I had the pleasure of discussing The Rattler Kickstarter with reason.tv. The five minute video segment focuses on emerging distribution channels and creative freedom.
Since the Kickstarter ended I have been working with our vendors to get the Rattler rewards produced. The majority of these assets were created before the campaign went live and it's mostly a matter of paying an invoice. The big exception to this was the extra material generated by the campaign for the print edition of the Rattler. To save time we took a risk and started illustrating the art for the high level backers before the campaign was over. We realized that these rewards were going to more time consuming for Greg to create than we anticipated. So in the third week of the campaign we reduced the new art assets available and instead offered more sketch rewards that could be created after the book was printed. This allowed us to get our primary asset, the printed book, into production as soon as the funds cleared.
We decided to go with an American printer for quicker turnaround and customer satisfaction. After a small snafu with bleed lines, the book has been approved and is in production. In the meantime I've assembled the boxes, bagged the postcard sets, packaged the posters, and sleeved the prints. Greg is coming for a visit next week and hopefully, if they've arrived, we'll start sketching and signing books. We could conceivably start shipping out rewards June 23. Two months ahead of schedule.
We might actually pull this off.
The Rattler Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up and we were able to attract nearly 400 backers. For a black and white horror book by two relative unknowns, that is huge. But there's no rest for the wicked, Greg and I are working hard to get the book to the printer as soon as possible. If you backed the project please fill out the survey we sent you so we can put your name in the book and get it in your hands. Oh, and I'm not getting weepy in this video. That's just how whiskey leaves my body.
Greg and I sent out some early review copies of The Rattler and have have been blown away by the critical reaction. Positive word of mouth, and Greg's beautiful artwork, has led the Kickstarter to succeed in a mere 55 hours! Here's a quick round up of what advance reviewers had to say.
The campaign has been funded and now every pledge is a pre-order for the book, which ships in August.
Den of Geek contributor Jason Tabrys selected Short Hand, my collaboration with Rahsan Ekedal, as one of the best comics offered under the Comixology submit umbrella. High praise when you consider the company we're in. Fialkov's Bunker, one of my favorite books of the year, was also chosen. For a book that every published told me was a terrible idea it sure seems to get great reviews.