150 Years of Awesome Canada: Trading Card Coffee Table Book (Canceled)
This is a first-of-its-kind 12"x12" trading card coffee table book featuring over 100 cards celebrating the awesomeness of Canada
Hello fellow Canucks and fans of Canada worldwide :-)
Welcome to a new concept called 150 Years of Awesome Canada - a wide-ranging comprehensive trading card set of 'Canadian awesomeness' compiled into a format we hope will appeal to various age groups! Within the 12” x 12” glossy card stock pages of this Canadian-made limited edition book you will discover a plethora of ready-to-cut-out trading cards featuring facts and subjects that help demonstrate how diverse and inspiring Canada is on the world’s stage. We as a nation have achieved so much to better ourselves and the world in such a short period of time. This is our one time to put aside our famous humility and show off a bit.
There is no excuse for incorrectly thinking Canada is boring and without international influence! Canada is awesome beyond words and 150 Years of Awesome Canada is simply one way to share as much of that awesomeness as possible!!
The 150 Years of Awesome Canada trading card series captures various important elements of Canada’s identity. Everything from the men and women who have shaped this nation, to the many picturesque provinces and territories that have earned Canada an international reputation for beauty and diversity. Each and every copy of 150 Years of Awesome Canada will be hand numbered and signed by creator and Zelpha Comics' founder Luanga Lue Nuwame (let the hand cramps begin!)
There are two planned English editions of 150 Years of Awesome Canada:
1) Limited to 1,500 copies (2017A) (the one-time main print)
2) Limited to 150 copies (2017B) (a one-time print that will contain exclusive cards and subsets limited only to this set)
By no means will this book showcase everything Canada is – such a set would weigh more than a vat of Montreal’s best poutine and all maple syrup reserves combined! All joking aside, the cards within will open up a window into the many features and facts people should know about Canada. Let us cherish our country together, one card and page at a time!
The main base set of 150 Years of Awesome Canada consists of 65 cards. Each page has 12 cards (front or back side). Each card has a vibrant picture of the 'subject' on the front, accompanied by a summarized explanation/history on the card’s back. Each card in the main set touches on multiple subjects/items including: each province and territory, Canada’s largest cities, major landmarks, wildlife, Canadian inventions, national parks, Canadian sports, indigenous peoples, those who discovered Canada and odd yet interesting factoids (the Canadian flag, O Canada, Canada’s highest mountain, etc.). For a complete list of the main set's 65 cards, please visit the Zelpha Comics website
Depending on the edition of the book, each copy comes with at least 7 variant cards (edition 2017B comes 19 variant cards). The variants are selected copies of the main set cards, but with different photos and borders.
Beyond the 65-card main set, 150 Years of Awesome Canada comes with different 5-8 card subsets. The subset cards together reflect one specific subject, versus the vast selection found in the main set. The subsets included are:
1) Leaders of a Nation: featuring 8 of Canada’s most influential former Prime Ministers.
2) Women of Distinction: featuring 8 incredible women in politics, activism and art who have had a lasting influence on Canadian culture.
3) Canada: Call to Action: showcasing how Canada played a major role in international conflicts throughout history.
Additional subsets planned for the different editions include:
4) Canadian Comic Legends (Edition 2017B only): introducing some of the comic book industry’s biggest names who were born and/or raised in Canada.
5) Awesome Canadian Cities: features 24 cities from around the nation (from every province and territory).
6) Social Change: 6 cards about some of the more contentious parts of Canada's societal history (1981 Toronto bathhouse raids, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, residential schools…)
7) Natural Disasters (Edition 2017B only): 5 cards featuring the worst catastrophes mother nature has inflicted on Canada.
8) Youngest G8 Powerhouse: 5 cards exposing the strong economic policies and ties Canada has all over the world, including the free trade agreement with the United States.
More subsets and pictures will be provided as the campaign continues.
The goal is to raise at least the minimum required to begin printing the complete book. This crowdfunding campaign is not about mass-producing this book. Once both editions are printed, no future English editions will be re-printed! We want 150 Years of Awesome Canada to be your one-of-a-kind piece of Canadian history.
Zelpha Comics is pleased to have two Canadian printers who have provided competitive quotes to make the stated edition quantities above.
Surpassing the goal will allow for a possible third edition to be published in French (more information to come). Additional pages of subset cards will be developed as Stretch Goals if the campaign continues to grow past the goal mark.
ALL backers will have their names added to a special thank you page to be included in both editions -- every single backer's name!
Tier 1: In the Beginning ($5)
We are thankful for your help and as mentioned before, your name will be listed in every edition on a “thank you” page.
Tier 2: A card to remember us by ($12)
For those of you who want to show your support, but don’t require the entire book, you will receive a standalone Canada: Card #1 and Trump Meets Trudeau: Card #69 sent in plastic top loaders. Oh yeah – creator Luanga Nuwame will hand sign them for you :-)
Tier 3: Edition 2017A ($25)
For this tier, you receive a hand signed and numbered edition of 150 Years of Awesome Canada limited to a maximum of 1,500 copies. The 2017A edition will have the 65 card main set, 7 variants, and the following subsets: Leaders of a Nation, Women of Distinction and Canada: Call to Action. If the campaign surpasses its goal, more subsets will be added as stretch goals. (Note: books numbered in straight ascending order starting from #0001 based on time/date the reward is purchased)
Tier 4: Edition 2017B ($35) (100)
For this tier, you receive a hand signed and numbered edition of 150 Years of Awesome Canada limited to a maximum of 150 copies. The 2017B edition will have the 65 card main set, 19 variant cards, and the following subsets: Leaders of a Nation, Women of Distinction, Canada: Call to Action, Canadian Comic Book Legends and Natural Disasters. If the campaign surpasses its goal, more subsets will be added as stretch goals. (Note: books numbered in straight ascending order starting from #001 based on time/date the reward is purchased)
Tier 5: Both Editions and then some ($75) (20)
Thanks for considering this tier. Here you will receive both editions (2017A and 2017B) signed and numbered, plus a book of twelve 150 Years of Awesome Canada stamps from Canada post – signed and numbered to 47 by Luanga Nuwame. Also, you will receive a 'Political Power' single card (in plastic protector). This card showcases a rare photo of both past Liberal and Conservative Prime Ministers together!
Tier 6: Both Editions and then even more stuff ($125) (20)
We are grateful you are considering this tier. You will receive the same items as listed in Tier 5, plus an uncut Keepsake Sheet of 150 Years of Awesome Canada stamps (25 stamps plus a souvenir enlargement) – signed and numbered to 27 (Note: the Keepsake sheet will have a slightly different design from the book of twelve in Tier 5).
Tier 7: A rare autograph from a Canadian Comic Book LEGEND!!! ($250) (4)
You will receive Tier 6, PLUS - the card featuring Dave Sim (creator of Cerebus the Aardvark), on the exclusive 2017B Canadian Comic Book Legends subset page, will be hand signed and numbered by the multiple award-winning legend himself! Don’t know who Dave Sim is? Click here to experience his most famous creation!
Tier 8: The best of the best for one superfan!!!+! ($550)(1)
Welcome to the top of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. Here you will receive Tier 7, plus a one-of-a-kind metallic translucent card page. But that isn’t it! You will also receive a one-of-a-kind handmade 3D 11x17 Queen Elizabeth variant trading card (card #63) by Luanga Nuwame.
(METALLIC TRANSLUCENT PAGE PICTURE COMING SOON)
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk and challenge for 150 Years of Awesome Canada is reaching the funding goal. The realities of crowdfunding are well documented and even some of the best ideas fall short. This is why Kickstarter was chosen over all other crowdfunding sites. We want donors to know that once the goal is reach, you will get what you pledged to. If the goal isn't reached, you lose nothing financially. Zelpha Comics will be working hard over the course of the campaign to share the news of 150 Years of Awesome Canada and if you like what you see, please share the link with others. Word of mouth is always the most powerful way to celebrate all that is Canada. Happy 150th everyone!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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