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Windsor McCay's masterpieces properly restored for the first time. Each brilliant line painstakingly restored from McCay's original art
Windsor McCay's masterpieces properly restored for the first time. Each brilliant line painstakingly restored from McCay's original art
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MARCH 15, 2017-- WE'VE ADDED A NEW REWARD!

For a contribution of $200 or more, You'll get all 6 MASTERS SERIES prints, the LITTLE NEO t-shirt, PLUS the 9x12 inch original art for Michael Kelleher's new LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND pin-up! We only have one of these available, so act fast!

THE MASTERS SERIES: LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND

LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND was a groundbreaking newspaper comic strip written and illustrated by Winsor McCay from 1905-1911.

Even if you are a fan of Winsor McCay, you may have never experienced the true beauty of his creations.
Despite being reprinted numerous times over the past 100 years, these literal works of art have never been fully and properly restored, until now.

Take a look at a few 'before and after' samples--

On the left is a a scan of what the public has been seeing for over a century. On the right is our version, painstakingly restored from Winsor McCays original artwork.

The lower quality version is a product of the limited technological capabilities of the printing process back in the early twentieth century. A vast majority of the comics that saw print before the 1980's contained horrible print quality. That horrible printing is quite often the source for reprinted material.

With many, if not most, reprintings of old comic illustrations, little to no effort or consideration is given to the actual artwork. Publishers simply scan old, horribly printed comics, run a few photoshop tricks, and print the results. The result is often an even more degraded version of what was already a poor reproduction.

THE MASTERS SERIES was started as a labor of love to finally properly restore the invaluable works of some of the greatest illustrators in history. 

We've focused our first efforts on LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND by Winsor McCay. We feel that it is important to show the world the exacting brilliance of these masterworks.

In January 2015 we produced our first two prints with our own money, and the project was met with great acclaim, but mediocre sales. it was our hope that there would be enough interest generated from our initial offering to fund additional prints, but our losses were too great to continue solely out of pocket. That is why we have come to Kickstarter looking for your support.

In exchange for your contribution, you'll get your choice of our six current available prints...

 

 

 

 

 

 You can also receive this exclusive LITTLE NEMO t-shirt free with the $100 level contribution.

Each print measures 18 x 24 inches with an image size of approximately 16.5 x 21 ( the original print size used in newspapers back in 1905 ) and is printed on 80 lb Finch Opaque Vanilla text which was specially selected for its texture and tone. The prints are hand numbered and initialed by Michael Kelleher to verify these first run prints.

They look great in a frame or displayed in a standard 18 x 24 inch portfolio.

One more important thing-- When we sell out of each print ( limited run of 1000 copies each ), Kellustration will be making the digital files available to the public in the hopes that these masterpieces will never be reproduced in lessor quality again.

If you are interested in learning more about our restoration process we invite you to visit our blog at http://www.kellustration.com/the-masters-series-blog.html where you'll find lots of information ranging from what we do to how we do it and why.

We feel that this is an important project and hope you will help us in our goal to properly restore these masterpieces as well as many more to come.

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

We are looking at practically no risks on this project. The work has already been completed. We are simply looking for funding to cover printing and shipping costs.

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    Choose 5 of our six Little Nemo prints

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    All six Little Nemo prints PLUS t-shirt!

    Receive all six of our fully restored, full color prints. 18 x 24 inches. Numbered limited edition of 1000. PLUS, we'll throw in a LITTLE NEMO T-SHIRT! ( We will contact you after successful funding of project to ask for your shirt size choice )

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    Original art package 1

    You'll receive all 6 MASTERS SERIES: LITTLE NEMO prints, plus the LITTLE NEMO t-shirt, PLUS you'll receive the original art and print of Michael Kelleher's new LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND PIN-UP #1.

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