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A crowd-sourced painting of over 2,000 recognizable cartoon, comic book and video game characters.
A crowd-sourced painting of over 2,000 recognizable cartoon, comic book and video game characters.
191 backers pledged $9,268 to help bring this project to life.

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New Project: My all original comic for $1!

Hello Cartoonuum backers!

You are the backers who started it all. Since this project closed, I have created four more variations on the Cartoon Universe theme. Today I am writing to tell you about my first ever all original Kickstarter project: LYK and Bear.

This is my first ever comic book. I have been working on it comic since January 1st, though the idea has been percolating for years. While this is a Kickstarter project with specific financial goals, the much more pressing goal is getting the comic seen by as many people as possible. To that end I have listed the digital comic download at just $1.

I hope you'll take a look. I am extremely proud of this work.

A warm and happy Spring to you,


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New Project: Just the Favorites

Good news everyone!

I have launched a new project that will serve as the start of series of smaller, themed drawings. This first piece, "Just the Favorites," will be made up ONLY of characters suggested by backers. I've started with six of my favorites and will add your requests on a first-come-first-serve basis.

I'm excited to be able to offer prints of the new piece for just $15 - so come check it out and consider getting on board.

Thanks for your support.


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Gone Comic-Con (Read this one!)

Hi there!

Times are big in the art adventure that is my life.

On monday I fly to San Diego for my fourth year of Comic-Con! This year I am taking the *literally: hot-off-the-press* giant size Color-Me prints of the Characternity. It feels like a major moment. I'll be setting up on the sidewalk and coloring in one of the prints over the course of the week.

You can see a rad zoomit page of the entire piece at

I am really pleased with how this piece came off. Every character suggestion I have received to date (including everyone from the Comicosm and Cartoonuum) is present and accounted for. Go look!

So happy and grateful to you all. Expect an update from the road...


PS - July 25th I am moving to New York's East Village. Wish me luck back East!

Character Casting Call

Hey there beloved Backers!

I am working on my newest drawing, the Characternity. The goal is to create an even more detailed illustration of the [Complete Cartoon Universe!] By the end of the day I will have gone through the entirety of my database of 2,934 character images (including repeats and group shots). This is the same collection you helped me construct for the Cartoonuum, last year. I'm happy to say all your character requests are included again - and in sharper distinction this time around. 

I am writing to request more suggestions. 

I am rapidly approaching the edges of the drawing and want to be as inclusive as possible. Please respond to this update or post on my facebook wall at . I will try to respond to every request with an image of your character in the new piece...

I want to thank you all once more - having this project funded was an unbelievable boon to my career and hleped to make 2012 the best year of my artistic life so far. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Ray Sumser

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