About this project
What's it like to be an engineer in a tech startup? For the past ten years Jam has been telling that story with weekly comics like these:
All the stories are true! And you can read ALL her comics online for free at wastedtalent.ca
But after ten years, the webcomic is ending!
Thank you everyone for helping it go out on such a positive note!! <3 FOR UPDATES ON FUTURE PROJECTS BY JAM:
The goal of this project is to bring the final two collections of Wasted Talent to print! Because each comic page is a stand-alone joke, each book has been designed as a stand-alone experience. It's about an engineer, but you don't have to be an engineer to appreciate the humour!
In Professionally Awesome, Jam finally quits her cubicle job and becomes employee #3 at an industrial start-up. It's not quite the soft landing she was hoping for.
In Redesigned, Jam finds herself in another tech startup - a small, young team of engineers devoted to solving the world's toughest problems with cutting edge tech. Turns out growing a company comes with its own set of challenges!
Throughout the books you'll also read about Jam's adventures as a young Vancouverite, her relationship with Trevor and their various mountain-biking-related mishaps, and swordfighting! Yes, swordfighting.
[update 11/13:] We hit our goal!! Additional funds will go towards making the books you've already backed EVEN BETTER. Our first stretch goal is SPOT FOIL (a cover treatment that makes the title shiny metallic!)
Each book is about 150 pages, perfect bound and printed in full colour. It will be offset printed, meaning you'll be getting the same high quality printing you've enjoyed in previous books.
The books are 6x8" and are designed to line up nicely on your shelf if you've collected the previous books :)
I'm also offering some kickstarter-exclusive editions of the book.
In addition to the beautiful books, in this tier I'm offering two signed bookplates (one for each book). I'll also include a double-sided 6x8 print featuring two popular comics from this chapter: Minimalism with an Exception (aka Small Library) and Blue Sky Thinking
I've offered "Extreme Editions" of every book, and what's special about them is the CUSTOMIZATION. Those who have snagged previous copies know these bookplates are special and personalized:
Since there are two books you'll be getting two customized extreme bookplates.
The Extreme edition also includes some sweet gifts, including the double sided print from the signed edition, a die cut magnet of Flitzybon (my imaginary cat)
And a Kickstarter Exclusive Cloudsie Enamel pin! Now you can take a grey Vancouver day with you even if you live in sunny Sydney ;)
Extreme Editions are VERY LIMITED so if you're interested don't wait!
This time I'm doing a LIMITED RUN of the print editions. If you want a print book, this Kickstarter is your only guaranteed way to get it. I will only order as many as I need for KS with enough left over to last maybe two or three comic shows and that's it!
Printing offset in a limited run is pretty expensive - more than I'm able to fund on my own. Especially for doing two books at once!
Thanks to @explodinghye my book's fabulous designer who also helped me make the graphics on this kickstarter page extra shiny.
The KS video music is Quantum Jazz - Oribiting a Distant Plant
The books feature a number of guest artists including:
- Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue
- Alina Pete of Weregeek
- Kory Bing of Skin Deep (guest inks)
- Zach Weinersmith of SMBC
- Jak of WooHoo
- JJ McCullough of Filibuster
- Jeff Ellis of Crossroads
- Jonathon Dalton of Phobos and Deimos
Also thanks to my partners for this project: BackerKit who will be supporting the back-end process for digital and physical fulfillment (and allowing you to buy previous editions), and Hemlock who will be handling the printing and physical fulfillment.
Risks and challenges
No project is without its risks, but I've done my best to mitigate those risks up front wherever I can. The biggest risks and mitigation strategies are outlined below.
Risk of Error in scheduling/planning/costing: Thankfully I've done this (without KS) three times before. Also, project management is my day job… you're in good hands. I've built in a contingency for budgeting fluctuations, and I am committing to biweekly updates for backers
Risk of delay in production: The interior core content is complete, and the design will be final by the time the kickstarter wraps. I'm using Hemlock Printers, a local vendor for offset printing. This significantly mitigates shipping risk (no shipping involved - Hemlock is also doing distribution for us!), timing has already been allocated for the production run. All other vendors have already been identified and contacted for quote
Fulfillment Risks! Fulfillment is a bear. I know, I've done it three times on my own! This time I'm getting help from the good people at Backerkit and Hemlock, and everything ships from the USA
Risk to Artist (biggest risk) - There's a lot of customization involved, and if delay happens anywhere it will be here. Thankfully this work will have my full attention. And I'll try not to get hit by a car on my way to work. I'm ordering the bookplates first to get on customization ASAP. I'll be shipping the extreme editions separately from their customized bookplates. The extreme edition bookplates will ship directly from me in Vancouver, so I'm not hanging up fulfillment and I can take extra care with your customizations. This is why there's a hard limit on the number of extreme bookplates... I'll have to do 100 and that'll take a long time!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
YES, I will be managing add-ons through Backerkit. Add $25 ($20 + shipping adjustment) for each previous book you'd like, and you can specify which one in the survey. I CAN'T GUARANTEE AVAILABILITY OF BOOK 1, however. There aren't many left, so if you want one I would back "complete".
YES! Add $80 to your pledge and I will send you a RANDOM WT ORIGINAL. They are all full-colour watercolour or marker pieces, 9x12" on archival-quality paper. They have been stored with loving care and are meticulously catalogued. I'll confirm that's what you want during the BackerKit survey, but they will be sent express directly from Canada.
ALL BOOKS (including signed and extreme editions) ship from the US via USPS.
SIGNED bookplates will ship WITH THE BOOKS (USPS).
EXTREME bookplates are handled by me personally, since I customize every order to your specifications. They will ship from me in Vancouver by letter post, and will probably arrive after your extreme edition books arrive.
If you ordered an ORIGINAL Extreme, your bookplates will arrive WITH your original art, shipped express with tracking from Vancouver, BC. These will probably arrive before your books.
Additional Original pieces will ship from Vancouver, BC, with tracking. Shipping is rolled into the price.
Shipping is expensive, I know, and I'm sorry. I don't keep any of that money, it goes STRAIGHT to the post and I've done everything I can to mitigate the cost.
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