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Third volume of the natural science comic anthology, including 45 creators.
Third volume of the natural science comic anthology, including 45 creators.
Third volume of the natural science comic anthology, including 45 creators.
154 backers pledged $8,020 to help bring this project to life.

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In 2014, I ran the first Awesome 'Possum Kickstarter campaign. I had just finished a natural science illustration certificate program with a bunch of other artists. We were all still so excited about the amazing things we had learned, I thought it would be fun to put together a comic anthology. So I got 7 other artists and put together the what would be the first volume of Awesome 'Possum

Later that year, I started at The Center for Cartoon Studies to get my MFA in cartooning. Over the summer, I decided to put together a second Awesome 'Possum.  I decided to broaden it a bit and invited both the natural science illustrators from my first class and the new cartoonists I had meet at CCS. So that time, in 2015, with another successful Kickstarter, we had twenty-two artists. 

But this year, 2016, I have gone full hog and opened the gates to everyone. I had open submissions early this year and got a bunch of great submissions. So now, to my shock and amazement, we have a book with 45 creators! This is the third year, and each time I have more than double the book, both by number of creators and number of pages. This year is about as big as I can stand. With that many spectacular creators, we have 350 pages of content! This year I was far more involved in editing each story to ensure really clear and top-notch comics. I am proud of this book and what these creators have accomplished. 

But because this year is so many more people and pages, the goal is also significantly higher. We have a huge book, which has limited the printing options (some printers limit the books to 240 pages, over 100 short). I am also paying the creators $10 per page. They worked hard, and I want to support them as best I can. 
So many things. Here's a list of some:
small sample of art in Volume 3
small sample of art in Volume 3

 

Cover Artist: Stephen R. Bissette, penciller of Swamp Thing
Introduction: Ursula Vernon, creator of Digger
Megan Archer - aphid-farming ants
Sophie Argetsinger - 17-year cicadas
Moss Bastille - ergot
Angela Boyle - dodo birds
Anita K. Boyle - horsetails
Kelly Chen - immortal jellyfish
Bridget Comeau - degus
Bernardo Dias - Iberian lynxes
Natalie Dupille - mountain beaver
Jerel Dye - grasshopper mouse
Kelly Fernandez - raven and crow
Kit Fraser - salmon
Catherine Garberino - great white sharks
Hedj - coelacanth; megafauna
David Kirkham and Kes Bradley - fossilization
Ethan Kocak - history of aquariums
Kami Koyamatsu - great blue herons
Kate Lacour - armadillo
EJ Landsman - cat body language
Laura Madden - plains cottonwood
Patricia "Sunny" Maldonado - cryptozoology
Payden McRoberts - corn
Aurora Melchor - natural selection
Shashwat Mishra - deep sea life
Lauren Norby and Caitlin Hofmeister - aphid reproduction
Tom O'Brien - bats in flight
Abe Olson - monotremes
G Pike - flightless rails and island conservation
Simina Popescu - cordyceps
Bill Scavone - varroa mites
Sarah Spratlin - rattlesnakes
Ross Studlar - frogs and mosses
Kim Sucher - vultures
Alyssa Suzumura   - animal rafting
Kelly Swann - seahorses
Kriota Willberg - urban animal anatomy
Iris Yan - spider reproduction
Vicky Yuh - filial cannibalism
Stephanie Zuppo - moose mortality

Where's the funding going? 

$2,000 for printing 
$500 for shipping 
$3,500 for the artists 
$1,500 for fees 
 

$4,000 - Supporters will get to see the shorebirds comic by Anita K. Boyle! Nice preview of the book.
$9,000 - $20 additional for each team!

 Some of the reward levels have additional cool items to volume 3. 

Fungal $40

Bridget Comeau makes wonderful mushroom charms.

Kami's Blackberries $54

Kami Koyamatsu is offering 6 sets of natural science illustration greeting cards so you can spread more nature around.

Kit's Shrubbery $55

Kit Fraser is offering up her illustrations from Awesome 'Possum, Volume 3.
Invasive Plants illustration
Invasive Plants illustration

 

Plains cottonwood illustration
Plains cottonwood illustration

Angela's Pond

Angela Boyle is open for 5x7 ink commissions of animals, bones, or skulls. Even chimeras if you have two or three animals you want to put together.
Red fox skull commission
Red fox skull commission

Garry's Pond

Garry Bonesteel is open for 5x7 ink commissions of invasive species.

 Kelly's Pond

Kelly Swann is open for 5x7 ink commissions of animals and historical figures.
Vulture commission
Vulture commission

Melissa's Shrubbery

Melissa McGee is offering up her Moos Brainworm illustration from Awesome 'Possum, Volume 3.

 G Pike's Pond

G Pike is open for 4x6 watercolor commissions of any animal or nature-related subject.

Stephanie's Moose

Stephanie Zuppo will use laser cut to burn on image of a moose on 5” by 8” wood. You can choose one of three images: Snow, Woods, or Pond. Your image might look slightly different because Stephanie will choose the wood and there is a degree of variation with laser cut.
Stephanie Zuppo's laser cut moose
Stephanie Zuppo's laser cut moose

Raging Forest

Angela Boyle will put together a curiosity cabinet, complete with gaffs like ground unicorn horn. This is a fun level for everyone involved. It comes in an old spice rack.

Can You Hear Me?

From Anita K. Boyle, you can get her "Can You Hear Me?” encaustic assemblage, along with a print of her poem by the same name. The artwork is professionally framed and is 19” wide and 23” tall. The image is based on a crop circle called "The Spider." It comes with the poem of the same title in an easily framable format at 10" by 14" on card stock or handmade paper. 
"Can You Hear Me?" assemblage by Anita K. Boyle
"Can You Hear Me?" assemblage by Anita K. Boyle

Continental Exploration

Angela Boyle will put together a curiosity cabinet with only real items, like bones and bugs.

Risks and challenges

The comics are almost complete at the time of this project going live, and print files should be ready by the time the project ends. We just need your help in funding the printing itself.

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    Set of 6 greeting cards by Kami Koyamatsu, including envelopes, and Awesome 'Possum, Volume 3. The greeting cards are an affordable way to share natural science illustrations with someone you love. Each card features a different illustration that I have created, some of which have been included in one of the three different volumes of Awesome Possum. Each card is standard size and comes with an envelope.

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    Kit Fraser ink illustration of a invasive species on 9" by 12" paper. This illustration is included in the book. This is just art, not matted or framed. You also get a copy of Awesome 'Possum volume 3.

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    Angela Boyle ink illustration on 5” by 7” paper. You can choose one animal, skull, or bone as the theme. This is just art, not matted or framed. You also get a copy of Awesome 'Possum volume 3.

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    Kelly Swann ink illustration on 5” by 7” paper. You can choose one animal or figure from history as the theme. This is just art, not matted or framed. You also get a copy of Awesome 'Possum volume 3.

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    Fake cabinet of curiosity. Volume 3 and a small cabinet of curiosity curated by Angela Boyle mixing real items, such as skulls and flowers, and gaffs, such as ground unicorn horns.

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    "Can You Hear Me?” encaustic assemblage by Anita K. Boyle 19" wide by 23" tall including frame), broadside of her poem of the same name (for 16x20" frame, frame not included), and Awesome 'Possum Volume 3.

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    Real cabinet of curiosity. Volume 3 and a small cabinet of curiosity curated by Angela Boyle using only real items, such as skulls and flowers.

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