About this project
A huge thank you to all the amazing backers and supporters that helped us exceed our goal of $15,000!
MET! #1: If we exceed the goal by 10% or $1500, we can print promotional items for the anthology (buttons, stickers, postcards) and get the anthology to more events such as MoCCA in NYC, Left Forum in NYC, and APE in San Francisco, and Anarchist Bookfairs everywhere.
#2: If we exceed the goal by 20% or $3000, we can pay for an update of the World War 3 Illustrated website and for editors to travel to book release parties with great bookstores and organizations such as Red Emma's in Baltimore, with Positive Force in Washington DC, and Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, and elsewhere.
#3: If we exceed the goal by 30% or $4500, World War 3 Illustrated can continue to publish the magazine and PM Press can continue to publish important graphic books like WW3 anthology.
Let's try to get to $20,000 by the end of the campaign. Now's your chance to get amazing original pieces and limited prints by your favorite WW3 artists. Tell you friends! More rewards have just been added.
Check out the project FAQ section, way below all the reward descriptions and images. Or, send us a message.
Video produced and directed by Molly Bernstein and Philip Dolin (Particle Productions). Opening music "Suspect Subject" performed by Fiasco, written by Jonathan Edelstein. Closing music "Stone (prelude)" written and performed by Milo Maffit, trumpet solo by Greg Adams.
“This book needs a warning label: DANGER! CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE: OPEN AT YOUR OWN RISK! It’s a punch in the gut and a kick in the ass, an incitement to pay attention and to be astonished, and then to get up and act out. World War 3 is an invitation to a revolution.” —Bill Ayers, activist, educator, co-founder of the Weather Underground and author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident, from his introduction.
"World War 3 has been at the barricades for decades. There is no better place to see how drawings and politics can mesh effectively than in this gigantic and fabulous collection.” —Joe Sacco
World War 3 Illustrated 1979—2014: 35 Years, 52 Artists, 1 Anthology
Founded in 1979 by Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, World War 3 Illustrated magazine is a labor of love run by a collective of artists (both first-timers and established professionals) and political activists working with the unified goal of creating a home for political comics, graphics, and stirring personal stories. The confrontational comics published in WW3 Illustrated shine a little reality on the fantasy world of the American kleptocracy and have inspired the developing popularity and recognition of comics as a respected art form.
With PM Press, we’re publishing a full-color retrospective exhibition of the magazine that’s arranged thematically, including housing rights, feminism, environmental issues, religion, police brutality, globalization, and depictions of conflicts from the Middle East to the Midwest. World War 3 Illustrated isn’t about a war that may happen; it’s about the ongoing wars being waged around the world and on our very own doorsteps. World War 3 Illustrated also illuminates the war we wage on each other—and sometimes the one taking place in our own minds. World War 3 artists have been covering the topics that matter for over three decades, and they’re just getting warmed up!
Who is World War 3 Illustrated (WW3):
We are a volunteer-run magazine of comics that deals with both huge world issues and intimate personal concerns. The magazine has always been supported by sales to loyal readers and WW3 has never done a fundraiser... until now.
Contributors to WW3 include Sue Coe, Eric Drooker, Fly, Sandy Jimenez, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Mac McGill, Kevin Pyle, Spain Rodriguez, James Romberger, Nicole Schulman, Chuck Sperry, Art Spiegelman, Seth Tobocman, Tom Tomorrow, Susan Willmarth, Carlo Quispe, Isabella Bannerman, Jordan Worley, Mirko Illic, Mike Diana, Scott Cunningham, Ward Sutton, Paula Hewitt Amram, Peter Bagge, Hilary Allison, Rebecca Migdal, Ethan Heitner, Anton Van Dalen, and dozens more.
Founded in 1979, we were one of the first American magazines (along with Raw, American Splendor, and Picture Story Magazine) to treat comics as a medium for serious social commentary and journalism. Over the past 35 years, WW3 has covered the important domestic and international issues and events of our time. For more information, go HERE.
WW3 magazine has also been the launching pad for the careers of many cartoonists who are now well known, like Eric Drooker, Peter Bagge, Ted Rall, Sabrina Jones, Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, and Kevin Pyle.
Why we need your support:
Now, with PM Press, we’re putting together a hardcover,
320-page, full-color anthology with some of the best pieces from the last 35
Here's your chance to help make it all happen!
We're asking readers to stake a claim in its publication now. Why? Everyone knows that the publishing industry is going through hard times. PM Press is a small publisher, founded by people with years of experience in the alternative press. They are taking the courageous step and risk of publishing the WW3 anthology as a gorgeous hardcover, full-color, 320-page book.
Buying the book in advance or offering support through other pledges will help PM Press with the enormous printing and freight bills as well as ensure the book is widely distributed and publicized through every available channel.
Right now, all of the artwork has been prepped and all that is needed is to raise the money and the presses will roll.
Making sure that all of this succeeds is a dedicated team that combines the experience at PM with the World War 3 editorial board, who have been publishing North America’s foremost political comics magazine for 35 years.
What people are saying about World War 3 Illustrated:
“World War 3 Illustrated is the real thing. . . . As always it mixes newcomers and veterans, emphasizes content over style (but has plenty of style), keeps that content accessible and critical, and pays its printers and distributors but no one else. If it had nothing more than that kind of dedication to recommend it, it would be invaluable. But it has much, much more." —New York Times
“This is art—not marketing—on the newsstand. It represents the sort of creativity too rarely given an outlet in comics. It’s the best and longest running alternative comics anthology around." —Comics Journal
REWARDS AND PRIZES!
Now's your chance to get a copy of the anthology, as well as striking, original, and iconic pieces of art from WW3 contributors including Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, Isabella Bannerman, Sabrina Jones, Kevin Pyle, Paula Hewitt Amram, Eric Drooker, Nicole Schulman, Rebecca Migdal, Hilary Allison, Jordan Worley, Scott Cunningham, and Tom Keough. Please get in touch if you have any questions. More prints, merch, and prizes will be added throughout the campaign, so stay tuned!
Get the anthology for $40. Get a signed copy by Peter Kuper, Seth Tobocman, and other WW3 contributors for $60.
Spy vs Spy original pencil by Peter Kuper. Done for a strip that was published in Mad #383 in1999. ($250)
Fat Cat by Peter Kuper. Silkscreen print edition 40. 15" x 20". 2011. Plus a copy of the WW3 anthology. ($190).
You Don't Have to Fuck People Over to Survive stencil image by Seth Tobocman. Original spray paint stencil on lenox paper. 22 x 28. ($330) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Uncle Sam by Josh Worley, East River Angels by Hilary Allison, Collateral Damage magazine by Scott Cunningham and many others, and WW3 Issues #41, #42, #43, #44, and the latest issue #45, individually for $10. Combo pack of #42, #43, and #44, which contain English translations of amazing Arab language comics for $30. For full descriptions, please check the reward side-bar.
WW3 #41: THE FOOD CHAIN
WW3 #42: TAHRIR (LIBERATION)
WW3 #43: Censorship and Repression
WW3 #44: Conversations with the other and stories of being the other
WW3 #45: Mortality (latest issue)
Ride to Live by Christopher Cardinale. 2013. 19"x 25". Screen printed poster with spray paint stenciled color on acid-free paper from a signed/numbered edition of 40. ($100)
Silent Sam by Jordan Worley. 2012. 14" x 10". Ink and watercolor on strathmore vellum bristol ($200)
East River Angels by Hilary Allison. 8.5 inches x 3.5 feet. White comic print. ($50)
Collateral Damage by Scott Cunningham and many others. Very rare, 32-page magazine about the first war in Iraq. ($20).
World War 3 Illustrated #41 (The Food Chain) cover by Rebecca Migdal. Limited-edition 5" x 7" greeting cards, numbered and signed by the artist. ($10) WW3 Illustrated #41 cover print by Rebecca Migdal. Limited-edition 13" x 19" archival print. ($25)
Get a Peter Kuper designed PM Press Thank You post-card, signed by the PM Press crew. ($10).
Pacifists in Bomber Jackets by Isabella Bannerman. A collection of her best cartoons from the 1990s, soft cover, 5" x 7". ($10)
Cartoons for Caregivers by Isabella Bannerman. A collection of her best cartoons about moms, taken from the King Features syndicated comic strip "Six Chix." Soft cover, 4" x 7". ($15)
World War 3 Illustrated Magazine Issues and The Real Cost of Prisons Comix
- Limited WW3 #24 (Prison issue) ($20).
- Limited WW3 #32 (9-11 issue) ($20).
- WW3 #34. TAKING LIBERTIES ($10).
- WW3 #35. LIFE DURING WARTIME ($10).
- WW3 #40. WHAT WE WANT ($7).
- A copy of World War 3 Illustrated 1979–2014, PLUS The Real Cost of Prisons Comix. Edited by Lois Ahrens, written by Ellen Miller-Mack, Craig Gilmore, Lois Ahrens, Susan Willmarth, and Kevin Pyle. Illustrated by WW3 artists Kevin Pyle, Sabrina Jones and Susan Willmarth. This book provides a crash course in what drives mass incarceration, the human and community costs, and how to stop the numbers from going even higher. ($70).
Tote bag with the PM Press logo!
The USA at War Overseas & at Home by Eric Drooker and Paula Hewitt. Limited-edition reissue of 1984 zine, originally published by Communicomix. Issue #1, 5.5" x 4.25", 16 black and white pages, two-color cover (red and black). ($25)
Pages 7 and 8:
Spy vs. Spy books by Peter Kuper. Peter will do a Spy sketch and personalize all copies! (Get one book of your choice for $30 or two books for $50)
Jane Jacobs poster by Sabrina Jones. Offset print 11" x 17". Signed by the artist with an original sketch. ($50, and $90 with a copy of WW3 Anthology.)
Ryan, Obama, Ryan / Biden, Obama / Romney, Obama x 2, and Obama Rocks the State of the Union, 2014. All by Sabrina Jones. Six campaign debate sketches done live from TV with pencil and watercolor 9" x 12". Signed by the artist. ($100- $125) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Get a black PM Press logo zipped hooded sweatshirt, a print copy of World War 3 Illustrated 1979–2014 plus a PM Press logo sticker, and a Thank You postcard designed by Peter Kuper. ($90)
January Night by Tom Keough. Giclee print, 16" x 12" on museum-quality paper, which is 20" x 16". Printed in Long Island, signed by the artist. ($130) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Get a copy of World War 3 Illustrated 1979–2014, PLUS a copy of Peter Kuper's new PM Press release The System, or Peter Kuper's Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City, or Peter Kuper's Diario De Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico, or Slingshot: 32 Postcards by Eric Drooker, or ANY PM Press book, CD, or DVD of you're choice! For more information on these books, please click HERE and HERE. ($80 - $100).
Peter Kuper's The System. New PM release!
A sleazy stockbroker is lining his pockets. A corrupt cop is shaking down drug dealers. A mercenary bomber is setting the timer. A serial killer is stalking strippers. A political scandal is about to explode. The planet is burning. And nobody’s talking.
Told without captions or dialogue, The System is an astonishing progression of vivid imagery, each brilliantly executed panel containing a wealth of information, with layer upon layer forming a vast and intricate tour of an ominous world of coincidences and consequences. Read more HERE.
Peter Kuper's Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City. Read more.
Peter Kuper's Diario De Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico. Read more.
Slingshot: 32 Postcards by Eric Drooker
Get a copy of World War 3 Illustrated 1979–2014, PLUS a T-shirt designed by Eric Drooker! These include, "Troubadour/Gas Mask" (much like the book cover!), "Apartheid Wall," "Slingshot," and "General Strike!" in English, Arabic, and Spanish. Sizes are XS-S-M-L-XL-2XL. For more information on these shirts, please click HERE. ($70).
Women's Rights by Paula Hewitt. 8.25" x 10.75" print on heavy paper, signed by the artist. ($100) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Self Portrait with Mask by Eric Drooker. 12" x 17" on heavy paper, signed by the artist. Print of the WW3 cover! ($100) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Female Complaints poster by Sabrina Jones. Silkscreen, 14" x 25". Lush, saturated colors, some opalescent finish, on heavy stock. ($150) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Distorted Body Image by Isabella Bannerman, a pen and ink drawing on bristol paper drawing on a 9" x 12" paper and was printed in issue #13 of World War 3 Illustrated. ($150) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Get a copy of World War 3 Illustrated 1979—2014....PLUS........a REAL. WORKING. GAS MASK! Just like the cover! ($150)
Turkeys by Isabella Bannerman, an original pen and ink drawing on a 7.5" x 14" piece of bristol paper. This drawing was published as a daily in November 2009. ($150) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Wolf by Sabrina Jones. Original watercolor 8" x 8". ($150) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Mermaid by Sabrina Jones. Original watercolor 8" x 8". ($150) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Hooked by Kevin Pyle. Part of a series of single images about the prison-industrial-complex. Original B & W ink, 11" x 6.75". ($200) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Ghosts in the Machine by Kevin Pyle. Part of a series of single images about the prison-industrial-complex. Original B & W ink, 9.5" x 12.5". ($200) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Consumed by Kevin Pyle, part of a series of single images about the prison-industrial-complex. Original B & W ink, 10" x 12". ($200) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Get a FRIENDS OF PM PRESS (FOPM) membership for 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, or all years. You'll get EVERYTHING we publish, books, CDs, DVDs, and pamphlets, shipped right to your door every month. FOPM is great way to build your library or keep the things you like and give the rest as gifts! Plus, of course, you get a copy of World War 3 Illustrated 1979—2014. ($300 - $5,000)
The Metamorphosis color silkscreen print by Peter Kuper. Edition of 25.15" x 22." Signed and numbered. Printed by Sundog Multiples. ($230) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
A Modest Proposal signed artist's proofs by Peter Kuper. Based on Jonathan Swift's famous essay written in 1729. 21.2" x 29" 2 color. Silkscreen on paper. Printed by Sundog Multiples. ($230) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Sticks and Stones 5-color silkscreen print by Peter Kuper. Edition of 30, 19” x 24.” 2004. Signed and numbered. Printed at MICA. ($230) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Hipsteria signed artist's proofs by Nicole Schulman. 11.25" x 15" Screen printed on rag paper. Limited numbers were made. ($200) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Nov. 1984 Eleanor Bumpurs calendar page by Seth Tobocman. Linoleum cut prints on good paper. Approx. 18" x 24". ($200) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Affluent Neighborhood by Isabella Bannerman. An original pen and ink on bristol paper 8.5"x 17" drawing. It was published as a Sunday newspaper comic on December 10, 2000 for the newspaper comic strip "Six Chix." The other panel asks, "Do you live in an affluent neighborhood? Take this test." ($200) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Prepper by Isabella Bannerman, is an original pen and ink on bristol paper drawing 7"x11." It was published as a Sunday comic on May 12, 2013 for the newspaper comic strip "Six Chix." ($200) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Horrible Assassination/Horroso Asesinato! by Sue Coe. Original woodcut on Japanese paper. Two Color, edition of 100. 2012. Paper size 17" x 19". Image size 14.25" x 15.50". ($400)PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Baghdad Bordello with Bush, Cheney, Blair, and Rice (color print + 3 studies) character studies for a mural by Sabrina Jones. In 2003, the first year of the war in Iraq, Sabrina imagined the Iraq war’s purveyors as the prostitutes in Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon, for a mural painted for the annual Halloween Ball at New York’s Theater for the New City. With each drawing, Sabrina will include a postcard of a small color rendering of the complete image, including studies of Bush, Blair, and Rice. All 10.5 x 13.5 and signed by artist. ($500) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Republican Lunch by Steve Brodner. Original watercolor showing DeMint, Ailes, Hannity, Cantor and Limbaugh all egging the poor elephant on as he swallows one grenade after another. 15" x 20", 2012, done originally for Mother Jones, suitable for framing.($600) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Silkscreen portfolio by WW3 contributors. Edition of 50, 9.25 x 10.25. Eleven two-color pieces created especially for this portfolio plus a wraparound cover with the WW3 logo and contents page. Each print is signed and numbered by the individual artists including: Christopher Cardinale, Scott Cunningham, Ethan Heitner, Sabrina Jones, Sandy Jimenez, Peter Kuper, Rebecca Migdal, Kevin Pyle, Nicole Schulman, Seth Tobocman and Susan Willmarth. Printed by Sun Dog Press through the University of North Dakota in 2011. ($900) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
The Top by Peter Kuper, adapted from the Franz Kafka short story. Edition of 25, 12" x 44". Silkscreen accordion book with belly band and mounted on top-shaped cardboard. Signed and numbered. Two available. ($800) PLUS get a copy of WW3 Anthology!
Get a PLANE TICKET to THE official launch of World War 3 Illustrated in New York City, PLUS tons of the above prizes. Holy smokes, you won't be disappointed! (Domestic flights only, and lodging not included.) ($2,000)
$5,000 gets you a FRIENDS OF PM (FOPM) EVERYTHING membership, which includes ALL past, present, and future PM Press releases for the next 10 years! And, you'll get TONS of the above prizes, including World Ward 3 Illustrated 1979—2014 of course. Hells yeah, and you rock!
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Risks and challenges
Over the past six years, PM Press has published 250 releases and sold over half a million books. But they've never printed a full-color, hardcover art book of this cost, size, and magnitude. The cost of printing and shipping World War 3 Illustrated 1979—2014 is roughly four times the cost of PM's average priced $20 book. And PM is unwilling to limit the book's exposure or circulation by charging a high, unaffordable list price.
Built on innumerable volunteer hours, immeasurable skill and publishing experience, DIY attitude, and just one credit card (paid off!), PM Press has stormed the weather of the economic slump and is proud to have a dozen full and part-time time staff members plus many irreplaceable volunteers. PM has expanded warehouse facilities on both the East and West Coasts and opened an office in London, England. With your help, we can get World War 3 Illustrated 1979—2014 into the hands of readers, activists, and artists worldwide!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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When a project is overfunded backers sometimes wonder: what happens with all that “extra” money? If a creator has a funding goal of $5,000 and raises $25,000, what do they do with the $20,000 they didn’t ask for?
We hope to meet and exceed the $15,000 mark for this World War 3 Illustrated anthology. That means more books shipping out to more people! Plus, we might be able to provide some more cool things if we exceed the goal. Stay tuned for that. But back to Kickstarter's answer...
What the creator does in that case varies greatly depending on the project.
Most of the time what seems like “extra” money isn’t extra at all. Ten times the funding often means ten times the backers. More rewards have to be produced and distributed, and creators need that funding to do it (and sometimes some of their own money too).
Sometimes when a project is overfunded it lets the creator put that money back into the project to create something better for the backers and themselves. More songs on an album, additional game elements, better materials, etc.
In other cases, overfunding leads to better margins and the creator may even profit from the project. This often also means that the creator can continue the project beyond Kickstarter and backers are part of that story.
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