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First Stretch Goal Achieved!

The Clockwork Game Kickstarter just passed its first stretch goal! This means that all the trade paperbacks will get a cover upgrade -- thicker stock, and a shiny spot gloss treatment on the red band at the bottom, and the hardcovers will now have a ribbon bookmark sewn in.

I'm so excited! I love making beautiful books, and thanks to all of your generosity, I can!

Over 100% funded!

Fantastic news! The Clockwork Game Kickstarter is over 100% funded!

Since I still have 23 days to go, I've got some great stretch goals:

IF WE HIT $7500:
The trade paperbacks will get a substantial cover upgrade, moving from 10-pt to 12-pt stock, and will now sport a shiny spot gloss treatment on part of the cover. It's going to look really beautiful.

The deluxe hardcovers will each have a ribbon bookmark sewn in.

IF WE HIT $9000:
Both the trade paperbacks and the hardcovers will get an interior paper upgrade, moving from 60-pound paper to 70-pound paper. This will make the books heavier and more substantial.

IF WE HIT $11000:
I will be able to increase the print run from 1000 copies to 1500, (or possibly even 2000, depending on how early we hit the goal) and to celebrate, I will sign and personalize (“For Vyasar!”) every single print copy, even the Vögelein books in the Fiery Studios Library packages.Please note that this will cause a slight delay in fulfillment due to the extra time I'll need to personally invest on each book prior to shipping.

IF WE HIT $13000:
The trade paperbacks will receive printed endpapers on both the inside cover and the first and last pages. The deluxe hardcovers will get a metal die custom-made just for them, and will have the die stamped in gold foil on their front cover.

IF WE HIT $15000:
I have plans for this level, but they're still in the works. I will let you know as soon as I know if they're possible, or if I”ll need to go with the backup plans, which should also be pretty cool.

Thank you all, again and again, for your generous pledges. I am so looking forward to making this book a reality!

Exciting News: Paul Onstage with Thomas Dolby!

You guys, you guys, I have such amazing news to share! Paul has been invited to join Thomas Dolby up on stage at the Royal Oak Music Theatre! Mr. Dolby is currently on tour with his short film, The Invisible Lighthouse, and after the performance ends, Paul will join him on stage to talk about all the work they've done together!

It is my pleasure to announce that I will be joining Thomas Dolby on stage Sunday, November 3rd at the Royal Oak Music Theatre stop of his INVISIBLE LIGHTHOUSE tour for an after-film Q&A session, a la "Inside the Actor's Studio". We'll be talking about the collaborative work we've done on his album designs, the Floating City trans-media game, and the Invisible Lighthouse project, with a slide show of my work and images.

If you are able to come, I would love to see you in the audience for what promises to be an interesting night. The Q&A session will be taped and available on YouTube after the event. Tickets are still available for the performance at the Royal Oak website.

Get your tickets here!

Clockwork Game Kickstarter is Live!

It's here! I'm so excited!

Click here to visit the project page. Thanks to everyone for all their support through the years -- now let's make the print edition a reality!

This is Everything I Know

Do you make comics? Do you want to make comics? Then you should read This Is Everything I Know by C. Spike Trotman. It is the truth.

Kickstarting soon!

If everything goes well, the Clockwork Game Kickstarter should start on Monday.

So weird

Man, it is so very weird to not be making a Clockwork Game update on a Wednesday. Work is progressing well on the book -- and I'll have word on the Kickstarter very soon.

Advance Reading Copy

My advance reading copy of Clockwork Game is here! This is a single, print-on-demand edition I had printed through so that I can check the art for obvious errors. The final product will be a little smaller, with an 8 x 10" trim size. Getting so excited!

Final Clockwork Game post

Thanks for reading, everyone. It's meant so much to know so many folks were pulling for me to finish this story. The final Signal Boost of the Week goes to all of you. Thank you, every last one of you.

As I mention over on the site itself:

Work is progressing well on the print edition: the InDesign file is complete and is out with my editors, the foreword is being written by the award-winning Nisi Shawl, and with luck, I should have a Kickstarter up soon. I have an estimate from my printer, have spoken with my Diamond rep, and my hope is to have physical copies in hand by Christmas.

If you'd like to be notified of the Kickstarter, Clockwork Game's appearance in PREVIEWS and of any upcoming convention appearances I might make next year, please sign up for the Clockwork Game Newsletter. I won't share your email with anyone, and won't send you more than about three updates a year.

Thanks again for being such great readers, and for all your support over the years.

Clockwork Game Update: 09/05/13

The penultimate page.

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to The Tamale Guy here in Kalamazoo!

Andrew has been selling his fantastic tamales at Bank St. Farmer's Market for a couple of years, and is now taking the plunge and opening a retail store and catering business in the old Fuel restaurant on Burdick and Alcott. Check him out! His mango salsa is the best -- I just ate a whole cup of it in one sitting!

Clockwork Game Update: 8/29/13

Two pages left.

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to T.S. Lamb, who recently illustrated four (!) books from Pie Plate Publishing! Her three newest titles are educational books about Paganism for young children: What is Magic?, What are the Elements?, and Who is a Witch? Congratulations, Tiff! Way to go!

Clockwork Game Update: 8/22/13

Only three more weeks left. So odd to be coming down to the end of this story, after so long.

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to The Killamazoo Derby Darlins, who are hosting one of the first-ever WFTDA Division 2 Roller Derby Playoff Tournaments! This weekend, right here in Kalamazoo, ten international women's roller derby teams will be fighting for the chance to proceed to the WFTDA National Championships. Come out to Wings Stadium and see teams from as far away as North Carolina, California, New York, and Ontario, Canada participate in three whole days of derby action -- you won't be disappointed!

Clockwork Game Update: 8/15/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Jill Thompson, who just announced a Kickstarter to fund a new Scary Godmother doll! I have loved Jill's work for years, from Sandman to Magic Trixie, and this doll looks absolutely spectacular. Get in on it while you can!

Clockwork Game Update: 8/8/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Brian Williams of RavenHammer Comics, who has just announced that one of his properties, The Harlem Shadow is being made into an online animated series by Russell Simmons, and starring the voice of hip-hop star Common! Huge congrats, Brian! Can't wait to see it debut this fall!

Clockwork Game Update: 8/1/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to the olllam, a new Irish music group consisting of Michigan natives Tyler Duncan and Mike Shimmin, along with trad superstar John McSherry. Their debut album is garnering rave reviews, and they're planning a tour of the United States this fall after some highly successful dates in Ireland. The album's amazing -- I picked it up at Elderly Instruments earlier this year, and it's in constant rotation in my car. Have a listen!

Clockwork Game Update: 7/25/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeil for their new graphic Bad Houses is coming soon from Dark Horse! You can read a preview or pre-order it at Things From Another World. I've seen sneak peeks of this book, and it's flat-out beautiful -- get your copy fast, you won't be disappointed.

Clockwork Game Update: 7/18/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Pacific Rim. Why signal boost a hollywood blockbuster, you ask? Because the monster design was done by none other than Michigan's own Guy Davis!

Clockwork Game Update: 7/11/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Allie Brosh, just announced that her book, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened is finally being released this October! You can pre-order it here!

Clockwork Game Update: 7/04/13

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Linda Medley, who has put the finishing touches on the second volume of Castle Waiting! I'm way behind the times -- working on comics rarely leaves me time for reading comics -- so imagine my excitement when I emptied my long-neglected pull file at Fanfare and found three new issues waiting for me! Hopefully you've all heard the news by now, but on the off chance you've been living under a rock like I have, go check out the new Definitive Edition of Volume 2!

Clockwork Game Update: 6/27/13

Hey, everybody. Sorry for the delay in posting -- I was traveling all day yesterday and today our internet was out until just a minute ago. Here you go:

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Evan Dahm, who's Kickstarting the first book of his most recent series, Vattu: