It’s Almost Book Time

August 21, 2019 by Tim

For the past year or so, I’ve been working on a new round of books, to print some of the content I’ve created since 2012. Whereas the CAD 1.0 Box Set encompassed the entire first ten years in one (ridiculously giant) three volume set, the comics since then have been designed to be split up a bit differently, to account for the different paces at which I produce that material.

So I envisioned three separate “series” so to speak, and I have the first volume of each almost ready to go. That means I need to figure out how to tackle getting these printed, and that’s where your opinion comes in.

Here’s what I’ve got:

The Starcaster Chronicles Vol 1

  • Remastered editions of The Starcaster Chronicles issues #1-5. I’ve gone through every page, fixed up artwork where it needed it, where something was miscolored, redid all of the word balloons, etc.
  • A ton of extra content like species profiles, branches and ranks of the United Federation armed forces, artwork and sketches and the like. Lore stuff for the Starcaster universe.
  • A section that details every single path choice that took place during those five issues, what the choices were, and what would have happened had the story gone a different direction.

Analog and D-Pad Vol 1

  • Remastered editions of Analog and D-Pad Issues #1-5. Touched up and corrected art, colors and word ballons.
  • Every Ethan and Lucas comic through 2017, including those produced for Patreon, arranged chronologically between the comic issues to create a continuous timeline for their story.
  • The original three issues of Analog and D-Pad from circa 2006-2008. These are no longer canon, but I’m including them because they’re fun.
  • Extra art and stuff.

Ctrl+Alt+Del 2.0 Vol 1 (working title)

  • Every other comic I’ve made between the ending of CAD 1.0 in 2012, through the end of 2014, arranged into sections by series for easy reading. So an entire section for the Console Wars, a section for all of the Campaign comics, a section for all of the one-shots, etc.
  • This is the biggest of the three books, and the series that will likely receive more regular new volumes, due to the amount of content I create.

So those are the books, and while future volumes may be staggered (for instance, I’ll have content for a new CAD 2.0 book more often than a new Starcaster book), for the first volumes I am in a postion where I have all three of them ready to go at the same time. I need to decide how I want to do that, and that’s where your feedback comes in.

I can do a Kickstarter for all three books at once. This is more logistically difficult for me, because I need to make sure that three separate books are getting at least minimal funding, and that one overperforming book isn’t carrying another underperforming book. However the benefit is, that doing this way could help save on shipping for anyone that wanted more than one of the books (since we can package them together).

But if there isn’t enough support for that, it’s more straightforward for me to run Kickstarters for one book at a time, and just treat them each like their own separate project.

Right now we’re looking at producing the books in Hardcover with a dustjacket, since that seems to be the far more popular choice, at $25 each. I would also be looking to have a limited number of “early bird” tiers which discounted the books if you bought all three, say $65 for the set.*

*This is all ballpark, just for the sake of argument. Everything is subject to change.

So with that information on hand, let me know if you’re interested in owning nice physical hardcover copies of these comics, and if so, which ones. It will help me decide the best way to tackle putting these up for order.


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Indigo

I’ll be very interested in an “Analog and D-Pad” volume.
I _may_ also be interested in “Ctrl+Alt+Del 2.0” though.

Jacob Hamilton
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Jacob Hamilton

I would gladly back another Kickstarter for all three books, I was extremely pleased with the first campaign and the results. Please use the notification option on Kickstarter from the first campaign and send out another email from there I’m sure plenty of people would like to continue the sets

Kasaix
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Kasaix

I’d love to get my hands on Analogue and D-Pad, and Ctrl+Alt+Del 2.0 Vol 1.

Elvis Rowe
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Would love to see the Console Wars split out into their own separate thing without the other content you have described in CAD 2.0. Otherwise most interested in The Starcaster Chronicles.

Redrat
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Redrat

I’d love to buy all three, if shipping wasn’t absurdly expensive to my country 🙁

Gobo
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I know that this is highly unlikely due to the amount of additional work that it would entail, I would imagine an actual “choose-your-own-adventure” version of Starcaster would be amazing. It was mentioned that there would be a section detailing all the path choices and the results of those choices but, having a fond memory of reading CYOA-style books when I was young, to actually go through one both textually and visually would be truly awesome.

MightyThor34
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MightyThor34

I would be much more interested in a full set, but maybe if there isn’t enough support for that if you do three kickstarters if they all get funded maybe you can include a bundle option for those to get all of them?

Socker234
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Socker234

I’d be interested in a full set that includes an option to add on the CAD 1.0 Box Set, if that’s possible.

DocRock
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DocRock

Looks like the CAD 1.0 Box Set PDF is available though, only $15 😉

Sam
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Sam

“and that oneoverperforming book isn’t carrying another underperforming book.” – just interested why this is an issue? Eg our choir puts on concerts that lose money, covered by other more popular concerts we do. Isnt it a good thing if one book sold so well it meant it could cover one that wasn’t but you still wanted to publish?

Jacob K.
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Jacob K.

I would like all 3 books with a sleeve like 1.0 had. Either way i am stoked for this. Even though i haven’t missed an update in a while, nothing beats sitting down in a chair and flipping through the pages and reading

Also, have you ever thought of making a comic for the old Wintereenmas Tournament that you posted the script for but didnt have time to make? Would be a cool thing to possibly add to a book. Maybe as a stretch goal.

Daniel Sørensen
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Daniel Sørensen

Since I consider everything part of CAD, then I’m very interested in all of it. To me, I don’t care if it is one kickstarter for each book, or one for the whole thing. Ofcourse shipping is cheaper with the former, but it really comes down to, what is the best logistic choice for you.
None the less, the last kickstarter was great, and you kept us updated through the whole process, which is why I would like to support again.

Dave Morgan
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Dave Morgan

Being in the UK, all three together would be great as it helps to keep costs down. Will be lovely to put them with the Vol 1.0 boxset!

TheCK
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TheCK

Is our answer ONLY for printed books or also for digital cd/dvd of books like you’ve done in the past?

DocRock
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DocRock

I’m sure Tim will answer this, but I’m betting it’s only for the printed books. If you join his Patreon for only $3/month, you get access to the PDF version of any comic book he releases. I would still very much be interested in all three books as a bundled package, especially since they’ll be organized in a manner that makes it very easy to follow the story (going back into the archives or reading the older comics on Patreon isn’t the easiest thing to do). As a follow up question, perhaps the PDF versions might also be available for… Read more »

James Kite
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Interested in all of it…

….what are the chances of a slipcase?

Or a slipcase for each book for future volumes…or…hell…I just fell in love with the first massive set you did.

Cheez
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Cheez

I remember an actual book style story you wrote years ago on the site and I always hoped for a complete book around that genre (gaming battle royale paintball IRL match iirc). To me it seemed like thats the way Wintereenmas should go, from gaming to applying the games into a IRL situation.

James
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James

The Game Games Bowl. (https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-game-games-bowl/). The PDF in the news post still seems to work too! Still read it every now and then.
Tim, I know your passion has always been with the comics and the artwork, but honestly, you have a gift for storytelling in general and this short story was excellent. If you ever feel like putting finger to keyboard again, that would be awesome I’m sure!

Jason Merrifield
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Jason Merrifield

Hey Tim,
Aussie reader here. Bought the 1.0. More than looking forward to all three books. I’d be interested in more original artwork as well. Big fan. Really looking forward to the lore for Starcaster too!
Jason

Kasaix
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Kasaix

I would also back The First Holy Instruction Manual for The Sacred Church of Gaming.
https://cad-comic.com/comic/the-church-of-gaming/

Adam
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Adam

I missed out on the first collection box set. I kick myself over and over again. I’m not going to let this pass me by. I wish I could have the option to not only purchase the new collection that you are presenting but also spend a little more to get the first collection too.

SCOTT SCHIFFMACHER
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SCOTT SCHIFFMACHER

I want them all. It would also be cool if they matched the previous format (I already own the box set), but definitely not a deal-breaker.

Raymond Arnold
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Raymond Arnold

fwiw (while I probably am not in the market for any of the books so discount my preferences), as far as the CAD2.0 goes, I think it makes more sense to mix in the console wars and regular stuff – the console wars seem more funny to me as a periodic glimpse into a world than something I’d want to read all at once)

Kenz
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Kenz

Catching back up after a couple years, so not sure what the status of this is; but for what it’s worth I’d be interested in the Starcaster Chronicles at the very least. I’m caught up with that and the regular CAD stuff, and while I like the CAD stuff very much, I don’t see it as something I would be interested in re-reading. I’ll definitely hit up the signed prints of some though. I’m reading through the Campaign stuff now and will do console wars next, but I don’t know if those are enough to carry a CAD2.0 book. I… Read more »