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THRILLING VISIONS Sketchbook explores early art, experimental drawings, by iconic surrealist and FLAMING CARROT artist Bob Burden

   THRILLING VISIONS again. This is going to be a lot of fun.

   I am self-publishing a hardback, limited art book, THRILLING VISIONS Vol. 2, that will collect years worth of unseen sketches, unused covers, erratic doodles and a host of experimental drawings from my wonderfully ridiculous career. 

   From the New Wave surrealist FLAMING CARROT COMICS, to the MYSTERYMEN comics and movie, to the award winning GUMBY COMICS series, you will get behind the scenes and see whats been swept under the carpet and lost in the files until now. 

   Also we'll feature art from new projects, revolutionary new characters concepts, and "new hope for a nation suffocating in the swill of its own mediocrity". 

   This is a once in a lifetime compendium of the detritus, flotsam and surreal cacophonies from the fringes and borderlands of a mind in the furthest orbit. (Mine.)

   Also I'll be including, here and there, 1 & 2 page text pieces of recollections, lessons, anecdotes, insights into the drawings, and surreal tirades, all placed interstitially between the art. 

   Compiling this book has been a labor of love over the last few years and a greater and greater obsession as the work progressed. It is a visual memoir of my journey as an artist and writer across the last half of the 20th century and into this one. It is an expedition of discovery and nostalgia - beauty and horror - charm and impudence - and while perhaps deeply personal, you will find it universal in appeal and, I hope, something to share with those, the most special in your life. 

   From the book's introduction: "My story is that of a simple laborer, a craftsman, often idle, who wandered off the trail. I was a curious pilgrim, who dabbled in the unknown for a living and played with fire. I was a journeyman, who conjured spells and fantasms, with a pencil and a brush, without regard for the judgments and consequences that came to follow me. 

   "All these years I have worked in the shadows... I have haunted the nightmare junkyards and creative ghost towns and I have rejoiced in the deepest curls of night with my "craft and sullen art". 

   "You shall come with me now and feast on the mysteries and roll in the ecstasies... for it is written, spelled out in dead bumble bees on the sidewalk, or on Twitter or Facebook or something... Go tell the Spartans: operators are standing by."

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This is about self publishing, confronting American literature's boring, corporatized mainstream and having a lot of fun doing it.

While age, time and responsibilities have limited my comic work in recent years, I feel I must keep the lifeline open to my loyal readers who have followed me over the years, and Kickstarter will help solve that challenge right now. The comic book marketplace has suffered from the recession more than many other businesses, but it always was a cottage industry - like jazz or beekeeping -and, you know, everyone always needs a good laugh.

Much of this book is already scanned and done, and the drawings are done, of course, but there will be a lot of work compiling the layouts, writing all the words and producing it. For me, the greatest challenge is printing and distribution, getting the book out to people. Kickstarter makes it possible in the most efficient and personal ways. We printed the last Kickstarter book in the US and we will with print this one here too. Thanks, Bob Burden.

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THOUGHTFUL CHRISTMAS POSTCARD From BOB BURDEN with a quick doodle of my choice and a message, wishing someone of your choice a CHEER UP or HI THERE, SOMEONE WAS THINKING OF YOU. We will send the person of your choice: a loved one, old friend, nephew or niece, classmate, jilted lover, household pet, perfect stranger.

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 Flaming Carrot drawings, unused covers and sketch. Various other surreal drawings and tirades. over 200 pages of madness.

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    get a Digital Version of BOTH The Flaming Carrot Comics Graphic Novels: THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN (250 pages). PLUS a Digital Version of FLAMING CARROT: MAN OF MYSTERY graphic novel (130 pages).



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    Get a DELUXE CHRISTMAS POSTCARD with a better, more detailed original, 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!!!!



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    DIGITAL Thrilling Visions #1&2 350 pgs & A Complete Set of The 1st printing 1999 MYSTERYMEN COMICS #1-4, full color comics, Signed by Bob.

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    you get DIGITAL Thrilling Visions #1&2 350 pgs plus Set of 1st printing Flaming Carrot Comics #25, 25 & 27. w/NINJA TURLES Crossover w/TODD McFARLANE post-Marvel, Pre-IMAGE Cover. Signed by Bob!



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    THE WILD SHALL WILD REMAIN - Flaming Carrot Graphic Novel #2. Signed, numbered, deluxe, limited Edition HARDBACK edition. 250 pages of fun + A BRAND NEW 8 PAGE FLAMING CARROT STORY ONLY IN THIS EDITION!!

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    THRILLING VISIONS Vol. 2 CHAMPAGNE EDITION – Special, deluxe, signed, numbered edition with surreal sketch inside front cover. Plus Digitals of Thriling Visions Vol. 1 & 2. Retail will be $125 after our campaign.

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    The Flaming Carrot Vol. 1 CHAMPAGNE EDITION "Flaming Carrot, Man Of Mystery" Limited Signed and Numbered!! Each one of these will come with a fully detailed Flaming Carrot sketch on the on the first page. You'll also receive Digital copy of FC Vol. 1

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    The Flaming Carrot Vol. 2 "The Wild shall Wild Remain" Limited Signed and Numbered CHAMPAGNE EDITION!! Each one of these will come with a fully detailed Flaming Carrot head sketch on the tip in plate on the first page. You'll also receive both Digital copy of FC Vol. 2

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    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 getting out there for the Kickstarter campaign will have a special 4X6 sketch thrown in to the box, each sketch serial numbered to the statue number. 

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    Regular Editions of Flaming Carrot COL. VOL 2 – & THRILLING VISIONS Vol. 2- Deluxe Holiday or Flaming Carrot Postcard. 

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    MIX AND MATCH BOOK SPECIAL - your choice of 10 to 20 Mysterymen Comics #1-4, Flaming Carrot Comics #25, 26, and 27 (the TMNTurtles issues) or Flaming Carrot Collected Volume 6 – (The Image issues AKA The women Trouble Issues) - Mix and match - $10 each in bulk. (Minimum $100 pledge)

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    GREAT RACE PRINT - FC, Cerebus, Turtles PRINT -- plus Digital Thrilling Visions #1&2. Wow! LIMITED EDITION SIGNED AND NUMBERED By: Bob Burden / Kevin Eastman / Dave Sim! A huge, full-color LITHO fine art print on archival, acid free paper. Signed by each artist. Kevin truly went nuts on this thing and the poster is a spectacle of infinite background detail and minutia, worthy of Gustave Dore, Pieter Bruegel the Elder or R. Crumb. Nothing else like it out there in comics. Believe me folks. Plus 

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    Regular Flaming Carrot STATUE, GREAT RACE and TRILLING VISIONS Vol. 2, Ltd, signed Hardback, plus Digitals of Both Thrilling Visions and Flaming Carrot Col. Vol. 1 &2.

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    You get Limited Thrilling Visions CHAMPAGNE EDITION with Sketch! Flaming Carrot Regular Statue. Flaming Carrot Comics #1 Oversized 1981. Limited signed and numbered Flaming Carrot Action Figure – Flaming Carrot FUN PACK with FC 25-27, The Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with Todd McFarlane cover. – Mysterymen FUN PACK with MM #1-4. DIGITAL Thrilling Visions #1&2 and FC Col. Vol. 1 & 2.

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    Champagne editions of THRILLING VISIONS Vol. 2, both Flaming Carrot Vol. 1 & 2 and Champagne Ed. Of the FC Statue with sketch on bottom. Flaming Carrot #1 (1981 oversize) - Set of 4 vintage (1999) Mysterymen T-Shirts (size requests not guaranteed) –VISIONS 2-5 (Super rare file copies - early appearances of Flaming Carrot ) FC Action Figure – A random Flaming Carrot Ash Can Edition with sketch.

 Flaming Carrot FUN PACK with FC 25-27, The Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover with Todd McFarlane cover. – Mysterymen FUN PACK with MM #1-4. DIGITAL Thrilling Visions #1&2 and FC Col. Vol. 1 & 2.

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