"My Stupid Raygun" issue one is an unthemed comics and art anthology featuring a mix of comics of many themes and styles, etchings, and paintings, most of which are narrative in some form or another.
(See the first video about the book at the bottom of this page.)
A note about the rewards: Since launching this Kickstarter campaign the follow items have been added as rewards for all backers: An original drawing used in the animation of the intro to "My Stupid Raygun" the sketch comedy/mixed media show and one copy of the "Thank You" mini-comic featuring an illustration for each backer which Chris Monday is creating and posting to "Updates" as the campaign progresses.
For the first issue of "My Stupid Raygun" I reached out and asked for submissions to get what will be a ten issue project started. I chose people for this issue who I know are compelled to make art at every moment that they can. Most of the artists included in this book are skilled in a wide variety of artistic talent including writing, drawing, painting, printmaking, music, sculpture, animation, collage making, and so on.
This book has a double purpose of entertaining readers and promoting the artists to each others' fan base. I believe that all of the artists in this book are worthy of greater exposure. Throughout the series (9 more issues to go) other artists will be added to the roster and some may come and go from issue to issue. Future issues will have themes and will include any form of visual art that can be put on a page. Issue #two will have the theme of advertising (submissions due Sept. 1st 2013 more info to come at mystupidraygun.com). Preference will lean toward sequential and/or narrative art, but this does not just mean comics. Photography, collages, paintings, stencils, and just about any kind of art that can be put on a page are welcome. We just want it to be good.
Our goal for this Kickstarter is to be able to print at least 500 copies, but in all honesty hope to go over the mark to have even more printed. This would enable us to give more copies to the artists and if it would go significantly over we would put that money toward future publishing endeavors, which we have no shortage of, and hopefully to be able to start paying the artists at some point during the ten issue series (if we make enough we could start with issue one). The book is completed and we have proofs. We are now just waiting on the funding to finish everything up.
Below are some images of some of the artists from issue one and/or their studios, and also some bits from the book.
And here is a page from Cassie's section of the book...
Cassie Phillips' website: http://cassphillips86.com/home.html
Lauren Purje's website: http://laurenpurje.wordpress.com/
Charlie Touvell's website: http://www.charlietouvell.com/
Meagan's website: http://www.meaganalwoodkarcic.blogspot.com/
Max Wheeler's website: http://gnarlyasiwannabe.com/
A Chris Monday website: Thirty-Four
Heather's website: heatherhively.com
Jed's website: Jedcollins.com
Nick Perry's website: http://www.nick3am.com/?p=102
It is a magnificent collection of people and I hope that you soon can enjoy them all personally.
As promised, here is the first video:
Risks and challenges
The main challenge in publishing books at this point in time is contending against all of the free material available on the web and attempting to get distributors to back our books and products as well.
There is very little risk involved in the production of the first issue of "My Stupid Raygun," the risk is in following through with the next nine issues which are intended to come out twice a year, and to have different editors throughout the series. All of this while trying to get the "My Stupid Raygun" sketch comedy mini-series going as well.
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