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A project in Los Angeles, CA by Shelly Bond

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Go from novice to nailing it in 9 panels.
Backers: 1257
Average Pledge Per Backer: $47

Funded: $59,707 of $50,000
Dates: Aug 1st -> Aug 31st (30 days)
Project By: Shelly Bond
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Latest News


August 30th - via:
Thanks to absolutely every one of you we crushed our target!  Massive thanks from AMATEUR HQ! We have 24 hours to unlock those stretch goals! But honestly, just so excited to be able to say THIS IS HAPPENING! Thanks again! Shelly Amateurs Log, Day... (Read More)

Now or Nothing!

August 29th - via:
Dear Loyal Amateur Backers, This might be my last project update so let me just say thanks right off the bat. You guys are the reason editors like me do things like this. Publishers find anthologies — especially the kind that invite over 50... (Read More)

We've Sweetened the Retailer Deal!

August 28th - via:
After some discussions with our retailer friends, we came up with a much sweeter retailer deal so I wanted to be sure that the 3 backers who already took us up on the 5 for $150.00 offer had the chance to change their pledge packages. Right now,... (Read More)

The Surge & The Skinny

August 27th - via:
Amateur's Log, Day 26. THE SURGE: We had quite the increase in backers and dollars over the weekend. Whether you've been with us from the start or you just joined the party, thanks for your generosity. In case you haven't seen it, check out the new... (Read More)

We Need Your Help!

August 22nd - via:
Hey, Amateur Backers! Wanted to update you on the funding progress. It’s steady but still so slow going as we enter our final week. Unless we really kick it up in the next 7 days, we will not be able to create this massive anthology of mercurial... (Read More)

HEY, AMATEUR! A Beginner's Guide to an Incandescent Life By SHELLY BOND & Friends

August 22nd - via:
Comics can teach you a lot about life, an editor Shelly Bond is taking that to a new level with a series of one-page instructional comics under the banner of Hey, Amateur!. Bond is raising runs for this anthology through Kickstarter, and if it reaches its $50,000 goal by August 31 it will released next year - with early copies sent to supporters. (Read More)

Amateur Monkey Business!

August 20th - via:
It's Day 20 of the Amateur's Log and I have a late-breaking new reward level to tell you about. It was all our intern’s idea.  Once he was given a suitable moniker, it went to his head.  Presenting, The Monkeys of Amateur SKETCH LOTTERY Level! 50... (Read More)

Meet Doctor Tork

August 19th - via:
Hello again from AMATEUR HQ! Let's give a hearty congrats to @AlfieGallagher who won the “Name our intern”  #monkeymoniker contest in a 2-1 vote. Alfie will receive the tiny piece of original art by Philip Bond and our monkey will now be... (Read More)

Giantesses Join The Amateur Party!

August 17th - via:
Busy day at AMATEUR HQ. Three cheers for the weekend!  In case you were away from your tech, here’s what happened: We announced new creative teams! With these two giantesses putting their skills together, ground will be obliterated in the best way... (Read More)

Food, Glorious Food!

August 16th - via:
Food, glorious food! Yes, it plays a mean part in our HEY, AMATEUR! assortment of how-tos. And why not consider a pledge level that includes a signed, limited edition print by some of your favorite artists like GILBERT HERNANDEZ? It’s a tale only... (Read More)

And Also This...

August 15th - via:
Even if you're clueless in the kitchen, HEY, AMATEUR! will encourage you to  and to And also this... You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00  (Read More)

3 EXCITING New Reward Tiers!

August 14th - via:
Check it out! Thanks to cartoonist GENE HA, you can make your Amateur STAR appearance in the book!  And FOREVER FABLES FANS, artist MARK BUCKINGHAM has 2 special reward tiers for 2 lucky backers.  (Read More)

Fat Caps & Fixing Flats!

August 13th - via:
When curating and editing anthologies, a favorite pastime of mine, I love to keep them interesting by including new creatives from disparate disciplines and even age groups. For FEMME MAGNIFIQUE, I hired a 16-year-old ballerina who chose to salute... (Read More)

Talent & Subject Roster Explodes!

August 11th - via:
Greetings from the Weekend Edition of the AMATEUR's log! We've been working around the clock to get you the latest in talent and subject announcement updates.   Thanks again for joining us in this curation operation creation! See you tomorrow for... (Read More)

Power Podcast & Herding Cats!

August 10th - via:
Busy day at AMATEUR HQ! We announced two new subjects and their respective teams so in case you were away from your tech, here’s a recap: Recorded a podcast last Tuesday with Paige Bird, Editor-in-Chief of Metiza, a fantastic magazine that focuses... (Read More)

HEY! We hit 10K!

August 9th - via:
Thanks to all the amazing backers who joined the AMATEUR party today. So stoked that we've surpassed 10K and to celebrate, I'm sharing one of our original "HEY, AMATEUR!" pages from the BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY. "How to be a Badass Goth," especially... (Read More)

Stray Dogs & Englishmen

August 8th - via:
Greetings from AMATEUR HQ on Day 8!  It’s one week since we launched the campaign. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Writer MATT MINER is no stranger to the comics scene so when I asked him to pitch me a subject for HEY, AMATEUR!, he... (Read More)

Cover Mockup & Danced Out

August 8th - via:
Here's the cover mockup compliments of BLACK CROWN's self-proclaimed general dogsbody Philip Bond. When I sent the image to The Allred's for approval, Mike replied with one word:  DIG! I think we're onto something here. Shelly  (Read More)

Gig Posters, Hot Sauce & Tonite's Live Gig!

August 7th - via:
Today’s new contributor announcements are crafty. And this time, it’s personal!  I’ve always wanted to learn how to screen print so I reached out to graphic design instructor and all-around art pro RORY PHILLIPS.  Rory illustrated a... (Read More)

In Search of...a Monkey Moniker

August 7th - via:
Amateur’s Log, Day 6 comes to a close with an important reminder:  Worldwide Shipping is FREE.  Please share this fun fact with your friends and relatives. It might be a bit buried within the campaign and it's a HUGE deal. We all know how... (Read More)

Blood & Guts & Lucid Dreaming

August 6th - via:
Talk about high contrast: today's creator announcements involve 3 talents whom I've known for either a total of 10 seconds or since the day they were born.  I met DELILAH S. DAWSON on a stage at SDCC in 2018 when she stopped by to quickly introduce... (Read More)

Badge of Honor!

August 6th - via:
Earlier today, we received the coveted Kickstarter “badge of honor.”  And by “we” I mean you.  Your support is absolutely essential here so I’ll say it again. Thank you so much. I’ve been busy behind the scenes at AMATEUR HQ creating... (Read More)

Frogs & No Bog!

August 5th - via:
Happy Monday! If you’ve ever wanted to touch a frog that isn’t dead like the one you dissected in high school, you need to help us build HEY, AMATEUR!. Cartoonist LIZ PRINCE, of Tom Boy and Eve Stranger  fame, will show you how to catch those... (Read More)

Weekender British Invasion Edition - Amateur Editor's Log, Day 4

August 4th - via:
Happy Sunday, People!  I’m not usually up this early but I was excited to pull myself out of bed earlyish to get to today’s announcement. Please join me in welcoming our Weekender British Invasion:  three creatives who proffer two new subjects... (Read More)

Artful Amateur - A Sellout!

August 4th - via:
Greetings, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning AMATEURS!  I come bearing great news! Our Artful Amateur - A pledge level that includes the exclusive hardcover, all the trimmings, and a limited edition print of the cover by Michael and Laura Allred is... (Read More)

Vampire Repellent & SFX!

August 3rd - via:
No need to sleep with one eye open wearing nothing but a garlic necklace! Writer LILAH STURGES (Lumberjanes) and artist MARTIN SIMMONDS (Punks Not Dead) will teach you “How to defend yourself against Vampires” — sparkly, bloodsucking, or... (Read More)

Amateur's Log - Day 2 of 30

August 3rd - via:
As we close out Day 2, I want to thank everyone who's backed us already. Your enthusiasm and generosity is greatly appreciated. We have 28 more days of Amateur ahead and my assistant and I have so many incredible things lined up:  Daily reveals of... (Read More)

Henderson & Bagge Join AMATEUR!

August 2nd - via:
Good morning from Amateur HQ!  We have 2 new “How To” subjects and their respective cartoonists to add to the anthology.  ERICA HENDERSON (Squirrel Girl) will be showing you “How to do a Turkish Get Up."  And comics veteran PETER BAGGE... (Read More)

Hey, Michael Allred Cover!

August 1st - via:
Here's the inked cover by the inimitable Michael Allred with color by his favorite wife/colorist, Laura Allred. There's a limited edition signed print available as a backer option under Artful Amateur - A so please check it out if you want to adorn... (Read More)

First Post: Hey!

August 1st - via:
Hey, Crowdfunders! Big thanks for joining us in what looks like a rollicking campaign that will leave us a bit more talented and smarter.  Throughout the next 30 days we'll share the inner machinations of building this exclusive hardcover. ... (Read More)

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