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.
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!
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.
We've got a number of great rewards produced by friends of the shop!
"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
Limited Edition Tote Bag
Limited Edition Screen Print
"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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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