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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 28 2019 6:14 PM UTC +00:00.

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Help us bring back Rob Rogers' iconic local comic strip "Brewed on Grant" to the pages of the Pittsburgh Current !

One of Rob's favorite subjects for Brewed on Grant was Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who at the time was the youngest mayor of any major U.S. city. Rob drew Luke as a six-year old boy and dubbed him "Boy Mayor." This cartoon is from 2007.
One of Rob's favorite subjects for Brewed on Grant was Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who at the time was the youngest mayor of any major U.S. city. Rob drew Luke as a six-year old boy and dubbed him "Boy Mayor." This cartoon is from 2007.

Newspapers across the country (as well as locally) have been suffering for decades due to a changing media landscape. That means less local coverage and less editorial cartoons. But the elimination of editorial cartoons isn't always about economics. Sometimes it's about stifling speech. Recent examples include the New York Times deciding NOT to run editorial cartoons ever again and Canadian cartoonist Michael DeAdder losing a freelance job after one of his Trump cartoons went viral. 

When Rob Rogers was fired by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2018 for drawing unflattering cartoons about President Trump, it made national news. Readers were outraged. We are living in an era when the Free Press is under attack by the White House and reputable news outlets are disparaged as "fake news" and the "enemy of the people." Editorial cartoons are a unique and powerful form of free speech. We need them now more than ever.

That's why we are so excited to be working with Rob Rogers to revive "Brewed on Grant" in print. Local leaders, beware! Rob is watching, and it will come out on the pages of Pittsburgh Current

We are also using this campaign to support our local comic artists who have been on our pages since issue one! That includes artists like Joe Wos, D.J. Coffman, Andrea Shockling, Theresa Roberts Logan, Rob Jones and Brad Perri, among others. Editorial cartooning and comic arts are essential to a vibrant print publication, and we are proud to support these amazing artists and provide their voices and messages to our readers. 

Rob Rogers' Brewed On Grant from 2013.
Rob Rogers' Brewed On Grant from 2013.

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    A Big Thanks!

    Your name will be printed on a "Thank You" page in the Pittsburgh Current after the campaign is complete.You will also receive the satisfaction that you are helping to keep local editorial cartooning alive and well! Congratulations!

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    Rosie Button

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    Brewed On Grant Print

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    You will receive a portfolio of 6 signed prints from assorted Pittsburgh Current cartoonists. Plus the Brewed print, the Rosie button and a mention on the thank you page.

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    Brewed On Grant Book

    You will receive a signed copy of Rob Rogers' 2015 book called "Mayoral Ink: Cartooning Pittsburgh's Mayors." This book is Rob's only Brewed On Grant collection. Plus the the Rosie button, Brewed print, the 6 print pack and your name on the thank you page.

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    Joe Wos Maze Books

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    Pirate Mike signed 'Clemente' comic

    Brad Perri's iconic 'Clemente' Pirate Mike comic, signed and delivered to you! Plus the Rosie button, Brewed print, the 6 print pack, Brewed book and your name on the thank you page.

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    Be in a Rob Jones cartoon

    You can appear as a character in Rob Jones' slice of life comic that appears in the Current! Plus the Brewed book, Brewed print, the 6 print pack, the Rosie button and your name on the thank you page.

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    Meet Rob Rogers Cocktail Reception!

    Donors at this level will be put on the guest list for an exclusive private reception to celebrate Rob Rogers and the return of Brewed On Grant! Cocktails and appetizers will be provided. Plus the Brewed book, Brewed print, the 6 print pack, the Rosie button and your name on the thank you page.

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    Brewed Original Art

    You will receive a signed Brewed On Grant original cartoon from the archives. Plus the reception, Brewed book, Brewed print, the 6 print pack, Rosie button and your name on the thank you page.

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    Be a Part of Brewed!

    You will be drawn as an "extra" in Brewed On Grant and you will receive the original of this cartoon. Plus the reception, Brewed book, Brewed print, the 6 print pack, Rosie button and your name on the thank you page.

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