The year was 2006. I was living in a loft in Red Hook, Brooklyn under the spotted R. One afternoon, while lying in bed thinking, I was suddenly overtaken by a waking dream. I usually dream in "realistic" imagery, but this one was all manifested as a black and white animated cartoon. A man was street preaching and suddenly a giant black cat came out of nowhere and chomped off his leg! He broke off a tree branch, made a quick crutch and chased after the cat. I won't spoil the ending, but over the course of the next decade plus I have worked, reworked and elaborated on this mysterious vision. In the meantime, my wife and I have moved to Atlanta, had a child who has suddenly become six, and another who is somehow four. I have painted murals and created other books, but I never stopped thinking about and working on Severed Limbs whenever I had a chance.
I've made a book for people who still have some vestige of a spirit kicking around inside them. If you are not one of those people, you should shut the door now. If you are one of those people… well, strap on your headlamp and forge your way into the Cave of Infinite Depth. And darkness. In Severed Limbs you will meet myriad mystical manifestations, be drenched in divine divinations, and flooded with philosophical philosophications, not to mention brawls, cataclysms, and donnybrooks.
I won't argue for a second that this book is for everyone. But if you appreciate the fruits of truly dedicated artists, weird cartoon funny books, existential questions, or mystical hullabaloo, then it is for you.
If I achieve my goal, the money will go to the printing of the book, the fulfillment of rewards, and Kickstarter fees, with maybe enough leftover for me to buy a congratulatory dinner for myself.
What? You thought making weird independent comics actually paid? Ha! It is to laugh. The largest portion of the money is purely to print the book. It will be a lavish production. I will print a thousand copies, hardback bound by an enchanting cover with spot UV coating (that’s what makes it shine). It will be 144 pages on thick tactile paper. The opening 16 pages will be in color and the rest in black and white, with two-color, eye-popping end papers.
Above is a look at a prototype of the book. The final book will change in a number of ways. The cover will be different (see below), there will be some minor design changes, and as stated above the finished book will be hardback bound and with a handsomer stock of paper.
Despite the overwhelmingly negative economic incentives, I continue to make comics. But you don't want to hear of my commercial tribulations! This is where you get to learn about what you get if you contribute to this awesome project. If you'd like to help fund Severed Limbs' production, besides the author's eternal gratitude you would also be eligible for one of the rewards here listed.
Below is a selection of the possible rewards you can unlock based on your level of contribution. Up to and including the magic blanket they came here on.
Risks and challenges
I have already completed the book. It took me a little more than a decade from conception to completion and it was a decade rife with challenges, from moving to a new city to having two children and becoming a stay at home mom.
I've also self-published books in the past and am prepared to deal with all the necessary challenges that go along with that. There is always the possibility of a printer error or shipping snafu, but at worst that will just delay the arrival of the book.
The only risk left to take is the actual production of the book and the possibility that you, my supporters, will learn that you have helped fund an unsaleable abomination. But that is a risk I have faith you want to take with me. I am not making art to capitalize or commodify myself or my work. I am making art that I truly love and believe in for an audience who craves something more than formulaic entertainment. I am making art for the human soul and spirit to be nourished through eye and brain.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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