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John CooperBy John Cooper
First created
John CooperBy John Cooper
First created
£196
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13
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 14 2014 8:38 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hi I'm John, a comedian and illustrator originally Sunderland, now living in Manchester, UK. 'The Best Job is the World' is my strip comic that pokes fun at the cold realities at what it's like make a living as a stand up comedian.


This is a selection of the best strips from the first year, presented as a handy dandy 2015 calendar. I started doing the strip as an outlet for my own comedy career, attempting to capture the epic highs and lows of being on stage, as well as the wonderful comradely and backstage bitchiness that goes on in such a competitive industry. It was intended to be just for other comedians, but has proved popular enough that I'm, now here Kickstarting the strip into print.


My first strip (to my surprise) was picked up on by a well know UK comedy critic who said “In a few frames with minimal words Cooper has captured the tragic essence of a lot of modern comedians”. Which is a lovely compliment for me as an illustrator, and equally damning praise for me a 'modern comedian', but that probably sums the strip quite well.

Back in the 1990 I drew a lot of comic strip, and some of them may well find there way here onto Kickstater, but I wanted to do this first,  it's what I'm currently working on, as well as being  short sharp and to the point. I love the brevity of succinct short 'news-strips', and over the years have been influenced by stuff like Max Cannon's Red Meat and Matt Groening's Life in Hell where a few short panels can present a whole world view. I'm not those guys - but I can dream. 

Back to this project, I've not used an online print wizard service to create the calendar part, I can't abide inconsistent use of fonts. So I've even drawn all the date boxes.

If this sounds like the kind of thing you want hanging on your wall, make a pledge and see this selection of tough love tales from the comedy circuit make the jump to shiny high definition print, so you can appreciate the cross hatching as nature intended.

Goals - Dedicate a date.

Risks and challenges

I've done my homework, read books and spoken to other successful Kickstarters. This is my first Kickstarter project so I'm keeping goals modest. I'm already self-employed as a comedian and freelance illustrator, so I'm well aware of the level of discipline needed to see a project thorough to completion.

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    Any donation you are willing to give will help this project to become a reality, you're a star, cheers.

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    Get a limited edition Postcard of "The 7 Ages of Comedian" sent to you to stick on your fringe or use as you please, and of course a thank you from me.

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    Receive a digital PDF copy of the Best Job in the World Comic Strip Calendar 2015 as soon as it is ready to send to print.

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    HARD COPY! For your tenner you shall receive a copy of the Best Job in the World Comic Strip Calendar 2015 in the post. A great gift idea for a comedy fan or comedian friend, or for yourself to draw all over with a biro.

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    A HARD COPY of the Best Job in the World Comic Strip Calendar 2015 in the post, plus a limited edition postcard. All delivered to your house by a postman or woman.

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    DEDICATE A DATE! I'll dedicate a date box in the calendar to you. It could be your birthday, a show your doing, or in keeping with the tone of the comic strip, a reminder to a comedy industry colleague who has forgotten you exist.

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    A RUN OF DATES with little a illustration by me. A caricature of your face in a date box letting folk know you're on tour. Or perhaps you run a comedy festival and I can quite literally 'draw' attention to it. Every month but August. Must be a genuine run of shows covering a single month.

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    STRIP YOU UP! One of the strips isn't complete yet, that's because you can be in it. An original illustrated strip with you in it. I draw the strip, you can volunteer ideas input (co-credit) get approval and really be in you own strip, that everyone else who gets the Comic Strip Calendar can see. It's not immortality, but it's kind of close. Of course you get a print of the comic strip calendar as well.

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