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Gregory BaisdenBy Gregory Baisden
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Gregory BaisdenBy Gregory Baisden
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About

Ev’nin’, Blues (or Heartbeat to Backbeat)

We all know the legend: that lone wolf bluesman with hoarse voice and supernatural skill, a skeletal guitarist spinning riffs and sliding moans filled with knowing pain after a crossroads meeting at midnight with Old Scratch (“Satan hisself”).  

Ev'nin', Blues cover with initial washes
Ev'nin', Blues cover with initial washes

The particular crossroads in question — a manifestation of a meeting in the soul — was the heart of the Mississippi Delta, a flood plain between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers and a homeland of post-Civil War black community. And a cauldron of melding musical expression we now call “The Blues.”

But many of this music’s early practitioners, as well as many of the sides they cut into hot wax, were long forgotten until their rediscovery by enterprising aficionados and affluent rock-and-rollers more than three decades later.

Ev’nin’, Blues (or Heartbeat to Backbeat) sits at the feet of some of the most seminal figures from the birth of The Blues to hear their testaments of the hopes and hells they wrought, the freedom and fortune they sought, and the friends and family they lost or forgot along the way.

This exclusive Limited First Edition offers the complete work in its first publication — never to be reprinted in this format.

NOTE | Lettering on these featured panels and pages is provisional, pending correction for errors of transcription and scansion.

 

EV'NIN', BLUES Introduction (three pages)
EV'NIN', BLUES Introduction (three pages)

 

EV'NIN', BLUES Introduction — from our Libretto Chapbook Premium
EV'NIN', BLUES Introduction — from our Libretto Chapbook Premium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EV'NIN', BLUES "The Immortal" (seven-page life of Charley Patton)
EV'NIN', BLUES "The Immortal" (seven-page life of Charley Patton)

 

 

 

 

EV'NIN', BLUES "The Immortal" — from our Libretto Chapbook Premium
EV'NIN', BLUES "The Immortal" — from our Libretto Chapbook Premium

 

Table of Contents with teasers for each story in EV'NIN', BLUES
Table of Contents with teasers for each story in EV'NIN', BLUES

CL•A•R•I•F•I•C•A•T•I•O•N  |  A misstatement in our video mentions publishing our "first four stories" (an earlier plan). Rather, this campaign supports a single complete Limited Edition publication of our entire 12-story, 96-page book, as detailed in the prospectus immediately below. Also, as listed in the prospectus below, all Donor Premiums over $20 include a digital copy of the book.

EV'NIN', BLUES Funding Prospectus
EV'NIN', BLUES Funding Prospectus
EV'NIN,' BLUES Schedule Prospectus
EV'NIN,' BLUES Schedule Prospectus

Thank You for your attention and interest — and for your support.

Risks and challenges

Our primary "risk and challenge" entails funding the authors to complete this work-in-progress.

We've begun the process — with a libretto complete but for our final song (regarding Robert Johnson), and two stories (10 full pages) complete through finished and lettered artwork.

That initial completion — with its evident commitment — serves as our "qualification" to completing the project, along with our prior professional work within the comics and graphic novel industry (as detailed under the About Us section).

Of course, our estimated timeline anticipates successful funding through Kickstarter, which will allow Andrew to complete the artwork already underway and Gregory to undertake production and fulfillment per his detailed publication plan.

Apart from any health or unforeseen life dilemmas — to be disclosed if necessary — we foresee no obstacles to completion

We see this Limited First Edition publication as a means of "getting the story out there" for blues and music aficionados around the world — with hopes of it serving as a "calling card" for broader subsequent publication in formats distinct from this exclusive offering.

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    Ev’nin’, Blues Postcard

    Randomly selected EV’NIN’, BLUES postcard from three designs evoking the life of Robert Johnson. Addressed to you and signed by the authors.

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    Ev'nin', Blues Libretto Chapbook

    The complete libretto of blues lyrics that inspired the EV’NIN’, BLUES graphic novel, in a handsome chapbook including Andrew's stunning crossroads cover image (as seen on our publication proposal) and two additional interior images unique to this title.

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    Ev'nin', Blues GN T-Shirt (M or L)

    The evocative EV’NIN’, BLUES GN cover blazoned over a quality T-shirt (medium and large only)

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    Ev'nin', Blues Limited First Edition GN

    Our Limited First Edition publication of EV’NIN’, BLUES — never to be reprinted in this format.

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    Robert Johnson Crossroads 12x18 Poster

    Andrew's stunning crossroads image, the cover to our EV’NIN’, BLUES Libretto Chapbook, as a framable 12x18 poster.

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    Ev’nin’, Blues Cover Print

    Andrew's stunning bluesman at the crossroads, the cover to our EV’NIN’, BLUES graphic novel, as a framable 18x24 full color print.

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    Ev'nin', Blues | signed & #'d edition

    Our Limited First Edition publication of EV’NIN’, BLUES, signed and numbered by the authors, and limited to 200 copies — never to be reprinted in this format.

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    Ev’nin’, Blues Cover Print signed & #'d

    Andrew's stunning bluesman at the crossroads, the cover to our EV’NIN’, BLUES graphic novel, as a framable 18x24 full color print — signed and numbered by the authors, and limited to 100 copies.

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    ORIGINAL Ev'nin', Blues PORTRAIT

    One of nine original full page bluesman portraits from the EV'NIN', BLUES GN. We will do our best to match your pledge with a bluesman of your preference.

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    ORIGINAL Ev'nin', Blues PAGE

    An original full page from the EV'NIN', BLUES GN. We will do our best to match your pledge with a page of your preference.

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    EB "Further On Up The Road" Bible

    "Further On Up The Road" — an ULTRA EXCLUSIVE one-time-only publication of our EV’NIN’, BLUES "making of" Bible — includes full libretto and inked art pages, initial pencils, production sketches and thumbnails, cover roughs, portraits and bios, the author's article on the crossroads tradition (Further On Up The Road: African Spirituality and the “Crossroads” tradition in American Blues), and transcription of developmental and thematic conversations between the author and artist.

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Funding period

- (30 days)