About this project
The drive is nearly over. It would just take a bid or two on Dream Life art to reach the stretch goal, but even if we fall short this has been amazing and I wanted to leave a note here on the top thanking you all! :)
Any of the art that does not go, will be available for sale from my site. And the book as well after May! You'll find my site store here.
Thank you all!
Max - aka Salgood Sam
Next stretch goal - $8000!
A Wild Thing 8"x10" print for all if we hit $8000! And another Dream sketch!
I held a completely unscientific and probably mildly biased vote on facebook [I didn't do it intentionally but this print had the most tags too so may have been the frist a lot of people saw] The outcome was in 24hrs, it looks like Wild Thing over Montreal wins and will be the next 8k stretch goal reward!
This is along with the standing offer for a Dream Sketch for whoever's pledge puts us over 8k, or 10k for that matter.
Sound cool? Help make it happen by pledging, and passing on the news of the Kickstarter!
“Dream Life is one of those weird comics … It’s more like an orchestral piece, only you allow the artwork, rather than the music, to buffet you through the emotional highs and lows of each movement.” - Larry Cruz - One Punch Reviews
“Salgood Sam is a gifted draftsman. In Dream Life you can see he's enjoying himself immensely drawing every page of this sprawling story. Beautiful stuff.” - Joe Ollmann
“Those of us who love and cherish our involuntary interior rambles can enjoy more of a good thing, by diving into Salgood's universal trance adapter. Those who like to stretch out on the couch and become immersed in a compelling story terrifically told and beautifully drawn can scratch that particular itch as well, via Salgood Sam's powerful virtuosic graphic novel Dream Life.” - Jim Woodring
“I recently read Salgood Sam's new graphic novel, Dream Life, and it is sensational. The story is thrilling, heartfelt and heartbreaking. And the way Sam presents his narrative, weaving events, past and present with a large cast of characters is evocative of a dream and a tour de force of comics storytelling.”- Batton Lash
"I couldn't put this down. Seriously. It's a keeper. Salgood Sam has one of the most interesting, unique voices in comics today." - Mark Waid
Dream Life | a late coming of age.
Charlie’s childhood friend is about to die.
Hitchhiking in BC PJ’s luck runs out.
Lionel is in crisis, time for love?
Leslie is a therapist and part time drug dealer.
It’s just occurring to her she hates her job.
Dan’s 6 year old daughter thinks he needs to grow up.
She may have a point.
Hi, i'm Salgood Sam. A rather long time ago i started working on Dream Life | a late coming of age.
Often delayed by real life, my goal was to craft an intimate and rich work of comics fiction. When published it will be my longest work to date, both in page count and years put in. And my first solo Graphic Novel.
I first began developing it back in the early '90s as a satire called NUTS, with my good friend and then roommate Jonathan Sugerman. It evolved a lot over time as did I as a creator. It was shelved, revamped, reborn, more than once. I finally started drawing the final incarnation after I completed work on my critically acclaimed 2007 graphic novel Therefore, Repent! [IDW/NMK] with Jim Munroe. I was fortunate to receive recognition and grant support at that time from The Canada Council for the Arts. Invaluable in completing most of the work.
I'm really excited to get this book out to people, I've put my all into Dream Life. I'm hoping you'll enjoy it. Here's a look at some of the art set to the theme song of the book by SadOceanSpaceBear. [ Possibly NSFW, some mild nudity in the art.]
In 2012, I had a successful small indiegogo drive to raise funds to complete the final portion of book one. My first foray into crowd-funding it went well I think and most of the work was done. But I had to delay it one last time in the spring of 2013, postponing my plans to launch it last year and putting things on hold due to health issues. Once I had a handle on those, I worked for several months catching up on other pre-existing obligations, before I could finally go back and put the final touches on Dream Life! Whew! it's all been rather dramatic. But the first book is done! Here's a downloadable PDF of the first 61 pages of the story on dropbox, and you can check it out here on ISSUU.
And there’s still some hurdles left to go for book one. Namely printing! And publishing, promoting, etc! Oh boy!
The plan is to launch it at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this May. And then ideally take it on a tour of Canadian cities over the summer!
I've never toured before. Shows and appearances here and there but never a proper full tour for a new work. I think I need to if my latest is going to make a dent.
Along with TCAF itself mid May, I'm planning to do a circuit of cities around the great lakes with appearances in Kingston, Guelph, probably Hamilton and Windsor. Possibly Picton as well. Also of course something in Montreal where i reside, and i'd like to go east to Quebec city and make one or more stops on the east coast.
It'll cost a bit more but ideally i'd take a pause at home, and then go west, stopping in the midwest a couple times, and either end that leg in BC or pie in the sky, Seattle is just a ferry ride away from there if more becomes possible. I've also requested a table in artist ally for the NYCC Special Edition in mid June!
To supply the books and support any or all of that--or more--is where you and kickstarter come in!
My basic bare bones proposal is to generate 100+ books for the launch at TCAF and a few local store signings in Southern Ontario and Montreal.
This is my minimum goal for this drive. I should pre-sell an additional 100 copies via the drive to do it. Giving me a base minimum first print run of about 200 copies. Small, more will be great, but that’s as a workable starting point. Factoring for fees, some padding for the unexpected and a few extra copies for loss and reviews, and the first goal level for the drive is a modest $3000! Not to bad eh? Down right doable I think.
But i don't want to just stop there! A proper tour will take more books for sure, and incur greater travel costs. I'm going to say 500 copies at least? And ultimately if we can, I’d like to do a full size print run of 1000 or more! The books get cheaper for one thing the more of them I can order, and with a larger run I can consider wider formal distribution too!
So 500 books and the first leg of the tour at the first stretch goal, at $5000.
And 1000 copies and the west coast will be possible if we reach $10000!
At 500 books, I'll announce appearances outside of TCAF and southern Ont, I'm working on booking mostly store signings, and some key events.
FYI If you're a retailer or fan or event organizer and would like to make a suggestion for a stop on this tour, please do! The main window of time I'm looking at is late May and most of June. If you can help generate interest in your area that would be a great way to encourage a local appearance! I'll have a printable poster for the kickstarter for local retailers or fans to print out and put up where they might find new eyes and interest. I like the idea of growing my readership via things like Kickstarter as well as getting things done, and then going where the books go to meet you all!
I love cheaper digital options myself, I often go for them as I don't really have a lot of room in my apt and purge often. As rewards they are great for what I'm doing given the bulk of the funds goes directly to printing the books this drive is for. So i've set up I hope a very tempting sweet of affordable digital options, and a equally attractive set of physical rewards, including the book!
First off of course, Dream Life | a late coming of age as a HD download.
Bundled only here on Kickstarter with an unreleased album of amazing music by SadOceanSpaceBear. Singer and songwriter Michelle Breslin is an old friend of mine, I got a demo copy of their last 'lost' album Dream the Dark Dream just before the band split up. She's still making music but I have a love for beautiful lost things and places, and this album has become the source of many songs I've used for a soundtracks for my book trailers. "Dogs" was matched with Therefore Repent!, and I used "Bones" for Dracula Son of the Dragon. Previously unavailable anywhere you'll get a special mp3 edition of the album with digital copies of Dream Life. By the by the song I used for Dream Life is called "Country Road Late at Night". I encourage you to play it all while reading the book! Here's a sample mixer of the whole album.
There's also a Digital Subscription to Revolver Quarterly reward, and a bundle option for both.
You'll be able to get print editions of Revolver Quarterly, my personal anthology series, Vol 1 to 3 as a set alone, or bundled with a physical copy of Dream Life | a late coming of age.
And the core of the drive is as it should be, Dream Life itself!
By pre ordering yourself a copy of Dream Life | a late coming of age through kickstarter you're paying for at least two to be made, yours and one other i'll be able to take to TCAF or elsewhere. If we get the print run up to 1000 copies or more, it will be paying for almost three copies to be made!
I found a excellent local printer just a 30 min walk from my home in Montreal, who specializes in things like graphic novels. A magician of the pulp, a lot of the books you see at Expozine and other local small press shows come from Le Caïus du Livre. The paper I've chosen for the Launch edition is slick. Thick and smooth Mohawk 140M [28lbs]. The bound paperback will be 8" x 10" x 0.353". And I've been playing with some upgrade ideas I'd love to try if we have the option.
Along with my books I'm also going to offer several pages of original art from Dream Life and other past projects, and a selection of postcard prints for you to get in return for your generous support, so you can have not just a copy of the book but something nice for your wall as well. A gallery of the curated selection is posted below.
Check out the sidebar on the right for all the packages, and feel free to ask about custom bundles!
This is a done deal.
I've often heard people say they prefer comic kickstarter drives where the work is done, and everything is guaranteed. I get that. As much as is possible that's exactly what i've sought to present here. All save for the fat lady, getting this first run out the door and into the hands of as many readers as i can.
All the comics work is completed. As this kickstarter unfolds, I'll be doing final inspections and preparations for the Launch Edition of the book. It's been a long journey trying to bring this story to print.
The final steps are up to you. Thanks for your support and enthusiasm!
The Art!: Gallery for Pledges of $130 or more - marvel and other WFH jobs
The Art!: Additional Gallery for Pledges of $130 or more - 12 Saint Sinner pages and covers
The ART! Gallery for Pledges of $130 or more - the Mr Comics POTA pages.
The Art!: Gallery for Pledges of $150 or more for art from my 2007 graphic novel, Therefore, Repent! with Jim Munroe. Warning, some mild nudity.
The Art!: Gallery for Pledges of $175 or more for art from Dracula Son of the Dragon.
The ART! Gallery for Pledges of $250 or more - Dream Life pages!
A one week in update clip : progress plans, cats, and a bit about story...
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to me? That no one likes the book. Always a fear but hopefully i've covered my bases with the 8+ years work that's gone into it. I feel confident about that, as much as I think I can be. Hard to say with things you're so close to. But everything I know has gone into this story.
I've done many appearances and signings but booking a full tour will be novel. I've self published books and brought them to festivals before, TCAF specifically, several times. I've handled shipping out smaller batches of books as well. If this goes well it will end up being the biggest endeavor of it's kind i've ever attempted. So that's a concern, but I think I can handle it.
I've been planning for crowd funding projects for a few years to prepare for this, this will be my third now, my second on Kickstarter and represent the successful completion of the first as well. Part of a business plan I set in motion over two years ago to self publish my own work.
I don't mind telling you funding and producing crowdfunded projects is a lot of work, both during and after even more so in some ways. I expect to be inviting some friends over to help now and then with this one! Thankfully i have the full time moral support and pt aid of my partner Angela Murphy, amongst other things an experienced administrator stage manager and currently the box office and marketing manager for a burlesque club. Between the two of us and our three cats there's probably few things we could not get done.
I expect challenges, count on them. 20 years as a full time freelancer has made me a problem solver. Outside of the class I teach once a week all my free time for the month of the Kickstarter will be put towards making sure everything is ready to roll as soon as the drive ends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
In the US, it's shipping with tracking and some coverage. For most places, using Tracked PacketTM.
For overseas it will vary, but for the books the extra $10 is just enough for basic postage. Tracking numbers or coverage would be extra in most cases. I don't have to charge you a cent more, unless you want those.
I'll pack the books well for the trip, but If you really want it I can arrange for upgraded postage. For the UK for example Tracked Packet is $58. I can reliably absorb about $20 of that but you'd have to be able to cover the additional difference?
we'll let you know if your package has tracking already or not and give you a chance to let me know before sending books if you want to upgrade it at all.
If you would like to work out what the upgrade options look like, you can use this page on the canada post site, my postal code is h2k4b2. And I can pay up to $20 postage for international orders [that's out of the $38 for a book].
This one came from Reddit, Good question to think about with crowdfunding.
Well if i only get 3k, the make it or break it number for this campaign, it's a very modest run of books [200+] that will cost $1314 to run at the min of 200 units. And the tour would be very local, just the Montreal-windsor transit corridor and something in Montreal where I live. Like 5 or 6 stops. I'll probably try to get out to Strange Adventures too on the east coast but may have to cover that myself. They preordered the book a while back though so really should, and i've never been so one way or another.
if we do better, then it gets to expand and a lot easier to manage. I've tried to be pretty careful, built in a possible 'profit' margin of about 1/3rd to cover unexpected stuff one should expect to come up. Plan to NOT upgrade things like crazy or bloat the campaign. And stick to basic bare bones shipping, no next day rush deliveries or anything as you'll note in the first FAQ post.
Been making comics and zines and self publishing for a long time, and this is my third crowdfunder. In my experience something unexpected always does come up.
The low make it or break it goal was calculated to as much as you can with these things, guarantee at least a modest success going by what i think my audience base looks like. I'll be very happy if we can do more but my expectations are flexible and would call even the 3k goal and the modest launch it could support a win.
I expect for the tour to be traveling SUPER cheap, megabus and ride shares, more or less the way i normally get around as a non driving cyclist. And I have places to crash free or cheap at most of the likely stops. There's eating to worry about, but selling books along the way will help with that and i'm a leanish guy on a diabetic diet so not to expensive to feed.
I always worry about what I might have forgotten to plan for, but I think this should work ok. Far easier than my other crowdfunders as the work is done, i just have to print the things and get them out there.
For Dream Life I found a excellent local printer just a 30 min walk from my home in Montreal, who specializes in things like graphic novels. Le Caïus du Livre.
The paper I've chosen for the Launch edition is slick. Thick and smooth Mohawk 140M [28lbs].
The bound paperback will be 8" x 10" x 0.353". I'm favoring the look of an undercoated cover.
And I've been playing with some simple upgrade ideas I'd love to try if we have the option. But the idea is to make a very nice, but simple and cleanly designed book.
For the Revolvers, I use CreateSpace, the books are trade paperbacks, perfect bound, and shipped to you directly from their factories in the USA.
Yes, sure! So when someone chooses one of those rewards, I contact them to find out which page of art they would like.
The art is first come first serve in order of your pledge, so anyone who's pledged before you will have already reserved their's when I contact you about this. I'll let you know what is still available and at that time if you would like more than one, you can let me know! You'll have to increase your pledge appropriately to reflect that, which you can do in advance when you first make it, or after we discuss it.
Write me via Kickstarter to let me know why you are doing that when you do. Because you're not getting multiple books with it, I'm suggesting you multiply your pledge by the number of pages or art you want, and then take off $20 for the additional pieces after the first, to find your number.
Probably, contact me to ask about what you're thinking?
Um, well, no. And yes. People ask that often. It's not literally a dream book, as in journals of dreams. Though magic realism is a big part of it and we do go inside character's dreams.
And it's not exactly my personal dream project in the way people often mean that, like "i'll die happy having done this one thing". Though it is a labour of love and dedication.
It makes me feel awkward and deflating to say they got the wrong idea from the title but I think some do. It's not the only story I want to draw for one thing, or I hope the best even! Just my best to date maybe? It was what interested me the most and was ready to go when I decided to do something on my own. it's very human, down to earth. And a bit sad sometimes. And those were all things I wanted very much to explore as a storyteller and artist.
it's stories about failed dreams, attempts at living by our dreams, dreams blowing up in our faces. And having to deal with traumatic challenges to our ideals? So the title itself if very much one of Irony.
In that way the fact that it's a labour of love that was arguably highly impractical to do, makes it even more Ironic a title. You'd think I'd have picked something more unqualifiedly positive and a personally profound goal to achieve. But I thought it was important work for me to do as a creator, a key step on my path when I started. I didn't expect it take as long as it did. That might have stopped me had I. So good thing I didn't know! :)
I don't want to diminish it or take it down a notch, but no, not MY dream book. Hopefully my Best book to date. And something I'm passionate about. But I think my Dream Book would be something a lot shorter! ;)
I began drawing it in 2007, but the story is something I've been playing with since the mid 90s. There have been a lot of interruptions along the way!
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