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Videogames. Humor. Rad art. GAME CAVE: FIGHTING JUNKIES  is a parody art project commenting on gaming nostalgia.
Videogames. Humor. Rad art. GAME CAVE: FIGHTING JUNKIES is a parody art project commenting on gaming nostalgia.
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Allow Cavers! We are steadily approaching our third stretchgoal, how awesome is that? I know our funding goal has been met but our plans have always been to build as big an audience as we can so if you're on the fence about backing, please give us a chance to grow our readership. Kickstarter is the only way I've been able to gain mass exposure so far, we've made some progress this week that's true, but it's here where it all begins and we'd love to have as many on board the Game Cave ship as possible

That being said we have made some new friends this week! I sent out a bunch of invite cards to all the major sites and we've managed to get some coverage!

Big thanks to igameresponsibly and Screwattack, also I've attached a link below so you can download the same invite cards and email them out to all the site if you'd like or just collect them for the rad chibi art.

Finally, one of our bodacious backers started a Reddit thread for Game Cave, if you'd like to help support the KS then please upvote and spread the word! DIRECT REDDIT LINK

Alright, back to it cavers more updates soon!

Game Cave is a DRM free digital PDF and physical print set, melding classic gaming and comic publications with internet humor. Our first issue focuses on fighting games - everything from classic world warriors to indie fighters. And there's art! All non-screenshot assets are handcrafted by Rob. No pre-rendered characters, no PR driven generics, no review scores. Just a collection of gaming's best titles, plushies, and original characters. Because gaming is art.

Hi, I'm Rob Duenas, former Illustrator for Play Magazine, I also helped re-launch GameFan Magazine in 2010, and stayed on as Art Director for all seven printed issues. I feel that gaming magazines aren't fun anymore - they've become generic, ad-driven buyers guides, that compete with the internet for the latest news and reviews. The hand drawn cover/interior art of PSM, Game Fan, and the like are gone. The savvy internet style humor in the writing prose, gone as well. Now, all the art you see comes from PR firms. The enthusiasm of classic gaming publications helped inspire me to become an artist, and it's my mission to bring that back. For the past three years I've pitched this idea of blending humorous comic characters with classic 90's style layouts, complete with prints and original art for sale. And I've received rejection after rejection after rejection from publishers. However, I believe there are fans like myself who want this kind of book, I meet them at conventions and online all the time. So I'm taking the dream to Kickstarter, where I know the fans actually are.

First, the layouts. Packed with custom art on every page, screenshots, gaming facts and a sprinkling of humor; it's totally unique and provides something the internet cant: collectability. Physical copies will be available as add-ons, so you can keep your shelves stocked with the best in collectable print.

Next, the art. The set features 6 total prints, 5 of which feature our main editors decked out in their favorite series schwag. The 6th print and all “stretch goals” prints will be backer voted, meaning you will choose what I draw , they will be hand painted/colored with the original art to be raffled off among all backers. Also, 200 slots are avail for Random "Sketchy" and Random "Suave" pieces. Those characters will be chosen by me, to be used in the actual layouts, and the original art randomly shipped to backers (at the appropriate tier contributions). So anyway you look at it, you've got a great chance at owning an original piece of art from the very first volume of Game Cave.

Original, comic book style characters. Our “editors” are the finest Rob can draw (until he gets better), each with their own unique personalities, swag, outfits, and gaming niche:

I've spent the last eight years creating projects for mainstream companies, indie publishers, and personal clients. Now, I'd love the opportunity to build my own. I can make as many books and prints as I'd like but I still need an audience and Kickstarter is the best place where artists can pitch their dream projects and make them a reality. YOU support projects that mainstream publishers cannot or will not produce. I understand this as I have backed and will continue to back other creator's projects. Thank you for your time and support

Rob Duenas – For eight years, Rob has drawn comic covers, t-shirts, and books for mainstream licensed properties. He was also staff artist at Play Magazine and Art Director for GameFan and Girls of Gaming Magazine. In 2012 he was named Artist of the Month in Imagine FX Magazine and currently works full-time as the owner of Sketchcraft.com, creating original projects, recording the Sketchcraft podcast,  and illustrating commissions.

Robs Deviant Art Gallery

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The Sketchcraft Podcast

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    Bacon's Digital Combo! includes Wall Papers of 6 Prints + Stretchgoals, & DRM Free Digital PDF

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    Bombkatt's Classy Set! includes 6 5x7 Prints, all Stretchgoals, & Everything in Bacon's Digital Combo

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    Physical Book Tier! includes one Physical Copy of Game Cave and a single 5X7 Cover Art Print plus Everything in Bacon's Digital Combo

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    Chili Pop's Premo Set! includes 6 11x17 Prints, all Stretchgoals, & Everything in Bacon's Digital Combo

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    Truffle's Sketchy Set! includes 6 11x17 Prints, all Stretchgoals, 1 8.5x11 Original Art Random Sketchy done with Pencil/Col Erase/Ink , & Everything in Bacon's Digital Combo

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    Final 48 Special! Review one of the games in the first issue of Game Cave and get made into a character! You will also get contributing writer credits in the front of the issue and 1 physical copy of the magazine. But wait there's more! Also includes 6 11x17 Prints, all Stretchgoals, 3 8.5x11 Full Color Copic Marker and Ink original art Random Suave PLUS the companion sketchy for EACH ONE! (that's 6 pieces of original art!!!!) & Everything in Bacon's Digital Combo.

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