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SAN FRAN: S. Clay Wilson to sign at Mission Comics
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick Rosenkranzevents 28 Aug 2014 2:54 PM
Pirates
You heard right! THE S. Clay Wilson will be at Mission: Comics and Art signing copies of his new book Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1. Along with Pirates writer and noted historian, Patrick Rosenkranz, the guys will be signing copies on Saturday, September 20th from 2-5pm deep in the heart of San Francisco
 
Pirates in the Heartland features Wilson's work from underground publications such as ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares. So come on out for an afternoon of good times and great comics.
Pirates in the Heartland S Clay Wilson
Mission: Comics and Art
3520 20th St. Suite B
San Francisco, CA 94110
Ph. # 415-695-1545 
 


Labor Day Sale: 40% Off Select Titles
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoTrina RobbinsTony MillionaireStephen Weissmansales specialsR Kikuo JohnsonPatrick RosenkranzMonte SchulzMiss Lasko-GrossMegan KelsoJordan CraneFredrik StrömbergEsther Pearl WatsonDaniel ClowesCrockett JohnsonChuck ForsmanCharles M SchulzCarol SwainBen Schwartz 28 Aug 2014 9:29 AM

2014 Labor Day Sale

As the leaves begin to turn shades of red and orange (or fall straight off and green depending on where you live), backpacks are dusted off in preparation for a new load of textbooks, and we move into fall, we figure you could use some cause for celebration. How about our Labor Day/Back-To-School Sale? We've got great titles of all-ages, young-adult, and non-fiction titles at a whopping 40% Off from Saturday, August 30th through Monday, September 1st!

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! by Charles M. Schulz Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman 21

For your wee ones, how about our gift-sized, baseball-themed Peanuts book, Batter Up, Charlie Brown? Or, for something a little cheekier, there's Steven Weissman's Chocolate Cheeks. For the baseball fans who want a bit more history mixed in, try 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

Unlovable Unlovable 2 Caricature

School can be anything you make of it, especially you don't give a damn. For the guy or girl that knows everything, try Unlovable 1 and 2 by Esther Pearl Watson. She may only break wind and not hearts, but Tammy Pierce is unstoppable. For some short stories from all walks of life, ugly and less ugly, grab Daniel ClowesCaricature, often compared to to Nabokov for their complex naturalism and sense of humor.

Ghost World  Celebrated Summer Night Fisher
Is cutting class altogether a common memory for you? How about a classic Fantagraphics alternative comic, sure to win even the most jaded of hearts: Daniel ClowesGhost World (now in its 20th printing) is for you. Already have it? Try the male version of Ghost World, Celebrated Summer by Charles Forsman, that came out in 2014. Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson also follows the teenage trail of growing up and growing apart.

Giraffes in my Hair Mess Everything The Squirrel Mother
Cutting class was too weak? You just dropped out all together? Damn, you might enjoy Giraffes in My Hair, a Jack Kerouac-style story lived by Bruce Paley and drawn by his partner, Carol Swain, all about the summer of '67. On the cusp of flunking out with a drug habit, A Mess of Everything by Miss Lasko-Gross, is an intense and raw look at her own high-school experience. If you're looking for more personal and semi-autobiographical comic stories look no further than The Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso. It also contains stories about the idea of America and American history, such as a trilogy of short pieces about Alexander Hamilton.

Rebel Visions Pretty in Ink Daniel Clowes Reader
If history is your school-time jam, then grab a copy of Rebel Visions by Patrick Rosenkranz, a history of the alternative cartoonists. Want something even more focused?  A history of women cartoonist will suit you just fine in Pretty In Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896-2013 by Trina Robbins. Or the Daniel Clowes Reader, featuring most of Clowes' work and papers on the overriding motifs and themes.  

Black Images in the Comics  American
Consider some new books about comics as an assignment for a graded discussion. Black Images in the Comics by Fredrik Strömberg walks through comics, old and new, to enlighten the audience about the hideous caricatures racism produces so that we may never stray there again. Best American Comics Criticism compiled by Ben Schwartz features the best essays on comics from Chris Ware on Rodolphe Töpffer, Dan Clowes on Mad's Will Elder, The Daily Show's John Hodgman on Jack Kirby and more!

Clouds above Barnaby 1 Sock Monkey Treasury

For those who wish to rise above it all and forget that school ever existed, The Clouds Above is an all-ages full-color romp with a boy and his cat by Jordan Crane. Meanwhile, Barnaby by Crockett Johnson plays with some imaginary creatures including his fairy godfather. Or for something that feels a bit older, more Victorian The Sock Monkey Treasury by Tony Millionaire is for you.

The Last Rose of Summer 
Finally a little prose by Monte Schulz, the novel The Last Rose of Summer. With the Great Depression looming, three strong-minded women related by marriage form an uneasy household in a Southern town.

So clean up on some comics to read while the kids are out at school or to distract you from the textbooks you SHOULD be reading. 









Weekly OCD 7.22.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Will ElderS Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzOCDMoto HagioLane MilburnJohn SeverinJaime HernandezHarvey KurtzmanGilbert HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorEC Comics 22 Jul 2014 1:00 PM

This week's pre-Comic-Con warmup of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

How to Be Happy by Eleanor DavisReview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"This collection of short stories about people desperately trying to suppress or embrace or just somehow deal with all the difficult emotions careening around in their brain just underscores what those who have seen Davis’ work in scattered anthologies already suspected: that she is a tremendous talent, and one of the smartest voices working in comics today." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

 

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 edited by Patrick Rosenkranz - CoverReview: Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

"Ultimately, Wilson is a perfect representative of the dark side of the '60s. His work crackles with the viciousness that was the flip side of flower power. If he has any message to convey, it's that the world is falling apart: that (to quote Yeats by way of Joan Didion) 'the center cannot hold.'" – Etelka Lehoczky, NPR

 

Bomb Run and Other Stories (The EC Comics Library)Review: Bomb Run and Other Stories by John Severin, Will Elder, Harvey Kurtzman, et al.

"What's striking about these 34 stories, written by Harvey Kutzman and illustrated with bold, deft confidence by Severin, is their range of tone. Sure, there are the expected heroics of American soldiers fighting in the relatively contemporary war zones of WWII and Korea; there are strong-jawed sergeants, good-natured grunts and daredevil flying aces. But there is also plenty of cowardice, irony, shame and sheer wastefulness–elements that must surely be part of any large-scale conflict, yet are often excised from their comic-book portrayals." – David Maine, Spectrum Culture

 

The Heart of Thomas by Moto HagioReview: The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio et al.

"The Heart of Thomas works in several different themes, many revolving around the concept of love. It asks the questions, what does it mean to love or be loved? What will we do to be loved or to help the one we love? Is it okay to accept another’s love? While asking all these questions, Hagio doesn’t put any conditions on them… The feelings are portrayed so genuinely that gender becomes meaningless, and just seeing the characters happy are all that's important in the end." – Lori Henderson, School Library Journal

 

Weekly OCD 7.01.14
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under Ulli LustS Clay WilsonPaul HornschemeierPatrick RosenkranzOCDLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezEleanor DavisEd PiskorDash ShawConor Stechschulte 1 Jul 2014 1:00 PM

The latest fluffy love-concoction of Online Commentaries and Diversions:

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 edited by Patrick Rosenkranz - CoverReview: Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

"Part biography, part retrospective, part collected chronicles of a comic legend, this is a huge undertaking that pays off in every way you could expect, and a million ways you couldn't." – The Daily Planet

 

How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis - CoverInterview: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis

"It's a stunning body of work that brings together loosely personal and wholly fictional stories about joy, anguish, fear and loneliness - emotions all motivated by that essential quest to be the best you can be." – James Cartwright, It's Nice That

 

The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte - CoverReview: The Amateurs by Conor Stechschulte

"Stechschulte's narrative is one of shifting gears and perceptions, moving between the clutter of immediacy and the fog of recollection." – John Seven, The Comics Journal

 

Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks - CoverReview: Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn by Carl Barks

"This book contains many more examples of the sorts of stories that made him so rightly famous, including a couple of epic globe-trotting adventures, plenty of swiftly swelling domestic comedies, and two Christmas comics, which Barks seems to have specialized in." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, School Library Journal

 

Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 by the Hernandez BrothersReview: Love and Rockets: New Stories #6 by the Hernandez Brothers

"After last issue's splashy stories, this issue is a bit more low-key with regard to Killer and her story, preferring to lay some narrative pipe and give the characters a bit of room to breathe and interact." –Rob Clough, High-Low

 

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1: 1970s-1981 by Ed Piskor - CoverToday is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust, translated by Kim Thompson - Cover

New School by Dash Shaw - Cover

 

Now in stock: Three New Juicy Titles
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick Rosenkranznew releasesLove and RocketsJoe OrlandoGilbert HernandezEC ComicsAl Feldstein 24 Jun 2014 5:26 PM

Shipping now from our mail-order department:

Judgment Day and Other Stories (EC Comics Library) - Cover

Judgment Day and Other Stories (EC Comics Library)
by Joe Orlando, Al Feldstein, et al.

192-page black & white 7.25" x 10.25" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-727-7

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Will Eisner Hall of Fame artist Joe Orlando drew EC's most (in)famous science fiction story, "Judgment Day," a blunt parable about racism that triggered a blow-up with the Comics Code Authority.

Orlando was a mainstay at EC, especially on science fiction, and Judgment Day and Other Stories collects 23 of his best. All of them, most scripted by Al Feldstein, serve up clever, suspenseful O. Henry-style shock endings, including "In the Beginning…," "The Teacher from Mars," and "Fallen Idol."

Orlando and Feldstein also adapted Otto Binder's fabled Adam Link stories, starring an intelligent robot poignantly struggling to claim his humanity. (The robot/man later headlined TV's The Outer Limits with Leonard Nimoy." Adam Link was EC's only ongoing science fiction series — and it's all here in these pages!

To top it off, this volume features two of Orlando's outstanding adaptations of classic Ray Bradbury science fiction — "The Long Year" and "Outcast of the Stars."

Prepare yourself for an amazing journey to the stars!

Luba and Her Family (Love and Rockets Library) by Gilbert Hernandez - Cover

Luba and Her Family
by Gilbert Hernandez

228-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $18.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-753-6

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Gilbert Hernandez's sprawling family saga focuses on the United States, where newly immigrated Luba and her sisters, body-builder Petra and therapist/film star Fritz, find their families' and friends' lives becoming more and more intertwined. As the three sisters have "memories of sweet youth," the next generation finds the spotlight: Luba's adult daughter Doralís emcees the proceedings in her role as mischievous host of a children’s TV show, while Petra's little girl, Venus, has adventures with her aunt Fritz and her best friend Yoshio. At her mother's urging, Venus also writes missives to her fierce, one-armed cousin Casimira, who's back in Palomar. In these stories — never before collected together — Venus tells it like it is!

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol.1 - Cover

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1
by Patrick Rosenkranz

232-page black & white 8" x 11.25" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-747-5

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S. Clay Wilson's taboo-busting, eyeball-blistering comics changed the course of the medium. Best known for his Checkered Demon character and as one of the co-founders of the seminal Zap Comix anthology, Wilson cannonballed the collective — which includes legendary underground cartoonist R. Crumb — to even greater heights of artistic depravity. The first of three volumes, this documentary-style biography — told both in his own words and in firsthand accounts from his peers — and retrospective includes Wilson's childhood drawings, his early contributions to Zap, his collaborations with William S. Burroughs, and his work for Arcade. Preeminent underground comics scholar Patrick Rosenkranz (Rebel Visions) paints a revealing portrait of the Midwestern artist who hid his shyness behind an outré persona — and held a cutlass to the throat of the establishment.





witzend by Wallace Wood and various artists - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under witzendWallace WoodvideopreviewsPatrick Rosenkranznew releases 2 May 2014 1:33 PM

witzend
by Wallace Wood and various artists

656-page black & white/color 9" x 12.5" x 2.75" two-volume slipcased hardcover set • $125.00
ISBN: 978-1-60699-744-4

Ships in: June 2014 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

When the formulaic constraints, censorious nature, and onerous lack of creator's rights in mainstream comics got to be too much for the brilliant cartoonist Wallace Wood in 1966, he struck out on his own with the self-published witzend. It became a haven for Wood and his fellow professional cartoonist friends where they could produce the kind of personal work that they wanted to do, without regard to commercial demands — and with friends like Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, Ralph Reese, Archie Goodwin, Angelo Torres, Steve Ditko, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Art Spiegelman, Don Martin, Vaughn Bodé, Jim Steranko, Jeff Jones, Howard Chaykin, Trina Robbins, Bernie Wrightson, and literally dozens more, it was bound to be a great ride! Now, Fantagraphics presents the complete run of witzend in this beautiful slipcased two-volume set with a special introduction by Bill Pearson and a history by Patrick Rosenkranz.

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Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 - First Look
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzComing Attractions 30 Apr 2014 3:58 PM

Pirates in the Heartland cover photo

Pirates in the Heartland pages photo

Pirates in the Heartland pages photo

A lovely book filled with depraved, degenerate art and the colorful story of the man who made it, Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 is due out in about 2 months, and we've got our advance copies to begin showing off. Above, one of the only borderline-SFW comics spreads we can show you from the book, and the beginning of a middle chapter of this volume's part of the biography by underground comix historian Patrick Rosenkranz, who also compiled the comics. This book is An Event and we're excited to get it out into the world! You can check out some excerpts and reserve your copy right here.

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonpreviewsPatrick RosenkranzComing Attractions 29 Apr 2014 11:24 AM

How did a nervous, creative kid from a normal family in Nebraska grow up to make some of the most outrageous, transgressive, Id-ful comics ever put to paper? You'll find the answer — and the comics — in Pirates in the Heartland, the first book in our 3-volume biography and retrospective of S. Clay Wilson by Patrick Rosenkranz. Wilson, of course, is a member of the Zap Comix collective and creator of the Checkered Demon; Rosenkranz is one of the preeminent authorities on underground comix and the author of the definitive history of the genre, Rebel Visions. Their mighty powers combine in this essential series that takes an unflinching look at the man and his work.

In our downloadable excerpt, read about Wilson's childhood in the heartland, see some of his youthful artwork, and read some of his earliest underground comix stories with, yes, pirates. Expected availability is in about 8 weeks, give or take;pre-sale is on now!

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 - Cover Uncovered, Designer's Notes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzComing Attractions 17 Mar 2014 12:36 PM

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1

The man. His work. They coexist on the cover and in the pages of Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1, compiling Wilson's seminal underground comix work along with the first part of Patrick Rosenkranz's authoritative biography. Wilson unleashed a cannon barrage on the boundaries of the comics art form and rushed through, flintlocks blazing, cutlass in teeth, and fly open, taking no prisoners with his outrageous output. This book, combined with its two forthcoming sequels, will be the last word and the ultimate collection of a comics legend. Look for more previews between now and its release this summer.

And for lots more insight into the cover design, art director Jacob Covey wrote these notes on his personal Facebook page, re-presented here with his kind permission:

Here's the cover design for the new Fantagraphics book from Patrick Rosenkranz, The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson, Volume One: Pirates In the Heartland. This is the result of more comps than I have ever produced before and I figured I'd write about it to get at some idea of why.

For one thing, I went into this project with little enthusiasm. Wilson is a pioneering Underground Comix artist who inspired R. Crumb to let loose his id, to break comics wide open for self-expression. But Wilson on the surface -- and after forty years of being built upon (back to before I was born) -- lacks the contrasting dignity of Crumb's linework and his compositions are DENSE. Wilson art is recognizable: His line, and his humor, is crass; there is no white space and there are no taboos.

There are artists you have to recalibrate for and, for me, Wilson turns out to be one of those. It took a lot of sitting with the stories to let down my guard and enjoy how powerful the work is. A lot of artists talk about wanting to get back to creating like a kid again. Wilson manages to remain as unfiltered as an adolescent in detention. His is not the art of an innocent kindergartner who draws fanciful anatomy in a surreal landscape but that of the self-realizing, hormone-raging, unclean middle-beast that is boys who are becoming men. He still draws like a kid, just not the kid we romanticize about. At a time when most of us become self-conscious and begin self-censoring Wilson did not.

That accomplishment in itself is remarkable but his relentless creating is the application that makes him genius. Wilson seems to exist solely to get his sprawling imagination down on paper. His prolific output is that of the consummate artist. That it is also very graphic, violent, and offensive to most all social norms takes a little adjusting to.

So all of this is what I had to assimilate just to start my job. To feel like I had enough grasp on Wilson to "brand" his life by designing this cover to (volume one of) his biography. My first attempts weren't about Wilson but associations with his Underground brethren and the psychedelia connected to the period. Pinks, Cyans, solid clashing color. All completely missing the character of Wilson. Wilson was (is) certainly a drug user but of the escapist, rebellious variety, not the trippy, feel-good variety. He's a meat-and-potatoes guy who creates fevered worlds, including his own. Hence the title "The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson" -- a smart nuance on the part of Rosenkranz.

In publishing, one has to approach a cover with the information of an expert and the ignorance of a browser. In biographies, a photo of the subject is generally employed for good reason: The viewer immediately knows this is a book about a person. (Hence the trend in fiction of generally cropping off the heads of models or having them looking away -- this is not about THEM.) But Wilson is recognizable only by his artwork, so a photo alone isn't enough information. Ultimately, my solution is a kind of psychedelia but a practical one: Pirate art (a favorite theme of Wilson) overlaying a mythic portrait of young Wilson. Creation and creator in color overlays that force your eye to try to unhook one from the other.

I generally consider it a failure when cover design requires a band of color upon which to set the type. In this case, it allowed for the art to be the primary feature, to be a bit uncontrolled, while the type treatment is an anchor that harkens classic album design. This kind of visual messaging is trying to align Wilson with rebels and rockstars without making false promises. The trickiest part was simply finding Wilson art that had ANY white space so his portrait could connect with the viewer. The dual function of his artwork blowing the brains out, simultaneously, of Wilson and another of Wilson's creation was too wonderful to pass up but I'm going to leave the symbology of such things to the viewer.

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1 cover 

Spring-Summer 2014, part 11: Myths & Legends, Pirates & Heroes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzKickstarterDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 20 Nov 2013 6:15 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

Pirates in the Heartland prelim cover

Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1
by S. Clay Wilson; edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

224-page color/black & white 7.5" x 11" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-747-5 

This is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists: the taboo busting, eyeball blistering S. Clay Wilson. This first volume contains all of his underground comic stories from ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade magazine as well as the many adventures of the Checkered Demon, Star-Eyed Stella, and Captain Pissgums, and even his earliest collaborations with William Burroughs. Also: selections from his teenaged and college years, both in comics and painting form. First person accounts from his peers, as well as Wilson’s own words, offer a revealing portrait of the artist who hid his shyness behind brash behavior and bluster. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by S. Clay Wilson and Patrick Rosenkranz while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print signed by Wilson! (Or increase your pledge for one or the other to $250 and get both!)

Heroes of the Comic Books prelim cover

Heroes of the Comic Books: 75 Portraits of the Pioneering Legends of American Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

160-page full-color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"

(Note that the final cover art will feature Drew's portrait of Jack Kirby, rather than Siegel & Shuster as shown here.)

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by Drew Friedman while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print of Friedman's portrait of Steve Ditko, signed by Friedman! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive t-shirt with art by Drew! (Or increase your pledge to the appropriate sum for multiple rewards!) 



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