About this project
So there you have it!
This Kickstarter is for the first volume of the complete omnibus of Weapon Brown material. This volume contains Chuck's origin story "A Peanut Scorned", as well as the first half of "Blockhead's War", the story I recently concluded after several years of work. The next volume will finish Blockhead's War and also features short stories themed on the classic Peanuts holiday specials. Both volumes will include pin-ups and other bonus materials.
Thanks to the donations of preppers and survivalists like you the initial funding goal has been met! But why wait for the second volume? If this campaign hits $17,000 I will publish the entire omnibus under one cover! That's nearly twice the book for the same price!
Where your money goes
I am trying to raise the money for printing 2000 units of this book using a professional offset printing company, so you will get the top quality paper and binding which is sometimes lacking in digital printing. In the book-binding game the costs are all front-loaded into the setup and printing of the first 1000 units (the minimum). Every quantity above that is considerably cheaper. I need enough units to fulfill my KS orders as well as have enough to get Weapon Brown into stores.
In addition, there are the costs associated with producing the incentive items, shipping, and of course, the grease that goes to Kickstarter. The costs included in my goal break down like this:
2000 Copies of Weapon Brown= $5400.00
Tees and other manufactured incentives= $1620.00
Shipping (estimated)= $2400.00
Limited edition incentive items= $1312.00
Incidentals (e.g., additional manufacturing, unanticipated shipping costs)= $500.00
This takes us to roughly $11,250, my break even point. The goal of $12,500 factors in The KS and Amazon fees.
(Fast-Forward to 6:10 to hear Max Scoville talk about Weapon Brown)
The biggest incentive is, of course, the awesome finished book! Let's imagine it together...
Wow! I can hardly wait! Then there are your tchotchkes: The stickers, magnets and postcards:
Fun for the whole Family Circus! But now we are getting into the good stuff. I'll break them down by pledge levels.
This is where the T-shirts show up. You have a choice of three designs: (1) Chuck, (2) CAL-v.1N or (3) Pops! These silk screened, 100% cotton Gilden tees are available in all sizes, S-XXXL.
FLASH GORDON Level
The world of the future is a hard place, and it requires a hard book! At this level you will receive a hardcover edition of the Weapon Brown graphic novel, complete with dust jacket and a foil-stamped logo on the cover!
This is for you complete-ists. This level compiles all the printed comics I have done, including all my Deep Fried work, my early superhero work for some scrappy independent publishers, filthy adult comix and some rare Deep Fried minis! That's over a dozen additional comics on top of the graphic novel!
GET FUZZY Level
My weirdest incentive! You'll get two dismemberable pipe cleaner dolls created just for this campaign by the dark geniuses at Chenillemacabre.com! Throw some fishing line on them and turn them into creepy Christmas tree ornaments!
APARTMENT 3-G Level
The folks at Bentcastle.com make doors! Little bitty doors that you can put on your shelf or hang on your wall (roughly 7" x 4"). Now they are turning their talents away from fairyland and towards the wasteland by creating the door that opens to Anne the Orphan's inner sanctum. What waits behind that door? Only Chuck knows... and so will you!
PRINCE VALIANT Level
I am cutting loose some of my cooler pages from the Weapon Brown saga to come live with you. It's killing me to do this, so please treat them nice and water them daily. They are all 11" x 17", pen&ink on Bristol board.
POINTY-HAIRED BOSS Level
This level includes a one-of-a-kind customized Mighty Mugg of Weapon Brown, complete with customized box and cute li'l plaz gun! Ever seen a Wolverine Mighty Mugg poop its pants? Bring THIS bad boy to the party!
Intimidate your friends! Vaporize your neighbors! The lucky dog who pledges this level gets a hand sculpted and painted life-size replica of Chuck's mighty plaz gun, complete with a plaque for wall-mounting.
Want to be famous in the worst way? I've got the worst way to MAKE you famous! Star in a Weapon Brown short story!
I will create a new Weapon Brown tale just for the sake of showing you as a mercenary, mutant or some other sort of horrible thing. And you won't be some background character either! You will be front and center with lines and everything... Until Chuck kills you, which is the most likely outcome.
I'll gather photos of you so I can draw you just right, and I'll even let you suggest some ideas for how you are portrayed! Afterwards you'll get the art, and I'll make sure you get a copy of the comic in which this official story finally runs.
DADDY WARBUCKS Level
There can be only one! In addition to all the other goodies you'll reap at this level (including a piece of original artwork drawn just for you), you will get all 10 pages of "Blood Sportsmanship", a hand-lettered Weapon Brown story that has hung in publishing limbo for years. Another company has the first rights to run this story but hasn't chosen to do so. Until that happens, you and you alone will sit ringside as Chuck battles to the death in a gladiator fight against Hagar the Horrible!
A goody bag of the tchotchkes (magnet, stickers and postcard), or a T-shirt can be added on to any level. Just request it! The goodies are available for $5.00 and the tees for $20.00. And if you pledge more than you have to at a given level, who knows what I'll throw in?
- 1) $13,000
I'll add a pair of awesome desktop wallpapers to every level above the "Ziggy" level (because Ziggy just can't win).
- 2) $13,001
Ziggies get the wallpapers too.
- 3) $15,000
A set of five colored trading cards will be attached to all pledges at the "Mary Worth" level and up.
Why wait for volume 2? If my Kickstarter reaches this magic number, I will print the entire Weapon Brown omnibus under one cover! That's 396 big-ass pages!
- 5) $20,000
A new Weapon Brown holiday-themed short story will be added to the book!
- 6) $25,000
Additional pin-ups by some awesome popular artists! Can't tell you who yet, but the sooner you donate, the sooner you'll know!
- 6) $27,000
A 30-page, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 black & white sketchbook with a color, cardstock cover will be added to all pledges at the "Mary Worth" level and above, featuring production artwork, new pin-ups by yours truly and more!
Omega Edition! What is that aardvark thing that Elmont and Alice are fighting over on page 147? What's so funny about the way Cancerbean dies? All will be revealed when I add page after page of annotations to the Weapon Brown graphic novel!
All Glory to the Overdog Edition!
The hardcover edition of the graphic novel will have an illustrated signature plate tipped in, numbered as one of a 1000-copy limited run!
Thanks for taking an interest in Weapon Brown!
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Risks and challenges
This project is about as "turn key" as you could want. The book is completely finished and designed, so all that remains is printing the finished product, ordering the various goodies, and getting it all in the mail. I've been doing mail orders for years, so this process will run smoothly.
Some pledge levels will ship a little later because there is the manufacturing of custom rewards to consider, but otherwise the majority of pledgers will have everything they expect in the mail no later than February 28th, 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I am currently in possession of another graphic novel of the same thickness printed by the printer I will be using for Weapon Brown (the book is FUBAR, by the way... another Kickstarter!) I have abused it in every reasonable way to test it's binding and the book hasn't lost a single page.
In order to qualify for the automatic hardcover upgrade, your pledge must be $100.00 or more BEFORE adding-on international shipping.
All persons who have pledged to own the book, either digitally or the print edition, will be receiving the complete 400-page omnibus.
Does a hardcover book ordered at the "Flash Gordon" level include everything in the levels preceding it, such as a T-shirt?
No. The Flash Gordon level is a little unique, since I am using it to fund just a short run of the hardcovers (instead of upgrading everyone from soft to hard, which would require a new stretch goal. Only those who have pledged $100.00 or more at any level will get the hardcover upgrade automatically.)
The Flash Gordon level stands alone, and comes with a signed hardcover book, a digital edition, postcard, stickers and magnet. If you've already pledged at a "softcover level", e.g., the "Snoopy" level, you may upgrade to a hardcover by adding $30.00 to your pledge. Or, if you pledged at the Flash Gordon level but still wanted a tee, you may pledge an additional $20.00 to have one added on.
The end-of-drive survey will have options for you to request those things that your additional donation may have purchased.
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