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An awesome Comic Con has 100+ Vendors, Thousands of Attendees, Celebrities, Industry professionals, Panels, cosplay contests, and much more... Now, imagine if you could attend all of this without paying an entry fee!

It is my dream to create a Comic Book and Pop-culture event that everyone can attend without worrying about entry fees. This means those who wish to attend a premiere comic convention to participate in panels, see shows, meet their heroes, talk to their favorite artists, or even just connect with others who share their interests would have the opportunity to do so, despite previous non-attendance due to the financial burden of high entry fees.

On August 15th &16th, 2015 we premiered the Northwest Comic Fest in Salem, Oregon. We had amazing live performances in Parkour, Break-dancing, Martial Arts, Fencing, Beat-boxing, and Whips. After these performances we held ‘Hero Training’ in most all of these art forms, hosted by performers and industry professionals. We held the Northwest Film Fest in a large State-of-the-art movie theater. Our film festival afforded the opportunity for indie and up and coming film makers to share their hard work with an audience on a larger scale than might have otherwise been possible for them in this area. For some, it was the first time they had ever seen their work on a theater screen. We hosted a comedy roast at a local comedy club where we roasted the Red Power Ranger, Steve Cardenas. Just when you thought you couldn’t handle any more fun for the weekend, the Northwest Music Fest was jamming outside. The music fest featured musicians from all genres, signed and unsigned, including Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Rap, and even Country. This was just some of Northwest Comic Fest: Year One.

Thoughts come to me sometimes, and my thought was, “Who missed all of this because they couldn’t afford to attend? What if it was free? Then, anyone that has ever had a reason to hold back from attending this sort of an event could give it a chance.” Could you imagine something like this? All the live entertainment you can stand, comics, writers, artists, panels, ALL FREE? Even if you weren't a comic fan, there are so many spectacular activities going on everyone could find something they enjoy.

Both independent and mainstream artists, writers, and craft vendors work extremely hard to create pop-culture. Comic conventions are a way for these skilled creatives to really connect with their audience face to face and inspire future creatives. A comic convention can cost $50-$100 just to enter the event, leaving many with little to no resources remaining to really experience the rest of what the event has to offer. Art and Pop-culture can reach a wider audience without entry limitations due to fees, benefiting both patrons and artists alike.

To make this dream a reality, I need your help to open the Northwest Comic Fest doors to everyone for FREE in August of 2016. If we reach $30,000.00, everyone (that can safely fit into our large convention center venue) can attend this event. Reaching our goal ensures a free event here in the Pacific Northwest, but if something viral happens and we exceed our goal, or even REALLY exceed our goal, it would be my hope to bring everyone a premier comic convention on a NATIONAL level. A free comic convention in all 50 states? Wouldn’t that be amazing!?!

This is my goal.

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Thank you

1$ Pledge:

For your $1.00 pledge, I'd like to thank you by giving you a thank you credit in an event episode of Northwest Comic Show. Your name will be listed in the episode credits of an episode featuring Northwest Comic Fest event details.

3$ Pledge:

All donations of $3.00 will place your name as a sponsor on our entry banner at the Northwest Comic Fest in August 2016 and you will be given a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

All contributers will be listed at the entry if you choose
All contributers will be listed at the entry if you choose

  6$ Pledge:

The Amazing crew of  Dead Peasant Publishing can see the value of what we are trying to accomplish. They have graciously offered to donate up to 200 digital copies of their Break-Out Hit comic…

…Blood & Gourd… “The most horrifying attraction at Henderson Farms was supposed to be the haunted corn maze, but the true terror is rooted in the pumpkin patch!”

Pledges of $6.00 will provide you with your very own Digital Copy of this Indie Horror Comic Hit. As well as name placement as a sponsor on our event banner at the fest and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

Jenz K. Lund - Writer/Creator D.H. Shultis - Writer/Creator Dave Acosta - Artist Juan Albarran - Inks Fran Gamboa - Colors Juan Carlos Ruiz - Flats & Letters Additional Art - Tucker Rzepecki
Jenz K. Lund - Writer/Creator D.H. Shultis - Writer/Creator Dave Acosta - Artist Juan Albarran - Inks Fran Gamboa - Colors Juan Carlos Ruiz - Flats & Letters Additional Art - Tucker Rzepecki

10$ Pledge:

Pledges of $10.00 will get you an exclusive 11x17 Northwest Comic Fest poster print. These prints are available for this campaign only and will not be available for purchase at the fest. As well as name placement as a sponsor on our event banner at the fest and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show. Below is an example of a print, not the one that will be used.

this is an example, not actual
this is an example, not actual

 20$ Pledge:

You will receive an exclusive 11x17 Northwest Comic Fest art print, signed by the artist, AND you will get a DVD containing multiple cosplay tutorials, including everything from how to make High Quality Masks and Hero Armor to prop weapons!!! This is a huge value!

I made this cosplay top, i'll show you how to make this type of costume design
I made this cosplay top, i'll show you how to make this type of costume design

35$ Pledge:

For donations of $35.00 you will receive a face-molded, domino style, superhero mask!!! Eco-friendly! I use re-purposed, but unused, leather to make the finest quality superhero masks. I will include enough adhesive for 1-3 applications and instructions for use. Naturally, you would also receive an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

50$ Pledge:

Pledges of $50.00 will garner you a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt with a dynamic design showing your support for this campaign! These t-shirts will not be available for purchase anywhere else! You will also receive an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

this is an example, not actual design
this is an example, not actual design

100$ Pledge:

Your donation of $100.00 gets you 2 hours of cosplay consultation or instruction from an award winning cosplay designer! You can choose to utilize your 2 hours as an individual, or host a group event (up to 15 attendees) for you and your friends at Props in Salem, Oregon. If you are not from the area, Skype sessions can also be done. Not one to break with tradition, you will also receive a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

275$ Pledge:

Pledging $275.00 will get you up to a 2x6 thank you banner, with a family appropriate design of your choosing, that will be displayed prominently at the Northwest Comic Fest! After the event, we can arrange for shipment of your banner, or you can arrange a pickup day and time. Banners can be used to advertise your business, send an inspiring message, demonstrate your support for local events, or all of the above! Once your donation is received, you will be given instructions pertaining to design submission, due dates for print, etc. Of course, your donation will also garner you the limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, exclusive, signed print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

400$ Pledge:

Have you ever wanted to judge a contest? A donation of $400.00 gets you in the hot seat on one of Northwest Comic Fest’s contest judging panels! You will get the opportunity to participate as a judge on a panel of your choice, in a contest for cosplay, art, film, and more. Your generosity means you will also receive fest event placement of a 2x6 banner with a family appropriate design of your choosing, a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

600$ Pledge:

For your generous gift of $600.00, we will place a 4x8 thank you banner, with a family appropriate design of your choosing, on our main performance stage! This is where all the action will be happening! Performances, demonstrations, contests, and more will feature your banner design for all to see. Once your donation is received, you will be given instructions pertaining to design submission, due dates for print, etc. After the event, we can arrange shipment of your banner, or you can arrange a pickup day and time. You will also receive the limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, exclusive, signed print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

1,200$ Pledge:

As a thank you (!) for your contribution of $1,200.00, you will receive Recognition as a sponsor in the following locations for the Northwest Comic Fest: -Promotional materials (newsletters, event programs, fliers, etc.) -On the fest web landing page and sponsorship page with a hyperlink to your website. -Half page advertisement in the event program book with a family appropriate design of your choosing. -A promotional demo reel you provide will be played on 4 plasma screens inside the fest venue. -A 4x8 sponsorship banner with a family appropriate design of your choosing will be displayed. -You will have the option to provide branded merchandise as door prizes during the opening or closing ceremony of the fest. -You will also have the option to provide branded merchandise to all delegates and the opportunity to provide branded materials for inclusion in this year’s tote bags. You will also be eligible to receive any or all of the aforementioned pledge gifts, to include a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a face molded superhero mask, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

2,000$ Pledge:

For this pledge package, you will have the opportunity to not only receive all of the gifts listed above, but you will also get the chance to co-host an event episode of my web/public access program Northwest Comic Show! Join me to present your business, ideas, and your support of the arts, interview a celebrity guest, or even offer a presentation to viewers on something you are knowledgeable about. You could even provide a block of instruction if you have a skill you think the viewers might want to learn. Please note your appearance must be family friendly!


Guest or co-host on my public access and web show Northwest Comic Show via skype or if you're local then in person. within the next year

5,500$ Pledge:

Are you a superfan of everything geekdom? Have you always dreamed of your big day as one where you are surrounded by superheroes, fandom gadgets, and fellow superfans? Now is your chance! Your donation of $5,500.00 will get you and your wedding party your own fandom wedding ceremony on our Main Stage at the Northwest Comic Fest 2016! The area’s finest cosplayers will be in attendance for your special day! The fest is a family friendly event, so please keep this in mind when planning your nuptial celebration with us. Your donation will also garner you your own 4x8 wedding banner, displaying the family friendly design of your choosing, to be displayed during your ceremony and gifted to you as a reminder of your amazing day. You and your wedding party (limit 15) will receive a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show. I'm Ordained and can even perform the ceremony if you'd like.

example
example

10,000$ Pledge:

This Reward is extremely limited to a maximum of 3 total available for our Northwest Comic Fest Event. The Presenting Sponsor will receive Presenting Sponsor VIP Status such as Recognition as Presenting Sponsor in Promotional Materials (newsletters, event program) as well as on our event Logo. On our website landing page and sponsorship page of our event there will be a Hyperlink to the presenting sponsor’s web page. You will receive a Full-page advertisement in Event Program book (must supply art.) You will have an on-site Booth or Display in the convention networking area. Your Company Demo Reel can play on 4 plasma screens inside. 1 LCD outside of Event. You will receive our Verbal acknowledgement of sponsorship during opening and closing ceremonies. Recognition as a Sponsor on signage at event will be yours, as well as the option to provide Tote bag inserts, option to provide branded prizing for door prize during opening or closing ceremony, and an option to provide branded merchandise to all delegates.

Logo recognition, just concept art at the moment
Logo recognition, just concept art at the moment

Risks and challenges

The funds will cover a venue, some advertising, and some celebrity guests. Other expenses can be covered by moderate vendor fees. Additional funds have been factored into stretch goals in order to accommodate travel for research and marketing needs if we reach those goals.
Its not my first Rodeo, I'm confident in my Marketing ability, but I also have a team of experienced human resources I can lean on for help when needed.
Also if you have something to say, I'd like to hear it, and it may or may not be applied, but I would like to hear it.

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    The Amazing crew of Dead Peasant Publishing can see the value of what we are trying to accomplish. They have graciously offered to donate up to 200 digital copies of their Break-Out Hit comic…

    …Blood & Gourd… “The most horrifying attraction at Henderson Farms was supposed to be the haunted corn maze, but the true terror is rooted in the pumpkin patch!”

    Pledges of $6.00 will provide you with your very own Digital Copy of this Indie Horror Comic Hit. As well as name placement as a sponsor on our event banner at the fest and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledges of $10.00 will get you an exclusive 11x17 Northwest Comic Fest poster print. These prints are available for this campaign only and will not be available for purchase at the fest. As well as name placement as a sponsor on our event banner at the fest and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    You will receive an exclusive 11x17 Northwest Comic Fest art print, signed by the artist, AND you will get a DVD containing multiple cosplay tutorials, including everything from how to make High Quality Masks and Hero Armor to prop weapons!!! This is a huge value!

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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    For donations of $35.00 you will receive a face-molded, domino style, superhero mask!!! Eco-friendly! I use re-purposed, but unused, leather to make the finest quality superhero masks. I will include enough adhesive for 1-3 applications and instructions for use. Naturally, you would also receive an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Pledges of $50.00 will garner you a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt with a dynamic design showing your support for this campaign! These t-shirts will not be available for purchase anywhere else! You will also receive an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pick-up only option in the Downtown Salem OR. Area

    Pledges of $50.00 will garner you a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt with a dynamic design showing your support for this campaign! These t-shirts will not be available for purchase anywhere else! You will also receive an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Your donation of $100.00 gets you 2 hours of cosplay consultation or instruction from an award winning cosplay designer! You can choose to utilize your 2 hours as an individual, or host a group event (up to 15 attendees) for you and your friends at Props in Salem, Oregon. If you are not from the area, Skype sessions can also be done. Not one to break with tradition, you will also receive a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    Pledging $275.00 will get you up to a 2x6 thank you banner, with a family appropriate design of your choosing, that will be displayed prominently at the Northwest Comic Fest! After the event, we can arrange for shipment of your banner, or you can arrange a pickup day and time. Banners can be used to advertise your business, send an inspiring message, demonstrate your support for local events, or all of the above! Once your donation is received, you will be given instructions pertaining to design submission, due dates for print, etc. Of course, your donation will also garner you the limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, exclusive, signed print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Have you ever wanted to judge a contest? A donation of $400.00 gets you in the hot seat on one of Northwest Comic Fest’s contest judging panels! You will get the opportunity to participate as a judge on a panel of your choice, in a contest for cosplay, art, film, and more. Your generosity means you will also receive fest event placement of a 2x6 banner with a family appropriate design of your choosing, a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show

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    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    For your generous gift of $600.00, we will place a 4x8 thank you banner, with a family appropriate design of your choosing, on our main performance stage! This is where all the action will be happening! Performances, demonstrations, contests, and more will feature your banner design for all to see. Once your donation is received, you will be given instructions pertaining to design submission, due dates for print, etc. After the event, we can arrange shipment of your banner, or you can arrange a pickup day and time. You will also receive the limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, exclusive, signed print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledge $1,200 or more About $1,200

    As a thank you (!) for your contribution of $1,200.00, you will receive Recognition as a sponsor in the following locations for the Northwest Comic Fest: -Promotional materials (newsletters, event programs, fliers, etc.) -On the fest web landing page and sponsorship page with a hyperlink to your website. -Half page advertisement in the event program book with a family appropriate design of your choosing. -A promotional demo reel you provide will be played on 4 plasma screens inside the fest venue. -A 4x8 sponsorship banner with a family appropriate design of your choosing will be displayed. -You will have the option to provide branded merchandise as door prizes during the opening or closing ceremony of the fest. -You will also have the option to provide branded merchandise to all delegates and the opportunity to provide branded materials for inclusion in this year’s tote bags. You will also be eligible to receive any or all of the aforementioned pledge gifts, to include a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a face molded superhero mask, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show.

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    For this pledge package, you will have the opportunity to not only receive all of the gifts listed above, but you will also get the chance to co-host an event episode of my web/public access program Northwest Comic Show! Join me to present your business, ideas, and your support of the arts, interview a celebrity guest, or even offer a presentation to viewers on something you are knowledgeable about. You could even provide a block of instruction if you have a skill you think the viewers might want to learn. Please note your appearance must be family friendly!

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    Are you a superfan of everything geekdom? Have you always dreamed of your big day as one where you are surrounded by superheroes, fandom gadgets, and fellow superfans? Now is your chance! Your donation of $5,500.00 will get you and your wedding party your own fandom wedding ceremony on our Main Stage at the Northwest Comic Fest 2016! The area’s finest cosplayers will be in attendance for your special day! The fest is a family friendly event, so please keep this in mind when planning your nuptial celebration with us. Your donation will also garner you your own 4x8 wedding banner, displaying the family friendly design of your choosing, to be displayed during your ceremony and gifted to you as a reminder of your amazing day. You and your wedding party (limit 15) will receive a limited edition Northwest Comic Fest t-shirt, an exclusive, signed, Northwest Comic Fest art print, a cosplay DVD, your name on the entry banner at the fest, and a thank you credit in an event episode of the Northwest Comic Show. I'm Ordained and can even perform the ceremony if you'd like.

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    This Reward is extremely limited to a maximum of 3 total available for our Northwest Comic Fest Event. The Presenting Sponsor will receive Presenting Sponsor VIP Status such as Recognition as Presenting Sponsor in Promotional Materials (newsletters, event program) as well as on our event Logo. On our website landing page and sponsorship page of our event there will be a Hyperlink to the presenting sponsor’s web page. You will receive a Full-page advertisement in Event Program book (must supply art.) You will have an on-site Booth or Display in the convention networking area. Your Company Demo Reel can play on 4 plasma screens inside. 1 LCD outside of Event. You will receive our Verbal acknowledgement of sponsorship during opening and closing ceremonies. Recognition as a Sponsor on signage at event will be yours, as well as the option to provide Tote bag inserts, option to provide branded prizing for door prize during opening or closing ceremony, and an option to provide branded merchandise to all delegates.

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