As I was selecting my posts for this week, little did I know what Order of the Stick creator Rich Burlew was undertaking. Burlew has previously published collected editions of OOTS in printed format, but the books have been out of print since 2010. Funding was unavailable to publish new editions, despite fans’ repeated requests for them, so Burlew turned to the online “crowdfunding” website Kickstarter. It allows for projects in need of financial backing to take donations directly from those interested, with a definite goal, deadline date for funds to be raised, and a policy of not charging anyone if the goal is not raised by the deadline.
Here’s where things got interesting.
Burlew’s OOTS project at Kickstarter finished on February 21, 2012. His goal set for reprinting one of the most requested books was $57,750. The finishing total that his fans contributed to Burlew? $1,254,120. That makes his reprint drive the second most funded Kickstarter project ever.