About Vattu: The Last BookVattu is an expansive graphic novel about empire and identity, set in an invented world. It follows a girl from an isolated culture who is taken into the capital city of an expanding empire, where many different people struggle for power, or against it. It’s an ambitious and cohesive full-color graphic novel of almost 1300 pages, and it’s FINISHED.
My name is Evan! I’ve been drawing and serializing this comic online for twelve years, and I am THRILLED to be able to finally tell you that you can read the entire thing at once, for free, at rice-boy.com. You can also preorder the fourth and final print book of Vattu RIGHT HERE, or get the entire thing in print for the first time.
Vattu: the River is the fourth and last book of the story, collecting pages 959 to 1279 as originally serialized. The print edition will match the formats of the first three books I’ve gotten printed with similar crowdfund-preorder campaigns. It will have extra art and a world-internal appendix, and I’ve tried to make the presentation for all of these books as immersive and beautiful as possible.
Thank you for reading. I appreciate having the opportunity to finish this project, and I’m excited to see it in print in full.
About the ProjectThe printing industry continues to be plagued with paper shortages and long queues, but we already have a printer lined up that we've worked with many times. If everything goes right, it should arrive at our warehouse in January or February of 2023!
The Complete Vattu eBooks for this campaign will be delivered to you via email shortly.
Optional signed bookplates look like this:
All physical book orders will also get the eBooks via email around the time we start shipping physical orders.
We'll keep you updated with progress via our blog and social media. And we'll send you an email before things ship to check and make sure your shipping address hasn't changed!
Over the course of working on this comic I've filled up 11 notebooks with development art and writing-- probably around 1000 pages (as outlined in this video essay). For this stretch goal, I'll scan and organize literally as much as I can of this stuff -- certainly over 100 pages. And it'll be included with all preorders as a PDF/ebook if we hit $55,555.55. Basically no one has ever seen the vast majority of this before.
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Begins Shipping Early 2023!
What's Going On Here?
TopatoGo is a crowdfunding and fulfillment service from TopatoCO! We'll take your pre-orders, get them made, keep you updated, ship them out and let folks buy them after the campaign. And we'll do it all under one roof!
Why not Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is great for many projects but we've been doing this a while and know the ropes very well. You can see all the projects we've done previously as Make That Thing! TopatoGO will help streamline our process by having all the order info in one place instead of having to go back and forth between different platforms to stitch everything together and... surveys? Never quite figured that one out. We'll have everything we need right on our own very secure computers!
When does my card get charged?
If you pay with a regular old credit card (Visa/Mastercard), and the project succeeds, your card will be charged when the project reaches its funding deadline. If the project ends but it hasn’t reached its funding goal, the authorization will expire and your card will not be charged. Paypal, Amazon Pay, Discover, and American Express payments have different authorization limits and will usually complete before the campaign ends. If you pay with one of these methods and the campaign isn't successful, your payment will be refunded at the end of the campaign.
Some credit card customers may see a temporary authorization of funds at the time of pledging, before a project has successfully funded. Authorizations generally go away after a few days, but this process can vary depending on your financial institution. If you notice an authorization that doesn’t go away, you should contact your bank or card issuer for more details about their authorization procedure.
When and How Will it Ship?
When a project is completed, things start moving. Things will ship around the estimated date. There are obviously things out of our control (like ships getting suck in canals, global pandemics, that sort of thing) which may cause delays.
Also, we collect your shipping address at the time you place the order and will check back with you a couple weeks before shipping begins to make sure your address is the same. No more messing with those surveys.
We ship domestically using UPS or USPS, whichever gets it there quickest with the best value. International orders ship using DHL eCommerce.
How Do I Get a TopatoGO For My Project?
Right now we're invite-only but that will expand as we get the hang of it. Stay tuned for updates!