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THIS IS THE WORLD'S FIRST COMIC BOOK MADE OF GLASS! It will stand roughly 5.5ft. high, span 7ft. wide and mix the world's comic genres!

Comics done right are true works of art.

It's time something in the art world reflected that!  (No disrespect to Roy Lichtenstein)

I want to build a huge, functional glass comic book that will showcase just how amazing comics and graphic stories are...a comic you can practically step into...a comic that will make fans of graphic story proud, and hopefully make naysayers re-evaluate their position. This glass comic will have twelve 4 ft. x 3 ft. pages including the front and back covers. The pages will hinge on a free standing base that acts as the comic's binding. The design above is conceptual, likely some modification of the base and stand support will take place when the individual framed panels are constructed and weighed. All electricity will run from its housing inside the stand, under the hinges and into the frames. The pages will be quarter inch glass, etched in ultra-fine detail and lit with LED strips in various ways to create effects never before seen in a comic book. The lighting will be ensconced in frames that hold two pages together with a divider. 

Etch and lighting test

The glass comic will tell the inaugural story of Comangra City...a city where COmics, MANga and GRAphic novels characters, along with the rest of the world's comic genres and character styles live and interact with each other in a multi-cultural setting. Comics in the broadest sense appeal to everyone everywhere. Nearly every country has it's own tradition of graphic story. It's time these traditions meet, mix and react. What will happen when magic, super powers, psychology and cultural norms of all varieties live and work amongst each other? Fund Comangra City and find out!

I intend for this glass comic book to go on tour. It will start out at ArtPrize 2011 with over 200,000 visitors. If it wins, the piece will go on to inspire hundreds of thousands every year in their permanent collection. If not, it will go on to visit comics conventions, museums and schools across the country. And if it's successful here in America, I even intend to construct some foreign language versions of the comic to go on display internationally.

If you'd like to know a little bit more about ArtPrize watch the video below. I'll also post a link to my Artist Profile when I've secured a venue...that process begins June 1. 

I've done a fair amount of glass etching in the past. Most of the etching I do is by hand...very labor intensive...for example, this tree that I etched predominantly by hand for ArtPrize 2010.

My brother owns a custom glass business and has just about every tool I need for hand etching. Unfortunately, this project demands something faster and more detailed than hand etching...it calls for a laser etcher. The type of etcher I need for this project STARTS at $29,000. That's where my whole funding goal goes for this project. I know that's a huge goal, but I can't move forward without it. I know if I can make that much, I can find a way to make the rest happen. Of course I'd love it if we exceeded our funding request and could get a higher powered (higher wattage) version of the laser ($38,000), some extra materials to experiment with ($6000) and have some wiggle room to print up some marketing materials ($1000). That's a whopping $45,000. In the inimitable words of Winston Zeddemore, "That's a big Twinkie." So I'm sticking to the basic model and seeing what happens. 

With the sincere hope of reaching and surpassing our funding goal, we've come up with some pretty unique rewards. Where else can you get comic book illustrations etched on glass and mirror? Where else can you get limited edition glass and mirror coasters with brand new, first edition characters etched on them? Where else could you send in your own work and get it etched, or commission us to create something specifically for you? Got some serious coin to blow? How about a power desk or a miniature of the glass comic?! We have LOTS of rewards. And we have something for every budget. But it's going to take you a little browsing. This little video will give you an idea of the categories of rewards we're offering...or you can just skip below and read the categories and browse the photos of the gifts we have prototypes for.

To cut down on any confusion, each reward will have a heading from one of four categories: 

•PDF & PAPER- Electronic &/or print versions of the hand drawn comic. Mini-posters.

•ETCHINGS- Actual glass and mirror etchings of the comic. 3" x 4" up to 3' x 4'.

•FUN STUFF- Coasters, T-Shirts, Original Art, Dinner, a Power Desk & a Miniature of the World's First Huge Glass Comic.

•PLACEMENT & COMMISSIONS- Your name in the glass comic. Your work etched on glass. Or a commission etched on glass.

You can view static prototypes of the rewards below. We don't have finished copies of them in all sizes because, well, we don't have the laser etcher. The rep was nice enough to let us make these on a smaller etcher so you'll understand what you're are getting. In real life they look even cooler.

ETCHINGS:

Glass

and Mirror

COASTERS:

These are the images on the set of 4...

T-SHIRTS

Women's

Men's

POWER DESK:

*PLEASE NOTE that if you choose anything etched on glass or mirror as a reward, YOU are releasing us from liability and accepting the responsibility for any injury you may incur as a result of handling the etching.  If the glass or mirror are handled with care, you should have no problem. However, if dropped or mishandled, these etchings can shard and cut you. If you are not willing to accept responsibility for the minimal risk associated with handling glass and mirror, do not choose one of these rewards.We are looking into composite glass materials that do not shard or shatter and we reserve the right to substitute these materials if they are safer and maintain an appearance consistent with glass and mirror.

A note on timing: If we are funded by June 30, it will take at least two weeks for the laser company to assemble and ship our machine. I expect it could be as much as a month. Then I have two months to implement the design and construct the glass comic before ArtPrize begins in Grand Rapids MI. When the comic is done, I will turn my attention to the etched rewards. These we will get to you as quickly as possible, constrained only by volume. PDF and Print rewards will arrive in August...I am taking my time with the illustrations because there are some added aspects to this piece that I would like to reveal on the Comangra site and blog over the next couple of months. You will be able to get updated forecasts on delivery times as production advances.

I am really excited about this project. I think this glass comic is going to look amazing and inspire hundreds of thousands of people to take a second look at the power and beauty of graphic stories. I really hope you share my vision and help me to get this project done. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @Googe1 for regular tweets on the project. I have two people helping me and together, we guarantee we'll make this a piece you can be proud of and get you your rewards as quickly as we can. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING US BUILD THE WORLD'S FIRST HUGE GLASS COMIC BOOK. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US BUILD COMANGRA CITY!!

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    PLACEMENT & COMMISSIONS: Everyone who contributes $1 or more will have their name listed in their funding category on our website/blog (comangracity.com) in a special contributors section.

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    PDF & PAPER: THE BOTTOM LINE. $5 will get you black & white PDF of the hand drawn Comangra story.

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    PDF & PAPER: TWO OF A KIND. Everyone who contributes $10 or more will receive both a color and black & white PDF of the hand drawn Comangra story and a Comangra City "Wish you were here!" postcard.

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    PDF & PAPER: THE HARDCOPY. $15 will get you a signed black & white print version of the Comangra story (we have great publishers here in Grand Rapids) and a black & white mini-poster. Outside the US, please add $5 for shipping.

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    FUN STUFF: WEAR IT WITH PRIDE! If you're not into glass, we have a lovely "I built Comangra City" T-Shirt available for $20. Both Women's and Men's T-shirt styles available. Let people know you helped fund the world's first glass comic book! Outside the US please add $7.

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    ETCHINGS: A TOUCH OF GLASS. $20 will get you the smallest version of the ETCHED FIRST PAGE OF COMANGRA CITY in glass or mirror. It is 3in. x 4in. and is laser signed with my signature and the Kickstarter "K". This version is limited and will only ever be available to Kickstarter supporters...it's the true first edition of Comangra glass etchings. PLEASE SEE THE ITALICIZED LIABILITY NOTE IN THE PROJECT DESCRIPTION TO THE LEFT (*). Outside the US please add $7.

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    FUN STUFF: LET THE GLASS BEGIN! $20 will get you a 4in. x 4in. glass or mirror coaster that says, "I built Comangra City!" and a black & white mini-poster. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US, please add $7.

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    PDF & PAPER: PAPER CHAMPION. At this level you'll get a signed black & white AND a signed color print version of the story. You'll also receive a color mini-poster. Outside the US please add $7.

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    ETCHINGS: THE WEEKEND COLLECTOR. $30 will get you a 6in. x 8in. version of the $20 ETCHING category above (see for details). Outside the US please add $10.

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    THE SMART COMBO! $35 gets you the "I built Comangra City!" T-Shirt, both print versions (color and b&w) signed, and a color mini-poster. Outside the US please add $10.

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    FUN STUFF: COAST THROUGH LIFE. Set of 4 coasters with Comangra Characters and "I built Comangra City" logo. See the images below to the left. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $15.

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    ETCHINGS: THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR. A full 9in. x 12in. version of the $20 ETCHING category above (see for details). Outside the US please add $15.

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    THE BIG COMBO! Set of four 4in. x 4in. coasters (see $40 FUN STUFF category above for details), a 6in. x 8in. glass or mirror limited etch (see the $20 ETCHING category above for details) and an "I built Comangra City T-shirt. Outside the US please add $20.

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    THE GRAND COMBO! Set of four 4in. x 4in. coasters (see the $40 FUN STUFF category above for details), a 9in. x 12in. glass or mirror limited etch (see the $20 ETCHING category above for details) and an "I built Comangra City T-shirt. Outside the US please add $25.

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    ETCHINGS: MINI DECK: Set of all 12 glass or mirror limited etched Comangra pages on 3in. x 4in. format! Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $25.

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    PLACEMENT & COMMISSIONS: YOU'RE THE STAR! We'll etch your comic art or any comic page you send us (in black & white, no grayscale or color) on 9in. x 12in. glass or mirror. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $30.

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    ETCHINGS: THE BIG BOY. A large 15in. x 20in. version of the $20 ETCHING category above (see for details). Outside the US please add $35.

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    ETCHINGS: THE HALLWAY SET. Set of all 12 glass or mirror limited etched Comangra pages on 6in. x 8in. format. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $45.

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    PLACEMENT AND COMMISSIONS: RISING STAR: We'll etch your comic art or any comic page you send us (in black & white, no grayscale or color) on 15in. x 20in. glass or mirror. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $35.

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    ETCHINGS: THE MONSTER! $200 gets you a 24in. x 32in. version of the $20 ETCHING category above (see for details). This baby stands up and demands attention. This can have mounting holes added for free if you plan to mount it on the wall. Outside the US please add $100.

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    ETCHINGS: THE STORY WALL. Set of all 12 glass or mirror limited etched Comangra pages on 9in. x 12in. format. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $75.

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    PLACEMENT AND COMMISSIONS: SHOOTING STAR. We'll etch your comic art or any comic page you send us (in black & white, no grayscale or color) on 24in. x 32in. glass or mirror. This can have mounting holes added for free if you plan to mount it on the wall. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $100.

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    ETCHINGS: THE BEHEMOTH! $400 gets you the biggest (36in. x 48in.) version of the $20 ETCHING category above (see for details). This can have mounting holes added for free if you plan to mount it on the wall. Outside the US please add $150.

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    PLACEMENT & COMMISSIONS: YOUR COMPANY IN COMIC AND ART HISTORY! Get your comics company, radio station or business permanently etched into the background elements of the world's first huge glass comic! Remember, this piece is going on tour and we're printing lots of copies of the story. That's great name recognition! We have 20 places total available and that's it.

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    PLACEMENT & COMMISSIONS: A PLACE IN COMIC AND ART HISTORY! Your name permanently etched in the background elements of the world's first huge glass comic! We have 20 places total available for individuals. Heads up: Many of you will most likely find your name on one of the tombstones at the end of the story!

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    PLACEMENT & COMMISSIONS: SUPER NOVA. We'll etch your comic art or any comic page you send us (in black & white, no grayscale or color) on 36in. x 48in. glass or mirror. HEY MARVEL! HEY DC! YOU NEED YOUR CHARACTERS ON THE WALL IN GLASS! Indies don't be outdone...this is the ultimate comics office or comics maven wall hanging. And it will sure get people to notice you at comics conventions and expos! This will have mounting holes added unless you stipulate otherwise. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $150.

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    ETCHINGS: THE STORY ROOM. Set of all 12 glass or mirror limited etched Comangra pages on 15in. x 20in. format. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $125.

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    THE ULTIMATE DINNER COMBO! Dinner during ArtPrize (September 20-October 9) with Wade at Charlie's Crab in Grand Rapids MI. You'll receive the ultimate gift pack with a 24" x 32" etching, 4 coasters, black and white and color hard copies, two t-shirts, both mini-posters and of course both PDFs and the postcard. You'll also receive a wristband for viewing and voting on all of the ArtPrize attractions. Travel and accommodations not included.

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    ETCHINGS: THE MINI GALLERY. Set of all 12 glass or mirror limited etched Comangra pages on 24in. x 32in. format. These can have mounting holes added for free if you plan to mount them on the wall. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $300.

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    FUN STUFF: ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS! An original hand drawn page of Comangra City! All the mistakes and foibles intact! A true one of a kind with signed bonus sketch prints and layout reproductions! Page choice is first-come, first served.

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    ETCHINGS: THE MUSEUM. Set of all 12 glass or mirror limited etched Comangra pages on 36in. x 48in. format. These can have mounting holes added for free if you plan to mount them on the wall. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $500.

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    PLACEMENT & COMMISSIONS: THE POWER DESK. We'll create and deliver a 6' x 3' glass desk with the image, art or logo of your choice etched into the desktop and leg supports (we can only etch 24' into either end of your desk). This glass is tempered for daily use. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $500.

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    PLACEMENT AND COMMISSIONS: Commission an illustration to be etched on any size glass or mirror up to 36in. x 48in. We'll make a true piece of art for you. We'll even frame it and light it with LED strips if you'd like. This can have mounting holes added for free if you plan to mount it on the wall. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside the US please add $200.

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    FUN STUFF: FOR THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS EVERYTHING! A miniature replica of the complete glass comic and stand with 15in. x 20 in. pages. It even lights up like it's namesake! Imagine owning the first replica of a true first in comics and art. Please see italicized note in the Project Description to the left (*). Outside US, additional shipping charge will be determined on a case by case basis.

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