Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 27, 2013.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

What happens when you're a Pretentious Record Store Guy and you wake up to realize that life is passing you by? You flip the record...

Life is a record you spin...

WHAT THE F@*K IS PRETENTIOUS RECORD STORE GUY?

Pretentious Record Store Guy is a three issue miniseries written and illustrated by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz about a guy who works in a record store, goes to all of the coolest shows, and knows about all the new, up-and-coming bands before you do.  While his life is made in the shade, his hair is epic, and his record collection is worth a small fortune (in some circles), he realizes that he's been coasting for far too long and that life is passing him by.  What does he do?  

He decides that life won't wait, and if he wants to make his dreams come true, then he needs to be the one to make it happen.  

Here is the cover:

This is the cover to Pretentious Record Store Guy.  This little slice of awesome can soon be yours if you choose to support this Kickstarter campaign. Try not to get too excited.
This is the cover to Pretentious Record Store Guy. This little slice of awesome can soon be yours if you choose to support this Kickstarter campaign. Try not to get too excited.

WHY SHOULD I CARE?

You don't have to. It's easier not to.  But if you open yourself up to it, you'll probably like it.  

Here is what other people have said about Pretentious Record Store Guy

"I read it...it wasn't terrible."
-
Brian Azzarello 
  Eisner Award-winning writer of 100 Bullets, Spaceman,
  Wonder Woman

"Pretentious Record Store Guy is really something quite special...a story that touches on those issues that we all deal with -- lost youth, longing, passion for work and life, etc."
- Mark Langeneckert
  Illustrator - Time Life books, Sports Illustrated, St. Louis Magazine 

"I liked this better the first time I read it, when it was a movie called High Fidelity.
- Pretentious Record Store Guy
  Playback:STL


WHAT COMES IN THE COLLECTION TRADE?

The 96 page Pretentious Record Store Guy trade paperback book will feature:
1) The complete Pretentious Record Store Guy three issue miniseries
2) Pretentious Record Store Guy's “500 Favorite Albums of All Time” (This will help make your record collection 200 million times better than it is today, which is worth the price of admission, which is the purchase of a book in this case) 
3) Pretentious Record Store Guy's “Rants and Raves: A Collection of the Best Pretentious Writings, Blogs and Music Essays from Pretentious Record Store Guy”
4) The first few Pretentious Record Store Guy strips from Playback:STL magazine
5) Sketches, illustrations, and behind-the-scenes material
6) Special thanks section for Cornerstone Kickstarter contributors

WHAT DOES THE BOOK LOOK LIKE?
Didn't you see the book mocked up a few paragraphs back? Oh, you mean what does the interior look like? Okay, I completely understand you now. I'm not mocking you, I promise.

Here are a few random pages that can be found in the book. 

Pretentious Record Store Guy ponders his future as he sits on his bed in his parent's basement. This is not where he thought he'd be at 30.
Pretentious Record Store Guy ponders his future as he sits on his bed in his parent's basement. This is not where he thought he'd be at 30.
Bleed the Blood of the Dying hangs out backstage before performing at SXSW.
Bleed the Blood of the Dying hangs out backstage before performing at SXSW.
Pretentious Record Story Guy takes the train to work every morning because he cares about his carbon footprint.
Pretentious Record Story Guy takes the train to work every morning because he cares about his carbon footprint.

HERE ARE THE VARIOUS FUNDING LEVELS WITH REWARDS

The Book Nerd
The Book Nerd
The Coffee Addict
The Coffee Addict
The Tiger Beat Heartthrob T-Shirt Wearer
The Tiger Beat Heartthrob T-Shirt Wearer
The Ironic T-Shirt Wearer
The Ironic T-Shirt Wearer
The Bloody T-Shirt Wearer
The Bloody T-Shirt Wearer

WHAT DO THE REWARDS LOOK LIKE?  

Silkscreen
This is what happens when three colors are designed in a much pretentious fashion. Art by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz.  Silkscreen action by All Along Press in STL. Limited edition run of 50 (but only 30 will be sold here).

This is a Pretentious Record Store Guy silkscreen.
This is a Pretentious Record Store Guy silkscreen.


Coffee Mug

Milk is for kittens and babies.  Sugar is for fat kids. Coffee is better when it's bold and black, the stronger the better. Drink up. 

This is a Pretentious Record Store Guy mug. Enjoy.
This is a Pretentious Record Store Guy mug. Enjoy.

T-Shirt Designs
This is what the t-shirts will look like:

Their First Record Was Better PRSG T-Shirt
Their First Record Was Better PRSG T-Shirt
Tiger Beat Heartthrob PRSG T-Shirt
Tiger Beat Heartthrob PRSG T-Shirt
Bleed the Blood of the Dying PRSG T-Shirt
Bleed the Blood of the Dying PRSG T-Shirt

Original Cover Art
This is what the cover to PRSG #2 looks like:

This is the original art for the cover to the 2nd issue of Pretentious Record Store Guy
This is the original art for the cover to the 2nd issue of Pretentious Record Store Guy



This is what the cover to PRSG #3 looks like:

This is the original art for the cover to the 3rd issue of Pretentious Record Store Guy
This is the original art for the cover to the 3rd issue of Pretentious Record Store Guy

Buttons
Put a pin in it. Buttons look like this:

This is the Pretentious Record Store Guy button set so that you can stay buttoned up.
This is the Pretentious Record Store Guy button set so that you can stay buttoned up.


Sketches

This is what a sketch looks like. I like variety, so here are a few sketches I've done at cons in the past for various requests and dedications:

This is a sketch of Conan holding his really big sword... Andy Richter better run.
This is a sketch of Conan holding his really big sword... Andy Richter better run.
This is an Adventure Time sketch. Hold on to your umbrellas...
This is an Adventure Time sketch. Hold on to your umbrellas...
This is a sketch of Thor. He is a god. He likes to make it rain.
This is a sketch of Thor. He is a god. He likes to make it rain.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

1) Printing and Proofing
This isn't our first rodeo. Brain Cloud Comics has published two genre anthologies a year since 2010 through the imprint Ink and Drink Comics. We've gotten a few quotes from a few different printers already and will get a few more in the oncoming weeks. Our goal is to fund a minimum print run of 1,000 books, but if we're able to get more the better the price will be (and the more extra special bonuses get unlocked).

The Pretentious Record Store Guy story already exists in comic book form and has for a few years now. All of the individual issues are available online for purchase (but if you want to buy the entire run you should just buy the Kickstarter version). Currently, the collection is in the final stages of being being put together, edited and tweaked for minor updates. Design-wise, it's ready to go.

The biggest holdup in this process is that we'll need to compile a final list of all of the Cornerstone Members (provided the campaign gets fully funded) and get their information back ASAP after the campaign ends in order to drop that into the book and send it off to the printers for the proofs. Our ideal timeline has the printer getting the files the first or second week of May, the proof comes back soon afterwards, we green light it, books are printed in June and all books get delivered in July.

2) Original Art
Sketches won't be a problem. I can knock out sketches at a pretty decent rate. The big time suck here are the comic strips. I LOVE writing and drawing comic strips, but I also want you to LOVE what I write and draw for you, so it might take me a little while to make something really special (especially if it's about GWAR). I can write all day about Indie, Rock and Roll or Hip-Hop bands, but if you go Swedish Death Metal on me, I may be at a loss (actually I just thought of a Swedish Death Metal comic so I take that back). Regardless, that's my problem, not your's. That's why I marked an August delivery date for these bad boys.

3) Communication
I'm going to be open and honest about everything. I really hope you don't feel like I'm spamming you with my updates. I'll try not to be THAT guy. I want to communicate what's going on with the campaign and the process as the campaign progresses, but I'll try not to update you every, single day about things. Let's say three updates a week at most. Does that sound good to you? And I'll try to respond to all of your individual emails and inquiries in a timely manner, but I'm not tied to my computer all day long, so the turnaround time is probably going to range from 4-24 hours.

FAQ

  • My goal is to send the prizes out in waves. Buttons, coffee mugs and cover artwork will be sent out first in May. T-shirts will be sent out in late early June. Sketches and books will be sent out at the same time in July. Original comics and story illustrations will be sent out last but I'll try to send them out as I complete them (no later than August).

    Last updated:
  • The short answer is nothing. You won't be charged for your pledge, the book won't be printed, and everything will continue to exist as it did before this campaign got Kickstartered. The world will be less pretentious than it would have been if the campaign was funded. I don't really want to think about it though because it will make me sad...

    Last updated:
113
Backers
$5,415
pledged of $5,000 goal
0
seconds to go
Carlos-gabriel-ruiz.medium

See full bio

  • Pledge $1 or more
    You selected

    3 backers

    The iTunes Addict: I was going to download one song on iTunes but I realized my taste in music was terrible, so I'm donating this to your pretentious comic instead.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    2 backers

    The Vinyl Collector: I only buy vinyl (and I don't read comic books) but kudos to you, sir. I like your style, but not enough to read it or anything. However, I can get behind you in principle with a little principal. You are most welcome.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $7 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (99 left of 100)

    The Button Collector: A set of 5 Pretentious Record Store Guy buttons for your jean jacket. What? You don't wear a jean jacket? Get ahead of the curve, give it two years and everyone will be wearing them again.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    8 backers

    The Digital Enthusiast: A PDF version of the Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel for your viewing pleasure.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $20 or more
    You selected

    43 backers

    The Book Nerd: A Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $30 or more
    You selected

    10 backers Limited (140 left of 150)

    The Cornerstone Exclusive Pretentious Membership: Cornerstone - Your Name in the SPECIAL THANKS of the book - Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $30 or more
    You selected

    5 backers

    The International Book Nerd: A Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping For all Non-US backers, this is the book for your reading pleasure. Shipping is already included in the price.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    12 backers Limited (13 left of 25)

    The Coffee Addict: “THIS IS A PRETENTIOUS RECORD STORE GUY COFFEE MUG” ceramic coffee (or tea if you're one of those people) mug + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    The Medium Bloody T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy Bleed the Blood of the Dying T-Shirt Adult M + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    The Bloody T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy Bleed the Blood of the Dying T-Shirt Adult L + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    The Ironic T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy “THEIR FIRST RECORD WAS BETTER” T-Shirt Adult L + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    The Medium Tiger Beat Heartthrob T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy T-Shirt Adult M + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    The Tiger Beat Heartthrob T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy T-Shirt Adult L + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $45 or more
    You selected

    3 backers

    The Medium Ironic T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy “THEIR FIRST RECORD WAS BETTER” T-Shirt Adult M + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    The Extra Large Ironic T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy “THEIR FIRST RECORD WAS BETTER” T-Shirt Adult XL + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    The Sketchy Guy: Pretentious Record Store Guy original black and white 9x12 sketch + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    The Extra Large Bloody T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy Bleed the Blood of the Dying T-Shirt Adult XL + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (30 left of 30)

    The Pretentious Silkscreen: A Limited Edition Pretentious Record Store Guy Silkscreen + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    The Extra Large Tiger Beat Heartthrob T-Shirt Wearer: Pretentious Record Store Guy T-Shirt Adult XL + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $65 or more
    You selected

    2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)

    The International T-Shirt Wearer: Any Pretentious Record Store Guy Shirt in any size + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping For all Non-US backers, this is the t-shirt+ book for your reading pleasure. Shipping is already included in the price.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $150 or more
    You selected

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    The Strip Show: Original 3-4 panel newspaper style comic strip (5”x17”) of Pretentious Record Store Guy making fun of or being snarky about a band or musician of your choice + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $300 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    The Full Monty: Original, all new 11”x17” one page comic of Pretentious Record Store Guy selling you a record or CD and being condescending while doing so or making fun of your band + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping. This reward requires a picture of you, and the band or album of your choice.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $350 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    Partially Covered: Original 11x17 Art that was used to create the cover to Issue #2 + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $400 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    Fully Covered: Original Cover Art Issue #3 + Pretentious Record Store Guy graphic novel + bookmark + button + shipping

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
Funding period

- (30 days)