WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?
The Tale of the Four Eyed Man is a webcomic by AJ Lome. While this project shares the same name, it does not share the same exact content!
This project will be an anthology of comics, themed around the concept of a man with "four eyes," or plus-shaped eyes. Each artist will be presenting their own unique take on this simple concept. What do the eyes do? What do they see? Why are they there? Each story will give completely different answers. Exciting! And you can blame it all on this simple sketch AJ did in his sketchbook:
This book will feature 15 artists; such as (in no particular order):
PAGE COUNT: TBA. Since the artists are still getting content ready, the exact page count isn't possible to give. However, the estimated page count that we're aiming for is 240.
PAGES: The interior of this book will be in black and white.
SIZE: 5 x7.5"
BASIC EDITION has a soft cover
LIMITED EDITION is hard cover and limited to 150 copies.
WHAT IS MY MONEY GOING TOWARDS?
Our goal of $6,000 is almost all going towards the printing costs and shipping of the book, since we're mostly concerned with just getting it off the ground and in physical form. The money is also going towards printing the rewards, such as the postcards, stickers, and t-shirts. We're actually really cutting it close, but we want to make sure this is an affordable project people can back with confidence.
OKAY COOL. WAIT. WHAT'S THE PROGRESS? SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE NOT DONE?
Currently, all the artists are working on their submissions. We hope to achieve completion of the book by November, with the book going to the printers at the end of November-early December.
REWARDS! Here is a recap and more slightly more in-depth description of the rewards tier.
$1 - AJ'S THOUGHTS.
If you give us a dollar, you get to hear AJ's most inner thoughts during the duration of the kickstarter. Good deal, right?
$5 - DIGITAL FUN
A digital download copy of the book in PDF format, minus any bonus commentary.
$15 - DIGITAL FUN WITH EVEN MORE FUN
A digital download copy of the book in PDF format with the bonus commentary, plus some digital thanks on that with your name in the thanks page!
$20 - ART FOR YOUR WALL
A set of 15 postcards; each one featuring art from a different artist. Cool!
$25 - STUFF TO READ
You get the regular edition of the book shipped to your house. Pretty bare bones basic.
$35 - STUFF TO READ, SOME PATS ON THE BACK, AND A COUPLE OF SURPRISES
With this you not only get the basic book, but you also get your name printed on the THANKS page, and you get two random postcards!
$50 - THE BOOK, THANKS, AND A COLLECTION OF MAGNIFICENT BEASTS
A book with your name printed on the THANKS page, and the FULL set of the postcard prints.
$60 - SPECIAL BOOK FOR YOU AND NICE COOL ORIGINAL ART
Now you're talking! You get the limited edition hard cover book, your name and website on the thanks page, and an original sketch from AJ and Holly!
$60 - SPECIAL BOOK FOR YOU AND SOME ART FOR YOUR WALLS
If you aren't looking for some original sketches, this gets you the hard cover edition, your name and website on the thanks page, and the full set of postcard prints.
$100 - AWESOME SPECIAL BOOK WITH A SWEET PAINTING, YOU SAY?
You get the limited edition hard cover book, your name and website on the thanks page, and an original painting from AJ himself! You also get a bonus of five random postcards.
$500 - BOO YEAH ART HAUL
You get the limited edition hard cover book, your name and website printed on the thanks page, the exclusive artist-only (plus you) tshirt for being so awesome and involved in the project, and original art! A painting from Holly and an original one of a kind sketch from Gus!
$1,000 - YOU AS A FOUR EYED MAN (or woman)
A copy of the limited edition hard cover book, the digital download copy, a sketch from AJ, lots of stickers to put onto things you love, the full postcard set to flaunt to people, the tshirt to wear proudly, and a special, one of a kind portrait of YOU by AJ, to be printed INTO THE BOOK. Your name will grace the front of the book in our special thanks page, in fancy lettering.
$5,000 - LIVE THE LIFE OF A FOUR EYED MAN (or woman)
You get everything mentioned in the $1,000 tier, except instead of a portrait of you as a four eyed being, you get to GO ON AN ADVENTURE and have a comic written about you! You will become a four eyed man, and you will be drawn in a comic collaborated by all artists. How cool is that? You are so awesome.
$10,000 - MEET US ALL AND GET A PARTY
No, seriously. You get all the previous reward tiers (the book, hard cover book, digital book, postcards, sketches, paintings, a portrait of you, a comic about you, the biggest thank you with your name spread across two pages in fancy font), plus a party. AJ will fly all the contributing artists to the location that you wish us to be at given it's not an abandoned alleyway, and we will throw a three-day release party. You will be crowned prince(ess). We will hug and kiss you, if you let us.
It sure as heck isn't! It's a book of MANY different stories revolving around the THEME of this gosh darn eye thing. Heck, maybe one of the artist's won't even make it a man, it's just a title, after all. What do the eyes do, you wonder? Who knows, maybe they let the one who has them see into the past, maybe it lets them see things that aren't there, maybe they do nothing at all and it's just a physical deformity that they have to overcome. I suppose you'll find out after reading all the wonderful comics!
While I can autograph (and maybe sketch in) some of the books, because of the distance between artists, getting someone else to sign em, unless we end up with a release party, would be a nigh impossibility unfortunately. Wish we could, though. THAT SAID you could go on a world tour of sorts and get us all to sign at different cons, it could be like a goddamn treasure hunt!
(Sept 03, 2012) Currently we're getting together some samples of the art you'll be receiving as rewards, and those will be posted as soon as we are able to get them up. As for the postcards, they haven't been printed yet (we just set up this project, don't rush us yet!), but when we have some of the art set and ready, we will give you a sample photo of them! If you want examples of each artist's work, please visit their websites listed above.
All previous reward tiers PLUS a special limited edition extra special only for the artists(and you and higher contributors) T-SHIRT OMG. ALSO you get a ONE OF A KIND sketch from Gus Fink ANNNNNDD a painting from Holly Wade!!
A copy of the hardcover book, a digital copy, a sketch from AJ, a bunch of stickers, the postcard set, the tshirt, A FOUR EYED PORTRAIT OF YOU(by AJ) IN THE BOOK, and your name in the FRONT special-thanks page!
Previous reward tiers (hardcover book, thanks in the front page, sketch from AJ, stickers, postcard set, tshirt) PLUS an original comic about YOU in the book collaborated between all artists. We will be speaking your name until the day we croak with neverending praise.
WHAT? REALLY? At this level you will get EVERYTHING LISTED BELOW plus I will fly out every one of the artists to the location of your choosing on an available WEEKEND for the OFFICIAL kickstarter THREE DAY book release party. It will be the bomb diggity and you will be the star.