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Indiana's Premier Comics and Art Convention: Celebrating Comics, Art, and the Comics Community

GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT: JIM STERANKO!

DON'T MISS OUT ON THOSE PETER BAGGE PAGES!

Hey kids, don't miss out on those pages from Peter Bagge! I got official word from Peter today that the pages will all be from his most recent Dark Horse series, RESET. ALL of the pages from that series are available and can be selected by backers in the order that their pledge is received. The pages are inked on the board and hand lettered!

Shipping options are available for this option. Please inquire for details as there will be an additional shipping cost.

STRETCH GOALS!

Stretch Goal #1: $8,500

A FREE weekend pass will be included with every single sketch, commission, or piece of original art purchased through this campaign. One weekend pass will also be included for advertisers at the $60 level.

Stretch Goal #2: $8,700

Stickers! An Apppleseed sticker pack for every backer who contributes* $20 or more. These stickers will be mailed to you.

Stretch Goal #3: $8,800

Koozies! Who doesn't like to keep his or her canned beverages cold? If we reach this amount, every backer who contributes* $25 or more will receive a free koozie that will feature the Appleseed logo (designed by Andy Jewett) or the Comics Til You Puke Johnny Appleseed image (see the main Kickstarter page for samples of each image). The backer will have his/her choice. These koozies will be mailed to you.

Stretch Goal #4: $9,750

I will get a piece of comic art tattooed on either my forearm or shoulder. The piece will be from Strange Tales #138. This is the issue where Dr. Strange meets Eternity. I have not decided on the exact panel, but the one below is the current front runner. (The finished ink would not include the text.)

*Please note that these items will be offered based on contribution level, not necessarily a certain pledge. So, for example, if you pledged $30 for a $15 reward, you will receive this stretch goal item.

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Appleseed 2013 photo by Rain San Martin
Appleseed 2013 photo by Rain San Martin

WHO WE ARE:

Appleseed Comic Con was founded with a singular purpose in mind: celebrate comics and the comics community. To that end, we have made the art of comics, and the creators responsible, the focus of the show. Another big part of comics is the shopping experience—the thrill of the hunt. In order to serve those fans who are on the hunt for that one back issue, that Gen-1 Starscream figure that has been haunting them since childhood, or that new game they’ve been itching to try, Appleseed also involves as many local retailers as can participate and a number regional retailers as well. The comics community is an amazing and wonderful thing, and it is Appleseed’s primary goal to get fans new and old to come out to experience that community and build lasting bonds with creators, great retailers, and most importantly, their fellow fan.

Appleseed Comic Con is hosted in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Fort Wayne has an exceptionally supportive comics and art community that in recent years has supported not just the arts but five (previously more) comic and/or game shops…not including the stores in surrounding counties and other collectible stores. For a city of 300,000, that's a whole lotta geek shopping. There is a solid community of fans here, and our ease of access to other large cities allows us to attract even more fans who live in proximity. Fort Wayne has also hosted one of the two annual Diamond Retailer Summits, the previous Summit City Comic Con, BotCon, and a handful of smaller comic cons.

HOW CAN YOU GET FREE TICKETS?

IF we hit our goal, the very first stretch goal that will be implemented is to include a FREE one day pass with every single sketch or commission purchase. That one day pass could then be upgraded to a weekend pass for $5 more.

So, the sooner we hit our goal, the sooner we can start handing out free passes to our sketch and commission-level backers.

Other stretch goals will include free goodies for backers at other tiers as well. Let's make it happen--for the love of comics and FREE stuff!

LET'S CUT TO THE CHASE:

  • Appleseed Comics and Art Convention
  • May 17-18, 2014 (Saturday and Sunday)
  • The Grand Wayne Convention Center in downtown Fort Wayne, IN

Why Appleseed? The love of comics and the comics community. Appleseed is an established convention with a lot of heart and in a great community. We're looking to offer an even greater community experience that rewards existing fans while attracting new ones. 

Shawn Pryor of Action Lab Entertainment
Shawn Pryor of Action Lab Entertainment

FIVE EASY REASONS FOR YOU TO SUPPORT APPLESEED:

1.) By supporting this show, you will be helping us bump the show from one day to two, you will also help us to draw more talent, create more community driven events, and attract even more fans to this medium that we love so much. These funds are also of additional help because we offer all of our creator tables for free.

2.) Appleseed is a show that is dedicated to comics, the comics community, and expanding that community. If you love comics, and want to see more people reading them, it is our mission to make that happen. 

3.) This convention is run by and for comic creators. We put comic book creators and our vendors first when we develop this show. It's a matter of respect for the people who make this convention great. 

4.) The show is operated by an experienced convention manager who has set his sights on offering a great show experience where fans can really explore what comics have to offer. We are going to round up some of the very best talent in independent and mainstream comics. 

5.) The convention will not only feature great panels and workshops throughout weekend, but it will also sponsor community events that will engage and excite new and existing comics fans. 

These events that will be included with and sponsored by Appleseed in 2014:

  • Bi-weekly Drink and Draws 
  • A Film Festival
  • Speakers at local universities and libraries
  • Costume contest  
  • And lots more!

SO FAR OUR GUESTS INCLUDE:    (watch as this list grows)

Mike Norton
Mike Norton
Hilary Barta
Hilary Barta
Ed Piskor
Ed Piskor
Peter Bagge
Peter Bagge
Ryan Browne
Ryan Browne
Tom Scioli
Tom Scioli
Dave Wachter
Dave Wachter
Action Lab Entertainment
Action Lab Entertainment
Steve Bryant
Steve Bryant
Dirk Manning
Dirk Manning
Tressina Bowling
Tressina Bowling
Martheus Wade
Martheus Wade

FULL GUEST LIST HERE

PAST GUESTS HAVE INCLUDED:

  • Robert Atkins
  • Art Baltazar
  • Hilary Barta
  • Jeffrey Brown
  • Katie Cook
  • Denys Cowan
  • Geoff Darrow
  • Jenny Frison
  • Gabriel Hardman
  • Paul Hornschemeier
  • Jason Howard
  • Matt Kindt
  • Sean McKeever
  • Christopher Mitten
  • Mike Norton
  • Nate Powell
  • Jim Rugg
  • Tim Seeley

REWARD EXAMPLES:

Peter Bagge sketch example
Peter Bagge sketch example
Dave Wachter commission example
Dave Wachter commission example
Andy Jewett commission example
Andy Jewett commission example
Steve Bryant commission example
Steve Bryant commission example
Sample Tom Scioli commission
Sample Tom Scioli commission
Sample Matt Gross sketch
Sample Matt Gross sketch
Sample Tim Baron sketch
Sample Tim Baron sketch
Sample Lee Cherolis commission
Sample Lee Cherolis commission
Sample Tim Baron sketch
Sample Tim Baron sketch
Appleseed logo shirt. Logo design by Andy Jewett
Appleseed logo shirt. Logo design by Andy Jewett
Comics Til You Puke Johnny Appleseed t-shirt (not final design, but pretty close)
Comics Til You Puke Johnny Appleseed t-shirt (not final design, but pretty close)
Johnny Appleseed t-shirt
Johnny Appleseed t-shirt

Justin Castaneda commission example
Justin Castaneda commission example
Martheus Wade Batgirl print
Martheus Wade Batgirl print
Martheus Wade Justice League print
Martheus Wade Justice League print
Martheus Wade Batgirl print
Martheus Wade Batgirl print

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Putting on a serious convention of any size is a time consuming and difficult task. But, it requires more than man hours--it demands a love of the show. We have the experience in running conventions to make this show a success, and the determination and the passion to do it the right way. Doing it the right way begins with treating our guests and vendors with the respect that they richly deserve, and we have been building a reputation for doing the shows the right way for the past five years. Managing the show well means that the money we earn and raise here has to be specifically spent to enhance the convention experience for our guests and attendees. Having run successful shows for several years, we have what it takes to make sure that Appleseed grows and gives back to the community that gave birth to it.

Some of our costs are already covered, and the money that this campaign raises will be spent on getting guests to the convention, advertising, posters, fliers, shirts, billboards, community outreach, and comics education programs. The more success that this campaign sees, the more we can do to enhance the Appleseed experience and give back to the comics community. We pride ourselves on putting comics first, and by putting comics first we hope to give you the best possible convention experience. Thank you for your support!

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    JUSTICE LEAGUE PRINT by MARTHEUS WADE! A limited print from Martheus Wade of the popular indie comics series, JETTA! This print is 11 x 17 and full color. This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con. Please inquire for shipping options.

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    LEE CHEROLIS COMMISSION! Lee Cherolis (LITTLE GUARDIANS) is offering a FULL COLOR commission with up to two characters. The work is done digitally and will be printed as an 8"x10" high quality print on Archival Matte paper -230 gsm, 9.5 mil. Get these while you can! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    MATT GROSS SKETCH! A single character, gray-scaled sketch by cartoonist Matt Gross, creator of CAAAATS! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    ACTION LAB COMBO #1! From Action Lab Entertainment: A SIGNED copy of X-O ONE AND THE ROCK SOLID STEEL BOTS plus a ONE DAY PASS. The book is signed by artist Daniel Logan

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    ACTION LAB BUNDLE! Our friends at Action Lab Entertainment are providing a special bundle EIGHT number one issues. Comics included will be: Ghost Town, M-Theory, Princeless vol. 2, Fracture, Snowed In, Final Plague and two Pirate Eye one shots.

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    ED PISKOR SKETCH CARD! A one of a kind Spider-Man sketch card drawn by the one and only Ed Piskor (WIZZYWIG, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, MACEDONIA, THE BEATS)! The card is fully finished with one color and zipatone. There's just one of these, so snatch it up now!

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    STEVE BRYANT COMMISSION REWARD! Steve Bryant (ATHENA VOLTAIRE, STEED AND PEEL) will produce a 9x12 inked commission of a single character of your choosing. This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    DON CARDENAS COMMISSION! An 11 x 17", black and white, single character piece by artist Don Cardenas (THE GATHERING, BANDTHOLOGY, LOW CONCEPT)! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    PETER BAGGE SKETCH! An original sketch from one of America's great cartoonists: Peter Bagge! Don't miss out on your chance to own a one of a kind item from the creator of THE BRADLEYS, HATE, BAT BOY and RESET! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    ANDY JEWETT COMMISSION 1! A 9 x 12 single character commission, done in ink and wash with selective color by artist Andy Jewett! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    HALF-PAGE AD IN PROGRAM! You can have a half-page advertisement in the 2014 Appleseed Convention Program. The ad will be prepared and provided by you, the backer, and must be approved by Appleseed before publication.

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    SOLD OUT! JUSTIN CASTANEDA COMMISSION! A 5 x 17 black and white commission by cartoonist Justin Castaneda, creator of WHEN I WAS LITTLE and SHARE MY HEART. This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    HILARY BARTA ART! Artist extraordinaire and one of comics most prolific talents is offering up a one of a kind EC inspired, one-of-a-kind, old fashioned horror, monster, sci-fi, comedy noir piece. Don't miss out on this one! Deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    DAVE WACHTER COMMISSION! Dave Wachter (GUNS OF SHADOW VALLEY, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, GODZILLA) is offering up four specially priced commission slots! The backer will receive a 9x12 ink and ink wash piece of any single character! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    ALLEN GLADFELTER COMMISSION! Allen Gladfelter (PIXAR'S CARS, STRONGMAN, MYSTERY SOLVED!) is offering an 11" x 14" black & white commission of a character(s) of your choice. The piece can be done in traditional black on white, or in Allen's noir-style white on black and feature up to three characters. This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con. Please inquire for shipping options, an additional charge will applied for shipped items.

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    PETER BAGGE original art! A page from one of America's great cartoonists: Peter Bagge! The creator of THE BRADLEYS, HATE, RESET, BAT BOY and regular contributor to Reason magazine is offering up original art just for you! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    SPONSOR LEVEL 1: A 120x120 pixel advertising button on the Appleseed website and two weekend passes. The ad will be prepared and provided by the sponsor and approved by Appleseed before publication.

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    SPONSOR LEVEL 2: A 120x120 pixel advertising button on the Appleseed website, ONE hand-out included with Appleseed gift bags, and two weekend passes. All ad material will be prepared, provided, and delivered by the sponsor and approved by Appleseed before publication.

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    One 10' x 10' vendor booth. Backer will be required to agree to Appleseed's 2014 vendor terms.

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    HILARY BARTA ART! Artist extraordinaire and one of comics most prolific talents is offering up a one-of-a-kind fully inked, EC inspired mood piece. Hilary added this spot special for all you guys and ghouls, so don't miss out on this one! Deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    HALF-PAGE AD IN PROGRAM + VENDOR Booth! You can have a half-page advertisement in the 2014 Appleseed Convention Program. The ad will be prepared and provided by you, the backer, and must be approved by Appleseed before publication. This level also includes ONE 10' x 10' vendor booth. Backer will be required to agree to Appleseed's 2014 vendor terms.

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    SPONSOR LEVEL 2: One full page advertisement in the program and one 120x120 pixel button on the Appleseed website. Two weekend passes are also included. All ad material will be produced, provided, and delivered by the sponsor. Appleseed must approve all advertising material before publication.

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    TOM SCIOLI COMMISSION! Get a full-sized commission from TOM SCIOLI, artist on GODLAND, AMERICAN BARBARIAN, SATAN'S SOLIDER, and so much more. Don't miss out on this opportunity! This item is deliverable at Appleseed Comic Con.

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    SPONSOR LEVEL 3: Everything included with Sponsor Level 2 plus a 10' x 10' vendor booth. All ad material will be produced, provided, and delivered by the sponsor. Appleseed must approve all advertising material before publication. Sponsor must also agree to 2014 Appleseed vendor terms.

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    VIP PACKAGE FLIGHT: You will be flown in from anywhere in the Continental U.S. You will receive a two-night hotel stay in downtown Fort Wayne, and one weekend pass.

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    PREMIER SPONSOR! You will receive one 10' x 10' vendor booth; a full page advertisement in program; a 728x90 banner ad on the website; one gift bag handout; your logo will be featured on the cover of program; your logo will be featured on the Appleseed gift bags and poster; you will be included with all press releases as the show will be "presented" by you; you will receive four additional weekend passes. Appleseed must approve all advertising material before publication. Sponsor must also agree to 2014 Appleseed vendor terms.

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