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Cerebus birthday cards, designed and drawn by Neal Adams and Dave Sim, with custom lettering by Dave Sim.
133 backers pledged $6,084 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello, and welcome to Aardvark-Vanaheim's first Kickstarter since October 2018. 

The past seven Cerebus Archive Kickstarter campaigns were launched in order to fund the mammoth task of scanning, restoring, and preserving the 6,000 page Cerebus epic, and the archive of artwork, materials, and correspondence related to the future Cerebus Archive. Though this project has the same overall goals and fund-raising intentions, the scope of it is much more limited—getting you a nifty CEREBUS birthday card—delivered to you by your birthday in 2019! (Or right away—it's up to you.)

Here's Dave Sim on the origins of this unique project—

"An annual CEREBUS Birthday Card is an idea I had been toying with for years and stopped thinking about after my wrist went wonky in 2015. Then Dean R. sent me a copy of a CEREBUS drawing he had commissioned from Neal Adams and I thought, 'Wait a minute, it doesn't HAVE to be a Dave Sim drawing.' Neal was kind enough to grant us blanket permission for use of the image, for which I really can never thank him enough! He's been a personal hero of mine since he blew my 12-year-old mind with his work on DEADMAN in 1968. Now I just have to figure out who I'm going to ask to draw the 2020 card!" 

All of the pledge levels will include this basic item—a Cerebus birthday card, penciled and inked by Mr.  Adams as a commission for Cerebus (and Neal!) fan Dean Reeves, and toned and lettered by Dave Sim. In addition, Dave Sim will sign each printed card and personalize them to you, to be delivered by your birthday (or any other 2019 date of your choosing).

For the multi-birthdayed among us, you may also purchase cards in value-packs of five or ten cards each.

(Dave's original art for the card is also being auctioned off at ComicLink, concurrent with this Kickstarter!)

Secondly, we're offering an opportunity to catch up with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE PORTFOLIOS for those of you who might have missed the previous campaigns. These offerings represent the entirety of the remaining inventory of Cerebus Archive portfolios, printed and signed for the original campaigns, and still bearing their numbered designations.

Here's Dave Sim again:

"In order to preserve what's left of my right wrist for work on THE STRANGE DEATH OF ALEX RAYMOND, I've had to make the hard decision with the Artists' Editions Portfolios to only sign the front label on the Portfolio from now on, instead of all of the interior plates. So these are the last of the Kickstarter CEREBUS ARCHIVE Portfolios signed throughout that will ever be made available for sale to the public: First come, first served!" 

As with previous Aardvark-Vanaheim Kickstarter campaigns, returning backers will be able to retain their special partner pledge number in this campaign. 

Thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and most importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Risks and challenges

We're trying to reduce the logistical complexity AND delivery time of the prints. However, we do not compromise on quality, either in print or in execution of accurate fulfillment. We offer a 100% no-hassle, replacement or money-back guarantee if there is anything damaged, missing or if the quality is simply not up to your expectation! Each and every Pledge Partner can bank on that guarantee!

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    Pledge $12 or more About $12

    Cerebus Birthday Card No. 1 — US + CA

    A birthday card, drawn by Neal Adams, and lettered and toned by Dave Sim, will be delivered to your house, either near your 2019 birthday or as soon as the campaign ends—your choice! Each printed card is also signed and personalized to you by Dave Sim. (Shipping outside of the US or CA will add $3 to pledge)

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    A la Carte Christmas Card addition!

    2017 CEREBUS IN HELL? CHRISTMAS CARD signed by Dave Sim mailed to you, probably not in time for Christmas!
    (Special a la carte item-- if you're already pledged for this project, but would also like the Christmas card, please claim your card by leaving a comment on this project that includes the words "Christmas Card!". And when the campaign closes, please adjust your pledge by adding $20)

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    Birthday Card 5-pack

    You'll receive a value-pack of five Cerebus birthday cards, drawn by Neal Adams and lettered and toned by Dave Sim, to be shipped together at the end of the campaign. Each printed card may also signed and personalized by Dave Sim (any information regarding personalized text will be supplied in the backer survey at the close of the campaign) (Shipping outside of the US or CA will add $5 to pledge)

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    Chuch + State I Remastered B-Day Edition

    This is a US-only item due to shipping limitations! Pledge $50 and receive a copy of the remastered Church + State I, signed and personalized to you by Dave Sim on a label with a gold-seal Cerebus Archive logo. This item also includes your signed and personalized b-day card. If you'd instead like this item a la carte, then please add $40 to your existing pledge and leave a comment containing the words "C + S I" to reserve your copy. This special "birthday card edition" will be numbered, first come first served, out of a maximum of 16 available copies.

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    Birthday Card 10-pack

    You'll receive a super-saver value-pack of TEN Cerebus birthday cards, drawn by Neal Adams and lettered and toned by Dave Sim, to be shipped together at the end of the campaign. Each printed card may also signed and personalized by Dave Sim (any information regarding personalized text will be supplied in the backer survey at the close of the campaign) (Shipping outside of the US or CA will add $6 to pledge)

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    THE $100 BIRTHDAY PACKAGE

    Dave Sim does his Bill Murray impression singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU (phone message or live call: your call) Plus! Personalized birthday card plus! Personalized advanced copy of your birthday month's CEREBUS IN HELL #1

    THE LAST PERSON PLEDGING FOR THE $100 PACKAGE GETS IT FOR FREE!

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    Melmoth Portfolio package

    You'll receive ONE Cerebus Archive Number Six (Melmoth) Portfolio [via ECONOMY/GROUND/SEA shipping] consisting of 10 prints, and 6 pages of artist's notes.This is a limited edition, numbered and signed set of plates by Dave Sim, digitally printed in colour on high quality cardstock from high resolution scans of his original artwork, at full scale. Also included-- one Cerebus birthday card, personalized to you by Dave Sim! (Shipping outside of the US or CA will add $10 to pledge)

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    Jaka's Story Portfolio package

    ONE (SINGLE) JAKA'S STORY Portfolio [via ECONOMY/GROUND/SEA shipping] consisting of 10 prints and 6 pages of artist notes. This is a limited edition, numbered and signed set of plates by Dave Sim, digitally printed in colour on high quality cardstock from high resolution scans of his original artwork, at full scale. Also included-- one Cerebus birthday card, personalized to you by Dave Sim! (Shipping outside of the US or CA will add $10 to pledge)

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    Flight Portfolio package

    You'll receive ONE Cerebus Archive Number Seven Portfolio [via ECONOMY/GROUND/SEA shipping] consisting of 10 prints, 6 pages of artist's notes and a print of the cover of Cerebus 153.This is a limited edition, numbered and signed set of plates by Dave Sim, digitally printed in colour on high quality cardstock from high resolution scans of his original artwork, at full scale. Also included-- one Cerebus birthday card, personalized to you by Dave Sim! (Shipping outside of the US or CA will add $10 to pledge)

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    A 1/2 hour Phone Call with Dave Sim

    Spend 1/2 an hour in conversation with Dave Sim! Want to talk about the weather? Pick Dave's brain about comics or Cerebus or virtually any topic you're interested in? This is your chance!

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    You guest in a Cerebus in Hell? strip!

    Have a character named after you in a future CEREBUS IN HELL? strip and get a frame-able copy of the strip personalized to you by Dave Sim and Benjamin Hobbs.

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    YOU guest on a CEREBUS IN HELL? cover!

    You'll guest-appear on a future CEREBUS IN HELL? #1 and get a frame-able copy of the cover personalized to you by Dave Sim.

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