What's All This?
SMBC (short for "Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal") is a daily-updated comic strip about all sorts of topics. Its author, Zach Weinersmith, is a giant dork who also has many other geeky projects such as producing SMBC Theater, writing for Snowflakes, his science blog the Weinerworks, and his science-themed podcast The Weekly Weinersmith (which he co-hosts with his wife, the parasitologist Kelly Weinersmith).
So it will come as no huge surprise that this, the third SMBC printed collection, is a compendium of his finest science-related strips. Like these!
Theory of Revolution: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2703
Periodic Table: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2349
Science Reporting: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1623
Why am I paying for a thing that is free??
The baseline version of the book offered in this Kickstarter will contain over 100 favorite strips about science and scientists from the SMBC archive, delicately hand-selected by only the finest comic consumers and autographed by the author. Societal mores dictate that you can't give free webcomics as a real present to your favorite scientists, but you could give this!
But wait, that's not all.The more money raised in this Kickstarter, the more content goes in the book. Below this section is a map with lots of X marks on it. Those X marks represent a point at which you improve the book. Many of these stretch goals unlock exclusive, never before seen new comics. Even better, some of those goals will also unlock Tales of Science comics. These are illustrated, comic versions of AWESOME SCIENCE STORIES from a bunch of our favorite scientists.
For the moment, the rewards are secret. But, as we make our way through the map, we'll be revealing them. Aren't you intrigued by scientific curiosity??
Phil Plait, Elizabeth Iorns Henry Reich, Ed Yong, Emily Lakdawalla, Sean Carroll, Christina Agapakis, Adam Savage!
1k) Phil Plait's Science Story Added to Book!
5k) First New Exclusive Comic Added to Book!
10k) Second Exclusive Comic (First exclusive comic to involve fish)
15k) Third Exclusive Comic (First exclusive comic Involving nudity!)
20k) Desktop Wallpaper for Everyone!
25k) Fourth Exclusive Comic (Computer science jokes!)
30k) Elizabeth Iorns's Science Story Added to Book!
35k) ADDED STICKER FOR PEOPLE WHO GOT PHYSICAL GOODS!
40k) Fifth Exclusive Comic!
45k) Henry Reich's Story Added to Book!
50k) Everyone gets eBook of first SMBC Book!
NEW MAP UNLOCKED
55k) "Save Yourself Mammal" desktop wallpaper for everyone!
60k) Ed Yong's Science Story Added to Book
65k) SIXTH Exclusive Comic Added
70k) "Most Dangerous Game" desktop wallpaper for everyone!
75k) Emily Lakdawalla Science Story Added to Book!
80k) Postcards for everyone!
85k) Sean Carroll's Science Story Added to Book
90k) SEVENTH Exclusive Comic Added
NEW MAP UNLOCKED
95k) EIGHTH Exclusive Comic Added
100k) WALLPAPE NINTH COMIC 100,000 THOUSAND I DON'T EVEN
110k) KELLY WEINERSMITH HAS BEEN LOOSED UPON THE BOOK
120k) TENTH Exclusive Comic Added
130k) Christina Agapakis Story Added to Book!
140k) ELEVENTH Exclusive Comic Added
150k) TRIAL OF THE CLONE FOR EVERYONE!
NEW MAP UNLOCKED
160k) TWELFTH EXCLUSIVE COMIC ADDED175k) 10 BOOKS GIVEN AWAY TO LABS200k) THIRTEENTH EXCLUSIVE COMIC ADDED225k) FOURTEENTH EXCLUSIVE COMIC ADDED250k) HARDCOVERS UNLOCKED!
NEW MAP UNLOCKED
275k) 15TH EXCLUSIVE COMIC ADDED
300k) All hardcovers will be signed!
325k) ANOTHER SCIENCE EXCLUSIVE ADDED!
(But what if we get beyond the map?? Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves, but a little birdy told me that we're going to start throwing in more physical stuff, like stickers and postcards. This birdy is very consumerist.)
Of course, you can also get a bunch of bonus items designed just for this project.
Unit Converter Bookmark: Ever needed to know how many Hogsheads of wine are in a bottle, but you don't have Wikipedia handy? Our bookmark of obscure unit conversions has you covered, whether you use Imperial or SI units.
Science Poster: We're expanding one of our most popular designs to include 20 things Science has gloriously ruined! Hang it up in your lab and cackle with your colleagues.
Shirt: If it's not enough for you to merely declare the glory of science in your own home, you can declare it with your body. The shirt will be the same as the poster, but... you know... a shirt.
Notebook: Put all your world-ruining-est thoughts into these pocket notebooks, each of which will have the words "SCIENCE: Ruining Everything Since 1543" printed on the cover, below which will be an image of a geocentric universe crossed out.
I didn't enter t-shirt sizing info. How will I get the right size?
After it's all over, we place one big order with our shirt printers. So, once we know how many shirts are needed, we'll send out a questionnaire.
What t-shirt sizes will be offered?
Small to 2XL on American Apparel sizing
Is the book softcover or hardcover?
Softcover, though legend has it that if we get to a high enough level, we can introduce a limited run of hardcovers.
I want to add a hardcover book to my order!
Great, just add an extra $40 to your pledge, and send a message letting us know. We'll make sure you get it!
I want to upgrade my softcover version to a hardcover version! HOW?!
Just add another $20 to your order and send a message letting us know you want a hardcover in place of the softcover.
I didn't enter which books I want. How do I select?
Like the shirts, we place the final order all at once. So, we'll get your choices after this crazy party is over.
Could you get [famous scientist]?
We’d love to, but haven’t been able to yet!
Could you offer [particular package]?
We can’t really do that, but if it’s for books, they’ll all be available after the kickstarter.
My shipping address isn't the same as my billing! Help!
Don’t worry about this! We don’t actually have access to any of your addresses until we send out a backer survey when the books are ready to go out--at that time, please send us your most up-to-date address and we’ll make sure your stuff goes there.
Can you reduce the shipping for Canada?
There’s no reduced shipping rate for Canada. Unfortunately, it is actually rather expensive to ship to Canada with most normal postal methods.
The publisher of this book is Breadpig. If you’re not familiar with Breadpig, they’re the “Newman’s Own for Geeks,” created by reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian. They make geek stuff and give a portion of their profits to awesome trustworthy groups.
You may have heard of one or two of their projects, like... oh... the XKCD Book, or Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be. They were also the publisher behind all of my previous collections, and my choosable path novel Trial of the Clone. In short, they have lots of experience delivering on Kickstarter projects!
On a Personal Note
Of all my books so far, this is the one I'm most starry-eyed about. I'm a huge science geek, and the biggest pleasure of my cartooning career has been the ability to meet many of my heroes. Several of them actually contributed to this book.
I think the mainstreaming of science humor is one of the best things that's happened since the Internet came along. I take a lot of pride in my small contribution to that happening. So, for all of you out there who've been willing to laugh along with jokes about symbolic logic, cosmology, and evolutionary theory, thanks. I'm a lot happier having the privilege of entertaining you.
Risks and challenges
Although we don't foresee any trouble, it's always possible that the creation of a new product will take longer than expected. That said, the design work for everything we're offering is already complete, and Breadpig is now a veteran of three blowout kickstarters. So, we believe we have the infrastructure and organization to succeed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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