About this project
Walk Through A Wonderland of Imagination With Us
Johnny Wu (aka @sgtbananas) has turned a passion for toys and photography into an immersive and fantastical adventure that changes dreary reality into a world where all of your childhood fantasies can come true. Through these images we can visit a world where Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can fight Storm Troopers and Transformers can walk alongside Spider-Man. The only limit to what we can encounter is our own imagination. Johnny's photography provides a window to the wonder we experienced as children when the toys which occupied our worlds weren't just plastic collectibles, but vehicles to unleash the unending imagination of youth.
Armed with his favorite toys, a passion for photography, and a highspeed camera, Johnny has turned his interest in making life-like scenes with action figures into a brand on Instagram. Anyone following his @sgtbananas feed will find the most amazing images turning the mundane into something truly remarkable. It is the combination of his sense of photography and a vibrant imagination that come together to make his visions a reality.
“I’ve been a toy collector my whole life,” says Johnny Wu. “I’ve always had a strong connection to toys, but it wasn’t until I started taking photos of them that I felt that I was able to share how special they are. Ten Frames Per Second is my lifelong love of toys and photography coming to life. I never stopped being a kid, and I hope that my photos reach the inner kid in all of us.”
With your help here on Kickstarter, we are putting together an exclusive edition hard cover art book featuring some of Johnny's amazing toy photography called 10 Frames Per Second: An Articulated Adventure. This book is an amazing 224 page tome that gives us a peek directly into our collective childhood with johnny's incredible vision for his toys. Using full size common place locations and props, Johnny has blended the real and surreal into a vibrant representation of imagination. It is easy to look at these photographs and get lost in the content to the point that you don't realize they are just toys.
There's such a genuine playfulness in every photograph that captures the whimsy we used to feel as kids. Johnny's photography takes you out of the humdrum of your daily life and reminds you what it is like to see things through the eyes of a child. Remember back to when you would play with action figures and anything was possible. Chewbacca could ride a skateboard and Mario could jump on the backs of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. These are the things that Johnny captures with amazing clarity and simple joy.
We are asking Johnny's fans and anyone who remembers what it was like to see toys through the eyes of a child to please consider supporting this project. The 10 Frames Per Second: An Articulated Adventure Art Book is a fantastic journey into the imagination that we know will resonate with you. The chapters are full of heartfelt and imaginative photography that will make you smile. Seeing these toys posed and shot with the juxtaposition of real and full size backgrounds makes the imagination come alive and you can't help get caught up in the emotion they elicit. Johnny delivers insights on the photos and sets he uses to bring you into the actual photo shoot and allow you to understand the how and why behind the props being used.
This is the first collection of Johnny's work and will take you on a visual tour of pop culture toys. The tableaus created are refreshing, inspiring, and energetic. With each page you will marvel at the breadth of figures and imagination being presented for us to collectively enjoy. This book is a source of joy that can be pulled off your bookshelf and shared with anyone to spark conversation and nostalgia.
10 Frames Per Second; An Articulated Adventure is currently being worked on by Johnny Wu. He has shifted through thousands of photographs to find his favorites that represent a wide range of classic toys. We're hoping that all of Johnny's fans who follow him on Instagram at @Sgtbananas will take this opportunity to be a part of bringing those beautiful images to a new audience. We are dedicated to making this a one-of-a-kind book that will be a go-to reference for starting conversations and sharing a little piece of childhood with friends.
To thank you for helping us, we've put together some exciting pledge levels and cool stretch goals.
Stretch Goal #1 - $10,000 More digital art books! All pledges at $50 and up will receive a free digital copy of The Art of Red Sonja Vol 2 ($40 value).
Stretch Goal #2 - $20,000 Watch here for this Stretch Goal to be unlocked.
Stretch Goal #3 - $30,000 Watch here for this Stretch Goal to be unlocked.
Pledge $5 or more - Thanks for Playing Our Game
As a special thank you for helping us to launch Johnny Wu's 10 Frames per Second, An Articulated Adventure Kickstarter we're giving you the sugar. With this pledge level you get a free Ash Vs The Army of Darkness #1 digital pdf.
Pledge $25 or more - Freeze-Frame!
Johnny Wu's incredible toy photography comes to life with a full digital pdf of the 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure art book! This is the full amazing digital volume packed with one-of-a-kind toy photography that turns a plastic figure into a living breathing work of imagination. The hundreds of amazing images will create a unique look at toys and their power and will be the gem of your art book collection.
INCLUDES: Free Army of Darkness #1 digital pdf
Note - Final digital cover may vary.
Pledge $50 or more - 10 Frames Kickstarter Hardcover
At this level you get the incredible exclusive Kickstarter hardcover edition of 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure art book! This is a beautiful exclusive limited edition of Johnny Wu's immersive photography that will turn simple action figures into cinematic imagery. All the imagination of childhood is captured here as the toys are presented in a way that breathes life into their forms and leaves you remembering what it was like to see the potential of fantasy. The 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Art Book will be deliver a vision that will amaze your friends and family at the power of imagination.
INCLUDES: Free Army of Darkness #1 digital pdf 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure Digital pdf
Pledge $95 or more - Signed 10 Frames Kickstarter Hardcover
Photographer Johnny Wu adds his autograph to this rare edition of the 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure Kickstarter hardcover art book! You can have the very rare signature of the artist himself, Johnny Wu aka @Sgtbananas, on your extremely limited and exclusive edition of 10 Frames Per Second. Johnny signs very few items and this one-of-a-kind edition will be extremely rare and limited to the people that purchase it on the fund raising effort.
INCLUDES: Free Army of Darkness #1 digital pdf 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure Digital pdf
Pledge $150 or more - Digital Art Books Library
At this level we add a plethora of six of the best digital art books from comics including The Art of Alex Ross, Art of Red Sonja, Art of Dejah Thoris & Worlds of Mars, Art of Vampirella Dynamite Years, Art of Vampirella Warren Covers, and Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art ($275 value). That brings this pledge level up to a stunning $390 total value!
INCLUDES: Free Army of Darkness #1 digital pdf 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure Digital pdf 10 Frames per Second Kickstarter Hardcover Signed
Pledge $250 or more - Print Art Books Library
Fill your library with six of the best hardcover print art books from comics including The Art of Alex Ross, Art of Red Sonja, Art of Dejah Thoris & Worlds of Mars, Art of Vampirella Dynamite Years, Art of Vampirella Warren Covers, and Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art ($275 value). That brings this pledge level up to an incredible $665 total value!
INCLUDES: Free Army of Darkness #1 digital pdf,10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure Digital pdf, 10 Frames per Second Kickstarter Hardcover Signed, Digital Art Book Library
Pledge $1,500 or more - Your Favorite Toy in a Johnny Wu Photo Shoot
Love your toys? This is a one of a kind opportunity for you to have Johnny Wu photograph your favorite toy in an exclusive photo shoot! This opportunity has never been offered before and may never be offered again. Working in conjunction with the Kickstarter for 10 Frames Per Second, Johnny will supply his unique vision for bringing toys to life with a set of vibrant exclusive digital pictures of your selected toy. Note - photography will be done on a coordinated basis and the timetable will be worked out directly upon completion of the program. A waiver is required allowing the use of the toy and shipping/insurance for the toy must be coordinated.
INCLUDES: Free Army of Darkness #1 digital pdf 10 Frames Per Second, An Articulated Adventure Digital pdf 10 Frames per Second Kickstarter Hardcover Signed Digital Art Book Library Print Art Book Library
A Special Sneak Peek
We didn't want everyone to take our word for it, so here is an awesome sneak peed at some of the wonderful imagery of 10 Frames Per Second; Enjoy!
You can see more of Johnny's incredible toy photography at @sgtbananas on Instagram!
Risks and challenges
Dynamite Entertainment would like to thank everyone for considering supporting Johnny Wu's 10 Frames Per Second: An Articulated Adventure Art Book on Kickstarter!
We are working very hard with some really fantastic contributors to get these heartfelt and imaginative photos together into a unique hardcover presentation. Everyone from the writers to the editors to the designers are passionate about Johnny's work as @Sgtbananas on these beautiful photos. Our plan to bring this wonderful collection of images right out of our collective childhood imagination to life in a book that will spark conversation and nostalgia for the fanciful look at so many wonderful toys. If we are funded, we will be able to move this project to press in the immediate future and deliver this one-of-a-kind tribute to all of Johnny's fans.
We are aiming to have the book printed and shipping to customers by December and in your hands immediately following. With your help spreading the word on Facebook, Twitter, and your favorite social media outlets we can make this special book a reality.
Please visit us at Dynamite.com and @dynamite on Twitter for updates and the latest on 10 Frames Per Second!
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