A’course, it’s not really a surprise when the product is shot through with eye-meltingly gorgeous Becky Dreistadt¹ as The Bear just so happens to be. It also doesn’t hurt that the project is driven by comics impresario Ryan Sohmer, who is caught bein’ all sincere in the intro video; heck, that previously-suppressed side of Sohmer was probably worth another US$40-50K of the total.
Anywho, thanks to the support of people buying multiple copies (I know I’ve got holiday gifts for new parents covered for a while), there’s a mountain of bonuses in the pipeline, including prints, wallpapers, greeting cards, bookmarks, dust jackets, Becky signatures (by my count, nearly 3350 books need signing), and a 0.04% chance of walking away with a Dreistadt original. Extra special thanks to everybody that made that last stretch goal possible, as a 0.04% chance of a Dreistadt original is 0.04% more than the number of Dreistadt originals I have presently.
- Sticking with the Blind Ferret family for a moment, Danielle Corsetto gets to so something cool — go back to the ol’ alma mater for official reasons². Specifically, next week she’ll be mounting an alum exhibition at Shepherd University’ Frank Center Gallery from Monday, 1 October to Friday, 2 November, with a kick-off talk on the first day from 5:00 to 6:00pm and a reception³ until 8:00pm. Those of you in/around Shepherdstown, WV (it’s just about where Maryland and the two Virginias meet) should definitely drop by and say howdy.
- Keeping with the themes of both events and higher learning, this weekend (specifically, this Saturday) will see the latest iteration of MICE (or the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo if you’re not into the whole brevity thing) in Cambridge, MA, on the campus of Lesley University in a casual, friendly, first-name-basis funfest. Webcomics and webcomics-adjacent creators like Alexander, Box, Braden & Shelli (who tie things back to Adventure Time, taking us full circle), Chris, Colleen, Dave, Dirk, Jamie, Jason, John, KC, Kevin, Ming, Paige, Ross, Sophie, Stephanie, and Zach will be there, chillin’, and generally being awesome people. Oh, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for?
² I did that once on a recruiting trip and man, it’s awesome.
³ Read: snacks and booze.