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Nostalgia-powered 40 page, full color comic book about the video games we grew up playing and why we still love them so much today!
Nostalgia-powered 40 page, full color comic book about the video games we grew up playing and why we still love them so much today!
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(September 28 Update: WOW! We unlocked the first stretch goal so now the comic's going to be 40 pages AND include a bonus Street Fighter comic! Check out the Peter Molyneux-themed SECOND Stretch Goal below!)

(September 3 Update: WE MADE IT! This comic IS GOING TO HAPPEN! THANK YOU EVERYONE SO MUCH! Now let's make it even bigger and better! Check out the Street Fighter-themed Stretch Goal below!)

Hello! I make comics about old video games! Do you like old video games? Do you like comics? BLOW THE CARTRIDGE #6 IS FOR YOU!

It's brand-new issue of the retrogaming comic book, featuring all the great games you grew up playing and why they’re still so loved by us all today! Blow The Cartridge #6 collects the popular webcomic with improved art, bonus material and maybe even YOU!   

Blow The Cartridge is a comic strip that features the computer and video games that we grew up playing, over and over and over again. Some of them are weird, some are just downright terrible... But they’re all still worth remembering, fondly or otherwise.

The site’s been online since 2011 and there are over 375 comics in the archive, all of which are free for you to read right now! 

With your help, I can publish this, the sixth collection of remastered comics into a slick, full color 36 page (now 40 pages thanks to unlocking the first stretch goal!) comic book you can hold in your hand, or read on your most loved digital devices. 

Here’s some of the stuff I have planned for the new issue:  

  • A specially-made cover by super-star artist Ant Stiller: Ant is an award-winning artist and game developer who has done some impressive covers over the years, for games, magazines and so many other places, and he’s lending his incredible skills to Blow The Cartridge! 
  • Remastered, high resolution art printed in sumptuous full colour: I use super-high resolution original files to print from, with a bunch of fixes and additions made to each strip. The comic will look so much better than it does on the web! It's like a "Director's Cut", but without the droning audio commentary.
  • Bonus new strips, not seen online, featuring YOU: There’s limited tier rewards available where YOU get to star in a Blow The Cartridge comic! Submit your photo and I’ll make the magic happen! How cool will everyone think you are to have a starring role in the comic? SO COOL.

OMG SERIOUSLY LOOK AT HOW THE COVER IS SHAPING UP:

 

STRETCH GOAL #2 REVEALED! If we reach $1,250, I will also include a brand new (and true) story called PETER MOLYNEUX STOLE MY TAXI AND IT TOOK ME SEVEN YEARS TO GET MY REVENGE! It's got action! Drama! Maybe even a bit of romance I'm not sure how drunk I got towards the end there. But it will all be FUN!

STRETCH GOAL #1 UNLOCKED! We reached $1,000, so the comic grows to 40 pages and will include a brand new comic about the time I tried to buy Super Street Fighter 2 for the Super Nintendo and accidentally became a drug mule! Once again my undying need to buy Street Fighter games gets me into trouble. 

 

$1 - Get your name in the comic - your chance for instant fame that will last for all time or until all comics are destroyed by our new alien / robot overlords.

$5 - Digital copy of Blow The Cartridge #6, Digital Wallpaper, Digital awesomeness!

$8 - Digital Bundle: All above and every previous Blow The Cartridge book made so far as PDFs - that’s over 250 pages of comics!  

$10 - Physical Copy: All the rewards above AND a Physical copy of Blow The Cartridge #6 OH YES THAT IS LOVELY

$20 - Physical Signed / Sketched: All rewards listed above AND each copy is signed and sketched in with whatever silly thing you like! (Note: Please don't ask for a sketch of every single member of the Avengers past and present fighting in a crowded stadium, because that is crazy and also I am not George Perez)

$50 - Guest Appearance: All rewards listed above AND you make a guest appearance in a comic! This tier is very limited, so get in quick!

$50 - Physical Bundle: Copies of Super Blow The Cartridge, Blow The Cartridge #4, #5 and #6 - all signed!  

Risks and challenges

This will be the sixth Blow The Cartridge book I’ve taken to print - so I think it’s fair to say I’ve gotten good at the production aspect of this by now and feel there are very few risks I can see.

I’m happy to report the contents of the book are already 75% complete - the only items remaining is the final version of the cover, a few more pages of comics that I will be making during the course of the Kickstarter campaign, the comics made for the limited reward tier backers, and any comics that result from reaching any stretch goals. Considering that pretty much all I do when I’m not at my day job is sit at home and draw comics with the occasional round of Super Nintendo while drinking chocolate milk, this isn’t a problem. So even if my eyes get removed in a freak Virtual Boy accident, the book will get made.

I’m using a local, very reliable printer for the job who has upped the quality of the pages and cover stock from previous issues, and they’re ready to go as soon as I deliver them the pages!

This will be my fourth Kickstarter project to publish my comics, and I’m proud to say the previous campaigns were successful, I managed the budget correctly and everyone got their books 100% on time!

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    The complete set of physical (and digital) copies of Super Blow The Cartridge, Blow The Cartridge #4, Blow The Cartridge #5 and Blow The Cartridge #6! All signed and sketched! Get EVERYTHING in one handy bundle! (Apx $37.00 USD / €33.70 EUR)

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