**COMPLETE** STRETCH GOAL: $7800, OUR ANTHOLOGY WILL GET A #ROCKHARD SLIPCOVER BOX!
If we reach this stretch goal, all Backers who pledge to receive a hardcopy of the book (Club #ROCKHARD and above) will get the hardcover anthology packaged in a limited edition SLIPCOVER BOX to protect that shiny platinum foil-stamped cover!
****COMPLETED! STRETCH GOAL: $6500, PLATINUM FOIL STAMP COVER***** With a shiny platinum stamp, this book will truly be a #ROCKHARD premium edition! If we reach this stretch goal, all of our Backers, on every level, will receive a 27 Club postcard with a personal note of thanks from us. All Backers who pledge to receive a hardcopy of the book (Club #ROCKHARD and above) will receive an original art sketchcard from one of our contributors!
Stars burn hot, bright, and then go out forever. But their legacy remains.
Like the smoky haze of a ‘70s arena show, a cloud of mystery and intrigue surrounds music’s infamous "27 Club." Its members—including Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse, to name just a few—revolutionized music in their youth, only to die at the age of 27. Is it a conspiracy, or merely a coincidence?
Using the music and mystery as inspiration, an all-star band of fifty-four creators were challenged to add a few new grooves to the mythological record of the 27 club. These stories are not adaptations of songs or a particular club-member’s life. That’s not how Red Stylo rolls! This isn’t a cover-band—it’s a free-form jam session where our writer and artists use familiar melodies to create something entirely new!
That “something” is 27, A Comic Anthology--212+ full color pages of original comics, art, and illustrated essays, all inspired by the music and rock stars of the 27 Club. Tracks run the gamut from hard-rockin’ horror, dramatic dirges, classical comedies, and even a few outrageous outtakes that you just have to see!
27 is the latest in Red Stylo’s annual anthologies. For the last five years, we have hosted a face-melting festival for veteran artists and up-and-coming acts to unleash their comic arsenal on a roaring crowd of readers. But this year, we have a stronger lineup than ever before, and a theme for the ages. It’s time to #ROCKHARD or stay home!
With this Kickstarter, we're going to leave it all on the stage with our very first premium hardcover: 27, A Comic Anthology: Rock Hard Edition.
This will be a limited edition run: only 1000, signed and numbered copies of the #ROCKHARD Edition hardcover will be printed! The stories will live on in digital and trade paperback formats but, just like the rockers we’re singing about, once they are gone, they’re gone forever! Even if we shatter our initial goal, any extra money will go towards stretch goals to sweeten the sound of our rewards. The number of ROCK HARD Edition hardcovers printed by Red Stylo WILL NOT CHANGE!
Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin...the names in the "27 Club" are of course famous. We have our own incredible team of creators in this collection:
Edited by Red Stylo's EIC, Enrica Jang, joined by contributing Nix Comics Editor, Ken Eppstein, with introduction by "27 Club" scholar Dianna Kenny (featured in The Guardian, Vox and The Wall Street Journal.)
Our contributors (and pieces) include:
So let's talk about what's in it for you. All of the pledge levels (starting at $1) include TRUE ROCK HERO, which includes your name in the digital and print versions of 27, A Comic Anthology and the #ROCKHARD Edition, plus a free digital download at RedStylo.com. Throughout the campaign we'll also be posting some face-melting solo rewards, donated by some of our rockstar creators! For now, take a scroll through some of the items we've got lined up right now:
We need a little piece of your heart to make this ROCK HARDcover happen! The $6000 we’re raising goes toward the actual cost of printing and shipping the hardcover and all rewards only.
Printing and shipping are the only concerns with this project. Production on 27, A Comic Anthology is well underway, and will conclude in July. Red Stylo has a proven track record of delivering comic anthologies (just check out our back-catalog! ), and we have collaborated with this printer in the past. The quality of their product is OUTSTANDING, and the print order will be placed within days of funding.
Risks and challenges
While our print order is being run, Red Stylo’s team will prep rewards for shipping, including individual stories and PDFs. Our goal amount covers the cost of printing and shipping books to Red Stylo's warehouse only, but we have chosen rewards and shipping options within our regular production budget for an anthology and the cost of these items has been considered and accounted for.
All rewards will be delivered in November 2015, which makes this book a phenomenal gift idea for the holidays.
This is Red Stylo's fifth anthology, and we have an experienced production team. All of the tracks have been laid down, the liner-notes have been approved, and the final mix is wrapping up.
The release party for 27 will be held at New York Comic Con in October, where it will be Red Stylo’s featured title.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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