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PROJECT UPDATE
McMadmissile
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about 17 hours ago

Project Update: Plushie and shirt samples nearly complete!

Happy Friday critters!

Thank you for bearing with me while I have my nose to the grindstone getting all of the series 2 snughoul items ready for production! As of this week about 90% of the series 2 goodies have been confirmed, paid for, and are actively in production now. It's been one long and busy road and I still have plenty to do before everything leaves my various suppliers, but knowing the chain of fulfillment is set up and waiting is a huge weight off my mind.

Now on to Pintopia updates! Things have been far from quiet on this side of things and I'm stoked to show you all the progress we've made in such a short amount of time.

The button-up samples are largely finished! I want to make a few adjustments to the position of the pattern on the Sweet Dreams shirt (don't like that Nightmare is cut in half), but everything else looks fabulous. Each shirt now has a pocket and complimentary button colors.
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Plushie prototyping has also been moving along at a good clip! Got our first glimpse of Rosy Maple tonight and they're already almost perfect which is awesome for a first pass.



Colors for Dragon Fruit Bat have been picked out, so I expect a plush update next week!Β 



Apart from that all we're waiting on is a few tweaks to Twinkle Star Bat, the updated Thornheart Wolpertinger with paler colors, and some new flowers for Sakura Wolpertinger! Cosmic Beez and Sweet Heart Bat are 100% finished.

  • Quick note about Cosmic Beelzebear: Saw the feedback about the belly badge material and took it on board! I requested both samples (holo and tie-dye) and will hold a poll when they arrive to determine the final plush.Β 

All 23 characters from series 2 had to be reviewed and confirmed (and in some cases small adjustments had to be made due to fabric availability) before production which slowed development down on this new batch, but that is mostly out of the way now so things should pick up speed as we move into June!

To accommodate the new snughoul logo, I've developed a new hang tag too.



And a new wash tag with all the necessary information to make sure the snughouls pass their safety testing later this month.



And finally development on the pins and the shaker keychain should begin next week! Truth be told they're the most straightforward thing about this project so I've been a little less pressed about getting the ball rolling on them vs the plushies and apparel, but I know everyone is excited to see some physical samples (me too!!)

Charmsey has been a little under the weather resulting in a delay on our collaboration pieces, but these should also be finished next week so sampling can begin on them as well.Β 

Lastly, don't forget to check out the snughouls discord! I've been using it to share WIPs that don't warrant their own update and other behind the scenes tidbits so it's worth joining even if you just plan to lurk, https://discord.gg/BsQH8vsk


Because I've seen it mentioned several times in the comments it bears repeating-- surveys won't close until prototyping is finished on all items!

You also won't be charged for any add-ons until surveys lock/close, which is estimated to be around (but not before) July 1st at the moment. So get those surveys in if you haven't already! The sooner surveys are submitted, the sooner I can get final counts put together for my suppliers πŸ’–
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PROJECT UPDATE
HoloRaindrops
CREATOR
1 day ago

Project Update: Orders Being Locked!

Hey all!

Most of you likely just got a notification to your inbox that says your order is being locked. I've started the process of locking the first round of orders so I can get solid metrics for counts of items.

You have 48 hours to make any more changes to your order. But no worries - even after that, if you really need to make a change, just let me know and I'll make changes for you.

Please note, this is just for items! Your addresses can still be changed as much as needed until I start fulfillment, which still won't be for a while yet.

Thanks so much! :)

-Rain
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PROJECT UPDATE
Peter Chiykowski
CREATOR
about 6 hours ago

Project Update: Surveys are sent + "Cat Lady Druid" pin update

Hello backers!

I'm pleased to report that our smoke test was successful and we were able to send out the surveys ahead of schedule!

If you have not received your survey link yet, you can get it by visiting https://dnd-pins.backerkit.com and entering your BackerKit email. Please fill out your survey by July 1.

Also, a backer brought something to my attention: there was a pin missing from the survey!

There was a pin that wasn't included in the 25-pin lineup or the unlock list, but I forgot to remove from the pin design gallery when I cut it from the final lineup before launch. It's the pin that reads "I'm not a crazy cat lady / I'm a high-level druid."

This was my mistake, and I didn't intend to offer this design for this campaign, but I absolutely want to do right by everyone who pledged because they were interested in this design.

If you pledged because you wanted the "Cat Lady Druid" pin design instead of one of your existing pin selections, please fill out this Google form and I'll make sure to swap out one of your existing pin choices for it. You'll be able to specify which. The deadline to fill out the form is June 10th.

Thanks so much and sorry for the error and confusion!

Peter
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PROJECT UPDATE
EVOL-EYE co.
CREATOR
2 days ago

Project Update: Project Update: Insular Cortex Campaign πŸ–€

Hey there, amazing backers of Insular Cortex! πŸ§ πŸŽ‰

Firstly, I want to apologize for the slight delay in getting out the surveys. Life threw a few curveballs and I hit a temporary wall of exhaustion. Chronic illness am I right? However, I've been working diligently behind the scenes, and I'm thrilled to announce that surveys will be ready this week! πŸ–€πŸ€˜

The surveys are crucial as they will allow you to choose your pin designs and wrap up shipping costs. As well as snag any extra goods from my preorder shop including past designs which I have discounted 20% off for Mental Health Awareness Month :) I've got some other cool surprises in store, I'm just so incredible grateful for your love and support for this project!

I'm pleased to share that the production and shipping timeline remains on track, and there are no changes in that regard. Your pins will be in your hands around July as promised, and I can't wait to see your excitement when they arrive! πŸš€ I will make sure to update you every step of the way!

Thank you all for your patience, understanding, and unwavering support throughout this journey. Your enthusiasm is what keeps me going, and I am truly grateful for each and every one of you! Together, let's continue to support mental health awareness and make a positive impact.

Thank you all once again for being a part of this incredible journey. If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out. You're all rockstars! πŸ–€πŸ€˜

With love and gratitude,
Christy


Let me know down in the comments which Insular Cortex Pin you can't wait to have!
Oh and speaking of which, here are how the respect existence or expect resistance design came out!Β 

Treat Me Delicately Colorway, Transgender Pride Colorway and Nonbinary Pride Colorway


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PROJECT UPDATE
crow ♦ Key & Crow Studios Ltd.
CREATOR
4 days ago

Project Update: Dreamweaver & Lightning Redesigns β€’ Update on Surveys

Hello all-- first off, my utmost apologies for how long this has taken to get out to you guys! I've been at war with the Neverending Sinus Infection, on top of car troubles and everything else wrong with my body getting so much worse with the rising temperatures.Β 

Redesigns

Prior to launching, the Lightning in a Bottle pin gave me the most trouble with the design, and I was never quite happy with what I did come up with initially-- same goes for the Dreamweaver Draught design, I kept feeling like there was just something missing and the final design I put out missed the mark somehow. Coming back to the drawing board with these two designs was important to me, and I can proudly say that these designs are what I've been striving towards.Β 



The original Lightning in a Bottle design felt a little too messy and unclear to me-- it wasn't immediately obvious at a glance what exactly the design even was without the additional context. This one has a whole lot more personality in addition to legibility. I think the cloud-shaped bottle with a darker, stormier tone to the glass suits the theme far more, along with the stopper being inspired by antique lightning rods. I am still toying with the idea of making the cloudy swirls in this one darker and more desaturated, but the linework and overall vibe is settled.



Likewise, the Dreamweaver Draught has far more movement and far better communicates its purposing than the original design-- its also a lot more faithful to my original sketches for the concept.Β 
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PROJECT UPDATE
George Williams
CREATOR
about 3 hours ago

Project Update: NeoComet is here! Time to lock in orders!

Hello everyone!

We have come around to the lock in date. 24 hours from sending out this update, I will lock in everyone's orders, so you have until then to make whatever changes you may need. One step closer to pins, I hope everyone is as excited as I am!

Taking into account the different polls I put out and the advice of others, I will be charge cards June 15th as I put in my original timeline. I will send out an update a week before so everyone will be aware of when the charge will hit their accounts.

Lastly, NeoComet is finally done! Because of demand, I actually made a full Aisha and a baby Aisha Comet. Everyone who backed within 48 hours gets a set of NeoComets for free with their order! And if you missed that don't worry, they are still available as add-ons. There is also a Baby NeoComet mini Notebook option added to the notebook listing.

If you still haven't answered your survey please get that done by tomorrow so you can receive your pin! Thank you again for your support and patience.

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PROJECT UPDATE
Jess | JBlake Design
CREATOR
2 days ago

Project Update: Surveys coming soon!! :)

Hello everyone!! Hope you all have been doing great since the end of Pintopia!

After running the Pintopia campaign for almost a month straight every day/night, I took a very necessary break to recharge my batteries from running the campaign basically non-stop (from the moment I woke up to when I would fall asleep checking the campaign progress).

Here's an accurate gif depiction of me below working nonstop during the campaign morning to night lol
When I would wake up
When I would fall asleep designing at my computer lol πŸ˜†


I slowly started working on the surveys after Pintopia ended, and it is definitely a learning curve from my last ita bag Kickstarter Campaign/Backerkit Survey! Since there are so many pin options now for this campaign vs the last ita bag campaign I ran, it definitely got a little complicated figuring out how to setup the questions/Backerkit store correctly for so many pin designs/tiers πŸ˜†

While I began working on the surveys, my spring convention schedule basically started all last month. If you all didn't know, I regularly travel to anime conventions mainly across the midwest US area as my main job to vend my artwork in the artist alleys. With convention season basically starting right after Pintopia ended, I've also been dealing with personal life issues on top of all that. So I didn't have the proper chance to sit down and write this update. My sincerest apologies for not updating everyone sooner, I've just dealing with a lot on my plate with the campaign/work/personal life and I hope you understand the short delay!! πŸ™πŸΌ

πŸŽ‰ The great news is that the surveys are almost complete and all I need to do is finalize the icon art to match the pin designs/items to the survey questions and double check that all the surveys are correct! πŸŽ‰ This weekend is my last convention I'm vending at for a short period, so I'm aiming to have the surveys send out by sometime by the end of next week after I return from the convention πŸ€—

Some other great news is that the new Harpy pin design is almost finished, and the Egyptian Goddess Nut pin is almost done as well! I'll be revealing those when the surveys are released πŸ˜‰

Thank you all so much for your patience and support, I definitely have not forgotten about the campaign at all and I've been hard at work on these surveys in the background and working on the new Harpy/Nut pin designs that were voted on!! πŸ’–

I'll keep you all updated when the surveys are finally out! πŸπŸ’–βœ¨ (The pre-order store will also be released soon too for anyone who missed out on the campaign during Pintopia <3)

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PROJECT UPDATE
Sarah
CREATOR
about 10 hours ago

Project Update: Quick Progress Update!

Here's what's been happening:

- samples are in production, see photos below
- sticker order sent out
- box art in progress
- orders and pre-orders have been locked
- 4 backers still need to complete surveys (please do so ASAP!)

Next steps:

- get the physical samples in the mail for Sarah to approve; expecting shipment in early June
- place the final order (includes BK orders, preorders, and a buffer for errors/after shipping shop sales)
- charge cards!!! <- I don't have an estimated date for this yet but once the samples are on their way to me I plan to give you all at least TWO WEEKS notice before the final charge. Final charge will include shippings and any add-ons as well as pre-orders.Β 

Please be aware that if this final charge fails your orders will not ship.
I will be diligent in reaching out to any failed charges to fix the issue.

The AdorkaBows shop is re-opening on June 1!Β 

Enamel pins, stickers, coloring books, and more. Mark your calendars.Β 
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PROJECT UPDATE
The Octopi Cafe
CREATOR
about 11 hours ago

Project Update: Survey Review and Distribution Scheduled for This Week

Thank you all for your patience. The surveys are now ready for review and will be distributed this week, unless something unexpected arises!

EmilyΒ 
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PROJECT UPDATE
HoloRaindrops
CREATOR
4 days ago

Project Update: Pin Sample Photos!!

Hey monster lovers! Hope you had a good weekend!!

Exciting news today - I've received images of the half-completed samples from my manufacturer, and wanted to share them with you guys!!

These are HALF-COMPLETE samples so here are a few things to note:
  • THESE ARE NOT THE COMPLETE PINS! These are only half-done.
  • The black nickel plating hasn't been added to these.
  • The screen printing hasn't been added to these.
  • The chains haven't been added to these.

These reasons are why they look a little rough right now, this stage is just for me to double check the enamel colors before sending them to mass production.


Known issues that will be fixed:
  • On Zak, the rolled-up part of his pants, belt loop, and the sole of his boot are the wrong colors.
  • Sebastian is too green due to how the glow-in-the-dark powder mixes with the enamel, and I will adjust.
  • The dark brown on Winston's hair, shirt, and shorts looks a little darker than I anticipated and I may adjust to be lighter. I also want the yellow on him to be a little bit warmer.

Despite needing to make some tweaks, I'm SO EXCITED to see the first images of the pins!! I'm pumped!

And before I go, here's another reminder to PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR SURVEY!! Once the colors are approved I'll be making the order based on the counts I have at the time. This is also a good time to make any adjustments to your order if you're still not sure about something or want to make any more additions.

One more thing before I go: I will be out of town visiting family starting this weekend on Friday May 24th and I will be gone for a little over 2 weeks, returning June 10-11 or so. During that time, other than doing a final notification when I lock orders on the 31st, you guys will likely receive very few updates from me if any. I will still do my best to respond to any comments or messages I get, but official updates will likely be spotty at best.

Thanks, I hope y'all had a great weekend, and talk to you again soon!

-Rain
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