Kickstarter Fulfillment and Future Comic Updates
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!