HI, I'M BEN BISHOP.
You may know me from the original AGGREGATE Kickstarter campaign back in 2015, or DRAWING BLOOD with Kevin Eastman, or my book, NATHAN THE CAVEMAN, or my work on the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, or maybe you don’t know me at all!
I came to Kickstarter in 2015 with a dream to once again get back to writing and drawing stories that were all my own, and you all showed me with your support that you wanted that too. The amazing part was, because of Kickstarter and the crowdfunding structure, so many of you helped shape what the story actually became, lots of you, and your CATS, were actually IN the book. I didn’t want to just make my comics alone...
I wanted to make them with all of you. ♥
With your support, through Kickstarter pre-order pledges and social media shares, I’ll be able to once again, hunker down to draw, print, self-publish and ship out this epic 200 plus page sequel, THE AGGREGATE BOOK 2.
Check out all the awesome rewards and ways that you can not only get the book, but be a part of it, by being one of the very first to help make THE AGGREGATE BOOK 2 a reality.
Here are some of my favorite...
See all the guest artist originals and prints HERE.
I’ll never be able to adequately thank you all enough for once again helping me to tell this story, but I CAN use your enthusiasm, and support to make the best damn book I’m capable of and deliver it directly to you, the ones who showed up to the party early and made the whole thing possible.
◊ AGGREGATE ISSUE #0 --- Increase pledge by $10 USA / $20 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
◊ AGGREGATE BOOK 1 --- Increase pledge by $25 USA / $45 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
◊ ISSUE #0 & BOOK 1 DIGITAL PDFS --- Increase pledge by $10 EVERYWHERE.
◊ ADDITIONAL AGGREGATE BOOK 2 --- Increase pledge by $25 USA / $45 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
◊ AGGREGATE BOOK 2 CHRIS JOHNSON COVER --- Increase pledge by $40 USA / $60 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
◊ AGGREGATE BOOK 2 MATEUS SANTOLOUCO COVER --- Increase pledge by $40 USA / $60 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
◊ AGGREGATE BOOK 2 KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE COVER --- Increase pledge by $50 USA / $70 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
◊ ANY PRINT --- Increase pledge by $10 USA / $20 EVERYWHERE ELSE PER PRINT.
◊ A SHIRT --- Increase pledge by $30 USA / $40 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
◊ A PUZZLE --- Increase pledge by $50 USA / $60 EVERYWHERE ELSE PER PUZZLE.
◊ A MINI FIGURE --- Increase pledge by $90 EVERYWHERE.
◊ MP3 SOUNDTRACK --- Increase pledge by $10 EVERYWHERE.
◊ KEVIN EASTMAN METAL PRINT --- Increase pledge by $20 USA / $40 EVERYWHERE ELSE.
Risks and challenges
This is technically my 4th Kickstarter, my 1st being THE AGGREGATE, my 2nd, (although it wasn’t under my name) DRAWING BLOOD, and my 3rd, NATHAN THE CAVEMAN. I am very responsive to messages, comments and questions and will make myself available to answer any concerns whenever they arise.
I believe I’ve given myself a realistic amount of time to draw over 200 pages, hire a colorist, put the book together, print, and ship the book and all rewards. I greatly underestimated the budget and timeline on THE AGGREGATE BOOK 1, but still found a way to bring it to life. With BOOK 2 I’m being careful to not do that again, and to be realistic with the time and money these books take to make. That being said, sometimes unexpected things happen, and I am very appreciative of backers that understand those situations. I was lucky to have had zero complaints from AGGREGATE BOOK 1 supporters, as they understood I was working on the book every single day. I promise to NEVER leave anyone in the dark as to what’s going on with the progress of the project. If something comes up, you will be well in the loop. This estimated deadline of March 2021, of course doesn’t factor in the addition of any possible unlocked stretch goals like added pages, variant covers, or AGGREGATE APPENDAGES, which of course could potentially extend the workload.
Over the last several years, I’ve developed a great relationship with an amazing printer right here in the USA, who I’ve used many times now, with a mind blowing quick turnaround. Once the book is completed, I have no doubts about the quality of the printed final product.
Shipping is going up every single day in different areas, and the rules are always changing. I’ll be shipping books media mail when possible to keep the domestic prices as low as possible. Unfortunately media mail is not an option for international packages. Here is the cold hard (sad) truth. A single copy of this book will weigh at least 2 lbs. The minimum cost for a single book to go first class outside the USA is $23, 2 books is $48, and 3 books is now priority at $68! So my shipping costs are real. I lost a lot on previous campaigns by underestimating shipping costs and am trying really hard not to do that again. I want to make the book available to all you international supporters though, so the option is available for almost every reward tier, but I felt I needed to let you know that the high shipping costs are the actual prices.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have. I take crowdfunding very seriously and would never risk ruining my reputation on a project I didn’t believe in or didn’t 100% think was possible to fulfill.
Thank you for being a part of THE AGGREGATE BOOK 2 and making it possible for self publishing creators like me to JUST MAKE COMICS and deliver them direct to the readers with a platform like Kickstarter.