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A labor of love - my "interpretive graphic biography' of one of the great musical unsung heroes-jazz musician Eric Dolphy.
A labor of love - my "interpretive graphic biography' of one of the great musical unsung heroes-jazz musician Eric Dolphy.
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This book - Eric Dolphy: His Life and Art is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve always had a fascination with the great jazz multi-instrumentalist/composer Eric Dolphy, I think because I identify with him in many ways. Not that I consider myself an artist of his level, but because of his approach to his music, his facility with his instruments and his humility, which has a zen-like quality to it.

My plan is to self-publish a 74-page book, a sort of interpretive biography. I’ve been researching Dolphy’s life for some time, and I’ve read everything about him I’ve been able to get my hands on. I’d like to tell his story the way I see him—a musical prince. I chose to draw the novel in a style reminiscent of the great album covers from 40's and 50's. Artists like David Stone Martin and Ben Shahn were an inspiration.

I want to work on the book for the next few months. My focus is to self-publish by the end of the year. My initial plan is to publish 1000 copies to sell through Amazon.com as well as all available online booksellers, and interested school systems and public organizations, as it will have educational value. 

The money I'm raising will allow me to produce, print, and distribute my book.

Thanks in advance for your support!

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    My humble thanks, and the happy knowledge you’ve just helped out a really nice guy. Plus, your name will be in the printed book in the acknowledgments.

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    A free copy of my graphic novel, signed. Plus, your name will be in the printed book in the acknowledgments.

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    Two free copies of the book, signed, and your name will be in the printed book in the " Special acknowledgments" because you were an amazing human being to help me get this thing printed.

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    All the Two free copies of the book, signed, and your name will be in the printed book in the "Special acknowledgments" section. PLUS: An ultra-cool limited edition T-Shirt of Eric Dolphy
    designed and illustrated by moi.

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    All of the above, plus a signed snappy little sketch of Eric Dolphy (approximately 4X6), and a signed copy of the Jazz Appreciation Month painting that I created for the Smithsonian. PLUS,
    A cool postcard (5' X 7') with a boss drawing of Eric Dolphy signed by me. Suitable as an ultra-funky bookmark or mail it to friends and let 'em know what it's like in Coolsvile.

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    All of the above, plus an original FRAMED WATERCOLOR PAINTING of Eric Dolphy. The painting will be approximately 11x17 inches.

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    You will get an "Extra Special Thanks" credit in the my graphic novel right under the main credits, two copies of the book And an original framed watercolor painting of ANY JAZZ MUSICIAN OF YOUR CHOOSING. The painting will be approximately 22x28 inches.
    You will get an "Extra Special Thanks" credit in the my graphic novel right under the main credits, two copies of the book And an original framed watercolor painting of ANY JAZZ MUSICIAN OF YOUR CHOOSING. The painting will be approximately 22x28 inches.

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