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Forget Waldo - Where's everybody else? Let's play an encyclopedic game of technicolor hide and seek. 1000s of pop icons in one picture!
Forget Waldo - Where's everybody else? Let's play an encyclopedic game of technicolor hide and seek. 1000s of pop icons in one picture!
287 backers pledged $11,383 to help bring this project to life.

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Progress as of 7-18-13
Progress as of 7-18-13

Stretch Goals One, Two, Three and Four Achieved! - Every backer $1+ will be drawn into a thank you image and can download my comic book here. All backers $15+ get a Color-Me-Comicosm and Spider-Mania. The basic print has changed from 18x24" to 24x36".

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Comicosm 2 is the fourth installment in my on ongoing series attempting to encapsulate the Entire Cartoon Universe. This drawing includes over 2,000 characters from a list that I have collected and culled over the past five years. The work takes inspiration from the complex drawings of Mad Magazine and Where's Waldo as well as the detailed meditational art of Tibet. 

Two months of work in two seconds!!
Two months of work in two seconds!!

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Algebraic!!!
Algebraic!!!

I have brought the project to Kickstarter to fund the printing of 18" by 24" prints of the completed color image. For your reward, I will be sending out the prints with a characters guide and a suggested set of rules for playing with the piece. Of course you can always simply hang it on the wall... but I also want to give a gamified option for interacting with this piece. 

Coloring, every day.
Coloring, every day.

Just to give you a sense, you can find three Triforce pieces, five Golden Tickets, eight red Mario coins, seven Palantirs, seven Chaos Emeralds, 101 (Yes, I counted) Dalmations and, of course, one Waldo (plus like 50 Waldo and Cat in the Hat hats :)) 

Can you spot King Boo, Ralph Wiggum or the Magic School Bus?
Can you spot King Boo, Ralph Wiggum or the Magic School Bus?

I'll be developing a rules, patterns and a point system over the next month so if anyone has ideas, I'd love to hear them. I am also absolutely open to character suggestions and would love it if you wrote your most desired characters in the comments section. 

In 2009 I made the Comicosm, a 9' by 6' oil painting with 1,546 characters. That's my cat JFK, the Jerk Face Kitty in front.
In 2009 I made the Comicosm, a 9' by 6' oil painting with 1,546 characters. That's my cat JFK, the Jerk Face Kitty in front.

Thank you for your interest and continued support. I am still amazed at the kindness and enthusiasm that this mode of working allows. It's a true gift that the audience can be as big an inspiration as the subject.

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Posted below is a video by Yuyu Chen for the New York Times East Village Blog. It serves as an excellent primer if you are unfamiliar with my work.

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I am just about to fulfill the rewards on my most recent project. I have handled multiple projects at different phases of completion in the past and am confident I can handle everything I have laid out for myself.

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    Join the Comicosmic Counsel - Get all the updates and suggest characters, props and elements to be added to the picture. PLUS get a digital-only all-backers half-way-to-closing surprise-reward in an update. That's a lot of dashes.

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    Postcard - Get a postcard of the finished picture with a handwritten thank you and my signature. Magnifying glass not included.

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    Lucky Charms - Help get this project started by being one of the first adopters for the very limited Earliest Bird price. You'll get a signed 18" by 24" color print PLUS a character guide and suggested rulebook for playing with the piece. PLUS PLUS I'll draw a heart, star, horseshoe, clover, blue moon, pot of gold, rainbow or red balloon on your print.

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    Koopa Troopas - Missed the Lucky Charms? No big deal! You can still be an early backer and get a signed 18" by 24" color print PLUS a character guide and suggested rulebook for playing with the piece. PLUS PLUS I'll draw a tough little Koopa Troopa on your print.

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    Dalmations - Missed the Lucky Charms? That's Okay! Help get this project rolling by being an early adopter for the Earlyish Bird price. You'll get a signed 18" by 24" color print PLUS a character guide and suggested rulebook for playing with the piece. PLUS PLUS I'll draw a cute little Dalmatian on your print.

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    Pokemon - I know there are vastly more than 151 Pokemon these days, but bare with me. Get a signed 18" by 24" color print PLUS a character guide and suggested rulebook for playing with the piece. PLUS PLUS I'll draw any Pokemon you want on your print.

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    Ditto - The Pokemon that can shape-shift into anything... or anyone. Get a signed 18" by 24" color print PLUS a character guide and suggested rulebook for playing with the piece. PLUS PLUS I'll draw ANY CHARACTER you want on your print.

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    GOLDEN TICKET. I know, I know. There should only be FIVE golden tickets. Forgive me. But this reward is much cooler with 50 people than it would be with five. These (up to) twenty five people get to help me pick the cast of a separate, more selective 11" by 17" print. Everyone will get to pick at least one character, an item and probably much more. It will be a very fun, very interactive experience... You'll also get the 18" by 24" Comicosm 2 with guide and rules.

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    The Magic T-Shirt Hail Mary Closer Reward - This is a last minute option being added because in pursuit of the stretch goal and because I'd love to take on the production of this reward. These 25 backers are the same as Golden Ticket backers BUT each will choose one character to be drawn into a limited edition T-Shirt. Each backer gets a shirt in the size of their choice, printed 'all-over' style with black line on white.

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    Palantirs - You get the 18" by 24" print, guide and rules, inclusion with the Golden Tickets AND an original drawing of YOU and your favorite character.

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    The Titans - The Palantirs are sold out but you can still get an original drawing of YOU and your favorite character as well as get the 18" by 24" print, guide and rules and inclusion with the Golden Tickets.

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    A Piece of the Triforce - Wisdom, Courage and Power. All these belong to you, kind backer. Also: an original drawing with 25 of your favorite characters. If the idea of coming up with that many characters seems at all daunting, I'm happy to help you think it out. :)

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