I've been self-publishing cereal:geek magazine since the beginning of 2007. It is a 100 page glossy magazine (with NO ads) dedicated to showcasing the cartoons of the eighties. The writers and artists that contribute to cereal:geek bring with them exclusive content (none of this material has been printed in any other media before).
Issue two was originally published in the second quarter of 2007 and has been out of print ever since. As only 1000 copies were originally printed it is incredibly hard to obtain. So here I am, seeing if Kickstarter is a viable means to see if there is a demand for issue two...and maybe at the same time introduce some new people to the world of cereal:geek!
Issue two covers the subject of magic and science throughout the cartoons of the eighties. The main article covers many shows including Dungeons & Dragons, He-Man, She-Ra, Thundarr the Barbarian,
and ThunderCats, detailing how each of them utilized magic and science to tell their stories. Jack Olesker reveals how he balanced magic and science on The New Adventures of He-Man. Another article
explains how after the sci-fi-heavy first season of The Transformers the show began to delve into the realm of magic. Visionaries and Centurions (both overlooked shows) are covered. And Robert Lamb
explains how magic and science worked during his time on He-Man and She-Ra. Aside from those lengthy articles there is also an in-depth history of the much-celebrated animation studio Tokyo Movie
Shinsha, the changes found in MASK's season two are highlighted, the Top Ten cartoon transformations are listed, the Rocky films are reworked as an animated series, the love triangle in the Jem
series is questioned, a page full of Galaxy Rangers trivia is featured, the amazing origin story of Smurfette is revealed, and much, much more! Other shows covered include Defenders of the Earth,
Galaxy High School, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Thunderbirds 2086.
Here are some page previews for your entertainment (click on the images to see at a bigger size)
There are two glossy limited edition prints (available with the £10 pledge), both featuring artwork relating to cereal:geek. The first of these prints is illustrated by James Stayte and features Skeletor's Evil Warriors. The second print illustrated by Oscar Celestini features the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting their ever-present enemies. Both prints are limited to 75, and A5 in size.
If you have never heard of cereal:geek before, I highly encourage you to pledge the amount (£14) by which you get both issues one AND two (that's 200 pages of awesome content). Although issue one was darker and very much experimental (I was dating a woman that worked in fashion at the time), it is full of wonderful content.
Issue one deals (albeit quite briefly) with the subject of violence that could often be found in the cartoons of the eighties. How did The Real Ghostbusters deal with physical threats? How did former He-Man and She-Ra storyboard artist and writer Robert Lamb deal with the non-violent guidelines at Filmation? How did She-Ra, a series primarily targeted to females, tackle the subject of war on such a large scale? All these questions are tackled in the first issue of cereal:geek. Not only that, but we also see Magnum, P.I. as an animated series, Toei's original animated promos for The Transformers, an interview with writer Larry DiTillio, and much, much more! Other shows covered include Dungeons & Dragons, Galaxy High School, G.I. Joe, MASK, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and ThunderCats.
Over the years I've performed official audio commentaries on DVD releases of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Dungeons & Dragons, and The Real Ghostbusters. The point I'm trying to make is that I always have a LOT to talk about. I guarantee that the audio commentary describing page by page issues one and two will be both a worthwhile purchase and incredibly informative!
The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is available with a £20 pledge alongside issue two of cereal:geek. The book meticulously covers all 130 episodes of the Filmation series in text form. Within its 300+ pages are 700+ pieces of trivia, 460+ deleted scenes, 360+ examples of animation reuse, 380+ quotes, 50+ abandoned episodes, and a LOT more!
By pledging £45 you get SEVEN issues of cereal:geek which equates to 700 PAGES of eighties cartoon wonderment! You will also receive a special A5 limited edition print featuring the cast of He-Man's second season illustrated by Leanne Hannah exclusive to this bundle!
This is the big one! Pledge £300 and receive issues two and one, AND a piece of original cereal;geek artwork (used in issue two) illustrated by Ken Steacy featuring everyone's favorite most powerful man in the universe, He-Man! The artwork measures 17" X 11" and would look beautiful framed and hung on a wall.
Risks and challenges
As the magazine is ready to print, much of the production work has already been accomplished, thus reducing the number of risks involved. To this day the printing company I work with have delivered all of my self-publishing projects error-free. That said, when the magazine is at the printers, the job is literally out of my hands, and that's where problems can occur. For example, misaligned CMYK plates may result in the odd page error, and a heavy workload may cause a delay in the shipping of the magazine (hence why my delivery date is February 2013). I will keep my backers updated as to the status of the printing.
* ORIGINAL ARTWORK* You receive issue two of cereal:geek magazine, AND issue one, and a piece of original cereal;geek artwork (used in issue two) illustrated by Ken Steacy (see project description for image).