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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 29 2019 1:07 AM UTC +00:00.

About

12 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

Game BUZZ! is the first and longest-running webcomic of its kind--a gag strip devoted to fans of a single sport (pro football) and team, the Seattle Seahawks! But it has appeal to ALL types of fans who like to laugh and can identify with being a true supporter of their team.

It's a "PG"-rated family strip to enjoy; just sports and silliness.

For two years, the strip also ran on SmackJeeves.com, but it was too time-consuming to alter each strip to their horizontal format.
For two years, the strip also ran on SmackJeeves.com, but it was too time-consuming to alter each strip to their horizontal format.

The strip began on the old SeahawksHuddle.com site beginning with the 2006 season and ran weekly during each football season until 2016, when it became weekly year-round. BUZZ had his own Facebook Page around 2013 and averages thousands of followers (some strips have reached over 100,000 fans!)

You can always find at least the last two seasons' worth on the Game BUZZ! Facebook page.
You can always find at least the last two seasons' worth on the Game BUZZ! Facebook page.

BUZZ the character is an "unofficial mascot"--a hoodied seahawk who loves his team no matter what. The character was created by Alaskan fan Jason Davies and former Michigan fan Mike Pascale originally as a T-shirt design, until Jason suggested that Mike do a comic strip, which Mike has written and drawn since. 

(Mike is a lifelong comics fan and creator, publishing his first comics at age 12, then professionally in the 1990s. He's been an ad agency art director/copywriter, a freelance storyboard artist, writer and illustrator [including the award-winning children's book, "The Curse Ends" about the Chicago Cubs]. Originally from Detroit and despondent as a kid over his hometown Lions losing, he turned to the Seahawks early and they've been his favorite team since the 1980s. He now lives in Central CA, surrounded by Raiders and Niners fans. Pity him.)

This book, the GAME BUZZ TREASURY: 12 YEARS OF COMICS FOR 12s, collects the first dozen years of the strip from 2006 until the offseason of 2018 and features a commentary on nearly EVERY strip--behind-the-scenes thoughts, alternate punchlines, errors, and a lot of irreverent (and funny) musings and observations from its wacky creator. It's a honking and hilarious love-letter to the terrific team and its fantastic fans.

Two sample spreads (two strips per page), with commentaries.
Two sample spreads (two strips per page), with commentaries.
Every page is titled with the season and week for reference in case your memory is as bad as Mike's.
Every page is titled with the season and week for reference in case your memory is as bad as Mike's.

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"Combine Charles Schulz, Garry Trudeau and the Twelves. Boom! You have Game BUZZ."     

-- MARK TYE TURNER, Emmy Award-winning television writer-producer, author of NOTES FROM A 12 MAN and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS SUPER SEASON.


A FEW QUOTES FROM FANS:

"I just wanted you to know how much my family and I love the 'Game Buzz' strips.  We try to catch them as we can on Facebook. My son cracks up when I read them to him, he likes to have them printed out and put on his wall. We are huge Seahawks fans! So thank you, for in a time of iPads, video games, the internet, and impersonal activities, we can still get some old school family fun from reading and enjoying your work.  God Bless and Go Hawks!"

"THANK YOU - this is the 1st thing in my feed this morning...this made me LOL and helped my mood - keep up the great strips!"

"I enjoy your comics, so thanks for the giggles week after week."

"Lol, legit funny."

"I've lost all interest in the NFL...Still haven't watched a game for almost three years, but I still enjoy your strip."

"Thank you for continuing to put out a fun comic for us fans."

"Game BUZZ, I love reading an looking for your posts!! They are just too funny!!"

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Also included in the book:

"The Origin Of BUZZ" by Jason Davies (with photos of a "real" BUZZ); a foreword by Denis Knippenberg (aka The Reverend Moses of the St. Paul Allen Church Of Seahawk Positivity), host of the 12-Man Fan Jam podcast; "The Process," detailing how the strip is made; and every season includes a full-page chart showing the games played and final scores so you can better relate to and enjoy each strip.

There's a chart showing every season's games and final scores too!
There's a chart showing every season's games and final scores too!

The book will be over 260 pages (nearly 400 strips!) in full color, 10 x 8-inches (landscape format) with a softcover (paperback) binding. (NOTE: This may change due to printers and funding level. A hardcover is possible with your additional support!) Due to its size and weight, the majority of funds will be used for printing and offsetting shipping costs. The rough budget is as follows:

PRINTING & SHIPPING from PRINTER: $7,500

E-BOOK CONVERSION: $200

REWARDS (Stickers, magnets, bags and prints): $750

PACKING SUPPLIES: $300

EXTRA SHIPPING TO CUSTOMERS (Media Mail; rewards sent 1st Class): $1,350

TOTAL: $10,100 

plus approx. 10% KICKSTARTER/PAYMENT FEES: $1,010

GRAND TOTAL: $11,110

(Obviously, no labor is included. As you can see, even when the goal is reached, Mike will have to come up with over a grand out of his own pocket. But it will be worth it!)

COOL REWARDS:

There are lots of different items to choose from, at all different levels:

• Just $5 gets your name in the book! (And at ALL pledge levels, even if it's not listed!)

• Exclusive bumper sticker and magnet.

• New Art Print of BUZZ, suitable for framing--all are signed!

• Your favorite strip as a handsome, 8.5x11 digital print, signed!

• Tote Bag with full-color art on the front and black on the back (in case you need to hide it from hostile opponents).

• A b/w hand-drawn sketch of BUZZ inside the book

• A hand-drawn portrait in pencil of your favorite Seahawk player!

• A full-color sketch of BUZZ on bristol board.

• For the high-rolling fan, you can even get yourself (or a loved one) to appear in the strip!

(Sincerest apologies to all the incredible international fans--the shipping cost to other countries for the book, even just Canada, is $50-70, way more than the cost of the book itself. But you can still get the eBook and enjoy the strips!)

• Mike will even drive or fly to your store, school or charity event (continental US) and do a personal signing and/or chat!

Exclusive 8x10 signed art print of BUZZ!
Exclusive 8x10 signed art print of BUZZ!
What's your favorite BUZZ strip? Have it signed and printed!
What's your favorite BUZZ strip? Have it signed and printed!
How about a hand-drawn original pencil portrait of your favorite player?
How about a hand-drawn original pencil portrait of your favorite player?
The Ultimate--Be in the strip! Examples of one fan's son and another fan as a fellow Hawk!
The Ultimate--Be in the strip! Examples of one fan's son and another fan as a fellow Hawk!

There's lots of stuff for fans of all kinds, tastes and reward levels--THANKS FOR CHECKING IT OUT AND SUPPORTING BUZZ! #GOHAWKS!

Risks and challenges

FROM MIKE: This is my first Kickstarter so I'll be learning as I go; your patience is greatly appreciated!

The book is all laid out, but many strips still need commentary and the whole thing needs copy-editing. Printing can be delayed due to weather, shipping delays and so on. Due to the weight of the book (at least two pounds!), shipping will be by USPS Media Mail, which takes 7 to 10 days. (Rewards like the prints have to be sent separately but will arrive earlier.) That is in addition to the time of the books being printed (3-5 weeks) and shipped from the printer to me (up to 2 weeks) AND the additional time to sign and print the rewards!

I have no fulfillment house so it will be me and a friend or two putting packages together as time allows...it will be a full-time job!

Additionally, I'll still have my freelance work, which can be unexpected and/or have a rush deadline, plus there may be family matters and such that can delay things.

That said, I'm going to do my best and focus just on getting this out to you as soon as possible! Most physical rewards should be sent by October (though I will try for sooner of course)! THANK YOU and GO HAWKS!!

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    Every bit helps! To thank you for supporting Game BUZZ, your name will appear in the "Acknowledgements" page with all the kind Kickstater supporters. And you'll get a Thank You email from BUZZ and Mike!

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    You get a bright BUZZ bumper sticker for your BUZZmobile (or to sneak onto a rival fan's back) AND a business-card-sized magnet, perfect your fridge, file cabinet, or the back of a robot's head! In addition to your name in the "Acknowledgments" section!

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    The Book and Your Favorite Strip!

    For the person who knows their BUZZes! Printed and digital copy of the book (w/your name in the credits), PLUS your choice of any strip digitally printed on 8.5 x 11-inch coated cardstock, signed by Mike! (You can look thru the ones on the Facebook site in the "Photos" section, or wait till the book comes out and choose from there--just allow extra time for the latter option--see "Estimated Delivery below.") And some other goodies too!

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    The Book and a Bag!

    Bag this one quick! The printed book and the cool non-woven TOTE BAG with sublimated (edge-to-edge) full-color art on the front (with black on the sides and back)! At approx. 15 x 15 inches with an 8-inch gusset, you'll have plenty of room to carry the book to show your friends how cool you are. Better yet, use it to carry your gloves and hats to the tailgate party before the game. And of course, the other goodies as well!

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    Book and a B/W sketch inside!

    Printed book with an original black-and-white SKETCH of BUZZ, signed by Mike! Plus a bunch of other goodies, just because you're awesome. (Please allow extra time for his hand to heal up between signings!)

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    Bag The Print Package!

    The printed book signed, a signed ART PRINT of BUZZ, and the TOTE BAG! Plus more goodies...How cool are YOU?

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    Double The Fun! Two for you or a friend!

    Spread the BUZZ with a signed book for yourself and an unsigned one to give to a loved one, donate to a library/school, or use as a coaster at your next tailgate party! Plus TWO signed BUZZ prints, TWO stickers and magnets and more!

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    The ART Connoisseur! Book & Portrait

    You know your art! The signed printed book plus a sweet-sized 11 x 14-inch ORIGINAL DRAWING on bristol board of your favorite Seahawk player in pencil by Mike! (See examples.) And of course, the usual goodies. LIMITED QUANTITY! (Please allow some extra time for Mike's hand to heal...but definitely will arrive by Thanksgiving for gift-giving season!)

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    The Big BUZZ Art Package!

    The Big One! Printed book, signed print of Your Favorite Strip AND a cool COLOR sketch of BUZZ on bristol board personalized to you (or a loved one)! Please allow some extra time for all that signing so Mike can get some bionic help. Plus other goodies!

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    Mike Comes To YOU!

    Have a store or event that could use some BUZZ? Mike will drive or fly out to you anywhere in the Continental USA, on his dime, for a 4-hour signing at your school, business or event! All you have to provide is some water and snacks (and a bathroom) for the guy while he's there. Blackout dates apply (like Thanksgiving & Christmas week--check first). EXPIRES JAN. 31, 2020 so use it or lose it. Mike will bring along some books to sell, some art & goodies and, if you like, give a brief talk on the strip or other related topic. Thanks for spreading the BUZZ!!

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    YOU are in the comic!

    Doesn't get any better for a 12! You (or someone you choose, with their permission) get to guest star in a future strip! You can appear as a cartoon version of yourself OR as another type of Hawk in a hoodie! YOU choose the game of the 2019 REGULAR season (or Bye Week) where you want to appear and Mike will handle the writing and art. Just allow EXTRA time depending on which game, okay? The strip will be posted to Facebook and Twitter during the week of the game--you'll be immortal! ALSO INCLUDED: an 8.5x11-inch signed, one-of-a-kind digital print of the strip mailed the week after the game. Plus other goodies--and your name at the TOP of the Thank You page (in alphabetical order)! VERY LIMITED.

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