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Publishing the first 200 comics of The System (systemcomic.com) with commentary by Rossmom, who is Ross' actual mom.
Publishing the first 200 comics of The System (systemcomic.com) with commentary by Rossmom, who is Ross' actual mom.
329 backers pledged $11,042 to help bring this project to life.

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The System: A Comic About Things And Stuff

Hi! I'm Rosscott Nover, a graphic designer, professor of graphic design, Super Art Fight MC, internet nerd, and webcomic artist.

Five years ago I began the webcomic The System: Comics Will Be Posted Until Morale Improves as a release valve to the insanity in my brain. Since then I have made over 650 comics and morale has slightly improved! Now it is time to take the first chunk of that and make it into a book and I need your help.

Here's some of the comics:

What Makes This Book Special?

Rossmom and me at the Grand Canyon
Rossmom and me at the Grand Canyon

In addition to collecting the first 200 comics from the website's archive, I knew I wanted to come up with ways to set it apart from other compilations of comics. Enter my mom, known affectionately to readers of the site as "Rossmom" (who is the quintessential Jewish mother). Since I first told her about the comic, she has commented on every single post on the site and is an active participant in the comment forums. Why put in my own commentary when I can put in hers? As such, the book has some interludes about the history of the comic, but also features "Mom-mentary" throughout the book.

An example spread with "Mom-mentary"
An example spread with "Mom-mentary"

I am turning to Kickstarter because I don't want to just make a book of comics. I want to make an amazing book and I need your help to do it. I have contacted a printer called Keness which I worked with on the Super Art Fight Kickstarter, so I know it will be a book you'll be proud to have. Plus I'm a designer, so you know it will be all laid out nicely with Helvetica and stuff.

The Book!

Oh, and the forward? Written by The Internet's own Kris "Straub" Straub!

The T-Shirt!

"Original" "Art"

Jimmy The Murderdog

Jimmy The Murderdog is currently just a prototype made out of acrylic, approximately 4" long by 3.5" tall and stands up. Exact material and size TBD.

Stretch Goals

Thanks to the amazing reception from all of you, we're adding in STRETCH GOALS as we continue to raise money for the project. In addition to just printing more books, we're working on some awesome bonuses that we will be unlocking as we go.

Risks and challenges

Every project of this size has its risks. Luckily the comics are done, and the book is laid out. I already have an approximate quote from the printer, so most of the risks are out of the way. However, this is the biggest comic-undertaking I've done to date, which has me nervous and excited!

If delays do arise (which I don't foresee happening) I will keep our backers abreast of the situation with any information and updates we have!

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    Donate any money at all and I'll really appreciate it, and you'll stay up to date with all the updates as the book gets put together. I'll be putting together a page in the book of all the people who donated and your name will be there for all to see (in a very small typeface).

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    PRINT IS DEAD: Get a digital copy of the whole darn book, and be kept up to date on the process as I get all the things together.

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    LONG LIVE PRINT: First come first serve, early bird print edition of the book along with a PDF edition.

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    I LIKE SCRIBBLES: A signed edition of the book with a crude sharpie drawing of a System symbol of your choice.

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    I REALLY LIKE BOOKS: Get two copies of the book (bright, shiny, new, and unsigned), and a PDF of the book.

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    I LIKE T-SHIRTS: Get a copy of the limited edition "Design& Bikes& Coffee& Comics." t-shirt, the book signed, and the PDF.

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    "ORIGINAL" "ART": I will "draw" "you" as a System comic character, with a few items around you (just to prove it's you). Your book gets signed, you get the t-shirt, and the PDF.

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    JIMMY'S LITTLE HELPERS: Get a custom-made Jimmy the Murderdog INACTION FIGURE. He'll still get you. You also get the book signed, the PDF, and the t-shirt.

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    ROSS' BIG HELPERS: All the things above, plus a "thank you" within the book in a substantial typeface.

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    ROSSMOM'S BIG HELPERS: Sit in on a private session where Ross and his mom "Rossmom" answer whatever questions you guys have, plus all the stuff above (including the thank you in the book). We'll be arranging this as a group, but will be most likely scheduled for October and will be placed online afterwards.

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    THE BIGGEST HELPERS: Everything above, plus you will receive the NEXT FIVE t-shirts I design and print in your size, or any five t-shirts I have in stock in my online store, HilariAwesome.com.*

    *Previous shirt designs subject to availability. The t-shirt reward listed above is included in this amount but does not count towards the five listed.)

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    HOLY CRAP: You get it all! Everything listed above, and the chance to meet Rosscott and Rossmom at a diner in New Jersey for coffee, a bagel, or whatever you decide to order. The travel fees are on you, but the meal is on us. We'll pick the meeting time together, but sometime between October and February is preferable.

    NOTE: There will be pie.

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