Update-a-Rama!

http://www.dorktower.com/2018/01/05/update-a-rama/

http://dorktower.kovalic.com/?p=13465

Hey, gang!

Several updates, a few of which I should have gotten to weeks ago. Weeks, I tells ya!

PATREON AND ON

Next Wednesday marks the one-month anniversary of the Dork Tower Patreon’s launch.

Frankly, it’s been an amazing few weeks. It certainly took me by surprise, particularly as we began smack-dab in the middle of the Great Patreon Kerfluffle of 2017.

The Patreon’s going so well, in fact, I’ll be adding some things to it:

  • I’ll be using it as a platform to preview pages of the upcoming Tao of Igor trade paperback.
  • I’ve a firm schedule now, for the Tao of Igor Kickstarter, in large part due to the confidence gained in my ability to juggle projects (again, THANKS, Patreon patrons)!
  • I’m finishing up some files, and hope to have some monsters and lands from my Dungeons & Dragons campaign to soon share with Patreon backers. (This takes place in the lands of Aurora, where the Dortk Tower crew spend their Warhamster roleplaying time: a lot of little details that have popped up in the strips will be revisited in detail here).
  • I’m trying to add at least one bonus Dork Tower comic every week, between now and February, just too get back into the multi-strip mindset.

There are other shenanigans I’d like to use the Patreon platform for, but for now, I’d rather under-promise and over-perform. So we’ll keep some goodies under wraps, and possibly surprise folks with them in the not-too-distant future.

The Dork Tower Patreon has me thinking about my work in ways I haven’t, in a decade.

Even Munchkin is better for it: I’m organizing my time more efficiently, and setting myself micro-deadlines during the day. I still waste a few hours online, yes, but far fewer than before. And I’m no longer rushing out Dork Towers the day before they’re (theoretically) due, but planning them out to hit the schedule.

SPEAKING OF PATREON, there’s still time to get an Army of Dorkness PATREON CENTURION card!

Anyone who supports the Dork Tower Patreon before midnight, PST, Wednesday Jan. 10, becomes a founding member of this crazy scheme, and gets this memento of the crazy occasion.

Matt- and Gilly-level supporters will get the signed cards mailed to them automatically. Others can download PDFs of the card, or just Paypal postage and handling charges to get physical, signed copies.

Someone asked about buttons, to go with previous Army of Dorkness levels. We should be able to do that, as add-ons, for those who’d like them.

INSANE CHARITY BIKE RIDE 2017 goodies are all printed up, and I’m hoping to have everything signed, and ready to send to Fulfillment Guru David next week.

This all adds up to about 1,000 things for me to sign, this weekend, because you amazing people helped raise more than $17,000 for the Fair Share Coalition! That – simply –  smashed our previous record! YOU FOLKS ARE INCREDIBLE!

I had hoped to get everything to folks by Christmas – that did not happen. HOWEVER, this is by far and away the earliest we’ll have had swag sent off, so far. After five of these things, it’s almost like I’m starting to learn some lessons!

Next year, I’d like to do even better, and I’m hoping to have all the Munchkin Charity Postcards, etc., completed and ready to go to press by the time of the ride itself.

One drawback this year was the new web interface that Bike the Barns used. Overall, it was great, but it made it almost impossible to communicate with backers like I had in the past. However, Fulfillment Guru David found a way to cull the donors’ emails, so going forward, I hope to keep in touch better.

I’m playing around on my iPad Pro, with Clip Studios and the Apple Pencil, as much as I can.

Friday’s bonus Dork Tower was done using them.

Here’s a silly little morning warm-up sketch for you: WINTER STORM GRAYSON.

Stay warm, everyone!

-John

 

My Friend Stepto

http://www.dorktower.com/2018/01/02/my-friend-stepto/

http://dorktower.kovalic.com/?p=13439


My friend – many, many people’s friend – Stephen Toulouse (or, as pretty much the entire world knew him, Stepto) died, last October.

Stepto being Stepto, he had already managed to cheat Death once. One-for-two is a far better average than most of us will ever know. Those couple extra years the world had him around is something to be particularly grateful for.

That doesn’t make his loss any easier, though.

This Friday, a group of his friends – a large group of his friends…he had many friends, did I mention that? Look, let’s just call it a mob – will be putting on a show in Seattle, to celebrate his life.

If you’re in the area, this will be a must-see. Stepto was beloved, a force of life, and his was most absolutely a life to be celebrated. And it will be, gloriously.

It saddens me that I can’t be there, but I was honored to have been asked to help with the show’s poster.

I was comfortably sure my original idea was a terrible one: fussy and overly complex. I struggled with it. I wanted to get it right. So I called Stepto’s and my pal, Len Peralta, and we brainstormed, and laughed, and reminisced. Then all of a sudden, Len mentioned something, and the idea hit.

“You know Stepto’s favorite quote – his catchphrase – right?” said Len. “Be excellent to each other.”

It’s like whenever Stepto’s pals get together, magic happens.

This poster will be available for purchase at the show, signed by so very many of Stepto’s friends, who will be making much magic: Joel Watson, Zoe Quinn, Wil Wheaton, John Roderick, Joe Louie, Mike Selinker, Nika Harper, Kiri Callaghan, Kymberlee Price, Tammy Fox, and possibly/probably others.

Tickets are available at the Triple Door website – again, a mob is expected, so get yours now – and the profits will be going to Stepto’s family.

Be excellent.

Secondly, from now until the end of the month, Steve Jackson Games has authorized another set of Charity Munchkin Postcards, with all proceeds going to the family.


To get one, simply send $25 through Paypal via https://www.paypal.me/SteptoMemorial (make sure you mention this is fopr the Stepto postcard, and DOUNLE make sure you leave your mailing address).

Then a Munchkin postcard, signed by me, that lets you begin one game of Munchkin at Level 3, will be in the mail to you – yes, YOU – come February! (And yay, this offer included overseas supporters).

I will personally match donations with the first 20 postcards purchased ($500), as well: every postcard will see $50 going to Stepto’s family (but who wants to buy just one, amiright?)

As if these these postcards could get any better, Munchkin Creator Steve Jackson and Munchkin Tzar Andrew Hackard have agreed that, if you catch them at a con and get them to sign one, the postcard can be used again and again!

The postcard won’t be available at the show, as they won’t be printed until the first week of February. But just hit Paypal, and one (or more) will soon be winging its way to you.

Be excellent.

Lastly, I will be auctioning off the original poster/postcard art, with all proceeds going to the family. I haven’t come up with a platform for this yet, but if you want to donate a Big Sum of Cash to a great cause, just get in touch until then! (The current bid is $260).

 

I wish I could be with everyone at the show – I dearly do – but more than that, I hope much is raised to help Stepto’s family.

Be excellent.

Be excellent to each other, everyone!

-John