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The Story of Pope John the XXIII, Canonized April 27 2014. Beautifully Illustrated By the Great Joe Sinnott - "A labor of Love.".

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Joe Relaxing
Joe Relaxing

 In 1962 while working for Treasure Chest, Joe was so thrilled doing the Story of Pope John XXIII, he sent pages of "Fantastic Four #6" Back to Stan Lee, because he did not have time to do all of them.  In fact he pencilled and Inked The Story of Pope John XXIII by day and Penciled and Inked Thor by night, All while never missing his Son's athletic events or coaching sports teams. Joe is amazing. 

This Story was broken up through several issues of Treasure Ches,t and being among Joe's most cherished works, Joe has always longed to see it in a larger, more complete format. The Story of Pope John XXIII is fascinating. 

Angelo Roncalli was born to a working family in a very small poor villiage. one of 13 children, he overcame hardship to become one of the most loved Popes. His life was interesting, as he showed his affection to all people all the time. 

Even the Nazis, allowed him to visit prisoners while he was in Bulgaia, he ministered to Catholics and Non-Catholics alike. When he was sent to Turkey the Bulgarian People were all sad to see him go, he was respected so much. 

Joe's Story flow is spectacular as he illustrates, a wondrous story of a man's life, who was loved so by millions, that he had been made a Saint, on April 27, 2014. To commemorate this, Joe really wanted to print the story in a larger format, in one Beautifully done Hard Cover edition. 

Mark Sinnott and I, Scanned each page twice, as they were to big for a large scanner.  I stitched the two scans per page together.  Once prepped, the files were ready for coloring.  I put out a call for a colorists. Mike Deodato told me he had a friend that could handle the job well. Enter Leonardo Ito, currently in Japan.  I showed Leonardo scans, and we came to a more classical look of comics, with a hint of modernism. Also we wanted to correct the original, to be as accurate historically, as we could get it. The original had been colored, but with not a lot of accuracy.  

Joe Sinnott has been an artist his whole life, in fact, lets see a bit of his biography so you will see what I mean, 

Joe Sinnott (born October 16, 1926, Saugerties, New York, United States) is an American comic book artist. Working primarily as an inker, Sinnott is best-known for his long stint on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, from 1965 to 1981 (with a brief return in the late 1980s), initially over the pencils of industry legend Jack Kirby. Years before, he had inked Kirby's The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962), the issue introducing Dr. Doom, plus a science fiction monster story in Strange Tales #94 (March 1962). In 1964 Joe was contacted by Brian Epstein to pencil, and Ink, the Biography for four lads from Liverpool, for a comic meant to introduce the BEATLES, who would be here in the United States in a couple of months. The book was the Dell Giant Beatles 64 page comic. 

Joe has also produced art for many commercial ads, Record album covers, and logos, through the years as well of some very popular products. During his nearly sixty years as a Marvel freelancer and then salaried artist working from home, Sinnott inked virtually every major title, with notable runs on The Avengers, The Defenders and The Mighty Thor. 

Marvel impresario Stan Lee in the mid-2000s cited Sinnott as the company's most in-demand inker, saying jocularly, "Pencilers used to hurl all sorts of dire threats at me if I didn't make certain that Joe, and only Joe, inked their pages. I knew I couldn't satisfy everyone and I had to save the very most important strips for him. To most pencilers, having Joe Sinnott ink their artwork was tantamount to grabbing the brass ring".

Inks
Inks

 Here is a sample panel of Joe's work.  This is a single panel of the coronation. Stunning panel.

Leonardo Ito's Colors.
Leonardo Ito's Colors.

 The Book will be Approximately 10" X 15" to showcase the wonderful work that went into creating it.  55 Pages, With a high quality glossy laminated Hard cover, and fine 128 lb. art pages.

The Book will be printed as soon as the Kickstart ends and printer should have them back in 7-8 weeks so they can be distributed as soon as they are signed.

The actual Cover art
The actual Cover art

So Thank You for stopping by, and we hope you will take advantage of our incentives to help Joe fund this project.  Feel free to comment or send us suggestions as we are new to kick start and want it to be a wonderful time for all.  And hopefully we will meet at a convention.

Take a look at the Incentives;

For a $10.00 Donation we will credit you for your donation on Joe's website page thank you for your kind support.

For a $20.00 Donation, we will send you, your own Hard cover copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII".  The day we receive it from the printer.

For a $30.00 Donation, You will receive a personally signed Edition of "The Story of Pope John XXIII". Only 500 will be available

For a $70.00 Donation, you will receive an advanced softcover Signed and Numbered PROOF, as well as a Signed, Hard cover version  of "The Story of Pope John XXIII".  Only 15 of 20 printed will be available.

For a $100.00 Donation you will receive an original inked sketch of the Pope as Well as a signed copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII". Only 20 will be done.

Joe's Pages for Kick Starter
Joe's Pages for Kick Starter
More Joe's Pages for Kick Starter
More Joe's Pages for Kick Starter
More of Joe's pages for Kick Starter
More of Joe's pages for Kick Starter

For a Donation, $150.00 donation you will receive a THOR or FANTASTIC FOUR original art 11" X 17" page Inked by Joe Sinnott and a hand signed hard cover of "The Story of Pope John XXIII".  Only 20 pages available.

Joe and Mark in the Studio.
Joe and Mark in the Studio.
Joe Sinnott's Brush and Spider-man Sunday
Joe Sinnott's Brush and Spider-man Sunday

For a $400.00 A BRUSH with greatness.  One of Joe's very own, brushes that he used while doing some Spider-man pages.  This is his own with a hand written thanks, along with a signed copy of  "The Story of Pope John XXIII" and if that's not enough an ORIGINAL 11" X 17" Spider-Man Sunday page signed by Joe Sinnott and Artist Alex Saviuk.  Only 1 available.

For a 450.00 Donation, an Original, one of a kind Spider-man 11" X 17" Sunday page, Signed By Joe Sinnott, artist Alex Saviuk and STAN LEE himself!  An Absolute heirloom for your wall.  And you also get a hand signed Hard Cover copy of  "The Story of Pope John XXIII".  There are only 6 available.

For a $1,500.00 Donation, You can help, with up to three others, by having Lunch, and some time with Joe, yourself and one other person (Additional people would be an extra $100.00 each, and they would receive a copy of Joe's hardcover signed for them and lunch), at your own travel expense, in Upstate New York.  You will also, besides having video and picture opportunities, receive an original 11" X 17" Original Sunday Page of Spider-man Signed by Joe Sinnott, Alex Saviuk and STAN LEE!  in addition to 10 copies personally signed,  "The Story of Pope John XXIII".  Alcoholic beverages not included. Only 4 available.

So thank You again, and we look forward to hearing from you.

All the Best!  From Joe Sinnott.

Here is an example of a Spider-man Sunday.  11X17 original art, This is NOT one of the pages, this is an example only,  My scanner is not here so I captured one to show.

Spider-man Page signed By Alex, Joe and Stan Lee.
Spider-man Page signed By Alex, Joe and Stan Lee.

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges associated with this project.

Having Produced more then a dozen comics and trades as well as The inkwell awards books, and "Joe Sinnott's Inking challenge" books, for the past few years or so. I have worked with different printers around the globe, and know the pitfalls of publishing. By completing the pages for printing, before starting this project to shorten the waiting time for this book to be printed and shipped. I am in contact with the printer, and we have finished all the pages, scanned and out for them.

The books should be printed and shipped to us within 7 to 8 weeks tops, has been their average time.

The fulfillment end is should not be a problem. We will make adjustments for any foreseeable problems. If for any reason, Joe is not able to sign all or receive visitors in a timely fashion, We will make adjustments, or refund of money to those affected. We want to make this a great kick-start.

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    A Softcover Proof Limited Edition (only 20 done), Hand Signed copy of, "the Story of Pope John XXIII" AND a Hand Signed Beautifully Illustrated, Hard Bound copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII". The Soft Cover will ship within a week after this Kick start ends. So you will be able to see it first hand.

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    A one time Super Deal. For those who know, Joe rarely sells a Page of art. Pages are extremely hard to find for sale. We have some "THOR" and FANTASTIC FOUR" pages that we will give one page hand signed by Joe and one Beautifully Illustrated, Hard Bound copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII"

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    So they are popular so I found some other misc pages. These are Hulk, Defenders, DP7 and a couple other titles. Will not guarantee which you will get. So you will receive one, original published comic page, inked, and signed by Joe Sinnott, and one hand signed, and Beautifully Illustrated, Hard Bound copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII"

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    WOW! A Brush with Greatness!!!!
    One of Joe's very own Ink used brushes that he used for inking of Spider-man strip. Along with an Original 11" X 17" Spider-man Sunday page, penciled by the Wonderful Alex Saviuk, and Inked by Joe. This page has been signed By Alex and Joe. AND, a SIGNED, Beautifully Illustrated, Hard Bound copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII"

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    Another Wonderful Deal! An Original 11" X 17" Spider-man Sunday Strip on Strathmore Drawn By Alex Saviuk and Inked By Joe Sinnott. Signed By Alex Saviuk, Joe Sinnott and, "STAN LEE". How cool is that? ALSO a SIGNED, and Beautifully Illustrated, Hard Bound copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII"

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    Lunch with Joe Sinnot for You and a friend. Additional friends would be $100.00 each and they would receive a copy of the hardcover signed by Joe. The location would be in Upstate NY (you would be contacted with information), a lunch and receive a Beautifully Illustrated, Hard Bound copy of "The Story of Pope John XXIII" as well as an original 11" X 17" Spider-man Sunday page, signed By Alex Saviuk, Joe Sinnott and STAN LEE! As well as pictures with Joe, and all you do, is provide transportation to and from. Alcoholic beverages not included.

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