How did this start?
Over the last four years, in addition to creating interactive 360 photography for 3DJoes, I have been photographing and scanning every piece of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero art that I can get my hands on. I started with the 1982-1994 carded figures (which can be viewed on the Yearbook page) and then moved into documenting the vehicle boxes, catalogs and offers, books, newsletters, puzzles, posters and more. All are accessible via the print and licensed tabs at 3DJoes.
Once the art is photographed and scanned, we digitally restore these files by removing creases, tears, price tags, hand writing and the like to create as clean an image as possible.
Enter 3DJoes posters.
Before long, I had collected and documented enough carded figures to start making posters. Back in 2014 I ran a kickstarter and funded printing of 3 new posters! These posters are still for sale, and proceeds help cover the $1,750 a year it costs to run 3DJoes. You can pick these up for $10 each through this kickstarter!
Enter Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe, Volume 1 and Volume 2!
I fielded countless requests for a G.I.Joe art book since the first carded figure poster debuted. Most often people tell me they love the posters but they are running out of wall space. So, in the summer of 2015 I ran a kickstarter to print an Accufoil Softcover of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), and again in the fall I ran another kickstarter to print an Accufoil Softcover of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 2 (1984-1985)!
We delivered both volumes on time as promised, thanks in large part to some fantastic print vendors and my local Triangle Joes who pitched in and helped me with fulfillment.
Now it’s time for Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe, Volume 3!
Flash foreword a few months and thanks to Chad Hucal, we are ready to go to press with Volume 3! Volume 1 featured 62 unique pieces of art, while Volume 2 featured 95. Volume 3 (1986-1987) is bigger than ever, featuring 126 unique pieces of art! You’ll be glad to know the price hasn’t changed, we’re holding the line at $35 for the Accufoil Softcover!
The 3DJoes poster series continues!
Now that all of the 1986-1987 artwork has been restored, it is time to continue the 3DJoes poster series! We will produce two new 24”x36” posters, one featuring the box art of the Terror Drome and another featuring the rest of the 1986-1987 Vehicles.
We are also producing two new 17"x21" posters with two beautiful 1987 images:
$4,000 Printing Volume 3 digital interiors (500qty)
$4,000 Printing Volume 3 offset AccuFoil covers (2,000qty)
$3,000 Printing two new 24”x36” offset lithograph posters
$2,000 Printing two new 17"x21" offset lithograph posters
$1,000 boxes and tubes
$4,000 shipping on $15,000 sales (shipping averaged 20% of total sales on the Volume 1 Kickstarter)
$1,500 KS/Amazon fees on $15,000 sales (fees averaged 10% on the Volume 1 Kickstarter)
$15,000 to print and ship Volume 2 and two new 24”x36” posters
$17,000 to also print and ship the two new 17"x21" offset lithograph posters
Please have a look at the rewards, back this project today, and tell your friends to jump in too!
Risks and challenges
I have already successfully produced Volumes 1 and 2 and eight 24”x36” offset posters with two very reliable local vendors. I do not foresee any issues with getting the new posters and books produced quickly and to the highest quality.
To see the progress of a previous poster, have a look at this album:
A note about quality: these posters, like the six previously produced, will be professional grade. You will not be disappointed! Check out the specs below and my eBay feedback.
Paper details: All 3DJoes posters are printed on 65 lb. sterling premium gloss paper stock. According to my printer, 65 pound paper is the thickest you can use and still roll them without creasing or damaging. It wont easily crease, pinch, or wrinkle. These posters are definitely frame worthy, but the paper is thick enough that if you just want to tack them up, that will work too.
Printing details: We use a four color printing process (CMYK), not digital. Four color prints are much higher quality than digital laser prints. To see behind the scenes at the printer, check out my "3DJoes of the 80s" album on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/media/set/… ).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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