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 $5 each at 3DJoes.com/posters!
Enter Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe, Volumes 1 – 4!
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 have run out of wall space. So, over the last three years I ran four 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), Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 3 (1986-1987), and Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 4 (1988-1989)!
We delivered all four volumes on time as promised, thanks in large part to some fantastic print vendors and my local Triangle Joes who have pitched in and helped me with fulfillment.
Now it’s time for Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe, Volume 5... and potentially Volume 6!
Flash forward almost a year and thanks to Chad Hucal, we are ready to go to press with Volume 5! Volume 1 featured 62 unique pieces of art, Volume 2 featured 95, Volume 3 featured 126, and Volume 4 featured 147. Volume 5 is bigger than ever, featuring 158 unique pieces of art and covering three years of material! 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.
Collecting the Art of G.I.Joe: Volume 6 (1993-1994) will cover the last two years of figures, vehicles, playsets and peripheral painted art for G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero. It will also feature 20 pages of unreleased and international painted art! Check out this awesome potential cover featuring a Italian Forza Irresistibile brochure.
The first goal was $11,000 to fund printing and shipping Volume 5. We passed that goal in six hours! The first stretch goal is $22,000 (total pledges) and that will fund printing and shipping Volume 6. The second stretch goal is $25,000 (total pledges) and that will fund a slipcase to hold all six volumes. Best of all, the slipcase will be included for FREE with ALL Volume 5 and 6 orders.
$7,605 Volume 5 (offset interiors, foil cover, bagged, 500 copies) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $10,456.88
$7,605 Volume 6 (offset interiors, foil cover, bagged, 500 copies) + 1/4 shipping + 10% Kickstarter fees = $10,456.88
STRECH GOAL: $22,000
$2,815 Volumes 1-6 Slipcase (card stock, 500 copies) + 10% Kickstarter fees = $3,096.50
STRECH GOAL: $25,000
Tell your friends about this awesome Kickstarter, and help them reconnect with the unparalleled art of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero, and please pledge for both books if you want to own them.
Together we will complete the mission!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
I have already successfully produced 4 books and 15+ 24”x36” offset posters with two very reliable local vendors. I do not foresee any issues with getting these books produced quickly and to the highest quality.
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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