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An art book of portraits of inspirational progressives from yesterday and today, by comics illustrator Dave Wachter.
An art book of portraits of inspirational progressives from yesterday and today, by comics illustrator Dave Wachter.
114 backers pledged $3,765 to help bring this project to life.

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PORTRAITS is the new art book by Dave Wachter. It contains 20 images of inspirational progressive people from history and today, as well as endangered animals of North America. The book will be 44 pages, which includes full pages of the drawings and short biographies on each subject. It’s 7x10, paperback, black and white interiors, printed on nice semi gloss stock paper, card stock cover, and perfect bound. All books will be signed by the author.

The images are all drawn, and the book is in the process of being designed. The postcards have been designed and are almost ready for the printers.

The GOAL of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise enough funds to print the book and postcard sets, ship them, and to print more books that will be sold at conventions. Then, a portion of the money made from those books will go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the NRDC.

List of portraits:

Josephine Baker
Harvey Milk
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Sally Ride
Mother Jones
Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Elizabeth Warren
Marsha P. Johnson
Maya Angelou
Robert F. Kennedy
Florida Panther
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Rachel Carson
Carl Sagan
Christa McAuliffe
Tammy Duckworth
Barack Obama
Eleanor Roosevelt
Eugene V. Debs

Your Project Creator: I'm Dave Wachter, and I'm a comic book artist and illustrator. I am the artist, co-creator and co-writer of the Eisner and Harvey Award nominated The Guns of Shadow Valley, funded right here at Kickstarter, and later published in collected hardcover form by Dark Horse Comics. I collaborated with famed horror writer Steve Niles to produce Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse. I have done a lot of work for comics publisher IDW, including art for Robert Bloch's That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves, Godzilla: Cataclysm, art and writing for Godzilla in Hell, and art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2012, I was nominated for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award. After having moved around for a while, I have found a family and settled permanently in Pittsburgh. davedrawscomics.com

Risks and challenges

The portraits are all drawn, the cover of the book is designed, and I've done a lot of the design on the interiors already. The short bios still have to be written. A little more design work and the postcards are ready for the printers. The printing companies are all lined up, I have quotes for all printing and shipping costs. It's a fairly simple project, I've intentionally made it that way to keep costs, time, and risks at a minimum.

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    DIGITAL BOOK

    Receive a DRM-free PDF version of the complete book, delivered as soon as it's finished. Enjoy it on any digital device you desire.

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    10 POSTCARD SET

    A half set of 10 illustrations in 4.25x6in postcard form. Suitable for framing or mailing with a message to your congressman.

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    A full set of all 20 illustrations in 4.25x6in postcard form. Suitable for framing or mailing with a message to your congressman.

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    THE BOOK

    Receive a SIGNED physical copy of the book, 7x10, paperback, perfect bound, 44 pages. The digital PDF version is also included.

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    THE BOOK & 10 POSTCARD SET

    Receive a SIGNED physical copy of the book, 7x10, perfect bound, 44 pages. A full set of all 10 illustrations in 4.25x6in postcard form. The digital PDF.

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    BOOK with SKETCH, 20 POSTCARD SET

    Receive a SIGNED copy of the book, with a quick 4x6 SKETCH inside. 7x10, perfect bound, 44 pages. A full set of all 20 illustrations in 4.25x6in postcard form. The digital PDF.

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    COMMISSION A PORTRAIT

    Work with me to commission your own portrait of an inspirational progressive or endangered animal of North America. 6x9, ink and ink wash, in the same style as ones in the book. (I have the right to refuse a request that doesn't fit the criteria of a progressive person or endangered animal. In such case, we'll work together to find another choice.) Also receive the BOOK and 20 POSTCARD SET and digital PDF.

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    COMMISSION A PORTRAIT FOR BOOK 2

    Get on the list early for a commission to be included in a second book. These commissions are for the FUTURE, and will be available later in the year. Work with me to commission your own portrait of an inspirational progressive or endangered animal of North America. 6x9, ink and ink wash, in the same style as ones in the book. (I have the right to refuse a request that doesn't fit the criteria of a progressive person or endangered animal. In such case, we'll work together to find another choice.) Also receive the BOOK and 20 POSTCARD SET and digital PDF. (These items delivered separately earlier)

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