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Alex RodriguezBy Alex Rodriguez
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Alex RodriguezBy Alex Rodriguez
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$3,330
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 6 2013 6:18 AM UTC +00:00

About

Here's the problem

You buy comics, read them once and then go in bags that sit in boxes where they never see the light of day again. Out of sight, out of mind. You never dig them back out. You never re-read them. Sharing them is a pain because people have to figure out how to get the comics in and out of the plastic bags and avoid the tape used to keep them closed. As a result, many people just buy trade paper backs. They're convenient because they're an entire story and portable. 

Some people resort to library binding. A process where the comics are shipped off, the spine is cut off and glued to a cover. This can be time consuming, pricey and more effort than most are willing to do.

There are sleeves you can buy for 3 ring binders, but they don't allow you to read the comics without pulling the issues out.

Goal

I want to make it easier to share comics with people. I want to make it easier to show off comics collections.  With the binder you can keep your comics on a bookshelf and easily read them and your friends can peruse what you have.

Details 

The binder is modular so you can customize it to fit different length story arcs. The binder hardware is standard scrapbook posts (included).
Unlike library binding, this is non-permanent, non-destructive and reversible. Take comics in and out at will. Comics are held in place by a wire that snaps at the top and is attached at the bottom of the post (no small pieces to lose). The cover is a translucent flexible cover so that you can see the contents. In addition, the spine includes a spot for a label so that you and others can see the contents at a glance. each element is 3/8" to accommodate the larges issues (annuals and specials).
 Think of as a DIY paperback.

Process

I worked with an existing design firm (Fuse -Toren Orzeck, Andrew Lindley , and Ross Savage) that has successfully developed many products for a variety commercial customers of to get to a working prototype. They have also had they're own successful kickstarter project (orp). 

criteria: 
1. modular to accommodate story arcs of varying lengths
2. attached retention piece so that they can't get lost
3. labeling on spine to allow content perusal on bookcase

We went through many iteration in the design process to meet all the the criteria set forth in the project spec.

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Early CNC prototypes

early cover and element prototypes
early cover and element prototypes
snap detail. different designs were tested for performance
snap detail. different designs were tested for performance
snap detail 2. (many product names were considered)
snap detail 2. (many product names were considered)
snap detail 3. we found that the smallest wire caused the least book interaction
snap detail 3. we found that the smallest wire caused the least book interaction

In the end we decided on the simplest cover solution using screw post and a flexible cover to reduce cost. + the translucent cover allows you to see the cover of the first issue.

I went with a 5 issue binder because it seems that most of the comics i read (Hellboy universe) run in 5 issue series. Buying 2 or more binders and recombining them will accommodate other lengths. 

Also i conducted surveys at local comic book stores to see if other comic book buyers approved of the concept or had any reservations.

Where we are now

I've gotten this all the way to the prototype, now i just need your support to cover the production costs (the overhead for tooling is expensive) and know that others want this too. Project money will go towards finalizing the "deluxe" cover (2 weeks), packaging design by Bologna Sandwich (2 weeks), manufacturing (~1 month, depending on manufacture's schedule), overseas shipping(~1 month) and final distribution. I already have bids from overseas manufactures through intsupplychain.

Prototype Reviews

"I'm a big fan of single issues but sometimes it can be tricky carrying them around without them getting damaged, but also easily accessible to read. The comic binder is a portable and customizable way to transport a stack of comics you want to read on the go. I also like that the binder lies flat when the books are open, unlike perfect bound graphic novels, cause I often like to read while eating lunch."

-Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics

"The Compiler project looks really exciting! I'd like to have certain cherished comic book series on my shelf that I know will never be collected, and I don't want to mutilate by binding them. This looks like the perfect option."

-Zack Soto, publisher, Study Group Comics

"This is AWESOME!!"

-Richard Boom, News Editor brokenfrontier.com

product page:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/revenantproducts

Risks and challenges

The manufacture should be able to get a start on this project early if the project get an early jump in funding. Delivery dates will be better set once we see when the goal is met.

This is my first project, but i'm working with established groups to make this sucessful

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