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A collection book of the world's most popular poker comic! The perfect gift for the poker player in your life!
A collection book of the world's most popular poker comic! The perfect gift for the poker player in your life!
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Hello!  My name is Bobby Crosby and I write the comic strip +EV.  It's been translated into over 20 languages and published in numerous magazines, including CardPlayer Italia and CardPlayer Hungary.  I want to take the best 150 strips from the six-year history of the comic and print them in an awesome book that everyone can enjoy.  Some of the strips require poker knowledge to understand, but the vast majority don't, like this one:

The comic stars Corbin, a guy who quit his job to play online poker.  His wife, Violet, hates him for that.

Their daughter, Scarlett, takes after Corbin.

This project is to raise funds for the printing of softcover and hardcover versions of +EV Volume 1, a full color collection of the 150 best +EV comics, chosen based on reader response over the years.  For those who don't know, Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects.  You pre-order a product, in this case a book, and help make that product possible.  Kickstarter operates on an all-or-nothing funding model, so if this project fails to raise its goal of $5,000 by July 15, you will not be charged and I'll receive nothing.

Check out the rewards on the right side of the page.  They range from $10 for a digital download of the book to $5,000 to become a main character in the comic.  If you choose the STAR IN A STRIP AS A ZOMBIE reward, here's the comic you'll be featured in:

Your name (or nickname) will replace SHIP HAPPENS in the first panel and your zombified likeness will appear in the final panel.  

Along with +EV, I've also written a few graphic novels.  Last Blood is about vampires protecting the last surviving humans from zombies so they can live off their blood.  Marry Me is about a pop star marrying a random fan holding a MARRY ME sign at one of her concerts.  Dreamless is a World War II romance about an American girl and a Japanese boy who have seen each other's lives in their sleep since birth.  Last Blood goes into production as a feature film later this year, which I'm co-writing and co-producing.  The $80 reward level called MY COLLECTED WORKS gives you signed copies of all three of those graphic novels, in addition to +EV Volume 1.

I started playing poker in 2005 and I launched +EV in August of 2006. New strips run every Sunday on UltimateGrinders.com.  A few more samples:

If you want more, feel free to read through the archives.

If you back this project (or even if you don't), please help spread the word about it by "liking" this page on Facebook (click the Like button under the video) and by tweeting the link to your followers. Thanks for your support!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: A digital copy of +EV VOLUME 1, in both PDF for your computer and eBook format for the eReader of your choice.

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    THE BOOK: A softcover copy of +EV VOLUME 1, a full color book featuring the 150 best strips from the first six years of the comic. (If you're outside America, please add $5 for international shipping.)

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    THE SIGNED BOOK: A softcover copy of +EV VOLUME 1, signed by the author. (Add $5 for international shipping.)

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    SIGNED & NUMBERED HARDCOVER: A beautiful hardcover edition of +EV VOLUME 1, individually signed and numbered. The amount that it's numbered to will be based on the number of copies ordered. (Add $5 for international shipping.)

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    YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK: Your name will be listed in a special thank you section of the book, plus you'll receive the signed and numbered hardcover. (Add $5 for international shipping.)

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    AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL: Along with a signed softcover, you'll receive a baseball autographed by me. (I run a popular YouTube channel about baseball -- the link is in my bio below all these rewards.) Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. (Add $10 for international shipping.)

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    ORIGINAL COMIC BOOK: In 2006, I printed a comic book issue of the first 24 strips as +EV #1. Only 38 copies remain of the first and only printing. This reward gives you a signed copy of one of those 38, plus the signed and numbered hardcover of +EV VOLUME 1. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. (Add $5 for international shipping.)

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    MY COLLECTED WORKS (SOFTCOVER): A signed softcover of +EV VOLUME 1, plus softcover copies of LAST BLOOD, MARRY ME, and DREAMLESS, all signed. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. (Add $5 for international shipping.)

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    FIVE SOFTCOVERS: Get some Christmas shopping done early and give the gift of poker hilarity to yourself and four of your friends! Five softcover copies of +EV VOLUME 1, all signed. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. (Add $10 for international shipping.)

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    MY COLLECTED WORKS: The signed and numbered hardcover of +EV VOLUME 1, plus softcover copies of LAST BLOOD, MARRY ME, and DREAMLESS, all signed. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. (Add $5 for international shipping.)

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    YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD: Your name will be listed in bold to stand out in a special thank you section of the book, plus you'll receive the signed and numbered hardcover.

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    LET'S CHAT: We'll have a nice long conversation (up to three hours) online or on the phone or in person (Los Angeles area). We can talk about poker or comics or baseball or movies or whatever you like. This reward can also be used to ask me for advice on writing and/or for a critique of your work. You'll also receive a signed and numbered hardcover. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD.

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    STAR IN A STRIP: You'll appear as a character in a comic that will be included in the book, based on photos that you provide. You'll also receive a hardcover and two signed softcovers to show off your appearance. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD and LET'S CHAT.

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    STAR IN A STRIP AS A ZOMBIE: One comic in the book is about Corbin challenging another player to a month long grudge match to see who can have the best online results, which requires playing nearly 24 hours a day. Scarlett says that Corbin looks like a zombie, but then he shows her that his opponent REALLY looks like a zombie on the live webcam that proves they're not letting anyone else play for them. If you choose this reward, your name (or nickname) will be mentioned in this strip as Corbin's opponent, and your zombified likeness (based on photos you provide) will be drawn into the strip. You'll also receive a hardcover and two signed softcovers to show off your appearance. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD and LET'S CHAT.

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    LEARN POKER: I'll give you five hours of poker lessons, online (Skype) or in person (Los Angeles area). I haven't had tons of success in the game, but I have cashed in 20% of the World Series of Poker events I've played and I've won a live tournament in Vegas where Gavin Griffin was at the final table. You'll also receive a hardcover and signed softcover. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD.

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    CUSTOM COMIC: We'll work with you to make a +EV style strip of your choosing, starring whoever you want, including yourself, if you'd like. You can write it or you can just give us some basic directions and we'll do the rest. It probably won't appear in the book or on our website, but we'll send you a high quality print of the comic. You'll also receive a hardcover and signed softcover. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD and LET'S CHAT.

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    FIFTY SOFTCOVERS: Maybe you have a LOT of poker friends. Or you own a casino or a comic book shop! Whatever reasons you might have, choosing this reward will give you a massive discount on 50 softcovers of +EV VOLUME 1, all signed. Includes YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD and LET'S CHAT. (Add $50 for international shipping.)

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    BACK COVER AD: Promote whatever you'd like on the back cover of the book! (Must contact me first to get approval of your ad.)

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    BOOK DEDICATION: The entire book will be dedicated to you (or whoever you want) on the first page, and the dedication will say whatever you want, within reason. "For Fred Smith, the best poker player of all time" would be acceptable, for example. You'll also receive ten softcovers and five hardcovers, including the copy that's marked #1. Includes MY COLLECTED WORKS, LET'S CHAT, YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD and STAR IN A STRIP rewards.

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    BECOME A MAIN CHARACTER: A character named after you, who looks like you (based on photos you provide), will start appearing regularly in +EV. At least one of the comics featuring your character will make it into +EV VOLUME 1 and you'll appear in at least a dozen strips between September of 2012 and September of 2013. You'll also receive ten softcovers and five hardcovers, including a copy that's marked #2 (or #1 if no one purchases BOOK DEDICATION). Includes MY COLLECTED WORKS, LET'S CHAT, YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN BOLD and STAR IN A STRIP rewards.

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