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FULFILMENT UPDATE 1!
By now you should have received your PDF copies of books one and two to the email address you provided when you contributed. If you don't see it you may have to look in your spam folder. Happy reading!
42.5K+ ...AND ONE MORE THING:
With just 4 days of campaigning to go, Captein has teamed up with the GOOD Directorate to bring you happiness in the form of your face in the RA world. Whether you're one of the few companies left in the modern-day multinational conglomerate world of corporate domination, or just a tourist wishing to see your face in zee limelight, Captein and the GOOD Directorate are sure you'll find this offer too GOOD to refuse:
Just choose the DIRECTORATE TOURIST perk to activate this offer and send images of you or your company for inclusion! Click image for full res.
$30,000 DONE, NOW $50,000?
Since we're still on a roll and you're continuing to show your (much appreciated) support, we're delighted to announce two extra things we can do if we get to $50K:
By popular request: Kittyhawk Plush toys! We can make them!
We can improve our studio green-screen and photoshoot setup for better, more rapid comic creation!
New to this and not sure what's going on? Read more here...
Juicy thanks from Captein and his crew for helping us beat 30K! Now we can do everything we said we could do, including a proper video shoot and a better album besides the huge new print run!
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OVER $10,000 celebrations!
We the RA team have a confession to make.
We never, in our wildest dreams, anticipated we'd get such a positive and speedy response from you, our community. We're so overwhelmed with the support and trust you've shown us that we have to admit we were wrong to set our ambitions so low. What we have heard from this weekend's manic pledge-fest (apart from that you're ravenous for cosplay outfits :D) is that you want us to do something really significant, you're ready for us to do it now, and you expect to come along for the ride!
[Captein's Facebook post above received 476 Likes and 24 delightful comments in just two hours]
So, thank you for those messages, and for all your generous pledges so far. We're ready to take this much further with your continued help...
Produce the live-action series.
We guess it's plain why spending this much on the live-action will be beneficial to everyone, but here are some things we can do with the money:
- Hire a top class camera, lenses, lighting and a DOP
- Pay for travel expenses, food and crew on location
- Colouring and visual effects, no compromise!
We can film a full episode and make a small number of promo and music videos to go with it, which, of course, Contributors will have VIP access to. Plus, we'll be able to document the adventure in video, photos and a diary along the way. If we get more than 30K, you can bet we'll be filming more episodes!
New Books. The current generation of books is heavy, expensive even in bulk because of the image quality we demand, and costs a whole bunch to ship, but with this money we will finally have the clout to source high quality yet light books that will simultaneously save us huge amounts of wasted cost and lower the purchase price significantly for every fan. We will work with printing houses to deliver a product that at least lives up to the print and binding quality of the current generation, or even exceeds it, before making any commitments. Guarranteed.
Awesome music. Behind the scenes we've been talking about and experimenting for a while on a companion soundtrack for RA. David H, Alexius and I have toyed with the idea of pairing the visuals with a sound-scape that seamlessly adds depth to, and progresses with, the main comic. This album is our first step on the road to realising that concept and because of that we had planned the whole thing out on a minute shoe-string budget. Five thousand dollars changes everything because it means we are free to hire performers to play and sing for us, spend more time creating, mixing and recording the work, and have the final product mastered by a professional, helping us truly achieve our vision and make this album the best it can be.
Besides all this we will continue to sweeten the deal with more bite-size mini-perks at various milestones on the way.*
You can help us reach this most exciting of destinations by upgrading your perk or by getting your friends, colleagues and families involved through Facebook, Twitter and deviantArt, among other places. We'll be doing our best to broaden our reach too and if we all pull together, we'll get there!
Respect and gratitude, Oggy and the team. @theOggyb
Just over a year ago we launched the first physical volume of Romantically Apocalyptic. It was self-published in Toronto and shipped out on an ad-hoc basis. Back then, we had a few thousand followers on Facebook and 800 thousand page views per month to the website. Now those numbers have gone up to 60 thousand, and four million, yet the physical books are still sent the same way: a few at a time, and with a frustrating wait if you happen not to live on the American continent!
Now, if you're a starving artist (and, needless to say, our little team consists mostly of starving artists...) you end up spreading yourself too thin, trying to meet demand with regular low-scale print runs while working your socks off to fulfil your boundless artistic ambition. This is where we are, and that's why we need your help.
We're asking for ten thousand dollars. With this we want to do a large scale print run of not only the original volume, but also volume two, which we have started selling at select comicons. Both are around 100 pages and contain significantly more content than that shown on the website alone. In addition, we have a live action series at the pre-production stage, which we want to kick into a higher gear, and, due to popular demand, we want to release an RA-inspired companion music album.
WHAT DO I, AS A MINION, GET IN RETURN?
If we reach our goal of ten thousand, we will have enough to do all of these things and send glorious trinklets of swag in return. If we didn't reach our goal, we'd have to compromise too much so this is an all-or-nothing adventure!
There's a perk for everyone. For those devoted minions with less to spend, we're offering the entire first two volumes as a DRM-free PDF, so you can experience the full content of the books on-screen for your investment, without the extra cost of a physical copy. Further up the chain we're offering individually numbered CDs of the album, prints, greeting cards and even unique, custom artwork on top of the inevitable newly printed comic books.
Don't forget too that if we skyrocket through our initial goal of 10K, we have even more superlative ideas for ways we can give back to you, our community.
Your contribution affects Romantically Apocalyptic in several delectable ways:
- The comic becomes self-sustaining and grows with its audience
- The RA universe continues to expand into the video and audio realms
- Eventually the team can travel to further reaches of the globe visiting pre-apocalyptic cities of residence, evangelising the whole world to Capteinism
Furthermore, after helping to bring RA to ever more people, you yourself will have acquired a piece of history: exclusive prints will indeed be exclusive - forever - and individually low-numbered CDs will proclaim to the world that you got there first. Heck, you could even be the proud owner of an original RA oil painting to display on the grandest wall in your house...
And remember, if you pledge over a hundred dollars these books will have your name credited as a prized and esteemed contributor for all to see!
MONEY TREES DO NOT GROW IN MY SURROUNDINGS, BUT I AM A LOYAL MINION. WHAT CAN I DO???
Captein requires that you scout and procure new minions for zee cause. You can do this by sharing our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, G+, vkontakte or any other social tomfoolery you partake in, both on- and offline.
Indiegogo have provided a handsome set of sharing functions for you to do just that.
If your social endeavours help us to reach our funding goal, you too will benefit further down the line whether that be through lower prices for merch, a greater presence of Captein in your locality or just through helping a friend get addicted!
New: Use the sharing functions at the top of this page to share our campaign with your friends. The top referrers for new visitors, new contributors and total funds will receive a special thank you prize :) - see this info.
WHAT IF I'VE NEVER HEARD OF ZEE CAPTEIN OR ROMANTICALLY APOCALYPTIC?
No worries! Romantically Apocalyptic is a webcomic begun in 2009 by Vitaly S. Alexius. It's unique because the style is a combination of high-resolution photomanipulation and cinematic digital painting. It contains crafty and dark humour, a tense, dramatic story arc, and a small crew of apocalypse survivors with a complex, interwoven relationship with each other and the end of the world. Being a webcomic, it's totally free to view online at www.rom.ac and if you like it, please consider coming back to support us.
With most excited anticipation, thank you!
The Romantically Apocalyptic Team