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New Kickstarter! Naomi and the Dragon!

A while back, my best friend Toby and I did a 24-Hour Comic book project together. We didn’t finish, but it was a good exercise for us, and we did end up with a great script for a comic book that we decided we wanted to finish “someday.”

Well, last week we decided to pull the trigger, and launched our Kickstarter project to finish Naomi and the Dragon. Our funding goal is very modest– just enough to scan the art, print the copies, and send them out, with anything extra being available as profit for us to put towards our future projects (making games, music, other writing projects, etc.) We’re only allowing 100 print copies, ever. It’s a limited-edition, though PDFs are unlimited.

Yesterday was the eighth anniversary since I launched Handknit Heroes, so it seems appropriate today to announce this Kickstarter. There’s still plenty of time to back it– the project will be funding until February 9th.

So, if you like the stuff I’ve done before, and you’d like to get a copy of this comic book– back it today!

Threadbare is LIVE! (And some behind-the-scenes marketing talk)

As of last Wednesday, Threadbare is LIVE on Kickstarter!

If you don’t know, Threadbare is my role-playing game about broken toys in a broken world. It has a stitchpunk/maker aesthetic, but focuses on creating and building, rather than tearing things apart.

I’ve written about it quite a bit here in the blog, and I’m very excited that the game is finally live and funding.

But let me chat a little bit about one of the things I’ve done to promote my Kickstarter. Aside from telling everyone I know, and being a little shameless about podcasts and interviews, of course.

As you might or might not know, many years ago, I wrote a fantasy world-building guide, and then later I wrote a 30-day guide for world-building. For several years, I’ve had an “ad box” on those pages, quietly drawing revenue from Project Wonderful, which is an ad-share service largely focused on the webcomic and geek markets. It doesn’t do popups, and  I used it to promote Handknit Heroes a bit, but found that it was just a nice trickle of revenue that I left in my Project Wonderful account. Over the years, that has accumulated to a small sum in my account, money which I didn’t have to actually put into the account.

On Sunday, I posted an ad for Threadbare on the site and started spending what’s in my account. I’ve already had one sale due to the ads, which have been shown over 130,000 times (click through rate isn’t great, though). I was able to target them somewhat towards games/gaming, crafting, and writing sites. Most importantly, though, this didn’t cost me anything right now, when I’m trying to promote this Kickstarter without breaking the bank.

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