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Kickstarter Fulfillment and Future Comic Updates

Hey Everyone!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this last week and a half of comics—the responses on Tumblr and Twitter and elsewhere have been so delightful! Thank you again for submitting questions during the Tumblr Answer Time, reblogging and sharing the comic, reading the blog posts, and being very kind! Thank you!

The next batch of new comic updates should go up in December. After this batch of comics is complete (3.7 – 3.11) I will not only be drawing the next episodes, but I will also be managing the Year Two Kickstarter campaign. I’m working to ensure that Kickstarter fulfillment remains on track, while getting more comics drawn. Throughout fulfillment, I’ll continue to update the comic in batches!

I should also mention that 2017 will be filled with convention appearances and the planning, traveling, and prepping that goes along with convention season. (There’s going to be a congested time from Jan-Apr that will consist of (1) Kickstarter fulfillment, (2) comic drawing, and (3) travel.)

While I am extremely excited—to work on the next chunk of Bitty’s story and to bring this project to fruition–there’s a lot to do. The outpouring of support was and continues to be more than I could have ever anticipated. It’s going to be a challenge, but again, I’m hyped!

So I wanted to share what I will be working on. If you’ve ever done a project similar to a Kickstarter, you know that it’s a lot of moving parts. I’ll be getting a ton of help from the fine folks at Breadpig (they help with crowdfunding fulfillment) and Amplifier (a shipping warehouse), but I’ll still be spending a lot of nights finishing graphics for the books, PDFs, and extras and just flat out writing emails, making phone calls, and crunching numbers. Here’s a breakdown of how the next few months will probably look in order to complete the goal of printing and shipping over 3000 books–and more.


★ GOAL: Shipping in April ★


★ OCTOBER – NOVEMBER: New Content, Prepress, & Editing

Book. Designing the Check Please: Year Two book. Writing and illustrating extra content/copy, and designing concept pages. This is making a new book!
Designing Extras & Stretch Goals. Designing postcards, a sticker sheet, bonus print, poster, hockey patch, keychain, pin, and pie-mini. (+ more possible stretch goals…). This is designing a whole line of “merchandise”.
Edits. Corrections for Year One. Receiving and editing proofs of Year Two.


★ DECEMBER – FEBRUARY: Production & Shipping

Production
. Coordinating offset printing overseas! Last time, books were printed and shipped from Shenzhen.
Overseas Shipping. Huge chunk of time–International shipping can take up to 3 months by freight ship.
Jersey. Eric Bittle Jersey proofing rounds and sizing. Print run.
Creating Extras & Stretch Goals. Coordination…Phone calls and emails with vendors for printsets / key-chains / pins / patches, etc. Collecting printset illustrations from contributing artists. Editing proofs and print runs for printsets / key-chains / pins / patches, etc.


★ MARCH-APRIL: Fulfillment

Clearing Customs. Items arrive at warehouse for distribution and on-boarding approval.
Shipping Prep. Coordinating shipping for orders.  Backer information from surveys = right items to right address.  Backer address/order processing and SKUs.
Library Donation Stretch Goal!!! During backer survey collection, we’ll ask interested librarians to fill out a form in order to request a copy. That way books go directly to a library and librarian expecting a copy for their location and do not wind up thrown away.
Lots of Drawing. Signing bookplates, drawing and shipping custom commissions. Finishing up stretch goals.
Shipping! - Fulfillment! Rewards! Postage!
***Problem Orders & Reshipment***. A significant part of the fulfillment process! Between 1-3% of all orders are unlucky orders that get lost, damaged, held in customs, or mis-packaged and need reshipment.


And this is if everything goes well. I’ll be keeping backers up-to-date on every step of this project, but I’ll share exciting news and any setbacks here on the main blog as well. If you have questions about this project please refer to the campaign’s comments section for FAQs, or shoot me a question via Kickstarter.

And sincerely–thank you all again for your support!

✓ Let’s get to work!

Horoscope - Sept 30 2016

Aries Horoscope

(Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You are so driven to resolve a relationship issue that you could appear overly aggressive to others now. Compromise sounds like a good idea on paper, but it’s not easy to make a deal with your emotions while the Libra New Moon squares warrior Mars from your 7th House of Partnerships. Luckily, your optimism will likely outweigh any negativity as you try to assess the pros and cons of the solutions on the table. Just remember to soften your approach; social graces are important if you wish to be taken seriously.

Taurus Horoscope

(Apr 20 – May 20)

A normally comfortable relationship with your coworkers is more awkward now as your long-term goals clash with those around you. The creative Libra New Moon touches down in your 6th House of Employment, helping you focus your mind on the tasks ahead. However, a dynamic square to impatient Mars can make your job feel oppressive if you don’t have enough leeway to work at your own pace. Nevertheless, as Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

Gemini Horoscope

(May 21 – Jun 20)

You might appear to be a party in motion, brightening up any place you go now. You’re assertive but not offensive; however, you must pay attention to the reactions of others and adjust your rhetoric accordingly so you don’t push an issue too far. Nevertheless, the Libra New Moon mingles with indulgent Jupiter in your 5th House of Fun, encouraging you to play before you work. Turn peer competitiveness into an enjoyable game to cultivate a sense of camaraderie. There will be plenty of time to dig in and do the hard work later when everyone is on the same page.

Cancer Horoscope

(Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Don’t expect to be fully rational when explaining your motives to others, even though you’re trying to empathize with both sides of a family squabble. The fair-minded Libra New Moon agitates your 4th House of Roots, encouraging you to stabilize interpersonal dynamics. Ultimately, your best strategy is to develop a logical framework that people close to you can understand. However, be ready to incorporate whatever information comes to you in an intuitive flash. Trust the wisdom of your soul; it knows the way to your happiness.

Leo Horoscope

(Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Keeping things simple is an uphill battle now as your mind is cluttered with stories that complicate communication and impede cooperation. Although the evenhanded Libra New Moon in your 3rd House of Learning opens your eyes to new ways of looking at the world around you, its square to contentious Mars is like a dark cloud following you around wherever you go. Although gathering information that clashes with what you already know may create as many problems as it solves, your curiosity can also lead to the discovery of innovative solutions.

Virgo Horoscope

(Aug 23 – Sep 22)

A more objective picture of your current financial situation begins to emerge as the equitable Libra New Moon lands in your 2nd House of Possessions. However, the proximity of expansive Jupiter blesses you with a number of opportunities. Fortunately, you can hone your creative skills with patience and discipline to increase your sense of self-worth, and perhaps your income as well. Novelist Chetan Bhagat wrote, “Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others.”

Libra Horoscope

(Sep 23 – Oct 22)

A surge of creativity feeds your optimism and inspires you to overcome obstacles. The social Libra New Moon brings marvelous possibilities from its close association to propitious Jupiter in your 1st House of Self. However, your inherent ambivalence may impede your progress, reflecting your desire to make choices that are best for everyone involved. You’re hesitant to decide one way or another because you can see potential in all the options. There’s no need to overreact now; instead of making an arbitrary decision, adapt and adjust to maintain harmony in a changing environment.

Scorpio Horoscope

(Oct 23 – Nov 21)

If you’ve been patiently waiting for the clouds to clear, the fair-minded Libra New Moon’s presence in your 12th House of Destiny could offer you the answers you seek. The Sun-Moon conjunction to wise Jupiter may bring a spiritual teacher or motivational mentor to enlighten your perspective. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

Sagittarius Horoscope

(Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Powerful waves are washing over you as extravagant Jupiter joins the gracious Libra New Moon in your 11th House of Dreams and Wishes. You might, as William Blake wrote, “See infinity in a grain of sand,” but it’s healthy to seek moderation, since you’re operating at full speed now. No matter how eager you are to reach your goals, you’re better off slowing down and working as part of the team for everyone’s benefit. Nevertheless, cheerfully looking ahead rather than gazing wistfully behind allows you to vividly visualize your unrealized dreams.

Capricorn Horoscope

(Dec 22 – Jan 19)

The company you keep at work is more important than ever while the diplomatic Libra New Moon emphasizes your 10th House of Career. How you connect with your colleagues influences your current trajectory, so shore up your alliances before making any major moves. Fortunately, energetic Mars in your hardworking sign blesses you with the stamina to follow through on anything you start. Just remember that considering the needs and desires of others now will also help you enlist their cooperation in promoting your ambitions. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Aquarius Horoscope

(Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You may be quite content in your own bubble, so preoccupied with theory that you miss the more practical considerations. Although the creative Libra New Moon dances in your 9th House of Big Ideas, it’s critical to bring your thoughts down to earth if you want to accomplish something real. Even if you can see amazing possibilities everywhere you look, you must rein in your imagination and place your feet firmly on the ground. Reevaluate your current circumstances, dream of what’s around the next corner and find a healthy medium between what you have and what you want.

Pisces Horoscope

(Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Relationships take center stage, so brace yourself for some excitement in both personal and professional alliances. The ambivalent Libra New Moon occurs in your 8th House of Intimacy, provoking partnership problems, while its square to argumentative Mars can turn minor differences into major events. Buttons are pushed that may upset the status quo. Be clear about your intentions and conscientious in your commitment. If complications arise, don’t give up on working with someone who’s willing to grow with you. Change is easier when shared.

Source : Rick Levine

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Innamorati di una persona che al mattino ti chiede come stai, che ti da il buongiorno e non si dimentica che ci sei. Che quando apre gli occhi sei il primo pensiero, perché per lei la cosa più importante è che tu stia bene. Innamorati di una persona che ti bacia all'improvviso, senza un motivo, per avere ogni volta l'emozione di un amore che sorprende. Qualcuno che usa gli abbracci invece delle parole quando sei triste, e che, invece dei consigli usa il battito del suo cuore per calmarti. Innamorati di una persona che ti prende in giro, una persona che ama ridere più che sorridere. Innamorati di una persona che ami la tua libertà, la tua indipendenza e che rispetti le tue scelte. Innamorati di una persona che abbia il miglior odore dell'universo, quello che riconosceresti ovunque, quello unico che solo tu puoi apprezzare. Quell'odore tanto simile alle emozioni. E soprattutto se non lo trovi, ama la vita ma non accontentarti di un amore mediocre!

La difficoltà, la paura di aprirsi all'altro per condividere il peso del dolore possono creare una gabbia sul cuore e addirittura soffocarlo. Solo la condivisione apre vie di speranza e rompe il muro dell'isolamento.

So pervasive has neoliberalism become that we seldom even recognise it as an ideology. We appear to accept the proposition that this utopian, millenarian faith describes a neutral force; a kind of biological law, like Darwin’s theory of evolution. But the philosophy arose as a conscious attempt to reshape human life and shift the locus of power.

Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that “the market” delivers benefits that could never be achieved by planning

Comunque mi sento triste, ma spero di essere presa, a breve, per scrivere articoli su un’altra piattaforma, almeno metto i soldi da parte per comprarmi un cellulare.
Anche se qui entrerò di meno, ma non posso mica andare in giro con questo coso delle guerre puniche che apre a stento la messaggistica. :(

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Here is a guy who’s trying to make the best out of his situation without giving up anything important to him. Here is a guy who recognises the flaws in the system and is not afraid to speak up about it, but would rather try to work for change within the system. Here is a guy who has given public support for an ex-member (his good friend!), but has decided to remain with his members. And here is a guy who’s facing hate from two different camps, for daring to proclaim his loyalty, regain trust, and yet strive for his own dreams. For daring to not choose one of the extremes, but trying to achieve some middle ground. Don’t punish him for wanting the best of both worlds. Don’t punish him for daring to dream. And don’t turn everything he says into ammunition for your own agenda. As he once said, “ 我从来没有做过的事情 也没必要解释 就不觉得白的可以说成黑 黑的可以染成白” (the things that I have not done do not need an explanation, i don’t think that white can be described as black, nor black be dyed into white). So I believe (: