This giant book contains the entire run of Our Valued Customers, a webcomic featuring the wit and wisdom of real comic shop customers.
About this project
The goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to publish the entire run of my comic strip ‘Our Valued Customers’ in one collection. The book is 428 pages and includes all 1,560 Our Valued Customers cartoons. Plus behind the scenes stories and photos, sketches, commentary, bonus comics and the riveting true story of how it all went down. I’ve been working hard on this book and it looks excellent so far. As a fan of this comic or of comics in general, I really think you’re going to like it.
Our Valued Customers is a webcomic based on my experiences working in my local comic book store. It features the insane, off putting, misinformed and sometimes insightful things said by real comic shop customers. Check it out for yourself at OURVALUEDCUSTOMERS.NET.
OVC has been featured on Comics Alliance, i09, Huffington Post and on Blair Butler’s Fresh Ink on the G4 network. It has been selected by PC Magazine as one of the internet’s best comics four years running and appears weekly in Dig Boston and Bang! Magazine.
“Our Valued Customers is the only webcomic I read regularly. Love it. The bold, contemporary, and graphic cartooning is striking and frighteningly evocative. And the dialogue is dead on, especially if you’ve ever been around comics and kept your ears open for more than five minutes.” -Walter Simonson, Comics Legend.
“…it takes talent to make people look SO awful, SO grotesque, and SO vile that it’s actually endearing and oddly charming. In that way, Tim reminds me of Basil Wolverton and Drew Friedman, and I can think of no Higher praise.” -Gail Simone, Writer of Batgirl and Wonder Woman.
“This strip is all of us in our OWN words. And if you’re a comic geek like me, you’ll have a good laugh at how well Tim’s captured the voices of ALL the regulars from YOUR local shop. And then you’ll hit that one horrible panel where you realize, ‘Hey! I’VE said that!” -Dan Slott, Writer Amazing Spider-man, She Hulk.
For six years this comic has been my life and I have put my everything into making it the best it could be. I am incredibly proud of Our Valued Customers. I have never worked so hard on anything and I am so grateful that my goofy comic has managed to reach and entertain such a large audience for all these years.
Believe it or not, making a free comic on the internet isn’t the lucrative endeavor you’d think. To put it plainly, I don’t have enough money to publish this thing on my own.
Fans of Our Valued Customers know that the first 80 page collection of these comics was released by Penguin in 2012. My experience dealing with a large publisher left a lot to be desired. I am pursuing the self publishing route for this final, complete collection because I want this book to reflect the attitude and feel of MY comic. I don’t want it to represent the committee thinking of a group of strangers who have never read or cared about OVC. I want the opportunity to present the entirety of OVC in my own words and I want this book to convey the humor and voice that fans of this comic have come to expect.
With OVC coming to an end this summer I want to be able to give this comic the final send off it truly deserves. So I’m appealing to YOU, the amazing people who read Our Valued Customers, PLEASE, help me make this book a reality.
Here’s a breakdown of how the budget for this project will be spent:
Here’s what you’ll get for backing the OVC campaign!
The AMAZING Our Valued Customer.
For a $5 contribution you’ll receive a downloadable PDF of the exclusive 24 page mini-comic,‘Our Valued Customers: Bite the Hand That Feeds.’ This collection features 22 never before seen comics of some of the more unusual things I’ve overheard or had people say to me about my comic OVC. It’s a very funny collection and it’s only available by backing this Kickstarter!
The EXTRAORDINARY Our Valued Customer.
For a $10 contribution, you’ll receive both the PDF and a signed, physical copy of the exclusive 24 page mini-comic, ‘Our Valued Customers: Bite the Hand That Feeds.’ A must have for OVC enthusiasts and mini-comic fans alike and it’s only available through this Kickstarter!
The SPECTACULAR Our Valued Customer.
A $20 contribution gets you a downloadable PDF of the exclusive 22 page mini-comic, ‘Our Valued Customers: Bite the Hand That Feeds’ plus a downloadable PDF of ‘The Complete OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS!’ All 1,563 OVC cartoons plus commentary, behind the scenes photos, sketches and the whole story of how it all went down!
The UNCANNY Our Valued Customer.
Here it is! The reason you’re here! For a $30 contribution you’ll receive a physical, 428 page copy of The Complete OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS! Six years in the making! Every single OVC cartoon in one convenient location! Plus it’s packed full of bonus material and each copy comes signed by OVC creator Tim Chamberlain! This tier includes a downloadable PDF AND signed of both the exclusive 22 page mini-comic, ‘Our Valued Customers: Bite the Hand That Feeds’ and ‘The Complete OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS!’
The ASTONISHING Our Valued Customer.
For a $40 contribution you’ll receive a physical, 428 page SKETCH EDITION copy of ‘The Complete OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS!‘ Each physical edition ordered through this tier will come signed with a personalized sketch by Our Valued Customers creator Tim Chamberlain! Plus you’ll receive a set of 3 vinyl, die-cut OVC stickers! This tier includes a signed hard copy AND a downloadable PDF of both the exclusive 22 page mini-comic, ‘Our Valued Customers: Bite the Hand That Feeds’ and ‘The Complete OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS!’
The GIANT-SIZED Our Valued Customer.
For a $50 contribution you’ll receive everything listed in the $40 tier (The signed sketch edition, hard copy AND downloadable PDF of ‘THE COMPLETE OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS,‘ The PDF of ‘OVC: Bite the Hand That Feeds’ and the set of 3 OVC stickers PLUS you’ll get the official hand screened Our Valued Customers R.I.P. T-Shirt! WOW!
The DOUBLE-SIZED Our Valued Customer.
For a $50 contribution you’ll receive 2 signed hard copies of ‘THE COMPLETE OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS’ and 2 hard copies of the exclusive 22 page mini-comic, ‘Our Valued Customers: Bite the Hand That Feeds!’ Plus downloadable PDF versions of both books! Because sometimes one isn’t enough.
The ULTIMATE Our Valued Customer.
For a $250 contribution I will draw an OVC cartoon of YOU saying whatever you want and publish it in the book! This tier includes a PDF version and a signed physical copy of ‘The Complete OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS’ plus a hard copy AND PDF version of the exclusive 22 page mini-comic, ‘Our Valued Customers: Bite the Hand That Feeds’ AND the original artwork of your OVC cartoon! Holy smokes!
I’ve got a bunch of ideas for great stretch goals but the focus now is just funding the book. We will cross that bridge if we get there.
I can’t do this without your help! So PLEASE consider supporting this Kickstarter campaign. I’ll be adding more great rewards all month long so be sure to check back! You should back this Kickstarter. It would mean the world to me and it’s the only way you’ll be able to own ‘The Complete OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS.’
Thanks for reading this and thanks for your contribution!
Your ol’ pal,
Risks and challenges
In terms of challenges, I am actually in a unique position where I don’t have to scramble to create the content of the book. In a way, I’ve been working on this book for 6 years. The comics themselves (1,563) have all been drawn, inked and lettered and I’ve been working for the last few months to write and compile all of the supplemental material. The biggest hurdle is publishing and shipping from the publisher (which accounts for nearly the entire proposed budget and by their estimate will take 2 months.) because that is the only part of this project that is out of my hands.