About this project
Blast Furnace is an improvisational comic written and drawn an hour per page with zero planning and no idea where the story is going to go. Behold, a full color collection spanning all 280 pages of stream o' consciousness lunacy!
WE HIT OUR GOAL BUT DON'T STOP NOW! I GOTS ME SOME O' DEM STRETCH GOALS PLANNED TO MAKE IT GREAT!
STRETCH GOAL ONE (UNLocked): $20,000
If we hit $20K, everyone that bought Blast Furnace is getting a PDF download of the book to enjoy on their IPORD or Zune or Crapple Watch--whatever! Then you can seal away your physical copy in a special time capsule so it can be enjoyed by our future conquers! SUCCESS!
STRETCH GOAL TWO (UNLocked): $23,000
$23K? Hell yeah! How about a signed and numbered mini Blast Furnace print with every book? That's right, you getting a fancy little illustration to display proudly in a tiny frame!
STRETCH GOAL THREE (UNLocked): $25,000Y'alls getting a Blast Furnace sticker! Stick it anywhere for varied results/fines from local law enforcement! You've been warned/encouraged!
STRETCH GOAL FOUR (UNLocked): $27,000
The cover is getting a super fancy, spot-gloss upgrade! Y'know those fancy covers where you tilt them just right and see a bunch of clear shiny spots on 'em? Well, if we hit 30K you are going to seem them on Blast Furnace! Dems fancy, huh!?
STRETCH GOAL FIVE (UNLocked): $30,000
Aw yeah! Everyone who backed Blast Furnace will get a new, 80 page, digital Ryan Browne sketchbook PDF! It contains unpublished drawings and commissions that I have done of the last year. Get ready for jokes and drawings of characters that I don't own the rights to! YES!
STRETCH GOAL SIX (UNLocked): $33,000
Hell naw! You guys really pushed the envelope, and for that, anyone who bought the actual book will get an exclusive, french fold, Blast Furnace poster! That's right, french fold cause I'm fancy (it just means it's folded in half twice so that it fits nicely inside the book)! Yeah boyie!
Hi, this is Ryan Browne, writer artist of the highly questionable comic, God Hates Astronauts (published first on Kickstarter, then by Image Comics). Off and on over the years, I have been producing Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief as a quick and silly improvisational comic book exercise, and now that it's an almost finished 280 page story, I need your help to print it.
If you liked God Hates Astronauts, yet wish it featured more light-hearted thievery, then you will LOVE Blast Furnace!
Blast Furnace has been a free webcomic since 2012. I've started updating the online version with fancy, full color pages which you can read by clicking this link!
In 2012, I Kickstartered the first six black and white issues of Blast Furnace into a small graphic novel. This new collection features all 12 issues of Blast Furnace (six old, six new) now presented in 280 pages of shockingly amazing full color.
Here are some random pages full of goofs and gags. This thing is 280 pages so this is just the tip of the iceberg of hilarity!
With Blast Furnace, I wanted it to have a true improv feeling to the story. A collection of WTF moments all drawn together with a certain understandable logic. In order to do this, I have a certain set of rules I must follow…
1. NO PLANNING OR WRITING AHEAD: When I start a page, I have no idea what's going to happen on the next page and so on and so forth. I force myself to live within the page when I work on it and not look ahead to the next 10 or something.
2. SPEND NO MORE THAN ONE HOUR ON EACH PAGE (not including the colors which I do later): That's right. I start with a blank page and no real idea what's going to happen, and then, an hour later, I have a fully written, penciled, and inked page of comicbookness.
3. LET IT GO WHEREVER I FEEL LIKE: Blast Furnace is 280 pages. Knowing that ahead of time, I realized I was going to have a whole lot going on in this book. So anytime it interested me to divert from the story, via flashback, dream sequence, or even flash forwards, I did it. The end result is very wacky and stream of consciousness--but I swear it all kind of makes sense. Sort of.
AND PLEASE ENJOY SOME MORE RANDOM PAGES FROM BLAST FURNACE, WON'T YOU?
So that's Blast Furnace. It's a comic that celebrates jokes, possibly offensive jokes, nonsense jokes, and flaming tie jokes. Nothing is overly crafted and nothing takes itself too seriously. Unlike God Hates Astronauts which is heavily planned and revised, Blast Furnace is my brain presented without a filter. If you like vengeful owls, flaming tie wearing master thieves, and hideously deformed men who look just like a horse; then you are in the right place.
CHECK OUT DEM REWARDS, Y'ALLS! On top of pre-ordering the 280 page book, I've got a bunch of other fancy reward levels on the right side, so check 'em out! Also, I've got some sweet stretch goals planned, so let's get this mother funded! Your money will be going directly towards printing the book, paying my color assistant, and paying for the shipping and materials.
UPDATE! If you want to add a shirt to your backer level, simply add $25 for US orders, $30 for Canadian, and $35 for all other countries. At the end, you will fill out your survey and it will ask if you added money for a shirt. It'll work smoothly, don't worry. WOOT!
Unlike some Kickstarters, Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief will be finished and ready to go off to the printers at the end of this campaign. That's right, a 280 page print file will be ready to go as soon as I get the funding for the book. I have successfully produced both the first black and white Blast Furnace and the God Hates Astronauts hardcover through Kickstarter and fulfilled all orders within three months of the Kickstarter's conclusion. Basically, what I'm trying to say here is that I've put in the work and I've got my $#!t together. When, and if, this project gets funded, you are getting your book. It's only fair that I reward your pledge with an actual project ;)
Oh, and if you were lucky enough to back the first Blast Furnace book, I thank you so much for making the book happen back then and hope you don't mind having to buy the first six issues again--now with a huge color upgrade!
Here's a wonderful segment from chapter 9 (That's right. This book is long as hell! What value!). Enjoy?
I've worked on books for Image Comics like Manhattan Projects, Bedlam, and a ten issue run of new God Hates Astronauts for the last few years, but now it's time for me to go back to the amazingness of direct funding through wonderful people like you. Kickstarter gives the greatest possible opportunity for me to produce exactly what I want artistically and it's all because of preorders from sweet dudes and dudettes like you!
Love n' comics,
What's that? You haven't seen enough? FINE! Check out some more pages in no particular order from Blast Furnace. This thing is freaking 280 pages long! SO MUCH BOOK!
Risks and challenges
I've fulfilled both of my previous Kickstarters within three months of the campaign completion. I understand shipping and processing the orders very well and it will not be a problem to get this sucka' out the door!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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