About this project
Purpose: to raise funds for the Restoration and Preservation -- already in progress -- of the World's Longest Graphic Novel: the 6,000-page, 16-volume CEREBUS (1977 to 2004).
Hi! I'm Dave Sim. We're all making the attempt to keep CEREBUS going 10 years after completion. A perhaps insurmountable uphill struggle but we won't know "yes" or "no" for sure for a while yet.
Just as with the CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE Kickstarter, we need to have an idea of how many people are willing to commit $79 to assist in that Restoration and Preservation effort.
It's worth noting that CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE DID prove to be the RAREST CEREBUS NUMBER ONE in history: way, way, WAY below the sales of 2,000 copies on CEREBUS No.1 (1977) with 300 signed and numbered copies!
With an unbelievably generous donation of $10,000 from a Retail Patron and the active participation of less than 300 CEREBUS Patrons, we were able to pay off the botched printing of HIGH SOCIETY, the 16th printing of CEREBUS -- now in stores! -- and to keep Sean Robinson, Mara Sedlins and George Gatsis making steady forward progress on state-of-the-art restoration. Which, if you remember from last time, at my most optimistic, I estimated would take at least a year to accomplish.
We're all aware that -- in the comic-book field -- there is an invariable drop-off between a NUMBER ONE and a NUMBER TWO, so we're looking to break another precedent there, if we can: to not only prove that fewer than 300 Patrons can keep an intellectual property alive, but that they will be there -- YOU will be there -- every 90 days to assist in constructing each new base camp as we continue our ascension of this 6,000 page mountain of a graphic novel.
It's worth repeating, as well: if YOU have a reserved number, that number is yours until YOU choose to let go of it. If there IS a drop-off in pledge partners, each reserved number that moves back to "in play" will be allocated to the next person "in line".
And we have a NO QUESTIONS ASKED, NO HASSLE replacement guarantee. If there is ANY damage whatsoever to the folio or prints when you receive them, you only have to e-mail cell phone photo evidence and YOUR whole package with YOUR number will be quickly and cheerfully replaced.
Even if we get down to the Last Ten CEREBUS fans, God willing, we WILL keep going. So -- same as last time -- same as next time -- our target remains $800.
PLEDGE ITEM - Single Portfolio: $79 plus postage/shipping costs to your region.
PLEDGE ITEM - Retail "Brick and Mortar" Comic Store Portfolio Set: $256 for a set of 5 portfolios; free shipping to Canada and the USA; contact John Funk via message for shipping cost to other desinations (Additional pledge items are below the descriptions below - Headsketches, Book Plates, Birthday Call and Card, Spend a Day with Dave Sim at the Off-White House, and the availability of adding Bonus Prints for reaching certain reward thresholds).
Plate #1 - CEREBUS No. 26 page 9
Plate #2 - CEREBUS No. 26 page 15
Plate #3 - CEREBUS No. 26 page 16
Plate #4 - CEREBUS No. 26 page 18
Plate #5 - CEREBUS No. 26 page 19
Plate #6 - CEREBUS No. 26 page 20
Plate #7 - CEREBUS No. 27 page 5
Plate #8 - CEREBUS No. 28 page 6
Plate #9 - CEREBUS No. 28 page 7
Plate #10 - CEREBUS No. 28 page 8
ADDITIONAL REWARD ITEMS
1) Headsketch - Two Options (Black or Blue Ink):
2) CEREBUS TRADE PAPERBACK ADHESIVE BOOKPLATES - Unsigned, Signed or Personalised and Signed:
For CANO we felt we offered two many variations of quantity, so we are simplifying it for CANT.
This reward is offered either as a Stand Alone item (for those who do not pledge for a portfolio) or as an ADD ON for those pledging for a portfolio (ships with portfolio). Note: for CANO, the cost of mailing these as a Stand-Alone reward outside of Canada was much more than originally thought, so we've had to add Int'l shipping to some of them as indicated here.
a) Set of 16 bookplates, UNSIGNED - PLEDGE: $20 plus $5 Int'l Shipping on Stand-Alone reward
b) Set of 8 bookplates, SIGNED - PLEDGE: $40 plus $5 Int'l Shipping on Stand-Alone reward
c) Set of 16 bookplates, SIGNED - PLEDGE: $80 plus $5 Int'l Shipping on Stand-Alone reward
d) Set of 8 bookplates, SIGNED AND PERSONALISED - PLEDGE: $100, shipping included (NOTE: Personalisation will be first name and last initial only, as this turned out to take much more time than Dave had planned on).
e) Set of 16 bookplates, SIGNED AND PERSONALISED - PLEDGE: $140, shipping included (NOTE: Personalisation will be first name and last initial only, as this turned out to take much more time than Dave had planned on).
Examples from CANO:
3) BIRTHDAY CARD WITH CEREBUS HEAD SKETCH AND 20-MINUTE HAPPY BIRTHDAY PHONE CALL FROM ME
4) TOUR OF THE OFF-WHITE HOUSE and FOLLOW-ME-TO-WORK DAYS.
This one's a bit pricey, considering that you have to get yourself here AND pay for your meals and accommodations (I'll be happy to make the reservations at either the Walper Terrace Hotel -- King and Queen Streets -- or the newly refurbished Crowne Plaza Hotel -- King and Benton Streets -- downtown both within walking distance of the Off-White House).
Basically you get to spend the day (or two or three) here, first getting a Tour of the Off-White House (Hey! You're the folks who paid for it, the least I can do is let some of you see it while I'm still alive) and then you get to follow me around on my subsequent work day (or two or three).
NEW FOR CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER TWO: BONUS PRINTS!
Bonus Print Availability and Unveiling Schedule
NOTE: Now that we're down to the final days of the campaign, we recommend that you pledge for all of the bonus prints that you want, up to the maximum of 10. At the end of the funding period, I'll ask the necessary questions in the survey, so that you can let me know exactly which ones you selected for yourself.
PLEDGE AMOUNT: ADD $9 ($8 + $1 to cover additional shipping costs) to your portfolio pledge for EACH Bonus Print UP TO the maximum number of Bonus Prints allowed (see table).
Now then, here are the first 18 Bonus Prints. You may ADD as many as 10 of them to your portfolio pledge.
The Bonus Prints will be the SAME size as the ten basic portfolio plates and printed in colour (or b&w if no colours are present) on the SAME 12 pt. cardstock as the ten basic plates. Note that there are a small number that we've deemed to be of too low a resolution to print full-size. Those will be identified as 2 for 1's (meaning they will be printed half size and you get two of that group for a $9 pledge).
BP #1 – Cerebus First Page Reimagining (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
BP#2 – Climbing the Tower
BP#3 – Glamourpuss back cover advertisement
BP #4 – Cerebus Meets Lady Gaga (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
BP #5 – Mr. C Minus/Steve Ditko Tribute (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
BP #6 – Cerebus Second Page Reimagining (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
BP #7 – “Rigatony Morty's” – Cerebus, Julius, and Jaka (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
BP #8 – Cerebus and Missy
BP #9 – Archbishop Posey Triumphant (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
BP #10 – Lord Julius and Most Holy
BP#11 – Cerebus in Chains
BP#12 – Zombie Cerebus Meets Barack Obama
BP #13 – Zombie Cerebus
BP #14 – Cerebus Dreams, Roach Ascends
BP #15 – Marital Bliss (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
BP #16 – Captain America Cerebus
BP #17 - 1984 "Whale Tail" Porsche Carrera - FRONT HALF
BP #18 - 1984 "Whale Tail" Porsche Carrera – BACK HALF
BP #19 - Cerebus Lightning
BP #20 - Roach Dark Night
BP #21 - Spider Ham (2 for 1 – item counts as ½ Bonus Print)
ALL BONUS PLATES FOR CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER TWO HAVE NOW BEEN UNVEILED
Risks and challenges
Basically, at this point, the biggest risk is that not enough people who participated in CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE will come back for NUMBER TWO. And NUMBER THREE. And NUMBER FOUR. We're hoping that the Bonus Items (also watch the video if you haven't yet) will help solidify repeat pledges and bring in new backers as well.
It's really a very basic campaign and a basic package that we'll be carrying over, so hopefully this time we can get closer to having everything delivered to the pledge partners in a period closer to the target of 60 days and not 90+ days which CEREBUS ARCHIVE NUMBER ONE turned out to be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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