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A drawing of 2,500 characters from Archie to Zorak. Suggest a character and get a print!

99.9% Complete, 9-14-12
99.9% Complete, 9-14-12

Zoom in! http://zoom.it/G6ms#full (9-13-12 progress shot)

If you'd like to get a print after the project has closed, head over to my store

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Progress as of 4-24-12
Progress as of 4-24-12

Welcome to the Cartoon Universe. 'The Characternity' is my drawing of over 2,500 characters from cartoons, comic books, video games and visual pop culture at large. I completed the initial drawing from February to June this year and am in the process of coloring and mastering the piece digitally. I am so excited to be completing a successful Kickstarter campaign whereby I am delivering prints to backers and taking suggestions for more characters to add. Backers have been writing in with great ideas that are being taken to heart and vigorously noted.

The title, written into the piece near my favorite characters.
The title, written into the piece near my favorite characters.

Background: From a very early age, I wanted to bring characters from unrelated stories together. In the past five years my work has returned to a desire to create fantastic landscapes where characters from our most beloved stories coexist, compete and collaborate.

Mars 200: Sonic Vs. The Roadrunner, drawing from 1992
Mars 200: Sonic Vs. The Roadrunner, drawing from 1992
My cat JFK with "the Comicosm," oil painting from 2009
My cat JFK with "the Comicosm," oil painting from 2009
My first Kickstarter project and second giant painting, 'the Cartoonuum,' 2011
My first Kickstarter project and second giant painting, 'the Cartoonuum,' 2011

The Characternity will complete a trilogy of encyclopedic Cartoon Pictures. I have approached this concept in previous works, the Comicosm (2009) and the Cartoonuum (2011). I completed these first two in my traditional medium of paint, but have found that the concept called for a practice more innate to the subject. I have put aside my brushes in service the original idea. 

The current incarnation began as a three by six foot line drawing created from a collection of over 2,900 source images that I have culled over the past half decade. The source material includes suggestions made by Kickstarter backers, passersby at San Diego Comic-Con, friends, family, fans and a committed body of personal research. 

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Response has been amazing. Amongst others, Laughing Squid wrote about the project and the Disney Imagineers tweeted about it! [Adult Swim] even bumped the project during Robot Chicken's DC Comics Special!

Thanks for looking and please take a second to check out the backer rewards. I have included prints of the complete image at a wide variety of sizes - from postcard to 60" wide. Please consider suggesting a character, sharing the project or reserving your copy of the print.

Thanks you so much.

Raymond J. Sumser III

Progress as of 2-25-12
Progress as of 2-25-12
Sonic in the Characternity, 2012.
Sonic in the Characternity, 2012.

FAQ

  • He's in there... but you're on your own for that one.

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  • Yes there are. While not entirely intentional... some characters snuck in there more than once. The repeats do not count toward my 2,500 character count. I have included the 'Duplicator' from Calvin and Hobbes to sooth my inner continuity-fiend.

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  • Of course! Add $5 on $25 and $50, $15 on $250 and $45 on anything higher.

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    Suggest a Character - Who do you think HAS to be in there? As long as your suggestion is broadly recognizable, they'll be added. PLUS I'll send you a .png image of that character in the piece.

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    POSTCARD - Get a project postcard with an original drawing of your favorite character in the MEMO field.

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    CONCERT PRINT - Get a signed 17" print of the Characternity. (+$1, $5 Rewards)

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    BIG PRINT - Get a signed 36" print of the Characternity. PLUS: Have your name written into the finished print. (+$1, $5 Rewards)

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    GIANT PRINT - Get a one-of-a-kind, signed, 60" print of the Characternity - - with YOUR PICTURE drawn into it. (+$1, $5, $50 Rewards)

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