CONTRIBUTE TO MY NEXT WEBCOMIC - 1/24/13
Please read the following campaign update which explains how your contribution to the Theater Hopper eBooks Kickstarter campaign can help aid the successful launch and production of my next web comic, Midwestern Nice!
FUNDING UPDATE - 1/14/13
I was very shocked and pleased to see that we were able to reach our $3,000 funding goal in less than three days. Thank you to all of you who have pledged to help make this possible!
Since the campaign doesn't end until Wednesday, February 6, I've established some Stretch Goals to help keep the ball rolling.
- If we reach $4,000, I will design and release a Cardboard Iron Man Cubeecraft that will be free to download for everyone!
- If we reach $5,000, I will send an original 4x6" sketch to all participants who pledge $35 or more!
- Artist Editions for $65 are a new Stretch Reward. Select this reward and I'll draw a custom sketch in each of the three copies of the printed Theater Hopper Books!
I'm trying to keep the Stretch Goals reasonable at the moment. If we reach them quickly, I may add more.
To learn more about these goals, please read the Project Update published here.
A Little History
My name is Tom Brazelton and I was the artist and writer of a quasi-popular movie-themed web comic called Theater Hopper that ran from 2002 to 2012.
During my run, I produced three books collecting the first three years of the comic. The books included individual commentary for each strip that helped to contextualize them while revealing insights into my artistic and writing process.
Interestingly enough, I funded my third book using Kickstarter. So I know first-hand the value Kickstarter brings to crowd funding a project like this. I feel confident that this new project will be met with similar enthusiasm.
I want to take the first three self-published Theater Hopper books and convert them to eBooks. Once converted, I will write seven more BRAND NEW Theater Hopper collections. Each successive eBook will be converted and made available as soon as it is finished. These eBooks will be released over a period of several months.
I was very proud to have self-published three books, but I'm bothered that there are no collections for the last seven years. I consider it unfinished business.
As much as I would love to produce physical copies of Theater Hopper years Four through Ten, it simply isn't feasible. The upfront costs would be enormous. For the books to be profitable, I would have to print up hundreds of copies. Frankly, I have nowhere to store them.
eBooks, on the other hand, offer a high-efficiency alternative. The upfront costs are minimal, there are no storage concerns and it provides a low-cost alternative to fans of Theater Hopper who would like to learn more about the last seven years of the comic.
Why Do You Need $3,000?
I plan on having the books published through Graphicly. Their service is comprehensive and they can help me deliver the book in multiple formats through several different vendors. That means Theater Hopper eBooks will work for:
- Kindle Fire
- iPhone + iPad
- NOOK Color
- NOOK Tablet
- NOOK Touch
- Android Tables
- Android Phones
- Kobo VOX Reader
Yes, I realize there are ways to do this by myself. But as the father of two young children with limited free time and as someone who has never published an eBook before, I'm looking to delegate as many of the production details as possible.
With Graphicly in charge of production, I'm free to concentrate on the creative side of writing seven books. More importantly, it means you'll get the end product faster. Their turn around time is roughly 1 to 2 weeks.
Graphicly charges $250 per eBook for publication. This includes a complete, full-service conversion that defines the eBook's metadata, optimizes the file for digital delivery and defines assisted reading views. An additional $250 will cover the cost the cost of ISBN registration numbers for each book.
So the baseline for the project is $2,750. If successfully funded, Kickstarter will charge me $250 for processing fees. So I rounded up the goal to $3,000 to help offset that cost.
$3,000 is all I need to produce 10 eBooks. That's $500 less than what I needed to produce ONE print edition. If the campaign does more than three grand, great. If not, I'm okay with that, too. For me, this project is about scratching a creative itch - one that I need a little help from you guys to reach.
Thanks for your consideration and your support.
Risks and challenges
The greatest risks to this project are production availability and timeliness.
As I mentioned before, I'm a father of two young kids and that doesn't leave a lot of time during the day to produce 10 eBooks and write an estimated 1,400 pages of new content. This includes illustrating 7 new book covers as well.
The good news is that the first three books are already finished. The work done for the print edition can easily be ported over to the eBook format. So that means you'll get three pipin' hot eBooks right off the bat. That leaves 7 books left to produce.
Optimally, I'd like to try and produce one new book a month. But I think it's more realistic to say that it would take roughly two months per book to produce. Of course, I intend to use Kickstarter's blogging platform to keep everyone up to date on my progress and deliver estimates of when new books will be completed.
This project will have a long tail on it. But it is my hope that periodic updates will take the sting out a little bit. I think this option is more viable than producing all 7 books at once and flooding the market with them at the same time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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