Share this project


Share this project

Two hilarious new books about being a lady in the startup scene, and the quest to achieve peak awesomeness.
Two hilarious new books about being a lady in the startup scene, and the quest to achieve peak awesomeness.
Created by
755 backers pledged CA$ 66,075 to help bring this project to life.

Use this space to cheer the creator along, and talk to your fellow backers.

Have a question?

Only backers can post comments. Log In
    1. Missing avatar

      Richard Rutkowski on

      Hi Jam,
      Just got my order in today. Can't wait to go through the contents. �

    2. Jam Creator on

      Hi @Alfonso, please send me a direct message or an email (jam at wastedtalent dot ca). I checked on your order and we're still waiting on a shipping address from you. I have your order right here, ready to ship out as soon as I have that info :)

    3. Alfonso Lizárraga Santos on

      Hi Jam! Same here, haven't received the books yet, they're shipping to Mexico City. Just wanted to check if everything is alright :). Cheers!

    4. Jam Creator on

      Hi @Richard Rutowski, thanks for sending me a direct message! We will get it resolved as soon :)

    5. Missing avatar

      Richard Rutkowski on

      Sadly, I have not received my order yet. Here's to being hopeful for soon.

    6. Jessica Magelaner on

      Just got mine in the mail today - everything looks fantastic!:)

    7. Jam Creator on

      Hi @Christopher Lorenz, I'm so sorry the post was rough with your book! :( Send me an email and we'll get it sorted out - jam @ wastedtalent . ca

    8. Jam Creator on

      Hi @Patrick Connors! There is a how-to video for the box here :)…

      Glad they arrived!

    9. Missing avatar

      Patrick Connors on

      Never mind; I found pictures of the assembled slipcases at Jam's Twitter. Thanks again!

    10. Missing avatar

      Patrick Connors on

      Got my books and goodies today! Loooks great!
      But how do I assemble the slipcase?

    11. Heather Farrington

      I got my books (and all my other things!) today! They are so beautiful and well made, I can't wait to read through your comic again ^_^

    12. Leishycat

      They caaame :D

    13. Missing avatar

      Christopher Lorenz on

      I just got the books today and they look better than they did when I read them on your webcomic. All the red in book 1 is really nice. :D

      The only bad part is the corners of book 4 got a bit mangled in transit it seems, that poor 'K' in Melick. :(

    14. kyhm on

      I got the books, box, and associated swag today, and I'm looking forward to re-reading the whole run, plus the anthologies Jam contributed to. Thanks for a decade plus of clever, funny shenanigans and best of luck in your new adventures.

    15. Missing avatar

      Jaime on

      I got the books today and I love them! I can't wait to reunite the box and books 4 and 5 with the others I have in my parents house in Vancouver. I am so sad to see the end of this comic, but I'm glad that you got to end it the way you wanted and with such a beautiful set of books!

    16. Tina Klassen

      My books were delivered today. They are awesome and the shiny bits on the cover are a nice added touch.
      Thank you :)

    17. Jam Creator on

      Hi Scruffy! I unfortunately cannot guarantee that it will arrive before mid-may. I'm getting an update tomorrow on shipping timelines, but not knowing when your order will be packed, I think it's probably safer to direct it to your destination address (if you have it).

    18. Missing avatar


      Hello, I hate to be one of those "when will it ship" people, but I will be moving to the other side of my state at the end of May. Do you think that the complete box set will arrive in mid-May? Otherwise I will need to change the Backerkit shipping address before it gets locked. Thanks a bunch.

    19. Jam Creator on

      Hi Israel, the ebooks will be shipped earlier! When you answer the survey there will be a link to the downloads.

    20. Missing avatar

      Israel C. on

      The ebooks will be shipped at same time than physical books?

    21. Jam Creator on

      Hi Molly, the answer at this point is "probably no", but please send me a message when I have them in hand (eta: end of January).

    22. Missing avatar

      Nicole Stachowicz Powers on

      Congratulations!! My husband will love his Christmas present. I'll print out the confirmation email and put it under the tree. ;-) Can't wait 'til April!

    23. Missing avatar

      Oleha Riden on

      Wooo you crushed your goal!!!

    24. Carol Medina on

      Woah I almost missed the campaign! Pledged in the last 2 minutes :D

    25. Missing avatar

      Molly on

      I love the Cloudsie pin but I pledged for a complete set of books because that's what I want most. I'd assume that we won't be able to get Cloudsie as an add-on since it's linked to the specific pledge levels but I figured I'd ask - will it be possible to get a Cloudsie as an add-on?

    26. Missing avatar

      Keith Lim on

      (tune: "Log", from The Ren & Stimpy Show)

      What's great in looks,
      Holds five awesome books,
      And keeps them all safe as locks?
      You fold it yourself,
      It sits on your shelf,
      It's box, box, box!

      It's box, box,
      It's hollow, cardboard, and ink.
      It's box, box,
      It's better than best, we think.

      Everyone wants a box,
      You're gonna love it, box.
      Come on and get your box,
      Everyone needs a box.
      (Wants a box,
      Love it, box.)

      Box. From Jammy.

    27. Missing avatar

      Zachary Morris on

      Awesome Possum.. I didn't have the other books(was unaware of their existance! Somehow I missed them over the last "just under a decade" of reading. Well I'll have them all in physical form now. Mwahahaha.
      pledged the Complete Wasted Talent wave 2
      Someday if the opportunity arrives hopefully can get them signed, so they can go in my signed book collection in my library.
      Such excellent works.

    28. Missing avatar

      Xelmon on

      And there we go... There will be boxes too. =)

    29. Missing avatar

      Ronald Riehn on

      Jam, it's been a ride. Followed your comic almost since the beginning - I was introduced to your work from some of your World of Warcraft jokes. Wasted Talent has not left active rotation in my reading since.

      Good luck in your future endeavors; so long, and thanks for all the fish.

    30. The Thirst Amendment on

      Hi Jam,

      Excited to stumble upon your project. I first "met" you through Twitter as EngineersHumor (now run by someone else). Great to see your Success. Keep it up!


    31. Missing avatar

      Simon Smart on

      It is a real shame to see the end of WT, which has been a constance source of humour and distraction right through my PhD, post-docs, first and now onto my second job. Thank you for all those drawings, and all the best for the future (+ to Trevor).

    32. Jam Creator on

      UPDATE to previous comment: I will now reprint book 1! So if you want one you can definitely get one, but only by preordering it (either back a "complete" tier or add + $20 to your pledge for book 1.)

    33. Jam Creator on

      Hi @Alex Lilley! Thanks so much for reading!! The shortage is for Book One ONLY. I'm actively working to confirm the number that I have available and if I CAN raise that tier I will.

      There are, however, LOTS of books 2 and 3 still. You can add those with a $25/bk addition to your pledge (just confirmed signup with BackerKit which is how we will manage those add ons :) )

    34. Alex Lilley on

      Sad to see the autobiography come to a close! I've enjoyed reading this for years, it helped me get through my final year of university. For the physical book tier; the option for all five books is unavailable at this time; is this due to shortage of the original three books? If that is not the case then, will the physical books be able to be added as add-ons?

    35. Heather

      Duh, I'm confusing my pledges! --A, how bout a sketch of an obsessive newbie? LOL

    36. Heather

      Hey Jess! How about a sketch of an obsessive newbie? Lol

    37. James Flaagan

      Dang, another great comic I enjoy coming to an end. Since I started reading I've gone from being a visual fx artist in the game industry to a mechanical design for the semiconductor cleaning equipment industry. While I don't have the technical education you have (something I'm very envious of at this point in my life), it's been fun reading about your transition to your career.

      Looking forward to seeing what new coolness you create, please put a *big* banner on the WT site when you've got something new and awesome to share with us!

    38. Jam Creator on

      Re: (comics after WT) It's not that easy to get rid of me!!! >:D muahaha

    39. Missing avatar

      Maddison Brinson on

      Well she isn't leaving, didn't Jam say she is going to create other comics after Wasted Talent? So she isn't really leaving us!! :)

    40. Missing avatar

      Charlie Owen on

      Nooooooo! The kickstarter went live while everyone here in Japan was asleep, and by the time 7:00am rolled around here, all the Extreme Editions were gone :(

    41. Missing avatar

      Christopher Johnson on

      Your comic is what introduced me to the world of web comics many years ago. Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us. It has been a joy and I wish you all the best going forward.

    42. Missing avatar

      Sean on

      Truly happy to be a part of this and have the opportunity to complete my collection. I showed up a little late to the party and miss the chance to get Extreme Underwater Basket Weaving edition again. A little bummed, but I will manage. Really love the comic and appreciate you sharing your journey these last 10 years with all of us.

    43. Missing avatar

      Steven Azar on

      Welp, it's been a good ride... glad to be here at the end!