UPDATE #17 - From Last Night.
In this craft and sullen art...
Update #17 · Sep. 09, 2012 · 2 comments
Special message from Bob Burden (in the middle of the night.)
Almost done now! Looking good. This is an wonderful and fantastic step in a career that has bounced from fortune to disaster to boredom to magic, all with the greatest of ease, and sometimes in just one day or week!
I walk outside and feel the fall's very first brisk wash of autumn air, as the first real cold front of the season blows in. It is almost 2:30. The night is all around me.
I think that what I do - these strange and preposterous stories that I write and draw - that they are not meant for everyone. They are meant for a very special and eclectic audience. And a wonderful, cool, fun-loving, well humored lot, as you will find anywhere. The best part is, that I enjoy all these little, almost meaningless dribbles of thought that make up a comic book as much as you all do. And we share this. I love that.
Off in the distance I hear two train cars coupling. The sound really carries so at night.
I love making people happy. I love being popular enough to do (pull off) something like this. At the same time, I love being so obscure that I can go to a convention and meet the real people and walk the street like any ordinary person, and have people tell me what they actually think. I love rubbing elbows with all the great creators and real artists in this art form/cottage industry/hobby that is our thing. This is the best.
The night is so deep, so endless - in every direction: a thousand miles, a million things. A thousand miles of night.
We made it! I can't imagine all this happening in any other time in history. Not just Kickstarter, but this whole comic book thing.! I can't imagine a greater bunch of people: the readers, the other artists, the shop owners etc.- and all the complete strangers I've met, spent time with, given rides to, taken advice from, ate breakfast with, created daydreams for and got into interesting, all-night-long conversations with.
I probably don't know how lucky I am. Maybe never will. That's fine. But I have a better idea now, don't ya know.
UPDATE #16 Flaming Carrot Statue - KICKSTARTER EDITION!
Flaming Carrot Statue - Regular edition. Only of 835 of these were made. These are pretty big in size and have a very colorful and amusing box.
Add one of these for $100 to any pledge over $20. The statues we are giving out there with the Kickstarter campaign will have a special 4X6 sketch thrown in to the box, each sketch serial numbered to the statue number.
VERY COOL BOX TEXT: "As you sit there, mesmerized, and stare for hours at this strange object, just imagine what it would be like to be Flaming Carrot. Imagine what it would be like to climb walls with toilet plungers, lurk in a dark alley, gallivant across the skyline on a nuclear-powered pogo stick or to wander aimlessly each day, amused by life’s simple things. With this statue by your side, you can imagine anything…."
Giving away the Original Art for PUSSY RIOT and THE GREAT RACE here!
Whoever is the first to pledge on the $5000 level, gets choice of the GREAT RACE original art or FREE THE PUSSY RIOT GIRLS original art. Whoever pledges second gets the leftover piece.
If no one pledges a second time, the first one gets BOTH pieces of art.
These are in addition to the high quality original art cover recreation or special commission already promised in the package.
The third prize is STEAK KNIVES.
Update #12 - Trading Cards and Some Posters - and a whole video channel explaining all the rewards!
Wow, an all new reward. An all new video channel!
In order to defray the cost of printing the trading card set that we used at comic conventions this summer to promote our Kickstarter campaign, we over runt a hundred or two uncut sheets and sell them.
We did this with the Mysterymen/Mysterian/MarbleComics trading cards we came out with last year, and the Gumby trading cards we did a few years back. These uncut sheets are signed and numbered and then sold them at the cons for like, $25 or $20.
Here's a video:
We are packaging these with a signed and numbered surrealist poster from 1999 and two Free the Pussy Riot Girls posters, that were signed and numbered and sold at Dragon Con for $20 and $25 a pop.
To see all the posters, (and a lot of other cool stuff) go to our Kickstarter support site:
Also, when I went to get the link for this project, I noticed that there's not much activity on our youtube page and I need to get the word out that it's there.
So check out: http://www.youtube.com/bobburdencomics while you're there.
UPDATE #11 - Flaming Carrot COLLECTED VOLUME #5: Unacceptable Behavior $10
Add this book to any other incentive above $20 for only $10 more!
This Flaming Carrot trade paperback collects the five issues done by IMAGE COMICS/DESPERADO Studios back in 2005.
Here's a video:
and for more videos on our project go to:
Out of print! Cover Price $14.95.
Special WOMEN TROUBLE Issue!
Includes the legendary CROUCHING CARROT-HIDDEN HOT WING story-line!
See Flaming Carrot's big date with a two headed woman! Meet Dynamite Girl! Marvel at the cute and cuddly Baby Werewolf! See Jim Steranko hypnotize a comic convention fan-girl into thinking she's a dog and then forget how to undo the spell. See an 8-foot long, obnoxious and insolent mutant HOT-WING, call in on the Dr. Phil Show!
ALSO: Sponge Boy returns! The villainy of Garbage Mouth! Meet a superhero with tummy-toes and fanny-feet! See pigmies building a giant ear out of French bread on the edge of town! And Flaming Carrot's amusing but not very lethal baloney gun! Wow!
Add this book to any other incentive above $20 for only $10 more! You can't do two pledges so just increase your current pledge by $10 and drop us a note telling us you want this offer!
Update #9 Pledging for multiple items. SO EASY!
If you already pledged, say $50 for the graphic novel, and you want to get, say the $20 MysteryMen collected volume, just ADD $20 TO YOUR FIRST PLEDGE and then notify us now, or when the pledge gets charged, and you got both items!
Don't worry, we won't forget you and just send one. And if we do, just ask and we'll send you what you want.
We had a lot of Q&A on this so i wanted everyone to know.
Also some people thought you could only make one pledge and we wanted to clear that up once and for all. since these last days we are going to be adding new and interesting pledges every few hours!
KEVIN EASTMAN (TMNT) & DAVE SIM (CEREBUS) To the RESCUE! UPDATE #8!
Bob Burden’s Kickstarter campaign (Quicklink: http://fcckick.com) is ending in 72 hours! The Classic 1980’s Surrealist superhero series, Flaming Carrot returns in in: THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN a signed, Numbered Deluxe HB Edition, that has been out of print for over a decade! It is one complete graphic novel story: Flaming Carrot #4-#11, all under one cover.
As a last minute incentive, two of Flaming Carrot’s old friends, Dave Sim and Kevin Eastman are throwing their characters into the ring for a limited edition print: THE GREAT RACE.
With the Turtles on jet packs, and Cerebus pole-vaulting into the lead, Flaming Carrot rides a flying dragon, as Hugo Ball tries to keep up on a Harley. What looks like Tickle-Me-Elmo rides behind Flaming Carrot with a completely freaked out face. The print will be signed by all three creators, in an edition that is only as many as are pledged by the end of the campaign, which ends this Saturday night.
limited Edition "The Race" Print! AS SEEN IN UPDATE #8
UPDATE 7! New Incentive! FIVE FLAMING CARROT Collected Volume #2s for $150.
Get 5 Flaming Carrot's signed and numbered THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN for $150.
You can use them as Holiday Stocking Stuffers, or they could be for wheeler-dealers selling stuff at comic shows, mail order, book stores, comic shops etc... That's $30 each, PLUS you get a free copy of Flaming Carrot Col. Vol. #6, "Unacceptable Behavior" (a $15 value!) which collects the five Image issues from 2005!
Limited to 20 pledges! (Sorry, No digital copies with this offer.)
Update #6 · MYSTERYMEN Trade Paperback. (RARE San Diego ComicCon Exclusive)
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This book has the four Mysterymen Comics from 1999 collected and a added featurette on THE MYSTERIANS, the first appearance ever, of a whole new superhero series from Bob Burden. On the back cover is an add for JOURNEY INTO ASTONISH, the first issue from Burden's new MARBLE COMICS line. Plus an all new front cover.
This book was put together before San Diego comic con and sold at $20 each, through Dark Horse at their booth. Only about four or five hundred were made, and most went to people, there at the show.
Each issue was signed and numbered on the back. This was NEVER offered in Diamond or through regular comic shops, or even on our website for sale, so this is a rare chance to get a very scarce collectible item.
Offered for a $20 pledge, book by itself. Or pledge $25 and get the Digital Version of FC's THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN!
Remember, if you already have a digital version ordered by itself, or with another pledge, we can "gift" the second one to a person of your choosing.
New Incentive. Will Bob Burden arrive in a cocoon at convention?
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UPDATE - NEW INCENTIVE - Once we break $30,000, Bob Burden will arrive at his next convention in a cocoon, and burst out dramatically before a cheering and astounded crowd. If we break it in time, I will be able to do it at DragonCon! Sure to be a YouTube sensation.
Update #4 · Aug. 23, 2012 ·
New Incentive! Bob Burden Postcard w/artwork sent to whoever you want!
UPDATE - NEW INCENTIVE - Announcing the Flaming Carrot CHEER UP or HI THERE, SOMEONE WAS THINKING OF YOU Post Card.
We will send the person of your choice: a loved one, old friend, nephew or niece, classmate, jilted lover, household pet, perfect stranger, etc. a post card with an original, unique Flaming Carrot drawing by creator Bob Burden – hand drawn with a short personal message. $10 postpaid.
Also, feel free to choose any Flaming Carrot character: Sponge Boy, The Artless Dodger, Dynamite Girl, Crowbone, Insolent Dog, The Limbo men, The Scribbler, The Red Dyke, Sexface/Rasputin, the ghost of his pet potato bug, Fantobal or Shadrack, Teen Tornado, The man with no Zip Code or hundred of others!!!!
SAMPLES BELOW! I took some vintage postcards out of my collection to draw on for the samples, but plan to have special ones with the Wild Shall Wild Remain cover on the front of the card and a larger size postcard for bigger art, probably 4" by 6".
UPDATE#3 CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA EDITION!!
It's happening. The CHAMPAGNE EDITION is going to be limited to 200 copies. It's in its own individual $100.00 level tier. It will be a signed and numbered and include a fully detailed head sketch on the tip in plate on the main page.
Now remember, if you've already donated $100.00 and you want the new CHAMPAGNE EDITION LEVEL BOOK - just change your reward selection. that is all.
A Message from John Scrudder:
They tell me that Flaming Carrot Comics was one of the most outrageous, seminal and iconic books of the 1980s New Wave comics’ revolution. I won’t argue with them.
Flaming Carrot was the world’s first surrealist super hero. Also the first blue-collar, rust-belt, mill-town super hero. And the first super hero to take a girl out on a dinner date to a Toyotathon tent-sale with free hot dogs and root beer.
In it’s day, it spawned a spin-off major motion picture: MYSTERY MEN, a 60 million dollar Ben Stiller movie from Universal with one of the greatest ensemble cast ever put together for a super hero movie.
The comic attained a legendary cult status and fans and reviewers usually classed it with the works of such creative auteurs and outsider artists as David Lynch, Windsor McKay, Alfred Jarry, Frank Zappa, W.S. Burroughs, and Evil Knievel. Collector’s back issue prices outstripped some of the most popular titles of the era. And one month Flaming Carrot even outsold Superman comics.
Then it disappeared as mysteriously as it came...
The comic has been more or less out of print since the 90s. We’re bringing it back into the digital world and the 21st Century with touch-screen versions of the first two Flaming Carrot Graphic Novels: FLAMING CARROT: MAN OF MYSTERY and FLAMING CARROT: THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN. Right at four hundred pages of “rabid, mind melting, nail driving, Megafun”. We are also crafting a deluxe 250 page, limited, signed, numbered, deluxe Hard-Back of issues #4-11, THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN.
This volume will have an all-new, fully drawn, 8-page Flaming Carrot comic story that appears HERE AND ONLY HERE!
We've frontloaded the pledge gifts with many spectacular and cool items from our archives. We had to scour the back room, the basement and the warehouse to dig these out. We wanted to make the biggest splash we could here. We wanted to give you the most for your pledge that we could. We wanted to get all these little jewels out of here and into the hands of someone that would appreciate and treasure them.
While prices of Flaming Carrot items are, depending on condition, all over the board, in top shape or slabbed some people are asking a lot for them. The VISIONS issues can get up in the hundreds, and people have even asked over 3K for VISIONS #1. Flaming Carrot #1 (the oversized and the AV edition) in the $300 to $400 dollar range. And remember, these Kickstarter prizes are file copies, out of my archives.
WE’LL PUT THE MONEY TO GOOD USE We will have to print, store and advertise the hardback. We’re going to try and print and bind it here in the US or Canada and have it in the stores for Christmas. That’s what the kickstarter is for. We will have to SCAN all these pages. Both for PRINT and DIGITAL formats. The pages are huge. Not the 11X17 size of modern comics but the big, monster size originals of the golden age era. Yes, they were scanned years ago by the previous publisher, but they lost the scans. Or never bothered to save them. (So, creators, always get your scans and keep them backed up, no matter what your publishers say about doing it for you.)
TO MY OLD READERS: I expect to get some old readers, wishing to have these issues in a digital format, but please, tell your friends. Share the fun. And feel free to get multiple different pledges, and gift the extra digital copies to someone out there that needs a laugh right now.
TO NEW READERS: A lot of comic readers (and even a few innocent civilians) have heard about Flaming Carrot Comics over the years, but never could find, borrow or buy a copy or were never were in the right place at the right time. So here’s a chance to nail 14 issues – over 350 digital pages – for a small fraction of what the contents of this book would cost you on Ebay or Amazon.
Now this is crazy. YOU CAN GO ON AMAZON AND CHECK IT OUT. This book, the original collected volume, printed by Dark Horse back in 1997, it sells for as much as $102 to $200 dollars in nice condition. There were a few ragged out ones for 40 or 60 bucks but one guy had it on there for $372. I kid you not.
TALES FROM A MAGICAL, BYGONE ERA. Flaming Carrot was the antithesis of the standard comic book superhero. Flaming Carrot has no super powers. None. He has no secret identity. He is Flaming Carrot all the time. And to top it all off, he’s not very smart. He’s simple. Childlike. So if he gets in a spot – see, he can’t think his way out like Batman who is cunning and wise, no, Flaming Carrot just blasts his way out, just blasts his way out in a hail of gunfire. You have to remember, this creation was a child of the punk rock era. Punk/New Wave influences in ambiance and attitude. In essence. Sex pistols, Iggy Pop, Talking Heads – GoGos - Ramones – The Clash - The Residents… (But probably more Iggy Pop than anything else.)
Flaming Carrot was an in your face, primitive rebellion to all the stand up and be counted/conservative/liberal/neo/lets all just get along/I’m a survivor/everything’s ok/ and comics are good for you baloney that was going around back then. Flaming Carrot’s success and acceptance really proved that comic books could be subversive, insidious, mind-inducing, surrealistic, mood altering and most of all… FUN.
WHY BUY THIS BOOK? WILL I LIKE IT? Some people ask, “What’s it about?” some ask, “What’s it like?”/ The first time someone asked me what’s it like I had to think. Was it like W. C. Fields meets the Marx Bros.? Was it like Edgar Allen Poe on pot instead of absinthe? Was it “too many angels dancing on the head of a pin?” How about a “hurricane in a taffy store.” SEINFELD meets DEATH OF A SALESMAN? A one way ticket to Palookaville? OK, I had it. It was THE FAR SIDE, only with a story line. So if that sound good to you, then you’ll probably like it.
The main thing I want to get across to you is - this is weird, off the wall and buck wild, but there is a story. There always is a story. A lot of critics/reviewers try to nail Flaming Carrot with the “Non-linier story-line” angle. No. There’s always a story there. That’s the magic. It seems like it’s non-linier - all wild, and out there - but there is a story, and you can follow it.
It’s just the story is not always that derivative, that hackneyed, and to someone with a superficial mind and a room temperature IQ, it appears non-linier. Like PULP FICTION. That’s the perfect example. It seems like there’s no story there too, but there is. It’s just hard to see, when you are looking for it: enjoyably hard to see.
Like good dancing that seems effortless, it’s magic. So, for the new reader, I hope this helps you make a decision. The Flaming Carrot Experience is not for everyone. The art is probably an acquired taste, in the real early issues. There are some archaic references here and there, but nothing that should interfere with the enjoyment of reading it, and now, with Google, you can have some fun researching the occasional 80s or 90s references.
A GOOD DEAL FROM KICKSTARTER.
I ASSURE YOU!
The first FLAMING CARROT signed, Ltd, Collected volume was HALF THIS SIZE - about 130 pages. We priced it at $49.95, and almost sold out with the first solicitation. We were figuring at pricing this at $75.00 for the regular market. But for this fundraiser at least, you will be able get the book for a $50 pledge. A 250 page signed and numbered hardback for $50. While the campaign is going on, of course.
The book will be signed, numbered, and for KICKSTARTER people and I will personally draw a quick, pencil doodle in the back pages of the book. Sort of a glorified autograph really. Cant’ bee to fancy because… You see, there will also be a CHAMPAGNE EDITION with a proper sketch in the front of the book, all inked and nicely drawn. I will take my time on these Champagne drawings, and there will only be 200 books made. Like the first volume, the Champagne version will be $125.00 each retail.
But what if this kickstarter thing exceeds all of our expectations? what should we do? perhaps... just maybe... we make the Champagne Edition (Limited to 200) a Kickstarter prize at a $100 pledge level! Wow!
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