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Hi. This Kickstarter campaign is to create a set of Limited-Edition Enamel Pins based on characters from my webcomic, The Middle Age (middleagecomic.com).

 The Middle Age is a fantasy webcomic which I write and draw about a slightly older knight who lost his love, his sword and his job, and is on a quest to win them all back. Our hero, Sir Quimp, is 'aided' in his quest by a talking, cursed sword, Maledicta, which hates him. You can read the story for free here.

The Middle Age launched in 2016 and has been lucky enough to receive 'Best Webcomic' nominations in both the San Diego Comic-Con Eisner Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con Ringo Awards.  Here are some of the nice things people have said about The Middle Age:

“I love The Middle Age. Genuinely funny, and wonderfully illustrated. ...it’s all super smart and fun.” - Joshua Dysart

“The strip is superb, combining clear, charming cartooning and funny writing with lovingly rendered details and excellent lettering in a way that I haven’t seen since Walt Kelly’s ‘Pogo.’ I love it dearly.” - Todd Klein

“Beautifully drawn and hilarious.” - Tom Racine, Tall Tale Radio

"...this is a fun comic." - Fleen

This limited edition pin set is my first bit of "merch" for The Middle Age and I was inspired by Kickstarter's Make/100 event. I'm a big fan of enamel pins and, living in Florida, I've seen plenty of beautiful pins from the big theme parks.

As a Make/100 campaign, I've kept the rewards pretty simple:

 

About the pins

Each pin will be about 1.25-inches wide - which seemed like a good size - not small and not so large as to be unwieldy or heavy. The height of each pin will be different as the characters heads pop out of the top on two of them.

Each pin will have a rubber clasp for secure fastening and each pin will come poly-bagged.

These pins are limited to 100 and the designs will never be reprinted. In this campaign, only 99 are available as I'm keeping one set for myself. :)

This is Series 1 and if this campaign succeeds, count on more pin series in the future!

The $2,500-stretch-goal fourth pin will be added at no extra cost to backers and I'll let backers vote which character from The Middle Age we'll add. The choices would include: the sword-wielding undead Kevin, the gender-swapped Sir Quimp, the baby dragon Jarn, or Bob the not-very-helpful furry thing.

If I can answer any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out through Kickstarter or on my web site. You can also reach out on Twitter or Facebook or on my Patreon page.

Thanks for taking the time to take a look at this Kickstarter and I hope you consider supporting it.

And happy 2018!

-- Steve

Risks and challenges

This is my first time manufacturing pins and thanks to some fellow webcartoonists, I've found a very good pin maker. I've received a fair quote and I'm pleased with the other work they've done. I'll be sharing updates as I work with them to create the final pins.

I've run a successful Kickstarter before and learned from a few mistakes (like don't add a giant poster as a stretch goal reward for a small pack of postcards :) ). I'm confident that if we reach our goal, I can deliver the rewards on schedule without too much fuss or drama. :)

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    Set of Three Limited Edition Pins

    You get three hard enamel (cloisonné) pins featuring Sir Quimp, Melvwyn, and Waddlebottom from The Middle Age webcomic. Only 100 of these pins will ever be made!

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    Set of Three Pins and Two Books

    You get the set of limited-edition pins as well as two print collections of The Middle Age comic. Each book is signed by the author.

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