"All the Growing Things" started out as comic in my notebook. It has since grown from those early five pages into a webcomic with over 100 pages. The current issue is all set to wrap up, and when it does I will have enough content with additional pin-ups, sketches and notes to create a 148 page trade paperback comic book.
Why is "All the Growing Things" worth your time and money? The main character of "All the Growing Things" is Maude, an elderly gardener. She's an amalgamation of a bunch of elderly women I've known: she's gruff and unsentimental at times, not afraid to thieve, is quicker than she looks, and has a wicked jab with her shovel.
While it may seem like the set up to a joke to have an elderly woman fighting off underground monsters that are destroying her garden, there is much more to the story. Throughout the course of the story, Maude is confronted with the choices between what's right and what's easy, and has to face the ghosts of her past choices, and has to either defeat them, or live with them.
If you'd like to read the comic before you plunk any money down, (and that's more than fair enough) - the comic can be found at my website.
I'd like to print 500 copies of "All the Growing Things" in a comic trade format. The price breakdown I got from the printer is a little intimidating, but for each additional $1000 I get over my goal, I can print 500 more comics, but really, just 500 seems like an intimidating number to start with. I'm not sure I can wrap my head around printing 1000+ of these. (Although, I AM willing to try!)
Why I need help printing this: I'm a penniless art student. I'll end up printing "All the Growing Things" sooner or later, but I'd like to do it sooner. Someday I'll have an actual job making grown-up money, but as it is I'm just not there yet.
Project Details: 500 copies of each book, which consists of 140 black and white pages, and 8 interior color pages. Full color cover (inside and out.) These will be printed locally (well, just across town from me, but if you live in New York then I guess it's not all that local to you).
Above: What lovely devices for marking where you are in your books!
Above: Some of the prints on offer. There are also two other ones I've not yet included that I really do need to photo! These are all single hand-pressed prints, made with love and only one color. In these cases, that color is brown (because it looks pretty classy!)
Above are the four small 4" x 4" paintings. Choose A, B, C, or D if you're one of the 350$ pledgers.
You know you need a Butthole Cat in your life. He's a beautiful 6" x 6" oil painting.
Last but not least, here is where the selection of 8" paintings will be placed. I really need to finish these up, but I also have to get ready for the comicon this weekend (Who's always late to the party? ME!)
Please let me know where you're at - I'll have to calculate shipping to make sure that what I send you gets to you without the post office getting mad at either of us!
I know I talk a lot (or... write a lot) but I want to say thank you for at least clicking on this page and skimming it this far!
Have a question?
If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
You get all that thirty dollar stuff as well, but instead of JUST an elegant signature and a custom thank you, you'll also get a doodle on one of the front book pages. Knowing me, it'll probably be a doodle of a monster or a cat. Or a flower. I hope you like surprises!
This is where stuff starts to get good! You'll get the postcard, the ebook, the thank you, the postcards, and a signed book, AND a hand-pulled one-color artist proof! I'm more of an ENTHUSIASTIC printer than I am an accurate one, so each one will definitely be one-of-a-kind! Just drop me a line to let me know which of the six prints you'd like.
Same as the sixty dollar deal, but instead of just two plain old signed books, one of the books will have a doodle and/or a custom signature to it - thanking you or anyone you specify in it! Also, when it comes to the hand-pulled artist print, please let me know which one you'd like!
Same as the sixty dollar pledge (you see the trend now, I imagine) but with an additional 5 other hand-pulled prints, giving you a complete set of one-color prints! This is QUITE the deal if you're one of those "completionist" types.
Same as the seventy-five dollar pledge, but your artist print (please, please, please drop a line to let me know which of the six) will be printed in full and glorious color! (By "full color" I'm talking about three or four colors, whatever my attention span allows)
Same as the $150 dollar pledge, except that ALL hand-pulled prints will be fully coloured. These things are like mini-paintings, only with more swearing on my part! See link to see what they tend to look like!
Two books (one signed, one doodled on), four bookmarks, a pdf copy, a thank you postcard (and thank you on the website), and a small 4" x 4" oil painting on panel! Ready to hang and be admired! Look over to the left to pick which one you want - first come first served! Y'all like zombies, right?
Same as the $350 pledge, but with a 6"x6" painting of Butthole Cat! SUPER CLASSY! It will impress your friends, your mom, and your mom's friends! But probably not your friends' moms - they're a tough crowd.