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:
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,
"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
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.
HERE ARE THE VARIOUS FUNDING LEVELS WITH REWARDS
WHAT DO THE REWARDS LOOK LIKE?
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).
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 what the t-shirts will look like:
Original Cover Art
This is what the cover to PRSG #2 looks like:
This is what the cover to PRSG #3 looks like:
Put a pin in it. Buttons look like this:
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:
Risks and challenges
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.
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.
- (30 days)