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Okay! Hope you had a nice time over the holidays.
FIRST UPDATE YOUR ADDRESS
Kickstarter now allows backers to update their addresses after a campaign is completed. Please take a moment and update your address YES EVEN IF YOU ALREADY SENT US AN UPDATED ADDRESS. This way we've only got one address on file for you and that'll reduce the chances of making a mistake on our end. Thanks!
How are we doing on the ol' Kickstarter?
Field Guide is done. All art, writing, and layout = done. Printer is paid! Books are printing! Hooray!
90 - 95% of designs for all the other items: done.
Scott and Brian still need to get together with the stack of Field Guides when they're printed and sign a million* of them and doodle in a few thousand*. All that should go down in March because it takes time for books to be printed.
Okay, so why wasn't all this stuff done sooner?
Well, there's a lot of reasons. What it boils down to is that we had to use the same talent to produce our comic books and the Kickstarter material. This might not have been a problem had we been able to start work on the Kickstarter material before and during the campaign to get a head start. But we had to make the production of Atomic Robo Volume 8 our first priority because, y'know, there's contracts and deadlines and things.
Using just one of us as an example...
Jeff Powell: our main man for lettering and layout. He had to work on every issue of Vol 8, the layout for RSAv2 TPB, the layout for Vol 8 TPB, the layout for the Field Guide, and finalizing a bunch of designs for our stretch goal items. Also the holidays, the weather, moving, and perhaps the worst timing in the world to quit smoking.
That's not to lay blame at Jeff's feet! Brian had to write the Field Guide while writing Vol 9 so Scott could jump right into it when he finished drawing Vol 8 because making the artist sit around with no paying work is a pretty terrible thing to do. Then there was whatever it is Brian did for the upcoming Robo RPG. And technically he's still writing a novel for Evil Hat's Dinocalypse.
Scott had to finish drawing Vol 8 while drawing new art assets for the Field Guide and other stretch goals, and start drawing Volume 9, and draw a pile of custom sketches for some of our backers.
Each of these was a small delay, but they compounded one another far worse than we anticipated.
On the bright side: LESSON LEARNED
We've got a non-Robo Kickstarter coming up later this year. It's "later this year" because we won't do a damn thing on it until all Field Guide materials have been delivered. Even then, additional folks will be brought in so we don't hit the same bottlenecks. And it'll be a smaller project overall so there's less to do. And they'll have a chance to get started before launch so there's that much less to get done.
We hope you'll give us a chance to prove we learned from our mistakes, but we'll understand if you don't.
Meanwhile! Back to work.
*not accurate figures but oh goodness it's a lot.