Oh, we're so close I can freaking taste it! Just five days to go before our second-ever Kickstarter campaign finishes up, this time being done to raise the funds for our coming deluxe illustrated holiday book, The Kickstarter Letters by local author and illustrator David David Katzman and Mike Wilgus; and we have just a couple hundred more dollars to go before reaching our goal of $2,500, so I'd like to urge all of you to help us here in this final push, so we can finally say that we've had at least one successful Kickstarter campaign! For those who missed it the first time, last year David self-published a surrealist novel called A Greater Monster, and one of the perks for that campaign was that he wrote a brand-new stream-of-consciousness story for each person who donated over a certain amount, based on their name. Our book, then, is a collection of the 50 best stories from that exercise, with 24 brand-new illustrations by Wilgus (including four in full color, inlaid in the manuscript via vellum sheets, along with a crazily complex color cover that we're also releasing as a poster), with leather spines and done in a chaotic "Raygun" style graphic design; the book will also have scans of four of the handwritten letters, put together as a fold-out scroll and literally glued into the book's guts. And as a matter of fact, the color illustrations just came back from the printer the other day, so I'm including some photos of them above; and just to be clear, it has cost me a ton of personal money to gather up these and the other parts for the book beforehand like I have this month, so if we don't meet our Kickstarter goal (and thus don't receive even a penny of the money already donated, as per Kickstarter rules), CCLaP is going to be in lots and lots and lots of trouble. We've put together all kinds of donation levels over there, to match whatever kind of budget you might find yourself with these days: from ten dollars for the electronic version, to $25 for a paper copy (heavily discounted from the $40 it will sell for after the campaign is over), $50 for the book and a poster, $200 for all that plus a paper copy of every book CCLaP has ever published, all the way up to $700 to have David perform a private full improvisational show for you and your friends at a public theatre.
I know that a lot of you have expressed admiration in the past for the things we do here at CCLaP, and in our willingness to release almost everything we do in an electronic form for free; but the way those things get paid for is through fundraising campaigns like this one, where we ask you only twice a year if you might send along a little more money than you might otherwise do for just a book. By the end of this year, we will have put out six original books in 2012, almost 35 podcast episodes, and 150 book reviews, none of which we charge even a penny to access digitally; so if you appreciate all this free content being pumped out on such a regular basis, I really urge you to make a one-time larger donation here during our second and final fundraiser of the year, especially since you get such cool things back for your money. (NO! MORE! TOTEBAGS! NO! MORE! TOTEBAGS!) If you haven't been by before, I encourage you to visit our Kickstarter page right now, and to see all the things we have available over there.