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Daggers Drawn: 35 years of editorial cartoons and covers from The Economist by the award winning artist Kevin KAL Kallaugher

NEW REWARD FOR DAGGERS DRAWN!!

To reach our final stretch goal in the closing hours I have created a special reward.

I am offering to paint an 8x11 caricature in watercolor of an individual. There are only 3 of these available. The price is $1000. If we sell all three we will surpass our stretch goal!

What the Stretch goal unlocks:

I have teamed with the creators of Whamix! to build a great interactive iPad App and iPhone app for Daggers Drawn. This will feature, interviews, animations and original content in addition to 200 Kal cartoons.

Our good friends at Whamix has agreed to a limited time special discount price of $.99 for all Kickstarter backers if we can reach our stretch goal of $100,000.

To help reach this goal, I have added new reward levels including 6 books for the price of 5 ($125), a classroom of books: 25 Daggers Drawn for $500, plus new deals on original art that will be announced tomorrow.

And for the big spenders... I will fly anywhere in the world to address your group.

Spread the word!

THE DAGGERS DRAWN STORY

I am excited to announce that in April 2013, I will be celebrating my 35th anniversary as cartoonist for The Economist. To mark the occasion, I want to publish a large retrospective collection of my cartoons and covers from the magazine titled Daggers Drawn.

It is my dream to create a high quality coffee table book to mark my 35th anniversary. I alone do not have the resources to make this happen, that is why I am turning to you.

Prints and original artwork from The Economist are available to supporters as rewards
Prints and original artwork from The Economist are available to supporters as rewards

Here are the specifics...

Though I have had a long and colorful career with The Economist, I have always been a free lance contributor to the publication. I do, however, retain the copyright and ownership to all the art I have created for the magazine. 

This enables me to publish collections of my cartoons. However, I need to raise money to finance my book projects.

I have published other books, but this will be my first book since 1988 made exclusively of cartoons from The Economist.

And this book project promises to be my best yet! 

I will be picking my favorites from over 4000 cartoons and 140 covers I have drawn for the magazine and include some fun stories and insights to my special time there.

With the help of fans and supporters, I am hoping to raise the funds to create a top quality book. The more support we can rally, the better quality the book can be. 

We have some great rewards for Daggers Drawn supporters. Click the links here to view the Black and White prints, Color cover prints, Original cartoons,  Original Cover artwork, (NEW) Color Illustrations and (NEW) Super Bowl print that will be available as rewards. 

This is a sample of an 8 x 10 format
This is a sample of an 8 x 10 format

The book is currently planned to be 8 x10 with 32 pages of color with a print run of 5000. 

My real dream is to print a book with the much more impressive and desirable dimensions of 11 x 10 inches. If we go beyond our goal of $20,000 that will be possible.

With an 11 x 10 format we can include more artwork in the book
With an 11 x 10 format we can include more artwork in the book

If we can achieve our reach goal of $30,000 we will add more color pages, improve the paper quality and create a special limited edition for the Kickstarter supporters. This edition will have a hard case for the book with specially designed artwork. 

I have a top quality designer and printer lined up should we fund the project. Plus, my friends at Boordy Vineyards in Maryland have offered to host a book launch party. So let's go!

I hope you will join the Kal team for this special project!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Having self published books in the past, I am aware of its challenges. Fortunately I feel well prepared for the task at hand. I have an excellent designer and printer ready to join me if we get funded. The rest is up to me to choose and assemble the cartoons (many already scanned and ready to go), write the essays, create cover art, and stick to a production schedule. Occasionally, productions deadline may slip, but for this project I am determined not to let that happen. I want to have this book ready by early April as it is the 35th anniversary of my start at The Economist.

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  • The fairest way I could conjure for dispensing the original artwork is as follows: It will be first come, first served. There are 35 cartoons in the reward category... the person who pledged first, get first choice. The one who pledged second, gets second choice etc. I will contact each winner, in the order of which they pledged... to secure their choice of cartoon. I will then mark the cartoon SOLD on the online portfolio then contact the next person in line. I am currently going through the list of backers.

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    TEAM SUPPORTER: Special Daggers Drawn team supporter post card mailed to you.Thanks for joining the team!

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    PARTY INVITATION PACKAGE: One signed copy of Daggers Drawn, Invitation to the book launch party at Boordy Vinyards, MD, plus name in book.

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    CARTOON PRINT: Signed 11 x 14 black and white print from a choice of editorial cartoons from The Economist (see project description at left for a link to cartoons). invitation to the book launch party plus name in book.

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    COLOR COVER PRINT: Signed print from a choice of color covers from The Economist (see project description at left for a link to covers). Invitation to the Book launch party plus name in book.

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    CARTOON PRINT AND BOOK: Signed 11 x 14 black and white print from a choice of editorial cartoons from The Economist. One signed copy of Daggers Drawn, invitation to the book launch party plus name in book.

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    6 BOOKS FOR 5: 6 copies of Daggers Drawn for the price of 5 books. Plus invitation to the book launch party and your name in the book.

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    2 CARTOON PRINTs AND BOOK: 2 Signed 11 x 14 black and white print from a choice of editorial cartoons from The Economist. One signed copy of Daggers Drawn, invitation to the book launch party plus name in book. For additional prints, please add $75.

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    One from a select collection of original Kal color illustrations from the Lexington column from The Economist (see project description at left for a link to cartoons). Plus one signed copies of Daggers Drawn, Invitation to the Book launch party plus name in book.

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    ORIGINAL CARTOON : One from a select collection of original Kal Black and White editorial cartoons from The Economist (see project description at left for a link to cartoons). Plus two signed copies of Daggers Drawn, Invitation to the Book launch party plus name in book.

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    CLASSROOM OF BOOKS: 25 copies of Daggers Drawn, plus invitation to book launch party and name in book

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    ORIGINAL COVER ART: One from a select collection of original Kal color cover artworks from The Economist (see project description at left for link to covers). Plus a signed print of the artwork as it appeared on the cover of the magazine, two signed copies of Daggers Drawn, invitation to the book launch party plus name in book.

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    Kal will Draw You: Kal will paint an original 8x11 caricature in color of you. Delivery in summer 2013.

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    SPEND AN EVENING WITH KAL: Kal will visit your group/organization/event in the State of Maryland and The District of Columbia, give a 90 minute presentation, join you for pre and post event socializing and supply 25 copies of Daggers Drawn.

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    KAL TRAVELS TO YOU: Kal will visit your group/organization/event in the lower 48 states of the USA, give a 90 minute presentation, join you for pre and post event socializing and supply 25 copies of Daggers Drawn. Travel and lodging included.

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