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Dry Bones cartoonist, Yaakov Kirschen, passionately dreams to create a Haggadah; The one illustrated book in every Jewish home.

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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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    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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