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Delve into the inner workings of artist Ben Dunn in this sketchbook created from over 30 years of rare and unpublished artwork.

Hello, I’m Ben Dunn and I am collecting years of sketches, commissions and handpicked drawings from my private sketchbooks and printing them into a full color, perfect bound book.

Sucker Punch con sketch, Manga Spider Man prototype, Ninja High School cover art
Sucker Punch con sketch, Manga Spider Man prototype, Ninja High School cover art

 I have a passion for drawing: 

If you do not know me, I am an artist who started drawing many years ago. I first worked for some small companies and then started my own independent comic book company called Antarctic Press back in 1984. It still is in existence to this day, which is a small miracle in today’s comic market. Over the past years I have had to give up the day to day operations of Antarctic Press to focus on my family which includes caring for my wife, kids and my ill father in law (who has Alzheimer’s) so while I am still involved with Antarctic Press as an artist, I also have taken outside work doing book illustrations.

Ninja high School art and color
Ninja high School art and color

As you all know, the sketchbook is where the work of most artists begins. If you have an idea your work begins in a sketchbook either to lay out pages or create character designs. The beauty of a sketchbook is that you never know what you will create. My sketchbook is my constant companion as I draw at my desk or in my bed, or when I travel  almost any place imaginable. It is like a moment in time captured with pencil, pen and ink. Whenever I go to conventions I like to buy other artists sketchbook for inspiration.

Wizard of Oz and more
Wizard of Oz and more

I also share portions of my sketchbooks with others that are usually composed of a few drawings compiled at a Kinkos. Over the many years of drawing at conventions many fans would look over my shoulder when I am drawing and would say, “you should put that in a book” or “I wish I could get a copy of that sketch.” So when the opportunity presented itself I decided to collect drawings from my commissions and sketchbook and put them in a printed full color book. 

Ninja High School
Ninja High School

I’m taking scans of my ideas (and my mistakes) along with some personal notes to see what goes through my crazed mind and collecting them for you. I think you will enjoy it.

More Commission art
More Commission art
Steampunk and more
Steampunk and more

 What are the details:

 - A 6 x 9 inch book 

- It will be 72 pages, full color, perfect bound and on gloss paper 

- The cover will be on 80# gloss for durability

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

While this is the first time to work on Kickstarter, I do not believe there will be many obstacles or problems. I have been in the comic industry since 1985 and when I first started to print comics back then I had to print the interiors in one location, the covers in another and then bring them all together to get bound. Things have changed since then and luckily things are a bit easier. I have established relations with a multitude of printers over the years and know what they are looking for and in what format. I have dealt with boxes of comics in the past and know how to deal with that sort of inventory and shipping them safely to you.

I also realize things are fluid over time. Over the course of the campaign I will try to keep you up to date as much as possible. I hope you will do the same with me as if you have a change in address please let me know. I am familiar with ins and outs of overseas shipping so I will try to accommodate those supporters as best as possible.

I am going to strive to get all the books and incentives out on time and I have confidence I will be able to do so.

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    Thanks for donating, I hope to meet you at a convention someday. Get an exclusive Ben Dunn Wallpaper, only available to my contributors.

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    PDF Special: Not only do you get the wallpaper, you also get a PDF of the Sketchbook.

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    Pledge $10 or more and you can choose to add a limited edition print of PAPER DREAMS. Choose one to add to whatever incentive level you may currently have. There are 2 different versions to choose from. Please specify which version you would like.

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    The John Hancock Version: You get the Sketchbook signed by the artist and creator himself, me, Ben Dunn. Postage is included (unless you are overseas). You also get the Wallpaper

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    The Print Edition: You get a signed copy of the Sketchbook and a special Kickstarter only 11x 17 signed Print

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! This is a limited edition first one hundred edition of the sketchbook. This will be a signed and numbered edition available on a first come first served basis and will have an exclusive cover only available on this edition. Plus you get the Wallpaper

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    I am doing sketches on a daily basis for this project and rather than letting them just sit around I am offering them to whomever would like one. For a pledge of $25 or more I will send a random sketch from the daily sketch file in addition to a PDF file of PAPER DREAMS and a wallpaper. I cannot guarantee your preference but I will try to set aside any specific ones on a first come first served basis. Only 30 will be available.

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    I have been getting a lot or requests to do this so I am opening it up to whomever wants to have a personal sketch done in their hard copy version of PAPER DREAMS. Please let me know if you want a random sketch or a personal one. Please be aware personal ones may take longer to do than random ones. If you pledge $25 on any incentive where a hard copy is involved I will add a sketch to the book.

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    The Sketch Edition: You get a signed edition of the Sketchbook along with an original sketch inside the book by me, Ben Dunn.

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    Get it All: You get a signed edition of the Sketchbook along with a sketch in the book and the signed Kickstarter only 11x17 signed print.

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    Pledge $50 or more 10 backers Sold out (0 of 10 remaining) The Commissioned Edition: You get a signed edition of the Sketchbook along with a 9x12 original commission of one character (your choice) Estimated delivery: Oct 2013 Add $10 to ship outside the US

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    The Colored Commissioned Edition: You get a signed edition of the Sketchbook along with a 9x12 original commission of one character (your choice) that will also be colored

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    Pledge $75 or more 5 backers Sold out (0 of 5 remaining) The Colored Commissioned Edition: You get a signed edition of the Sketchbook along with a 9x12 original commission of one character (your choice) that will also be colored Estimated delivery: Oct 2013 Add $10 to ship outside the US

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    Pledge $100 or more. The Published Original art page package. You get a random piece of published original artwork picked by Ben Dunn. He will try to fill any specific requests if at all possible. These pages could be from NINJA HIGH SCHOOL, MIGHTY TINY, TIGER-X, MARVEL MANGAVERSE, AIRBOY or any other pieces signed by Ben Dunn. All pieces are guaranteed to have been published or seen print. Plus you get a signed edition of PAPER DREAMS, a PDF version of PAPER DREAMS and exclusive wallpaper. Only 25 slots are available. Estimated delivery: Oct 2013 Add $10 to ship outside the US Estimated delivery: Oct 2013 Add $10 to ship outside the US

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    The Super Commissioned Edition: You get a signed edition of the Sketchbook along with a 11x17 original commission up to three characters (your choice)

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    This is for the backer who wants everything! For a pledge of $300 or more you get both editions of PAPER DREAMS with sketches in both+both Style A and Style B prints signed and numbered+A 2 character 11"x17" FULL COLOR commission+ 1 piece of published original artwork+1st issue of NINJA HIGH SCHOOL signed+ special original art sketch card+signed randomly carded Antarctic Press action figure+PDF+wallpaper. A great way to get a ton of cool stuff for one pledge amount. Only 10 slots will be available.

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