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About

Howdy, I'm Ken Eppstein, Publisher of Nix Comics. Nix Comics is a publisher in Columbus, Ohio that specializes in comic books that can sell as well in a record shop or hip gift boutique as in a comic shop. I am trying to raise the fund necessary to produce two new projects that will be released on national record store day next year.

by Darren Merinuk
by Darren Merinuk

The first book being funded is a collected edition of Darren Merinuk's Rockin' Bones comics in Nix's signature pocket TPB size.   Darren is one of the premier punk, garage and surf artists in the world, who has done 100s of picture sleeves, album jackets and gig posters for bands all over the world.  His Rockin' Bones comics, rife with pin-up girls, monsters and greasy rock idols are inspired by inspired by Cramps records, b-movies and teenage humor mags, are a lost gem of the 90s B&W comic explosion.  This collected edition in the Nix Comics 5"x7.5" Pocket sized format  will be 120 Pages long including original the original Rockin' Bones material, some new material, Darren's memories about getting started in comics and an intro by Roctober Magazine's Jake Austen.

Cover to Rockin' Bones TPB by Darren Merinuk
Cover to Rockin' Bones TPB by Darren Merinuk

The second project is the Pander Bear: I Want You To Want Nix Comic and Record Set.  Pander Bear is the fictional Nix Comics mascot and pitch man, who I co-created with Bob Ray Starker.  Basically, the character was created to provide a voice for all of the negative, nasty, crass and generally non-viable feelings I have towards doing self promotion and branding. He was a real fan favorite,but Bob and I had to put the strip on hiatus when we both ran short on money and time.  

The book will print relettered, cleaned up and annotated versions of the original webcomic run, reprint his wholesale catalog appearance only see previously by retailers and include a 7" record by cartoonist Matt Wyatt's new band... dubbed the Unbearables. (Produced by Nick Schuld.)

Picture Sleeve by Bob Ray Starker
Picture Sleeve by Bob Ray Starker

Side One ("I Want You To want Nix") with the original Pander Bear webcomic strips:

Rewards:

Pay What You Want Digital: PDFs of both finished books can be yours for whatever you think the experience will be worth to you.  (Well, it has to be worth at least a buck.  I would suggest $10 or more, because you're so swell.)

BOOKS:  Hard copies of Rockin' Bones and I Want You To Want Nix are available for home delivery for $18 and $15 respectively.  Smart kids will get both books together for super cheap:  $20 if you are one of the first 20 pledges, or $25 if you're slow on the draw.  (Either way a great deal!)

RECORD AND COMIC DEAL: THE MANTS DESTROYED BY FUZZ EP
Dig the music in the Kickstarter video?  It's by The Mants... The only band that is Half Man, Half Ant, ALL ACTION.  Backers who pledge $25 may receive a copy of Rockin' Bones plus a copy of the Mants latest release "Destroyed by Fuzz."  Limit 10 total, so jump up!

PRINTS:  We are offering three limited run signed posters to spice up your walls or office cube.  Your choices include the the Rockin' Bones TPB cover by Darren Merinuk, Martian Romance  also by Darren and Pander Bear's Pitch by Matt Wyatt.  Each print is 11x17, will be signed and numbered by the artist and can be yours for only an $18 pledge!  Can't choose?  Get all three for only $45.

Prints by Darren Merinuk and Matt Wyatt
Prints by Darren Merinuk and Matt Wyatt

REKKIDS & COMIX:

For $50, backers may choose from one of six records with Merinuk jacket art, signed by Merinuk and copies of each book!  Here are your choices, only one of each!

SURF CREATURE VOLUME 3 LP: Donated to the cause by long time Merinuk and Nix Comics fan, Hip Nick Creature.
Track Listing: 
http://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Surf-Creature-Volume-3/release/2034311

COUNTDOWN ON CHRISTMAS:
Track Listing:
http://www.discogs.com/Various-Countdown-on-Christmas/release/2122847

Barbara Manning And The Go-Luckys: One Starry Night At The Shop (Picture Disc)Track Listing:http://www.discogs.com/Barbara-Manning-The-Go-Luckys-One-Starry-Night-At-The-Shop/release/2487999


Transworld Garage Scene Vol. 2: USA Versus Europe!Track Listing:
http://www.discogs.com/Various-Transworld-Garage-Scene-Vol-2-Usa-Vs-Europe/release/2181093

The Baroque Sounds of Thee Marshmallow Overcoat:
Track Listing:
http://www.discogs.com/Thee-Marshmallow-Overcoat-The-Baroque-Sound-Of-Thee-Marshmallow-Overcoat/release/2163044

Hot Rods To Hell Vol. 2:
Track Listing:
http://www.discogs.com/Various-Hot-Rods-To-Hell-Volume-2/release/2155888

OLD... ER,.. THAT IS COLLECTIBLE BOOKS:  Not satisfied with just the newest stuff?  Can I interest you in a deal for both new Nix Projects and copies of all four original issues of Rockin' Bones signed by Merinuk for only $50?

Original Rockin' Bones Issues
Original Rockin' Bones Issues

Also available, if you need the maximum amount of Merinuk, Starker, Wyatt and Eppstein, I am offering both books plus the entire available Nix Comics back catalog for only $100.  That's Nix Comics Quarterly #1-7, Nix Western Comics 1-2, Nix Comics for Kids 1-3, Closing Doors by Mark Rudolph, Pure Entertainment, Rockin' Bones and I Want you To Want Nix.  16 comics and 2 records total if you're counting!

ORIGINAL ART:

TEST PRESSING SKETCHES:  For $75 you can receive Both books plus a Test Pressing of the "I Want You To Want Nix b/w Evil Bear" record with an original Pander Bear Sketch on the label!

PANDER BEAR: Diggin' the picture sleeve/comic cover for the Pander Bear part of this project? One of the four original Pander Bear Drawings by Bob Ray Starker can be yours for only $75 Each

Cheap Bears by Bob Ray Starker
Cheap Bears by Bob Ray Starker

ROCKIN' BONES:  I know a lot of my buddies are collectors of both comic art and punk rock memorabilia.  Well... Merinuk is offering up three original Art Pages from Rockin' Bones for only $200 each.  Slap one up on your wall and wow both your comic nerd AND record nerd friends! 

Blind Date
Blind Date
Rockin' Bones Christmas Cover
Rockin' Bones Christmas Cover
The Hip Teen
The Hip Teen

STICKERS! Looking for a way to support, but the educational system has failed you, leaving you an illiterate delinquent?  For $5 you can receive a set of Nix Comics 2" diameter full color vinyl stickers...  Great for the bathroom stall at night school!

PANDER BEAR PLUSH TOY!  Want to burn Pander Bear in effigy?  Well do it in style with one of these hand made softies by Columbus indie comics crafteur supreme Evette Makes Things.  8" tall, posable and yours for only $55. 

Created by Evette Makes Things!
Created by Evette Makes Things!

 WHERE DOES THE $11,000 GO?:

Some people have asked why I chose such an ambitious Kickstarter campaign goal. I think that’s a fair question and one that I am willing to address. Here’s how things break down Budget wise:

Printing and Record Pressing $3,760
Artist & Contributor Pay $3,500
Shipping $1,900
Swag Budget $740
Amazon and Kickstarter Fees $1,100
Total $11,000

 Printing and Record Pressing: This number is for printing costs of both books and pressing the record. It also includes ancillary production costs like the plastic sleeves that comic and record set will have to be packaged in and paying for licensing rights for the cover songs.

Artist & Contributor Pay: One of the most basic tenets I try to stick to when putting a Nix Comics project is “Everybody gets paid.” Darren Merinuk will be paid for the use of his creator owned Rockin’ Bones material. Bob Ray Starker will be paid for use material he created a while back for me at no charge and for co-creating Pander Bear. Matt Wyatt’s band, the Unbearables, will get paid for their songs on the record. My social media coordinator Reed Moore Goodcomics (his real name as far as I know) will get paid for busting his ass. The social media team he has assembled will get Nix Comics merch in trade for their help. And yes, I have budgeted a slice for myself. You get great comics and everybody involved in getting them to you gets paid. That’s fair, right?

Shipping: The cost of postage and shipping materials like mailers and tape. This was the hardest budget item to estimate. Darren has a lot of Canadian and European fans and international shipping has gotten really expensive. Budgeting improperly could really put me on the spot. $1900 should be about right, but if it’s low, I should be able to make up the difference out of my own pocket. If I’ve estimated high, the contributors and I will take a look at the left over and decide the best way to divvy things up.

Swag Budget: The costs of making stickers and prints, as well as the cost of shipping items that require Darren’s signature back and forth between Columbus and Winnipeg.

Amazon and Kickstarter Fees: I suppose in my “everybody gets paid” philosophy, I ought to leave room for the people who make the platform work, huh?

Risks and challenges

The risks are fairly minimal with this project. Assuming it funds, this will be my 6th successful kickstarter and I have fulfilled all promises to date. The art is already complete with exception of some pages that need to be relettered and the songs for comic and record set are ready to go to press.

Only the unforeseeable can cause bumps, but rest assured that I appreciate you sending Nix your hard earned dough and will fulfill my commitments no matter what.

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