Writing & Publishing
TEGN - Redux
TEGN - Redux is a new way to experience the trilogy by Even Mehl Amundsen. We added new art and stories, combined the three books into one big volume, and rearranged and reduced the existing content in a more cohesive way. TEGN, as it was supposed to be!
Women's Wheel is a personal and community enrichment oracle deck and tool kit designed by the Heart Temple and Chain Assembly. These tools unmask the feminine archetypes and inspire women by engaging awareness of their cyclical nature.
Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology
This is the first short story anthology set in a shared fictional world based on a blend of African cultures. Edited by Wole Talabi with authors from around the African continent and diaspora, the Sauútiverse is filled with wonder, mystery, and magic.
Horror Classics by Georges Bess: DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN
Bram Stoker's DRACULA and Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN are faithfully adapted into spectacularly illustrated premium graphic novels by internationally-renowned artist GEORGES BESS.
Project Update: Funded!
There's 96 people following who haven't pledged yet - 96! - and I'm hoping to convert as many of those as possible in these final 3 days. If you're one of them, please consider pledging! You get a beautiful hardcover of art I drew with my mouth, the story of how I fought for and won my first amendment right to express myself with my art on the Las Vegas strip, and the knowledge that you've helped me continue to survive and thrive as a disabled artist on my own.
I appreciate each and every one of you!
Project Update: Order status -- a peek inside the warehouse
We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday (for those of you in the US)! It seems like we've been addressing a lot of, let's call them "very excited" questions lately about the status of shipping, and understandably so. We did admittedly report 15 days ago that packing was to begin last week, but being a short holiday week, we were told by the warehouse that didn't happen as planned, and that due to some staffing shortages, they are a bit behind on projects ahead of us in the queue. As much as we can push them with eagerness to get these out the door, we are frankly at their scheduling mercy... believe me, we want these in your hands as much as you do! 😊
As of our call with them yesterday, we have been informed that the "assembly line" for packing is being prepared now, and they sincerely expect shipments should start leaving their dock by the end of next week. That is their estimate, however, so please take that with a grain of understanding of the processes involved. We have no insight into their staffing or layout requirements -- they are in a completely different state from us -- and we have to trust they are doing everything they can to get these turned around as quickly and efficiently as possible. They've been doing this for several decades, and successfully fulfilled our last three campaigns, so we trust they are doing their best in this busy holiday season.
A few of you have also commented on the apparent availability of the books on a particular website, as well as availability of the .cbr on some pirate sites. To address the latter first: there is nothing we can do to prevent pirates from posting our titles. Our best defense is to not make our titles available digitally at all, but they'll just scan the pages themselves eventually. Or -- as we currently do -- we can make sure that they are made available to backers FIRST. You all were the first and only people to receive digital copies of these titles two months ago, so you can rest assured you had the privilege of reading these books before ANYONE else. (We hope you have enjoyed them!) Frankly, while we haven't seen them ourselves, it is quite possible that the pirated file(s) traveling the net originated from a backer's copy, as they are the only digital copies we ever created or released. (We haven't even put them on Kindle yet...)
As for the physical availability of the books through online sites, we have been discussing this with our retail distributor. We had requested they be held until early December (after fulfillment) so that they are available before the holiday crush. That date is usually set 6-10 months in advance, but can be slightly adjusted 6 weeks in advance. Once the books have reached our warehouse, it takes 2 weeks for the Purchase Order to be drafted and shipped. They then require two weeks to receive and check the books into their system before they can ship the titles, and then the books can appear on sites/shelves at any date up to two more weeks from when they have left the distributor. Neither they nor we have any control over those specific retailers' sale date -- synchronizing a channel-wide release date is reserved for big titles by big publishers (Harry Potters, etc). While most comic shops will put books out the (Wednes)day they receive them, most big-box stores (B&N, Amazon, etc) have their own lengthy stocking process that can take two seeks. All we can do is request a ship date and hope that the distributor gets it right. (And there have been many times when they haven't, releasing titles sometimes a month or more prematurely...) So we apologize that our fulfillment warehouse hasn't been able to beat that retail timeline in this case. It is rare, but it does happen.
It is precisely because of that occasional uncertainty, however, that we intentionally design our campaigns to be filled with exclusive items that will NOT be available at retail -- slipcase editions, stretch goal bonuses, etc. We make no secret that the "vanilla" version of our books will eventually be sold at retail, so our campaigns are always meant to showcase the exclusive reasons to support us during the campaign. We are a very small operation, so your support during the campaign is literally 250% more valuable to us than purchasing our books at retail. Without your direct support, we could not continue to bring even half as many awesome titles to the table. 😊
We understand that this may sound like "excuses" to some of you (and we appreciate the excitement underlying that understandable frustration), but we can only do our best to assure you that the delay in getting these to you have not been for lack of trying to get them out sooner. The first delay was the extra time the books and slipcases needed to print (with the extra curing time required for the sweet foil gilding) -- out of our control, and the product of a stretch goal achievement. The next delay was waiting for the coins to arrive -- also out of our control, also the result of a stretch goal, but they turned out really nice! At that point, it was a matter of getting in the warehouse's queue for assembly, and it turns out they had a lot of catching up to do ahead of us, much more than expected. We are now on deck, with packing in preparation there. They understand the urgency (as much as we can instill in them), and are committed to having these out the door as quickly as possible. Having these in your hands as far ahead of Christmas is everyone's goal. We hoped that would have been at least a month ahead of Christmas, but... the aforementioned complications.
While this was our first campaign on Backerkit, we want to assure everyone that we have run and successfully fulfilled over 30 campaigns over the last 10 years, and we do take this seriously. Those of you who have backed previous campaigns of ours can hopefully attest to our efforts and the ultimate quality of goods once the items have arrived. We aren't a fly-by-night con operation. 😉 If you are familiar with crowdfunding campaigns, you probably know from experience that very few campaigns ship on time -- of the 237 campaigns we have personally backed, NONE of them have ever arrived in the month promised. Zero. NONE. Most ship months (sometimes years) after their initially stated delivery date. While we have had some unfortunately long delays on some of our campaigns in the past (longer than this current delay), we pride ourselves on having one of the best track records on the platform with some of the shortest delivery delays on Kickstarter. We are far from perfect, but we do our best to improve our estimations and get as close as we can with each campaign improvement! 😊 As with everything in Life, the unexpected can always occur, however... Man plans, God laughs...
That was a long post, and we thank you for sticking with us patiently! It will all be worth it when these arrive shortly! 😁
I reached out to Source Point Press from the email on their homepage. Hopefully I can get a response and bring it back here. For one I want to confirm the legitimacy of this project and producer, really hoping John didn't get scammed. If it is legit I really hope they understand how inept one of their employees is and they take action in rectifying this project. Crossing my fingers but running out of hope at this point.
Project Update: Surveys Going Out!
So Keep an eye out for your survey, and check your spam folder if you don't see it soon!
Project Update: Books Have Landed!
We had to source some of the rewards from different suppliers so there might be a slight delay with some of the rewards showing up at different times, but they're on their way too!
As soon as the books get in we'll have John come sign everything and can start shipping the rewards we have everything for!
I'll keep y'all posted once they're in the warehouse and send pics!
Thank you again for your patience and support!
I've reached out to John again via Twitter and hoping to hear something. He seems quite a bit more responsive than the current producer of this project. I'm wiling to wait a little bit but I have the form and process ready to go for a charge back if needed as well. it's rather frustrating that taking a few minutes to at least post an update letting those know that this project isn't in fact dead in the water, and just another "took the money an ran" type crowd funded ordeal, is too hard. Hoping to see something come out of this as I do really appreciate John's work and effort he spent on the Original WoW Diary. I have looked at that book more times than I can count. Nolan if you are reading these messages, please we are all just asking for an update, I feel that's the least that you can do at this point.
Things were looking hopeful when I got the PDF's about a month ago...and yet here we are. Another vague "I'll be posting an update in a week and many more to come before you get your books"...and we have seen nothing. I'm giving this until the end of the year, tops, before I file a charge back with my credit card company. Its a very easy process to do and I suggest you all to look into your options. I love John and want to support him, but this is just getting out of hand. Totally mismanaged.
Project Update: Ambassador Points have been awarded!
While the warehouse gets all of the packages assembled for imminent shipping (and without getting into all of the discussion from the last update), we wanted to announce this bit of news which should hopefully salve some spirits...
YOUR AMBASSADOR POINTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED!
While we understand some of you who are new to crowdfunding or any of our earlier campaigns may chose to wait until you've finally received your DRACULA/FRANKENSTIEN pledge before considering any further support of Magnetic Press, we know that the majority of you are hopefully familiar enough with the process and comfortable enough with our excellent track record and quality after 30 successful campaigns to consider the following:
If you're looking to earn even MORE Ambassador Points, our current Kickstarter campaign is ending at 5pm PST TONIGHT...! If you haven't checked it out, do yourself a favor a take a look! It's a great book with some exciting rewards, a bunch of campaign-exclusive items, and a ton of (FREE!) bonuses already unlocked! 😊