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A calendar comic that chronicles a year of my adventures in cartoon school, and a sketchbook to help others record their own days.
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Hey! Welcome to my 6th Kickstarter Project! 

This one actually has two goals - One is to kickstart my two new books, Quo Vadis and ArtGenda. And the Second is to create a new Studio space.

Part One - The Books!

BEGIN AGAIN: Quo Vadis - "Where Are You Going?"

Two years ago (give or take a week) I did a Kickstarter for the original Quo Vadis book which was part of my BEGIN AGAIN comic magazine series. (Click HERE to see more details on the inspiration and original printing.) I drew a comic everyday, in a Quo Vadis brand planner book, for one year starting on August 1st, just before the start of my Senior Year at the Center for Cartoon Studies. This self-imposed challenge became part of my Thesis, so I was only able to include 7 months in the Thesis edition.

Despite the insanity of preparing my Thesis, finishing school, graduation, and moving back home... I continued to draw the daily comics until I had filled the planner. 

It's taken me a year, but I have scanned, cleaned up, revised, added some extra explanatory comics - and printed a new COMPLETE edition of Quo Vadis - Where Are You Going? This one has the full year - from August to the end of July - and is closer in size and feel to the original planner and drawings. 

The book is 6"x9", 120 pages, perfect-bound, B&W with color.
The book is 6"x9", 120 pages, perfect-bound, B&W with color.
October calendar page
October calendar page
February calendar page
February calendar page

After working in the planner for a year, I realized there were serious cons to using a standard type of planner - like having the lines going through my drawings, and no lines where I actually wanted to write... so... I designed my own planner...

ARTGENDA - Planner • Sketchbook • Journal

The sketchbook (planner, journal) is 8"x10", 120 pages, perfect bound.
The sketchbook (planner, journal) is 8"x10", 120 pages, perfect bound.

The first four pages have ideas and tips for how to use the book:

Some of the really cool things you can do with the ArtGenda!
Some of the really cool things you can do with the ArtGenda!
Some more ideas for journaling and keeping track of projects, books, tangles, etc.
Some more ideas for journaling and keeping track of projects, books, tangles, etc.

The fourth Info page has suggestions for lettering. There are a few pages with Dot-Grids for notes, sketches, or making an Index. And then the rest of the book is waiting for your thoughts and artistic expression! 

There are enough pages for a whole year, plus a few extra weeks.
There are enough pages for a whole year, plus a few extra weeks.
The paper is really nice with ballpoint pens!
The paper is really nice with ballpoint pens!

Part Two - The Studio!

The title of my comic magazines is "BEGIN AGAIN" because that has become my slogan for my "life story". I just keep starting over! For years I ran a Creativity General Store and a Studio. After I graduated from Cartoon School, I started setting up a new Studio in Concord, NH - but Life happened and that studio got piled into a storage unit!

Now, I'd like to raise some funds to convert a part of my home back into the Studio that it was... egads!... more than 17 years ago!? The space is there, it just needs paint, new lighting, and a door (to separate it from the non-public part of the house). 

In this revitalized studio space, I hope to have workshops, Open Studios, Art PlayDays, create and sell new comics, and build a new art tribe.

As I write this, I am recuperating from a messy hysterectomy and have been house-bound for a few months for various illnesses as well. Throughout the mental and physical pain and chaos, I have been making notes and sketches for comics I plan to draw about the experiences. And, in moments of clarity and insight, I realized two things - I need to find my Creative Tribe and I need to share my Experiences through Comics. The new Studio space would serve as home base for both.

Choose this original piece of Art - BEGIN - as your Reward!
Choose this original piece of Art - BEGIN - as your Reward!

Yeh, so... what do you get in return? Original Comic Art! YES!!

I LOVE to draw. Especially comics.

I will create a custom illustration for you in the same style as the Quo Vadis comics -- ballpoint pen -- with some of the adorable characters, such as my Demons, Puff-My-Inner-Bitch-Dragon, Self-Care heart, Minou the Cat, the Lilah Beans, etc.

I've listed two Rewards, each with a different level of customization and detail. In the image below, "BEGIN" is an example of an Original Drawing and "LILAH" is an example of a Custom Original Drawing.

If you choose the Original Drawing Reward - you tell me what you want the word to say. For example, READ!, BEGIN, BE CALM, INSPIRE, TEACH - or it can be a name - LILAH, MEG, DAD, LIZZIE, HARRY, (The) SMITHS... I will create a comic drawing, with your word/name, that looks similar to the first drawing (below).

Original Drawing (top) and Custom Original Drawing (bottom)
Original Drawing (top) and Custom Original Drawing (bottom)

If you want more choices and details, choose the Custom Original Drawing Reward. Again, you tell me the word/name that you would like illustrated, but you also can select the characters you want and any other preferences you have. I'll create letters to match your preferences... for example, in the sample above, I created playful letters to express Lilah's creativity and imagination - and turned part of her name into a jungle gym!

To clarify, here's another example: Let's say you are a librarian and want artwork to hang in your elementary school library... you could ask for the word "READ!" with some Lilah Beans. I would create the R-E-A-D letters made from books and stacks of books with Lilah Beans sitting on the stacks and reading other books. You could also tell me if there are particular titles you'd like on some of the books. Hmmm.... that sounds pretty cool - I may have to draw that one for myself!

And lastly, here are the three mini-prints that are included with some of the Rewards:

So there it is. Please back my Kickstarter Number Six so I can get these comics out into the world and then get to work on making some new ones! Thank you!

STRETCH UPDATE:

Let's get this campaign past the $1000 mark and I'll start adding in some extra goodies. For example, everyone will get this Manifesting mini-print:

NEW REWARDS ADDED!

12"x 8" PRINT of READ! comic artwork
12"x 8" PRINT of READ! comic artwork
12"x 8" PRINT of BEGIN comic artwork
12"x 8" PRINT of BEGIN comic artwork
12"x 9" Dry-erase board
12"x 9" Dry-erase board

Risks and challenges

The Quo Vadis comics and the ArtGenda sketchbook are finished and at the printers - ready and waiting for this Kickstarter to succeed. The Studio space and the Hysterectomy comic are dependent on raising enough money, above the $500 printing costs, to pay the current surgery bill and the renovation expenses. I've timed the Kickstarter to run while I am recovering. When it ends, I should be ready to jump in and pack up books and draw custom pictures! Yeh! Bring it on!

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    "Alrighty, Universe" comic revised with the Self-Care Heart character and printed on a 12"x9" acrylic dry-erase board! Includes an attached pen and hooks to hang keys, or charms or whatever you like. You also get the Set of mini-prints.

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    Sandy's Box o'Books!

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    Original Drawing + Deluxe

    I will draw an original, comic "panel" in ball-point pen (see "BEGIN" sample). Final art will measure about 9"x5". You can pick a word (such as "BEGIN" or "IMAGINE"), or a name, up to 8 letters max. I will draw it in the font shown and add some characters from the comics, and one color for details. Plus you get all the other items too - Yeah!!

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    Tangled Box O'Books!

    This surprise box of fabulous tangled books will make your jaw drop! Included will be the new ArtGenda sketchbook so you can keep track of your tangles or draw a Zentangle-a-day. The rest of the contents will be selected from my shop's inventory of Zentangle related books - my own and a few others that I have work in or simply admire, as well as Tangle Cards, and Zentangle supplies (tiles, etc.). I will divide up all the titles and supplies between the 5 Reward Boxes. You will get TONS of GREAT stuff!

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    You can have it all!

    I will draw a customized original, comic "panel" in ball-point pen (see "LILAH" sample). Final art will measure about 9"x5". You can pick a word (such as "BEGIN" or "IMAGINE"), or a name, up to 8 letters max. I will draw custom letters and add some characters from the comics interacting with the letters, shading and some color. If you have preferences for letter style, characters, etc. or you need a longer name or phrase illustrated - I can work that in to the drawing. And you get everything else as well - OMG - you are SO lucky!!

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