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The punkest most damaged comics Jam ever.60 artists/ 90 pages of work . The Missing link between comics great past & future is here!

Suspect Device #1 was released in August 2011, a 35 page book in black and white with one very good idea; making new comics by taking  old  panels out of context and drawing a new improvised context around them, a new comic from the old. The 2nd issue adds a couple new wrinkles to the game and brings in over 60  artists, including, Noah Van Sciver, Sam Henderson, Chuck Forsman, Johnny Ryan, Kevin Scalzo, KC Green,  Brian Ralph, Lizz Hickey, Anne Emond, Brendan Lynch,  Box Brown, Heather Benjamin,  Noah Lyon of Retard Riot, Pat Ausilio, Keenan Keller, Domitille Collardey and Janelle Hessig. 

 Suspect Device is set aside from other anthologies by its having a tightly defined identity. As Tucker Stone wrote, "Its the anti anthology!"  Each artist's contribution is  hammered into a  singular mold by the limits imposed on it. As  a result, when you read the book you feel as if one long organic story (or panic attack) is taking place. All of the work is hilarious, intense and radiates with a palapable joy. Or as Tucker put it, "Almost everything in here kicks ass. It's funny as hell. Scary. So good."

The book is exciting because nothing like it is being done anywhere. The "device" was  invented for my students on the mistaken assumption I was applying the rules of Scot McCloud's improv game, Five Card Nancy. By the time I discovered the truth,  it was clear that something special had been developed.  I'd taken the technique out of the class room and begun to invite established independent cartoonists. Soon I'd  built a stash  of pages by some of my favorite cartoonists in the alternative publishing community. 

Suspect Device #1 has been selling all over the world, was voted as one of the best ten comics of 2011 on the SparkPlug Comic's blog, and issue 2 is better and more ambitious in every way. It will be around 100 pages, will feature 15 pages of full color work, has a square bound spine and has a neon day-glo cover by Jon Vermilyea. Please make this comic a reality. In return you will receive not only our gratitude, but also rare art and comics.

If you contribute 13 dollars you will receive a copy of the book and  a hand drawn pen and ink cartoon by me, editor/ artist Josh Bayer, thanking you for your support( its like simply buying the book in advance.).  Each level gains you more valuable and varied prizes. Some of the prizes may shift around, depending on what type of contributions we get. Go ahead and take a look, and thank you again for your interest in self publishing and great comics.

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    HAND DRAWN 0thank You postcard with original sketch by Josh Bayer!

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    This Guaruntees you a copy of Suspect Device#2 and a thank you post card from Josh Bayer. Its basically like buying the book in advance (plus free shipping.)

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    Copy of Suspect Device #2 and a hand illustrated CD filled with a mix of music that inspired the Suspect Device attitude .

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    Both Suspect Device 1 and 2 and a handmade mix hand illustrated CD filled with music that inspired the Suspect Device attitude .

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    A 25 inch handmade silkscreen of Josh Bayer's art for Raw Power #1 comic cover made by Edwin Vazquez Copy of Suspect Device #2 and a hand illustrated mix CD filled with a mix of music that inspired the Suspect Device attitude , an autographed copy of Zak Sally's Fear Of Song CD (thanks ZAK!!!!) and Suspect Device Issue 2. Also an original Josh Bayer pen and ink drawing that says "Thanks for your support!" on it.

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    Same as the 50 dollar reward, (SilkScreen, 2 CD's, Josh Bayer Drawing) plus an autographed copy of Raw Power#1 and Josh Bayer's Rom, as well as an autographed copy of an issue of Box Brown's Everything Dies.

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    The silkscreen, 2 CD's, a standard Josh Bayer Drawing plus another drawing of whatever the donator requests, a third drawing by artist Michael Freihet, a pack of both issues of Suspect Device, Rom and Raw Power, Plus a copy of edgy, comics/art magazine Yeti (issue 4.)

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    Everything that the 100 dollar option offers plus a Retrofit combo pack of comics, and a CD by the Ukulele group USS PEARL ( You havn't lived 'til you hear Sasha Pearl sing "Rainbow in the dark" on Ukulele). Prizes may also include prints or drawings by Chuck Forsman, Evan Dent or Marina Gagarina.

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    An autographed Bayer Pack of Comics (Rom, SD1 and SD2, Raw Power), a hand Drawn Bayer drawing thanking you for your support, a Raw Power Silk Screen, and a copy of Yeti #4. ALSO! original comics Page by double Ignatz award winner Box Brown or genius author of Hutch Owen, Tom Hart plus handmade Retard Riot pins by Noah Lyon and a copy of the limited edition comics anthology Future Tense by Caroline Paquita. Prizes may also include prints or drawings by Chuck Forsman, Evan Dent, Marina Gagarina or Sam Gaskin.

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    Reward are the same as the $200 donation, except that three contributors will receive original art from my collection by Prison Pit artist Johnny Ryan. If these are gone, then one person will receive the entire box set first season of The Wire.(!!!) Also, an original drawing by both Josh Bayer and Mike Freiheit of whatever the contributor requests.Prizes may also include prints or drawings by Dane Martin, Chuck Forsman, Evan Dent, Marina Gagarina or Sam Gaskin or a CD By Zak Sally.

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    Same as the 300, a total care package, (including another Johnny Ryan original,) AND a copy of rare comic Rub the Blood- the edgy, tongue-in-cheek tribute to Rob Leifield by the alt comics community. Prizes may also include prints or drawings by Chuck Forsman, Dane Martin, Evan Dent, Marina Gagarina or Sam Gaskin or a CD By Zak Sally.(Note- if nobody contributes 400$ , some of the extra prizes will be distributed among the lower bidders. )

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