First, the good news. The keychains are on the way a month ahead of schedule. What was advertised as a 4-6 week production window turned out to be two weeks. Hail Cthulhu!
Now the bad news. I'm still having difficulties getting the patch and pin order straightened out. The ones with the Miskatonic logo are already in production, but after two weeks I still haven't received a production proof for the varsity-style patch. Keep in mind I sent what I thought was production ready artwork- a vector Illustrator file. It's literally exactly this, but with the black replaced by empty space.
Here's the first artwork proof I received.
Wait...what? What was supposed to be a varsity letter inspired design...isn't. To my chagrin, I clarified that it should be "The letter "M" surmounted by the bar with the "Miskatonic" name inside. Like the original image". This was the result.
You can't write comedy like this. In their defense, the bar is surmounting the "M", but not in the way I meant. Hopefully everything will be straightened out on Monday. The irony is that I thought the keychain production was where the biggest risk for screw ups resided. Instead, that part of the project appears to have gone off swimmingly.
In other news, I discovered that the USPS has raised their Priority Mail package prices from $5.50 to $6.80. It's not a huge change, but it means I have to bank a bit more to make sure everything gets mailed quickly.
I'm once again developing a profound respect for business people that do this kind of thing full time. None of these production issues is a project killer on its own, but the minor delays and complications add up over time. It's the death of a thousand cuts. Now that I've plunged into it again I find myself gaining new sympathy for the poor schmucks who have their Kickstarter projects go off the rails. A goodly number of them are scam artists, to be sure, but I'm getting reminded how even someone with good intentions can get in over their head.