The Transmetropolitan Art Book

Posted by Grey Sunday, January 2, 2011

Spider Jerusalem is back! Well, in a way.

We spoke the funding website, Kickstarter, earlier when we mentioned Tony Harris's next big project, Roundeye: For Love, of which existence depends heavily on the success of the project.

And here we are, at yet another unimaginably awesome Kickstarter project that requires heavy support from the fans. An art book for writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson's cyberpunk Vertigo classic, Transmetropolitan.

With the objective of raising $100,000 for to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative, all participating artists are donating new original art for the projects.

Calling all Transmetropolitan fans with some spare cash... this is the big one. Here's the official disclaimer from the site:

It has been nearly ten years since the release of the final issue of TRANSMETROPOLITAN, the Eisner-nominated comics series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson. We have approached Mr Ellis and Mr Robertson about putting together a brand new art book of original images, and we're happy to report both of the co-creators will be participating in this project, donating a brand new cover and a foreword for the book!

TRANSMETROPOLITAN combines black humor, political scandal, and moral ambiguity to look into the gonzo mind of an outlaw journalist and The City he inhabits. Aided by his embattled Editor and his two Assistants, the protagonist blazes a path through a futuristic world of skyscrapers and technological wonders, dark alleys and unspeakable depravity.

You can read the first issue for free, courtesy of DC Comics, by visiting..
http://dccomics.com/vertigo/graphic_novels/...
..and clicking on Download Issue #1.

This new art book will be a hardcover volume limited to a few thousand hand-numbered copies.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 to be donated* to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative. All of the participating artists are donating new original art for the book. Those contributors include:

Aaron Alexovich
Martin Ansin
Brandon Badeaux
Edmund Bagwell
Joe Benitez
Rick Berry
Nicholas Bradshaw
Dan Brereton
Evan Bryce
Stephanie Buscema
Jim Calafiore
Cliff Chiang
Katie Cook
Molly Crabapple
Camilla d'Errico
Michael Dialynas
Aaron Diaz
Kristian Donaldson
Ryan Dunlavey
Gary Erskine
Simon Fraser
Richard Friend
Dan Goldman
Cully Hamner
Matt Howarth
K Thor Jensen
Lukas Ketner
Sam Kieth
Clint Langley
Jeff Lemire
Corey Lewis
Milo Manara
John McCrea
Kevin Mellon
Moritat
Dean Motter
J O'Barr
Len O'Grady
Alberto Ponticelli
Rodney Ramos
Paul Renaud
Afua Richardson
Darick Robertson
Jimmie Robinson
James Romberger
Nei Ruffino
Tim Seeley
Liam Sharp
Alex Sheikman
Paul Sizer
Fiona Staples
Dave Taylor
Spike Trotman
Pete Venters
Matthew Weldon
Pete Woods
JK Woodward
Annie Wu

...and many others.

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What happens if you raise more than $26,000.00?

- If we raise more than $26,0000.00, we will be able to print more books. We would need to raise $82,000.00 to produce the number of books we have permission to print.


What happens if you raise less than $82,000.00?
- We will print fewer books.


What happens if you raise more than $82,000.00?

- For one thing, we can make a nicer book. We'd like to put a ribbon bookmark in it. That would be nice, wouldn't it? And we would throw a hell of a nice launch party for the charities and our supporters this spring.


What if you raise more than $100,000.00 here on Kickstarter?

- We're not going to raise more than $100,000 here on Kickstarter. We're not Neil Gaiman. But if we do raise that much, we'll ask him. As a member of the CBLDF's board of directors, he'll know what to do.


So if you DO make more than $100,000 here on Kickstarter, that doesn't go in your pocket?

- No. This project was never intended for profit. The entire team is working toward the Ultimate Goal of supporting the comics community through donations to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative. With over 100 volunteers involved, this project was always intended as a charitable effort.

________________________________________

* This donation will be comprised of donated books and/or goods and promotional events afforded through our fundraising efforts here on Kickstarter. No licensing fees or sales proceeds will be directed to DC Comics, Warren Ellis, or Darick Robertson.


Source: The TRANSMETROPOLITAN art book via Robot 6

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