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Retro gaming comics celebrating how awesome and crazy old video games are in a 120+ page book!
Retro gaming comics celebrating how awesome and crazy old video games are in a 120+ page book!
65 backers pledged AU$ 2,796 to help bring this project to life.

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Hi! My name's Cameron "Gazunta" Davis. Nice to meet you! I'm an Australian cartoonist who is wild about making comics about video games. This is probably because I've spent most of my life playing, writing about and making the darn things! 

Once upon a time I wrote about video games for places like GameSpot, IGN, Hotgames and Pocket Games magazine. I spent most of that time writing about the Game Boy! I also contributed to Retro Gaming Hacks, edited the unofficial 'final' issue of legendary Commodore 64 magazine Zzap! 64 and made a retro gaming site called What Was That Game where we help people find old games they used to like!

Then I became a game designer where I worked on games such as TY The Tasmanian Tiger 2 and 3, The Legend of Spyro, Viva Pinata: Party Animals, Game Room and Happy Feet 2. Maybe you've played one of them! They were fun to make.

Then I worked in the PR and business side of the games industry, helping the world discover some neat games that other people made.

But most importantly... now I make a retrogaming comic called Blow The Cartridge

Blow The Cartridge is a retro gaming webcomic that has been on the internet since 2011 and has been updating every week since its launch. The premise is simple: you name an old video game, and I'll make a comic about it!

If you grew up wasting your youth in front of your Nintendo, Sega or the almighty Commodore 64, you're right at home! Blow The Cartridge combines my love of classic video games and making people's day's brighter through the magic of comics :) Blow The Cartridge has been featured in sites and magazines around the world including Kotaku and Game Informer in Australia, Amiga Future in Germany and Joystiq in the US!

Some of my comics are about classic titles that everyone has enjoyed. Others are about weird little games very few have ever heard of. Some are simple gags about how silly these games were back then, and occasionally I make denser, autobiographical tales of the stupid things I was doing when these games came out and why they were so important to me. But they're all pretty neat in their own way!

And now I want to collect all the comics I've made together - along with a whole heap of new comics and other fun stuff - in one massive print volume for everyone to enjoy called Super Blow The Cartridge!

Super Blow The Cartridge will be a gorgeous, 120+ page (and growing!) perfect-bound print collection of all my retrogaming-themed comics that have appeared on BlowTheCartridge.com over the past few years - AND a plethora of brand new goodies for you to enjoy!

Such goodies include:

Fixed up art and added colour! I'll be going through the archives and fixing up any tiny little mistakes that happen here and there, and adding colour to some comics that were previously only in black and white. This book will showcase the ultimate version of the strips!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Gorgeous high-resolution printing! It's one thing to read the comics on a monitor, but they look so much nicer in print (or even a high-resolution PDF!).

Brand new comics, never before seen on the web! I'll be making some new comics for the print collection to give it extra awesomeness. And gosh, maybe you can be in one of them? Maybe you can choose a particular game for me to make a comic about? Maybe indeed!

Behind-the-scenes pages showing my creative process! See me handle the fun and frivolity that comes with making comics: 

Check out the awesome creative process at work!
Check out the awesome creative process at work!

Look at all this cool stuff on offer!

We all love Kickstarter projects with stretch goals, so check out this awesome stuff!

STRETCH GOAL 1 REACHED! HOLY COW!
STRETCH GOAL 1 REACHED! HOLY COW!
At $3,000 I'll include a comic about my very first video game!
At $3,000 I'll include a comic about my very first video game!

Risks and challenges

As over 100 pages of this book are already completed (you can read them all now on the site, for free!), the only major risk is completing the extra 20+ pages of new material required. This includes a new cover, the 'behind the scenes' pages, and any new comics that are requested by the awesome people who pledge for the 'get your face in a comic' or 'choose a game for me to make a comic about' levels. But seeing as I've been making comics for years now I don't think 'having to make more comics' is that big an issue. I love making comics!

The printer I'm using for this book usually has a six-week turnaround between submission of my pages and the books arriving in my hands, but there might be unforseen printing or shipping issues. To try and mitigate that I've pushed the shipping date back a month just to cover that.

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    Pledge AU$ 1 or more About $0.94

    1-UP: Thank you! For your support you get an exclusive Blow The Cartridge desktop wallpaper and your name in the book as a project supporter, to be admired by historians FOR ALL TIME, because you're just tops. (Apx $1 USD / €0.75 EUR)

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    SUPER MUSHROOM: A DRM-free PDF download of the book that you can read on your computer, tablet, phone or Commodore 64. (some modification to your Commodore 64 may be required) AND the above reward. (Apx $5 USD / €$3 EUR)

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    FIRE FLOWER: The printed edition of the book! Read it at home, at work or on the bus and show the world how awesome you are. Over 120 pages of retro gaming comics in your hot, sweaty, chocolate-covered hands! AND all the rewards above! (Apx $23 USD / €17 EUR)

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    ICE FLOWER: The SIGNED printed edition of the book with a bonus SKETCH inside! Read it at home, at work or on the bus and show the world how awesome you are. Tell everyone you were into this before it got popular and I sold out! Over 120 pages of retro gaming comics in your hot, sweaty, chocolate-covered hands! AND the Wallpaper and PDF rewards above! (Apx $37 USD / €28 EUR)

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    COIN BLOCK: What a deal! Not only do you get the wallpaper, the PDF, and a signed and sketched copy of Super Blow The Cartridge, but you (YOU!) get to pick a classic video game that I will make a brand new comic about to be included in the book! It'll show the world a hidden gem only you know about and feature your name in it! Get this one and be the coolest kid on the block! (Apx $56 USD / €40 EUR) - Free shipping worldwide!

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    Pledge AU$ 80 or more About $75

    TESTIMONIAL: Not only do you get to select a game for me to make a comic about, but you’ll also be telling the world why YOU think it’s the best game ever! Your paragraph about why that game means so much to you will appear alongside your name and picture next to the comic. Get ready to be internet webcomic famous! This also includes all previous rewards including the signed / sketched book and digital goodies. (Apx $75 USD / €55 EUR) - Free shipping worldwide!

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    Pledge AU$ 100 or more About $94

    STAR MAN: This one has it all! You get the wallpaper, the PDF, the signed and sketched physical copy of the book, the ability to choose a game for me to make a comic about AND I'll put your wonderful face (or the face of anyone else you nominate) in one of the comics and talk about how great you are! HOW COOL IS THAT SERIOUSLY. You'll be all like LOOK I OR SOMEONE ELSE I NOMINATED AM IN A COMIC and people will find you mysterious and attractive. (Apx $93 USD / €70 EUR) - Free shipping worldwide!

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $141

    FOUR PLAYER FUN: You get four (FOUR!) copies of the book, each one SIGNED, SKETCHED and DEDICATED to whoever you like! It’s perfect for gifts or showing your friends and family some neat retro gaming comics! This really does offer the best value for money, AND lets more people read comics, so it’s a win-win for the whole human race really. (Apx $138 USD / €100 EUR) - Free shipping worldwide!

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    MEGA SUPER BONUS EDITION: This very very limited edition of the book features a sketch cover that I will draw a super detailed, one of a kind original drawing of your choice on! Plus the wallpaper, digital PDF and your game of choice and a guest appearance in a comic! (Apx $187 USD / €140 EUR) - Free shipping worldwide!

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