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Zach Weinersmith and his awesome wife Kelly pilgrimaged to Amplifier’s Austin headquarters today to autograph his latest Breadpig-published Kickstarter hit, TRIAL OF THE CLONE 2 - WRATH OF THE PACIFIST.  Pizza was had. Books were signed. And signed.  And signed.

Wrath is the long-awaited sequel to Weinersmith’s previous smash, TRIAL OF THE CLONE.  For those who missed THAT Kickstarter, here’s a flashback to Zach signing the very last of 2,500 books for previous backers.

Zach is on a crowdfunding tear lately. He also recently secured over $7000/month from his fans using the new Patreon platform. Fans can contribute as little as $1 a month to help Zach keep expressing his creativity. 

It’s a privilege for Amplifier to play a small part in the creative efforts of artists like Zach Weinersmith and publishers like Breadpig.  They’re not only exploring this emerging medium, they’re building entirely new business models to boot. 

Viva la crowd!

Amplifier Client & REDDIT founder Alexis Ohanian in Austin Wednesday, Come Hear Him!


We ran into Alexis (right) two weeks ago @ JFK Airport

Alexis Ohanian has done more before 30 than most people do in a lifetime.  In addition to co-founding powerhouse community Reddit, he’s created a thriving not-for-profit called Breadpig, acted as an angel investor to the likes of Hipmunk, Hubspot, Crowdtilt and helped stop antipiracy legislation on Capitol Hill.  Alexis’ most amazing achievement may be that despite his success, he remains one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

Alexis and his epic tour bus rolls in Austin this week. This Wednesday, he’ll be speaking at the University of Texas about his new book WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION. 


If you live in Central Texas and care about entrepreneurship, the future of the Internet or making the world suck less, then don’t miss your chance to hear Alexis speak.  Here are the details.


Who: Alexis Ohanian

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 7-9:00 PM

Where: Burdine Hall Room #108 • 110 Inner Campus Dr Austin, TX 78712

Get Your Free Tickets Now

Alexis is no stranger to Austin. While this Brooklyn diehard isn’t quite shopping for houses, he did recently tell an interviewer another primary motivation for his stop in Austin.

“Austin is a hub for tech. There’s a tremendous tech community there and it’s nice to come without South By Southwest going on all around me. It’s also one of the largest universities in the nation so to reach such a large chunk of students is a great opportunity. I’m also coming for the tacos. I should make that clear.

He ain’t lying, he loves him some breakfast tacos!  Now sign up and get ready to listen to someone drop some science.

"Trial of the Clone" Kickstarter


Breadpig’s Trial of the Clone saga continues…  When we last spied our hero, he was autographing a small mountain of paperbacks.

In the span of 5 hours today, Zach Weiner signed the recently-arrived hardbacks. They’ll be out the door and into the hands of Kickstarter Supporters everywhere.  Congratulations to Breadpig and Zach for such a successful project.

Zach Weiner And Breadpig’s Trial of the Clone nears shipping

In the words of author Zach Weiner, “Trial of the Clones” is:

“the tale of a clone who finds out he’s chosen for greatness. In a path-of-the-hero adventure, he conquers over and over in the service of his country, only to meet… a twist ending.  So, if you like high fantasy and low humor, you’ll like this book. ”

Zach and his amazing publisher Breadpig put this great premise out as a Kickstarter project.  They hoped to raise $15,000 and promised autographed copies for everyone who pledged more than $20.  Perhaps intuiting they might significantly exceed their target,  Zach prophesied:

As a de facto bonus, if we sell more than a few thousand signed copies, my hand will shrivel up and fall off. If that happens, I’ll take pictures as the source of everything good in my life slowly melts away.

Fans wound up committing over $130,000, putting Zach on the hook for over 2,500 signatures. So this past weekend he drove over 700 miles NONSTOP to Amplifier’s headquarters to do just that. Sign a mountain of books. Incredibly, Zach knocked them out in less than a day. And his hand still seems to work.

In this clip, Zach signs the very last book after a marathon 12 hour session.

What’s Next?

Now Zach and the team at Breadpig face the nightmare of packing nearly 3,000 orders and shipping them out. It is a thankless, seemingly unending task.  Weeks of one’s life… GONE.  Vague anxieties around esoterica like “Is this the right customs paperwork?” And then of course the act of delivering over one ton of parcels to UPS… 

Oh wait! Scratch that! Amplifier will knock all this stuff in no time!  So what about YOU?  Got a successful Kickstarter campaign giving you ulcers?