The portraits in Characters: Fifty Portraits of Contemporary Cartoonists were created by Jess Ruliffson for a one-day exhibition that featured one hundred paintings and drawings of comic artists. Jess selected fifty of those pieces to be published in this collection.
The book is sixty pages, full-color, and measures 3.5" x 5.5". The cartoonist portraits included are:
T. Edward Bak
Andrés Vera Martínez
BONUS: a self-portrait by Jess Ruliffson
Jess has a knack for capturing a cartoonist's likeness in her small gouche paintings. Those of you within the cartooning community will enjoy recognizing these familiar faces.
Paper Rocket initially printed a small batch of Characters to sell at Jess' exhibition. Now, we want to share it with the world! Characters will be released in early March. Be the first to get your copy by pledging towards one of our awards. Characters will ship IMMEDIATELY after this Kickstarter ends and funds have cleared.
Among the rewards we offer is a soon-to-be published comic/zine by Jess Johnson (yes, another Jess!) Jess Johnson has been making strange and intense comics since the 90s, and Forward Looking Statement offers a unique combination of sketches, collage, and found text. Order this long-awaited new work by making a pledge.
Much thanks to Miriam Agwai (who provided the footage for our little movie) and Preston Spurlock (who helped me edit it). The music is Cutie by Eubie Blake and his Orchestra.
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter campaigns, or as I like to call them, Kickstarter pre-order campaigns, are par for course for Paper Rocket. We use Kickstarter as a distribution mechanism for all our books, and it's one of the most successful ones we have available to us. I'm not in this to supplement my salary or raise thousands of dollars (perhaps I'm doing it wrong). Our goals are modest and the cost of each reward is about equal to the retail price of the reward, plus shipping.
This is all to say, the risk of Paper Rocket not completing this project is near zero. With or without Kickstarter, I will publish Characters. What Kickstarter helps me do is reach a larger audience, build buzz, and cover up-front costs.
Paper Rocket pays all its authors a modest sum—the additional orders from Kickstarter helps make this possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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