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The Elephant Book- Volume 2 by sadwonderland

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So it's been a long time coming, but I wanted to be sure I had everything in place before I discuss the future of The Elephant Book series.  I will say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased copies of the first book...we've almost totally sold out of the entire first print run! Wooo! I'm glad you enjoyed it! XD

Now, you may be wondering why I'm currently doing a Kickstarter for another book, aka the Party Princess Handbook, and NOT for TEB2.  Well, I figured since we already did a KS for TEB 1, it'd be no fair to do another one for volume 2!  Besides, I want to do a completely different thing with the second volume, and that's turn it into a MONTHLY WEB COMIC.

Graphic novels are all well and good, but they take so long to make, and you have to wait such a long time to buy them because of that!  With the current success of the Bloggerghast daily blog, which documents the daily goings-on of the town of Bizenghast, I thought a similar set-up would work well for The Elephant Book.  The chapters would be released on a monthly basis, and every seven or so chapters would then be collected into a graphic novel, so people can read along with the story on a regular basis, and then collect the books if they like.

But how to go about setting this up?  I can't just take a few months off from work to make this happen. I need material to start the webcomic up!  That's where this new kickstarter comes in:

Even though this Kickstarter is for the Party Princess Handbook, if it succeeds, it will ALSO give me time off to start up The Elephant Book online!  The money raised on the kickstarter will free up a good chunk of months for me to stay home and not only research and write the party princess book, BUT also have time left over to do TEB2!  This is a good thing on top of a GREAT thing, and I'm all for it.  Best of all, I'd only have to raise a fraction of the money required to fund a completely new graphic novel!

So how do you help make it happen?  Just back The Party Princess Handbook, that's all!  You'll not only be backing a cool book AND getting backer rewards, but you'll ALSO be backing The Elephant Book online!  Woop woop!

The new Elephant Book webcomic will be patreon-funded, so you can pay to support the comic and get access to patron-only content...or you can read it for free!  And don't think it will be TEB only...although monthly chapters are the main focus, this webcomic site would also be the new home for all-new Amazing Comics, Every Day Today, Mr. Boxstacker and other short comic favorites!  With the patronage of monthly backers, SO many more daily comics can finally become a reality!!

Did I mention that when you back the Kickstarter project for ten dollars or more THIS WEEK (aka by this Saturday afternoon), you'll be entered in a raffle to win one of three TEB posters...or the grand prize, ALL of them and a signed copy of book 1?  OH IT'S TRUE. READ HERE FOR DETAILS

So I hope you'll consider backing this newest project...you'll be getting something good, making something better happen and contributing to help THE GREATEST THING!  We've got only ten days to make the project happen, but we're 2/3rds of the way funded and I KNOW we can do it!!

- M!
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Hey guys!

Sorry to be away so long, been working on a lot of different projects. I will have some updates for you on items such as TEB2, the BZG video game and other stuff....BUT FIRST.  You know what time it is!

DECEMBER DOODLE TIME! Welcome to our 9th annual December Doodles!

Yes, it's that's time of the year when :iconotakutre: and I post one MS Painty drawing a day during December, based on a silly list of themes.  This year's themes are as follows!

Festive
Every Day
Hot Cocoa
The Moon
Decorations
Your Dreams
Elf Protection Unit
Ninja Time
A Shrubbery
Frozen
Holiday Shopping
Snacktime
Roast Beast
Knitting
Cookies
The Annual Snow Ball
Winter Wonderland
Your Best Friends
Pets
Star Trek
Sewing
Taco Tuesday
Work
Presents Galore
Sleep
Snow
Surprise
Sneaks
Destruction
The Imminent Heat-Death of the Universe
Nervous
Cozy


Play along with us, won't you? :)
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IT'S FINALLY HERE!

The Kickstarter for my new book, titled "The Party Princess Handbook!"  Its name is what it is!  

Check out the post about it:  birthdaypartyprincess.tumblr.c…

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Hey y'all!

Sorry I've been gone for so long!  I've been sorting out some stuff on how I want to proceed with some new projects (and yes, doing the Eniri/Elala question comic!).

You may recall that in earlier posts, I mentioned doing an ongoing web-comic serialization of The Elephant Book (to be collected into regular graphic novels, so you can own the books as well), with some other original features mixed in (including a new online-only series called Dark House, and the occasional Amazing Comic, Every Day Today, Mr. Boxstacker, and all your favorite DeviantArt short comics)!  I've been running some numbers and trying to set something up through Patreon, but at the moment, I just don't have enough backers to my regular princessing blog (Birthdaypartyprincess.tumblr.com) to make doing a regular webcomic a reality right now.  Sitting down and doing an in-depth comic every week, as opposed to short comic strips like a lot of webcomics do, just takes LOADS of time that I don't have, because I don't earn enough money to be able to free up enough time in my week to do it!

So I thought a fun way to raise money for this new comic series would be to add a new blog, called BLOGGERGHAST, which will be a blog containing the daily work records of the Mausoleum of Bizenghast.  Dinah, Vincent, Edaniel and Edrear will all record their routine goings-on, as they do their jobs for the afterlife.  The records are an up-to-date, right-this-moment kind of blog, with the events of The Riddle Road series (currently serializing by ashcan in my Etsy store) having taken place just prior to now.  Special guest recorders like Bali-Lali, and even archived records from Eniri and Elala, will also be featured, as well as anything else the guildsmen feel should be included in the official records...floor plans of various places in the Mausoleum, discoveries of new secret passages, new adventures with new human agents, the ongoing Prank War, flyers, notices and collected human items from the town, etc!  Various story arcs will develop as you follow along with the up-to-date records of what's going on in the town of Bizenghast right now!  And the best part is that it will be updated EVERY SINGLE DAY, at the same time (7:30 PM, Eastern Standard time).   

Like my princess blog, it's TOTALLY FREE to read.  But it's also a blog that you can support, by donating a dollar or two every month through Patreon.  You can set how much you want to back the blog for (anywhere from 1 dollar a month, to 20 dollars), and your level of donation will give you access to cool backer-only privileges, including being able to ask questions of the guildsmen and correspond with them!  I will keep the blog going continuously, and when we finally reach the monthly goal of Patreon support for it, I can begin the online webcomic series! :)

----------------------->Don't want to wait for your daily dose of Bizenghast?  You don't have to, because Bloggerghast has ALREADY STARTED.  BAM!: bloggerghast.tumblr.com/  Tune in EVERY NIGHT at 7:30 PM (EST) to see a newly updated record!<------------------------------------

Want to support this frankly awesome project, AND help fund the new web-comic site as well??  Go to www.patreon.com/bloggerghast and sign up as a patron TODAY! You'll get all sorts of awesome rewards for being a patron, plus the mad warm fuzzies of being a proud patron of independent art and writing!  Woop woop!
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Hey guys, so I AM going to post those Eniri and Elala qs! Just had to finish up work on the operetta I'm costuming AND get Riddle Road Five set up for printing and shipping! But I haven't forgotten! XD
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RIDDLE ROAD VOLUME 5 IS NOW ON SALE FOR PRE-ORDER! Ships on the 11th, and the first fifty buyers get a free mystery character card!

For real, you do NOT want to miss this issue.  INSANE HAPPENINGS and REVELATIONS.  Everything in the world, turned up to eleven.  ELEVEN!

**ALL RIDDLE ROAD BOOKS ARE ON SALE RIGHT NOW!** Pick up the series for less!

www.etsy.com/listing/194325411…

SERIES DISCUSSION

Use this journal to leave your thoughts on the Riddle Road series thus far!  I'd really like to know everyone's thoughts, find out what they think of the story at this point and where it might be headed.  Review away!

SPOILERS MIGHT BE AHEAD, so don't read the comments if you haven't caught up yet!
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First twenty people to ask questions on this journal will have Eniri and Elala answer them, with drawings!

THESE ANSWERS ARE FROM THE PAST.  Since neither Eniri nor Elala are presently...present, they can't answer present questions about what's going on right now!  Any questions like that, such as "Where are you right now?" will be ignored.  Consider these answers from a time before Eniri did the Very Bad Thing.

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First twenty people to ask questions on this journal will have Edrear answer them, with drawings!

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First twenty people to respond to this journal with a question for Edaniel will have it answered, by Edaniel, WITH DRAWINGS.


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Hey my little snakey pals!

"Where the crap has Marty gone?"  Sorry to be so far away from DA for awhile, but I was RIGHT in the middle of sorting out costuming for the new kid's Aladdin shows and a show for an operetta in NJ, so I have been VERY BUSY.  Also busy working on a project to create a new web-comic series!  SHUT UP, a web-comic, no way!  I'm thinking we start serializing The Elephant Book, volumes two and three, in monthly online installments, supported by donations through Patreon.com!  But what do YOU think?  Would you rather start off with a few short comics and things, before jumping into TEB?  Or more BZG, or what? Maybe alternating monthly?  Sound off on this journal and let me know!  I'm up for anything, but I'll need to gather some patrons before I can start, cuz it's going to be very time-consuming and I'll need a little start-up cash if I want to be able to to take the time away from regular paying work.  You dig?

I am ALSO a guest at A-Kon in Dallas, TX next week, HOO-AH!  I hope you'll come to my panels and to my AWESOME BOOTH in artist alley, which is only going to be the most extravagantly awesome booth!  Seriously, I've been planning it out for a while.  It's rad.  June 6-8th.

Who is excited for the new TMNT movie? I know, we've all gone BAWWWWW at Michael Bay and the early script and all that, but as a number one turtles fan, I'm actually kinda stoked about the new previews!  I like all different interpretations, and I'm going into this movie with an open mind!  At least they dropped the "aliens" plotline.  Too bad Megan Fox is April though, blegh.  She looks nothing like her.

Also, I am busy designing a new dress for A-Kon. THE ULTIMATE PRINCESS MARTY DRESS.  I know what you're thinking, and you're wrong.

It won't be pink.

-M!
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So whaddya know, the Bizenghast game kickstarter didn't exactly meet its goal!  But you know what? That's OK!  Not just because we now have outsider interest and some contacts to talk to about getting it made anyhow, without KS funding, but because we got to see just how MUCH Bizenghast means to everyone! 

We raised 50 GRAND, an enormous sum for a video game on Kickstarter that isn't well-known already!  Most successful Kickstarter video games only raise 20 grand or less!  We DOUBLED that amount!  And that's an amazing thing!  More than that, I got letters from new fans, people who had never heard of the series until this campaign, who read about it on the sites that promoted the campaign and later went to buy the series for themselves...and really loved it!  A whole new group of happy fans were made just by this campaign.  And the fans that already exist?  Well, we learned just how generous and dedicated you guys can really be! 



So thanks EVERYONE!  Thank you all so much for your dedication, hard work and creativity in supporting this project!  And if you want to keep up to date on all the news about the game as it stands now and where it's going in the future, please sign up for our mailing list!  Click here to sign up!: eepurl.com/SUVKP

You should ALSO Like my new official Facebook page, to keep up on everything Marty, everything Bizenghasty, Elephant Booky, Fish Puppety and other nonsense!  www.facebook.com/OfficialMAlic…

THANKS GUYS!
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GO HERE NOW TO BACK THE PROJECT AND LEAVE A COMMENT!  DON'T DELAY, OR IT'LL BE TOO LATE!
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Thanks for the intro, scribbly cartoon version of Edaniel!

Friends (and shamwows), I wanted to talk to you today about something very important.  Maybe not earthquake or collapse-of-the-stock-market important, but relatively important for a given value of "important."  It's kind of long, but ferrets are mentioned at the end, as well as party hats, so just take five minutes to read it please!

So in the course of this Kickstarter for the Bizenghast video game beginning, we've been covered by a few places online...not very many big places, just a few mentions here and there on various blogs.  Anime News Network was kind enough to mention us on their site just recently:

www.animenewsnetwork.com/inter…

Which was really terrific of them, since we're not exactly on the same radar as most of the stuff they report!  But possibly what was less than terrific were the comments left in the forums regarding that article.  I'd like you to take a look at them, because I think it's important that you read them:

www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/p…

Please note that they are less than kind. Please also note that I am asking you, VERY EMPHATICALLY, not to log on to that site and leave comments in response. I mean it, this is not some "set forth my minions" post, neither is it a reverse-psychology "wink wink don't go say anything, GOT IT?" post.  I am genuinely asking you NOT TO DO THAT, because flame wars in comment sections are for morons and nobody ever in the history of the world had their opinions changed by something they read in a comment section, and you won't win, and you'll just feel bad and then I'll feel bad that you feel bad.  So please for the love of Rutger Hauer's teutonic petulance do not do that.  That's NOT the reason I want you to read it. 

I wanted you to take a look at those comments, then think on the fact that I was once the very same person, saying the very same thing.  I was in high school, I was a manga and anime fan and I was standing in my local comic book shop, wearing my backpack with the Sailor Moon stickers on it, hovering over the incredibly tiny little section of translated manga...basically just one small shelf of maybe ten books.  I was reading a comic by an american artist who had been doing "american manga" sinc the late eighties...american art with a manga influence.  Not a photocopy of manga, but a hybrid of the two styles.  15-year old me pretty derisive of it. How AWFUL! It didn't look a THING like real manga!  What a crappy american knockoff of a copy of a JOKE.  What a terrible artist.  He had no business trying to compete with REAL manga.

I was saying this to myself, while holding my own little sketchbook full of drawings...drawings done in a distinctly hybrid american manga style.  I was an american manga artist who was sneering at american manga artists...because *I* was going to grow up and do it better than them. I'd show them how a REAL american artist could use manga style art to make a real story!  They had no idea, they were so clueless, I bet they didn't even read real manga.  But I knew better.

It wasn't until years later, when pitching around my series, that I realized the only reason I was even going to get published in America was because of people like that.  Those early artists, who maybe didn't have it all figured out and whose style of art didn't appeal to me personally.  But they did the HARD work, setting the foundations for other artists to come along and do it much better.  They did what no one was doing at the time and they got a lot of shit for it...and then when younger artists down the line turned up to get published, they were there as the precedent.  When those new, younger artists submitted their own work, publishers looked to that early version of american manga and said, "Well, those earlier guys had a pretty decent cult following.  They did all right.  I guess we can give this new guy a shot, might be worth our time."  Without those original comics paving the way, none of those younger, newer artists would have had such an easy time selling their work.  And manga itself wouldn't have been pushed into the american comics industry as much as it was, for you to easily buy in the bookstore, all translated and ready to go. The early ones may not have been the best, but they were necessary. 

That same thing is happening now, with the Kickstarter.  I'm a small, independent comic artist, not a billion-dollar Batman franchise with a huge studio behind it.  Logically and historically, I should have next to no hope of ever having a game based on my books.  Despite what one of those comments on that ANN forum asserted, even having OSCAR-WINNING ANIMATORS on our creative time isn't enough to get the funding we need without turning to Kickstarter.  Animators aren't rich, and just winning an award doesn't mean you get a huge check to go with it.  Our entire creative team are just normal guys and gals with families and kids to feed, none of us are wealthy and we have bills to pay.  But despite that, we've worked overtime on top of regular jobs to make this Kickstarter happen.  All that money for those blockbuster movies and films came from the huge studios and their investors, not from the animators' pockets.  And those same big investors, which we went to first to get funding, have looked at the BZG game concepts and said, "Wow, that looks so cool!  But it's not, you know, BATMAN.  It's not something big-name.  We don't invest in things that aren't huge money-making franchises.  Raise some money first and then we'll know if there's a precedent."

And so that's the long and short of it.  A lot of future artists and comic creators right now think they can afford to look at this little project and go, "PPFFF, I hate your art, I'm not supporting you." And the project will fail, like so many others just like it.  And ten years down the road when those future artist think they want to try and do a video game based on their own projects, those same investors are going to say, "Yeah, we tried that years ago, they never got funded either.  Clearly there's no market.  Sorry, but it's all about precedent."

Think that's not how business works?  I had Howard Chaykin tell me once at a forum that back in the 80's, a Marvel comics rep once stood up at a meeting and said to him, "Look, we tried selling comic books to women, and it didn't work.  Clearly there's no market."  Took years and years and YEARS (not to mention the precedent of female readers already set by manga, then introduced to the US) to change their minds.  It's all about precedent.  If you want it for your own future, you have to help make it happen now. 

"But Marty, I am only a simple snakey pal, albeit very rad!" you say, "and I have zero dollars!"

Well that's OK, because the phrase "talk is cheap" is about to get a completely new and much more positive definition.  Talk IS cheap...in fact, it's free.  It's so free that people who HATE Bizenghast actually feel that it's worth their time to bother telling the world why they don't like it.  It's so free that one of the commentators specifically said they wasted time signing up for a forums account on ANN, JUST so they could state that they wouldn't be supporting the Kickstarter.

There are people out there actively wasting their time telling the world why they don't care.  So why aren't you telling the world why you DO care?  I get messages all time from people that start off with, "I have loved Bizenghast ever since I was 10..." And yet our comment section on the Kickstarter is ghostly empty.  You think your message doesn't matter, or that it won't help?  IT WILL HELP. 

Here is the comments section for the Kickstarter page: www.kickstarter.com/projects/c…

Have you donated to the Kickstarter? TELL US WHY. Tell a story about the first time you read Bizenghast, how old you were, how you felt, what it means to you, how long you've been a fan.  Link us to your favorite piece of fan art that you've drawn.  Take a picture of yourself holding a copy of your book and post it in Tumblr or Flickr, then POST THAT LINK.  Did you ever have your picture taken with me at a con?  Post that.  Got a Bizenghast cosplay photo you want to share?  POST THAT SHIT POSTHASTE.  Favorite Mister Mittens quote?  Favorite Edaniel moment?  Favorite snoaf story?  FREAKING GET IN HERE.  That comment section is bogusly empty and we must cram it full of people and animals and ferrets in party hats and boomboxes and nachos and balloons and MORE NACHOS and streamers and the Harlem Shake and EVEN MORE NACHOS.  What we don't have in donations yet, we will make up for with the BIGGEST COMMENTS PARTY OF ALL TIME.  Other Kickstarter projects will be banging on the ceiling and calling the COPS, we'll be so loud.  Nothing but good times, photos, stories, anecdotes, MADNESS.

Have you not donated yet to the Kickstarter?  You can only comment if you're a backer.  Back us for 1 dollar. ONE DOLLAR.  That's not a donation, that's your one-dollar entry fee to the comments party.  We're stamping hands at the door and you can come back in as many times as you like. But there's a ten-ferret minimum. 

And maybe, just maybe, somebody somewhere will say, "We need a new feature for our Kickstarter promotion section this week, so who's project is making the most money right now---what the hell is that?  What's going on over there?  Do you hear that? Is...IS THAT A WHALE IN THE POOL?!"

Precedent set.

Like my favorite quote from the Lorax says: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better.  It's not."

Unless you help right now, RIGHT this minute, and stick with it until the very end, this project will fail.  The game won't get made, we'll all be sad and I'll be out of work for the summer, so I don't know what on earth I'll do for money.  So grab your ferrets and your nachos and GET IN HERE.

LINK TO KICKSTARTER: www.kickstarter.com/projects/c…
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LINK TO THE GREAT BIZENGHAST SLEEPOVER: sadwonderland.deviantart.com/a…

LINK TO KICKSTARTER: www.kickstarter.com/projects/c…
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www.kickstarter.com/projects/c…

Oh it's ON.  It's officially so ON that I seriously doubt if it will EVER BE OFF AGAIN.  The Kickstarter to make the Bizenghast video game HAPPEN is now live!  Check it out, become a backer, get in on that early bird backer reward goodness and STAY TUNED for a month of EPIC EPICNESS.

TEN DOLLARS GETS YOU A COPY OF THE GAME FOR FREE, plus mobile wallpapers.  You have NO reason not to donate for a deal that good!

Featuring updates, art, contests, more updates, hats, fangly monsters, still MORE updates, stories, prank wars, still more prank wars, and also BIZENGHAST.

BIZENGHAAAAAAAAAAAAST.
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Help me out here!  A very nice young lady helped me out at Katsucon by taking a few headshots of me with her spiffy camera, for me to use on my website.  But now I've lost her info and don't know who to contact to ask for them!  If you know who it was that I talked to at the meetup on Saturday, please help me out! Thanks!

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