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Mindstate, p6

January 29, 2021 by Tim

TLDR: The Kickstarter Campaign is live.

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.


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raven0ak
raven0ak
7 months ago

thats quite nice keyboard shogun outfit xbot wears

Chris
Chris
7 months ago

Somehow the ordering of links of the page are strange. Using the ‘previous’ link at the very top of the page does not bring me to the kickstarter announcement. (Luckily I visited the page earlier when it was still the main page.) And if I go through the archive to the page the ‘Last’ and ‘Previous’ links don’t really connect to the proper pages as well. I always thought the links at the very top of the page would always just cycle through each comic and only the links on the comic itself would cycle through the connecting comics.

Humsterr
Humsterr
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris

The way it works is there are a lot of different comics here, so if you browse witnin the page from a specific comic you only browse through this comic (that’s when there are comments on the page). If you browse from the main page while no comments are loaded you browse through all the strips chronologically, notwithstanding which comic they relate to

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
7 months ago
Reply to  Humsterr

Which is a bit of a pain really. I wish there was a forward/back button for what was out chronologically regardless of the strip. I dont come here every MWF and frequently I find that I missed a strip and its hard to know that I even missed one.

Chris
Chris
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Ah okay, thanks for clearing that up. I thought that this is the way it’s working, but because I went to a direct link today it wasn’t working as I expected it to. I can totally understand the dilemma here. In theory being able to just follow a specific storyline-type is a really good idea. But because of the way most people do visit the page it can be very confusing. Gotta be honest that is a tricky one. I was trying to come up with a clever way to handle it but that really is a bit more tricky… Read more »

Mnemnosyne
Mnemnosyne
7 months ago
Reply to  Chris

It sounds like the way the main page is set up is already pretty good if the buttons could be labeled to make them better understood.

One set of buttons for navigating ALL comics chronologically, and a second set of buttons to navigate back and forth within the storyline of the comic currently being viewed.

If that could be made the way all pages work it would probably be the best (and possibly simplest?) way to set it up.

Jacob
Jacob
7 months ago

I’ve had the same problem, and here has been my solution if I’ve been offline for any stretch of time.

At the top, click the Archive button, then in the second drop down, swap from whatever series you are on to “All”, and you’ll see every comic chronologically from there.

Then I usually just new tab the comics I missed and enjoy them that way.

Also Jacob
Also Jacob
7 months ago
Reply to  Jacob

Was going to suggest the same thing. You have my comment and my name so now it’s weird. By the by, it’s a good method for slower networks as well.

-JJ
-JJ
7 months ago

Well, seems like not much to worry about whether the campaign will succeed or fail anymore πŸ˜€

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

I think you can launch any way you like and all of us will love it. A lot of us follow you since day one and like it a lot to have those memorable comics and stories behind them in a neat collection. Keep up the nice work, but first of all stay healthy and enjoy your family.

Nextgener
Nextgener
7 months ago

*Had a big plan to hype things up*

*got funded in a Day*

uhhhh, yeah. Maybe ya saved yourself some time there.

Harald
Harald
7 months ago

I love the comic. Hate the new permisio-stuff. Easily the most annoying visit to my daily webcomics I’m afraid. Still worth it tho =)

Shiva
Shiva
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Maybe cookie settings etc?

Chris
Chris
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I’m getting it too. It’s the cookies notification. It is absolutely awful when trying to access your site on a PC because it wants you to sign up with them… to not get the cookies warning. I don’t even access your site on my phone anymore. It’s that intrusive. It just completely takes over the site.

Mike
Mike
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I sent you one – it’s happening on mobile too. Asks to make an account to get rid of the mandatory cookie notices websites have to have…

Cookies are like 1-3 key-value text strings ffs πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Arcatus
Arcatus
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim

I assumed it was a overly-intrucive GDPR thingy. It has been here a long time, but the “login to preserve settings” is new.

nealithi
nealithi
7 months ago

I rather like Zeke’s costume. And he decorated with controllers. Fitting.
=^_^=

Jacob
Jacob
7 months ago
Reply to  nealithi

Looks more like keyboards and mice. Seems like Zeke 2.0 has picked a side in the PC vs Console argument.

Edit: Just saw the string of console controllers in the background, I was solely focused on his outfit. Nice catch πŸ™‚

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
7 months ago

Wait…is that our stock of controlers?

Anon A Mouse
Anon A Mouse
7 months ago
Reply to  Gonfrask

If they are a game store similar to the big ones they likely take trade-ins and probably have a box for “defective” controllers and such.

Dave Morgan
Dave Morgan
7 months ago

Didn’t read the post first, just clicked the link, saw early bird at 499/500, clicked Pledge!

While my timing is quite often off, it seems it was perfect today! I had planned to buy the full volume to go with my volume 1 collection but that was definitely somewhat of an impulse buy.

I think I quickly read the price includes delivery anywhere (UK here) but I’m going to go back and check now!

Dave Morgan
Dave Morgan
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave Morgan

Never mind, just read about the shipping. Hopefully plenty of others from the UK back your books again Tim!

Shiva
Shiva
7 months ago
Reply to  Dave Morgan

Or us others from Europe, Dave πŸ™‚
I was way too late for the Early Bird.
But atleast I got into the Early(ish) Bird.
Less! than 24hours to get funded, I think.
Edit below.
Kickstarter message says “This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 27 2021 8:16 PM CET.”
So was it mistakenly put there at 20:16CET time?
Now when I edit the post, it is 13:43CET. And I see messages 3hours old, that say it was funded. so..
Funded in, 14hours or less?

Merendel
Merendel
7 months ago
Reply to  Shiva

More or less. I ran accross it about 9 hours in and it was in the mid 80ish% Went to bed after geting one of the last early bird pledges and wouldn’t at all be surprised if it hit full funding a couple hours later. Probably going to be at 200% before it hits 2 days old.

Shiva
Shiva
7 months ago
Reply to  Merendel

It’s already at 187% And a bit less than 14hours to go to 2 days old.
So 200% is in reach.

Dave Morgan
Dave Morgan
7 months ago
Reply to  Shiva

Haha of course, although I think you may be a different distribution centre.

Not that it matters greatly as Tim put the nearly early bird tier in but judging from when you replied to me, you only missed out on early bird by about 15 mins!

Dan I
Dan I
7 months ago

Well considering you’re already $5000 over your goal I think you’re in good shape

Samuel
Samuel
7 months ago

I am in love with the Mouse Crown and Keyboard Spaulders

Dan
Dan
7 months ago

All hail Tim the Idiot, who still managed to break the KS goal in one day!
This is a great opportunity to show love and make fun of you at the same time. Woot!

James H
James H
7 months ago

My first thought at seeing the KS was “Did I miss an announcement?” Probably worked out better for me this way as I got in on the early bird. πŸ™‚

Phu
Phu
7 months ago

Long time follower of CAD and gotta say I love your content. Been totally a geek gamer since the Amiga days, so this stuff is so relatable. Also was bummed the last time you had a kickstarter as I couldn’t join in due to investing in adulthood (buying a house) and then 2020 happened, but now I can finally get into it, and glad you created another tier to get all the gibblets when that $65 one filled up. Anyway rambling, but yay!

Leon
Leon
7 months ago

He’s too easy………..

Doodm4n
Doodm4n
7 months ago

Kicked in for the 3 books to go with my Volume 1. Since your project is a zillion dollars funded already, I don’t think you have to worry to much about jumping the gun Tim. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait.

Dennis Asp
7 months ago

Congrats on reaching your goal so fast πŸ™‚

Mike
Mike
7 months ago

There was a time I would have preferred physical books. That time is past.

These days I prefer eBooks and PDF files. So I’d honestly be happiest with a collection of official PDFs.

I *might* still back this, though…

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
7 months ago

*Looks at kickstarter. Egads! I hope you have someone to help with the sheer physical Weight of the amount of books people are going to be pledging for at the end of this…And maybe a forklift rental or two.

Him.
Him.
7 months ago

>So I had an… interesting day, yesterday.

Tim, you just got 69k out of 37k funded. I think you’re about to have another one, and for a much better set of reasons.

Johnny 5
Johnny 5
7 months ago

The hordes of mutant koalas are inevitable, the end is near.

Verdiekus
Verdiekus
7 months ago

I miss his green lights….

The Legacy
The Legacy
7 months ago

202% already?!

Dayum…

Locke
Locke
7 months ago

I like that he chose to play Skyrim.