Download the VERY NEAR MINT: Volume One PREVIEW EDITION
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(File updated Jan 4, 2011)
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)
• 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!
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!
Very Near Mint is © 2010 Justin Peterson. All rights reserved.
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