Hey, Hooligans! To be honest, I didn't expect to have to come up with stretch goals for this campaign. I'm flattered that you all got us to within striking distance of our funding goal on day 12! :D
So here are our current stretch goals:
$650 DONE! (Jun 7) - Rosie Riveter - all backers at $12 and up will receive this 2nd exclusive print
$700 DONE! (Jun 12) - Captain America Tribute - all backers at $12 and up will receive this 3rd exclusive print
$750 - Seize the Memes of Production! - All backers at $4 Digital Dandies will receive 1 exclusive print of the Laugh It Forward cover.
I'm still not sure what else to offer for further stretch goals. There seems to have been some interest in magnets, stickers or buttons. If you have suggestions, let me know in the project updates! :D
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!
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 Woohooligan Vol 2: Laugh It Forward, a new 64-page, full-color book of my comedy and laughtivist cartoons for you to enjoy! The funds from this campaign will print both the new volume as well as reprinting copies of my first book, Woohooligan vol 1: Into Dorkness.
If you'd told me a few years ago that I would be making "political comedy", I'd have told you you were crazy! Despite being a big fan of the Daily Show and many spin-offs, I didn't want to be known as a "political cartoonist".
Occasionally, something would stick in my craw until I had to make a cartoon about something like the mythical "death panels". After several years, I realized those cartoons I resisted making were often my most popular works.
It wasn't until after the election of President Spanky McBoneSpurs that I gave in and embraced social activism as part of my work. :P 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.
"I love what you’re doing... like Swift meets a calm Bill Hicks, you use your comedy to expose the animal trappings of human nature. Ego, fear, ignorance, etc... You have a unique voice and perspective." - Eric Hailey
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
If you'd like to see more of my work before you back, get a copy of my first book with bonus comics when you subscribe to our newsletter here. If you decide it's not your thing, you can unsubscribe any time.
To spread our message of hope and hilarity in a more practical sense, this Kickstarter will fund my second trade paperback, Woohooligan Vol. 2: Laugh It Forward!
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.
The art is complete, previously published on our webcomic (or Patreon). All that remains is some pre-press cleanup and fulfillment. I'll finish the Kickstarter exclusive wallpaper and art prints in the first week after the campaign and expect 3-5 weeks to get the finished books back from the printer. So I expect to mail the books out to backers in late July.
In addition to the books themselves, I'm also offering some other great rewards for your pledge, from art cards and custom comedy ringtones, to caricatures and custom comedy videos, all the way up to a party at your house or the opportunity to rename the book!
Shipping is free for anyone in the US, or backing at $20 or under, or backing at $80 or more.
At the higher levels, you can get me for a day! For $799, I'll fly to your house and party with you and your friends! I'll perform standup, make caricatures, whatever you want, it's your day! Too much? For $299, you can be a character in the book (or just put whatever you want on a full-page spread), or for $119 get a custom comedy video!
But if you can't afford very much, there are also awesome rewards at the lower levels. At the $1.00 level, you get the Woohooligan vol 2 ebook (or substitute one of the other books), for the same price you would normally pay, plus you get your name in the credits and an an exclusive desktop wallpaper!
Also, as part of the digital dandies rewards at the $4.00 level, you get all four of my ebooks at their regular price, plus your name in the credits, the exclusive desktop wallpaper, and we've arranged a PDF ebook copy of Wes Locher's Unit 44! This is the first of a four-issue series about two Area 51 agents scrambling to recover the top-secret contents of a storage locker that was accidentally auctioned off to rednecks. Reminiscent of Men In Black, it's a hilarious ride! :D It's described as the X-Files as a sitcom!
New to Kickstarter?
It's easy! Just pick your rewards on the right and enter your payment information. You'll only be charged if we meet our goal, and after the campaign ends. 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?
Most of the campaign funds will go to printing and shipping. This campaign is a reboot of a much more ambitious campaign that included a third book that didn't attract much interest, so I've shelved it for a later campaign. I also removed from the goal funds I hoped to use to attend conventions this year, and to hire fulfillment help (I'll be shipping the books myself). If I have some extra for those things at the end, great, but they're no longer part of the fundraising goal.
Each book costs $182.50 for a minimal print run of 25 copies. So dropping one book brings our printing cost down to $365. The hand-signed prints will cost about $10-30 (it depends how many backers get them), and Kickstarter will take about $60, leaving $145 for shipping, miscalculations, or emergencies. (Shipping costs for the 42 backers from the previous campaign came out to ~$60.)
I'm confident the previous campaign gave me a clear understanding of what to expect, and I've fixed the many hilarious mistakes I made, like totally botching the campaign graphic. :P
I'm sure this campaign will fund and then we can talk about unlocking some cool stretch goals! :D
Risks and challenges
This is the first time I've Kickstarted for a print volume that needs to be shipped, so I've done 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.
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 sometimes 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'm sure we can figure out a way to cover the difference. I'll discuss options with backers obviously if it becomes an issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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