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Rucka & Burchett launch Kickstarter for ‘Lady Sabre’ collection

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For nearly two years, Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett the high-flying adventures of Lady Seneca Sabre in their twice-weekly webcomic, and now they’re looking to bring their special blend of steampunk, magic and the Wild West to print. To that end, the duo has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish the first five chapters of Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether in a 192-page hardcover collection.

Mere hours into the drive and they’re nearly halfway toward the $27,500 they need to pay for their initial 2,000-copy print run, plus shipping, Kickstarter fees, etc. So odds are, this project is going to get funded. Their pledge tiers a pretty reasonable, too, which may help to explain the campaign’s speedy progress; for instance, $30 gets you a copy of the book. Additional incentives include keychains, bookplates, an inscription from Brian Michael Bendis, and dinner at HeroesCon with the creators.

There’s a lot more information on the Kickstarter page. The campaign ends June 5.



Matt Halteman

May 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I’m unfamilar with how Kickstarter works. Am I going to be able to purchase this book at some point for a decent price?

Matt: Kickstarter is a service that allows you to contribute upfront to the funding of a project that might otherwise never get made, and in exchange for contributing upfront, you get various rewards as outlined on the campaign’s page. If you want to gamble that the project will meet its Kickstarter goal (which is a pretty safe bet in this case, as it’s over 3/4 of the way there on the first day), yes, you probably will be able to buy it outside of Kickstarter in the future. Considering it’s a 192-page wide-format hardcover, though, I can’t imagine the suggested retail price will be much lower than the $30 the Kickstarter campaign is asking for, especially since that price includes domestic shipping.

I love this webcomic, once the collection gets published I’ll definitely pick up a copy! I could see a movie with Karen Gillan (Amy Pond from Dr. Who) playing the lead.

Matt Halteman

May 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

Thanks, Jason. I was familiar with the basic mechanics of Kickstarter. The one thing I wasn’t certain about was whether or not the book will get sold outside of the Kickstarter campaign, which appears to be based on how successful the Kickstarter itself is. With Rucka and Burchett, it is indeed a safe bet that I’ll be able to get this one way or another.

Wow! Doubled the goal already?!? Great to see.

$30 is pretty cheap for a 200 page HC. But $20 delivery outside the US is a bit high.

James — We’re open to ideas on how to lower that cost, but we’re now shipping three books (the hardcover + two smaller add-ons) for that price.

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