This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, December 4 2018 9:48 PM UTC +00:00.
WORN TUFF ELBOW #2, THE FLOPPY!
In 2004 I published WORN TUFF ELBOW #1 with Fantagraphics and now, 14 years later, I have produced a follow-up, WORN TUFF ELBOW #2, to be published under my own imprint NO WORLD BOOKS! I love creating “floppies”, in other words, saddle-stitched or stapled periodical comic books. There is an informal quality to the process which I find interesting. It was great fun to put this comic together!
WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 will be an 8” x 10.5”, 36 page comic book with colour covers and an eight page colour section. It also marks the official return of my characters Shrimpy and Paul. Previously, in 2004, Shrimpy and Paul appeared in a trade paperback all their own, Shrimpy and Paul and Friends (Highwater Books). They resurfaced in 2011 for a short story in the collection Pure Pajamas (Drawn & Quarterly) and Shrimpy appeared on his own (living with a group of green people) in Stroppy in 2015.
Also: one needs not to have read WORN TUFF ELBOW #1 to enjoy this issue, these are all new stories~!
As you'd expect, especially if you have seen my publications before, WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 is jam-packed with a bunch of goofy stuff. These comic stories are all stand-alone yarns but the situations they set up will spill over into subsequent issues. "Monsieur Moustache and the Tale of the Baloney" is an extra special re-printing of a series of comics that appeared in my long lost weekly newspaper strip, Big Pile Presents (Wilder Hobson's Theater Absurd-o) but is new to the book format.
And if that wasn’t enough, there is also a preemptive letters column (some letters I wrote to others), a bonus chapter from EW GAWD brought to us by the lovable Sedberg & Lilycups and an absolutely fabulous back cover: a diorama of Shrimpy and Paul fashioned by Nathan Camagnaro (above).
I am looking to raise $4,000 Canadian dollars to have this comic printed and in return I'm offering unique rewards to whoever would like to climb on board.
If we manage to reach the goal very quickly, by mid-November, it is quite possible that the awards will arrive for Santa-time, otherwise, it will be January 2019. And if this all goes well I would like to consider reprinting WORN TUFF ELBOW issue #1.
WORN TUFF REWARDS
Have a look at these nice rewards for all of your Elbow needs:
(If you look to the right, you'll see a list of rewards and reward configurations. We tried to come up with every possible combination of rewards, so check it out closely for the exact tier that best suits your needs. Below are the various pieces of the puzzle.)
REMOTE VILLAGER WOVEN PATCH
A very nice woven patch with one of your favourite yellow cylindrical characters on it! In other words, a Remote Villager (intellectual property of Marc Bell, established 1993)! As you might know, these little ones were harvested from their remote village long ago to serve as minions to Monsieur Moustache. He exploits them! You can see some of them parading on the cover of WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 as Saul seems to be about to squash them with a hammer.
The patch will be included in every reward (except for the digital edition of the book). Patch will measure approx 3" tall.
WORN TUFF DIGITAL EDITION
A high resolution PDF of WORN TUFF ELBOW #2, delivered to the e-mail machine that you are operating! You can look at it on the machine's screen.
WORN TUFF PRINT EDITION
Your physical copy of WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 delivered to your door. This is it! This is what this is all about! For a small administration fee I will sign your copy. There won't be room for a proper sketch in these books but perhaps a little doodle. See the example above for reference (signed in the margin on the inside front cover of the book).
WORN TUFF MINOR CHARACTER DRAWING
An original drawing of a minor character from the book of my choice in pen and ink on a 4" x 5" piece of nice paper. For an additional fee you will receive a hand-watercoloured version. With either drawing you will also receive a signed copy of the book so can look through and find your character in there somewhere!
"TINKLE TEST" ORIGINAL ART
An original page from the story 'Tinkle Test' from WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 featuring Shrimpy and/or Paul. Pages measure 15" high and 11" wide, pen and ink on fine 140 lb hotpress Fabriano watercolour paper. You will also be supplied with a signed copy of the book so you can see the page in print! NOTE: These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. You will be put in a queue and you will be sent a series of pages for you to choose from! You may inquire about this before purchase. Serious inquiries only.
"MONSIEUR MOUSTACHE AND THE TALE OF THE BALONEY" ORIGINAL ART
An original page from the story "Monsieur Moustache and the Tale of the Baloney" from WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 featuring Monsieur Moustache, his yellow cylindrical Remote Villager minions (established 1993), and many four-legged Balonies. These strips first appeared in a weekly newspaper from the early 2000's. These pages each have four panels and measure 11" high by 10" wide. They are pen and ink on smooth Strathmore bristol. You will also be supplied with a signed copy of WORN TUFF ELBOW #2 so you can see it printed in there! NOTE: These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. You will be put in a queue and you will be sent a series of pages for you to choose from! You may inquire about this before purchase, serious inquiries only.
SHRIMPY AND PAUL AND FRIENDS
You will receive a copy from the long out-of-print Shrimpy and Paul and Friends (Highwater Books, 2004)! Each book will contain an original, signed sketch! Of course you will also receive a signed copy of WORN TUFF ELBOW #2, and you can spot how well this duo has aged over time. Fabulous!
WORN TUFF FRONT COVER ORIGINAL ART
This reward is the original art of the cover for WORN TUFF ELBOW #2! This is a very large one, measuring approx 20" x 15" and is pencil and ink on 140 lb hot press Fabriano watercolour paper. You will also be rewarded with a signed copy of the book to leave on your coffee table and you can say, "Look over there, friend, it's the cover of this comic book. I own it!" Your friends will surely gasp with delight and awe as they look upon it, beautifully framed by your local framer and presented prominently on your wall to show your excellent taste in original art artifacts.
MARC BELL DEPT ORIGNAL FINE ART
Well, this is a pretty good deal: you pay 250 CAD here but you can pick a drawing of your choice at marcbelldept.com of a value of 250 USD or less! You may also supplement with other items. Visit the store and choose from a rich supply of already discounted original fine art drawings (some left on there at time of this writing are as low as $75) or have a look at the prints and publications available. We plan on adjusting prices on many of these items at the beginning of 2019 so act now. This reward will go out to the buyer pretty quickly as it is a standalone, just in time for Christmas.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
We at NO WORLD BOOKS would like to thank you for your kind consideration towards this project!
Risks and challenges
The risks are minor and few. The comic book is complete and ready to be printed. I have proofed the book several times so it's ready to print. I will be using a Canadian printer, one I'm very familiar with, so I have no concerns. I have also used the patch manufacturer in the past and they're very reliable. The only annoyance I can think of is shipping slowdowns due to the holiday season.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter