To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure

A project in Cambridge, MA by Ryan North

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The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
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Funded: $580,905 of $20,000
Dates: Nov 21st -> Dec 21st (30 days)
Project By: Ryan North
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November 26th - via:
On my list of things to be thankful for this year, I think I might just have to add Kickstarter. We’ve used it to fund two volumes of Start Here at Book Riot, and it has been responsible for bringing us some delightfully bookish projects like To Be or Not to Be, Jett Smith and The Alien Grave, and books trailers like this one from Red 14 Films. (Read More)

I have started work on the sequel!

September 10th - via:
Want to get To Be or Not To Be? If you missed out on the Kickstarter and looking to buy To Be or Not To Be, the book is out now! You can get the book at your local bookstore, on Amazon, on B&N, from Breadpig - basically... everywhere only the... (Read More)

Shipping update!

August 26th - via:
SHIPPING All Kickstarter packages have now been shipped, except for people who filled out their surveys after the 13th of August: we're doing you now. Orders placed through Breadpig are shipping this week. All this is to say, if you live in the... (Read More)

Shipping update, and Time magazine!

August 16th - via:
Kickstarter peeps:If you haven't gotten your digital rewards let, drop me an email at and let me know. Those emails all went out several days ago so if you don't have an email in your inbox from me - - then we should... (Read More)

Digital rewards now going out!

August 12th - via:
Everyone who selected a reward tier is getting some digital rewards, and we're sending those out riiiiight... now. That means most of you you will be getting / will already have gotten an email from me (! If you haven't gotten it by... (Read More)

Customs charges for international orders

August 10th - via:
If your To Be or Not To Be package is shipping to a non-US address, it has to go through your country's customs, and sometimes that means you have to pay money. But I heard yesterday from people in the UK and Canada that some custom agents are... (Read More)

Nice reviews, more audiobook, and choose-your-own UPGRADE KIT

August 9th - via:
Another pre-set audiobook pathFor people who got the audiobook, there's now a NEW pre-set path you can download. This one features play as both Hamlet AND Ophelia. Before there were only six pre-set paths, but now there are seven! This is because I... (Read More)

Poor Yorick and Rad Audiobook!

August 8th - via:
Oh snap, it's update o'clock! ShippingPeople are still getting books (and we're still shipping them) which is exciting! If we've got your right email address and everything's working properly, you'll get a shipping notification before it goes out.... (Read More)

Launch Party Pix, plus books are arriving!

August 2nd - via:
Is it time for updates? Heck yes it is! LAUNCH PARTY:The launch party was SUPER GREAT, you guys. Thanks to everyone who came out! We had an awesome huge crowd and an awesome great time and there were COSTUMES you could dress up in and get your photo... (Read More)

Yorick skulls: volunteer to get a free bonus plush!

July 25th - via:
Dang, you guys. HERE IS OUR FIRST / ONLY SNAG IN THIS PROJECT. When I ordered the Yorick skulls, it turns out there was a miscommunication about the number: while we now have 2000 skulls sitting in a warehouse ready to go out, we need about 2400... (Read More)

Launch party: full details!!

July 24th - via:
Here's all the information on the book launch! I will (HOPEFULLY) see you this Monday night! WHERE: The Beguiling (601 Markham Street in Toronto, in Mirvish Village, beside Honest Eds)WHEN: Monday, July 29th, 7pm-10pmWHAT: Launch party for To Be or... (Read More)

A True Kickstarter: Cartoonist Ryan North Raises Half A Million For 'Hamlet' Comic

March 5th - via:
Crowdsourcing on Kickstarter is providing people with the chance to launch creative, entrepreneurial projects. Like a comic book based on Hamlet. (Read More)

Video Exclusive: Makers Help Cartoonist Keep His Kickstarter Promise to Literally Explode

February 11th - via:
In a moment of Kickstarted exuberance, cartoonist Ryan North made a $500,000 promise to explode. Makers Derek Quenneville and Lauren Archer made the explosion happen. (Read More)

Toronto cartoonist breaks Kickstarter record with choose-your-own adventure Hamlet

December 26th - via:
Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics fame raises half a million dollars in one month to turn Shakespeare classic into an interactive comic. (Read More)

Modern Hamlet achieves record-breaking Kickstarter campaign

December 24th - via:
A book allowing readers to choose their own fate has become the most successful publishing campaign ever. (Read More)

This year on Kickstarter: GigaOM’s top 10 favorite campaigns

December 21st - via:
With more than a dozen projects raising more than $1 million (some in less than a day), 2012 was a banner year for Kickstarter. Here are GigaOM's favorite campaigns from the worlds of connected devices, open-source technology and publishing. (Read More)

Record-Breaking Kickstarter Turns Hamlet Into a Choose-Your-Adventure Epic

December 20th - via:
On Friday, an unlikely book will break the all-time record for Kickstarter’s most successful publishing project: a comedic choose-your-own-adventure-style novel by popular webcartoonist Ryan North that transforms Shakespeare’s Hamlet into an interactive story where readers can actually choose whether to be — or not to be. (Read More)

Dinosaur Comics creator's Choose-your-own-adventure Hamlet beats all Kickstarter publishing records

December 20th - via:
Ryan "Dinosaur Comics" North writes in with the improbable tale of his amazingly successful Kickstarter for a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style adaptation of Hamlet, which has made him a fortune and prompted him to release the whole thing under a Creative Commons license: (Read More)

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