The beloved stick-figure universe of Kingdom of Loathing transformed into a full-color comic book, written by Mr. Skullhead himself.
Once upon a world, there was a place called the Kingdom of Loathing. . .
Oh. Em. Gee. I thought we would do it, but I didn't know we'd do it this fast. Thanks to all of you, and please keep sharing the link. We've funded the first four books -- can we fund the whole run? How many copies can we pre-sell? The more interest there is in the project, the more cool stuff we can do!
We now return you to our regularly-scheduled pitch:
Everyone's favorite stick-figure RPG comes to vibrant, amazingly-illustrated life in Kingdom of Loathing: The Comic Book!
Issue #1, titled "Wanna Go Ride Bikes?," is the first in a six-part comic book series written by KoL's Joshua "Mr. Skullhead" Nite and illustrated by webcomic wizard Doug Kallberg (http://www.freerangecomics.com).
This epic tale of epic adventure and epic epicness (and Syrup of Ipecac) begins in Hey Deze, the Kingdom of Low Things, with a hideous demon named Azazel who is desperately seeking not Susan, but three evil talismans.
What are these nasty artifacts? Why does Azazel want them? And what does this have to do with plucky teenage sauceror Jill 8-Pack, her Attention-Deficit Demon, and her beloved stuffed purple unicorn?
What, why, and what indeed. Though she's only just begun to cast her first Saucestreams, Jill must take on the minions of Azazel on a perilous quest to find out, first and foremost, just what the Hey Deze is going on.
The purpose of this project is to fund the creation of the first issue of the Kingdom of Loathing comic book series. The amount we've targeted will pay our wonderful artist, and allow for an initial print run of 2,000 copies of issue #1, full-color with glossy covers. So far, Josh has written five of the six scripts, and Doug has almost finished illustrating the first issue. We are all so excited about it we can barely contain ourselves, and can't wait to share Josh and Doug's vision with you.
If the Kickstarter funds 150%, or $6750, we will immediately begin production on issue #2. If it funds 200%, or $9,000, We'll get rolling on the entire series and begin thinking about a trade paperback. If it funds 1,000%, or $45,000, we will be totally, totally surprised.
(Josh says: seriously, you guys, this is so much fun to write, and Doug's kicking out the jams bringing my weird-ass scripts to life. I cannot wait for you to hold the first issue in your hands.)
Yes! It will be for sale in the Kingdom of Loathing store and at conventions. Basically, wherever fine KoL merchandise is sold.
We are also working on getting it into as many comic book shops as we can. We'll provide a directory of places where you can get a copy once they're shipped. If you own a comic shop or know someone who does, hit us up, please.
Currently we are packing and shipping the comics, so hopefully before the end of the year. We hope. We promise we're doing stuff!
We'll get Doug working on the other five issues, and hold most of those funds to pay him and get the other books printed. We thought we'd only raise funds for one issue, and rely on sales to drive the rest of the series, but now we don't have to wait!
Yes. We'll send you a questionnaire after the fund drive is done, and you can specify what you'd like him to do. I mean, within reason -- if your request is too complex/disgusting, we might ask you to pick again :-).
I own a comic shop, or I know this person who owns a comic shop. Can I get copies of the book to sell?
Yes! A thousand times yes. Drop me a message and we'll talk.
Pledge at the $11 level or more. That gets you a single signed copy shipped anywhere in the world.
Sure! Just add $5 for every extra book, and leave a note so we know how to handle you.
But of course! After the project closes, we'll be in touch with all the backers, and we'll collect that info, too.
Jick and Skully feel like we should follow The Offspring's sage advice and keep 'em separated. The purpose of this project is to gauge demand for the whole series - we don't want to muddle the numbers by providing in-game incentives.
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A high-quality .PDF file of the first issue, sent to the email address of your choice.
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A physical copy of the first issue, shipped anywhere in the U.S., plus the .PDF file in your email.
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It's ridiculous. It's not even funny. It's a physical copy of the issue signed by Josh and Doug, plus an extra copy to keep mint-in-bag shipped anywhere in the U.S., plus a .PDF in your email. Or one signed copy shipped internationally plus the .PDF.
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Your name in a list of supporters on the back page of the comic, plus everything at the $11 level (fnord)!
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An original, hilarious joke by Josh, handwritten in your comic book, plus everything at the $23 level, in a row!
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Life, the Universe, and an original sketch from Doug in your comic book, plus all the goodies at the $37 level.
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Your name in big, bold text in the list of SEXY supporters in the comic, PLUS an original full-page, colored sketch by Doug, plus everything at the $42 level!
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Josh's adorable toddler will thank you, personally, by name in a Youtube video! Plus all the goodies at the $69 level. (How adorable is Josh's toddler? Check it: http://www.youtube.com/ollienite#p/a/u/2/x48IWoP9gpY)
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An anagram of your name, or the name of your choosing, hidden in the dialog in the book! Plus everything at the $110 level.
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This reward level puts YOU in the book! Send a photo of you or a friend, and Doug will draw you as an extra in one of the panels! And you know you're getting everything at the $230 level, because that's how we roll.
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5 backers All gone!
An original page of art from the comic book! There are only 23 of these, and Doug is keeping most of them, as well he might, but we have 5 to give away! And, y'know, we'll totally give you everything at the $370 level, too.
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Doug has graciously agreed to put up five more pages of original art -- the actual inks on full-size comic board -- as the first five were gone before the weekend was over. These pages will be coming from issue #2, so they'll take a little longer to deliver, but we couldn't ask him to part with more babies from issue #1. And of course, you get everything from the $370 level, too, because baby, nothing's too good for you.
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Yo, dawg, I heard you like comics, so we're going to put a comic in your comic. For $690, you suggest a subject or scenario and Josh & Doug will write you an exclusive, one-of-a-kind four page black-and-white comic! Eat tacos in space! Juggle chihuahuas atop a motor-scooter! Live the dream! And, of course, get everything at the $420 level, too.
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Joshua Nite, aka Mr. Skullhead, will fly to your home (anywhere in the U.S. -- sorry, rest of the world), hand-deliver all your other rewards, cook you dinner, and hang out until you ask, nay, beg him to leave. He knows lots of jokes and stories, can quote literally hundreds of movies, and even plays a little guitar! You can't buy quality entertainment like that, unless you totally do.
- (40 days)