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Gutters is an online comic parody of the comic book industry and it needs your help to keep going.

You guys know about Gutters, right? You don't? Oh, well then you should probably read this synopsis: 

In brief, Gutters is a series of stand-alone pages that parody the comic book industry and the heroes and characters that dwell within. Think of it as an editorial cartoon targeting comic books, and you’ll understand where we’re going with it. Gutters is written by Ryan Sohmer, with Lar deSouza as Art Director and Ed Ryzowski serving as colourist and the wonderful Rus Wooton lettering each page. As for who will be doing the actual art, well, that’s where things get interesting (and slightly different). Rather than have one artist pencil each page, we elected to have a rotating roster of professional artists, among them some giants in the comic book industry alongside new and emerging talent.

You may peruse our archive over here: Gutters Archives

We have been working on Gutters since 2010 and recently the financial strain became a bit too much to bear. We took a summer hiatus to review things and Gutter's future looked grim. So, we did what anyone in our situation would do; we went to Facebook and asked our fans for their input. A lot of you answered and it was decided that a Kickstarter was the best course of action. I know that some people see going to Kickstarter as a cash grab. Well, we see it as a place to test ideas and involve fans in the process. Putting a year of Gutters on Kickstarter will show us if there is any hope for our free comic or maybe it's time to move onto other things. No matter what happens here, we love our fans and we feel truly blessed to do what we do.

So, here is the big question:

Gutters is very expensive to maintain and those are just the costs for the art! We are looking for $15,000 to keep Gutters running at one update a week for a year. We have some very reasonable stretch goals that would get Gutters up to 2 or even 3 days a week for the year. 

So what do you get for pledging? Well...

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But what if you want a book and a print? Or a piece of original art and a book? Fear not! We've got you covered!

How do Add-Ons work? Simply up your pledge amount by the price of the add-on. Easy enough!

A signed print of your favourite Gutters strip - $25

T-shirt - $30

A signed copy of Gutter BFO Edition - $35

A signed copy of Gutters Hardcover Volume 1 - $30

A signed copy of Gutters Hardcover Volume 2 - $30

A signed copy of Gutters Hardcover Volume 3 - $40

Hey, I mentioned some stretch goals earlier right? What happened to that?

The future of Gutters is in your hands. 

- I want to help but I don't have a credit card!!

 No worries, we can take your pledges via PayPal! You can send your pledge to customerservice@blindferret.com, be sure to include a detailed note about which Reward you would like and your proper shipping address.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are very few risks and challenges to this project. As soon as we hit our goal, even if the Kickstarter hasn't yet run its course, Sohmer will begin writing new strips. We've been doing this for 3 years now and it would take a natural disaster to stop us from updating the site.

While we do have 1 other ongoing Kickstarter campaign, it will in no way affect us delivering on Gutters, as all of the non-digital rewards are already complete.

We have been producing Gutters for 3 years, on-time with each update, and know exactly what we're doing.

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    The True Believer Level - You will have our eternal thanks as well as access to all of the behind-the-scenes materials. You'll get to see the original art that gets submitted to us, the links and then the colours. Think of it as a backstage pass.

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    The Golden Age Level - Pick a print, any print! We'll send you a print of your favourite page or book cover signed by Ryan Sohmer. You'll also get everything from the True Believer Level. Please add $10 for shipping.

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    The Hashtag Level - You will get this wonderful t-shirt to show your Gutters pride. We insist that you wear it to watch Superman/Batman in theatres. You'll also get everything from the True Believer Level. Please add $10 for shipping.

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    The KIRKMAN Level - You will get this wonderful t-shirt to show your Gutters pride. We insist that you yell 'KIRKMAN' at least once while wearing it. You'll also get everything from the True Believer Level. Please add $10 for shipping.

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    The Silver Age Level - You will get a copy of Gutters BFO Edition signed by Ryan Sohmer. This edition has over 300 pages of Gutters goodness and an amazing cover by Skottie Young. You'll also get everything from the True Believer Level. Please add $15 for shipping.

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    The Bundle Level - You will get all 3 Gutters Hardcovers signed by Ryan Sohmer. You'll also get everything from the True Believer Level. Please add $20 for shipping. Due to the weight of these books, we won't be able to ship outside of North America. Seriously, the shipping quotes were insane!

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    The Stan Lee Level - Make a cameo appearance in a Gutters strip! We will send you a print of the strip once it runs. You'll also get everything from the True Believer Level. Please add $10 for shipping.

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    The Ilias Kyriazis Level - You can own the original art that Ilias did for Issue #293. It is matted and ready to frame! The original art is 81/2 x 11. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Josh Adams Level - You can own the original art that Josh did for Issue #304. It is matted and ready to frame! The original art is 11x17. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Richard Clark Level - You can own the original art that Richard did for Issue #274. It is matted and ready to frame! The original art is 11x17. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Walter Ostlie Level - You can own the original art that Walter did for Issue #293. It is matted and ready to frame! The original art is 11x17. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Ryan Lee Level - You can own the original art that Ryan did for Issue #192. It is matted and ready to frame! The original art is 11x17. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Kevin Stokes Level - You can own the original art that Kevin did for Issue #37. Framed and ready to hang! The original art is 11x17. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Guest Writer Level - Work together with Ryan Sohmer to create your very own Gutters page. You will get to keep the original art produced for that page and get a print of the finished strip. That's pretty bad-ass. Please note that estimated delivery says October but it depends on when your strip actually gets done. You'll also get everything from the True Believer Level. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Nick Cardy Level - You can own the original art that the legendary Nick Cardy did for Issue #300. It is matted and ready to frame! The original art is 9 1/2 x14. Please add $50 for shipping.

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    The Corporate Sponsorship Level - Open to all publishers and websites, this level includes everything listed in Package #1 on the Sponsorship page (http://www.the-gutters.com/sponsor), including complete ad ownership of the site for 30 days, 4 site skins and 2 custom comics.

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