The Order of the Stick Reprint Drive by Rich Burlew — Kickstarter.
What an incredible success for this project about comics:
What’s Going On Here?
I’ve been self-publishing my comedy-fantasy-adventure webcomic The Order of the Stick in paper format since 2005, but one of the hardest parts about doing it all on my own is keeping the older books available. This project is designed to get at least one of those books back into print. The Order of the Stick: War and XPs was the third compilation of the color webcomic, covering a bunch of cool battle scenes like this and this and even this. Look, here’s the cover now:
Problem is, we ran out of copies sometime in 2010. That means that many readers (especially those who only discovered the comic in the last two years) have had no opportunity to get it. Because it’s such a long book (288 full color pages, the longest OOTS book yet), the cost of a second print run has been too high for me to raise on my own. Readers ask me every week when it will be available again, and thanks to Kickstarter, I now have an answer: Now (or never).
The goal, listed over in the top right corner, represents the amount of money we need to raise to print the minimum number of copies of War and XPs to place it back in stock on our website and in local gaming shops around the world (plus enough extra to cover domestic shipping for the pledge rewards and such). If we reach that goal, then I’ll call the printer up at the end of this pledge drive and begin printing almost immediately. If we don’t reach that goal within 30 days, though, no one will be charged anything; you only pay if the project is successful. (Obviously, if the drive is not successful, the book will also stay out of print for the foreseeable future.)
What’s In It For Me?
Good question. Well, take a look to the right and see the different rewards that are available for different pledge amounts. You’ll notice that most of them include a newly-printed copy of War and XPs, which will ship once they’ve been reprinted. But that’s only part of the story.
If the drive is successful, everyone who pledges $10 or more will get a specialnever-before-seen The Order of the Stick story in PDF format. Titled “How the Paladin Got His Scar,” this tale tells the story of how Azurite soldier O-Chul first joined the Sapphire Guard and includes appearances by many of the other Azurite characters from the online comic. I worked out the basics of this story for last year’s Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales book, but it ended up being too long to include. If the drive is successful, I’ll go back, finish it, and release it to everyone who makes the minimum pledge as a digital file.
Furthermore, with most pledges, we’ll also be sending out a brand new Roy Greenhilt fridge magnet, matching the ones we’ve made in previous years featuring OOTS characters Belkar, Elan, and Vaarsuvius. This magnet is exclusive to the pledge drive, so this is pretty much your only chance to get it.
Finally, we have a handful of premium rewards available for backers who really want to show their support (or who just happen to already own War and XPs), including crayon drawings of your favorite OOTS character by creator Rich Burlew (that’s me again); a chance to commission an additional OOTS story featuring your favorite character; and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a walk-on cameo for your favorite D&D character in the actual The Order of the Stick webcomic! Seriously, they’ll be part of the story forever. It doesn’t get much more exclusive than that.
What If You Beat Your Goal?
The best part is what happens if we go over that goal, though. The more that is pledged, the more copies can be printed, ensuring that the book stays available for new readers in the coming years. But if we get enough money, we can also reprint our original prequel book, The Order of the Stick: On the Origin of PCs, which has been out-of-print for almost as long. Since this is a portion of the story that has only ever been available in print, that’ll let more people discover the otherwise-hidden origins of Roy, Haley, and the rest of the Order of the Stick.