POSTCARDS FROM IMPOSSIBLE WORLDS // The Shortest Story

Created by Peter Chiykowski

A book of 88 stunning micro-stories written as postcards from strange worlds and alternate lives, featuring the voice of Cecil Baldwin

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Video book preview + locking surveys @ 5pm EST
3 months ago – Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 11:02:34 PM

Hi everyone!

THE BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED! More on this exciting news (plus a video preview of the book) below, but in the meantime, here's a more urgent deadline update:

I just wanted to give you a heads up that I will be locking survey responses at 5pm EST. You will still be able to receive your rewards if you complete your survey later than 5pm, but that is the cut-off for the first wave of mail-outs that will happen over the next 2 weeks.

If you've already completed your survey but want to change your shipping address or add-on last-minute extras, you can do that until 5pm as well.

Okay, back to the fun stuff! On Friday morning, a gigantic truck pulled up to deliver the first pallet of books!

The final product is just gorgeous! The gold foil really pops on the cover and spine, and the art paper French flap covers really feel beautiful to the touch.

Take a look for yourself!

I will be shipping these out over the next couple of weeks and I will keep you updated as I do so!

Thanks so much!

-Peter

Surveys are out + books have finished printing!
4 months ago – Sat, Sep 01, 2018 at 12:08:58 AM

Hi everyone!

You should have received your surveys from BackerKit by now. If for some reason you haven't, send me a message and I'll help you out! Also, just a reminder that if you would like to have your canvas print signed, you'll need to fill out your survey by tomorrow.

We just got the call from the printer to tell us that the books have all printed, but we missed the Purolator pick-up for the advance copies by a couple hours, so we sadly won't have any books to show off at Fan Expo. That being said, the printer did an INCREDIBLE job turning these books around as quickly as they did and the copies will ship out from the printer on Tuesday and arrive shortly after that. I'm chomping at the bit to see them for myself!

I am planning a shipping party for mid-to-late September to get all of these on their way to you!

Backer surveys about to go out through BackerKit!
4 months ago – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 08:04:24 PM

Hi everyone! Good news--I am about to send out your backer surveys! Keep an eye on your inbox for a Kickstarter survey request from BackerKit.

I'm going to be managing rewards and add-ons using BackerKit, which is a more thorough management system for keeping track of campaign fulfillment. It will also let you add-on rewards that you may have missed out on during the campaign--I know a number of people have requested this.

Right now it looks like I will be shipping everything out between September 14 and 28, but the sooner you can fill out your survey, the better.

If you pledge for a canvas print or would like to add-on a canvas print, please get your survey in by September 1st to ensure that your canvas gets signed. After September 1st, it will be a lot trickier to arrange a signing because of how long those items take to create.

If you have any questions at all, you can get in touch through the BackerKit help system, or the Kickstarter message system.

Again, thank you for all your support on this project!

*CORRECTION* BackerKit surveys coming in the next few days
4 months ago – Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 08:02:40 PM

Hi again! It looks like BackerKit likes to take a couple days to review the surveys and add-ons before they go live, so I won't be able to send the surveys out until tomorrow or Monday.

Stand by, and I'll post another update once they've gone out! Thanks so much!

Thank you
4 months ago – Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 10:32:29 PM

Hi everyone!

What a wild month it's been working on this book! The book is printing early, the Kickstarter is finished, and I'm going to hide under a blanket with my dog for the rest of the day before I jump back on the horse and keep production on all the reward tiers moving

(So far, so great!)

Before I go, a few words of thanks!

Thank you to all you 973 backers who looked at this project and said THAT'S WEIRD but meant it in a good way and decided to give it a try. You're going to love this book!

Thank you to the people who didn't have money to back the book but still took the time to reach out and tell me how excited they were about it, or to share it with someone. You're incredibly kind,

Thanks to Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, my friends and publishers at ChiZine Publications who have been encouraging me to release a fiction collection for years and years and were incredibly supportive through the writing and editing process.

Thanks to the impossibly talented collaborators who produced 11/10 work for this project: Cecil Baldwin, Jordan Shiveley, Sonya Ballantyne, Shawn Coss, Sandra Kasturi, Helen Marshall and Robert Shearman.

I can't speak highly enough of their contributions to this book of their individual creative projects, which I heartily encourage you to check out.

Thanks to all the photographers who make their work available for weird creative projects like this, and especially to my friend Inna Yasinska, who encouraged me when I discussed this idea with her four years ago and who has been there to photograph the most important moments of my life.

Thanks to Mathias, my friend and graphic design hero who produced the Kickstarter video, the t-shirt design and those incredible animated story videos. What a powerhouse talent.

Thanks to Darryl Whetter: my writing mentor and good friend. His foreword is so touching and thoughtful that I am actually embarrassed to share it with people. I cried the first time I read it.

Thanks to the book proofreaders: Megan Harris, Kate Lane-Smith, Eric Weiss, Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, who are damn good at their jobs.

And thanks to the too-many-to-name Good Humans who have reached out over the past month to support me though a stressful time. I've been dealing with a lot of personal life upheaval throughout this campaign, and so many friends and family stepped in at various times to write guest comics for my webcomic, cover for me at conventions, and take care of other parts of my life that were overwhelming me.

I feel an emotional debt that I have no idea how to repay. I'm trying very hard to be worthy of the love you've shown me--it's a high bar you've set.

Alright, I'm gonna go make a blanket fort, hug my dog and eat a pizza the size of a manhole cover.

Then back in the saddle tomorrow,

❤️ Peter