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 a comic shop. This year Nix has budgeted funds to publish two issues of its Rock n Roll Horror Anthology, Nix Comics Quarterly and single issues of Nix Western Comics and Nix Comics for Kids.
One of the best things about being a publisher is a chance to look at all of the wonderful project pitches that come my way. For the most part these projects are outside the realm of what I would publish as a Nix Title or "not quite ready for prime time" despite the talent and energy of the creators. But every once in a while, projects fall into my lap that so compelling that I just HAVE to find a way to bring 'em to print.
If you like indie comix, seedy bars, old record stores and bands like the Ramones, I think you'll agree that these two comics just gotta see the light of day!
Do You remember Rock n Roll Record Stores?
Adapted from a true to life story about meeting The Ramones by Bela Koe-Krompecher from his popular blog about the Columbus punk and indie rock scene of the 90s. Do You Remember Rock N Roll Record Stores is a story about the punk and indie rock scene of the 90s, from the record stores to the seedy bars. It harkens back to a day before celebrity culture made our idols unapproachable caricatures. On the edges, this comic is about a couple of goofy record store kids meeting the Ramones, at its core this comic is about a part of our past culture that is sorely missed.
Do You Remember Rock N Roll Record Stores will be a 24 page, B&W comic written by Bela Koe Krompecher, adapted by Ken Eppstein and illustrated by Andy Bennett.
This comic will ship in April.
Pure Entertainment Pocket Book
Originally published in the 80s by Look Mom, Comics!, Pure Entertainment #4/5 brought together some of the best cartooning talent in alternative comics from the New York area (and beyond!) to celebrate, denigrate and generally disseminate Rock Music. Many of the artists in Pure Entertainmnet went on to bigger and better things and this reprint will provide a great "Then and now" perspective on these great cartoonists.
Pure Entertainment will be a 72 page, B&W 5" x 7.5" pocket book edited by Pete Friedrich and featuring pieces by Bob Camp, Peter Kuper, Mort Todd, J.B. Bonivert, Dave Simons, Gary Hallgren, Gene Fama, Michael Fontanelli, Eric Cartier, Voss, Liberatore, and much more! The book includes a huge range illustrated of bands and songs – from early Roxy Music to New York Dolls to Devo to Geza X and everything inbetween, plus lots of original storylines! Many of the artists in Pure Entertainment went on to bigger and better things and this reprint will show their amazing original stories and also provide a great "Then and now" perspective on these great cartoonists.
This comic will ship in April.
The complete list of artists and stories is as follows:
Pat Redding / Stranded in the Jungle
Dave Simons / Race with the Devil
Al Voss / Return of the DJ
Michael Fontanelli / Classical Man
Erik Cartier / Six Pack Blues
Mort Todd / The Divisible Man
Bob Camp / Rock 'n Roll Hell
Erik Cartier / Fashion Survival Kit
Peter Cooper / Seen Not Seen
Gary Hallgren / Studebaker
Pete Friedrich / Police Car
Jeff Bonivert / In Every Dream Home a Heartache
Liberatore / The Toaster guitarist
Erik Cartier / Werewolves of London
Tom Molenelli / Mean Mr. Mommy Man
Gene Fama / Psychokiller
Pete Friedrich / It's a Beautiful World
Gary Hallgren / Battle of the Bands
Gene Fama and Dennis Eichorn / Ramone's Story
Joost Swaart / Music Festival Poster
Making These Projects Happen: I have two "If I win the lottery" dreams. The first is to be able to buy whatever fancy kind of cheese I want without worrying about the price. The second is to be able to finance cool comic books at the drop of a hat. Until I hit my numbers, I'm stuck with the cheese and comics I can afford. I have already meticulously budgeted out the core Nix Comics titles for 2014, and to add any title at this point requires the help of kind folks like you that share my desire to see more Rock N Roll comics on their coffee tables, toilet lids and zine racks at your local record shop!
About the Reward Levels:
The first three pledge levels are pretty self explanatory: Copies of the new comics described above delivered to your home or office. For $8 a backer will receive a copy of Do You Remember Rock N Roll Record Stores?, For $13 a backer will receive the Pure Entertainment Pocket Book, and for $18 backers will receive both!
Currently Nix Comics has six total titles planned for 2014 (Including the two being kickstarted here). For $45 a backer will receive all of them! What's more, if I add any titles to the 2014 slate, subscribers will get those automatically at no charge! (In 2013 Nix Slated 4 conventional comics but subscribers also got 2 minis and Mark Rudolph's Closing Doors, for instance. 7 books total.)
For the completist, backers who pledge $100 for "The Big Nix" package will receive a 2014 subscription plus one of each and every back issue (19 comics total.)
Subscriptions will begin shipping in April with deliveries continuing through December 2014.
You've probably noticed that there are no pledge levels that offer postcards or stickers or keychains. Call me stodgy, but I think a kickstarter should be about the comics and not POD gimcracks. I don't mind, however, goodies that share the Nix Comics brand of DIY aesthetic or that are directly related to the comics being created. (Besides, I do need some stuff to tempt folks who have already subscribed to Nix comics for 2014!)
Bob Camp "ROCK N ROLL HELL" Posters: Here's a nugget of info for ya: The centerfold of Pure Entertainment #4/5 is a poster by the great Bob Camp! Bob has agreed to sign and number a limited number of 11x17 prints of this poster for this Kickstarter. For $25 a backer will receive a signed and numbered poster. For $40 a backer will receive a poster as above plus a copy of both comics being kickstarted. Due to the time involved in shipping posters back and forth for signing, poster rewards will ship in May 2014 instead of April. (Worth the wait!)
Bus Stop Ned Softies:
The most popular feature in Nix Comics Quarterly is Bus Stop Ned, a character whose dialog is all taken directly from conversations overheard on public transit. Crafty creator extraordinaire Evette Makes Things has created a set of fully posable Bus Stop Ned softies for backers who pledge $40 or more.
Original Cover Art:
One backer who contributes $500 will receive a 2014 Nix Comics Subscription, plus Andy Bennett's original cover for Do You Remember Rock N Roll Record Stores?
Autographed Ramones LP Record: One backer who contributes $1000 will receive a 2014 Nix Comics Subscription, PLUS Bela's personal copy of the Ramones "End of the Century" LP signed by all of the band members at the time of the "Do You Remember Rock N Roll Record stores?" (That'd be Johnny, Joey, Marky and CJ)
Hey Kid: I'll Make Ya Famous:
Want to contribute, but not into swag? Well there are some options for that too!
In with the Out Crowd:
While the themes in Do You Remember Rock N Roll Record Stores? will strike a true tone to anyone with a love for the punk rock shenanigans of lost days, the experience will be particularly poignant for those of us in Columbus who remember places like Larry's Bar, Staches, Crazy Mamas and the original Used Kids shop before the fire. Wretched dives that we all wish we could step foot in at least one last time. Well here's your chance! For $150 two backers will be drawn into a crowd scene at Crazy Mama's. (If Larry's was more your speed, well, there's a reward level for that too!)
Back Cover Ads:
Got a business that could use some eyeballs from a crowd of customers burdened by sentimentality for good old fashioned Records and Comic Books? One backer for each book who pays $300 will receive the entire back cover of Do You Remember Rock N Roll Record Stores or Pure Entertainment for the advertising use.
Risks and challenges
Nix Comics has been publishing comic books since 2011 and is very familiar with the ups and downs of bringing a book to print. Literally the only barrier to bringing "Do You Remember Rock n Roll Record Stores?" and "Pure Entertainment" to print are financial limitations. The regular slate of Nix Comics books have been budgeted and there is no room for fantastic new titles like these without the support of crowd funding.
Simply put, If the Kickstarter reaches goal, the books will be made. If not, they wait.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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