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72+ page book of sketches and commissions from award winning artist Steve Rude the Dude known best for his work on Nexus.
72+ page book of sketches and commissions from award winning artist Steve Rude the Dude known best for his work on Nexus.
278 backers pledged $15,525 to help bring this project to life.

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WOW - Thanks so much for getting us this far.  We'd like to make this the biggest and best sketchbook ever so we are updating our STRETCH GOALS!

$15,000 - UNLOCK PRINTS 4-6
$20,000 -
4 NEW SKETCHES POSTED FOR SALE AT LAST YEAR PRICES
$30,000 - SKETCHBOOK BECOMES 90 PAGES!
$40,000 -
ALL SUPPORTERS ($25 AND UP RECEIVE A 16 PAGE MINIBOOK)
$50,000 -
CREATE A PRINT PORTFOLIO AND SKETCHBOOK BECOMES 100 PAGES!!

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Hi. My name is Steve Rude and for those of you who don’t know me I’m a comic book artist best known for my comic, Nexus.  I started in comcs in 1981 and have won every major industry award.

Every year I do a sketchbook and this year I’d like to add even more pages and make it full color. That’s where you guys come in. For 2013 we’re adding in pages from my sketchbook, original fine art paintings, and other commissions done over the past year. For everyone who preorders we’re offering an exclusive print of some of my favorite commissions.

This year our goal is $10,000 which covers the cost of printing and shipping this extraordinary sketchbook plus replaces our old scanner which went out earlier this year. Our sketchbooks are professionally printed and checked for color accuracy.

All copies of the sketchbook will be signed (except unsigned version). If you haven’t picked up past year sketchbooks we are offering these books at a discount along with digital versions. We even have an original painting for sale!

Also being offered is a nifty opportunity for someone to fly to Arizona for a private weekend art lesson with the Dude! Guaranteed to be worth every cent or your money back.

So spread the word. Like us on Facebook and tweet away. If we don’t make our goal, we don’t make our sketchbook.

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NEW BACKER EXCLUSIVE LOOK INTO STEVE'S SKETCHBOOK

Shown here is an example of a page that will be shown exclusively to backers.  Steve's sketchbooks contain a wealth of information, ideas and art.  The more money we raise, the more pages will be released and the more that we are able to print in the 2013 Sketchbook!

New sketches for sale for every $2,000 in pledges or 500 backers.  Backers will receive an exclusive peek of the new sketch and be the first notified when it is avaialble for sale!

Example of a page from Steve's personal sketchbook
Example of a page from Steve's personal sketchbook

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CREATE YOUR OWN PACKAGE!

Because Kickstarter only lets you choose 1 package, and we've received many requests for new options, we've decided to let you customize your own package!

All packages over $25 will come with Print #1 and the presale exclusive postcard/bookmark.

$10 - Each additional print
$15 - Pick any past year PDF or Sketchbook (2003, 2005, 2006 are PDF only)
$15 - 2013 Sketchbook PDF
$20 - Nexus Black Face Tshirt (any size)
$25 - 2013 Sketchbook
$40 - Add an Artist in Motion book (6 pound book: $40/Canada Shipping, $60 International)
$50 - Add a Supergirl/Wondergirl Cover
$60 - Add a Deluxe Artist in Motion book (6 pound book: $40/Canada Shipping, $60 International)
$75 - Add a Choose your own cover
$100 - Add hardcover edition
$500 - Add a limited Sketch cover

We will survey you at the end to find out what exactly your order is, then we will be running all the orders through our online store which will allow everyone to view their order and verify that all the information is correct!

If I missed something or you still need an order customized, email us!  We're almost to our goal and unlocking stretch goals!  Thank you for your support!

Team Dude

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Regular version of the sketchbook is softcover, approximately letter (8.5 x 11") in size.  The Hardcover is expected to be the same size.

NEXUS "Space Opera" trade paperback original art cover
NEXUS "Space Opera" trade paperback original art cover

STRETCH GOALS:

  • $15,000 Print #4 added as a purchase option
  • $20,000 Print #5 added as a purchase option
  • $30,000 + 18 pages to sketchbook = 90
  • $40,000 Add 16 page minibook FREE for first 100 supporters and as purchase option.  Exclusive Presale only item.
  • $50,000 Add a Steve Rude Portfolio as a purchase option with 6-10 prints in signed folder.  Exclusive Presale only item.
  • $60,000 + 20 pages to sketchbook = 110 pages
  • $70,000 + 10 pages to sketchbook = 120 pages
  • $80,000 + 10 pages to sketchbook = 130 pages
  • $90,000 + 10 pages to sketchbook = 140 pages
  • $100,000 + 10 pages to sketchbook = 150 pages

Risks and challenges

This will be our 9th sketchbooks and though I'd like to think we have most of the kinks worked out there's always something that comes up! We utilize Shipstation online to organize and automate email notifications. We have our printer lined up, a professional designer on board this year, and having funds will allow us to proceed with the printing without delays!

We give regular updates and special behind the scenes progress information and images including a sneak preview of the pdf going to everyone before the book even goes to the printer.

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    EXCLUSIVE PRINT: The fans have spoken and the most popular images are here as prints! Currently choose from Image #1, 2, or 3, and more choices will be UNLOCKED as funding is increased! Prints are 8x10 and professionally printed on heavy stock paper.

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    2012 PRINTS: Set of all 3 prints from the 2012 fundraiser. Prints are 8x10 and professionally printed on heavy stock, glossy.

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    PAST YEAR BOOK OR PDF: Pick any past year sketchbook. (PDF only: 2003, 2005, 2006), PDF or Sketchbook: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012. ($10 Shipping to Canada, add $15 other International)

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    NEXUS COVER: 2013 Sketchbook (unsigned) + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    NEXUS TSHIRT: One of Steve's signature black Nexus Face T-Shirts in any size. Made from Preshrunk Hanes Beefy Ts + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    SIGN ME: 2013 Sketchbook (signed) + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    FRIEND PACKAGE #1: Buy a 2013 signed sketchbook for yourself and give one to a friend! Includes 2 exclusive bookmarks and 2 postcards! (Shipping $20 to Canada)

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    SKETCHBOOK/PRINTS: 2013 Signed Sketchbook, all 3 Exclusive Prints (#1-3), Exclusive bookmark & postcard.

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    WINNING COVER: Alternate Cover (your choice Wondergirl or Supergirl) , signed + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    SHIRT & BOOK - Nexus Face T-Shirt (any size) plus the 2013 Signed Sketchbook (Nexus) + Exclusive print, postcard, and bookmark. Add $25 for Wondergirl or Supergirl cover or $50 for choose your own. (Canada add $10, other international destinations add $15)

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    DIGI-BLAST: 20013 + all 8 past year sketchbooks on pdf ('03, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '12)

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    ART FAN: Artist in Motion (Regular Edition) + 2013 signed Sketchbook + Kickstarter Exclusive Print #1 + Kickstarter Exclusive Bookmark + Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard ($40 Shipping to Canada)

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    CHOOSE YOUR COVER: Customize your Alternate Cover (from images shown at left) , signed + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    ART FAN (CANADA): Artist in Motion (Regular Edition) + 2013 signed Sketchbook + Kickstarter Exclusive Print #1 + Kickstarter Exclusive Bookmark + Kickstarter Exclusive Postcard ($40 Shipping to Canada or $60 other International location)

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    FRIEND PACKAGE #2: Buy a 2013 ALTERNATE COVER (your choice Wondergirl or Supergirl) signed sketchbook for yourself and give one to a friend! Includes 2 exclusive print #1 + 2 exclusive bookmarks and 2 postcards! (Shipping $20 to Canada)

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    SUPER ART FAN: Artist in Motion (Deluxe Limited Edition) + 2013 Sketchbook + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($40 Shipping to Canada)

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    I WANT IT ALL - SUPER FAN: 2013 Signed Sketchbook + 2013 ALTERNATE COVER signed sketchbook (your choice Wondergirl or Supergirl) + Nexus Black Face TShirt (any size) + Includes all 3 presale prints + exclusive bookmark and postcard! (Shipping $20 to Canada)

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    I WANT A HARDCOVER: [Presale exclusive] Hardcover Sketchbook (Nexus cover) + Presale Exclusive bookmark & Postcard. ($15 Shipping to Canada)

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    FRIEND PACKAGE #3: Buy a 2013 ALTERNATE COVER (your choice any cover) sketchbook for yourself and give one to a friend (can choose a different cover)! Includes 2 exclusive print #1 + 2 exclusive bookmarks and 2 postcards! (Shipping $20 to Canada)

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    HEADSKETCH: 2013 Sketchbook (signed) with your choice of character for a headsketch! + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada, $15 other International Destination)

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    DELUXE SKETCHBOOK HEAVEN: 2013 Signed Sketchbook + all past years still in stock ('07, '08, '09, '10, '12) + Artist in Motion (Deluxe Version) + Presale Exclusive Print #1, Bookmark , and Postcard ($40 shipping to Canada, $60 other international)

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    FRIEND PACKAGE #4: Buy a 2013 Hardcover signed sketchbook for yourself and give one to a friend! (Nexus Cover) Includes 2 exclusive print #1 + 2 exclusive bookmarks and 2 postcards! (Shipping $20 to Canada)

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    THE THING SKETCH: Original art on sketch paper done in permanent artist marker. Size is approximately 11" x 14" on Bristol and inked with permanent artist marker. Shipping is free in the US and internationally! (See Updates section to view sketch)

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    SUPER SKRULL: Original art on sketch paper done in charcoal. Size is approximately 11" x 14" on Bristol and inked with permanent artist marker. Shipping is free in the US and internationally! (See Updates section to view sketch)

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    SUPER FAN: 2013 Signed Sketchbook + All in stock sketchbooks + all years on pdf + Artist in Motion (Deluxe Edition) + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($40 Shipping to Canada)

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    SUPER FAN (CANADA): 2013 Signed Sketchbook + All in stock sketchbooks + all years on pdf + Artist in Motion (Deluxe Edition) + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($40 Shipping to Canada, $60 other International)

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    SILVER SURFER: Original art on sketch paper in color! Size is approximately 11" x 14" on Bristol and inked with permanent artist marker. Includes 2013 Sketchbook, Print #1, and exclusive Postcard/Bookmark! Shipping is free in the US and internationally! (See Updates section to view sketch)(See comments on left to customize this order with a other items!)

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    DIE HARD FAN: LIMITED EDITION SKETCH COVER + Nexus Face TShirt (Any Size) + All 3 Presale Exclusive Prints + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard (Upgrade to color for $250) ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    YAKKIN WITH THE DUDE: SKYPE for an hour with the Dude! 1 hour skype chat (or in person if you are in Arizona) - review your portfolio, or talk about anything you want for an hour + 2013 Signed Sketchbook + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    DINING WITH THE DUDE: Have lunch or dinner with Steve here in Phoenix, or anywhere that he is traveling this year. (Contributor is responsible for their own travel arrangements) + 2013 Signed Sketchbook + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    PAINTING WITH THE DUDE: Private weekend art lesson with the Dude at his studio in Arizona! + 2013 Signed Sketchbook + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard ($10 Shipping to Canada)

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK! The cover to Nexus: Space Opera Trade Paperback! + 2013 Signed Sketchbook + Kickstarter Exclusive Bookmark and Postcard! Original watercolor, 20" x 30" on cold press board. + 2013 Signed Sketchbook + Presale Exclusive Print #1 + Presale Exclusive Bookmark + Presale Exclusive Postcard FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

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    WATERCOLOR COMMISSION: Your choice subject of a watercolor painting by the Dude. Will appear in our 2014 sketchbook! Size is TBD by Steve, but is at least 20" x 30". Includes 2013 Sketchbook + presale exclusive bookmark and postcard. FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

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