Volume one of a two-part graphic novel starring comic strip legends fighting to survive the Apocalypse!
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!
Please visit Whatisdeepfried.com and have a look around. You can even read a lot of the Weapon Brown story in webstrip form! But really... don'cha want to touch it with your fingers?
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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.
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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"ZIGGY" LEVEL-So broke you can't even afford pants? Donating at this level earns you a "thanks" from me and a warm feeling in your heart!Estimated delivery:
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"LOVE IS..." LEVEL- You DO care! For this donation you receive a digital download of the original 48-page Weapon Brown one-shot in pdf or cbr format. And donors to this level and all levels above get their names credited in the book!Estimated delivery:
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"MOOSE MILLER" LEVEL- Too lazy to pick up a book? You will receive a digital download of the complete graphic novel in pdf or cbr form.Estimated delivery:
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"MARY WORTH" LEVEL- Spend a little more! It's worth it! You'll get a digital version of the graphic novel (pdf or cbr), plus two vinyl stickers, a postcard and a refrigerator magnet!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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"BLOCKHEAD" LEVEL- Transform yourself from loser to EPIC winner with the printed graphic novel! This level also includes a digital edition of the GN, two vinyl stickers, a postcard and a 'fridge magnet.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"SNOOPY" LEVEL-You're the dog now, man! You will get everything at the "Blockhead" level as well as one of three Weapon Brown T-shirts!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"FLASH GORDON" LEVEL- Do you like your books with extra flash? A pledge at this level gets you a swanky, signed HARDCOVER edition of the graphic novel, complete with dust jacket! Your book also comes with a digital edition, postcard, stickers and a fridge magnet! All people who pledge $100 or more will receive the hardcover edition (unless they request otherwise), and a softcover can be upgraded to a hardcover at any level for $30.00 extra (just alert me in your end-of-drive survey).Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"CALVIN" LEVEL- I'll use my imagination for this level: You'll get everything at the "Blockhead" level, plus a T-shirt (your choice of three designs!), PLUS a signature and a personalized message in the book!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"HOBBES" LEVEL- The "Calvin" level's best friend! You'll get everything at the "Blockhead" level, a T-shirt (your choice of three designs), plus a signature and a personalized message inside the book, as well as a li'l drawing of your favorite Weapon Brown character.Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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"DOONSEBURY" LEVEL- For the discriminating comics collector! You will receive everything at the "Hobbes" level, plus a collection of all my previous printed comics, including The Great Taste of Deep Fried (128-page trade paperback), all four issues of Deep Fried volume 2, my earliest indy comics and rare minis!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)
"APARTMENT 3-G" LEVEL- Weapon Brown's heroic Anne the Orphan resides in Apartment 3-G of her secret HQ. With this level you'll get everything at the "Hobbes" level, plus a custom made miniature replica of the door to Anne's sanctum --with Anne waiting inside-- made by Bentcastle.com!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)
"GET FUZZY" LEVEL- Itchin' for something different? You'll get everything at the "Hobbes" level, plus a pair of handmade Chuck and Snoop pipe cleaner action dolls created by Chenillemacabre.com!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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10 backers Limited (10 left of 20)
"PRINCE VALIANT" LEVEL- Grace your home with fine art, just as nobility always has! You'll get everything at the "Hobbes" level, as well as a page of original artwork from Weapon Brown, shipped in a sturdy acrylic sleeve for safe keeping!Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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1 backer All gone!
"POINTY-HAIRED-BOSS" LEVEL- Make all the underling levels jealous! You'll get everything at the "Hobbes" level, plus two additional copies of the graphic novel (personalized to whomever you'd like), plus two additional Weapon Brown T-shirts and a customized Weapon Brown Mighty Mugg in a custom box!Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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"MARMADUKE" LEVEL- This level is for the Big Dogs! You'll get everything at the "Hobbes" level, plus two additional copies of the graphic novel (personalized to whomever you'd like), plus two additional Weapon Brown T-shirts and a hand-made replica of Chuck's deadly plaz gun, complete with a plaque for wall mounting!Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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"GARFIELD" LEVEL- For one real fat cat, the opportunity of a lifetime! You'll get a prominent "thank you" in the book, as well as everything at the "Hobbes" level, plus two additional copies of the graphic novel (personalized to whomever you'd like), two additional Weapon Brown T-shirts, AND you will receive a starring role in a 4-page Weapon Brown story that will become part of the Weapon Brown canon! You'll also receive the original art for this story.Estimated delivery:Add $30 USD to ship outside the US
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1 backer All gone!
"DADDY WARBUCKS" LEVEL- For the One Percenter who has everything but needs MORE! Besides a BIG OL' MENTION on the "thank you" page, you will receive the stickers, magnet and postcard, three personalized copies of the graphic novel with sketches, three T-shirts, the complete library of my out-of-print material and the ORIGINAL ART for a 10-page unpublished (and unpublishable!) Weapon Brown story, "Blood Sportsmanship". Add in a custom 11" x 17" pen and ink drawing of any Weapon Brown character you want! You've earned it!Estimated delivery:
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