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THE RETURN OF VOYAGE TO THE DEEP BY SAM GLANZMAN!
Sam J. Glanzman (born December 5, 1924) is an American comic-book artist and WWII veteran, best known for his biographical war stories about his service aboard the U.S.S. Stevens (which I collected into two books earlier this year; the first containing his two A Sailor's Story graphic novels, originally published by Marvel in the 80s, and the second containing his actual U.S.S. Stevens stories, originally published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s). He is also well known for his work on Hercules (the mythological Greek demigod); and the Charlton Comics Fightin' Army feature The Lonely War of Willy Schultz (a Vietnam War-era serial about a German-American U.S. Army captain during World War II).
Over the last few years, I have worked to bring back into print as much of Mr. Glanzman's work as I could. So far, I put together three collections of his work while working at Dover (A Sailor's Story, U.S.S. Stevens, and ATTU). And here on Kickstarter, I successfully funded a republication of the graphic novel Red Range (written by Joe R. Lansdale), which will be printed and published very shortly...thanks to all the AWESOME folks who backed us!
If this Kickstarter campaign is successful, we will publish the first ever collection of Sam Glanzman's epic VOYAGE TO THE DEEP (which will be my fifth reprint collection of his work). VOYAGE TO THE DEEP follows the adventures of Admiral Jonathan Leigh, as he commands the mighty Proteus (a shape-shifting atomic sub) through the deepest of Earth's oceans, battling fanged sea creatures, arctic monsters, anti-mater generators, sonic attacks, and even terrorism!
Originally, VOYAGE TO THE DEEP was published as four separate 32 page comics, published by Dell in 1962. Since its initial publication, it has never been reprinted or collected in any form. With the success of this Kickstarter campaign, we will produce the first ever complete collection of VOYAGE TO THE DEEP, with fully restored color pages, on glossy 105 lb paper, at 8.25" x 11", over-sized for your enjoyment! It will also contain the one pagers, which Glanzman (and, in one instance, Alex Toth) contributed to fill out the interior covers of each original issue. And lastly, this collection will contain several pages of tributes to Mr. Glanzman and his 70 plus years creating comics, by several key industry folks, including: Jim Shooter, Mike Richardson, David Lloyd, Nick Abadzis, Keith Champagne, Phil Hester, Jay Lender, Stephen Murphy, Pete Carlsson, Bud Plant, Mike Gold, Joe Pruett, Jim Pruett, Scott Hanna, Ken Steacy and many, many more. Honestly, we can't wait to share this beautiful collection with all of you!
We are asking for $10K to produce a 144 page trade paperback graphic novel. A chunk of this money goes towards an advance for the creator (Sam Glanzman!). The next chunk goes towards the actual printing of the book (the book will have a beautiful matte cover, and thick 105lb glossy interior stock). Another large chunk goes to the pre-press artist, who must scan in all the pages from those original 1962 comics, and completely restore them. They will also be helping with the overall design of the book itself. And...we will need funds to compensate both the legendary Stephen R. Bissette for his in-depth historical introduction, and fan-favorite artist Rufus Dayglo for his afterword and new cover art (which will be created in tribute to Sam Glanzman). As with all our campaigns, we will also be spending a certain amount on the promotion of this Kickstarter campaign itself. In the end, I am confident that for the amount we are asking for, will be able to produce the first ever collection of this incredible story, for your reading pleasure!
For the last two years, I have been busy acquiring, editing and (working closely with production and marketing) bringing over 30 graphic novel reprint collections to market through Dover Publications. One of those collections was even nominated for an Eisner award, THE PUMA BLUES by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli.
Recently, I decided to leave my position at that publisher, and launch my own publishing imprint...IT'S ALIVE! As mentioned above, I recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign for RED RANGE by Joe R. Lansdale & Sam Glanzman, as well as another for DOPE by Trina Robbins, making VOYAGE TO THE DEEP the third book to be published under the IT'S ALIVE! imprint.
Thank you so much for checking out this campaign to publish VOYAGE TO THE DEEP by Sam Glanzman. For this book to be published, and for my new imprint to continue it's vital mission of saving lost and forgotten comic books and graphic novels, I truly need your support! Please consider pledging, and you can also help us tremendously by telling everyone you know about the exciting stuff we are hoping to accomplish. Let's work together to publish VOYAGE TO THE DEEP, and keep the history of comics ALIVE!
We have a bunch of awesome rewards, for all different budgets! Everything from a PDF copy of the book to a handful of original pages of art from Sam Glanzman, and everything in between!
For those interested in picking up a page (or more) of Sam's art, please visit the two below links to find the page(s) you want. Then, once you have picked up your reward, send me a message letting me know which page(s) you have selected. Please select a back-up page(s), in case the one you want is no longer available.
HERE ARE THE LINKS TO AVAILABLE PAGES BY SAM GLANZMAN:
There are also several great sketch and commission rewards to choose from by a select group of incredible comic book artists!
Please note that ALL early bird specials will only be available for the FIRST WEEK on this campaign.
Risks and challenges
I am going into this with the experience of having brought a couple dozen collections to print. Beyond that, I am lucky enough to know several really talented people, who can help out with any bumps in the road.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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