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About

Hi, I'm Sam and I'm on a mission to tell everyone why Laughter is a Moral Imperative!

Also, I tell DICK JOKES FOR JUSTICE!

No, seriously, that's my thing, comedy and activism. Some people call it laughtivism.

I've created cartoons and comedy on Woohooligan! since 2006, and more recently satirical blogs and roast-like webcomic reviews on Tumblr. Today I'm creating two new 64-page, full-color books of comedy and laughtivism for you to enjoy!

When I started twelve years ago, I avoided subjects I thought of as political, not because I disliked politics, in fact I was a huge fan of the Daily Show (and many spin-offs). I didn't want to be known as a "political cartoonist" because they're mostly partisan douches, who say things like "a Republican vote is support for the KKK!" or "CFL light-bulbs are killing America!"

In time I realized people mostly responded to the pieces (usually political) that I resisted making, and even then it was months before I embraced it. Now I approach my work as a whole quite differently. I still tell pop-culture and dick jokes, but I do it knowing that they're in service of a greater calling to make the world a better place.

On just about any issue, the odds are you and I have some common ground, and I probably advocate for something you support, whether that's racial or gender equity, GLBT rights, common sense gun laws, or economic justice. And I love hearing from you and working with you on new laughtivist projects! :D

Why Kickstarter

To spread our message of hope and hard-but-fun-work for change in a more practical sense, this Kickstarter will fund two trade paperbacks (a kind of graphic novel). The books are titled Woohooligan Vol. 2: Laugh It Forward and Hellbent Vol 1: Hell If I Know.

Star Wars Fan Theories
Star Wars Fan Theories

Most of the art is complete, previously published on our webcomic, so the only challenges at this point revolve around some pre-press cleanup, printing, shipping and other fulfillment tasks. I'm getting a ton of advice from seasoned Kickstarter creators like Tyler James and Russell Nohelty to make sure I can handle those challenges.

Fake It 'Till You Break It
Fake It 'Till You Break It

Of course whether or not this Kickstarter funds, I'm going to continue helping people. Because I knew the campaign would bring me some extra exposure, I decided to use it to help out some other great comedians and comic creators as well. So every day I'll be introducing you to two new artists in our artist spotlights. I hope you enjoy their work as well! :D

The Books 

Woohooligan Vol. 2, like the first volume, will be 64 full-color pages of mostly random comic strips -- some pop culture, some slice of life, some activist-oriented, like my strips on Black History Month or Trickle Down Economics.

Hellbent Vol. 1 will also be 64 full-color pages, the beginning of the ongoing Hellbent story I started in April, 2015. It follows a fairly average Midwestern girl named Amy, who dies on page one, goes to Hell, has a brief stint in Heaven and goes back to Hell. After some binge-drinking and depression, she reinvents herself as the bad girl, Amity Vale, who sleeps with Lucifer (Hell's gay prince of pride) and becomes pregnant (she's dead, what? what?), and is worried that her child will be the Antichrist. Parts of this story also touch on a variety of social commentaries about peer pressures, reputations, religious doctrine vs what we actually think about an afterlife (maybe we could become angels -- do you really want four heads?), etc.

I don't yet have cover images for either of these books, so I'll be relying on you wonderful backers for suggestions about those. :D

Love Trumps Hate
Love Trumps Hate

Rewards

In addition to the books themselves, I'm also offering some other great rewards for your pledge, from customized comedy ringtones (tell me what you enjoy, and I'll make it funny), to appearances in the book (die and go to hell with Amity), all the way up to a comedy party at your house or the opportunity to name one of the books!

I've also streamlined the shipping costs for the pledges in this campaign. All the pledge tiers at $10 and below are digital rewards with no shipping, and if you're in the US, or pledging $80 or more, shipping is free! The remaining pledge tiers are all $10 to Canada or $20 to Europe.

The one exception is if you want the Laugh Riot Comedy Jam and you live in Canada. You would not believe the shipping charges on one economy size adult human! I even offered to fit myself into one of those extra-small containers they use, what are they called? Airline seats? Still crazy!

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It's easy! Just pick your rewards on the right and enter your payment information. You'll only be charged after the campaign ends, if we meet our goal. If we fail to meet out funding target, no money will be collected, and we'll talk about how we want to move forward, whether that's with a second campaign or some other way.

Hellbent
Hellbent

Where's the Money Going?

The funds for this project go first to printing for the two new books and reprints of my first book which is sold out. I got quotes from at least six printers (some offset, some on-demand). The more funds we raise, the more books we'll print. While I love that you love my books, they're a side-effect of me trying to make the world a better place. I don't make comedy to sell books. I sell books so I can do more good work. So I factored funds into the budget to reinvest in our mission of laughter or a better world by promoting our newsletter and attending conventions in 2018, which are the best ways to meet new friends and tell them about our cause!

Here's a breakdown of how the money will be spent if we achieve the $1700 funding goal. If we get further than that, then obviously, I'll adjust to account for stretch goals, but most of this should stay about like it is in terms of percentages.

I don't have a ton of stretch goals in mind. I'd like to have a friend of mine draw a few backgrounds to touch up some of the older Hellbent pages that had somewhat sparse backgrounds. That's probably the smallest stretch goal. We might also make some art prints and posters. If we do phenomenally well, we might even see hardcover editions.

Thank you for checking out our work and helping us spread the word! Thank you for educating and protesting (it's an important part of our democracy), and most importantly, thank you for sharing yourself! :D

- Sam

Risks and challenges

This is the first time I've Kickstarted for a print volume that needs to be shipped, so there could be some hiccups in my expectations or understanding of fulfillment challenges, but no more than for any other creator with their first print campaign. I've been doing a lot of research on the fulfillment side of running a Kickstarter campaign and getting advice from people like Tyler James (Oxymoron, the Red Ten) and Russell Nohelty (Pixie Dust, Monsters and Other Scary Shit), so I think I have the bases covered. I'll also be using a fulfillment service to make managing it a little easier.

Some of the other non-book rewards for this Kickstarter may require a little creative thinking -- the party at your house for example. I'm convinced that with a little effort and my willingness to fly in the luggage compartment, we can work out the rough spots. ;)

I'm also aware that there are some rare cases of declined cards and disputed charges on Kickstarter. In the unlikely worst-case scenario that the final amount is less than needed for printing and shipping, I think we can run a second Kickstarter campaign for the smaller amount to cover the difference. I'll discuss options with backers obviously if it becomes an issue.

Health: Okay, I'd rather not have to mention this, however, I want to be as transparent as I can. I delivered some of the rewards from my first Kickstarter campaign really late. It's something I regret allowing myself to do.

The excuses at the time had to do with my health, a cross-country move, and home repairs. I was in the hospital with diabetes over the last three days of my first campaign. That happened just before my birthday in 2013. :P Immediately after that, I moved my family of seven across country to a house where a ton of immediate repairs demanded that I bury myself in software work. I was real lucky that the backers from that first project were very patient with me. :)

We own the house outright and all our bills and property taxes are current. The most urgent repair work is finished, and my health is better. It's not perfect, I'm not running marathons. I had cancer on my birthday in 2015. :P I got lucky and only needed simple surgery, in-and-out, no radiation, no chemo. And I'm glad it happened, because it lit the fire under my ass about pursuing my passions! :D

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    Farcical Friends!

    You're strapped for cash, but don't want to miss out? No problem!

    Everyone who pledges will receive at least one Kickstarter exclusive, backer-only wallpaper, whether funding succeeds or not! Also, everyone who pledges has the opportunity to help us decide what will be on the covers of the two new books! What would you like to see? Shoot me your ideas! Stretch goals will probably include additional exclusive wallpapers, and maybe a backer-exclusive ringtone.

    Remember to subscribe to our newsletter for updates and tell your friends! It's incredible people like you who keep us going! :D

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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Books?

    Get both books in PDF e-book form and as an added bonus, get your name included in the credits in the back of both books. If you pledge in the first three days, I'll let you download them right away, while our Kickstarter is still running.

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    A special treat for early backers! I'll record a short bit of personalized comedy for a ringtone or outgoing voicemail message! Or really any short recording where you might want a joke. Annoy your friends, confuse your enemies, be the laughing-stock of office parties! If you pledge on the first day, I'll record it right away, no waiting for the campaign to end. So if it fails, free ringtone!

    I can write the jokes or you can collaborate with me as much as you like.

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    I'll mail you a custom-drawn, black and white, 2.5x3.5" art trading card with a character of your choosing. You'll also get your name in the books, the PDFs, desktop wallpapers and no shipping!

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    Laugh It Forward!

    Get a signed trade paperback of Woohooligan Vol 2: Laugh It Forward. A collection of non-story comedy with an emphasis on information and activism. Plus the personalized comedy ringtone if you pledge in the first three days!

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    Hell If I Know!

    Get a signed trade paperback of Hellbent Vol 2: Hell If I Know. Follow Amy Noel as she dies, learns about hell, meets Jesus, gets kicked out of heaven, and is transformed into the punk chick Amity Vale. Plus the personalized comedy ringtone if you pledge in the first three days!

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    Get both signed trade paperbacks! Plus the personalized comedy ringtone if you pledge in the first three days!

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    Break the Mirror!

    You're a funny guy, but looks won't get you everywhere!

    Get a hand-drawn original caricature of yourself, a friend or family member, or a character of your choosing!

    Includes both the books and if you pledge in the first three days, I'll start the caricature right away and I'll also give you the custom comedy ringtone!

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    Showtime!

    I'll record a five minute stand-up, sketch or improv comedy video on a subject of your choice, and if you want, I'll let you collaborate on the script.

    If you pledge in the first three days, I'll record as soon as you like, no waiting for the campaign to end. And at this level and above I'll record the personalized comedy ringtone for you regardless of when you pledge or the success of the campaign. If it fails, free ringtone!

    Also at this level and above, free shipping to any location!

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    Go To Hell, You Crazy Bastard!!!

    Of course, you have to die first, in an upcoming page of Hellbent.

    Send me your photo and I'll make you a character with a humorous death story. You could be the dude who walked off a cliff in California while texting (don't walk and text, kids), or electrocuted by a homemade sex toy, or eaten by a swarm of zombie squirrels!

    Hellbent vol 1 is already complete, so these pages will appear in volume 2.

    Free shipping to any location!

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    Take a Page From Our Book!

    You get a whole page of Woohooligan Vol 2: Laugh It Forward to do whatever you want! Put your art or comic strip on it, write out an anarchist manifesto, photos of your cat, go crazy, it's your page! (Nothing illegal obvs.)

    If you feel like you don't have the mad art/writing skillz to do it justice, I can write/draw it or we can find someone else to git 'er done!

    Free shipping to any location!

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    Laugh Riot! A Comedy Jam!

    You get me for a day! I'll fly to your house, sleep on your floor and spend the next day with you and your friends! While I'm there, I'll perform stand-up, draw you caricatures or comic strips, collaborate on your book, etc. Whatever you like, it's your day!

    Each of these Laugh Riot parties sponsors me to make at least one convention appearance in 2018 or the following year, so this party isn't just for you. You're also helping spread our message of hope and laughter across the country and around the world! And if you're so inclined, I'll tell everyone who comes to my table how awesome you are! Like that one time you saved a kitten from a burning building. That was you, right? You totally did that!

    A note to Canadian backers: you would not believe the international shipping rates on an economy size adult human! I even offered to fit myself into one of those extra-small containers they use, what are they called? Airline seats? Still crazy! So there's an extra $100 shipping to Canada.

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    Executive Producer!

    Oh shit, this is scary. I'm going for it. At this pledge level, I will let you rename one of the two new books I'm printing. I could wind up with Woohooligan Vol 2: Boaty McBoatface, and if that's your call, I'll go with it.

    None of the other rewards scare me like this, but this is a trust fall. I'm gonna just... put my faith in you, that you'll do good by my babies and give them good names.

    The first person to pledge gets first pick of which book to name.

    This reward also includes the party at your house and all the lower rewards, plus FREE SHIPPING on one economy size adult human!

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Funding period

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