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Nearly 10 years in the making, Michael Zulli’s The Fracture of the Universal Boy is a 200+ page hardcover graphic novel.
Nearly 10 years in the making, Michael Zulli’s The Fracture of the Universal Boy is a 200+ page hardcover graphic novel.
523 backers pledged $32,794 to help bring this project to life.

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Dummy

Today, we present our "dummy" copy of the book, which is a bound blank copy of the book using the same paper stock that will be used on the final volume.

Fracture of the Universal Boy is going to be a very substantial volume.

We're making one small color change to our cover, the book will officially be on press next week!

Proofs and Comic-Con

It's an exciting day as we move ever closer to fully realizing Michael Zulli's Fracture of the Universal Boy: Today the printer's proof arrived from China!



In our first image, we have the final proofs for checking and confirming the artwork, as well a just a hint of the cover proof.

Next, we have our bluelines, which are used to double-check that everything is where it's supposed to be, and that all the pages are present and in the right order.

And everything looks great!

This is our last step before actually going to press, which is where we're headed next.

Once the books are printed, they'll be wrapped, boxed and packed on a boat coming from China. We're still a ways out from getting this into everybody's hands, but once our printer confirms the final schedule, we'll be able to get a shipping schedule together so we can officially get this in your hands.

That being said... We are having 100 copies of Fracture of the Universal Boy flown in in time for Comic-Con International 2011. And even better: we'll also be flying Michael Zulli himself out to Comic-Con! To those of you who will be attending, we'd very much like you to stop on by so we can thank you personally for all of the support for this book. And, of course, you'll be able to take the book home with you!

More details soon!

Almost There...

Well, we're about ready to send the book off to press. But, we need one very important thing from a few of you still. We've sent off our survey, and we've still got a handful of outstanding responses. To those of you who have not yet responded, we'd very much love to be able to give you our thanks by listing your name in the book, and, of course, putting the book in your hands. If you could PLEASE fill out your surveys, we'll get this off to the printer this week!

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The End of the Beginning

On the day this effort of ours finishes, I will be in Los Angeles and it will be the day after the first serious showing of my work outside a comics context in my whole life. More than likely I will be utterly exhausted and hopefully, a happy wee Michael. This showing will be one of the milestones of my life, and I would very much love to meet as many of you there on the nineteenth as can possibly make it, just to personally thank you. It is a wish of mine that this effort ends as fabulously as it began.

And once more to tell you that every red cent will go to, for once and for all, ending an episode of my life that no longer bears any resemblance to the first chapter of my public career. This new beginning of mine is something I believe should have happened many years ago and I pledge to throw myself as fully into the making of art as I did way back when the first issue of Puma Blues first hit the stands back in 1986. With the major exception that I know now what I did not know then: art has no deadline, no boundaries and makes no apologies to anyone, nor should it.

I have traveled a very long and at times dark, lonely painful road to get here, and I promise not to waste a moment of it looking back.

Please throw off the jaded, cynical mindset that runs like a river of sludge through our modern culture and celebrate with me.

Thank you all,

M.Z.