Creating a new kind of Comic Shop: An educational center for all the medium offers.
Escape Pod Comics is a new kind of comic book store. More than just a place for fans to pick up their books or a high flown “graphic novel” store, Escape Pod melds the browsing space and layout of the finest independent bookstores with the selection and range of the best comic shops.
Far from just a store, Escape Pod is a place for the people of New York and all the denizens of the web to come together for signings, workshops and other events. A place to learn about current and classic comic books, as well as the history of the medium and the complex process involved in creating graphic stories.
The proposed schedule of classes include bi-weekly drawing classes (both Life Drawing and comic creation) and monthly comic history classes, many of which will be all-ages.
What we're looking to do is to fund one year of operation so that we can focus on creating a class schedule, arranging for in-store classes, readings and signings and generally putting the place in order. We are starting with the resources of almost $40,000 worth of comics and comic art and strong relationships with many independent creators and publishers. If we were to run a simple, run-of-the-mill comic shop as a traditional business-only establishment, we would be not be able to do much more than sell books and stock them- Which would be fine for funds and a living, but would do nothing to foster and facilitate the comic book or New York community. In funding this project, you are helping us to create a location that can serve as an open house for the love of the medium and the promotion of dialogue between, and community for, its artists, writers and readers.
Every reward level of $20 and up gets you membership at EscapePod. Membership includes regular discounts on pre-ordered comics, early announcements of special events and classes before the general public and access to our LIVE and archived Streaming classes and workshops plus, a nifty membership card.
[UPDATE: WE HAVE ADDED AN $8 MEMBERSHIP LEVEL, GET ALL THIS FOR LESS THAN TEN BUCKS!]
Some of the art prints and original work you can purchase as rewards:
For more art, scroll down.
This isn’t about the business of selling comics; the current business structure does not call for the store to make any profit with any of the money in the Kickstarter. If any profits are made over the course of the year, they will be put directly back into the store. Escape Pod is about creating a store that features the full range of comics out there- comics for kids, for adults, for toddlers, for seniors. Our motto is: Comics for all and all for comics.In keeping with that, the store will stock nothing but comics and comic art- no toys, no t-shirts, no trading cards or power rings.
Escape Pod's goal is to bring the blissful experience of the independent bookstore to the world of comic sales. Books, books and nothing but books, Escape Pod will stock a wide variety of formats, genres and age-targeted material displayed in comforting surroundings reminiscent of your favorite book shop. Imagine strong but unobtrusive lighting, lots of room to wander from shelf to shelf and many comfy chairs to just curl up in with a good book. We plan on a lrage used book section, which will be constantly re-stocked, as well as readers' copies of the latest titles. Three iPads for digital perusal will create a risk-free browsing experience as well as highlight store picks and classic works recently digitized.
The store will be owned and operatored by a husband and wife team, and all part-time employees will be required to have an understanding of the medium and at least one area of specific expertise (Manga, Crime, Political Cartoons, Superheroes).
Here are a few of the signed books we're offering on the higher end of the reward spectrum:
For more signed work, scroll down
We are already forging ties with online creators so that we can provide their books at our brick- and-mortar location and are looking into wholesale orders of print-on-demand comics.
The store will also carry a selection of original comic art and exclusive prints by both established creators and newcomers, this will be displayed on the walls as an ever-shifting art gallery showcasing the wide array of styles and content in the medium.
Still, at heart, we are a comic shop so, while you'll see none of the knick-knacks or ephemera common at a comic shop, you will be able to pick up your monthly books and receive a discount for pre-ordering them.
A prime reason for the success of the comic store has and always will be the devotion of its owners and operators, from solid recommendations to the championing of quality work. With this in mind, Escape Pod will endeavor to do both to the best of our ability, seeking out new works for readers to enjoy and recommending undiscovered treasures to our shoppers. With that in mind we offer the Comic Start Packs, rewards available at a range of prices that allow us to recommend and ship books to you, based on your interests
But Escape Pod isn't a fussy, “No Kids Allowed” tomb. Aside from the large selection of Children's and YA books, the store will feature a large drawing area stocked with crayons, markers, coloring books and endless paper where your little one can color in Spider-Man or Dorothy, or create their own character. As with the other genres, a used book section will make up a hefty part of the children's section.
The current plans are to open on Main Street in Huntington Village, Long Island, NY in mid-August and to hold a Grand Opening party/signing in November 2012. Please join us in helping to make this dream a reality.
Every single backer, from a dollar on, will be getting live-stream access to our Grand Opening and exclusive, no-holds-barred weekly updates about all the steps involved in starting this massive project.
Our rewards have been crowd-sourced from a variety of comic fans, collectors and creators. While this is just scratching the surface of the wide range of materials the store will carry, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something you like here.
A gallery with detailed pictures of these and some of the other rewards is available here:
UDPATE: EVERY BACKER WHO PLEDGES OVER $10 WILL BE RECEIVING THE BEAUTIFUL ESCAPE POD LOGO PIN (Scroll up to see it) along with all the rest of their order.
UPDATE: ALL EXCLUSIVE ART PRINTS HAVE BEEN LOWERED FROM $100 TO $50!! THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE THEY WILL BE OFFERED, SO ACT FAST. (Scroll down to see them or click on the gallery link)
UPDATE: For publishers and creators- NEW REWARDS ADDED! grab a spot on our "FEATURED" table for a week ($150), a month ($500), or our whole first year ($5000)!
We will ship to anyone, anywhere and cover the costs ourselves: USA, Pakistan, Australia- anywhere. BUT if you happen to pick one of our Reward Packages that is EXTREMELY HEAVY you may be asked to pay a small shipping fee. Which I'm sorry about, I really I am. I wanted totally free shipping, but reality DOES sometimes invade.