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Offensive and bleak satirical anti-army recruitment leaflet in a comic book style. From Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives.
Offensive and bleak satirical anti-army recruitment leaflet in a comic book style. From Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives.
Offensive and bleak satirical anti-army recruitment leaflet in a comic book style. From Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives.
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For the last few months I've been working on this anti-army "recruitment leaflet". I originally intended it to be a way of bringing together all my military themed illustrations and insults but it's kind of expanded into this sprawling tirade against the armed forces and war in general.

Front cover
Front cover

It's going to be a 20 page concertina fold booklet. On the inside is all the detailed "information", flippant diagrams and small, semi-obscene comic strips. Whereas the outside folds out into a 1.5m Bayeux Tapestry style version of the Iraq/Afghan war.

It's kind of hard to fit the whole thing on here, but here's generally what each side looks like (from far away):

Tapestry detail
Tapestry detail

The one problem with that is that it's now so long I'll need to use a specialist printer to have it printed and it's going to cost more money than I physically own. That's why I've started this Kickstarter campaign to see if you might be interested in putting your name down for a pre-order or maybe a t-shirt or a print or something. The comic is ready to go, I just need some of that pesky money to make it happen. Your pesky money to be precise.

If you've seen any of my work before you may be familiar with a few of pieces but at least 80% of it is made up of new stuff, so you shouldn't get too hideously bored.

Poster - available at the £15 level
Poster - available at the £15 level

REWARDS

Also available in other national flag designs, just let me know
Also available in other national flag designs, just let me know

T-shirt sizes go from S - 3XL apart from colour t-shirt which are S - XXL.

You'll be sent a survey after the deadline in which you can specify which design, size and colour you want, same for the prints etc.

Frames available for all prints. A2 & A3 sizes.
Frames available for all prints. A2 & A3 sizes.

STICKERS

Stickers will be transparent, I'm just waiting on some to be delivered shortly. One set with the logo black, the other white.

Click for my website
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STRETCH GOALS

If more money comes in than is strictly necessary I'll use the surplus to order a larger print run and properly promote the comic. But in addition the following stretch goals will be available:

£1150 - UNLOCKED - Every physical order gets a couple of Army themed pin badges based on designs in the book. Any reward level over £30 gets five badges.

£1500 UNLOCKED - Free die-cut sticker with every physical order. SAS - "Who Cares Who Wins" embroidered patch available at any reward level for an extra £6.

£1750 UNLOCKED - Launch exhibition in London with an invite for every backer.

£2200 LOCKED - All physical backers get a four page B&W preview of my next comic. Every deluxe edition gets two different die-cut stickers.  

Risks and challenges

The comic is finished, I have a quote from the printer and everything is finalised. So as long as I reach my fundraising target you will get your stuff!

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.99

    Digital PDF file of the comic in long format single pages for each side.

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    Physical version of the comic. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + PDF version of the comic.

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    Pledge £8 or more About $12

    Limited edition deluxe version of the comic containing additional material in the form of flyer inserts of illustrated army related 'adverts'. Each copy signed and numbered, comes in a transparent plastic sleeve. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + PDF version of the comic.

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    Pledge £11 or more About $16

    Two copies of the comic. + A signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + PDF version of the comic.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $22

    POSTER LEVEL:

    One A2 sized "Why Not Join the Fucking Army" poster. + One copy of the comic. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    ILLUSTRATED T-SHIRT LEVEL:
    A choice of one of two t-shirts, "Shiny Shiny Medals" or "ARGH! The sound of victory!" + One copy of the comic. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    TEXT T-SHIRT LEVEL:

    A choice of one of two of the text based t-shirts, either, 'MAKE STUFF DEAD" or, "ARMY - BE THE MEAT". + One copy of the comic. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT LEVEL:
    A limited edition t-shirt not available in the public shop, either "Bursting with Pride!" or "100% British Soldier Meat". + One copy of the comic. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    Pledge £26 or more About $39

    RETAILER LEVEL: (Available to comic/art shops and owners only!) 6x signed copies of the comic delivered direct to your store to resell at the price of your choice. + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster for each member of your staff. + 6x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers.

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    Pledge £30 or more About $45

    T-SHIRT + POSTER LEVEL: Any one of the non-limited edition t-shirts. + A2 "Why Not Join the Fucking Army" poster. + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    Pledge £36 or more About $54

    TWO T-SHIRT LEVEL: Any two of the non-limited edition t-shirts. + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    Pledge £40 or more About $60

    DOUBLE DOUBLE LEVEL: Any two of the non-limited edition t-shirts in whichever sizes you like. + Two copies of the comic. + Two signed A4 photocopies of my 'Violence Week' poster + 4x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + 2x PDFs of the comic.

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    LIMITED EDITION PRINT LEVEL: Your choice of a limited edition heavyweight signed giclee print in A3 size. + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    LIMITED EDITION PRINT + T-SHIRT LEVEL:
    Your choice of a limited edition heavyweight signed giclee print in A3 size. + Choice of any one of the non-limited edition t-shirts + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    TRIPPLE LIMITED T-SHIRT LEVEL: Any three t-shirts of your choice, including the limited edition shirts. + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    Pledge £68 or more About $102

    A2 LIMITED EDITON PRINT LEVEL: Your choice of any one of the limited edition heavyweight signed giclee prints, printed in A2 size. + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    Pledge £85 or more About $127

    FRAMED A3 PRINT LEVEL: Your choice of one of the limited edition heavyweight signed giclee prints, printed in A3 size and framed in a dead nice box frame (see image). + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic

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    Pledge £115 or more About $172

    FRAMED A2 PRINT LEVEL: Your choice of one of the limited edition heavyweight signed giclee prints, printed in A2 size and framed in a dead nice box frame (see images). + One copy of the comic. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster. + 2x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. +PDF version of the comic.

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    Pledge £130 or more About $194

    ORIGINAL ARTWORK LEVEL: Choose one of several completed sketches or painted artworks that appear in the book. These are A4 size or smaller. Signed and dated. A choice will be offered on a first come first served basis. + A deluxe edition of the book. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster + 4x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + PDF version of the comic.

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    ORIGINAL CUSTOM TAPESTRY ARTWORK - A single original A3 page of a new Bayeux Tapestry style version of a modern army battle or atrocity (doesn't have to be British army). Signed and dated by me. You can suggest the incident if you have a preference. Examples include drone attacks, Vietnam, sinking of the Belgrano, Northern Ireland, Winter of Discontent etc. + A deluxe edition of the book. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster + 4x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + PDF version of the comic.

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    ORIGINAL "BAYEUX TAPESTRY" ILLUSTRATION - The original single sheet 'tapestry' that features on the outside of the book. Over 2 metres long, signed and dated by me. + A deluxe edition of the book. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster + 4x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + PDF version of the comic.

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    Pledge £390 or more About $583

    PTSD ACTION MAN - A genuine boxed "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Action Man" action figure, personally made by me. Each one will vary slightly in terms of accessories and what the action man actually looks like (in terms of injuries and psychological trauma). Will look somewhat like my Baby's First Baby piece: http://www.spellingmistakescostlives.com/babysfirstbaby . Each signed and numbered on the bottom. + A deluxe edition of the book. + Signed A4 photocopy of my 'Violence Week' poster + 4x transparent Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives logo stickers. + PDF version of the comic.

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