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The funny & touching graphic novel about best friends / rock stars: Mary and Nel in a beautiful, two color hardback book. Read more

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The funny & touching graphic novel about best friends / rock stars: Mary and Nel in a beautiful, two color hardback book.

About this project

Thank you so much to everyone for making this such a fantastic success! 

Everyone has been so kind. I can't express how grateful I am.

You may have missed the chance to back the Kickstarter, but you can still get a copy of the book! Just head over to matthewbogart.net/store

I’m Matthew Bogart. I’m trying to publish my graphic novel The Chairs’ Hiatus as a beautiful, two color, hardback book, just like it was originally designed. 

You can read the whole story for free on my site

Mary and Nel were known for being close. Throughout the years the two of them zig-zagged the country as the rock duo "The Chairs" they never spent more than a day or two apart.

That is, until Mary mysteriously appears in a new city having given up her music, fame, and friends. She wants nothing more than to work her lousy job and be left alone, but the two people who just showed up on her doorstep are determined to make sure won't happen.

  • It’s incredibly difficult to keep the the constant churn of new content on the internet from burying the things you’ve found online that really touch you. 
  •  Making things physical makes them harder to lose. 
  •  Not losing something is one of the keys to getting longterm enjoyment out of it. 
  •  If it’s going to be physical it should be as beautiful as possible. 
  •  Wow, comics are cool.

We've reached our third and final stretch goal, which means everyone who gets a copy of the hardback book will also get a copy of a brand new, Kickstarter exclusive companion comic!

The book will contain 22 pages of material by me, including 17 pages of new comics about The Chairs, as well as 10 pages of guest comics and illustrations by other fantastic artists!

A sample of some of the fantastic guest art folks have contributed.
A sample of some of the fantastic guest art folks have contributed.

Companion book guest artists 

This book won't be sold anywhere else. The only way to get it is by backing the Kickstarter before it's over! 

“I love this book. No other comic I’ve read has captured the feelings and challenges of creativity and collaboration quite like it.”

- RStevens
Diesel Sweeties

"Matthew Bogart's The Chairs' Hiatus is uncluttered in its story, quiet in its telling, and lovely in the time it spends with you. It illustrates its human moments by enveloping us in the larger spaces we are surrounded by. I felt like I was using a telescope to read a comic taking gentle steps forward into something big and small at the same time."

-Anis Mojgani 
 2-time National Poetry Slam champion and author of The Feather Room

"The Chairs' Hiatus is a kind of comic I'd like to see more often - a small, human story about how people hurt each other without meaning to. Matthew Bogart's intelligent, graceful cartooning is a pleasure to read."

- Barry Deutsch
 author of Hereville

"As a musician, a writer, and artist, I loved the soul of The Chairs' Hiatus. It's hard to write about music, because really, music is about hearing it. And it's hard to write about being a musician, because being a musician is about feeling it. I heard and felt both while I read The Chairs' Hiatus. The Chairs' Hiatus is an intimate portrait of a musician who's lost both her music and herself, and the quiet journey back to understanding. Highly recommended."

- Maggie Stiefvater #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy and the Raven Cycle

Really it's just a CD case and artwork. You probably lost the CD years ago when you converted everything to digital.
Really it's just a CD case and artwork. You probably lost the CD years ago when you converted everything to digital.
The Chairs are fictional and can't perform rock shows in real life. We can draw you into a new Chairs comic attending one of their shows.
The Chairs are fictional and can't perform rock shows in real life. We can draw you into a new Chairs comic attending one of their shows.
An example of the type of illustration you can expect if you back at the $80 level.
An example of the type of illustration you can expect if you back at the $80 level.

Book Details

  • 96 Pages 
  • Size 5.5"x7.75" 
  • 3 color interior pages 
  • Hardback, full color cover.

Risks and challenges

When printing a large volume of books like this there's always the possibility of misprints and delays. Having worked in the printing industry for several years I feel confident about my ability to avoid most major problems.

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FAQ

  • I've tried including them in the book by adding them on at the back, after the main story, but it doesn't feel right considering how the story ends. It felt a bit like if they put an extra scene after the credits of a movie that shouldn't have one.

    The plan is to have the backup stories be a separate PDF that everyone who backs above the $5 level will get.

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Rewards

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    16 backers

    THE DIGITAL PACKAGE: You get both "The Chairs' Hiatus" and two additional backup stories, one of which is only available to Kickstarter backers as a DRM free PDF. Perfect for reading on a tablet or emailing to a friend who will marvel at your keen eye for finding neat digital comics

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    30 backers

    THE SUPER DIGITAL PACKAGE: You get "The Chairs' Hiatus" ebook with the two backup stories, as well as ebooks of all five issues of my ongoing comic "Oh, It's the End of the World". Everything is a DRM free PDF file suitable for sharing with friends.

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    162 backers

    THE BOOK: You get to own the reason we're all here: the new, super special, hardback, three-color version of "The Chairs' Hiatus". I'll even sign and draw a sketch in it. You'll also get the digital copy and 2 digital backup stories.

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    31 backers

    THE "I WAS THERE" BUNDLE: You'll get memorabilia from the the world of the story! I'm crazy about stuff like this and I hope you are too. You get a used ticket from a Chairs concert, a copy of the card that Mary receives in the book from "Senior Mysterioso", a copy of Jen O'Neil's Bone Cellar Records business card, and a post card featuring an alternate cover for the graphic novel. You also get the book, ebook and digital backup stories.

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    10 backers

    THE "I LIKED THEM BEFORE YOU" BUNDLE: You get a copy of The Chairs second album! That's right! Well, you get the CD case with album artwork and detailed liner notes. You probably lost the CD itself years ago when you converted everything to MP3. You also get the book, the ebook, the backup stories, and memorabilia.

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    8 backers

    THE CHAIRS PLAY IN YOUR TOWN: Get a 8.5x11 color flyer, printed on card stock, designed especially for this Kickstarter, advertising a Chairs concert at the time and place of your choice! Did The Chairs perform at your local bar on your birthday? Did they play on the day you met your girlfriend in the town you met her in? You tell me. I'll integrate it into the the poster and print it up! You also get the book, ebook, backup stories, fake album, and memorabilia.

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    3 backers All gone!

    ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION: You'll get a copy of the book, signed with a sketch inside, as well as an original one of a kind illustration of Mary and Nel. There's an example illustration a little ways down this page so you can get an idea what to expect. I drew all of "The Chairs' Hiatus" digitally, so there's not much original art of Mary and Nel out there.

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    8 backers All gone!

    ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION & EVERYTHING ABOVE: I've created this NEW reward level by request! You get the book, signed with a sketch inside, as well as an original one of a kind illustration of Mary and Nel (see $80 reward for details) AND the ebook, backup stories, fake album, memorabilia, and poster.

    I'm going to try and keep the total number of illustrations I have to do to around 10, so as folks select the $80 or $90 rewards levels the quantity available will change on both.

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    4 backers

    TOUR SHIRT: You get your very own Chairs tour shirt! On the front is the Chairs band logo (pictured at the bottom of the page) on the back is a list of tour dates. The best part? You pick one of the tour stops and the date they performed there! That way you can believably claim where and when you saw them perform! (Well, "believably" except that they are fictional.) You also get the book, ebook, backup stories, fake album, memorabilia, and show flyer.

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    GET DRAWN INTO THE STORY: I'll draw you into the new backup story attending a Chairs concert and send you the original art for the panel that you're featured in! You also get the book, ebook, backup stories, fake album, memorabilia, and poster.

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Funding period

- (30 days)