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Dry Bones cartoonist, Yaakov Kirschen, passionately dreams to create a Haggadah; The one illustrated book in every Jewish home.
Dry Bones cartoonist, Yaakov Kirschen, passionately dreams to create a Haggadah; The one illustrated book in every Jewish home.
407 backers pledged $20,574 to help bring this project to life.

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For the past 40 years, My Dry Bones cartoons have been the comic strip of the Jewish people, I've used  the internationally syndicated cartoon to comment humorously on the news of the day since 1973.

This coming year is Dry Bones' 40th Anniversary! And to mark the occasion, I want to fulfill my dream to create a Dry Bones Passover Haggadah, but to do it I'll need your help.

Why a Passover Haggadah ?  Passover, especially in these days of scattered families is a time to try to be together.The Passover Haggadah is unique. It is an illustrated ritual/cultural book that is found in most Jewish homes. 

Why is This Haggadah Different From All Other Haggadahs? Haggadahs, are distinguished by either their artwork or their commentary. In the Dry Bones Passover Haggadah,the artwork is the commentary.  I foresee the Haggadah as being between 90-100 pages, in Hebrew and English.

Rewards:  You can partner with me for any amount, from $1 to $1,500 or more, and In return for your backing, I''ve got a list of neat stuff to send you ...as a thank you for your help.. 

SPECIAL REWARD: an unprotected, unblocked PDF of the Haggadah  If we can raise the funds by November 16th,  It will enable me to write and draw the haggadah , I'll get immediately  to work, and one of the rewards I'd then like to send you is an unprotected, unblocked PDF of the Haggadah for you to print out and enjoy by this coming Passover!.

My main characters: Uncle Shuldig and his dog, Doobie.
My main characters: Uncle Shuldig and his dog, Doobie.

If you are a fan of the Dry Bones cartoons, you know that my main character is Mr. Shuldig. He's often shown sitting in his favorite easy chair.

Shuldig in his easy chair
Shuldig in his easy chair

Paper "Cut out" Rewards? I have a grandson who lives off in New Jersey. When I'm with him I entertain him with a secret hobby I've had for years. I create cut out and put-together paper models of buildings, vehicles, and animals. So when I tried to think of unique rewards  for your backing I thought of creating for you a paper Uncle Shuldig to sit on your Seder table with our Haggadah in his hands.

Cut-out and put-together Uncle Shuldig for YOUR table
Cut-out and put-together Uncle Shuldig for YOUR table

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Below are some sample Haggadah pages:

Sample Page
Sample Page

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 A final Note:  In Every Generationwe gather together at Passover to form a link with the generations that have gone by and with the generations yet to come. Our Dry Bones Haggadah will speak to the generations of the future long after we are gone.

But I can't do it without your help!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge posed to the project will be dealing with the “unexpected”. For that reason it is important for us to identify those improbable events and consider the risks that they would present.

One risk concerns computer and software failure. We use computers, scanners, printers, hubs, routers, monitors, modems, etc. We back up all our work to an off-site facility, and we use serious anti-virus protection. We are also taking into account that we could have a few minor crashes and upheavals during the course of the project and its fulfillment. Should our computer equipment become problematic, we believe that we could fix the situation in a timely manner, but the risk of delay due to computer problems and glitches exists.

Another risk is of either the artist or the project manager becoming seriously incapacitated (accident, illness). In that case, the completion of the project could be delayed.

Another challenge posed to the project’s schedule would be the happy event of our being flooded with more than expected contributions. Fulfillment could become a bigger job than anticipated, but we are prepared to recruit assistance if needed. We've done the math and the scheduling and the research and we're ready.

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    CONTRIBUTOR CERTIFICATE: I'll email you a "Contributor Certificate" as my personal thank you. Print it out, frame it, and hang on your wall. Imagine how jealous and impressed your friends and family will be!

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    BE A "FRIEND":
    Be a friend and I'll reward you with an ebook (PDF) of the Dry Bones Haggadah (b/w). It'll be somewhere between 90-100 pages in length. The Haggadah ebook will be unlocked, unblocked, and unprotected. Print out pages, Enjoy it on iPad, tablet, etc. Impress folks with what YOU helped to fund. In addition to the digital Haggadah I'll send you a "Contributor Certificate" for you to print out and display. Hey, I'm proud of your contribution, why shouldn't you be?

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    ASSOCIATE REWARD:
    Pledge $18 (the amount signifying the traditional Jewish "Gift of Life"). Become a "Dry Bones Associate" and I'll reward you with an ebook (PDF) of the Dry Bones Haggadah in FULL COLOR. The Haggadah will be unlocked, unblocked, and unprotected. Enjoy it on iPad, tablet, computer, etc. Print it out. Impress folks with what YOU helped to fund. In addition to the digital Haggadah I'll email you a "Contributor Certificate" for you to print out and display with pride..

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    THE PASSOVER FUN KIT: I will email you the kit, which includes THE UNCLE SHULDIG TABLE TOP PIECE, useful Dry Bones Passover place cards, and the Afikoman Hero scroll, In ADDITION to the Fun KIt, you'll get the eBook (PDF) of the full color Haggadah, and the official "Contributer Certificate" to print out and display to impress your friends with your philanthropic activities.

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    FUNDER REWARD: Become a "Dry Bones Funder" and I'll email to you a colorful "Funder Certificate" WITH YOUR NAME ON IT, for you to print out and display with pride...and of course, you'll get the full Dry Bones Passover Fun Kit!... and the ebook, (PDF) of the full color Dry Bones Haggadah. The Haggadah will be unlocked, unblocked, and unprotected. Enjoy it on iPad, tablet, computer, etc. Print out copies. Impress folks with what YOU helped to fund.

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    FUNDER PLUS REWARD: anyone who knows me knows that I do all of my creative thinking by drawing in small graph paper notebooks. This reward will bring you all the benefits of the FUNDER REWARD plus I'll find a cool page from one of my idea/sketch books, tear it out, sign it, and mail it to you from here in Israel.

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    PATRON REWARD: as my thank you for your backing, your name, (or that of someone you wish to honor), will be listed on the "Patrons Page" of the finished Haggadah. This means that in every reproduction or printing of the Dry Bones Haggadah your support will be recognized for all to see. In addition you will receive all of the benefits of the FUNDER PLUS REWARD, which includes a signed page from one of my idea/sketchbooks.

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    PRE PUBLICATION SPECIAL EDITION: We will do a special printing of the finished Haggadah, and send a copy to you!

    In addition to sending you the printed Haggadah, I will mail to you a piece of original art from the Haggadah, signed by me and dedicated to you or someone of your choice,
    plus your name will appear on the finished Haggadah's Patrons Page. I will also send you an unlocked eBook (PDF) of the Haggadah (color), the complete Passover Fun Kit, along with a colorful "Funder Certificate" with your name on it for you to print out and display...AND you will know that you have helped make this Haggadah happen and have won my gratitude and friendship.

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    "JUST FOR YOU" REWARD: In addition to mailing you a pre publication copy of the printed Haggadah , I will design and draw a special Dry Bones cartoon just for you, your charity, or company!

    It could be a greeting card or invitation for an event, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Birthday Party, House Warming. Anniversary Party, fundraiser, company, or organizational mailing for your company, project, church, Synagogue, Temple, favorite charity, etc.

    I will personally consult with you by phone/email about your needs. I'll send the finished design to you for use in mailings, posters, flyers, advertisements, annual reports, etc..

    In addition, I will email you an unlocked eBook (PDF) of the Haggadah (color), the complete Passover Fun Kit, along with a Funder Certificate with your name (or name of your company, etc.) on it for you to print out and display. ..And your name (or any name you designate) will be listed on the "Patrons Page" of the finished Haggadah. This means that in every reproduction or printing of the Dry Bones Haggadah your support will be recognized for all to see.
    ...and you'll have the knowledge that your generous backing helped make the Dry Bones Haggadah a reality and that you have my gratitude, respect, and friendship.

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