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“Cringe” collects over twenty stories of personal humiliation, shame & awkwardness from a variety of indie cartoonists.  
“Cringe” collects over twenty stories of personal humiliation, shame & awkwardness from a variety of indie cartoonists.  
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“Cringe: An Anthology of Embarrassment” collects over twenty stories of personal humiliation, shame & awkwardness from a variety of indie cartoonists.  

Contributors include Cara Bean, Box Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Chris Carlier, Peter Conrad, Chad Essley, Andrew Farago, Shaenon Garrity, Delaine Derry Green, Sam Henderson, Victor Kerlow, Steve Lafler, Lizz Lunney, Fred Noland, Stephen Notley, Adam Pasion, Sam Spina, Geoff Vasile, Jamie Vayda & Alan King, Chad Woody, Jess Worby & J.T. Yost. 

Front cover by John Kerschbaum, back cover by Danny Hellman, title page by Gabby Schulz and spot illustration by Noah Van Sciver. 

Edited by Peter S. Conrad 

"Cringe" will be a 112-page 6" x 9" perfect-bound softcover book with color covers and black + white interior. None of the comics contained within have been previously published.

Some sample pages:

Box Brown
Box Brown
Chad Woody
Chad Woody
Elijah Brubaker
Elijah Brubaker
Fred Noland
Fred Noland
Jamie Vayda & Alan King
Jamie Vayda & Alan King
Peter S. Conrad
Peter S. Conrad
Sam Spina
Sam Spina
Victor Kerlow
Victor Kerlow

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Risks and challenges

Most of the risks & challenges for this anthology have already been addressed and/or overcome.

Wrangling over 25 artists is not always easy, but we've managed to nag them into submission. All art has been turned in, the book has been laid out and it is ready to be sent to the printer as soon as funding has been achieved.

Birdcage Bottom Books (the pubisher) is essentially a one man operation (me, J.T. Yost), so shipping out lots of books & rewards may be a lengthy process. However, I've been running both the publishing and distribution wings of BBB alongside being a full-time Mr. Mom to two kids (one infant) and a freelance illustrator for years, so I don't anticipate this being any more challenging. I've padded out time from our expected publication date to hopefully ensure that nobody is disappointed by a late delivery. If anything, I expect backers to be pleasantly surprised by an early delivery.

Some of the reward deliveries, such as custom artwork, will be out of my hands, but again I've tried to anticipate how long these may take to create and deliver. Also, I promise to be tenacious in reminding/threatening participating artists to deliver their rewards in a timely manner.

I should mention that our last anthology ("Digestate: a food & eating themed anthology") was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, so we do have experience with Kickstarter!

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    THE BASIC: One physical copy of the Cringe anthology.

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    DRAWING BY STEVE LAFLER: You get a 4" x 6" original drawing of either his Bughouse or Dog Boy character. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Steve's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    RETAILERS ONLY, SMALL BUNDLE: Retailers will receive 5 copies of the Cringe anthology at the wholesale cost.

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    SHIRTS N' HATS: You get to choose one shirt or hat plus one copy of the Cringe anthology. Shirts designed by Noah Van Sciver (specifically for Cringe), Derf Backderf, Jamie Vayda & J.T. Yost. Hat designed by Chad Woody. See the list of available apparel here: http://theholyyost.blogspot.com/2014/05/cringe-kickstarter-apparel-print-reward.html

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    SMALL MINI COMIC GRAB-BAG: You get to choose three mini-comics plus one copy of the Cringe anthology.

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    SMALL BOOK BAG: You get to choose one graphic novel plus one copy of the Cringe anthology. See the list of available books here: http://theholyyost.blogspot.com/2014/05/cringe-kickstarter-books-shirts-reward.html

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    CUSTOM ART BY SAM SPINA: You get one 4" x 6" original pen & ink drawing based on your suggestion. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Sam's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    LARGE MINI COMIC GRAB-BAG: You get to choose five mini-comics plus one copy of the Cringe anthology.

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    DANNY HELLMAN PRINT #1: You get a limited edition "Fukushima" silk-screen print signed + numbered by Danny Hellman. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. See the print here:
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    DANNY HELLMAN PRINT #2: You get a limited edition "Cemetery Nude" silk-screen print signed by Danny Hellman. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. See the print here:
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    CARTOON PORTRAIT BY PETER S. CONRAD: He'll draw you (or anyone you choose) in a comic-style portrait using a reference photo you provide. Approximately 6" x 9" pen & ink. Plus, you get a copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Peter's drawing style by clicking on his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    CHAD ESSLEY ORIGINAL PANELS: You get a single panel of your choosing from Chad Essley's Cringe comic. This will be a signed piece of original art. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Chad's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    CUSTOM ART BY J.T. YOST: You will receive one 6" x 9" pen & ink drawing of you (or someone else) being kicked in the privates based on a photo you provide. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see J.T.'s drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    MIXED BAG: You get to choose one graphic novel and two mini-comics plus one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can find links to the available books & minis in the rewards above.

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    RETAILERS ONLY, LARGE BUNDLE: Retailers will receive 10 copies of the Cringe anthology at the wholesale cost.

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    CUSTOM ART BY VICTOR KERLOW: You get one 4" x 6" watercolor & ink drawing based on your input. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Victor's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    LARGE BOOK BAG: You get to choose two graphic novels plus one copy of the Cringe anthology. See the list of available books here: http://theholyyost.blogspot.com/2014/05/cringe-kickstarter-books-shirts-reward.html

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    CUSTOM ART BY CARA BEAN: She'll draw you in a cringe situation of your choosing! 6" x 9" pen & ink on bristol. Plus, you get a copy of the Cringe anthology.

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    CHAD ESSLEY ANIMATED AVATAR GIF: You get a custom made animated avatar gif drawn by Chad Essley. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. See a sample gif here: http://theholyyost.blogspot.com/2014/05/cringe-kickstarter-chad-essley-reward.html

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    CUSTOM DRAWING BY LIZZ LUNNEY: You get a custom pen & ink drawing at A5 size (that's brit-speak for about 6" x 9"). Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Lizz's drawing style by clicking her link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    BBB MEGA-PACK: You get a whole bunch of Birdcage Bottom Books publications (one of each): The 288-page "Digestate: a food & eating anthology", the first three issues of Jamie Vayda's "LOUD COMIX", the first three issues of J.T. Yost's "Losers Weepers", Sam Spina's "The Complete TARN". Oh, and you also get one copy of the Cringe anthology!

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    CUSTOM ART BY ADAM PASION: Adam will draw a 6" x 9" sketch with ink & markers according to input from the contributor. Plus, you get a copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Adam's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    JAMIE VAYDA ORIGINAL PAGES: You get one page (your choice, first-come first-served) of Jamie's original art from his Cringe comic. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Jamie's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    CUSTOM ART BY FRED NOLAND: Fred will paint a custom 5" x 7" watercolor portrait of your pet racing a jalopy. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. See samples of Fred's pet portraits here: http://frednoland.tumblr.com/post/14857664850/my-friends-are-way-better-gift-givers-than-i-am

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    PETER S. CONRAD CUSTOM COMIC: Peter S. Conrad will draw a short comic (one page, four panels max.) based on photo(s) and a story you provide. This will be in his Vidrio Café style (http://www.vidriocafe.com/). You get the original art plus one copy of the Cringe anthology.

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    SHAENON GARRITY ORIGINAL PAGES: You get one page (your choice, first-come first-served) of original art from Shaenon's Cringe comic. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology.

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    CHAD ESSLEY CUSTOM MUG: You get a "Magic Mug" drawn (based on your input) by Chad Essley. Plus you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. See sample mug here: http://theholyyost.blogspot.com/2014/05/cringe-kickstarter-chad-essley-reward.html

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    CHAD ESSLEY CUSTOM CARICATURE: You get an 8.5" x 11" full-color caricature of you riding a unicorn, fighting a narwhal, or whatever your depraved mind comes up with. Watercolor & ink on bristol. Plus, you get a copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Chad's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    SAM SPINA ORIGINAL PAGES: You get all three of Sam's original pages from his Cringe comic. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Sam's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    CHRIS CARLIER ORIGINAL PAGES: You get all four pages of Chris Carlier's original art from the Cringe anthology. Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. You can see Chris' drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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    CHAD ESSLEY SURREAL PAINTING: You get a full-color 8.5" x 11" strange/surreal gouache painting by Chad Essley (he will work with you on a few ideas & thumbnails before beginning). Plus, you get one copy of the Cringe anthology. See a sample of Chad's paintings here: http://theholyyost.blogspot.com/2014/05/cringe-kickstarter-chad-essley-reward.html

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    CUSTOM COMIC BY JAMIE VAYDA: Jamie will make your story (500 words or less) into a comic featured in an upcoming issue of LOUD COMIX. Plus, you will get one copy of the Cringe anthology and one copy of the LOUD issue your story features in. Please note that you will not receive the original art! You can see Jamie's drawing style by clicking his link on our Artists Page: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/artists/

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