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Mike LynchBy Mike Lynch
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Mike LynchBy Mike Lynch
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About

BACKSTORY: In 2017, I pitched about a dozen publishers a cartoon book about Maine, drawn by 4 cartoonists who live in Maine (and one who lives just a mile from the border -- that's ME). I thought it would be a fun book. The good thing is that Down East Publishing also thought it was a great idea. The book, titled LOBSTER THERAPY AND MOOSE PICK-UP LINES, will be published and available as soon as May 2018.

Now, the bad news -- and this is something you already know -- publishing does not pay a lot. Additional funds raised here would help us with travel expenses with promoting the book. This is also a once-in-lifetime opportunity for you to buy something special -- a signed book, an original piece of cartoon art, etc. -- and support the cartoonists directly. 

Lobster Therapy Book Cover
Lobster Therapy Book Cover

Here's who we are, and photos of some of the originals that are available:

Bill Woodman retired to Portland, Maine, where he devotes his energy to painting and cartooning. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, National Lampoon, Audubon, The New York Times, and Gourmet.

Here are some of his originals that are available for purchase:

Original Moose Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Original Moose Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Original Bears Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Original Bears Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Original Kayak Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Original Kayak Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Original Maple Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Original Maple Cartoon by Bill Woodman
Lighthouse Watercolor Painting by Bill Woodman
Lighthouse Watercolor Painting by Bill Woodman

David Jacobson has had cartoons published in The New Yorker, Down East, and Bangor Daily News. He is also a professional glass blower and lives in Montville, Maine. 

Seal Original by David Jacobson
Seal Original by David Jacobson
Ice Fishing by David Jacobson
Ice Fishing by David Jacobson
Cow by David Jacobson
Cow by David Jacobson
Bathtub Buoys by David Jacobson
Bathtub Buoys by David Jacobson
Blown Glass Bowl by David Jacobson
Blown Glass Bowl by David Jacobson

John Klossner’s cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and Reader’s Digest. 

Leaving Maine by John Klossner
Leaving Maine by John Klossner
Maine Parking by John Klossner
Maine Parking by John Klossner
Bad Maine Puns by John Klossner
Bad Maine Puns by John Klossner
Whale New Yorker Cartoon by John Klossner
Whale New Yorker Cartoon by John Klossner

Mike Lynch is a recipient of the Jack Davis Award and has been published in Reader’s Digest, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal, Golf Digest, Harvard Business Review, The New York Daily News, and many others. He lives in Milton, New Hampshire, just over the border from Maine. 

Whoopie Pie Owls by Mike Lynch
Whoopie Pie Owls by Mike Lynch
Moose Ice Cream by Mike Lynch
Moose Ice Cream by Mike Lynch
 
Twitter Bears by Mike Lynch
Twitter Bears by Mike Lynch
 
Waste Vacation Day by Mike Lynch
Waste Vacation Day by Mike Lynch
Puss Bean Boots by Mike Lynch
Puss Bean Boots by Mike Lynch

Jeff Pert was a beloved cartoonist whose work was widely published, including in the Down East title, How’s the Water, Bob? He passed away in 2014.

We have a couple of packages of Jeff's material:

Jeff Pert Glass, book, postcards, combo
Jeff Pert Glass, book, postcards, combo
Jeff Pert Mug, book, postcards, magnet combo
Jeff Pert Mug, book, postcards, magnet combo

Some issues of the RACONTEUR comic that we offer one copy of at the $15 level. Mike Lynch, John Klossner and a lot of other cartoonists (Jeff Pert, David Jacobson, Rina Piccolo, Mark Parisi, Michael Maslin, Brian Moore) draw "true comic book stories by cartoonists." 

Risks and challenges

The cartoons for the new book LOBSTER THERAPY AND MOOSE PICK-UP LINES are done, and the book has been edited, laid out and in production. We didn't want to start a Kickstarter until we knew for sure that the book would be available in a timely manner.

We plan on shipping before the end of May 2018, and it may take a week to get everything out. The rare stuff -- the one of a kind items, the original art -- will arrive fully insured in the United States.

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    RACONTEUR mini-comic

    You get a random copy of the RACONTEUR mini-comic book with work by Mike Lynch, John Klossner and others. This is a comic that we self-published with true stories drawn by cartoonists like Jeff Pert, David Jacobson and others.

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    Book with Mike Lynch Signature

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    Book with 4 Cartoonist Signatures

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    Jeff Pert Mug & Books Combo

    Here's a whole lotta Jeff Pert's stuff. You get:
    the LOBSTER THERAPY book, Jeff's 2015 color softcover collection LOBSTERS ON THE LOOSE, two Jeff Pert cartoon postcards, a Jeff Pert cartoon magnet and one Jeff Pert cartoon coffee mug.

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    Book with 4 Signatures and Four Sketches

    You get the paperback book, signed and with an individual black and white sketch by each of the cartoonists Mike Lynch, John Klossner, David Jacobson and Bill Woodman.

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    David Jacobson Package: Bowl + Book

    David Jacobson is a a professional glassblower and has contributed one of his handblown bowls. Take a look at the bowl. It's beautiful. You will receive his hand-signed bowl and an unsigned book. David's site Is: http://davidjacobsonglass.com/about/

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    Original Bill Woodman Moose Cartoon

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    "Hello, Sheriff. Bill and Dotty Moose here. We'd like to report two moose wachers [sic] in the back yard." Original art, ink and watercolor, of one of the cartoons that Bill drew for the book. 9" x 11 1/2" bristol. The art and gag line are is about 7 1/2" x 7 1/2".

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    Original Bill Woodman Bears Cartoon

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    3 bears, swatting at trout. "Close but no cigar" "Forget about it." In your dreams buster." Original art, ink and watercolor. One of the cartoons that Bill drew for the book. 9" x 11 1/2" bristol. The art is about 8" x 4".

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    Original Bill Woodman Maple Cartoon

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    A rare two panel cartoon. Panel one: Man comes out of his house. Panel two: he looks at the bucket attached to the maple tap and says, "Nothing yet." Original art, ink and watercolor. Paper pasted on Bristol. 9" x 11 1/2" total size.

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    Original Kayak Cartoon by Bill Woodman

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    An original cartoon of a man in a kayak on autumn leaves. Original art, ink and watercolor. Paper adhered to Bristol. 9" x 11 1/2" total size.

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    Original Watercolor by Bill Woodman

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    Colorful original Maine lighthouse watercolor painting in plein air style by Bill Woodman. 11" x 15" on heavy watercolor paper.

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    Original Seal Cartoon by David Jacobson

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    An original cartoon drawing of seals on rocks, sunning themselves. One of them has a suntan mirror. Ink and watercolor on bristol. 9" x 11 1/4"

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    Ice Fishing Cartoon by David Jacobson

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    Captionless cartoon: a woman open her freezer to see a tiny man, ice fishing. Ink and watercolor on bristol. 8 1/8" x 11"

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    Mean Cow Cartoon by David Jacobson

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    Captionless cartoon: mean cow glares at nervously smiling man. Ink and watercolor on bristol. 8 1/4" x 10 3/4"

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    Bathtub Buoys Cartoon by David Jacobson

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    Captionless cartoon of a man in a bathtub seeing a tiny lobster boat and tiny guys putting out little buoys. Ink and watercolor on bristol. 8 1/4" x 9 1/8"

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    Leaving Maine Cartoon by John Klossner

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    Original ink on paper drawing. "Now Leaving Maine Please Stop By the Gift Shop On Your Way Out." 9 3/4" x 12"

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    Parking Cartoon by John Klossner

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    An old Mainer mans a "Parking" and "Long Term Parking" area. Ink on paper. 9 3/4" x 12"

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    Bad Puns Cartoon by John Klossner

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    Original ink on paper cartoon of "Bad Maine Puns," including lobster sandwich, light house and beaver dam. 9 3/4" x 12"

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    Whoopie Pie Cartoon by Mike Lynch

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    Three owls look on, saying "Who" "Whoo" "Whoopie Pie!," as a kid passes by, eating a whoopie pie. Ink and watercolor on paper. 8 1/2 x 11".

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    Ice Cream Cartoon by Mike Lynch

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    "Oh we don't call it 'moose tracks' ice cream. We just call it 'tracks,'" explains a moose dad to a human dad at a roadside ice cream stand. ink and watercolor on paper. Pencil caption. 8 1/2" x 11".

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    Bear/Twitter Cartoon by Mike Lynch

    One bear to a sleeping bear: "OK, hibernation is over. Time to catch up on your Twitter." Ink and wash on paper. Pencil caption. 8 1/2" x 11"

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    Vacation Cartoon by Mike Lynch

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    "I'm not going to waste this gorgeous vacation day. Let's go to the outlet malls." Ink and watercolor on paper. Pencil caption. 8 1/2" x 11"

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    Cat in Bean Boots Cartoon by Mike Lynch

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    "Puss in Bean Boots." Ink and watercolor on paper. 8 1/2" x 11"

    NOTE: As you can see in the photo, I wrote notes on the side of the paper. The original has a list of Maine topics in the upper left. I sometimes write things on my originals. Also: there are two cat ink drawings on the back side of this original. I can send pics if you want to see them.

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    Whale Cartoon by John Klossner

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    This is an original cartoon that recently appeared in The New Yorker magazine. It is NOT in the book.

    "Whale to Whale Resuscitation" is ink and wash on heavy paper. 9" x 12"

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