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When I interviewed Greg Pak and Jonathan Coulton on their latest Kickstarter endeavor The Princess Who Saved Her Friends, I predicted it would be fully funded in less than a day like their previous collaborations. I was only off by 10 hours or so, but nonetheless they still reached their goal amazingly fast. At the time of the interview, Pak and Coulton had not yet discussed the possibility of potential stretch goals, but they are now pleased to announce some exciting new incentives if they reach $60,000 before the end of the Kickstarter campaign.

New York, NY – September 19, 2018. At noon on Monday, comics writer Greg Pak and internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton launched a children’s book Kickstarter for THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS, the sequel to their beloved children’s book THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF. Thirty four hours later, they hit their initial $39,000 goal with the help of 845 backers.
“We’re so proud of the first Princess book, and excited that we get to make the second one, and we literally could not do it without our fans and backers. So big thanks to everyone who’s backed us!” said Coulton.
The book tells the continuing adventures of Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion, the hero of the original PRINCESS WHO SAVED HERSELF book, and is co-written by Pak and Coulton with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, colors by Jessica Kholinne, and letters by Simon Bowland. The campaign will continue until October 17 and the finished book is scheduled to be delivered to backers by the end of February 2019.
If and when the campaign hits $60,000, the first stretch goal will be activated and every backer at the $12 level and above will get digital copies of a slew of bonuses, including the original “Princess Who Saved Herself” song, a pdf of the original Princess Who Saved Herself book, pdfs of the Princess Who Saved Herself book in both Korean and Spanish, and a pdf of the Princess Who Saved Herself Activity Book.
The original book celebrated a scrappy kid who stuck up for herself but was always able to open the circle and find reconciliation with the monsters and witch she came into conflict with.
“We absolutely loved that story of determination, bravery, and understanding,” said Pak. “But for the sequel, we’re asking what happens next, when our heroine discovers that the witch she befriended might not be such a great friend after all.”
THE PRINCESS WHO SAVED HER FRIENDS tackles the kind of tricky personal conflict that kids — and adults — grapple with every day in the real world. In this case, the mean queen makes the dragon cry by haranguing him about his bad guitar playing, and suddenly Glory has to figure out how to manage the conflict. Things get amped up to the next level when a group of ultra cool, ultra mean kids who call themselves the Royals show up — and the queen ditches Glory’s band for theirs!
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