Albert the Alien Vol 4: Space Bullies from Mars

Created by Trevor

The final volume of Albert the Alien! The epic adventure of the first foreign exchange student from another planet ends here!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

A quick update on the book status
2 days ago – Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 08:30:37 AM

Government shut down; delays at the port

Hey gang, wanted to give you a quick update on the books. Been talking with the printer to get estimates on delivery timelines, and they informed me the books are still on the boat coming over from China. But they also gave me a heads up that because of the government shut down, they are getting reports of delays at the port. 

Because the books are printed over seas and the boats they are on have to get processed through customs (which is a government entity), the printer is saying they're experiencing a backlog at the port right now. This is compounded by the earlier delay, which is the tariff confusion at the port. The books are shipping from China, which is in a trade war with the USA right now and the latest round of tariff changes has caused some confusion and delays at the port for processing, as well. 

The point here being, the books are still coming...but circumstances outside my control are causing some additional delays. We'll likely hold off on sending Backerkit surveys until the books arrive at the port. I'll keep you all posted on the progress as I get it. 

Exclusive bookplates have arrived

On the plus side, we did get the exclusive bookplates in. You'll recall that because of these delays, one of the commitments I made last year was to produce exclusive bookplates that would only be available to our Kickstarter backers. These bookplates are completely free for folks who ordered a physical copy of any of the books. 

The bookplates have arrived, and they look fantastic. If you ordered a physical copy of any of the books, you will get a copy of these bookplates when we ship your book to you. 

Stay tuned for more updates. 

The books are on a boat...with t-pain!
17 days ago – Wed, Jan 02, 2019 at 07:57:32 AM

Happy New Year! We're starting the year off right, with some good news (that I literally just received from the printer): 

The books are on a boat and on their way!

Once the books arrive at the port from China (where they were printed), they will have to clear customs, and then will be shipped from the port to the warehouse here. Once they arrive, I'll let you guys know and we'll immediately being processing the orders. 

Look for surveys to come out early next week to collect your shipping information, AND you can order some add-ons if you so desire. 

Thanks again so much for your patience with this delay, and I can't wait to get these books to you!

Milestone downloads available here!
about 1 month ago – Thu, Dec 20, 2018 at 06:40:49 AM

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Stocking Stuffer
about 1 month ago – Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 01:20:15 PM

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Printing Delay - new delivery schedule
about 1 month ago – Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 08:56:30 AM

Hey gang,

Wanted to give everyone a heads up on the timing for the print release of the book. I've been having conversations with the printer for the last several weeks, and unfortunately they have informed me of delays in printing. The new window for receipt of the books is sometime in January. Depending on when I receive the books, this means I may not be able to get them in your hands until February. 

This is understandably disappointing, and I promise you I was pushing as hard as I could to avoid this with the printer - but unfortunately, there's nothing we can do to expedite the printing and shipping on their end. 

I know several backers were going to gift the books for the holidays, so here's what I'm going to do: 

PHYSICAL REWARD BACKERS: Unfortunately there's not a lot I can do here for people who ordered the new book, since the printing delay is outside of my control. I also wouldn't be able to afford to send non-book physical rewards in advance, since shipping costs would make that prohibitive. BUT, I do want to try to make this right, so as an apology for this delay I'm going to make the following....

  • STOCKING STUFFER (12/17): I am going to make a pre-order digital download image, which you can download from Kickstarter and print out and use for any "stocking stuffers" or gifts you were planning to give out; this will be posted here on Kickstarter by or before December 17 for you to download
  • EXCLUSIVE BOOKPLATE (ships with the print edition next year): I will include an exclusive bookplate for all physical rewards (regardless of which volume you ordered) - this bookplate will only be available for people who supported the Kickstarter physical reward tiers, and will be included in the books when they ship next year
  • BOOKMARKS: I will also include a set of bookmarks for all physical copies, when they ship next year
  • All physical rewards that were not books (t-shirts, pins, etc) will ship at the same time as the books - I'll keep you posted on dates as the printer gives me updates

DIGITAL REWARD BACKERS: There's a little more flexibility with the digital rewards, since the book is done and can be made available for download. As such, we can release the digital rewards on-time, which will be by or before December 21. If you ordered both physical and digital rewards, then you'll get your digital copy on time in December, and your physical rewards when they ship early next year. 

I want to thank you all for your patience and support of this project, and for your understanding in this situation. I did all I could to try to course-correct with the printer, but unfortunately there were no options available to us. I hope these bonus rewards and revised schedule will help make this right. I cherish your support of my comic projects, and want to maintain the quality and consistency you have come to expect from my projects. 

Thanks again, and I'm working to get these digital assets together ASAP. Stay tuned for more updates.