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A 48 page, Riso printed graphic novella about life's changing seasons, told through my experience of buying a small farm.
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Time keeps moving, the seasons changing.

Lumpy Acres is a small rural property about 25 miles outside Portland, OR that my wife and I purchased in April of 2015. It’s a 2 acre farm with a traditional farmhouse built in 1902 on a nearby property, but moved to it’s current location in the early to mid 60’s. 

The cover of the Lumpy Acres prototype
The cover of the Lumpy Acres prototype

Lumpy Acres is not just a farm, but also a 48 page graphic novella about life's changing seasons. It's a collection of stories told through my own life as I've moved from the city to my small farm, and the growth and challenges that come along with entering a new season in your life. You can read much of the book on my website!

My intention with this Kickstarter is to get a small Risograph print run of the book funded so that this project can come to life. I have already completed every page and now I just need to get it printed! The book in the photographs is my prototype that I made to see how it feels to hold this story in your hands, but the final product will be Riso printed, which is like if you could combine a Xerox machine with the screen printing process. 

Specs

48-pages, 5 colors, 8.1" wide x 9.385" tall, printed by the fine folks at Woolly Press in Asheville, North Carolina on French Paper. The initial print run will be 100 and each copy of Lumpy Acres will be signed and numbered by me. 

It's important to me that this book is printed in the US, by a small print shop run by artists, on American made 100% recycled paper. And with your support we can make that a reality!

So what kind of story is Lumpy Acres?

I started by wanting to tell my story of the last two years as my family has settled into our new home on the farm. I didn't have any plan except for being honest and vulnerable about this period of our lives. What I ended up with is a book that speaks to the cycles of life, how time changes people, being inexperienced, and developing a strong connection to the animals, plants, and earth that make up Lumpy Acres. 

Instead of trying to pass ourselves off as amazing farmers I told our story as it really happened: I work at a grocery store to pay the bills, we’re just learning how to grow our own food, we do our work ourselves, by hand, without the help of tractors or machinery, and we generally don’t know what we are doing but we’ve been learning a ton along the way.

A page from the first comic in the Winter chapter
A page from the first comic in the Winter chapter

The book is organized into 4 chapters that are named for each season of the year. The chapters are made up of 1 to 3 short stories and an illustration based on the comics that came before it. 

Winter
Winter

Each chapter has 2 colors, one dark blue that is present in the whole book, and a second spot color that changes with each season. 

Spring!
Spring!

 

Summer.
Summer.

 So who am I?

My name is Vance Lump. I'm an illustrator, cartoonist, and printmaker living near Portland, OR. This is my second book, my first being Forest For The Trees, a 16-page art book that was also Riso printed in 2 colors. This is also my 2nd Kickstarter. I was a part of the group of cartoonists that successfully raised over $7,000 for the Unversed anthology. 

In addition to drawing comics, I'm a freelance illustrator for clients like Lucky Peach, Eater, Oregon Humanities, Design Week Portland, and The Portland Mercury. Although, I must admit, drawing comics and making books is my greatest passion. 

My wife and I gathering wood in the Fall chapter.
My wife and I gathering wood in the Fall chapter.

 I love creating printed matter and I have designed every aspect of this book to work best in print, from the pacing of the page turns, to the feel of the paper, to the way the ink overlaps the other colors. I want you to be able to hold this book in your hands, that's why I need your help!

 Rewards!

UPDATE: Every physical copy of Lumpy Acres will now come with a 5x7 bookplate 2-color riso print, made just for this Kickstarter! This is a big THANK YOU to everyone that has already supported my project.

5x7 mini print that will be included with every copy of Lumpy Acres!
5x7 mini print that will be included with every copy of Lumpy Acres!

$10 At the lowest tier you can get a digital copy of the book in the form of a DRM-free PDF. All the content will be the same as the printed version, but without any of the pesky paper or ink. 

$20 This is the real deal. A Riso printed copy of Lumpy Acres, signed and numbered by me! I'll also toss in two fun stickers AND you get the PDF as well.

 

Sticker designs! The chicken sticker will be 3x3 in. and the farmhouse sticker will be 2x4 in.
Sticker designs! The chicken sticker will be 3x3 in. and the farmhouse sticker will be 2x4 in.

$30 In addition to the rewards of the previous tiers, at $30 you will also get my first Riso book, Forest For The Trees. This is a story of finding home and the dangers that come with discovery.

16-page, 2 color Forest For The Trees art zine
16-page, 2 color Forest For The Trees art zine

 

 

Close up of a spread from Forest For The Trees
Close up of a spread from Forest For The Trees

$50 For a little more you get a new 11x14 in. 2-color Riso art print! This has been created specifically for this Kickstarter and will be signed and numbered by me. You also get all previous rewards. 

Print design is from the Fall chapter!
Print design is from the Fall chapter!

$65 If you really love prints this is the tier for you! Not only do you get the Riso print, but you will also get an 18x24 in. 3-color screen print called Lumberjane, limited to 20 and printed by hand by me! Don't forget, you still get all previous rewards, too!

18x24 in. 3-color Lumberjane screen print
18x24 in. 3-color Lumberjane screen print

$125 At the top of the rewards tiers is a 6x9 in. handwritten Thank You note with a little drawing of your choosing on it! I'll use the same paper that book will be printed on so it will be a matching set. I'll use colored pencils, ink, gouache, whatever I have on hand to make a little mixed media drawing for you. And you get all the other stuff!

Where is the money going to go?

 I'm intentionally trying to control costs by keeping the Kickstarter rewards simple, and reusing other work that I've already paid to print. The print run of the books is small in order to keep the funding goal attainable. If I end up getting more support than I expect, then I will increase the print run as needed, as well as add extra rewards depending on the need for stretch goals. 

Timeline

Once the Kickstarter ends, and if we have met the funding goal, then I will send the already completed files to Woolly Press. It should take 4 weeks after that until I have the books and prints in my hands. Then I'll send the rewards out to all the backers, probably around the first week of July. The PDFs I'll send as soon as Kickstarter gives me the funds. 

Risks and challenges

Risks are low, as I've already made all the content that I need. There could be printing issues, but I would doubt it as this is not my first time self-publishing a book and I have total confidence in the printer. Since everything is being made in the US then shipping times are really quick!

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    The Digital

    A DRM-free PDF copy of Lumpy Acres. All the same content, none of the inky paper. But don't you like the way paper smells?

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    The Original

    You get a Riso printed copy of Lumpy Acres! This book is meant to be printed and held in your hands so you will get the full experience. You also get 2 fun stickers thrown in for good measure, as well as the DRM-free PDF. I'll also give each backer a special shoutout on my website, since this project wouldn't exist without you! Shipping is included for US addresses, international will cost extra.

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    The Plus

    You get everything in The Standard (DRM-free PDF, 48-page Riso printed Lumpy Acres, website shoutout, and 2 stickers) PLUS a copy of my first Riso zine, Forest For The Trees. Check out the Kickstarter page and my website for previews of what that looks like. Shipping included for US!

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    • 2 fun Lumpy Acres stickers
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    The Extra

    You get all the previous rewards, plus an 11x14, 2 color Lumpy Acres Riso print made especially for this Kickstarter! This print hasn't been available anywhere else.

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    • 2 fun Lumpy Acres stickers
    • 48-page Riso printed copy of Lumpy Acres, signed and numbered
    • Backers name listed on my website as a supporter of Lumpy Acres
    • 16-page, 2 color Riso printed Forest For The Trees zine
    • 11x14, 2 color Lumpy Acres Riso print
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    The Super

    Every other reward, but in addition to all that you get an 18x24 screenprint that I printed myself! It's called Lumberjane, and you can see a photo of it on the Kickstarter page. Signed and numbered, and printed on French paper Madeiro Beach.

    Includes:
    • DRM-free PDF
    • 2 fun Lumpy Acres stickers
    • 48-page Riso printed copy of Lumpy Acres, signed and numbered
    • Backers name listed on my website as a supporter of Lumpy Acres
    • 16-page, 2 color Riso printed Forest For The Trees zine
    • 11x14, 2 color Lumpy Acres Riso print
    • 18x24, 2 color Lumberjane screenprint, signed and numbered
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    The Peak

    Every reward (the stickers, Lumpy Acres, Forest For The Trees, backer shoutout, Lumpy Acres print, Lumberjane print) AND I will make you a 6x9 handwritten Thank You note with an original drawing on it. I'll use the same French paper that the book will be printed on so that they match. You can request what you would like the drawing to be, although I reserve the right to deny unreasonable requests.

    Includes:
    • DRM-free PDF
    • 2 fun Lumpy Acres stickers
    • 48-page Riso printed copy of Lumpy Acres, signed and numbered
    • Backers name listed on my website as a supporter of Lumpy Acres
    • 16-page, 2 color Riso printed Forest For The Trees zine
    • 11x14, 2 color Lumpy Acres Riso print
    • 18x24, 2 color Lumberjane screenprint, signed and numbered
    • 6x9 handwritten Thank You note with an original drawing
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