Please Note: All rewards now INCLUDE the Aftershock comic book!
In the magical year 2013, I (Jason Yungbluth) ran my first ever Kickstarter campaign to produce a graphic novel collection of my web comic Weapon Brown. My plan was to take the money, spend it all on canned peaches and ammo, and then hide in my grandfather's old fallout shelter to ride out the end of the world (I was sure that the Mayans had only been off by one year.
Surprisingly, the world did not end, and I was forced to fulfill over 800 orders for Weapon Brown. Even more surprisingly, Weapon Brown turned out to be a commercial hit! And now, at long last, I am out of stock on Weapon Brown, with hundreds of people having contacted me demanding to know when it will be back in print (and also refusing to take canned peaches instead.)
So now I am back with my tin cup, hoping to satisfy the needs of a Weapon Brown-hungry public! If you make this Kickstarter a success, not only will you get to own my awesome out-of-print graphic novel, but you may also help fund a brand new epilogue to Chuck's massive story, a new comic book called Weapon Brown: Aftershock that I've scheduled for Fall, 2018!
Weapon Brown is an action parody, a lampoon of the post-apocalyptic genre which utilizes a cast made up entirely of characters borrowed from the most famous newspaper comic strips of all time. For legal reasons I cannot tell you that Weapon Brown stars bad ass, grown-up versions of Charlie Brown, Calvin & Hobbes, Orphan Annie, Huey Freeman and a hundred other pieces of lawsuit bait, but it does. (Oh shit. Now I REALLY need that money!)
The thick, 416-page graphic novel contains the complete saga of ex-super soldier Chuck, aka "Weapon Brown", and his loyal mutt Snoop as they walk a ravaged future hellscape looking for revenge and redemption. The book features the chunky main story, additional short stories, pin-ups, annotations, sketch book pages and more!
AND THERE'S MORE TO COME!
The Weapon Brown graphic novel was already so thick that there were stories that I could not fit in. I have saved those last few tales of Chuck for a new 48-page epilogue to be called...
A mysterious wasteland prophet wanders into a dusty trading post, bringing news of a world reborn. But the townsfolk are more interested in hearing his stories of the legendary Weapon Brown, the one-armed army-of-one. Around the campfire they listen to his tales, but one of them knows more about Weapon Brown than he is letting on.
If my fundraising goal is reached, Weapon Brown: Aftershock, will be offered as a digital download for all reward-eligible levels when it is completed later in 2018. The book will feature three tales exploring the untold history of Chuck and Snoop, and the expressive black and white artwork will be accented with dynamic red and yellow spot coloring!
In addition, a limited number of signed physical copies of the book will be sent to a random selection of pledgers when Aftershock is ready to sell in stores!
Weapon Brown is Glorious Indeed!
...But thanks to people like the guy below, too many people heard about Weapon Brown and loved it, which is why I am out of stock, and why I need your help!
(That's José Youngs, BTW. Find him here here and here!)
Weapon Brown has received a ton of praise from fans and critics alike! You can explore some of my customer reviews on Amazon, or read the press I've gotten from Newsarama and Comic Book Resources (which called Weapon Brown the number one cartoon reboot most loved by comic book readers!)
Fans of comic books, comic strips, Mad Max, and Mad Magazine will all love Weapon Brown (see the original Kickstarter campaign here). It is a highly researched and loving tribute to the entire history of newspaper comics, as well as a riotous and carnage-filled thrill ride.
Won't you help bring Weapon Brown back to life and add to the canon?
Here is a breakdown of how your money will be spent. The costs are for printing 2000 units of Weapon Brown, and fulfilling an anticipated 500 orders. Additional funds raised will go towards paying the artists who will draw the stories in Aftershock (as well as printing it), and additional stretch goal rewards.
Your Name in Ink!
Anyone who contributes to this Kickstarter will, besides having their sins forgiven in the life to come, also have their name included in a "thank you" page within Weapon Brown: Aftershock, should that project come to pass.
The epic Weapon Brown graphic novel is, of course, the greatest reward you will ever receive in this life. 416 black & white pages of thrills and kills (not to mention laughs, which does not rhyme with "kills", no matter how hard you try.)
In addition to the print version of the book, there is naturally also a digital version, and it comes with another cyber prize: my 28-page sketchbook, 'Warts and All"! (See what my work looks like when I'm not trying to impress anybody!)
The 48-page Aftershock comic book was previously a stretch goal, which is why it is not listed with the other rewards you receive with your donation (once someone has pledged to a reward level, Kickstarter forbids making edits to the rewards). But make no mistake: if this campaign reaches its goal, a digital edition of Aftershock will be sent to everyone who is owed rewards of any kind!
In addition, 25 pledgers chosen at random will be sent a signed copy of the physical book when it is printed!
This story was once hidden in a salt mine so that the insecto sapiens who inherit the earth would have a window into our culture. But I figured: what the heck? Bring it out now!
This out-of-cannon Weapon Brown adventure (written before the "Blockhead's War" series but never published) finds Chuck and Snoop fighting for their lives against a "horrible" opponent! It's ten pages of never before seen excitement, presented in pdf and cbr formats.
Desktop and Smartphone Wallpapers
You will be sent digital illustrations to sex up your desktop and portable computing devices! I haven't designed them yet, but here are some wallpapers I've created for my other Kickstarters, to give you some idea of what you'll get.
Magnets! How do they work?? Figure it out for yourself, but here are the designs for the two 3/4" x 1 3/4" refrigerator magnets you will receive at the "Lucy" level and above.
These nasty patches would be right at home on an outlaw biker's leather cut, but they will probably wind up on a denim jacket next to an embroidered Charmander.
Bookmark and Christmas Tree Ornament
No one, no matter how foolish, would try to read Weapon Brown in one sitting. So for all you bookworms, here's a REAL bookworm: a nifty laser-etched wooden bookmark of Weapon Brown's lovable Garf!
Of course, by the time you finish reading my epic tome, Christmas will have come around again. Warm your heart and keep the grinches at bay with a charmingly aggressive "Chuck" Christmas tree ornament, molded and painted by the clever folks at Blue Toucan Studios!
At the "Peppermint Patty" level your haul will include a 9" x 12"custom sketch of one cartoon character of your choice. The drawing will be in pen and marker on Bristol board. The image could be one of my own creations, or even something that violates a valuable copyright (I'm a pro at drawing those!) You can also pledge a little extra and contact me for a more elaborate drawing.
I have no idea what you will request of me, but I beg you to make it as perverted as possible. Here are some sketches I've drawn in the past:
Marcie pledgers can have their likeness turned into a custom avatar and be mailed the original art!
Peppermint Patties and above will be sent one or more signed, high quality digital prints. The complete variety will be shared after the drive ends, but here are a few of the options:
"Snoopy" Level Rewards
Snoopies will all be doing a Snoopy dance over their special goodies! The first is an additional copy of the graphic novel, one of the few remaining hardcover copies of Weapon Brown left over from the last Kickstarter. This edition features a dust jacket and an embossed cover and will be signed, personalized and remarqued with a little drawing.
(Please not: these books do NOT come with the signed and numbered tip-in plate that the "Omega Edition" hardcovers had.)
Snoopies will also have their likeness drawn into a story that will be part of Weapon Brown: Aftershock, a comic to be published later in 2018. To commemorate their entry into comic book history, Snoopies will also be sent a page of the original artwork they are featured in. In the sad event that the Aftershock stretch goal is not met, Snoopies will instead be sent three pages of artwork from the Weapon Brown graphic novel,
"Red-Haired Girl" Level Rewards
It pays to be Weapon Brown’s main squeeze! One special person will receive one of the last remaining hardcover copies of Weapon Brown (signed, personalized and remarqued), as well as three incredible pieces of artwork: the 11 x 17 pen and ink covers for the softcover and hardcover editions of the graphic novel, and the cover for Aftershock as well!
"Chuck Schulz" Level Rewards
For being the mac daddy of this pledge drive, you will not only receive the books, the artwork, the appearance in Aftershock and all the cool swag from the other pledge levels, but also that rarest of gifts: an ENTIRE Weapon Brown story!
"It's the Easter Mongrel, Weapon Brown!" is a story added to the original Weapon Brown story arc, published in the graphic novel, and includes eight sizzling black and white pages that depict how young Chuck met Snoop. These will be sent to you in a protective portfolio.
I addition, you will receive a prominent "thank you" in Aftershock, so that the whole world will know that... well... you've got a lot of money to throw away on comic books!
You can add any of the items below to your rewards. Just pledge the additional money and let me know in your survey which items you would like.
Extra Weapon Brown Graphic Novel: $20.00
4-Magnet Pack (Four different Weapon Brown magnets): $5.00
Garf Bookmark: $5.00
Patches (2): $10.00
Christmas Tree Ornament: $15.00
- 1) $22,000
My first stretch goal used to be Aftershock, before I made it a principle reward. Now... I dunno! Let me think on this!
- 2) $25,000
- 3) $30,000
My Kickstarter supporters have been a pillar of my success for several years. I appreciate your checking out this pledge drive, and I hope that I will have the privilege of sending you some awesome comic books, artwork and loot!
Risks and challenges
I learn a thing or two with every Kickstarter I run. In both my previous campaigns my customers' satisfaction has been high, and I have taken steps to ensure that follow-through on this campaign will go even more smoothly.
The graphic novel is absolutely complete and ready to print. Likewise, the artwork for all additional rewards is in the can and ready to be sent to the respective manufacturers.
I see no reason why the products should not all be in the mail by June or sooner. I always make sure to keep my funders fully informed at every step of the process with regular updates, so If you pledge to this campaign they will never be in the dark about my progress in fulfilling your rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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