Hey folks, Worldbuilders Team here! We’ve got a ton more cool stuff to show you, and we hijacked Pat’s blog in order to do it.
As we write this, we’ve officially crossed $1.91 million, which is an amazing number to see. We’ve never raised this much before, and we know that it’s because we have such fantastic supporters who are constantly spreading the word and making the world a better place.
Around the end of the fundraiser we always have a ton of cool things that get thrown in, and at a certain point it’s easier to just throw them up and show them off than try to categorize them into specifics.
Some of them are really obvious, like the truly mind-numbing number of graphic novels and comics we got this year.
We’ve got loads of stuff in the lottery for comic lovers, enough that you can select Comics/Graphic Novels as a type of prize you’re interested in from us. There’s stuff from Dark Horse Comics, DreamHaven, John Kovalic, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction, and Improper Books – and there’s even more than this, but showing them all off would be practically impossible here. We’ve put them all up in the Lottery Library to check out anytime you want.
And if you’re into art, then maybe you’d like some of the art auctions we currently have running…
People like Grace Fong, Karen Hallion, Terri Windling, Geek Calligraphy, and Penny Arcade sent along beautiful calligraphy, limited availability pieces, and full print runs from an art series. They’re all available for auction, and you should definitely check them out in more detail.
Honestly, the wide variety of things people were willing to send along was stunning. Pros offered up all sorts of cool things, like Kevin Hearne’s type-written manuscript for a story in Beseiged.
You can bid on that beauty right here. It’s two drafts, covered in copy edits, making it that much more fun, and it’s a most-definite, one-of-a-kind piece, signed by Kevin. When we heard he was sending it along, a lot of folks in the office started giving each other side-eyes and making plans to see who could outbid who on it.
You could thwart all of us though, and every dollar raised on all of our auctions counts toward our matching money, so the more it goes for the more families we’ll be able to help.
But the truth is, pros aren’t the only ones sending in awesome, personalized stuff. Folks who aren’t professionals showed off some of their craftiness as well.
A fan named Alyshondra made a ton of cool cross stitches for us, doing tie-ins with some of our favorite things. The Moo-ing Draccus won Amanda’s heart instantly, and the Kvothe/Wil/Sim Story of Tonight is already raising a pretty penny over on eBay.
Serpent’s Dance has worked with us for a few years now, and we’re always thrilled when she comes back with more handmade copper jewelry for us to auction off. She sent over so much this year that we were able to put some in the lottery as well, so you can either donate and hope for a chance, or bid on your favorites in auction.
And if you want pure miscellany, Tait over at Esoteric Garage sent along a whole family of brass ducks (he’s the one who sent us copper goats last year), Jessica sent us a Mr. Tibbet backpack she made for her Princess and Mr. Whiffle cosplay, and Dale sent in a trio of steampunk guns that really need to be seen to be appreciated fully.
It’s amazing what our supporters can create, and it’s even more mind-boggling when they send it along to help us raise money for Heifer International.
And there’s so much more cool stuff than that. There are a bunch of auctions live, but it’s our last batch, and they all end on SUNDAY NIGHT, so be sure to look them over and see if anything catches your eye.
One of our other major deadlines fast approaching is a shipping deadline to receive things from the online store, The Tinker’s Packs, in time for Christmas. As a matter of fact, TODAY is your last day for cheap UPS shipping. We even made you a handy dandy graphic.
Now, you may say to us, “Silly Worldbuilders, I’ve been a supporter for years. I’ve seen the things in The Tinker’s Packs, and I have all of your Rothfuss merchandise.”
While that may be so, what you may not realize is that we just launched new products with three new awesome creators. A-ha, we surprised you!
Actually nobody was more surprised than we were to find ourselves working with a new crew of super-cool creators, and we have some brand new products we hope you’ll really enjoy.
In no specific order, we have two new t-shirts from Holly Black, one based on The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (the Dead Last Truck Stop), and one that anybody can wear (The Sweet Balm of Coffee), even if they’re not necessarily a Holly Black fan (you know, that friend of yours who doesn’t understand). If you want to grab one of Holly’s tees, you can find them in our Holly Black collection!
We also have a stunning shirt by Todd Lockwood that features the design from the cover of his debut novel, The Summer Dragon. It’s a stunning piece of work to begin with, and we can’t believe how well it turned out on the shirt. You can grab The Evertide shirt for yourself here.
Finally, we have taken over for Rat Queens as their official merchandise outlet! They had their own online store for a while, but it was tough balancing that with creating the comic, so we’ve started carrying some of their most popular shirts, as well as creating new products like a cool jersey scarf featuring their tentacle design. All the Rat Queens stuff is in one collection.
Add to that all the cool stuff we already have for sale, and it’s looking like you might just have one stop for all your gift-giving needs!
This is also your reminder that the fundraiser will be over Monday, December 19th at 11:59pm PST! Pat will be back to share more stories and updates with you guys next time, so until then: thank you all for making this the best fundraiser we’ve ever had!