OilCan Drive Volume 1 (Comic Book and Music Album)
OilCan Drive Volume 1 (Comic Book and Music Album)
OilCan Drive is a multimedia story that mixes comics, art, and music. It's a post-apocalyptic Western with a rock and roll soundtrack.
OilCan Drive is a multimedia story that mixes comics, art, and music. It's a post-apocalyptic Western with a rock and roll soundtrack. Read more
Who Am I?
Hi, my name is Sean Tiffany. I’ve been an artist and freelance illustrator for the past twenty years. I’ve worked for clients such as Marvel Comics, Stone Arch Children’s Books, Time Magazine, and Sports Illustrated Kids.
And, even though my day job is drawing pretty pictures, I‘ve always made time for my own personal projects over the years. I self published a comic book series in the late 90’s called EXIT 6 and I am currently working on a new multimedia project that mixes art, music, and comics called OilCan Drive.
What is OilCan Drive?
OilCan Drive is the story of a rock and roll band traveling through the wastelands of America in a stolen airship. It’s a multi-media project that started as a comic book and has spilled over into music, merchandise, and a weekly web comic. It’s a mix of science fiction, westerns, and rock and roll.
You can see more of OilCan Drive at www.oilcandrive.com
What This Kickstarter Campaign is All About
Since I created OilCan Drive I’ve been telling their stories whenever I could. Between client projects I’d do short comic stories of the band and leave it at that. When I discovered the world of web comics I knew that the little band in my head had finally found a home. Not only did the web allow me to show off all of the stories I had done over the years but I could now do longer form stories and always have a place to put them.
In 2012, after being away from the comic book world for over ten years, I brought OilCan Drive to the first ever Denver Comic Con and it went really great. It went so great, in fact, that I wanted to do it again. With the web comic letting me tell longer stories I debuted a small print run of the first issue in the ongoing OilCan Drive series at the 2013 Denver Comic Con.
And not only did I debut the book, but I also created a CD of music from the band and also produced postcards, trading cards, t-shirts, and stickers. And I created most of that work in a little under sixteen weeks.
It was a roller coaster of a ride to bring all of that to Denver. But, when the dust settled and I was done I realized that all of my hard work was ONLY seen by the people who had been at the Denver Comic Con and had come by my table.
With Kickstarter, I’m hoping to secure the funds it will take to get more of this project produced, printed, and into more people’s hands around the world.
There are two OilCan Drive books that are part of this campaign.
The main book, issue one, tentatively titled “TRACKS,” is the first issue in the new ongoing OilCan Drive story. It's a 28-page story and a great starting point to what I consider the first chapter in the new story.
There is also another book, entitled “The Race,” which I produced and finished the year before "Tracks." It is a stand alone story and it's a good example of the kind of story I was telling when I didn’t have a place like the website to put new pages and create longer form stories.
The short print run of both OilCan Drive books I brought to the 2013 Denver Comic Con were 32 pages each, saddle stitched, and sported a black and white interior with a color cover. They measured 8”x8” in a square format.
The new books for this Kickstarter campaign and beyond will be perfect bound, measure 8.25”x8.25” square, and have 40 pages of interior black and white content with a full color cover. Not only will the books have all of the original content of the first small print run but they will also be packed with extra art, photos, and a behind the scenes look at the making of OilCan Drive.
Why Black and White and a square format?
When I did my first self published project in the 90's, EXIT 6, publishing a black and white comic was, financially, the only way to go. The model had worked for books such as Cerebus, Bone, and Strangers in Paradise. So I cut my teeth telling stories in a black and white world. Moving into the world of web comics where cost was no longer a factor I realized doing a full color comic was financially possible. The problem I found was that it would take longer to produce a full color page than a black and white page. Almost twice as long in fact. In the end I decided I’d rather get more of the story done than go for color. Plus, honestly, I love the look of a good black and white book and I think you can do more things design wise in black and white that you might overlook when you have every color in the crayon box at your disposal.
So, the easy answer is I get the pages done faster, tell the story faster, and I like black and white design and illustration.
And, as for why the books are square, years ago I found a few children’s books that had this square format and I immediately fell in love with them. After drawing a few comic pages in this square format it just felt natural and I knew I could never go back to the regular, standard, comic book size again. Plus, for a comic book about a rock and roll band, mimicking the size and style of an old 7” record sleeve was just the icing on the cake.
When I created the concept of OilCan Drive I knew it was only a matter of time before I would want to hear what this band sounded like. And, luckily for me, by the time the 2013 Denver Comic Con rolled around, OilCan Drive, the band, was ready to be heard. The music has been described as, “punky rock with a yester-years better-days nostalgia."
The CD created to accompany the first issue of OilCan Drive, “Breaking The Border,” is a 5 song EP album of all original music. It was professionally produced and packaged in an eco-wallet format. You can hear the music from the album at www.oilcandrive.com/music
Both “Tracks” and “The Race” books as well as the “Breaking The Border” album of music will be available digitally to every backer at the successful completion of this campaign. The books will be made available in a hi-res PDF format while the music will come in a high bit-rate MP3 format.
The Merchandise and Art
I’ve always loved creating work for merchandise so when it came to my own project I did as much as I could with the small budget I had. I produced postcards, business cards, trading cards, and full color vinyl stickers. All of these "fan package" items will be included with every pledge.
And, because I want this campaign to be successful I am doing something I rarely ever do. I am willing to part with some of the original art I produced to make this project happen. While I color digitally every piece of black and white line art you see has been done by hand and is sitting in my studio waiting for a good home.
(“waiting for a good home”....sheesh....that makes it sound like I need to play a sad Sarah McLaughlin song while showing you pictures of hungry kittens to make this project happen...)
And The Rest
There were a few things that I would have loved to have done for the Denver Comic Con but didn’t have the time or the funds to make them happen. For this campaign I brought out a few of those ideas.
Not only would I like to design a brand new exclusive t-shirt for this campaign but I would also like to make a silk screened tour poster of the band as well as produce a 12”x12” over-sized hardcover of the first “Tracks” book. And the coolest thing about the over-sized book? Unlike the regular 8.25”x8.25” books with all black and white interiors a lot of the extra content in the over-sized hard cover books will be in full color.
Why Self Publish?
With all the clients and companies I have worked for in the past I’ve had a few offers to publish OilCan Drive. But, I’ve always declined. I’ve been doing freelance art as a career for the last twenty years and I enjoy making a living being creative. I enjoy the work and I enjoy my clients. But, when it comes to OilCan Drive, I still want to make something for myself and control at least one aspect of my art without an outsider telling me how they think it should be done.
Maybe it’s something of my inner punk rocker do-it-yourself attitude that I still cling to. But, I love doing things like this that are all me, my work, warts and all.
Call me selfish, but I like having a few of my own toys in my very own sandbox where no one else can play with them but me.
Where will the money go?
I've seen single issue comic book projects on Kickstarter starting at $20,000 and bands who need $15,000 to simply go into a studio to record a demo album of music. So, how am I going to get all the work done that I need to get done without asking for nearly that much? Well, the good news is I do almost all of the work myself. There is no studio of people I have working on this project and no one to pay. There's just me. And, most of the hard work is already completed. I've already put in the hours and made the work happen. Now I need the funds to simple make more of what I have already done.
I'll probably need more than I am asking but I believe in this project so much that I'm only asking for enough to get started. I'm willing to meet the world half way and put up the rest of the money myself if I can just get it going.
Here is a breakdown of how I see the funds being distributed:
Remember that Kickstarter is an All-or-Nothing system. If I can't raise the full amount I'm asking for in the time given then I won't get anything. So please, if you can, help me spread the word as much as possible. I’d really appreciate it.
The majority of the work has already been done for both the OilCan Drive books and music CD. The only illustration work I haven’t completed yet is the art for the new OilCan Drive t-shirt and the art for the OilCan Drive Screen Printed Poster. Even so, with all the work completed I will need to reformat both books for both the new 8.25” size as well as the over-sized 12” hardcover book. Because some work still needs to be done and I am going to be dealing with some new printers I am looking at a completion date of March, 2014 (right after my birthday) to make sure I hit all of my deadlines and not disappoint anyone. But, chances are I'll have product in your hand much sooner than that.
I've been told it might be a good idea to come up with a few stretch goals if I do hit my goal and to be prepared. I have a few ideas myself (EXIT 6 #1 signed first printings, PDFs of all the original OilCan Drive comic stories, music demos and instrumentals, and does a copy of an OilCan Drive full length movie script sound interesting to you?) But, what I really love about Kickstarter is the community of people who really make it work and I'd love to hear what you, the contributors, would really like to see. I’d love for this to become more of a conversation, a collaboration, than me telling you what you would get. So, share your ideas with me and I'll see what I can do.
Shipping for all items within the United States is included in each pledge. Please refer to the shipping on each tier if items are being shipped outside of the United States. I tried to make it simple and based the pricing on the United States Postal Service’s standard international flat rate. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you all for your support and taking a look at a project that means the world to me. I hope that with all of your help I can make this project more than an idea in my head, but a reality I can hold in my hands.
Thank You - Sean Tiffany
Risks and challenges
As I said before, the majority of the work is completely done and ready to go. I am a professional freelance artist and have been doing work like this for over twenty years. I never miss deadlines and I always make sure my clients are happy. I plan to bring that same drive and work ethic to this project. The money, while nice, is never my motivating factor. Doing quality work, on time, and making people happy is what I strive for.
The only real risk I see by launching this Kickstarter campaign is ego and the fear of putting a project out into the world that maybe no one will care about. It’s been a real fear and there are times I have thought about not making this project live. But, I love OilCan Drive. It deserves to be seen. I owe that much to the little band in my head that won’t leave me alone. I think they are worth the risk.
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