About this project
45 AMERICAN PRESIDENTS is a 48-page, black and white softcover sketchbook (8.5" x 5.5"), featuring original pen and ink drawings (on graph paper) of all of the US Presidents! It is great for the coffee table, the library, or the classroom! This book is part of Kickstarter's Make 100 campaign, and only 100 copies will ever be printed!
In 2016 I traveled across the country, selling an earlier version of the sketchbook at conventions and shows at a dozen cities. In a turbulent political year, the sketchbook provided a friendly and apolitical outlet for people to talk about the presidency. Now with a new Commander-In-Chief being sworn in I'm hoping Kickstarter will help make this updated, improved edition a reality!
In addition to adding the new President, I'll be updating many of the older sketches I was unhappy with. Chester A. Arthur, I'm looking at you!
NOT MY PRESIDENT EDITION
Of the 100 sketchbooks, 25 will have a special custom bookplate sticker, with the President (or Wannabe President) of your choosing! You can put it in the inside cover of the book, or cover up one of the Presidents you really don't care for!
Maaaaaybe you weren't happy with the outcome of the election, Or maybe you just want a support a rising talent! These are one-of-a-kind pen and ink sketches of the Commander-In-Chief you've always wanted!
WHO ARE YOU?
I'm Josh Trujillo and I'm a cartoonist and writer based in Los Angeles, California. My work mostly focuses on comic books, and in the past year I've had several projects tied to patriotism and the presidency. In addition to 45 AMERICAN PRESIDENTS I also released a Revolutionary War romance comic, DECLARATION, with artist Levi Hastings, and wrote ADVENTURE TIME: PRESIDENT BUBBLEGUM for Boom! Studios and Cartoon Network, with artist Phillip Murphy.
You may also know my comic series LOVE MACHINES, and the tabletop gaming anthology DEATH SAVES: FALLEN HEROES OF THE KITCHEN TABLE. Both projects launched here successfully thanks to the engaged and passionate audience on the site.
American institutions are important to me, as is our proud democracy. While I may have views of my own, I hope this work appeals to people from all ends of the political spectrum.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Nearly of the money will go directly to our All-American printer! The remainder of the funds will allow us to fulfill our pledged Kickstarter rewards, cover miscellaneous production/promotional fees, and cushion us in case shipping costs go over (they often do!) I just want to have an updated version of my sketchbook! Hopefully you do, too!
Just getting the limited-edition book printed would be a dream come true! Here are some thoughts on where to go next!
- $1,200 - TECHNICAL PRESIDENTS: Did you know that while George W. Bush got a colonoscopy Dick Cheney was made Official Acting President of the United States? Did you know this happened twice? I'd like to add additional pages of bonus material, to highlight the obscure grab bag of Sorta Kinda Presidents who have served their country.
$1,600 - POSTER: I will make a very pretty poster (11x17, folded) of the 45 American Preidents! You could donate it to your favorite school, or keep it for yourself!
- $2,000 - HARDCOVER EDITION: If we sell a complete run of 45 AMERICAN PRESIDENTS it will be upgraded to a beautiful hardcover edition, so that it can live on forever and ever! Small batch hardcovers aren't cheap, but it will be well worth it.
A big thank you to everyone for their interest in my presidential sketchbook! Never did I expect to sell one copy, let alone have it go through three printings. In traveling the country I've been grateful for the opinions, insight, and humor people have shared with me in talking about one of our country's most important traditions. In these fast-moving times, I take comfort that there are still plenty of other people who celebrate our past.
Risks and challenges
All of the artwork and the book is print-ready. Once I reach the target I will print the books immediately so that I can mail them out the week the Kickstarter ends. I will keep you in the loop if there are any significant delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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