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"Mission: Comics and Art" needs a sign, so that people can find it. Make it stand out on the street!
169 backers pledged $8,691 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE - STRETCH GOALS!

We've got two weeks left in the campaign, so let's see if we can add a few more nice extras to the project and do even more to help improve the space's visibility and prominence!

$6,000 - Sandwich boards: Two sandwich board signs for the Valencia and Mission corners. Valencia and Mission streets get the majority of foot traffic in the neighborhood, and having sandwich board on those corners would help raise the visibility of the space even more. If we can raise $6000, we’ll hire a local artist to design and paint two signs, (not foretelling the end of the world!).  

$6,500 - Vending Machine for Toys: Having a vending machine stocked with small $1 toys and that could put out on the sidewalk would really increase the space’s “stop-and-look” factor”. Raising $6,500 would allow us to purchase a machine and stock it up with fun comic book related goodies

The Project: Just as Superman has his "S", "Mission: Comics & Art" needs an emblem of it's own. This project is to create a new iconic insignia that will be like the Bat-Symbol, alert people find our art and community events, and add a distinctive new landmark to the neighborhood. Local artist Martin Magee who designed the store's original logo on a short deadline, now has an opportunity to dedicate more time to creating a brand new logo design especially for this sign. The plan is to have all our kickstarter backers have to an opportunity to vote for the final logo design for the sign. Our plan is to create a sign that matches the warm, inviting and welcoming space inside.

The sign itself will be the kind of light-box sign that is typical in the Mission District, that would be eye-catching, inviting and easy to see both during the day and evening. The frame would be built to withstand the elements and have a replaceable plastic face on each side. I've already got a very experienced artisan, Ilo Kratins, ready to build the framing box. It's just a matter of pulling it all together.

24 Hour Comics Day 2012
24 Hour Comics Day 2012

What is "Mission: Comics & Art"? "Mission: Comics & Art" is a San Francisco comic book store and art gallery that was established in 2009. Every month we put on comic book themed art shows or shows with artists inspired by comic books. We also host a monthly comic book creators meet-up and strive to be a community focal point with an open lounge area and plenty of fun, free events happening all the time!

While everyone that visits loves the space, the book selection and the art gallery, the space's kryptonite has definitely been being visible from the street. Unless you're Sue Storm, being invisible is not not a great superpower to have!

"Mission: Comics" bookmark designed by Steven Weinberg
"Mission: Comics" bookmark designed by Steven Weinberg

Like many small business-people, I started off under-capitalized and had to use my MacGuyver skills to just open the store. Now in my fourth year of business, and with sales that continue to climb, it's still been difficult to find the cash reserves to invest in a more eye-catching and visible sign. That's where kickstarter and this rallying call comes in.

"Hawkguy" at Free Comic Book Book Day 2013
"Hawkguy" at Free Comic Book Book Day 2013
Video by Passing Lane Films
Video by Passing Lane Films
Video music sampled from Beeps And Smudges by Doc Pop
Video music sampled from Beeps And Smudges by Doc Pop

Rewards

We've got a number of great rewards produced by friends of the shop!

"Comic Book Survival Kit"

"Comic Book Survival Kit"
"Comic Book Survival Kit"

Includes a supporter button, a new store sticker, a LED mini-flashlight and "grab bag" of 5 comics!

Limited Edition T-shirt

Shitty Kitty t-shirt design
Shitty Kitty t-shirt design

Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter t-shirt designed by artist Steven Weinberg who did all the "Shitty Kitty" artwork in the store. Printed by local printer Pelican Print Shop.

Limited Edition Tote Bag

Puddin' Don't tote bag design by Jake Barlow
Puddin' Don't tote bag design by Jake Barlow

Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter cloth Puddin' Don't tote bag designed by local artist Jake Barlow and printed by local printer Pelican Print Shop.

Limited Edition Screen Print

"Dead Meat" print by Josh Ellingson
"Dead Meat" print by Josh Ellingson

"DEAD MEAT" limited edition screen print by local artist Josh Ellingson. A four-color screen print with a nice metallic gold ink for the shorts and glove details. The prints are 18x24” on thick Cougar White paper.

Risks and challenges

Everything takes time. Printing could be delayed. "Survival Kits" could take longer to assemble.

But I've got a great community of local supporters that would love to help out when it comes to getting people their rewards in a timely fashion.

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    Thanks so much. Glad to have you on the Mission: Comics team!

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    Thank you! - A big thank you on the "Mission: Comics & Art" facebook/twitter stream. Plus a limited edition supporter button - in store pickup only.

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    "Comic Book Survival Kit" - Includes a supporter button, a new store sticker, a LED mini-flashlight and "grab bag" of 5 comics!

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    Support local comics pack! A Selection of 4 independent comic books by San Francisco creators, including local favorite Just Another Sheep and others.

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    T-Shirt - SUPER Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter variant Shitty Kitty t-shirt print with a unique color design.

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    T-Shirt - Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter Shitty Kitty t-shirt.

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    "DEAD MEAT" limited edition screen print by local artist Josh Ellingson.
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    T-Shirt Plus - Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art " supporter Shitty Kitty t-shirt. Plus "grab bag" of comics

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    Tote Bag - Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter cloth Puddin' tote bag.

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    Tote Bag Plus - Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter cloth Puddin' tote bag. Plus "grab bag" of comics

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    T-Shirt/Tote Bag Combo - Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter Shitty Kitty t-shirt and cloth Puddin' tote bag.

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    T-Shirt/Tote Bag Combo Plus - Limited edition "Mission: Comics & Art" supporter Shitty Kitty t-shirt and cloth Puddin' tote bag. Plus "grab bag" of comics

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    Comic Book Brunch - Have brunch with Mission: Comics owner Leef with the promises of lots of comic book talk, new comics, old comics favorite graphic novels, etc. San Francisco Bay Area residents only.

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    VIP Event at the Store! - Host a private event at Mission: Comics & Art. The store and gallery are yours for the evening for a private event with you and 50ish friends.

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    Be a part of the sign! Have a caricature of your face, or the face of a loved one, incorporated in to the sign artwork for all too see. You're also a Special Guest at the official sign unveiling part!

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