What’s That on the Horizon?

Posted by Ben on 2011-11-01

Ahoy! There! On the horizon! It’s Dubious Company, Volume One! Kind of, sort of, there’s actually a couple of issues that we need to work out before Tria and I can pump out Volume One of this comic. Mostly we need funding, specifically $1500 dollars. But that’s okay, because you guys can help us. Hit up our Kickstarter and help contribute to the production of Dubious Company Volume One. Now, I realize that at least a few of you have a few questions about what’s going on; don’t worry, I’ll answer your questions in a fake interview.

Q: What is a Kickstarter exactly? A: Kickstarter is a company that helps fund creative projects, specifically they streamline the process of making a fundraiser and marketing said fundraiser to various people, hopefully people who want to give your project money so you can complete said project.

Q: That sounds awesome! What’s the catch? There’s always a catch. A: Kickstarter (well, Kickstarter and Amazon, the ones who actually handle the money) charge a processing fee. Between the two of them they take about 10% of the money raised. So we actually need slightly less than $1500 dollars, but that covers the fees they charge and the cost of producing and mailing the rewards.

Q: Wait, rewards? There are rewards for contributing to you guys? A: Heck yes, and they are awesome rewards. A few of you have donated to us in the past (You know who you are, and we love you for it. Your donations went to server fees in case you were wondering) but this is slightly different. First is the fact that all of the money (well, as much as possible anyway) has to go toward the specific project mentioned. So all of your contributions will work toward us putting out Volume One of Dubious Company. The second thing is you’ll be reward for contributing to our project. We’ve got a lot of neat rewards prepped, from your name in the book, to a role in a special comic, even a commission from Tria. That’s right, for helping us get out Volume One, we’re giving you awesome stuff.

Q: That sounds kind of neat, but what if I just want the book? A: Dubious Company Volume One is actually one of the rewards you can get for contributing to the project. Specifically, contributing 25 dollars (or more) will net you a preorder for the book, a set of three Dubious Company bookmarks, and your name in the book (as part of the contributors page) so you can show off to your friends. If you’re interested you can also be reward with (in ascending contribution order), a copy of The Evil Tower of Evil, up to three special prints Tria is putting together, a walk on role in a special comic Tria and I are putting together, a line in that special comic, a commission from Me, the amazing TagalongDT, and a commission from Tria. It’s all detailed at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1304700212/dubious-company-volume-one

Q: That sounds pretty good, you folks will get the money in no time, right? A: Well, the kickstarter only lasts for 30 days, so we HAVE to have raised the $1500 by then. That gives us the month of November to try to raise the cash we need. The other catch is that Kickstarter is an all or nothing gamble, either we make our goal (or beyond, that would be most excellent) and we get the money, or we fail (even if we’re at $1499 it counts as a failure) and we walk away empty handed. The only upside (if you want to call it that) is that if a project fails to get funded, no fees are charged. But I trust you guys will make sure that we are absolutely funded, and beyond.

Q: Honestly, I’d love to help you guys out, but the economy’s bad, and I’ve no cash, and there are zombies outside my door, and my cat just threw up on my good sweater. A: Hey, interviewer, that’s not a question. Anyway, I realize money can be a little tight for some of you, but literally anything will help, even five dollars gets us five dollars closer to our goal. I’m pretty sure most of you can spare five bucks during the month of November. And I’m positive that if everyone who reads this contributes even five dollars we’ll have our project funded in no time.

Q: No really, I don’t have any money, but I love your comic and want to help out, what can I do? A: Well, if you honestly can’t even spare a few dollars (and I realize there are some of you in that situation) there is something you can do, actually that all of you, regardless of how much you contribute, can do to help: Tell everyone. Seriously, tell everyone you know about both our comic and our kickstarter. And not just verbally (that can get a bit awkward), but post it on your blogs, tweet it, G+, FB, Deviant art. If you do anything that other people, read, hear or look at, mention Dubious Company and our kickstarter to them, and see if they’d be willing to help out a hilariously awesome comic. Post this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1304700212/dubious-company-volume-one constantly.

Q: Oh Tag! You’re the most awesomely, wonderful, hilariously, creative person I know, please let me have your babies! A: Why thank you, fake interviewer I completely made up so I could write this rant. But I’d honestly prefer that you spend all that energy promoting and contributing to our Kickstarter.

Well, there you have it folks. Head to the Dubious Company Kickstarter and take a gander at what we’ve set up. Post that link everywhere, and before you know it, you’ll all have your own copy of Dubious Company Volume One in your hands. Honestly, you’ve all been so supportive in the past, I don’t think we’ll have any problems getting the funding we ne