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CELEBRATING OUR 10th BOOK!  We're adding more sketches, more paintings, and more pages from Steve's personal sketchbook!
CELEBRATING OUR 10th BOOK! We're adding more sketches, more paintings, and more pages from Steve's personal sketchbook!
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UPDATE - NEW STRETCH GOALS

See Updates for the full story, but we've decided to add a bit more incentive to SHARE, TWEET, and EMAIL everyone you know.  If we hit 250 backers on Kickstarter then EVERYONE with a mailed order will receive ALL THREE incentives and if we hit 400 then EVERYONE with a mailed order will receive a TShirt!  WOW - best $20 bucks you'll ever spend.  Guaranteed or we'll send you a refund.

About Steve Rude

Steve's career began in 1981 with his and co-creator Mike Baron’s groundbreaking “Nexus” comic series. This space saga catapulted Rude into the field of comics, where he became highly sought after by major publishers. During his first few years in the industry, Steve’s efforts led to numerous awards, such as the 1984 Russ Manning Newcomer Award, the Kirby Award for best artist in 1986, and numerous Eisner’s for artistic achievement. For over two decade Steve has drawn hundreds of comic’s greatest iconic heroes, and has galvanized the art world as a comic magazine artist and illustrator.

Thanks to your support we have 9 sketchbooks and are doing another for 2014! Books include private commissions, paintings, and pages from his private sketchbook. As a special bonus we are offering 3 exclusive presale prints, a special bookmark, postcard, and a Saturday Morning Memories book which is collection of characters from his favorite Saturday Morning cartoon shows

What We Need & What You Get

The cost of printing the sketchbook, prints, and other incentives is $10,000 + $2,000 estimated on shipping/packing/insurance costs. The book will go forward without full funding, but we will be forced to cut the page count to make this project possible.

Rewards

Superman Cover, Marilyn Alternate, and 2014 Prints
Superman Cover, Marilyn Alternate, and 2014 Prints

PERKS INCLUDE:

  • 2014 Sketchbook with Superman or Alternate Marilyn Cover & PDF
  • Exclusive bookmark & postcard
  • Random Steve Rude comic book & trading card
  • Saturday Morning Memories 20 page photo book
  • 2014 exclusive prints
  • Past year sketchbooks, PDFs, and prints
  • Custom Marker Sketch inside your book
  • SKYPE Chatting/Private Lesson with the Dude
  • Weekend private lesson

Stretch Goals

$10,000: Guarantees 112 pages!
CONTRIBUTIONS OF $25 OR MORE (EXCLUDES DIGITAL ONLY):
$15,000: Exclusive notepad mailed with all orders + 4th print
$20,000: Exclusive custom pen + 5th print
$30,000: Exclusive Custom USB Flash Drive
$40,000: Nexus Black TShirt any size

Specs on the Sketchbook:

Sketchbook 112 + cover cover 100# gloss cover- full color inside 80# matte text - full color size: 8.5x11 perfect bound (has a spine) limited printing based on presales

International Orders – Please ad funds noted in perk to help cover shipping

Sneak peak of what's inside:

This year we are organizing the book into sections.  We're in the initial stages of planning, but here is sneak peak of what you can expect!

PAGES FROM HIS SKETCHBOOK

The Impact The 2014 sketchbook is our 9th annual and we look forward to making it the best sketchbook yet. We started in 2003 with a black and white only book and we've come a long way since then! 2013 was our first FULL COLOR sketchbook and we're excited to expand the sketchbook to 112 pages! Steve takes the time to inspect each image for quality control and unlike other "fan" sketchbook we take the time to make sure every step is done to perfection so we have a final product we can be proud of!

Saturday Morning Memories Book

As a way to celebrate our 10th sketchbook, we've created a 20 page, spiral bound photo book.  This is also professionally printed.  It is spiral bound at the side.  We've collected some of Steve's favorite sketches he has created of his favorite cartoon characters from his youth.

Sample pages from the Saturday Morning Memories book
Sample pages from the Saturday Morning Memories book

Other Ways You Can Help

Click the Facebook "LIKE" button, tweet, shake down your buddies at your local comic book shop, THE DUDE is creating another masterpiece and you MUST be on board or lose out on an amazing package!

Risks and challenges

With perfections comes challenges. This is our 10th sketchbook, and we strive to smooth out kinks ahead of time. Last year we offered multiple alternate covers plus 6 prints with not everyone receiving all the prints. This year we are including all the prints with every level receiving prints. The book is already with our designer and we are in the process of choosing and assembling images.

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    PERK 1: NO FRILLS:
    You will receive a PDF of the sketchbook. (Retail $15).

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    PERK 2: SUPERMAN UNSIGNED:
    The 2014 Sketchbook (unsigned), bookmark and postcard. (Retail $25). (Shipping $10 Canada, $15 other International)

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    PERK 3: SUPERMAN UNSIGNED + PDF:
    Everything from Perk #2 PLUS a PDF of the final book AND all 3 presale prints. (Retail $70). (Shipping $10 Canada, $15 other International)

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    PERK 4: SUPERMAN SIGNED:
    Everything from Perk #3 but the book will be signed (or personalized on request) AND we will throw in a random Steve Rude comic AND trading card. (Retail $75). (Shipping $10 Canada, $15 other International)

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    PERK 5: SUPERMAN MEMORIES: Everything from Perk #4 plus the Saturday Morning Memories book! (Retail $65). (Shipping $10 Canada, $15 other International)

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    PERK 6: MARILYN SIGNED: The alternate cover with Marilyn Monroe, PDF of the book, bookmark, postcard, and all 3 prints plus a Steve Rude comic and trading card. (Retail $80) (Shipping $10 Canada, $15 other International)

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    PERK 7: MARILYN MEMORIES: Everything from Perk #6 plus the Saturday Morning Memories book! (Retail $100). (Shipping $10 Canada, $15 other International)

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    PERK 8: ALL DIGITAL: Receive all 10 sketchbooks as a PDF.

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    PERK 9: MISSED 2013: Miss 2013? No worries. This includes everything from Perk #4 plus the 2013 sketchbook and 2013 prints! (Retail $145) (Shipping $12 Canada, $20 other international)

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    PERK 10: MISSED MARILYN 2013: Same as Perk #9 but the Marilyn alternate cover. (Retail $150) (Shipping $12 Canada, $20 other international)

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    PERK 11: MISSED 2013 MEMORIES: Same as Perk #9 PLUS the Saturday Morning Memories book. (Retail $165) (Shipping $12 Canada, $20 other international)

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    PERK 12: BEEN SLEEPING: Fall of the earth for a few years? We'll catch you up with the 2012, 2013, AND 2014 sketchbooks and all prints from all years plus all the other perks from Perk #4. (Retail $185) (Shipping $20 Canada, $25 other international)

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    PERK 13: BEEN SLEEPING MARILYN: Same as Perk #12 but with the alternate Marilyn cover! (Retail $190) (Shipping $20 Canada, $25 other international)

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    PERK 14: BEEN SLEEPING MEMORIES: Same as Perk #12 PLUS the Saturday Morning Memories book. (Retail $205) (Shipping $20 Canada, $25 other international)

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    PERK 15: SKETCH INSIDE: Perk #3 with a CUSTOM sketch inside! You choose the character (check ahead if it's a character he hasn't drawn before (no Batman or Green Lantern). (Retail $325) (Shipping $10 Canada, $15 other international)

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    PERK 16: CATCH ME UP MEMORIES: Did you miss everything? Seriously? No problemo - we'll catch you up. You will receive hard copies of all in stock books PLUS PDFs of all of them, all available prints, and any other extras we can stuff your box with! PLUS the Saturday Morning Memories book. (Retail $370) (Shipping $40 Canada, $50 other International)

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    PERK 17: CATCH ME UP! MARILYN: Same as Perk #16 but with the alternate Marilyn cover. (Retail $260) (Shipping $40 Canada, $50 other international)

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    PERK 18: SKYPE WITH THE DUDE: You will receive everything from the Superman Memories package plus 1 hour of skype chatting with the Dude. Get a portfolio review, a private lesson, or just chat!
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    PERK 19: PRIVATE WEEKEND LESSON: Arrive on Thursday, leave Sunday - PRIVATE lessons in the Dude's private studio. He will custom a lesson to specifically target what you want to work on. Dates are flexible. A weekend within the next year that is mutual agreeable! (you are responsible for hotel, art supplies, and any other expenses). Also included is the Superman cover plus all Perk #3 benefits. (Shipping $10 in Canada, $15 other countries)

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    PERK 20: EVERYTHING: Private Weekend Lesson, all sketchbooks past and present including both the Superman and Marilyn Alternate cover for 2014. All the rewards offered plus a sketch in both books plus Steve's Limited Edition Artist in Motion book, and anything else we can think to throw into the package. (FREE SHIPPING)

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