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An anthology of the best strips from 2003-2008. Remade in HD, with new fonts, backgrounds, even new punchlines (if I can't resist).
An anthology of the best strips from 2003-2008. Remade in HD, with new fonts, backgrounds, even new punchlines (if I can't resist).
86 backers pledged $2,825 to help bring this project to life.

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Update - Let's DRM-Free This!

The project is over 60% funded but that still leaves quite a bit to go, sooooo... (drumroll)....

As a little extra incentive, for anyone pledging $10 or more, I'll make the book DRM-free, which is a fancy way of saying, you can give it away to friends, family, or anyone you know (Like every friend on Facebook). So your contribution not only buys yourself a book, it could potentially buy ALL your friends an entertaining book! 

And I'll make it incredibly easy to share. You won't have to email a large file or dropbox it yourself. I'll give every pledge a link on Mows.com with the option to download either the iBook format or PDF.


About the Mows

From 2003 to late 2008, I made about 1300 Mows comic strips (if you’re curious about the pronunciation, “Mows” rhymes with “cows” and the “M” is not silent). Thirteen-hundred sounds impressive, and for anyone that hasn’t written that many comics, or even read that many, I guess it is. I posted them online and built up a hearty little following of fans over the years. If you aren't familiar with the strip, I'll scatter some fun ones throughout this page...

Unfortunately, Real Life crow-barred it's way between myself and continuing this comic. Specifically, I had a kid. Then another, and another kid. My comic-writing time is now spent hanging out with children. But they are partly why I'd like to bring back this comic in book form.  It would be nice to one day show them "Hey look, Dad was a cool dude once, he had a sense of humor before he lost all his hair worrying about things like holding hands while crossing an empty parking lot".


So before these kids realize I'll never actually be "cool" no matter how many comics I write, I'd like to collect some of my favorite strips in one place. I'll be compiling these in iBook Author, which exports to both PDF and the gorgeous Multi-Touch eBook format. You'll be able to view the book on your PC, Mac, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android device, or really anything that supports PDF (or iBook).

The Work Ahead 

You might be thinking, these comics are already written and in a digital format right? So how hard is it to make a super sweet collection of them. Well, it's not hard, but it is time-consuming. Here's what needs doing... 

  • Each of them needs finding (not always easy)
  • I'm adding newly shaded backgrounds to most of them
  • Adding speech bubbles (previously the comic did not use speech bubbles)
  • Changing the font (I've fallen out of love with the old font I used)
  • Exporting each as a high resolution image.
  • Last but not least, I can't resist changing the punchline (or entire strip as sometimes happens)

HD Comics

What's an HD comic? Well, like your MacBook Pro, iPhone or iPad with a Retina Display, it is one with double the resolution. So instead of being 72dpi, it is 144dpi. That extra resolution looks really gorgeous. Once exported, take a look at how big these comics will actually be (you might have to zoom in after clicking the image below)...

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Where's the Funding Go?

This comic has always been a labor of love. During it's initial run it was an unpaid gig (I had zero ads on the site and I never turned a profit on those stickers I bought). Writing and illustrating a comic is the ultimate Time-suck. Really. It sucks time from your life. With some fan-funded support I can justify that Time-suckage and bring this project to the forefront of everything else I have to do. That whole Real Life thing that halted this comic is still ongoing.


The book will be approximately 75-100 pages with at least 120-150 strips FOR SURE. The more funding it gets, the more comics will be included (see the Stretch goals below for more details). 

The Story 

This comic was about a litter of 3 cats (Tigey, Nonie and Indy) that my one-time wife and I owned in Bayville, NY.  And as any cat-owner knows, you don't really own them. They come and go as they please. At least ours did. They had the freedom to do whatever. And that's mostly what this comic was about. The freedom to either do nothing or do something. And let's face it, doing "something" in Cat World isn't really doing much at all. 

This comic is NOT about celebs, technology, current events, politics, or anything that a cat wouldn't know about. 

This comic IS about bugs, rocks, dirt, sitting in boxes, hiding, sneak around, spin kicks, birds, neighborhood crushes, hunting, cat doors, smells, litter hierarchy, and anything else a cat would know about.    

The Characters

Aside from the "main cast" (the three cats I co-habitated with), this collection will feature plenty of Minxy, whose real-life counterpart lived next door and had easy access to our house. Cat doors don't exactly protect against cat-sized intruders. 

Why Bring Them Back from the Dead?

Great question reader. They aren't really dead, but they are in a kind of web-comic purgatory. After my first son was born production eased down to a dead-stop. Once-a-week updates became once-a-month updates, and then once-a-month updates became never-a-month updates. Like many web comic artists I didn't exactly quit (at least in my mind), but after a few years of doing nothing, well, what else can I call that? "Permanent hiatus" I guess. 

In that time, every one of the real-life counterparts to these characters has actually died (even Minxy, she lasted many years longer). So I suppose there's one more reason to bring back this strip in eBook-form. The ultimate homage to a great litter and neighbor. 


Book Extras 

The Deluxe-version of the collection will include an extra chapter with...

  • The Making Of
  • Sketches
  • Original Concept Art
  • Unsolicited Advice from a Happily Retired Web-Cartoonist
  • Characters that never made it into the comic
  • A Map of the Mows neighborhood
  • And More!

Anyone that pledges $20 or more will get this well-worth-it bonus chapter of goodies.


Rewards

Anyone pledging $10 or more, gets the PDF or Multi-Touch eBook.

Anyone pledging $15 or more, gets the "Deluxe Edition" PDF or Multi-Touch eBook with a super fun extras chapter. Well worth it believe me. 

Anyone pledging $40 or more will become famous (within the book) by sponsoring a strip. What's that mean? You will get (along with the book) an original signed hand-drawn sketch of the comic strip you'll be sponsoring, PLUS your name (or optionally your cat's name) will be listed underneath the strip as the sponsor. 

Risks and challenges

This book will be made. If you put up money for it (and this Kickstarter is a go), you're getting a great collection.

For me though, the risk is simply re-exploring The Mows. If you all can kickstart this collection, then others could follow. And that's all it takes to bring The Mows back from the dead.

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    You've made a contribution to bring a happily retired web cartoonist out of retirement. And you are partially responsible for un-napping The Mows from their peaceful slumber.

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    You've made a contribution to bring a happily retired web cartoonist out of retirement. Potentially for good. If our stretch goals are met, I'll dust off my cartoonist cap and return to this comic on a regular basis.

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    A PDF & eBook readable copy for all the most popular electronic devices (Android, Kindle, iOS, your Mac or PC). The book will be in glorious HD (Retina Display as the case may be) and contain AT LEAST 150 of the best Mows Strips. If stretch goals are met, it could contain many more though! And for better or worse, you're doing your part to potentially bring a retired web cartoonist back from the dead.

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    THE DELUXE EDITION. A PDF & eBook readable copy for all the most popular electronic devices (Android, Kindle, iOS, your Mac or PC). PLUS your copy will contain a BONUS chapter with Original Sketches, Concept Art, Unsolicited Advice for Other Web Cartoonists, Characters Never Before Seen and other extras. The book will be in glorious HD (Retina Display as the case may be) and contain AT LEAST 150 of the best Mows Strips. If stretch goals are met, it could contain many more though!

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    YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK! The last chapter will include a special thank you page listing anyone pledging this amount or more. And if that isn't enough incentive, remember that more funding equals more comics being added to this collection!

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    STRIP SPONSORSHIP and SIGNED ORIGINAL SKETCH! - At this level you'll get a signed original sketch of a comic from the book (delivered free in the US) and the corresponding strip in the book will have your name underneath it saying something like "Sponsored by: (Your Name)".

    Anyone pledging $40 or more gets this same reward.

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    PICTURE WALL DEDICATION! - This comic has always been about my own love for cats. I'm fascinated by their occasional stupidity and intelligence. And as far as good looks go, most cats have it going on. So really, this book can't have enough cats. And that's where this pledge comes in. If you'd like to see your cat's sweet face added to a special picture wall page of the book, here's your chance. You'll also get every other reward above this level (Your name thanked in the back of the book and strip dedication). You'll need to email me a picture of your cat (and just your cat, not you) and secure your cat's consent. A silent nod will do.

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    SPONSOR AN ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION FOR THE BOOK! - This is your chance to publicly embarrass a retired, unpracticed cartoonist (and get all the rewards above). I shall yield pen and paper (or stylus and iPad) and hand-draw an original Mows cartoon BASED ON YOUR IDEA and ADD IT TO THE BOOK in the Bonus Chapter. And of course, your name will be featured on that page for every other pledgee to marvel at. Let's lay down some guidelines for this: Nothing profane. Nothing too crude. Think of this like an assist in sports terms, you set it up, and I'll (try to) make the goal by adding the humor. I'll also give you a preview copy of the book to help your creative juices flow.

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    YOUR CAT'S CAMEO! - You love your cat. Gals, you don't have to confess to loving your cat. Your cell phone's wallpaper probably shows it. Guys, admit it. You love that handsome furry face. Well, here's your chance to see your cat in comic form appear in a 10 comic storyline (or 5 whole pages of the book). What will happen when The Mows meet YOUR cat? Something hilarious, I'm sure. What I'll need from you is a picture of your cat (and maybe an idea of their weight). Be sure to secure your cat's consent to show their picture in the book because I'll include that if you'd like. You'll of course also get the other goodies mentioned above!

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