Our two-book Kickstarter project, launched last Tuesday, funded in just under twenty-four hours. About a week later we cleared our third stretch goal, so the project now includes fleet coins, desktop wallpapers, and a key-fob version of the ever-popular Maxim 70 coin (which I’ve come to consider something of a talisman.)
A few of the wallpapers are already available to backers. Yesterday I drew Cindercone, Neosynchronicity, and Broken Wind for the fleet coins. The Maxim 70 coin is already designed, so today I think I’ll draw comics.
There are more stretch goals ahead, including some really cool stuff that isn’t visible yet…
Here’s the two-book Kickstarter for Broken Wind and Delegates and Delegation, volumes 14 and 15 of Schlock Mercenary.
Everything you need to know about the project is over there at the project, and there’s even a FAQ for those things that you need to know, but which we didn’t know you needed to know until your need to know was made known.
Electronic versions of both books are included with your pre-order, and should the project over-fund sufficiently, we have some stretch goals. They include new challenge coins for the fleet of Tagon’s Toughs vessels, an ebook collection of some of my short fiction, and some stretchier goals which we’re keeping hidden for the time being.
We’re excited to finally be putting these two books into print. I love the stories, and I’m pleasantly resigned to the fact that with each book we release we get better at this thing we do. Once Broken Wind and Delegates and Delegation are bound up and laid down on paper they’ll be the best two books we’ve made.
Go get them.
This Tuesday, October 16th, we’ll be opening a Kickstarter for print editions of Broken Wind: Schlock Mercenary Volume 14, and Delegates and Delegation: Schlock Mercenary Volume 15.
Each volume has a bonus story at the end, lots of margin art in the middle, and the same top-shelf quality of binding, printing, and glossy paper that Schlock Mercenary fans have come to expect.
The bonus story in Book 14, a tale of the terraforming war, was written by Howard Tayler and illustrated by Ben McSweeney, with colors by Travis Walton. The bonus story in Book 15, a story of mixed greens, parenting, and pirates, was written by Sandra Tayler and illustrated by Natalie Barahona.
We’ll post more details next week when we launch.
We’re in the final days of the Schlock Mercenary t-shirt project. As of this writing we’re 5% shy of being 300% funded, but more importantly we’re only fifty shirt sales away from a free shirt.
It’s a volume discount thing, and it will let us include a fourth shirt for free in the three-shirt bundle. It’s not “the manufacturer likes us, so they sent Howard a free shirt.” That would only be cool for Howard. This stretch goal is cool for everybody¹.
¹ “Everybody” here being defined as “everybody who orders the three-shirt bundle, and who thinks getting a fourth shirt would be cool.”