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A 200-page comic book about the bonds of friendship, creativity, youthful ambition and the staying power of a well-crafted novelty hit.
A 200-page comic book about the bonds of friendship, creativity, youthful ambition and the staying power of a well-crafted novelty hit.
150 backers pledged $11,388 to help bring this project to life.

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We've been friends since high school.  Despite coming from very different backgrounds, we both loved comics and rock & roll.  In 1979, we started a new wave band called The Reason, with another cartoonist on drums, a law student on lead guitar, and a fledgling rock critic on bass.  Like most young rockers of the time, we had high hopes, played a bunch of gigs, made a record that went nowhere and then – after 21 frenetic months – our band broke up.  A couple of years later, while goofing around at a party, we stumbled on an idea that had our friends rolling on the floor: What if Bruce Springsteen sang the Flintstones’ theme song?  We paired that up with a convincing Boss-esque arrangement of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock sailed into the footnotes of rock & roll history.

 In 2008, we set out to produce a short-form graphic memoir of that single’s improbably long life – it’s landed us in the Guinness Book of World Records, on a Library of Congress list of definitive performances, and is still in print, thanks to Rhino – but eventually realized we had a bigger story to tell.  Before we knew it, we were in the midst of what will likely be a 200-page comic book about the bonds of friendship, creativity, youthful ambition and, of course, the staying power of a well-crafted novelty hit.

 What we need now is three months of uninterrupted time – read: no distracting freelance work – to complete our cartoon epic.  There’s still plenty of writing and drawing to do, as well as digitizing & remixing old cassette performances for the CD/mp3s that will accompany the story.  We hope you’ll look through the rewards and help us reach our goal.  

[Please note that all rewards – except acknowledgments and signed copies of the book – will be available by the estimated delivery dates.]

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    A printed acknowledgment in the book and our sincere thanks.

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    An acknowledgment, a pdf sample from the book and mp3s of Bruce Springstone's "Bedrock Rap/Meet the Flintstones" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

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    Acknowledgment, a signed copy of the book, Bruce Springstone mp3s and an autographed copy of "Street Runoff," a limited edition comic book of quirky, only-in-Baltimore stories. (An additional $15 USD for international orders.)

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    All of the above and your face drawn into a panel of our book. (Add $15 USD for international orders.)

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    Acknowledgment, signed copy of the book, Springstone mp3s, "Street Runoff" and a copy of the rare 1979 Reason EP on 7" vinyl. (Add $15 USD for international orders.)

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    Acknowledgment, signed copy of the book, "Street Runoff," an mp3 of Bruce Springstone's "Ugga-Bugga" and Tom's "Cartoon Map of Baltimore," a full-color, 36 x 24-in. illustrated celebration of the people, landscape, history & culture of our fair city. (Add $15 USD for international orders.)

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    Acknowledgment, signed copy of the book, Springstone mp3s, "Street Runoff" and an original Tom Chalkley caricature. (Add $15 USD for international orders.)

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    Acknowledgment, signed copy of the book, Springstone mp3s, "Street Runoff" and a copy of the extremely rare 1982 "Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock" single on 12" vinyl. (Add $15 USD for international orders.)

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