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