So I had an… interesting day, yesterday.
After weeks of working on the Kickstarter campaign for the new books, I had submitted it last weekend for approval to make sure everything was in order. I checked yesterday afternoon and saw that it was approved, and I could set up my “pre-launch” page (basically a link I could share saying “coming soon” and people could sign up for notifications).
I was definitely excited to start promoting the Kickstarter and all the work I’d done on these books, when… apparently I clicked the wrong thing and the entire project suddenly went live. I proceeded to panic and reach out to Kickstarter support, but at that point (somehow) people were already backing the project and my only option was to cancel and start over from scratch.
Despite the premature launch, all of the fundamental elements of the Kickstarter were in place (what I’m trying to make, when I think I can make it by, etc) so rather than go back to square one, I took a deep breath and decided to roll with it.
It’s not at all how I had intended to launch; I had spent a lot of time imagining announcing a target date, spending a week or so hyping it up and talking about these books I’d spent so much time on, give everyone ample notice when they could jump in, etc. And so I apologize that this was sort of sprung without any semblance of warning whatsoever (trust me, I was nearly as startled as you were). And on a Thursday no less, not one of the website’s main traffic days.
Still, the campaign was going to launch one way or another, and it’s probably going to succeed or fail regardless of if I launch it now or in a week, so we’ll see what happens. There are a number of small details I’m going to address in the next few days, such as how I plan to handle signed bookplates, options for ordering multiple copies, and such, but the core campaign is underway; I want to make books, and I’m hoping some of you want to have books.
I have been drawing comics for the internet for just shy of twenty years, and I love my job more than I could ever fully express. I love that I get to tell stories and hopefully make people smile, and I will continue to do that in whatever format possible, for as long as I’m able. But despite primarily working in a digital capacity, there has always been something very special to me about the idea of collecting my work into books. Something that can be put on a shelf, rather than just stored in a folder on a hard drive somewhere.
I always approach my collection books with the goal of making them the best representation of the work possible, in the highest quality possible. I’d be thrilled if I can continue to do that with these new series, so I hope you’ll at least take a moment to check out the campaign and get an idea of what these books contain.
If you enjoy some or all of the work I put out, your support in making these books a reality would, as always, be immensely appreciated.