Thursday, 19 January 2012

Get Stiffed

Well, we did it. Stiffs hit its target. You may recall that myself, Drew Davies, Joe Glass and Gavin Mitchell have been trying to raise money in order to get our comic, Stiffs, out to the general public. We have a publisher, but there are plenty of other costs involved in putting a comic out, especially five issues of said comic. We've gone into this in more detail elsewhere, but suffice to say, it's not cheap. As such, we set up a page on crowdfunding website, indiegogo, with the aim being to raise $3000 so we coul make our comic. We offered some great rewards, including the chance to be drawn into the comic as a zombie by Gav.

As of this moment, with forty-two hours left on our campaign, we've surpassed our target. As I write this, Stiffs has been funded to the tune of $3020, and with time left to go, it's not inconceivable that we could raise still more, which would allow us to make Stiffs even better.

We've hit target now, so this isn't me asking for money, but if you did want to fund Stiffs, or simply buy it, and haven't donated via indiegogo yet, then it still makes sense to do so. Buying the whole series this way works out a lot cheaper than buying them all individually when they do get released, and aside from visiting us at a convention, it's currently the only way to get one of the t-shirts we're offering. You can do so here. I'm just saying.

But that bit out of the way, and I'm sure Drew, Joe, Gav and our colourists, Adam Cadwell and Kris Carter, will join me in saying this, a huge thank you to everyone who funded the comic. When we set the target at $3000, we weren't sure it was a target we would meet. But the people have spoken. You want Stiffs. And by gum, you're getting it.

We couldn't do this without you. You have made this possible. We're going to do everything we can to make sure you aren't disappointed. We think the story in Stiffs: The Apocalypse Party is a good story, and one worth telling, and it's sure as hell going to look fantastic. We really hope you enjoy it (and we don't offer refunds, so we'd better make sure you don't want one).

If you have funded, and are awaiting whichever reward you claimed, then they will be coming your way as soon as they're ready. This does mean that if you purchased the entire series, you won't actually receive your comics until the final issue is ready to go, but surely being able to read the whole thing in one go is worth the wait?

At this point, I do want to mention one funder in particular. A few people funded the comic more than once, and to those people we are indebted, but one in particular gave us a frankly ridiculous amount of money over the course of the campaign. Huge thanks to Payton Quinn for this. We're going to have to come up with something else to do for her for the amount she paid to help us publish our comic.

But at the end of they day, each and every person who donated, no matter how small an amount, is a legend as far as I'm concerned. You've shown faith in us. It's now up to us to prove it wasn't misplaced.

So, no pressure then.

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