Kickstarter is live!

21 Jan

Here is the link to the Kickstarter!

This is my first crowdfunding project, which is apparently exactly like self-publishing your first novel, in that you think that every new donation or purchase is a fluke and you obsessively monitor your stats while trying to not lose your shit completely or think about what might happen if you fail (oh God oh God we won’t be able to afford dog food and the monster will eat me…).

It’s not really that bad.

(it’s totally that bad…)

I know not everyone likes audiobooks, so over the past month I’ve been working on different products that would be worth the purchase price, as it were. The first of these is a new Rachel story, where she takes Shawn for his first social outing. Shawn’s getting better, but “getting better” in the OACET mansion and “getting better” in a public place are two very different things.

The second is a laser-cut custom name plate:

Can be customized!

Text can be customized!

There’s NO adjustment of the colors on this image. Our buddy Steve took a photo of a nameplate on a black satin background with a light above it, and removed the stands and some dust specks in post, but otherwise this is an untouched image. We’re working with a local laser cutting shop on these. Brown and I have been to the shop a couple of times, and the design’s been tweaked so the detail glows. We’ve had some of the samples out on the counter and when the sunlight hits them, you have to move them or they’re distracting.

The next is the Cuddly Hippos t-shirt:

Brad says: "We can kill it!"

Brad says: “We can kill it!”

I thought long and hard about using Rosie the Riveter as the basis of this design (feminist icon > and is also ≠ to gang of assassins), but you see that Latin motto there? It translates to “underestimate us at your peril.” So, the spirit of the homage is consistent, and if anybody makes a joke about how hippo = woman, just don’t hang out with that person and maybe let a little air out of their tires when they aren’t looking.

Finally, the badges. I talked about these in the last post. All in all, I’m pretty happy about how it’s going, but I’ll be happier in a month when it’s over. And then I can freak out about releasing MAKER SPACE…

I think I lied. It’s never over.

10 Responses to “Kickstarter is live!”

  1. Sean Eric Fagan January 22, 2014 at 12:58 am #

    I contributed!

    Although, honestly, I personally don’t use audiobooks. Assuming it goes to fruition, feel free to donate my copies of the audiobooks to someone.

    (Also, why PDF for the story?)

    Anyway. Throwing money at you is fun! Good job! 🙂

    • KBSpangler January 22, 2014 at 2:14 am #

      Thank you so much! I personally don’t use audiobooks either, but there were a lot of requests.

      I don’t understand the .pdf question? I do all of the bonus stories in that format.

      • Sean Eric Fagan January 22, 2014 at 2:21 am #

        I prefer ePub or MOBI or even HTML to PDF — my eyes are bad and I increase the size of the font significantly on the iPad when reading. PDFs don’t do that; it’s the reason why I waited to buy “Digital Divide” until it was available in a non-PDF version.

        My question is: why PDF? As opposed to HTML or ePub or MOBI or whatnot.

        • KBSpangler January 22, 2014 at 2:37 am #

          Ah, I see. This story will be have some illustrations, so it converts best to straight .pdf. I can always convert an e-reader compatible version for you if you remind me.

  2. KitCroupier January 22, 2014 at 3:13 am #

    Once my tax returns come back I am soooo in. *keeps fingers crossed for challenge coins*

  3. H B January 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    I enjoy audio books and am very excited at the possibility of having both books in that format.

    I was wondering if you know who the narrator will be.

  4. EK January 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    Any chance of getting the Hippos T Shirt as either a store item or a stand alone at a lower level on the Kickstarter?

    • KBSpangler January 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

      Believe it or not, I’m currently waiting on a third-party backer rewards system to ANSWER ONE STUPID SIMPLE QUESTION so I can set up that very thing…

      • EK January 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

        Thank you! I’ll keep an eye on the kickstarter and the comic in case that works out.

  5. Danny in Montreal January 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    I should point out that hippos are hugely, hugely dangerous animals. Of all the vertebrate species in Africa, they’re second only to other humans in # of humans killed per year. They are big, they are vicious, they are fast, and they do not stop.

    *Crocodiles* tend to be afraid of hippos.

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