About this project
Stretch Goal Activated: Scroll down to see First Stretch Goal!
My name is Greg Preston, welcome to my “Artist Within: Book 2” Kickstarter campaign.
The Artist Within Book 2 is a book of portraits of Comic Book Artists, Cartoonists, Animators and Illustrators.
I love Comics and Illustration! For the past 25 years I have photographed some of the most amazing comic book artists, cartoonists, animators and illustrators.
The idea for this project came from an assignment I had when I was a student at "The Art Center College of Design" in Pasadena where I met and had the chance to photograph animator, comic book artist and cartoonist Scott Shaw! I started working in earnest on the project a few years after graduation, and here we are today. Since then, I have photographed over 250 of these amazing artists.
The First 101 portraits were published as a coffee table book by Dark Horse Comics in 2007.
With your support I am hoping to publish a second book of portraits complete with the bio's & art of the artists. In this new edition, I've included some quotes from each artist as well.
The list of artists includes the "Who's Who" of the Comic Book, Cartoon, and Animation fields and just for fun, some amazing illustrators & designers who have greatly influenced this genre- I think your gonna love it!
**Make Sure To scroll down to the bottom of the page to see photographs of available rewards!
*A quick note to anyone who is outside of the US and would like a copy:
Please message me and let me know what reward level you are interested in and I will add shipping to where you are for that reward, Thanks!
Here are just a few of the artists photographed for this book:
And over 100 more! The artists photographed so far for this new volume: Jessica Abel • Brian Ajhar • Jason Shawn Alexander • Terry Austin • Derf Backderf • Chris Bailey • Hilary Barta • R.O. Blechman • Brian Bolland • Randy Bowen • Dan Brereton • Steve Brodner • Ivan Brunetti • Cellia Calle • Harry Carmean & Miriam Slater • Daryl Cagle • Mark Chiarello • Luke Chueh • Seymour Chwast, • Madison Clell • Geof Darrow • Kim Deitch • Don (Duck) Edwing • Craig Elliott • Mark English • Ron English • Greg Evans • Bob Foster • Ramona Fradon • Kelly Freas and Laura Brodian Freas • Drew Friedman • Chad Frye • Scott Gandell • Donato Giancola • Dave Gibbons • Michael T. Gilbert • Basil Gogos • Gris Grimly • Sam Gross • Paul Gulacy • David Hahn • Phil Hale • Irwin Hasen • Carmine Infantino • Willie Ito • Al Jaffee • James Jean • Phil Jimenez • Dave Johnson • Ollie Johnson • Chuck Jones • Gil Kane • Glen Keane • Jeff Keane • Jay Kinney • Jack Kirby • Keith Knight • Scott Koblish • Adam Kubert • Andy Kubert • John Lasseter • Jae Lee • Steve Leialoha • Steve Leiber • Bobby London • Ross MacDonald • Matt Madden • Jim Mahfood • Steve McGarry • John Musker • Alex Nino • Floyd Norman • Patrick Oliphant • Dan Panosian • Stephan Pastis • Don Perlin • Mike Peters • Jose Pimenta • Dan Piraro • John Pound • Michael Ramirez • Ron Randall • Trina Robbins • Steve Rude • P Craig Russell • Chris Sanders • J.J. Sedelmaier • Bill Sienkiewicz • Stephen Silver • Joe Sinnott • Tom Sito • Jeff Smith • Mike Smith • Dan Spiegle • Steranko • Drew Struzan • Iwao Takamoto • Ben Templesmith • Michael Whelan • Shannon Wheeler • Dave Willardson • Kent Williams • Al Williamson • William Wray • Dean Yeagle • Jack Ziegler. Stay tuned more to come!
Book details: Hard cover, a minimum of 220 pages, 10 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. B&W and Color. Currently, I have over 110 Artists and am hoping to photograph 10-12 more to finish out the project.
*Bonus for Book Pledge Kickstarter Supporters only. These are the bonus print images. Each copy of the book comes with one free 8 x 10 bonus print featuring one of the following artists: Carl Barks, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Alex Toth, or Dave Stevens, Check them out:
*Available Rewards: As of April 15th (This will change as rewards are scooped up)
* (Th)ink by Keith Knight
*The K Chronicles By Keith Knight
Chris Bailey 5 Original Drawings Of Mickey Monster (these are 2 samples)
*2 Scott Shaw Signed Posters
Chad Frye "Frankenlisa" Print
Original "Frankenstein" Illustration by Chad Frye
Scott Shaw! Original Drawing Package
Brian Ajhar book + Original Drawing ++
Brian Ajhar Signed book (will be signed to reward recipient)
Derf Backderf Joey Ramone drawing, 9x12
Derf Backderf Joey Ramone drawing, 9x12
Dean Yeagle "Bubble Toe" Poster Reward
Dean Yeagle "Green Sweater Girl" Poster Reward
George Khoury Book Package
George Khoury Book Package
Gris Grimly Book Package:
Gris Grimly Book Package
Original Drawing By Craig Elliott
Stretch Goal 1 In Play!
As we continue to receive your support we would like to add more value to our book, and include new bonuses, as an ongoing expression of our gratitude. These will be free and exclusive to our Kickstarter supporters who have made book purchase pledge ($40.00 or more).
Stretch Goal 1: $33,000
I want this book to be as amazing as the artists in it! So, a bigger book! I Will increase the size of the book from 10.5" x 11.25 to 11.5 x 12, and add 10 folding pages for that will allow some of the more intricate images to be viewed larger! Just Imagine!
Costs and Stretch Goals: As you might imagine, the costs involved in a book of this scope are quite high. From airfare, assistants, lodging & meals, rental vehicles, etc., to the book's publication costs, including editing and design from our book support crew, the accumulative numbers have been great.
The production, printing and mailing costs alone are at least $26,000- that's our minimum to bring this to life. Should we gain your support, we will look into increasing the value of the book by upgrading the binding, paper, increasing the dimensions and page count, adding a few more artists, and doing everything we can to make this as gorgeous as possible through stretch goals. Should we have the good fortune to be in the position to do so, these stretch goals will be announced as the campaign progresses.
Michael Dooley- Author and Professor of Comics and Animation History on book 2:
"Greg Preston has diligently and passionately devoted decades of his life to seeking out and documenting the most significant professionals in the fields of animation, comic books and strips, graphic novels, and political cartoons. His "The Artist Within" is a publishing milestone, unsurpassed in providing us with a unique appreciation and admiration for the giants of graphic narrative.
And now we all have the potential for a second volume, one that builds and expands on the accomplishments of the first. I've seen the original prints, and they’re even more stunning and essential. This book absolutely must be published. It’s simply that important."
Occasionally asked question: This is the Artist Within Book 2, what happened to book 1?
In 2007, 101 of my photos were published by Dark Horse Comics as a deluxe coffee table book, "The Artist Within". This book was very successful and has sold out two printings, as well as been honored in industry awards.
The cover price once the Kickstarter is over will be $50.00.
If you are a fan of comics, comic art, animation, and illustration you are gonna love this book!
Thank you for your consideration.
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Risks and challenges
I've been a professional commercial photographer for almost 30 years, Making and meeting deadlines is a huge part of the job, and at our studio we have a great reputation of doing just that. Because of the depth and breadth of this type of project, I felt like it was important to have the majority of the photography completed before bringing the project to Kickstarter. If funded the remaining photography and the extra bios, art etc, should be finished before the end of the year, and to the printer shortly after that. While I don't expect any problems, should any problems arise, I will be very forthcoming in updates, and solve any issues very quickly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter