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A lone Astronomer tracks a comet through a post-apocalyptic cosmic wasteland littered with the ruins of an ancient civilization.

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Behold The Mighty Yeti Overlords! is a brand spanking new 22"x30" etching being offered as a new reward.  Click on Updates to see more.

Hi, my name is Matt Rebholz, and I am an artist, printmaker and professor of studio art from Austin, Texas.  You can see some of my work at the website for Seattle's Davidson Galleries here.  

I recently finished the first chapter of my first graphic novel.  Called Floating Head Bounty Killers, it is the story of a Bounty Killer relentlessly pursuing his quarry and can be viewed in it's entirety here.  While the Floating Heads play cat and mouse games, we follow them through an increasingly unusual world as narrow, fleshy canyon systems give way to sprawling subterranean temple complexes full of stone idols, monumental statuary and strange labyrinths.

I won’t give away too much, but the big reveal at the end is that all of the action has been going on inside a titanic and densely wrinkled hand.  The second chapter, called The Astronomer, is about the owner of that hand, and I am in the midst of working on it as we speak.

So far, it’s feeling a lot like a hallucinatory, post-apocalyptic, cosmic western.  A lone astronomer, packing a rifle alongside his telescope, is tracking a comet across a bleak and desolate wasteland littered with the ruins of an ancient civilization.  The civilization is largely inspired by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican art and the story is fixing to get very, very weird as the Astronomer continues his mystical, funky journey.

 

I've been offered an opportunity to go to the prestigious Vermont Studio Center this July for a residency to complete The Astronomer.  That’s where you come in.  The Vermont Studio Center isn’t free, and while I've been granted partial funding, I need your help to cover the difference in fees, travel expenses and supplies.  As soon as the project is complete, the good folks at Monofonus Press will print up copies of the second chapter and they'll be ready to be shipped out to you.

In exchange for this help, I have some great incentives including copies of the Floating Head Bounty Killers and the forthcoming Astronomer comics, handmade t-shirts, original artwork, etc. etc.

That’s about it.  Thanks so much for your support.

Special thanks to Terrence Salmond and Microfiche, for video editing help and the music, respectively.

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    Floating Head Bounty Killers comic AND The Astronomer comic with personalized hand-made drawings on the inside covers AND a Floating Head Bounty Killers T-Shirt AND a postcard with a drawing on it sent from the Vermont Studio Center. That's right, two comics, a shirt and a postcard all for a measly forty bucks! This is the Quadruple-Whammy Superdeal of the Century right here! (Canada $42, International $45).

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    You will be achieve cosmic immortality by having your name listed in the "Special Thanks" section of the forthcoming Astronomer comic (as well as any future re-printings) PLUS you'll receive everything included in the $40 Quadruple-Whammy Superdeal (both comics, a t-shirt and a postcard).

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    A signed, original hand-drawn page of your choosing from either Floating Head Bounty Killers or the Astronomer. The page images are 9.75"x15" on 14"x17" bristol board and selection will be first come, first served. I do pretty much everything by hand, so the original pages are almost identical to the printed pages and are always richer and more nuanced. (Canada $160, International $175)

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    NEW!! Floating Head Bounty Killer print! This is a hand-made, hand-pulled copperplate etching with serigraph, printed on Kozo, mounted on 11" x 14" Arches paper. Printed by the incomparable master printers of Tom Huck's famous Evil Prints during my recent artist-in-residency there, it features a cross-sectional diagram of the Bounty Killer, illuminating the inner workings of his queer physiology. Printed in an edition of 50, but only a small amount are available for sale. Don't sleep on this, as soon as the kickstarter campaign ends, this print will never again be offered at this price. Please see Update #1 for images of the print. (Canada $235, International $250).

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    NEW!! Behold The Mighty Yeti Overlords! print! This is a hand-made, hand-pulled copperplate etching printed on Kozo and mounted on 30" x 22" Magnani Pescia paper. Printed by the incomparable master printers of Tom Huck's famous Evil Prints during my recent artist-in-residency there, it features a six-fingered, four-armed Yeti High Priest preaching the gospel of his ancient and terrible gods. Printed in an edition of 15, I still have 10 available for sale. Just like the F.H.B.K. print, as soon as the kickstarter ends, the price for this print will jump up, and will never again be offered at this price. On a personal note, this is my favorite print I've made in the last few years, and I'm sure you'll be as happy with it as I am. Please see Update #1 for images of the print. (Canada $710, International $725).

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