How did this start?
Over the last five 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, Volumes 1 – 3!
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, over the last two years I ran three kickstarters to print Accufoil Softcovers of Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 1 (1982-1983), Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 2 (1984-1985), and Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987)!
We delivered all three 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 4!
Flash forward a few months and thanks to Chad Hucal, we are ready to go to press with Volume 4! Volume 1 featured 62 unique pieces of art, Volume 2 featured 95, and Volume 3 featured 126. Volume 4 is bigger than ever, featuring 147 unique pieces of art! You can preview the entire book here.
The cover will once again be card stock with an AccuFoil print, and the 80# pages will be saddle stitched, so the two page 11x16” spreads can lay flat and art will not be lost to the gutter! 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 1988-1989 artwork has been restored, it is time to continue the 3DJoes poster series! We will produce two new 24”x36” posters, one featuring the figures and another featuring the vehicles.
How about some pristine Catalog Art posters too?!
These two posters are very special. They feature the 1986 and 1987 catalog art like you’ve never seen them before! We were able to secure two original Kodak Ecktachromes of the original catalog paintings. These are basically two super high resolution transparencies used back in the analog 80s to deliver high resolution artwork. We’ve scanned these Ecktachromes and restored the scans to remove dust and any other unintended artifacts. The resulting posters will be a centerpiece of your collection.
Blast-off with a life-sized Defiant offset lithograph print!
Many of you have asked for a life-sized Defiant box art print, so that's what we are going for next! The life-size Defiant print will measure 28.5”x47” just like the original box art. It will cost $4,558 to print. Add in 25% for shipping and 10% for Kickstarter fees and we'll need to raise another $6,276.25 to get there. Oversized lithographs are terribly expensive, but we are happy to try to make this happen. If you want to see this poster come to life, add $30 to your poster pledge and tell all of your like-minded friends about this project. Thanks and Yo JOE!
$7,605 Volume 4 (offset interiors, foil cover, bagged, 650 copies) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $10,456.88
$5,792 Four 24”x36” posters (1000 of each) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $7,964
$4,558 Life Size 28.5”x47” Defiant (1000 prints) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $6,276.25
STRECH GOAL: $24,688.13
*Surprise* Your reward for scrolling to the end is the stretch goal spoiler! I'm setting the goal for this Kickstarter at $18,420, and have offered rewards featuring the first goal's deliverables. If we approach the third goal, all poster backers will be allowed to add a life sized Defiant poster to their order for just $30!
Please have a look at the rewards, back this project today, and tell your friends to jump in too.
Thanks and Yo Joe!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
I have already successfully produced the Volume 1 book and six 24”x36” offset posters with two very reliable local vendors. I do not foresee any issues with getting all three of these 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/pg/3DJoes/photos/…Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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