Special Monday Update!!

(Cartoonist’s note: I don’t usually update on Monday, but I couldn’t not thank you. The $10,000 goal was met Sunday afternoon, in a little over four full days! Thank you so much! Remember, though, the goal was the minimum required before any money would be collected. Fund-raising continues. We will continue to talk about this for days to come, but things will get back to normal around here, with the return of a classic A&J strip tomorrow. But now, it’s back to the ol’ drawing board.)
I keep saying I’ll stop by and emcee this shindig, sort of talk you through it, but it appears you’ve figured it out for yourselves! Only three full days in, and we’re at 85% of the goal. Thank you! So many have contributed already, but we’re going to keep beating the bushes. This is as good a time as any to point out the $10,000 goal is a threshold, the minimum needed for a successful campaign. It also represents the minimum we estimate will be needed to push the parsonage restoration toward a conclusion. Any of you who’ve restored an old house won’t have any problem believing that. The point, of course, is that we keep going when and if the goal is reached. It will be, in a sense, the beginning, since no money will be collected should we fall short. That’s how Kickstarter works.

As for those rewards. Technically, you’re not buying anything. You’re choosing a proffered reward for donating to our project. But you already know that. Let me tell you some things you don’t. The most popular reward by far is the new A&J book, “Arlo & Janis after Dark.” (Title subject to change.) As I write, this reward represents 44% of money pledged. Wow. Guess I have to finish it now, huh? Next is the grab-bag of original strips, representing 26% of funds raised. I can understand the T shirts and the book not being fast movers. Many of you have one of those already. I am surprised that the smaller things, like the signed “thank-you” note, aren’t doing better. You guys are big spenders! One of the frustrations of designing our Kickstarter page was the inability to show an image with each reward entered. For example, we’re offering a special-edition T shirt of this campaign that I think would move rather briskly, but I haven’t been able to show you the art yet. I’m going to figure out a good way to do this in the coming week. And there will be more and different rewards before we’re done! We’ll talk more about this tomorrow.

It’s been an astounding success so far. I’m humbled. Thanks so much for your interest. Go here: Work with Arlo & Janis


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36 responses to “Special Monday Update!!

  1. Jimmy, for the folks who wanted more than one reward, could you revise the reward structure at different prices? The rules say backers can only receive one reward tier, but that they can revise their backing amount upward to get higher tier items. So if you could add other tiers people could get them by changing their amounts, couldn’t they?

    That’s about the size of it, Mark, as I understand it. The onus is on me, apparently. I don’t have time to deal with it today, but starting tomorrow we’re going to work on this. — JJ

  2. It apparently isn’t happening to anyone else, but I wonder why A & J continues forgetting my name. Ah well, one of the mysteries of life. I wonder if Betty White will be at the convention tonight, if not inside then maybe in the street. I’ll be watching with interest.

  3. Jerry, I think WordPress stores your name, email, and website data in a “cookie” which can be erased by changing your browser settings, installing a new version of your system software, or by phases of the moon… I’ve been anonymous here a couple of times over the years.

    Don’t look at me! I dun no nothin’! — JJ

  4. emb & c x-p

    I have been known to play the
    Alphorn, Band organ, Marimba, and Voice Box
    all with one finger on my HiFi (Stereo) (who says we are not up to date)

  5. For me, simply having no info (or clearing what is there) in the “Name” and “Mail” boxes under “Leave a Reply” will result in the comment showing as being from “Anonymous”. Which would seem to defeat the purpose of asking for a name and address before leaving a reply. But as Jimmy so succinctly put it, I dun no nothin’, either.

  6. For those of you who are frightened of thunder, remember that if you hear the thunder, the lightning has already missed you. You’re welcome.

    And I dindu nuffin, either.

  7. Hello Jimmy. I made it back to Oklahoma a couple hours ago and got my Kickstarter pledge changed at long last. I was generous to your church. I think you are doing a good thing there. I will keep sharing your project so hope it brings more fans too. Love, Jackie Monies

    Think I may cease being Anonymous

  8. When I was a college student one of my favorite professors informed me that I was a Unitarian. I replied I had never been in a Unitarian church even. He said it didn’t matter, Unitarian were born, not converted. This may be true. I have still not been inside one but that may change, I hope to see what Camp Hill is doing and attending services seems appropriate.

  9. Just read about Universalism Unitarian principles. He was probably correct in saying what he did. Took that test on Facebook and came out at 15% left brain, 85% right brain. I know that’s right, even if it’s not true.

  10. On that right brain/left brain quiz, I came out 50/50. Really – that is pretty accurate.
    Another nub of knowledge… Many great mathimatiions were musically inclined. Something to do with how musical notes fit together to make a ethically pleasing whole.

  11. GM Debbe

    Zen Wisdom
    8.    Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

  12. Why is it not possible to ship to Canada? I would give my eye teeth (in US funds) for a copy of the new A&J book. I hope this is not a sign of things to come with walls between nations being built and free trade agreements being rescinded.

  13. Good morning Villagers…..

    Too much drama the past two nights….need to contact a lawyer regarding a will my husband has made. Is there a lawyer in this Village????


  14. Only regarding workmens compensation and on the job injury. I did learn a lot from doing my own will.

    First question. Did he use an attorney or do it himself? Is it on file somewhere and who has copies? Is he expecting to die before you? Is it property he alone owns and not you?
    Does it predate your marriage and did not become jointly owned at marriage?

    Take it you aren’t the beneficiary. He may not be able to do that. Laws change state to state. But normally he can’t give your home away out from under you if you are married.

  15. Hello,

    I fell and banged myself up, but nothing is broken. Now I’m in rehab to be able to go home. I have an iPad and it’s been fun reading your letters but I can’t write much. (This is her daughter typing now as she got frustrated with the touch screen. She will get better with practice, you’ll see!).


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