered collector's hardcovers, digital rewards, the robot apocalypse letter, and the wooden coin with the turtle emblem and secret code phrase.

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    • Signed collector's hardcover reprint of "The HMS Bad Idea"
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    • Signed collector's hardcover of "Is It Canon?"
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    I will also sign a royal decree designating you the sovereign ruler of one square foot of my apartment, which I will describe to you in unnecessary detail in a prospector's report.

    You will also get the collector's dice-rolling tower, all three of my books in signed and numbered collector's hardcovers, digital rewards, the robot apocalypse letter, and the wooden coin with the turtle emblem and secret code phrase.

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    DICE TOWER + SIGNED HARDCOVER TRIO

    Get the collector's dice-rolling tower and all three of my books in signed and numbered collector's hardcovers.

    Every collector's set comes with digital rewards, a robot apocalypse letter, and a wooden coin with turtle emblem and code phrase.

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    • Signed collector's hardcover reprint of "The HMS Bad Idea"
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    • Signed collector's hardcover of "Is It Canon?"
    • PDF eBook of "The HMS Bad Idea"
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