About this project
'Bedbug's Book of Wisdom' is a 40 page hardbound compilation of favorite black and white Bedbug cartoons from the past year that I post online daily. The book will also have never before seen Bedbug cartoons that will only be available in the book. Each book will be signed/numbered and will include a handmade thank you card featuring Bedbug plus a cute little Bedbug drawing inside the cover. Each sponsor will be included in the appreciation credits in the book. So as to not pick 'favorites' the credits will be alphabetical.
I created Bedbug in fall 2012 in a 50 copy run of 'Where the Bedbugs Are' and began the online daily cartoon spring 2013. You can see the daily cartoons at either www.facebook.com/missinglinkinkdailycartoon and http://bedbugcartoon.tumblr.com/.
If you are a fan of Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak, Tim Burton, classic black/white serial cartoons, Sunday funnies and underground Comix (R. Crumb, Roman Dirge, Jhonen Vasquez, Weirdo Comix, Zap Comix) , Bedbug is right up your alley.
Bedbug is a cute little critter who rolls through life taking each new obstacle in stride in mostly single panel cartoons. He doesn't 'speak', hence all the wisdom of the universe is contained within his mysterious brain. He says a lot without saying a word. He speaks to the inner Bedbug in all of us.
The goal is to print a limited run of 500-1000 books for both sponsors of this fundraiser and to be distributed to independent book/comic retailers. I will be hitting small press expos across the US. I'm a huge supporter of DIY bookmakers and especially cartoonists.
Over the past few years I have collaborated with many Seattle based cartoonists on various comic anthologies and short run zines.
I curated the One Night Stand Gallery (www.onenightstandgallery.blogspot.com) above the Fantagraphics Book Store in the historical Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle for a year before heading to LA to both continue making cartoons, paintings and books as well as remedy some crippling arthritis. ONSG showcased primarily cartoonists with allowance for other mediums that danced around the edge of the cartoon world.
Some of the artists featured at ONSG are Peter Bagge, Tim Basaraba, Max Clotfelter, Double Nasty, Jeremy Eaton, Rene Farkass, Eroyn Franklin, Kelly Froh, Ben Horak, Billis Helg, Nomi Kane, David Lasky, Tim Lowery, Jason T. Miles, Tim Miller, Tom Nelson, John Ohannesian, Marc J. Palm, Jeff Robinson, Tina Routt, Emilie Shepherd, Darin Shuler, James Stanton, Kazimir Strzepek, Tom Van Deusen, Jerome Voeslke, Eli Wolff...holy moly!!! I apologize if I missed crediting any artists. Please let me know and I will correct that. (So many incredibly talented people, so little brain cells remaining between my ears.)
Thank you for taking the time to check out this book fundraiser, Bedbug cartoons and for considering being a sponsor of 'Bedbug's Book of Wisdom'
Risks and challenges
The only setbacks I anticipate would be on the printer's schedule, postal service silliness and natural disasters. I have a great printer with quick turnaround time here in LA. ready to go as soon as the goal is met and an equally top notch t-shirt screen printer. There is a 2 week time window for all the funds to come in, another 2 weeks to print so I expect early March the first books and shirts will be ready to go. Custom paintings and ink illustrations take a little more time so April is the time when those will all start to get shipped. And away we go!!! - Thank youLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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