A NEW DORK TOWER COLLECTION? HUZZAH!
"The Tao of Igor" - the first new Dork Tower collection in ten years - is on its way, and you can help make it even better!
"The Tao of Igor" is the transcendental tenth collection of the critically-acclaimed, bestselling comic. All roads lead to Mud Con — but will Igor’s path as Con Chair be more Tao or d’oh? Can Matt navigate the aisles and trials of Artists Alley? On Lovers Lane, will Ken achieve Zen, or zero?
And then, there’s Gilly...
Dork Tower is back! And the sky’s the stretch-goal!
WHAT'S IN THE BOOK?
"The Tao of Igor" collects Dork Tower comic books #30, #31, #32, #33 and #36, which have never appeared in any previous volumes (#34 and #35 were special issues, not part of the plot).
A great starting point if you're new to Dork Tower, though, it also features brand-new material, to form everything into a self-contained storyline, and to lay the foundation for future volumes!
"The Tao of Igor" clocks in at 160 pages - but with stretch goals, it could exceed 200 - the largest Dork Tower collection ever!
Although initial plans call for "The Tao of Igor" to be black and white, yet another stretch goal could make it the first Dork Tower comic book collection in full-color!
As stretch goals are hit (see below), more rewards will be added to most levels.
ALREADY A DORK TOWER PATREON BACKER?
If you support the Dork Tower Patreon and "the Tao of Igor" Kickstarter, we've created a new Army of Dorkness rank just for you!
Congratulations, Army of Dorkness DOUBLE AGENT! This lovely button is yours, to add to your collection, because you rock!
These will be shipped automatically, to backers of both campaigns, with the physical rewards swag, at no cost to you! (PLEASE NOTE: Does not apply at the $1 Kickstarter level).
If "the Tao of Igor" funds, a number of stretch goals have been lined up to make the book even bigger and better! New stretch-goals will be announced as others are hit.
Does your party dare brave the Dungeon of the Unknown Stretch Goals?
$18,000 - DRUNKEN MASTER ARMY OF DORKNESS BUTTONS: UNLOCKED. All physical reward levels get a special, Kickstarter-exclusive Army of Dorkness Tao of Igor rank and campaign button: "Drunken Master."
$20,000 - UPGRADED COVER STOCK UNLOCKED: Printing isn't cheap - hoo, boy is that a fact - but now we can upgrade the cover quality! You get a lovelier book! Huzzah!
$22,500 - ARMY OF DORKNESS RANK CERTIFICATES UNLOCKED: We've created Army of Dorkness buttons before, but never rank certificates! Wallet-sized (if your wallet happens to be 3.5" x 5") reminders of the level you made it to, in the Army of Dorkness!
$25,000 - DORK TOWER WALLPAPER UNLOCKED: Two styles: the first with every regular-issue Dork Tower comic book cover released, from 1 to 36; and second, the "The Tao of Igor." Mac and PC versions will be available.
$27,500 - "A BRIEF HISTORY OF GAMING UNLOCKED": Dork Tower #34 gets added to "The Tao of Igor," to embiggen the collection! The Dork Tower gang takes on the pre-history of the hobby, the earliest dice, and why those dice continue to hate us! Twenty extra pages of mayhem I mean "fun."
$30,000 - HARDCOVER OPTION WITH KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER UNLOCKED: The option to upgrade or add-on a "Tao of Igor" hardcover version! This will be the first-ever Dork Tower collection in hardcover. +10 in combat!
$32,500 - DORK TOWER #35 ("The Gift of the Mad Guys") UNLOCKED: The Dork Tower Christmas Special is now in the mix! This means the Tao of Igor will clock in at more than 200 pages - the largest DORK TOWER collection by far!
$35,000 - THE DUNGEON BASTARD'S VERY PLAYABLE BUT DEADLY DEEP DUNGEON DELVE OF DEATHY DEATH UNLOCKED! The Dungeon Bastard AKA Bill Cavalier aka Tom Lommel will be turning the Tao of Igor Stretch Goal Map below into an actual, playable Dungeon, "The Dao of Rogi”!
$36,500 - ARMY OF DORKNESS STICKERS UNLOCKED! Your Army of Dorkness rank, in handy sticker form!! Plus a Tao of Igor sticker.
$38,000 - LUKESKI EP UNLOCKED! The Great LukeSki's six-song MP3 EP to go along with all levels, including "Geeks of the Industry."
$39,500 - GILLY PRINT UNLOCKED. A new Gilly Print will be added to the Tao of Igor prints for the physical rewards levels. A PDF will go along with the electronic reward levels. (Image below is not final art).
$41,000 - PAPER UPGRADE UNLOCKLED - Thicker, better quality paper stock, means a much nicer book (both softcover and hardcover options).
$42,500 - ARMY OF DORKNESS RANK BUTTONS UNLOCKED. Buttons for every rank will be produced. Physical rewards backers will get theirs mailed. (Electronic rewards backers can get theirs by just paying postage and handling).
$44,168 - COLOR! UNLOCKED! "The Tao of Igor" will be printed in full color!
Our reward levels are designed to give you lots of choices, but we know we can't create the perfect package for every backer so add-ons let you create your own perfect package.
Maybe you missed some of the earlier Dork Tower collections and want to pick them up. Or maybe you want a new t-shirt for every day of the week? Below you will see a list of all the items you can add to the reward level you select and the prices to make that happen.
A few weeks after the campaign ends, you will receive a survey via Backerkit to collect shipping info and reward choices for your pledge and that is also where you will make your add-on choices.
More add-ons may be added, as stretch-goals are hit.
There are two choices for funding your add-ons:
Prefund Add-ons - You can calculate the total amount you will need for any add-ons you want from the list below and add that amount on to your pledge in Kickstarter. You will be charged for your pledge and that additional money at the close of the campaign and the cash will be available on your account when you receive your Backerkit survey and you can make all your exact selections then. With this option, the dollars you add for add-ons will count towards the final goal and help unlock additional stretch goals.
Fund Add-ons via Backerkit Survey - You can also make your pledge and not add additional funds for add-ons and wait until the survey is received to both select and pay for any add-ons you want. There is no difference in price between the options, however add-ons that are funded after the campaign via the survey will not contribute to the stretch goal totals.
ADD-ON OPTIONS AND PRICES
EU- AND AUTRALIA-FRIENDLY SHIPPING!
Good news, potential backers in the EU and Australia--we have made arrangements to offer EU and Australia friendly shipping!
PDF REWARDS WILL BE FULFILLED BY OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT DRIVETHU COMICS.
Risks and challenges
Every project comes with its own unique risks and challenges. However, Dork Storm Press has produced nine previous Dork Tower collections - as well as other graphic novels - and has always delivered what it has promised.
Our fulfillment guru David Michael has had experience on several other successful Kickstarter projects, and knows the ins and outs of getting sweet, sweet swag to backers.
Hiccups and worse (sometimes much worse) do happen, in this industry - many times simply out of anyone's control.
However, we believe a February shipping target should have enough lead time built in to cushion any reasonable problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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