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Ryan Browne's painfully sweet improv comic created a page a day, an hour per page, with no preplanning for six whole months. Booyah!
Ryan Browne's painfully sweet improv comic created a page a day, an hour per page, with no preplanning for six whole months. Booyah!
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STRETCH GOAL $5,000: Everyone who pledged $5 or more gets the PDF download of the entire book! YAY!

STRETCH GOAL $6,000: Everyone who donates $15 or more gets a signed and numbered black and white book plate featuring a brand new Blast Furnace Illustration!

STRETCH GOAL $7,000: The book plate becomes a color book plate! Wowzers!

STRETCH GOAL $8,000: Everyone who donates $15 dollars or more gets a Blast Furnace sticker to stick wherever they see fit!

Ah-Hoy there comic lovers! Thanks for taking a second to check out my Kickstarter for the print edition of "BLAST FURNACE: RECREATIONAL THIEF VOLUME ONE"!

The cover of the print version. Click to check out the webcomic!
The cover of the print version. Click to check out the webcomic!

I will warn you ahead of time that Blast Furnace is a non-stop romp of comic joke-ology the world has never seen. Prepare yourself for horribly burned criminal owls, melted adulterous security guards, dragon bartenders, 70's turtles, lil' draculas, evil rabbit police chiefs and a Native American warrior who looks just like a horse, but actually he's just a hideously deformed man.

Our hero, ladies and gentlemen.
Our hero, ladies and gentlemen.


Blast Furnace is an improv comic. It was created a page a day, an hour per page, five days a week for six months. Every work day, I would sit down with little to no idea what was going to happen on the page, I'd start the clock, and just start making it up. An hour later, I had a finished page of the story. The only thing that I started the book with was the name of the character and approximately what he looked like. I decided to break the story into six 22 to 24 page chapters, basically one a month, so that I would have to control the story and make it have actual climaxes in the narrative.

Behold, a giant robot business man made out of smaller robot business men.
Behold, a giant robot business man made out of smaller robot business men.

As a reaction to how long it took to do each page of my other web-comic, GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS http://www.godhatesastronauts.com Blast Furnace was all about making the story as quickly as possible. I knew I had a lot of ideas that I wanted to get down on paper, so this was my way of making it happen faster and with more energy. I decided to put it online as a page a day web-comic, so that people could click on the site, say every Friday, and there would be five pages waiting there for them to read. You can read all of Blast Furnace recreational thief for free online at http://www.blastfurnacecomic.com to check out what the book is all about. BUT the real goal is to read it in print. I've done a very limited printing that I have been selling at comic shows locally, but I'd love to fund a printing large enough that everyone can get their own copy.

144 Pages of improv comic goodness!
144 Pages of improv comic goodness!
The Blast Furnace MUSTACHE SHIRT!
The Blast Furnace MUSTACHE SHIRT!

Blast Furnace is truly a labor of love for me. Possibly the most fun I've ever had making a comic and I'm excited to have you along to be a part of getting this book out into the world. If all goes well, I'll see you all again for "Blast Furnace Two: The Search For More Money".

Thanks everyone!!!

-Ryan Browne

BLAST FURNACE TESTIMONIALS:

Chris Burnham (Batman Inc., Officer Downe) says…

"By flipping through this comic, you run the risk of spoiling any number of indescribable and unforgettable surprises that await within. Just buy it. If you don't like it, feel free to re-gift it to one of your cool friends. They'll LOVE it."

Zander Cannon (Top Ten, Replacement God) says…

"There are a couple sections in your brain where you should just close the door and turn off the lights before sitting down to a helping of Blast Furnace. In fact, most of them; when the only section left is the one populated by talking ostriches, guys with flaming ties and electro-staches, deformed horse men, ghost owls with peculiar sexual appetites, touching interspecies friendships and subsequent betrayals, and robot businessmen made out of several smaller robot businessmen, you know you're all set for a good read. Oh, but then, quick, set that part of your brain on fire. It helps."

B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Battle Hymn) says…

"Blast Furnace is pure stream-of-consciousness comics, featuring one of the most inventive imaginations in the biz (we call it "the biz") running wild at 200 miles per hour. It's probably the greatest story featuring robot businessmen built out of other robot businessmen that I've ever read. Also? Triple flashbacks! Owls and bears! Dragon bartenders! Turtles with afros! OH MY GOD WHY AREN'T YOU ALREADY READING THIS BOOK?"

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    SPECIAL RETAILER BULK FURNACE. So you say you're a comic store and you want some Blast Furnace in you? Well for $80 sweet dollars you can get 10 glorious copies of Blast Furnace to sell in your store! The book retails at 11.99 and all copies come signed with a little drawing on the inside. You must show proof of being a store and I will sadly only ship to the United States. Sound good? Of course it does! WOOT!

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    One signed copy of "Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief Volume One" sent right to your front door. PLUS, A ORIGINAL COMMISSIONED DRAWING of your choice! I'll draw whatever you want and send it to you with your book! Drawings are 6.875x10.438 ink with full marker rendering and are basically priceless! JUMP ON IT!

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    THE BLAST FURNACE: MUSTACHE EDITION! I will send you one copy of "Blast Furnace: Recreational Thief Volume One" sent to your front door, plus, THE VERY LIMITED MUSTACHE EDITION! I will go through your book and draw a mustache, by hand, on every single character in the book! EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!

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