We invite you to join with us for
We have had 19 successful campaigns here in Kickstarter. Here is the Summer 2018 production. We are still amazed to see a display by one of our subscribers of an array of our titles, and realize all that has been accomplished in the last 30 years. We do not have the manpower and reach of Archie, IDW, Marvel and others and cannot turn out material as quickly but we are very pleased with the little we have been able to publish and appreciative of your interest in this work. Our yearly schedule now includes… 12 issues of the letter and Four comic books.
Just between you and we, our next book is something special. You may have heard already but this one is… Something Big.
Some of you will want further details. Away back when we did reveal plenty about the contents of our books: The names of the writer, artist, colorist and editor, the plot and theme of each story, the page length, any possible connection to an earlier or imminent story, the surprises in store for you, the reader. We then noticed that almost everyone was doing the same. This trend has expanded to include the reviews of television, the theatre and movies. Look to a channel guide for a one-sentence review of the upcoming film. Tune in to the beginning of the broadcast and see and hear the host who will reveal everything about the content of the film up to and including the name of the murderer in The Saint picture that is about to begin. (We do not exaggerate. This really happened on Turner about four years ago.) By reading, watching or listening to such commentary, one can grasp almost every detail of an upcoming artistic accomplishment. One need not attend the show, read the book or purchase the comic. We are in the business of creating, producing and publishing comic books that will amuse, entertain, educate, inform and surprise—initially us and then, hopefully—you, dear reader. We heard from Nicholas Caputo, a subscriber, the other day. He was surprised to discover we had dedicated our new title, The Hero Comics no. 26, to him. Imagine how we might have ruined that surprise.
Once upon a time comic book editors opened their pages to letters from the reader, contributions, drawings, jokes and ideas. Look into old issues and you will find an assortment of now familiar names… There is an early cartoon by Mort Walker published in Tip Top Comics v 2, n 10 February 1938, United Features. E. Nelson Bridwell designed a portion of a splash page in Katy Keene n 1, 1949, Archie. We published a letter from Todd McFarlane in Ghosts n 104, September 1981, DC. Does anyone publish reader contributions these days? We can think of one. Look to The Hero Comics no. 26, Spring 2018, a title from SD Publishing Co. You will find there a letter from Gary Poole.
We do not have the staff or the great and most-popular characters known all over the world: Archie, Batman and Captain America. So we will offer instead that which you cannot get elsewhere.
Each person who makes a Pledge to support this campaign will see his name inscribed in the Introduction to this new title. It will be possible for your fellow readers to see and read your name and—like us—give thanks for your support in the publication of this book. There is more. You may have noticed each title or series has its own unique identity. The Mocker is different from the 32 Series which is unlike Tales of the Mysterious Traveler. This is purposeful. Something Big is not to be confused with those and other titles we have published. Something Big is a 48-page comic book—not an 8-page, 16-page, 24-page or 32-page comic book with ads—a 48-page comic book that begins with a color cover, perhaps the most colorful cover we have ever published. The lead feature in this new book is an item that has been out of print for too long. Yes, lead feature. There are other features. This is an anthology. We like to offer more than one story or portion of a story to you.
Here at last is Campaign No. 20: Something Big by Snyder and Ditko. A 48-page comics anthology. A work that has engaged us all through the Spring of this year. We believe we have something surprising to offer this time. What do you think?
Do you still want more? We direct you to our Biography here. There is more information in there than you can shake a stick at.
Risks and challenges
After 19 successful campaigns here we have a very good idea of what you are looking for and expecting. To alleviate any concerns on your part, we wish to report that this book is almost ready for print. This book is not a pipe-dream to be completed at a later date. The covers, stories and artwork are complete. There will be no delay in finishing the work because it is already complete. Only the editorial pages are unfinished, in the preliminary stage. We have only to add your name to the list of campaign contributors and the work will be ready to go to the printer.
Yes, we will take our time in the composition of these pages to ensure we have each name and that it is spelled correctly.
We have been working with the same printer we used in all previous campaigns and are familiar with their arrangements. We have scheduled this work in such a way that it will be produced and delivered on time and as promised.
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