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reMIND is an award winning, all ages graphic novel in a beautiful full color, hard bound, numbered and signed book.

THANK YOU!

We are well on our way to the ULTIMATE GOAL of $100,000. Please check out all the UPDATES for lots of new information on new options and rewards!

Here is a list of all the free things I will add to your rewards the higher we go:

  • $50,000 - UNLOCKED - Free Bookmark
  • $53,000 - UNLOCKED - Free Victuals Postcard
  • $56,000 - UNLOCKED - Free Lizard Man Postcard
  • $59,000 - UNLOCKED - Free Cyrene Postcard
  • $62,000 - UNLOCKED - Free Sonja Postcard
  • $65,000 - UNLOCKED - Free digital PDF sketched pages of Vol 1
  • $70,000 - UNLOCKED - Everyone ($40 tier & up) gets an animation cell from the reMIND animation!
  • $75,000 - UNLOCKED - reMIND wristbands for everyone!
  • $80,000 - UNLOCKED - Download of print quality reMIND poster.
  • $83,000 - UNLOCKED - FREE ComiXology reMIND Download
  • $87,000 - UNLOCKED - Tipped-in signature page (2000 copies)
  • $90,000 - UNLOCKED - Digital "Making Of" Book for Everyone!
  • $100,000 - UNLOCKED - Hardcover "Making Of reMIND" book (please see Update 21 for info on the "Making Of reMIND" book and adding it to your pledge!)

Here is a helpful chart to show you everything you will now get with your pledge selection:

(Please refer to the shipping chart at the very bottom of this page for international shipping.)

Who am I?

Hi, my name is Jason Brubaker and I have been working on a graphic novel called reMIND since 2006. I'm in the process of working on the final chapter which will complete the full 300 page story.

What is reMIND?

reMIND is an all ages sci-fi about faith, underwater lizard-men and brain transplantation. I was inspired by comic artists in the 90's when I refined my drawing style and then was influenced by Miyazaki's movies and storytelling over the last decade.

Feel free to read through as many pages as you want on my website here. I post new pages every Monday online and will continue to post pages until they are all live towards the end of 2013. 

The first printing of volume 1 was printed in spring of 2011 and is currently sold out but you can see some customer reviews of it on Amazon here.

reMIND has already won a few awards which include:

Book Specs.

reMIND Volume 1 (second printing) is 152 full color pages and hardcover that includes Chapters 1 - 3 of reMIND. The interiors will be exactly the same as the first printing. The cover will have an alternate coloring job so it will look different than the first printing but with the exact same cloth binding. The retail price is $24.95.

reMIND Volume 2 (first printing) will be 176 full color pages and hardbound with a cloth binding. Vol 2 concludes the story of reMIND containing Chapters 4 - 7. All limited Kickstarter copies will be signed and numbered. The retail price will probably be $29.95.

What is Phobos?

Please see update #5 for a detailed description of Phobos.

Publication Date

reMIND Volume 2 and the reprinting of Volume 1 is scheduled to go to the printer in October if everything goes according to plan. The printing process will take about 3 months for the proofs, printing and shipping to happen. This means I'll probably be getting the books around January or maybe February if the holidays get in the way (which I assume they will)

I put April as the shipping date as an absolute worst case scenario if I can't get the printing started when planned. But I am estimating that the books will be in my garage by January so I can start shipping them out soon after.

Why Self-Publish?

People ask me why I chose to self-publish remind. Well, when I started this my dream was to get the best agent and publisher and take the world by storm with my graphic novels. What I learned is that nobody cares about what you want to do until after you prove yourself. So I started posting my pages online in 2009 to try to grow an audience and sure enough a small group started following my progress. Later I applied for the self publisher's Xeric grant in 2010 and won $5000. This convinced me to fully commit to self-publish and it was then that I launched my first kickstarter back in 2010. To my surprise I raised over 12 thousand additional dollars to help print the first volume. Now I HAD to self-publish as well as learn to distribute and sell my books. My original kickstarter campaign has been essential in getting reMIND where it is now and it has opened up doors that I never thought possible.

The funny thing is now that I have a beautiful book published I am approached by big publishers regularly as well as distributors. I could easily sign a contract with a good publisher but in being forced to self publish, I have also fallen in love with it. I can make the books exactly how I want them to look and reprint them whenever I want. I can focus on what's important to me instead of a publisher who is mainly focused on the bottom line. It's a ton of work and I still have a lot to learn about things like distribution and marketing but overall I love self-publishing as well as owning all the rights to my stories.

My business plan is to get to the point where I can make a living off of my self-publishing by always printing high quality first printing books that are numbered, rare and sending them directly to my customers. The second and third printings will be manufactured more with mass distribution in mind once I figure that part out a little better.

I hope the quality of my books are apparent as soon as you see it on the shelf and even more so when you slowly flip through the pages. My goal has always been to make a coffee table book that also happens to be a comic.

Money

Now lets talk about where the money will go. Since the first Volume of reMIND is out-of-print, I need to reprint it at the same time that I print the new Volume 2. The first Volume cost me a little over $11,000 to print 2500 copies. On top of reprinting Volume 1, I will need to raise an additional $13,000 to print Volume 2 which costs more because it has more pages. I want to print both books with a nice cloth binding again exactly like the first printing of Volume 1. So to add it all up, I need a bare minimum of $24,000 to print both books and I think it's attainable now that Kickstarter has gained popularity.  

I have about $5000 saved but that will all end up going to kickstarter fees, taxes and shipping. Actually, $5000 won't even cover it all but I'm hoping to raise enough to take care of the extra unseen bills.

Remember that Kickstarter is an All-or-Nothing system. If I can't raise the full amount in the time given then I won't get anything. :(

If this campaign goes over it's funding goal, I already have lots of ideas for additional rewards for everyone who backs it so please help me spread the word if possible.

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Be sure to check back because I plan on adding new rewards regularly!

International Shipping Chart

Please add the additional shipping if your books will be sent outside of North America. Thanks!

Thanks for your support in making reMIND the best graphic novel set it can be!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

- Jason

FAQ

  • The boxset or slipcase complicates the whole process quite a bit. Plus I wanted to limit the boxset to around 500 and it's already approaching 600 because of demand. It's a good problem to have but I don't want to make it unlimited because I don't want to over-promise anything.

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  • I used Regent Publishing Services to print Volume 1 and I am very satisfied with their service. If you have a high end book that you need printed then I highly recommend contacting them to get a quote. Here is their website. Tell them that I sent you. :)

    http://www.regent-hk.com.hk/

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    A numbered autographed hardcover copy of reMIND Vol.2 (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    reMIND Volume 1 (second printing) autographed hardcover (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    A numbered autographed hardcover copy of reMIND Vol.2 + the box set slipcase. VOL 1 IS NOT INCLUDED. (International backers please refer to shipping chart below.)

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    Two numbered & autographed hardcover copies of reMIND Volume 2. Signed. (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    reMIND Vol. 1 + reMIND Vol. 2 numbered & autographed (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    reMIND Shirt + A numbered autographed hardcover copy of reMIND Vol.2 + the box set slipcase. VOL 1 IS NOT INCLUDED. (Please add $5 for 3X and larger shirts. International backers please refer to shipping chart below.)

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    Get your name printed in the acknowledgments of Vol 2 and receive a numbered, autographed hardcover with a little drawing inside! (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    389 backers Limited (11 left of 400)

    BOX SET: reMIND Volume 1 & 2 in a collectors box set (V1 & V2 are signed with drawing. V2 is also numbered) (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    Get your name printed in the acknowledgments of Vol 2 and receive a numbered, autographed hardcover with a little drawing inside! + the Box Set slipcase. VOL 1 IS NOT INCLUDED. (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    PHOBOS PACK: Phobos #1 (2007) + Phobos Trade 92 pgs.(both signed) + reMIND BOX SET: Volume 1 & 2 in a collectors box set (V1 & V2 are signed with drawing. V2 is also numbered) (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    19 backers Limited (1 left of 20)

    PHOBOS PACK & SHIRT: Phobos #1 (2007) + Phobos Trade 92 pgs.(both signed) + reMIND Shirt + reMIND BOX SET: Volume 1 & 2 in a collectors box set (V1 & V2 are signed with drawing. V2 is also numbered) (Please add $5 for 3X and larger shirts. International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    COLLECTORS BOX SET: First printing of reMIND Vol.1 & Vol.2 (both are numbered) in the collectors box set. Plus you get your name printed in reMIND Vol.2 + Autograph and a little drawing inside both (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    FIRST PRINTING BOX SET & PHOBOS: First printing of reMIND Vol.1 & Vol.2 (both are numbered) in the collectors box set + Phobos Pack + All Autographed and a little drawing inside reMIND 1 & 2 & Phobos #1. (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    ORIGINAL ART 1: Get a small original piece of art from reMIND that was published in one of the books. This will be a panel or two, or maybe even three on one sheet of bristol board + reMIND Volume 1 & 2 in a collectors box set (V1 & V2 are signed with drawing. V2 is numbered) (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    ORIGINAL ART 2: Get a medium size original piece of art from reMIND that was published in one of the books. This will be a medium panel or two, or maybe even four on one sheet of bristol board + reMIND Volume 1 & 2 in a collectors box set (V1 & V2 are signed with drawing. V2 is numbered) (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    ORIGINAL ART 3: Get a full page of original art from reMIND that was published in one of the books. This will be one to four panels on one sheet of bristol board + reMIND Volume 1 & 2 in a collectors box set (V1 & V2 are signed with drawing. V2 is numbered) (International backers please refer to shipping chart below)

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    COLLECTORS KIT 1: First printing of reMIND Vol.1 & Vol.2 (both are numbered) in the collectors box set. Plus you get your name PROMINENTLY printed in reMIND Vol.2 + Autograph and a little drawing inside both + Second printing of Vol 2 + ORIGINAL ART 1,2 & 3 + 11x17 signed print of any spread from reMIND + 2 different reMIND shirts and one hoodie + The Phobos Pack + A Plush keychain

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    COLLECTORS KIT 1 + INK ORIGINAL: First printing of reMIND Vol.1 & Vol.2 (both are numbered) in the collectors box set. Plus you get your name PROMINENTLY printed in reMIND Vol.2 + Autograph and a little drawing inside both + Second printing of Vol 1 + ORIGINAL ART 1,2 & 3 + 11x17 signed print of any spread from reMIND + 2 different reMIND shirts and one hoodie + The Phobos Pack + An original ink drawing of your choice of any one of my characters on 7x10. (Plushie is NOT included in this package)

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