Let it be noted that Rick has made some modifications to the second strip of this week’s first installment, for the sake of better storytelling!
First: Memorial Day is upon us in the U.S., and we offer our best wishes for those observing, remembering, or commemorating today.
Second: There’s no new strip, but Greg, Rick and I are still hard at work on the Kickstarter campaign to print our first volume (which is almost in its final week now). We blew past our initial goal long ago, but we’re continuing to add rewards and new tiers to hopefully make contributing worth your while, and also because we’re pleased as punch to be in a position to do the things with this book and this world that we’ve talked about since day one, but never thought would be possible. Thank you all again.
This week, we added a new semi-limited edition in a style that resembles the cover treatments of books around the turn of the last century. We’re calling it “The Style to Which She is Accustomed,” and, in its early stages of design and development, looks like this:
Because I love you all, here’s a little something I haven’t shown over at the Kickstarter page, one of the spreads for the inter-chapter section of the book:
And, if you missed our Google Hangout the other night, watch the archive below, and try to ignore me saying “Uh um uh um uh um” the whole way through and generally fail at being a proper moderator. We had fun doing this, and I bet if you guys pestered Greg and Rick a few months down the road, they’d be willing to do it again!
UPDATE: Here’s the URL!
Hey gang! We’ll be broadcasting a Google Hangout tonight at 9:00 PM EST (8:00 Central, 7:00 Mountain, 6:00 Pacific), barring technical difficulties. I’ll update this post with a link to the video chat shortly before it starts.
We wish we could get you all in there, but that might be a video streaming madhouse. In the meantime, or during the broadcast, if you have questions or comments you’d like us to answer or discuss, send them via Twitter, using the hashtag #sabrechat. I’ll be corralling these during our discussion, and we’ll do our best to get to as many folks as we can!
We just posted a new update over at the Kickstarter campaign, unveiling our next (last?) set of stretch goals. Every morning I wake up and I look at how the campaign is going and I get on the phone with Rick and Eric, and well kinda… just mumble for a bit about how stunned we are by the support we’ve received.
These new Stretch Goals are pretty swank, in our opinion. Please take a look and spread the word about them if you can.
At 90K – A Better Book For All – This is an across-the-board alteration to the Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Vol. I trade. If we make this goal, we will increase the thickness of the covers to make them more substantial; move to a higher paper weight on the endpapers, and also be printing these in color; and we’ll improve the interior paper weight to better hold art and reproduce said color.
At 100K – The Cartographer’s Craft
At 110K – Rick 2.0
At 120K – Deckplans
We’ve also been trying to direct some support to other projects that we’re finding particularly interesting or invested in. I’ve talked about the AR-K Campaign a fair amount, the video game I’m writing with Gato Salvaje Studios in Spain. It’s an adventure-puzzle game with a – surprise! – female lead who, while not quite as fabulous as our own Lady S, can certainly hold her own.
Additionally, Rick’s doing the cover art for the new Dirigible Days project, which is now very close to funding. The Dirigible Days crew feel very much like brothers-in-arms to us, and not solely because we share a love of pirates, steampunk, and flying frigates. If you haven’t seen what they do, you by all means should, and consider giving them some Lady Sabre love.
You guys… you guys…
…you guys are amazing.
So, here’s the thing:
We find ourselves in this awkward place with the Lady Sabre Kickstarter, in that we’ve far surpassed our initial goal, and we’ve still got 26 days to go.
I’ve spent much of today wondering how much is too much. I’m self-conscious enough about what Eric, Rick, and I are doing here that I’m loathe to do anything that would be misinterpreted or feel like we’re abusing, or worse, that we’re ungrateful for, the support we’ve received.
Yet the campaign is ongoing. Do we continue to tweet and post and wave and shout about it (which I suspect is just what I’m doing now)? Do we cool our heels and deal with the paperwork and other things that have been suffering for lack of attention? Is it pushing things to post reminders, to say, yes, we know we’re over double our goal, but just in case you hadn’t heard, here we are again, and by the way, please tell your friends?
The ethics of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Everyone should have such problems. I think too much. Probably about the wrong things.
Here’s what we’re doing now:
I’ve talked to the printer, and we’re pricing expanded print runs, as it looks likely we’re going to blow through the 2,000 copies we’d planned on printing; we’re looking at finalizing our third stretch goal, which appears in sight, if not on target, the Process of Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether, a book that will print the scripts of Chapters 1 through 5, with notes and annotations (not unlike this book here) as well as sketches and designs from Rick and Eric; and we’re talking about a fourth stretch goal, one that truly excites us, because rather than introducing something new, we’re going to go back and revisit those print options on the book that we felt were too expensive, but which we can now afford, and thus improve the quality on the trade (this will apply to the Cloth Covers and Rare & Royal editions).
And we’re almost through the week, so we’re all looking to catch our breath.
Have I said how amazing I think all of you are? Have I said thank you again? Have I said it enough?
You don’t know just how much your support means to the three of us, to me and Rick and Eric. You cannot know. It has been a long, hard voyage to get to this place. You don’t know how much this is a case of the right-thing at the right-time. We keep talking about community. That’s you. This is getting mushy. I’m going to push on through. I’m repeating what Eric has already said. This is your success, you did this. Gratitude is a weak word in the face of that, and it is humbling beyond measure to have your support.
Her Ladyship’s campaign continues. The word continues to spread. We continue to grow.
To all those old hands and new ones, as ever, welcome aboard, and,