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A crowd-sourced collection of geeky comics celebrating bad ideas, lost causes, and the dumb decisions that start awesome adventures.
A crowd-sourced collection of geeky comics celebrating bad ideas, lost causes, and the dumb decisions that start awesome adventures.
365 backers pledged CA$ 13,626 to help bring this project to life.

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The H.M.S. Bad Idea: An Anti-Self-Help Comic Collection

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What is this madness?

It's The H.M.S. Bad Idea, a 160-page "anti-self-help" comic book celebrating bad ideas and dumb decisions and you're going to be a friggin' co-author!

The book collects five years of the best material from my webcomic, Rock, Paper, Cynic, but also includes a huge list of ridiculous "bad ideas" composed by backers and illustrated by me and a line up of insanely talented guest artists.

That's all well and good, but why pay for your book when you've put 500+ comics online for free? DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO INTERNET?

The H.M.S. Bad Idea is going to be a crazy-fun experiment in crowdsourcing! Plus it'll feature Kickstarter-exclusive comics and guest illustrations! 

Every backer gets to write an original bad idea for a running list of "bad ideas" that recurs throughout the book. I'll be picking my favourites to illustrate or have illustrated by guest artists. Need an example to get you started? Try:

  • Reply to that poor Nigerian prince who has fallen on hard times.  
  • Start a "bacteria-only" zoo.  
  • Confuse "aviary" and "apiary."  
  • Open the eldricht book with a cover made from human skin. 
  • Stand on the shoulders of frost giants.  
  • Eat your weight in blowfish meat.  
  • Release your lab-grown gun-toting cyborg "glock-topus" into the wild.
  • Dry-hump cacti.  

The roster of guest artists and stretch goal artists includes:

And the foreword is going to be a giant "mad lib" filled in by the webcomic artists who inspired me to start Rock, Paper, Cynic in the first place or have influenced me along the way. There will be a fill-in-the-blank left for you to write your own word in too!

This sounds... pretty ridiculous...

The rewards get even crazier. The pledge levels comes with bad ideas that I’ll attempt for you, like me naming my dog after you or even naming someone else’s pet after you! Here are some of the silliest rewards!

Hardcover edition: You get the hardcover book PLUS you also get a signed contract promising that if I ever travel forward through time, I'll find out how you die and come back to warn you. 

Collectors’ Edition: The sketched collectors' version of the book comes numbered, signed and sketched in colour with copic marker, but is also accompanied by a blank piece of paper, the original art pen used to make the sketch, and a contract saying I'll try to haunt you through the pen by drawing comics after I die.

For a limited group of backers, I want to physically bike your copy into outer space! Well, actually, the equivalent distance from the planet’s surface to outer space. That's 100 km, or for you Americans, 54,000 President Obamas laid end-to-end. I'll even film the process and post it publicly on YouTube!

There's also some Kickstarter-exclusive swag to be had, including buttons, postcards and a hand-sculpted and painted polymer turtle by artist Daniel Colley!

*Early prototype. Approximately 3.5" x 5".
*Early prototype. Approximately 3.5" x 5".

I would like to see where this is going...

Awesome! Then please read over the rewards on the right and pledge the tier that sounds most hilarious to you! Feel free to leave questions and comments!

And most of all, please tell people about The H.M.S. Bad Idea. I've set up www.hmsbadidea.com and www.rockpapercynic.com/kickstarter to redirect here since they're easy to remember! I want to fit as many people as we can on this crazy ship!

Wait, who the heck are you again?

I'm Peter Chiykowski, and I'm best known for my webcomic Rock, Paper, Cynic, which features weekly cartoons about geeky things. My comics and jokes have been shared by the likes of George Takei, Nathan Fillion, I Fucking Love Science, the Settlers of Catan Facebook page, and once by Tor.com! So you know you're in good company.

I'm also a published author and poet with work in Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Speculative Writing, Asimov's Science Fiction and Strange Horizons.

My last Kickstarter project, a co-authored fake cryptozoology called Half-Cat: A Partial History, was a staff pick and Kickstarter newsletter item that hit 287%-funded Kickstarter project. I even founded a fake academic research society to publish the book, and gave a parodic academic lecture at the Kickstarter headquarters in February 2014.

I think this book matters!

We have the chance to make a really exciting book together. The self-help genre is an $11 billion industry. There is no anti-self-help genre, so we get to decide what it's worth.

As an independent project under under the banner of ChiGraphic, the comics imprint of the multi-award-winning press ChiZine Publications, The H.M.S. Bad Idea could be a for-reals-and-actuals book lined up to launch in bookstores in time for Christmas!

$9,000 = Add Gregor Czaykowski as a guest artist. Upgrade from 160 to 164 pages of full-color comics.

$10,000 = Add Zach Weiner as a guest artist.

$11,000 = Add Jayleen and Jeri Weaver as guest artists.

$12,000 = Upgrade from 164 to 168 pages of full-color comics.

$13,000 = Add Sam Logan and Alina Pete as guest artists.

$14,000 = Add a Kickstarter-exclusive comic to the book.

$15,000 = Upgrade from 168 to 172 pages of full-color comics

$16,000 = Upgrade from 10 to 14 pt cardstock covers on softcovers. 

$17,000 =Add a 2nd Kickstarter-exclusive comic to the book.

$18,000 = Upgrade from 172 to 176 pages of full-color comics

$19,000 = Add a 3rd Kickstarter-exclusive comic. 

$20,000 = GUEST ARTIST TO BE ANNOUNCED!

$22,000 = Upgrade from 176 to 180 pages of full-color comics.

$24,000 = Add a 4th Kickstarter-exclusive comic.

$26,000 = Upgrade from #85 interior stock to #105, making it a sweet, hefty, durable book.

AND MORE GOALS AND ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Risks and challenges

Since 2008 I've posted 500+ comics online and home-printed and hand-bound hundreds of comic books. I know about putting in late nights and long hours to hit deadlines and produce a beautiful finished product.

My last Kickstarter--Half-Cat: A Partial History--hit deadlines even when it tripled its funding goal and got misprinted by the printer. I'm willing to do what I need to make a book you're happy about, because the backers are the most important part of making this happen.

I was so excited about this book, and about Kickstarter as a publishing platform, that I joined my co-authors on a cross-border road trip to give a talk about the book at Kickstarter headquarters AND IT WAS A BLAST.

A note about the bad idea submissions: I will be editing the submissions for stylistic consistency, but every submitted bad idea will totally be included in the book unless I deem it hateful or discriminatory in way that does not reflect the values of the comic.

I can't wait to see the kooky ideas you come up with. THIS IS GOING TO BE GRAND!

I believe in the Kickstarter platform and in accountability for the projects it produces. Plus, this project is being published with the guidance of the ChiGraphic imprint of ChiZine Publications, an award-winning publisher of eccentric books. The ChiGraphic team will be guiding me through the process of getting the book ready to ship by November, for a December 2014 delivery.

Gifts for all your geeky friends and family, ordered online today so your shopping is handled? That’s the plan.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    EBOOK & MY DOG NAMED AFTER YOU! Get: (1) The PDF and CBZ ebook. (2) An original 100-character "bad idea" written by you and printed in the book. Your idea may also get illustrated! (3) I will name my dog after you for 5 minutes and make a Twitter account that tweets updates as her name changes.

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    Pledge CA$ 11 or more About $8

    POSTCARDS & DISAPPOINTING STAR! Get: (1) 3 Kickstarter-exclusive "bad idea" comic postcards mailed to you. (2) The ebook. (3) Your 120-character "bad idea" in the book. (4) I will pick a random star from the sky and name it after you. It will probably not be a famous star. It may not even be visible from your hemisphere.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    REAL BOOK & A STRANGER'S PET NAMED AFTER YOU! Get: (1) The actual book. (2) 4 signed Kickstarter-exclusive postcards. (3) The ebook. (4) Your 120-character "bad idea" in the book. (5) I'll pick a random person's pet and name it in your honour. I straight-up WILL NOT EXPLAIN what has happened; they will have to figure it out.

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    Pledge CA$ 45 or more About $34

    HARDCOVER & I WILL SAVE YOU WITH TIME TRAVEL! Get: (1) A signed copy of the Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover. (2) 5 signed Kickstarter-exclusive postcards. (3) The ebook. (4) Your 120-character "bad idea" in the book. (5) A Kickstarter-exclusive "bad idea" button. (6) A signed contract promising that if I ever travel forward through time I will find out how you die and come back to warn you.

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    Pledge CA$ 80 or more About $60

    COLLECTOR'S EDITION & I WILL HAUNT YOU! Get: (1) A signed and numbered Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover with (2) an artist's sketch in graphic pen and coloured copic marker inside. (3) A signed and numbered page from the first book off the press. (4) All 6 Kickstarter-exclusive postcards. (5) The ebook. (6) 180 characters for your "bad idea." (7) A Kickstarter-exclusive button. (8) An object of personal importance with explanatory note, the well-loved art pen used in your sketch, some blank paper and a signed contract saying I will try to haunt you AFTER I DIE by drawing comics through the pen.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $112

    TURTLE SCULPTURE & I WILL BIKE YOUR BOOK TO OUTER SPACE! Get: (1) A roughly 5" x 3" painted, hand-made turtle sculpture based on the Rock, Paper, Cynic turtle design. (2) A signed and numbered Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover with (3) an artist's sketch in graphic pen and coloured copic marker inside. (4) A numbered page from the first book off the press. (5) All 6 signed Kickstarter-exclusive postcards. (6) The ebook. (7) <200 characters for your bad idea. (8) A Kickstarter-exclusive button. (9) I'll personally bike your book a total distance of the distance from the planet's surface to outer space and film the process in a short video.

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    Pledge CA$ 300 or more About $224

    YOUR TERRIBLE IDEA ILLUSTRATED IN THE BOOK! Get: (1) Up to five 200-character "bad ideas" printed in the book. (2) Together we can pick and edit one of your submissions as a 1/4-page illustration in the final printed book. (3) You'll be mentioned by name as a contributor in the "Blame / Acknowledgments" section. (4) An exclusive-to-you signed print of your bad idea. (5) A signed and numbered Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover with (6) an artist's sketch in graphic pen and coloured copic marker inside. (7) A numbered page from the first book off the press. (8) All 6 signed Kickstarter-exclusive postcards. (9) A Kickstarter-exclusive button. (10) The ebook. (11) Any one of the silly time travel, haunting, dog-naming, etc rewards listed above.

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