For me, Perf just seems to be a copy of Rincewind out of the discworld series by Terry Pratchett.
Rincewind was an obvious inspiration for the character, and this early into the show it’s easy to focus on the similarities. But as the story evolves over future episodes and seasons, the differences will become starkly apparent. Perf is his own character, and is on a reluctant collision course with world-shattering destiny. But if he ever starts escorting around a rich tourist with animated luggage, you can call us copycats.
Why is this free when it obviously cost a pretty penny to make? Where’s the cash come back from?
We pay for JourneyQuest with direct fan support, direct DVD sales, digital downloads, and more. We could spend countless dollars and hours fighting what the web does best—making perfect copies of our work—or turn those strengths to our advantage. Then it just depends on the market.
If enough people want to see a third season, they’ll find ways to support us, whether that means becoming a contributor, sharing the film with their friends via BitTorrent, translating it into other languages, or screening the film at regional conventions. By self-distributing, we also guarantee that a much larger percentage of every sale actually goes to pay for the movie, rather than lining the pocket of some third party.
So you’re going with fan funding? Aren’t people tired of that by now?
Partially, yes, we are counting on fan funding. Crowdsourcing works incredibly well when you reach critical mass. And we hear you on the “finance my project” exhaustion. That’s why we went ahead and made season one first. That way, you get something real to experience from the very beginning, rather than the vague promise that eventually we’ll (maybe) get our project made. And our season two kickstarter campaign proved that fans want to keep this show alive!
I greatly hope that you guys get the financing to keep this running.
And we did, thanks to you! At this point, it’s all about finding a big enough audience for the show. With 10,000 core fans, we could keep going indefinitely. With 20,000 we could do it with style. Either way, we’d be completely independent of networks and studios.
Where can I buy the DVD?
Will the DVD be shippable from within Europe? I have run in to the frustration of wanting to buy merch of a webcomic and finding out that shipping from the us to Europe was actually more expensive than the book I wanted to buy.
We’ll do the best we can to make the DVD available everywhere. We ship domestically through Amazon Fulfillment, which has the lowest rates around. However, an even better option for Europe might be to ask your local game store to stock it. They’ll be able to get it wholesale through Paizo Publishing. Amazon also has decent international shipping rates.
Have you thought about Kickstarter for fund raising?
 The fans convinced us to go with Kickstarter. They were right!
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