Since 2009 I have doodled a comic series titled Scrambled Circuits that stars robots and lizard creatures. It is an autobiographical series of vignettes starring a robot named Primus and his struggle to connect to those around him. I want to print a small run of paperbacks collecting the first three issues I made between 2009 - 2013. It will be over 100 pages, black and white, and each story will include extra commentary by Primus or me, talking about the situation in the comic itself, the real life events around the story, or the comic making pitfalls experienced at the time. The comics that will be collected can be read online for free on Tapastic - Please help them get a nice print paperback collection!
I'm Cameron Callahan. I grew up watching cartoons and reading comic books. In December 2008 I found myself unemployed and decided to devote all of my free time to making silly comic books that featured robots and lizard creatures. Early 2009 saw me moving out to the desert at the request of my mother, to help with some family issues. During this bizarre, isolated time in the desert I finished a 32 page comic book of short stories starring Primus, a naive but well meaning robot with lizard creatures for parents.
Over the next few years I wrote and doodled two other print issues that have somehow been purchased from people all over the world. I also have had short comics printed in zines/anthologies put together by others.
Just a few months after I decided I wanted to doodle, my comics were briefly talked about on the (now defunct) ART & STORY podcast (Listen Here). I had a short comic in an issue of the zine anthology Candy or Medicine that was reviewed on The Comics Journal website where I was called an "artist to watch" (Read Here) by reviewer Rob Clough. Rob would later do a more in depth review of the first four Scrambled Circuits issues on his own site (Read Here).
Two years ago saw the release of the fourth Scrambled Circuits issue. It was written by me and drawn by me and 6 very talented artists (Elvis Brown, Dylan Canfield, Danny Ferbert, Mark Fox, Chris Graves, and JeCorey Holder).
Scrambled Circuits covers have always been more abstract depictions rather than anything directly related to the stories within. The first shows a doctor opening up Primus' robot skull, the second features a lizard child wearing a gas mask and holding a teddy bear (Reference to a cut story), and the third issue show Primus playing peacefully with his kitty (Coinciding with the unfortunate passing away of my real life kitty). The fourth cover features Primus and family while flying saucers and dinosaurs invade the planet. This collection cover is no different.
The completion of the fourth Scrambled Circuits issue was a mile stone. Working with those artists, seeing what they added to my scripts and notes, what little things they tossed into the background of the stories and how they drew the characters their own way... It was an experience like no other and I am incredibly proud of the end result and humbled those artists were willing to work with me.
A long while ago I stopped selling print copies of the first three issues. While they could be read online for free, and still can (Here), I would every so often get someone asking to buy a print copy.
The goal of this project is simple:
- Create a 100+ page paperback collection of the first three Scrambled Circuits issues, presenting all 22+ stories of the life of Primus in chronological order from his point of view.
- The issues were originally printed in a smaller than standard size while the fourth issue went to the standard comic size. The paperback would be standard size, with the comic pages reprinted at actual size leaving a border around each page. This border would be written and drawn on, providing "liner notes" for each story with more information about Primus during that time, stories about the real life events behind the comics, and the pitfalls I faced as I was trying to put together some comics with no experience.
- To produce a small print run of these paperbacks for sale online and at a few small conventions. To offer a version of these comics that is equal to that of the fourth issue and future issues.
- Any funds over the goal and what is used to fulfill your rewards will go towards upping the quality of the book in what ways I can and securing more copies for me to keep. After that, it will all 100% go back into making comics - either mine or others (whether thats helping friends make comics or funding other kickstarters).
$5.00 - Anyone who pledges at least five dollars will get a digital copy of the completed book, over 100 pages of comics complete with behind-the-scenes liner notes, sent to them upon completion, even if the funding goal is not met. If the funding goal is not met in time then the books won't get printed for a while but I will have a PDF or CBZ for you no matter what.
$15.00 - In addition to above, you will get a print copy of the paperback collection as well as some other small Scrambled Circuits goodies sent to you. The current target delivery date is July, though I hope to send out for prototype copies from the different printers fairly soon and ideally I can get them to you a little sooner than July.
$20.00 - In addition to above, you'll get a copy of the 4th Scrambled Circuits issue, written by Cameron and drawn by a handful of different artists!
$40.00 - In addition to all of the above rewards you will also get a limited edition t-shirt sent to you! This shirt will be black featuring Primus as drawn by the artists of Scrambled Circuits 4. The finalized design isn't in yet - for instance, text on the shirt has been undecided - but the panels of Primus have been chosen. Delivery date for this is also set for July, though they may be mailed out separate from the books. This shirt will be unavailable after this campaign.
The scope of this project is small by design. If the goal ends up not being met, I will still have this project completed and available digitally and will be providing everyone who pledges at least five bucks that digital copy no matter what. The funding means I get some fantastic print copies to give to collaborators to sell at small conventions, to sell myself online, and to get in to some small local comic shops.
I'm looking to end up with a few dozen copies of a good quality paperback comic book. If I am honored by enough people to pass the goal this project will still produce a paperback comic book. This will not become a massive deluxe omnibus size hardcover. There will not be an accompanying soundtrack if enough money is raised. This is just going to be a simple paperback comic book.
If people are generous enough to pledge more than the funding goal, though, and I can get enough copies to stock pile away, I can 100% promise you that any additional funds will only go back into making comics. After all pledges are fulfilled and I have my copies any money left over will go towards things such as:
- Funding the upcoming Scrambled Circuits #5 or anthology comic I've been slowly working towards. "Funding" in this case might mean helping with printing costs or paying artists for their contribution.
- Helping to fund other comic-related kickstarters. Kickstarter has been a place for me find some incredible indie comic creators and I am always looking for interesting projects to help with!
- Assisting comic collaborators with printing their comics. If one of my comic making buddies is looking to table at a convention or print a run of their zine/minicomic and I can help out, I might.
Risks and challenges
There are not too many risks involved as the bulk of the book has already been completed and I've already secured a week off of my day job to power through the formatting and creation of the behind the scenes notes for the stories.
The printer I have used in the past to print my comics has been great to me, though I am looking at two alternatives. A potential set back can come from the learning curve associated with setting up the book to be print-ready with one of these new printers, though because I have an idea of this so early I don't feel setting up the pages to have prototype prints done with multiple printers will add much in the way of a set back.
Essentially, there is not much left of the project to do and since I'll be sending files to the printers in just a few weeks I'll have plenty of time to correct any issues or snags that might pop up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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