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Comics about Selling Comics. Myths and legends...drawn from The Crypt. Eternal Tales of a Comic Guy and his Customers (and some gags)!
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

NEW! EXTENDED REWARDS! 

1) Since we have met our goal, every supporter will receive a free digital copy of issue #1 (anticipated Summer 2016)! 

2) All additional support will go into the creation of the next issue. If we hit $5000, Mighty Rex Steele will do a supporter exclusive video Karaoke version of "Funkytown." Believe me, you want to see that.

Now onto the Project!

You know me by many names, many elusive identities, but call me Dirk, Dirk Drudgler.

"Lost Innocence" by Drudgler and Lange!
"Lost Innocence" by Drudgler and Lange!

I own a comic shop near Cleveland which has kept me navigating the treacherous line between Barely Surviving and Complete Poverty for too many years. At its core, comic retailing has the horrible nature of being both insanely fluid and frustratingly rigid.

Welcome to my Kickstarter campaign for Comics Are Go! Comics #0!

For CAG!C #0 I have lined up contributions from several world-renowned artists including Derf ("My Friend Dahmer"), Gary Dumm ("American Splendor"), John G ("Lake Erie Monster") and Aaron Lange ("My Dad"). We have several more artists to secure and we will update this listing as they come aboard. All stories are written by Drudgler!

I’ve been doing this for over 20 years.  Now I am getting old and it is time to blow the lid off the whole existential mess. Time to open Aunt Dora's Box!

This first issue of the series, #0, will be a 20-24 page FULL COLOR printed comic. It will contain several stories about adventures in Comic Book Retailing and a bunch of other wacky features. There will be no more than 1000 copies printed and it will never be reprinted in regular comic book form.

Comics Are Go! Comics follow the real life adventures of Dirk Drudgler, Comic Shop Owner. It will include small stories told within a shifting timeline of tales of…tales, you know. There will be moments of ranting and moments of joy, well, really mostly ranting. It is a language I speak fluently.

An Ink Rough by Gary Dumm
An Ink Rough by Gary Dumm

There will also be other funny stuff. At least I think it's funny. So does my mom but I think she just feels guilty because she made me wear lederhosen for class pictures all the way through high school.

Although this Kickstarter campaign is only for issue #0, I am already plotting a six issue series. This project is inspired by the media philosophies of Marshall McLuhan, the vision of Mad Magazine creator William Gaines and the graphic narrative form of Harvey Pekar’s “American Splendor.” 

Pekar's work brilliantly demonstrates even the most common moment of a common life is significant. His comics gave ordinary concerns of daily existence a weight of meaning. He did this with graphic stories he wrote which were drawn by an array of wonderful artists, including CAG!C #0 contributor Gary Dumm!

Because of a dual nature being both simple and complex, an often used but mostly misunderstood phrase is McLuhan’s assertion “the Medium is the Message.” Roughly explained, the device of content delivery has a meaningful truth beyond any content it contains.

Cue, comic books. 

Better, Comics Are Go! Comics.

Here are some details! 

1) THEME - As stated above, Comics Are Go! Comics #0 is a comic book about the crazy world of selling comic books. It will also include visual gags and other crazy stuff. It's the bastard child of Mad Magazine and "American Splendor."

2) BUDGET - I am asking for $3590 in this Kickstarter campaign.  I have budgeted out my expenses and this amount allows for paying artists, printing and order fulfillment. It also covers all fees and all distribution. I am not budgeting any money for myself, everything goes into the content.

3) MEDIUM - Comics - Only Comics, but I will entertain any movie offers (see the $10,000 reward level).

4) VISION FOR THE FUTURE - I have a million, OK, hundreds, of stories to tell and if this comic is successful and finds an audience I will do others!

5) EXCEEDING OUR GOAL! - I can't express how thankful I am for your consideration for supporting this comic project. If I am fortunate enough to exceed my goal, additional support will be used to begin production of Comics Are Go! Comics #1. If my goal is exceeded, EVERY CAG!C #0 BACKER will receive, in addition to the rewards offered here, a FREE digital download of the issue #1!

Risks and challenges

The project is scheduled for release at an inflexible date of April 27, 2016. It will be completed and printed by that date.

I have established a schedule and have reached agreements with several artists who are very generously contributing to this book. Everything is on track to meet the deadline. A significant portion of the material for the rest of the book is already complete but unformatted.

I will be producing the layout of the book while the Kickstarter campaign is running so I will be within a week to ten days of sending it to the printer when the campaign successfully completes.

Any number of things could derail the project, but since the deadline is inflexible, it would be a very major thing as major things go.

There are obviously the usual concerns, usually dealing (depressingly) with health or mortality, which could clearly interfere with my ability to fulfill my obligation as a creator. As stated above, this would be an example of a major thing, but we're not even going to speak that stuff into existence.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration in supporting this project.

Sincerely,
Dirk Drudgler

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    A downloadable digital copy of Comics Are Go! Comics #0. More Clutter for your Portable Device!

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    A printed copy of Comics Are Go! Comics #0 limited to 1000 copies, AND (get this!) boarded and bagged! AND the digital copy? Must I go on?

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    A special "Thank You" 8.5x11 print (limited to the number of $25 and over supporters) autographed by Drudgler AND Your Name immortalized in CAG!C #0 with a special thank you acknowledgment from Mighty Rex Steele in the actual comic!

    Also, also the limited run regular printed version of the comic (boarded and bagged! woo hoo!), and the digital version.

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    A Limited Edition Variant Cover (Only 50 copies!), in addition to the regular cover printed version (you know, board & bag right?), the digital version, the limited print and, of course, your permanent comic listing as a Noble Patron of the Arts.

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    A Limited Edition Blank Sketch Variant cover (only 25 copies available), in addition to the Limited Edition cover, the regular cover printed version (you know the rest), the digital version, the limited print, and your special listing as a friend of ol' Dirk.

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    Limited Edition Blank Sketch Variant with a SKETCH by one of the featured artists, and all the other stuff from previous listings.

    (Between you and me, this is the one that's going to get your kid through college. Trust me. Think Action Comics #1)

    (Lawyers said to say that was a joke, but still...)

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    CGC graded 9.6 or better copy of the 1st print of the main cover, certified and encased for all eternity in a plastic tamper-proof display case. Your neighbors will marvel!

    Also the limited edition blank sketch cover with a sketch by one of the featured artists, and all the other stuff featured previously.

    This reward will sustain you into your old age and encompasses every bizarre irony of comic retailing. I'm proud to offer it.

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    Everything else PLUS the movie and television development rights to Comics Are Go! Comics optioned for 5 years!

    Every contract includes a sanity clause. It's OK - that's in every contract! That's called a sanity clause!

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    You have become a part of the Comics Are Go! Comics legend. You are generous and kind. Because you've truly recognized the value of this project, your story will be immortalized on one full page of this comic. Written by Dirk Drudgler, we will examine deeply (and darkly) what led you to make such an insane decision. Plus, you get to keep the original art!

    Of course you get everything else listed above AND one full 8 hour day of Mighty Rex Steele helping you clean your garage. Call the neighbors! Get out the cameras!

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