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VERY NEAR MINT is a comic about a comic shop, the nerds who shop there, a hot ex-girlfriend, and the bad guy who wants to ruin it all!

Download the VERY NEAR MINT: Volume One PREVIEW EDITION

http://tinyurl.com/vnmpreview2011

(8 megs. PDF format)

(File updated Jan 4, 2011)

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Hey there, my name is Justin Peterson, and I'm the creator (writer, artist, letterer, toner, inker, etc.) of VERY NEAR MINT.

Very Near Mint is a comic book about... comic books! The story centers around two friends, Colin and Sam, who run the Splash Page, a comic book shop. It also happens to be the first day of their new employee, Nate. As it turns out, it's a bad day for the new kid to start his new job. Something terrible has happened to this week's new comics. Also, Colin's ex-girlfriend has returned. And if that wasn't enough, some dude wants to ruin all their lives by... well... you'll have to read it to find out.

VNM (that's shorthand for Very Near Mint, kids) has it all. Comics, movies references, cute girls, nerds, drunk record store clerks, villains, humor, suspense, and did I mention cute girls? (And hey, Miley Cyrus references!)

I've been working on VNM since 2007, when I self-published the first issue. The original plan was to make it an ongoing, monthly series. However, tastes and plans change, and now it's turned into an ongoing graphic novel series (think Scott Pilgrim). I like the format of graphic novels more, and it seems that (non-comic book) people are more prone to pick up a graphic novel. You don't have to be a die-hard comic book nerd to "get" this comic, but you do have to be able to read... or not, since you can just look at the drawings, I guess.

With your help, I'll not only be able to raise enough funds to publish the first volume, but I'll also be able to fund a promotional tour of various comic book conventions around the country in 2011... which will hopefully include...

• San Diego Comic Con
• Small Press Expo (SPX)
• Megacon
• C2E2
• Alternative Press Expo (APE)
• New York Comic Con
• MOCCA Fest

And hopefully many more, all thanks to your generous donations.
VNM volume 1 is on schedule to be published by mid to late February 2011. The length of the book looks to be between 150 to 200 pages (most likely somewhere around 175/190 when all is said and done). It's going to have a full color cover and black and white interiors.

Ultimately, with your help, I'll be able to get VNM into comic book publishers hands, and hopefully, one day soon, published nation and world wide. That's the goal. It's a lofty one. But I believe in this comic, and I hope you believe in it, too.

I have some great rewards for those of you who choose to back this project. Some of which include...

For any donation of over $10, you'll receive your name printed in the thank you section of volume one!

You could appear in the comic (as a minor OR major character)! Limited edition hardcover edition! Sketch cover edition! Illustration! T-shirts! Posters! And, of course, much more.

Oh, yeah, also, I can fly (or drive) to your house and paint a mural on a wall for you, too. (Here's a timelapse of me painting a mural: http://vimeo.com/7405549 ) This is an expensive reward, but totally worth it!

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to having you help me bring VERY NEAR MINT to the masses!

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SPECIAL NOTE: If you're in international (i.e: Not in the United States), and you decide you'd like to help fund this graphic novel, could you please be so kind to kick in an extra couple bucks for shipping costs, depending on what reward you choose? That would be awesome. Thanks!
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Very Near Mint is © 2010 Justin Peterson. All rights reserved.

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    A digital download of Very Near Mint volume 1 (in PDF format) + your name added to a "thank you" section of the VNM website.

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    ONE copy of VNM vol. 1, shipped to you! + Your name PRINTED in the "thank you" section of the book + the digital download

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    MONDAY EXCLUSIVE DEAL! Along with the normal $25 dollar reward stuff (VNM vol 1 / Sketchbook / PDF download / your name in the book) you'll also receive a drawing of ANY superhero of your choice! This reward is only available until 11:59 pm tonight! (Nov. 29)

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    A limited edition VNM SKETCHBOOK (filled with sketches, notes, and other behind the scenes material!) + ONE copy of VNM vol.1 + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    RETAILER #1 //// 5 copies of Very Near Mint + Promotional materials + Your store name, website, and address listed in each copy of VNM volume 1 + free shipping

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    Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE VNM POSTER (11X17), ready to hang on your wall! + ONE copy of VNM vol. 1 + the limited edition VNM Sketchbook + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE VNM T-SHIRT + ONE copy of VNM vol. 1 + the limited edition VNM Sketchbook + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    RETAILER # 2 //// 10 copies of Very Near Mint + Promotional materials + Your store name, website, and address listed in each copy of VNM volume 1 + free shipping

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    One Limited edition VNM vol. 1 SKETCH COVER edition! I'll draw something for you on the cover! + Kickstarter Exclusive T-Shirt + the limited edition VNM Sketchbook + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    One Limited Edition VNM oversized HARDCOVER edition, featuring the sketchbook material! + Kickstarter Exclusive Poster AND t-shirt + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    RETAILER # 3 //// FULL PAGE AD in VNM volume 1 + 10 copies of Very Near Mint + Promotional materials + free shipping (Comic book stores ONLY, please)

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    One Print of a page from VNM volume 1! + One Limited Edition VNM oversized HARDCOVER edition, featuring the sketchbook material! + One standard VNM vol. 1 copy + Kickstarter Exclusive Poster AND t-shirt + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    YOU GET TO BE IN THE COMIC! You'll have your face appear, and you might get a minor speaking roll! Along with being in the comic, you'll receive... A print of the page you appear on from VNM volume 1! + One Limited Edition VNM oversized HARDCOVER edition, featuring the sketchbook material! + TWO standard copies of VNM vol. 1 + Kickstarter Exclusive Poster AND t-shirt + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    Become a MAJOR SUPPORTING CHARACTER IN VERY NEAR MINT volume 1! The character will me modeled and named after you, and you'll have a significant role in the plot of the comic! (You can also give this to a friend!) You'll also receive... A sketch of your character and one character from VNM, drawn by me! + A print of the page you appear on from VNM volume 1! + One Limited Edition VNM oversized HARDCOVER edition, featuring the sketchbook material! + FIVE standard copies of VNM vol. 1 + Kickstarter Exclusive Poster AND t-shirt + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download + A signed copy of the script for VNM vol. 1!

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    Become a MAJOR SUPPORTING CHARACTER IN VERY NEAR MINT volume 1! The character will me modeled and named after you, and you'll have a significant role in the plot of the comic! (You can also give this to a friend!) You'll also receive... THE 2007 version of Very Near Mint (original print run was 300, this is one of the last copies left!) + Justin Peterson's PERSONAL copy of the script to Volume 1! It has notes and all sorts of things written all over it! + A sketch of your character and one character from VNM, drawn by me! + A print of the page you appear on from VNM volume 1! + One Limited Edition VNM oversized HARDCOVER edition, featuring the sketchbook material! + FIVE standard copies of VNM vol. 1 + Kickstarter Exclusive Poster AND t-shirt + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download

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    I WILL FLY TO YOUR HOUSE / SCHOOL / BUSINESS and PAINT A MURAL ON A WALL FOR YOU! Standard 12x10 wall (or equal square footage) OF ANYTHING YOU WANT (within reason) (Only within the continental United States!) + PLUS YOU GET TO BE IN THE COMIC! You'll have your face appear, and you might get a minor speaking roll! Along with being in the comic, you'll receive... A print of the page you appear on from VNM volume 1! + One Limited Edition VNM oversized HARDCOVER edition, featuring the sketchbook material! + TWO standard copies of VNM vol. 1 + Kickstarter Exclusive Poster AND t-shirt + your name printed in the "thank you" section + the digital download + a signed copy of the Volume 1 script (featuring deleted scenes!)

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