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Stink Helmet. Otto Splotch's new graphic novel.True life, SiFi future, people exercising, fart jokes, crust and slime. Real Fun.
Stink Helmet. Otto Splotch's new graphic novel.True life, SiFi future, people exercising, fart jokes, crust and slime. Real Fun.
154 backers pledged $6,206 to help bring this project to life.

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This is the screen print poster you get if you donate $100 or more!!!
This is the screen print poster you get if you donate $100 or more!!!
This is the T-Shirt Prize if you donate $50 or more
This is the T-Shirt Prize if you donate $50 or more

I want to print a 100 page comic book, in full color, and have at least 1000 copies. Also, I want it to be ready in June 2013 for The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, called "CAKE."  After it's debut I want distribute it across the country and do performative comic readings for it. If you're unfamiliar with a "performative comic reading," it's a frame by frame comic slide show while read and performed live. Check out my friend Lyra Hill's "Brain Frame" if you're curious.

Risks and challenges

I have a short time frame between now and CAKE in June 2013, which is my deadline for the book. Currently only of a fraction of it is done. If I don't get funding for the book, I wont have enough free time to focus on it and the run of 1000 color books won't happen. It could take up to a year for the project to be completed if this doesn't work out.

WHAT IS $5,666 PAYING FOR?
First of all, I've been drawing, printing and distributing my comics for the past 10 years, and I've never had a comic book printed in color. Why? because it cost a lot of money to print in color. If you do research you'll see that you can spend as much as you want. Ka-blam.com is around $10,000 for 1000, 85 page, color books, and LULU.com is even more. I found a really cheap bulk printer that will do the job. So in the grand scheme of things $5,666 is not that much money for color printing.
Also, kickstarter and the affiliated payment sites take about 10% of the funded goal. Then I have to pay for the prizes (T-Shirts, Stickers, Posters, Patches) plus the shipping for it. And one thing that is very important to me is to pay Monica Gunderson for filming and editing my video, which took her a week and a half.

color printing costs
+ kickstarter fees
+ prizes and shipping
+ film and editing
= $5,666

BEFORE I TURN 30 YEARS OLD
I'm 29 and a lot of 20 something people have certain goals before they turn 30. Mine is to have a graphic novel printed in color and have it widely distributed. Also, learning how to skateboard is one of my goals too.

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  • yes, I upgraded all the prizes from their original status. I wasn't able to change the prizes that people already donated to. so I just made new prizes show up 1 dollar bellow the old ones. for example. i added "sticker 4 pack" to $24 so people who donated $25 will get it. if that makes sense. so you don't have to change your pledge a dollar lower to get the updated prize. you're already getting it.

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