Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 11, 2011.

Update #29

An Offer from a Fan of the book

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I received an email from a Smiths fan and backer of both volumes of the book.  He asked me to pass it on to you.  You can still pledge toward Volume 2 of the book at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/756324374/unite-and-take-over-volume-2-a-smiths-comic-anthol

From Robert, a Smiths fan and Kickstarter backer:


Hello Fellow Backers of Unite and Take Over:

As I’m sure most of you are aware Shawn launched a second project in this series to create Unite and Take Over Volume 2: A Smiths Comic Anthology and the funding campaign ends in less than 3 days now with about 37% of the $6000 goal committed so far.

I backed the initial project and was just as happy to the back the second because I’m a fan of the Smiths and Morrissey and of comics and I think it’s truly an incredibly creative project. The idea is unique and inspiring and it’s an experience that fans like us can not only really be a part of but will also enjoy and cherish for years. It’s only through Shawn’s creative vision, his passion for comics, love for the music of the Smiths and Morrissey and his connections from working in the comic book industry that anything like this is even possible. Well, those things and this great site called KickStarter.

But even with all these things coming together to try to make this 2nd volume a reality there’s still a critical component that’s missing and that’s us – the fans – that are needed to back this project! At the of this writing there are 68 backers for Volume 2 and when I look back here to the original campaign and I see there are 360 I know it’s possible to get the 2nd volume to meet the campaign goal but it’s going to take the support of everyone that backed the first Unite and Take Over project.

I’m being a little selfish here because I want to see the project succeed but I’m reaching out to encourage my fellow Smiths and Morrissey fans to get behind this 2nd volume and help to make it a reality! I’d like to issue this challenge:

To help encourage more backers to either join the project or increase their current commitment level, I am willing to increase my commitment by $0.50 per qualifying backer up to the point where the $6000 goal is met for any backer that meets either of the following criteria:

1. New backers of Unite & Take Over Volume 2 that commit at a minimum of a $15 level
2. Current backers of Unite & Take Over Volume 2 that increase their current commitment by at least $15

Obviously anyone who commits to more than $15 will help us reach the goal sooner but the main thing is more fans just need to get behind this 2nd volume. I’ve reached out to Shawn and he’s offered to help track the results of my challenge and I’m ready to step up and now I’m just asking others to do the same!

Please take me up on my challenge and back Unite and Take Over Volume 2: A Smiths Comic Anthology at a minimum of $15 or increase your current commitment by $15 between now and the time the funding goal is met and let’s make this a reality together!

UNITE AND STEP-UP SMITHS AND MOZ FANS!

Thank you,

Robert


Update #28

Last Chance to ensure that Volume 2 is printed

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I received this email the other day.  I thought I would share it with you.

"I would just like to express my sympathies that the goal has still yet to be reached to fund UNITE AND TAKE OVER 2 with five days left and share my hope that you do succeed in the last hour.

I only recently bought the first volume (from Alter Ego Comics through Amazon) and have to say I love it. I wasn't even done with it before I jumped online and made some contribution to Volume 2 which I was lucky enough to stumble upon a few days earlier by accident.

Since discovering Morrissey and The Smiths, my life has been taken over by them so when I heard about your first collection I knew I had to buy it (sooner or later.) All the stories were so well written I loved each and every one of them.

It was even enough to inspire me to write and draw my own. While I am a halfway decent artist, I've never tried writing/drawing my own comic before nor knowing anyone who does, it's a interesting process. Thank you for these comic anthology and finally giving me determination and drive to finally make one of my own comic inspired by LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVED ME.

P.S.
I hope you do succeed. I was really looking towards using that cover of my choice to get one with the ASK ME cover. (If was lucky enough.) :)" - Michael

Thanks for supporting the first book. We have less than 3 days to fund Volume 2 of the book. If you haven't pledged, please consider it. If you can't pledge, please let other people know about the book and the pledge campaign. Here's the link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/756324374/unite-and-take-over-volume-2-a-smiths-comic-anthol

Shawn

Update #27

Unite and Take Over Volume 2 Launch

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I still have a few sketches to get for the Sketch Level Backers.  I'm meeting with one of the artists this weekend to get some sketches.  I will begin mailing out those sketeched copies soon.

In the meantime...

We have launched the Kickstarter project for Volume 2 of Unite and Take Over.  I have 25 spots open for both US and International previous backers for individual copies so that can get a copy at the same price as the first volume.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/756324374/unite-and-take-over-volume-2-a-smiths-comic-anthol

Thanks for your support.


Update #26

Unite and Take Over Signed Copies

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I was finally able to get the signed copies finished and shipped.  Oddly the hardest signatures were the people in my city.  I'm attending the Amazing Arizona Comicon this weekend in Mesa, Arizona, where I will be getting some sketches for the backers who pledged at that level.  Next week, I start the Kickstarter for Volume 2 of Unite and Take Over.

Thanks for your support.  I couldn't have done it without you.

Shawn Demumbrum

SpazDog Press


Update #25

Unite and Take Over Hollywood

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I drove out to LA to meet with Sterling Gates and Kayla Cagan.  They weren't able to make the Beach Ball Comics signing, but I still needed their signatures for the Kickstarter Rewards.  I met them at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd.  We took over their store for about an hour signing the Kickstarter books and talking to some fans who saw Kayla's Tweet about being at Meltdown.  One of those fans was Mike Le who you might know as the co-creator/writer of Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem!  After experiencing Tai Iced Tea and Tai food for the first time at Toi on Sunset with Sterling and Kayla, I took advantage of my proximity to a large number of comic book stores to try to get the book into the hands of retailers. 

My first stop was to Amoeba Music.  I knew that it would be an easy sell, since I've read that Morrissey frequents the store when he is in town.  Their only question was if there were any drawing of Morrissey naked in the book, which is their #1 Morrissey request from customers.

Next, I dropped by Melrose Music and Comics, which had a large proportion of their t-shirt inventory invested in Joy Division t-shirts.  Joy Division tribute book?  Hmmm.

I dropped by House of Secrets in Burbank to see if they liked the copy I dropped by a month ago.  Eric picked up a few copies, but I think at least one of those is going home with him.  He told me that his Smiths and Morrisey concert stores.  His first concert ever was the Smiths in 1986 in support of the Queen is Dead.

After that, I dropped by Secret Headquarters in Silver Lake where I talked to Dave.  Dave has a great shop with hard wood floors and dark wood bookshelves that make you feel like you've stepped into a cozy family den.  I was surprised to see that he was hosting a Geoff Darrow gallery exhibit in the store.  Really cool.

In the next few days, I'm meeting with JP Manzanares to get the last of the signatures on the Kickstarter books and some sketches for the books as well so I can start shipping more books out.

There was a great article about Dr. Gavin Hopps, professor and Smiths authority.  He wrote the introduction at the beginning of the book that compares Morrissey to a Post Frank Miller Dark Knight Batman.  You can find the article at http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2011/12/16/singer-morrissey-likened-to-the-dark-knight/

Thank you for your support.


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