About this project
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!.
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.
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.
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Below are some sample Haggadah pages:
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We will make the Dry Bones eBook Haggadah available for all formats. We will have a version that will work with an iPad, Android,Samsung tablet, PC, ect. It will not work with a Kindle as they do not support graphics.
The purpose of this Kickstarter project is to create the manuscript for the Dry Bones Haggadah, with beautiful artwork, and commentary on the text with a Dry Bones style and flavor. We will have a manuscript that can immediately be turned into eBooks for this Passover. Of course we intend to do a print run in the future. When printed books are available for sale, we will be letting our supporters know about it, and giving discounts to supporters. We value you, and we want to take the time to print the book in the best way possible.
We will make the Haggadah even better. The Dry Bones Haggadah Project has received incredible support and this will enable us to do much more than we had originally planned. I'm dying to explain our new and exciting plans, so here goes. We originally planned to do our Haggadah by using MS Word. Typing in the text and pasting in accompanying Dry Bones cartoon illustrations ...We would then have been able to save the Word document as a PDF file. That original idea was a "down and dirty" plan which would have actually enabled us to create a simple, readable Dry Bones Haggadah, but thanks to the amazing support of you Dry Bones Friends and Fans we've gone beyond that original goal!! With these additional funds we can now approach the project in a totally new way. It's sort of complicated, but I'll try to explain. Instead of just pasting repetitive artwork designs and a number of cartoons into MS Word, and then saving it all at a size that would be printable on letter-size paper at a fairly low resolution, I will now be creating original Dry Bones artwork and cartoon commentaries for each and every page. Then we will scan all the artwork at a very high resolution. We will then have layout professionals use professional programs (Adobe's Adobe inDesign, etc.) to use those high resolution scans to create a number of different potential versions of the Haggadah (each, of course in different formats and layouts). These different potential versions of the Dry Bones Haggadah would and could include: A larger hard cover "Leader's Haggadah", slightly smaller soft cover versions, special versions designed for IPads and tablets, and the possibility of a giant, coffee table version. Together we are creating what could become the Haggadah for generations to come.
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