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Book 1 Teaser

Book 1 Teaser

This is a teaser for the bonus content of Book 1, guest-starring Princess Ari!

Now for the big announcement; for the past 2 years, ToP has been funded from Chris’ and my own pockets, and while we love bringing you lovely people weekly quality updates (and we haven’t missed an update so far), it has been a costly endeavor what with maintainance and advertising.

We’d really love for you to crowdfund us on IndieGoGo to help alleviate some of the costs or maybe break even. It’s going to be a small goal, and even then I’m not sure we’ll make it, but every little bit will be a big help to keep ToP chugging along. We love our comic just as much as you guys. :)

The campaign will give you folks a chance to own a high quality digital copy of Book 1 which includes the bonus content that today’s update is teasing. Higher tier rewards will also offer more digital goodies, like custom sketches (or a painting!) from yours truly.

Unfortunately there are no plans for a print run as of yet, I would love to, but the international shipping rates from my country is so expensive you’ll be paying just as much or more than the book just to get it shipped, and I think that’s highway robbery.

By doing a digital run there will less oversight of the costs as I don’t have to juggle the budget over shipping and printing. The only factor here is sending out the swag in a timely manner, which I will do my best to accomplish.

We’re currently working out the finer details of ToP’s campaign so we should be ready to launch in a week or so. When that happens I hope you wonderful readers will help support ToP, Princess Ari is searching for her knight in shining armor!

23 Comments

  • Roger Rosvold | Posted August 24, 2015 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    I urge you to consider the support paradigm used by Erfworld. I pledge to pay them $1 per on-time update each month, payable via PayPal. Pledges can shoose their level of support from $1 up to $100 per update.

    I would support you in this way, and you can grow your support as you grow your readership.

    Best of luck. Keep making the high quality, beautiful art you have. The world is better because of you.

    • Humbug | Posted August 24, 2015 at 1:42 am | Permalink

      I only occasionally check in on Erfworld, but would that support paradigm be that “Be a Tool” thing? I don’t really know much about it, but is it a custom paying system that creator made? I don’t have such programming skills, but it does sound very similar to Patreon where it does have pledge by month or by update options with tier rewards.

      I have also been mulling over Patreon, although I’m not sure whether to go with monthly pledges or by the update. Most creators go with the former and I’ve read some criticisms that the latter is a more greedy option as creators can just post filler and still reap the rewards. I don’t want to look like a greedy person just clawing for money. 😛

  • Phoenixia | Posted August 24, 2015 at 2:50 am | Permalink

    Aaah, Princess Ari is adorable! I’ll see what I can do <3

    • Humbug | Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      That’ll be great!

  • Marscaleb | Posted August 24, 2015 at 5:47 am | Permalink

    No idea what is going on, but I love the outfits!

    • Humbug | Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      That’s the fun of it. 😛

  • Brad | Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    It pains me to say this, but that dress makes Ari look fat.

    (8-P~~

    • Humbug | Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      I know! Big floofy dresses do not flatter fuller figured women. 😀

  • Black | Posted August 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Buff princess is best princess! Consider me sold!!

  • ChristineA | Posted August 24, 2015 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Count me in!!! My only complaint about digital copies is my poor 46-year old eyes have trouble reading for a long time on the computer. Sucks getting old sometimes, lol!

    And omg… Princess Ari is the most awesome Princess ever!! LOL.

    • Humbug | Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      I would really like print copies myself, coz there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your work in a book. Hopefully this will be possible in the future. :)

  • jason | Posted August 24, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Couple ideas if you want a printed version: 1) have it printed oversees, and shipped to you. 2) Might be interesting to leverage blackbox for the fulfillment side of things… they just crushed the Exploding Kittens kickstarter order fulfillment.

    • Humbug | Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

      Having it printed overseas could be an option. I just need to figure out good studios. I’m not sure who or what black box is tho. :3

  • Glenn | Posted August 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Link to the crowd fund location?

    • Humbug | Posted August 24, 2015 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      It’s not ready yet, we hope to launch it in a week. :)

  • Brad | Posted August 25, 2015 at 1:48 am | Permalink

    Humbug: I think I’m getting a feel for your style of composition and ambiance. I’m guessing you’d probably be a big fan of say … Crying Freeman ? Seems to be the direction you’re moving towards. If you’ve never read it, I think you’d magnetize to it solidly. Cheers.

    – $0.02

    • Humbug | Posted August 25, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink

      I actually haven’t seen Crying Freeman, but I’ll be sure to check it out. 😀

  • D | Posted August 25, 2015 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    Can Ari ritualistically burn the dress at the end of the bonus content please? (It seems in character for her.)

    • Humbug | Posted August 25, 2015 at 10:01 am | Permalink

      I will say there’s a reason why she’s wearing it. 😛

  • Brian | Posted August 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Re: Patreon

    The pledge-per-update includes an option for a monthly cap that would mitigate concerns about funding a bunch of filler. For example, I could pledge $1/update with a maximum of $5/month.

    Of course, my solution to an artist padding a per-update model with a bunch of filler is to support some other artist instead.

    • Humbug | Posted August 25, 2015 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

      That’s a neat feature! But I do have other concerns about Patreon that I will go into better detail next update. I would love to hear everyone’s opinion on the matter.

  • Brad | Posted August 25, 2015 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Here’s a link to the Crying Freeman manga series I mentioned earlier. IMNSHO It’s a solid stylistic fit for you. Originally published in the USA by Viz (my edition), it’s since been reprinted (I think) by Darkhorse. Check for reprinted back issues at your locak comic book store.

    http://www.comicvine.com/crying-freeman/4050-4318/

    • Humbug | Posted August 26, 2015 at 12:00 am | Permalink

      Thanks! I’ll see if I can grab a hold of it. 😀

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