The Cura Te Ipsum Year Three Kickstarter is LIVE! Please visit here, support, and tell as many friends as you can!
(Cross posted on the Cura Te Ipsum Year Two Kickstarter)
Preliminary note: Cura Te Ipsum will be at the Emerald City Comicon in booth E-07, so please, by all means, come see us! We will have trades aplenty, and neat new banners! NOTE: We will not be present on Friday due to circumstances beyond our control, but we will be there for Saturday and Sunday, all day.
Now, on to the Kickstarter:
There she is! The mockup of the Year Three trade, which we are now working to finalize. Dex and I have spent the last few weeks crunching numbers, talking to close friends and readers, and assessing where to go with the next Kickstarter, and this is where we’re at, after hearing your input:
-START DATES AND GOAL:
We will finish this year on April 5th, but the book is already ahead of schedule in terms of readying it for print, given what we learned from the last Kickstarter. Our current plan is to run the Kickstarter from the very early morning of APRIL 2ND until midnight of MAY 2ND. This will give us thirty days. While it would be nice to go from April 1 to April 30th, as you might have guessed, the internet has things to do on April 1st that might be distracting. Our target goal, which factors in limited hardcovers and glossy paper from the start this time, as opposed to as stretch goals, will be $7,000.
-LIMITED HARDCOVERS ARE GO, UNLIMITED HARDCOVERS ARE SCRATCHED:
People want hardcovers, but we realized that we don’t need unlimited hardcovers to get you them. Unlimited hardcovers added WAY too many tiers, and complicated everything. It also added grossly to cost. We will continue the limited hardcovers (and there are a good number left), and if they all sell out, we can always reassess, because we’ll be in a much better position. This serves several purposes. 1) It keeps the hardcovers special. 2) It keeps costs way down, and 3) It means we can focus more on the priority, the Year Three softcover trade.
-EXTRAS and STRETCH GOALS:
So far, the word is stickers. Stickers and buttons. I’m thinking we’ll make stickers and buttons come with all orders straight out of the gate. What else do you guys want for stretches? Tee shirts? Prints? We have some ideas, but we also want to hear if there’s something special you want, for those of you who haven’t already sounded off.
This can’t work without you, so please, by all means, feel free to leave comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas, desires, or comments.
Thank you so much for supporting our comic!
(Cross-posted as an update on the Year Two Kickstarter.)
With the origin of the Dark Everett in full swing, Cura is reaching a number of crazy, incredible milestones. Five hundred pages? Check. Three years in existence? Check. Very tired artist and writer? That’s a distinct possibility as well!
By my calculations (typing noises) we will hit page 514, the end of the third year, on April 5th. Soon after, we will attempt to Kickstart a third volume. What does that mean for you?
Well, it means I need your input, honestly. Here is the general takeaway from our last Kickstarter:
1) People want hardcover options.
2) People want the high quality paper.
3) WOW, you people are awesome.
It’s really that simple, aside from months and months of work, but that’s what we live to do, make comics, so no biggie. The reason I bring this up is because I want to make sure that our version of the takeaway matches with yours, because our initial plans are ambitious, and we want to make sure that you guys are eager to be ambitious with us, so we need your opinions on things we’re considering:
-Our current plan is to have hardcovers and great paper right from the start. It will bump our target goal up a bit, but we’re thinking that putting faith in you all hasn’t led us astray. We will continue the limited hardcovers (as supplies last), including a new run of 50 for Year Three, but we also want to introduce unlimited hardcovers. These will cost less than the limited hardcovers, but lack sketches and have inscriptions from me.
-If you bought a limited run hardcover last time, we will match your number (out of fifty) if you purchase a new one in the Year Three Kickstarter. We kept track.
-For the exclusive backup material, Dex and I are planning on previewing a new comic we’re working on together called The Domain. It’ll be the first and only place you can get a look at the work in progress for a while, and we think you’ll dig it.
-We’re also maintaining most of the tiers we had in the last Kickstarter (sketches, dedication, etc), but adding a new one, where you can get a piece of original art with the purchase of hardcovers. There may be a cameo option.
-We are planning on shooting for a late April/Early May start, and a July/August delivery for trades.
-Our target is looking to be around $8,000, where our stretch goals for hardcovers and better paper were last year.
We are curious about your experience with the last Kickstarter. Did you like the postcards? The buttons? The bookmarks? The sketches? Are there any ways we could improve, or are there things you’d like to see we’re not doing? Any comments, really, are welcome. Anyone who wants to email me can at email@example.com, and we encourage you to be frank, as this book will not come to pass without you, and we want it to please you when it comes along.
Thanks again for your support last year, and I look forward to earning your faith again in the next few months!
The time is almost here again where I have to cringe, bite my bullet, and start thinking about the financial part of this equation. Last year’s Kickstarter was a revelation, an affirmation of the fact that people will support this comic. They gave with kindness, and with heart, and for it the comic is in a much better place, and I am not in huge credit debt for it.
I’m trying to figure out a way to make it sustainable without always having to have my hand out, and that’s difficult. Comics cost money. And when they’re not costing money, they cost time, which is also money. That’s not to say I don’t love every minute of it, because I do, and that’s not to say I am not well aware that many people would kill for such a burden, so do not think I make those statements lightly. Nonetheless, if I would like it to continue, I have to make sure I stay out of credit debt.
To that end, I’ve got two main ideas at this point, and I wanted to run them up the flagpole for you guys and ask for comments.
First, there’s the Kickstarter. That was successful last year for all involved, and honestly, it’s what I’m most inclined to do again in April or May or when we’re ready to do so with files. The one thing I’ll change this time is that everything will be print ready and submitted before I even start the process. Pros: It’s Kickstarter, so it has a lot of eyes on it, and last year’s success may propel us to another. Cons: Few.
Second, there’s something new I’ve discovered, called Patreon. If you go here, you can examine a Patreon drive for Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a comic I’ve found and greatly enjoyed for the last few years. The basic principle is quite novel. You give X amount per month so long as Zach keeps making his comic, and after you contribute a certain amount, you get perks.
We needed 5,000 last year to get our print run with Kickstarter. Divide that by twelve months, you get 416.67 a month. If I could reach that amount in pledges per month, we could do trades for everyone who contributes $2.50 or more a month once we hit that 466 ($2.50 X 12 is $30 for the trade). That doesn’t offset the cost of art or give Dex a raise (which I desperately want to), but it’s a place to start. Pro: Were we to do that, and find success, we could stop doing Kickstarters every year. Cons: Many. People can withdraw their pledges at will, and everyone’s finances go up and down month to month and year to year, so that 416 could become 375, and I’d have to foot the credit debt for the books (assuming it doesn’t hit, I don’t know, 600 a month, in which case we’d have money to put aside for coloring or a raise for Dex, etc).
There’s also the HUGE con in that we can’t print books until I have the cash to do so, so it would take a year at 416 for Year Three, which disqualifies Patreon almost immediately. I’m putting this out here because you people are smart, and often have ideas I don’t, so maybe you have your own ideas. Another potential is that we could do a Kickstarter, and then after the Kickstarter is over, start a Patreon with the hopes of funding next year’s book (Year Four), but I don’t like that, because it feels like double dipping when I’m not fond of single dipping in the first place, and counting chickens before they hatch.
What do you think? I trust you all to be honest about this, and smarter than me.