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Ryan Browne (writer/artist of God Hates Astronauts) uses no script and spends only one hour on each page of this 280 graphic novel!
Ryan Browne (writer/artist of God Hates Astronauts) uses no script and spends only one hour on each page of this 280 graphic novel!
Ryan Browne (writer/artist of God Hates Astronauts) uses no script and spends only one hour on each page of this 280 graphic novel!
853 backers pledged $34,934 to help bring this project to life.

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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 It contains unpublished drawings and commissions that I have done of the last year.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!

Check out this sweet ass cover!
Check out this sweet ass cover!
Mock-up of the final 6''x9'' 280 page book! Gonna be epic!
Mock-up of the final 6''x9'' 280 page book! Gonna be epic!

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. 

Say hello to Mr. Furnace!
Say hello to Mr. Furnace!
Blast Furnace is about a recreational thief named Ernest Furnace who steals just about anything in the name of fun and not for financial gain. BUT his story is constantly derailed by flashbacks, dream sequences, and side stories of owls on the run from the law, hideously deformed men who look just like a horse, lil' Draculas, and electricity shooting handlebar mustaches. It's totally bat $#!t crazy and a ton of nonsensical fun! 

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!

READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS OF BLAST FURNACE HERE!

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.

Check out the old crappy version on the left, and the new super awesome full color version on the right!
Check out the old crappy version on the left, and the new super awesome full color version on the right!

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.

There are so many pages in this book! It's just about done... here's a shot of 120 of the 280 (that's all I could fit on one screen!)
There are so many pages in this book! It's just about done... here's a shot of 120 of the 280 (that's all I could fit on one screen!)

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!

This super cool American Apparel shirt can be yours--if you dare!
This super cool American Apparel shirt can be yours--if you dare!
Simon, my wonderful cat, once graced the cover of God Hates Astronauts. NOW you can have a signed 4x6 Kickstarter exclusive photo of him to adore/scare people with!
Simon, my wonderful cat, once graced the cover of God Hates Astronauts. NOW you can have a signed 4x6 Kickstarter exclusive photo of him to adore/scare people with!
Here is a work in progress of the Blast Furnace 4'' figure by ManOrMonster Studios! Hand cast and painted, the final one will come carded in a blister pack. So fancy!
Here is a work in progress of the Blast Furnace 4'' figure by ManOrMonster Studios! Hand cast and painted, the final one will come carded in a blister pack. So fancy!
Ultimate God Hates Astronauts Combo Pack! The Hardcover, plus every issue, plus Blast Furnace!
Ultimate God Hates Astronauts Combo Pack! The Hardcover, plus every issue, plus Blast Furnace!
The original art for the T-Shirt can be bought with monies!
The original art for the T-Shirt can be bought with monies!
Original art pages from the book!
Original art pages from the book!
The original 11x17 cover drawing can be yours? Hell's yeah, it can!
The original 11x17 cover drawing can be yours? Hell's yeah, it can!

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?

Wasn't that fun!? Hope ole' Pornupiss is okay!
Wasn't that fun!? Hope ole' Pornupiss is okay!

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!

YOU ROCK!

Love n' comics,

Ryan!

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!

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    THE FASHIONABLY LATE EDITION!
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    BLAST FURNACE and a shirt! You get one copy of the 280 page book sent to your house, AND you get a super soft, American Apparel Blast Furnace T-Shirt to wrap your torso in! Make yo' body happy! Sizes Small through 2XL only. (add $10 shipping in Canada, add $25 everywhere else not in the US)

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    SKETCHED IN BLAST FURNACE! You get one beautiful copy of the 280 page book with a sketch and autograph by Mr. Ryan Browne on the inside front page! He's gonna draw something dumb for you! (no requests (it'll be good, don't worry)). (Add $8 shipping in Canada, add $20 everywhere else not in the US).

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    BLAST FURNACE DA' TOY!
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    COMMISSION + Copy of BLAST FURNACE!? Get one copy of BLAST FURNACE and a custom 8.5''x11'' commission! I'll draw whatever you want and throw some grey scale markers on it! Doesn't that sound great? Please don't make me draw something stupid--I mean, I'm desperate so I will do it--I just won't be smiling while I do it. SOUND GOOD!? (Add $10 shipping in Canada, add $30 everywhere else not in the US).

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    ORIGINAL BLAST FURNACE ART!
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    RETAILER LEVEL THREE: 15 COPIES OF BLAST FURNACE!
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    GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS COLLECTORS PACK!
    You get one copy of Blast Furnace, PLUS a copy of the previously funded through Kickstarter, God Hates Astronauts: The Completely Complete Hardcover Edition. This book is out of print and I only have a few left hidden in a secret safe in my house. AND you get every single issue with every variant of the God Hates Astronauts Image Series (Including the Acme, Phantom, and Simon Variant issues (24 comics total!)). That's the greatest collection of God Hates Astronauts ever! All books come signed or unsigned as you prefer and are in mint/near mint condition. SCORE! (Add $20 shipping in Canada, add $35 everywhere else not in the US).

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    LARGE COMMISSION + and one copy of BLAST FURNACE!? Get one copy of BLAST FURNACE and a custom 11''x17'' commission! I'll draw whatever you want and throw some grey scale markers on it! Doesn't that sound great? Please don't make me draw something stupid--I mean, I'm desperate so I will do it--I just won't be smiling while I do it. SOUND GOOD!? (Add $10 shipping in Canada, add $30 everywhere else not in the US).

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    EVERYTHING AND THE KITCHEN SINK!
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    THE "ORIGINAL ART FOR THE T-SHIRT" EDITION!
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    THE COVER ART EDITION!
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    YOU... IN BLAST FURNACE!
    I will draw an 8 page Blast Furnace short featuring YOU as the main character! You will undoubtedly have some sort of horrifying adventure involving greed, jokes, violence, and most likely, owls. I will then send you the 8 original art pages featuring you, and the shorts will be made available digitally (not contained in the Blast Furnace book (cause it's already done)). You also get a copy of the Blast Furnace book and a T-Shirt. WHAT CRAZY VALUE! (Your story will be awesome, but all who apply must have a sense of humor and must know that it will not be based in any reality). FUN! (Add $20 shipping in Canada, add $35 everywhere else not in the US).

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