Antarctic Press...Keeping it Cold in the Antarctic

Support independent comics by helping Antarctic Press continue to be...Antarctic Press.
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Joeming Dunn
Comic
San Antonio, Texas
United States
2 Team Members

Gold Digger #200About Us
Antarctic Press is an independent comic book publisher that was founded in 1985 by Ben Dunn. Starting it in a converted garage with a brand new original Macintosh, Ben (with the help of friends) published Antarctic's first title,Mangazine. At that time, to publish a comic here in San Antonio, you had to print the cover at one location, the interior at another, and then get binding from a third. In the early years, as with most businesses, it was a struggle, but Ben managed to hang in there, doing titles like Extremely Silly Comics and Ninja High School. Since then, Antarctic Press has expanded. I (Ben’s brother, Joe Dunn) joined the fray in 1989, and we have been publishing continuously since then, coming out with a multitude of titles in a variety of genres which have endeared us to our fans.
 
Over the years, we have contributed to the industry with our unique brand of business. Being a creator’s rights-associated publisher, we have opened the door for numerous creators, many of whom had some of their first work appear under an Antarctic Press imprint. These include creators and artists like Terry Moore, Dave Johnson, Neil Googe, Esad Ribic, Yanick Paquette, Fred Perry, Rod Espinosa, Joe Wight, and David Hutchison, just to name a few. The gallery provides but a small sampling of titles we have published and the artists and creators who did them. We have seen every incarnation the industry has undergone during our existence, enduring its many ups and frequent downs, and through it all, we have persevered over time. We have stayed in business with hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and prayers from the people who have worked for us and have provided their creations for publication.
 
What Happened
While we have been in business for many years, it has never been a financial windfall; we made comics we wanted to read and share with the world. Over the past year and a half, we took the step of expanding into the mass retailer market—specifically, into retail stores like Wal-Mart. While this distribution channel gave us extensive exposure to a much wider audience, it was also very costly to supply it, mostly owing to necessarily large print runs. Our inexperience in this market resulted in us being ill-prepared for returns. This, in combination with the large printing bills, has placed us in a financial quandary. The bottom line is that all this hard work over so many years is now in jeopardy. Everyone here has sacrificed in their own way to help us stay in business, including taking business and personal loans to help us climb out of the hole we made for ourselves. Unfortunately, we still need help.  This situation could force us to make significant changes in our future publishing operations. This is where we hope you can contribute. Even a few of you could make a huge difference.
 
Help Us Keep Antarctic Press…Being Antarctic Press
So what is the money going for? The best way to describe it is paying down the debt incurred from the large print runs and heavy returns. It is always difficult to ask for help, but due to current circumstances, we have incurred over $70,000 in debt and costs from returns. We do not ask or want anyone to just pay our debt for us; we believe we have provided some great perks for your support. It is difficult to see things go south at this time; we have an extremely strong schedule coming up and would hate to see these projects not come to fruition. In addition, we are attending conventions, developing an app for our library of titles, and working on books and projects outside the comics industry, which will go towards righting our previous mistakes. However, all these projects will take time to implement, and right now we need your help to keep us going until then. That is why we are starting this campaign and asking for your support.  Many great titles like Strangers in Paradise, Ninja High School, Gold Digger, and Last Zombie, which are from lots of great creators, might not have been released without Antarctic Press. Now you can help us keep on doing what we do best.  And if none of these perks appeal to you, you can still visit our website to check out what other products we have to offer.
 
If you have been a fan since our inception in 1985, we do appreciate your support over the years, and if you are a new reader, thanks for giving us a chance. Wouldn't you like to see us continue our work for years to come? Wouldn't you like to see Fred do another 200 issues of Gold Digger, one of the longest-running creator-owned comics ever? We are asking for $3000, an amount that will help us eliminate one of our smaller loans and help “keep the AC on.” We do like it cold in the Antarctic.
 
If you can’t contribute…
We realize that things are tight for many, and if you are unable to contribute, we completely understand. If you are not comfortable pledging, donating, bailing out, or whatever you want to call it, we completely understand, but we hope you reconsider after seeing our long history of great and unusual comics in a multitude of genres. If you cannot contribute but want to help, you can get the word out about the campaign. Maybe you have a friend or family member who wants to get an instant comic collection. Use whatever social media you have at your disposal to help out.  Even if you are just thinking about us, we still appreciate your support.  Thanks for taking the time to read about our campaign.

WE HAVE A STRETCH GOAL OF $10,000 for the last week of the campaign. If we hit the goal we will provide another exclusive AP JAM print to all contributors above $25. Thanks for the support.

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This campaign ended on July 15, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Thanks for the support

    Thanks for supporting us.

    4 claimed
  • $2USD
    Wallpaper

    This perk includes a very Antarctic Cool Wallpaper by one of our great artist.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $5USD
    AP Comic and Wallpaper

    Not only do you get the Wallpaper but you get one (1) random Antarctic Press Comic. Just add it to your collection or if you already have it, makes a nice gift

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10USD
    Antarctic Press 5 Pack

    Get five (5) random Antarctic Press Comics (no duplicates) plus the Wallpaper. It's a neat idea if you think about it.

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $15USD
    Antarctic Press Signed 5 Pack

    Not only do you get five (5) random Antarctic Press Comics (no duplicates) plus the Wallpaper, one of the comics will be signed one of either Fred Perry, Ben Dunn, Brian Denham, Joe Wight or David Hutchison.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20USD
    Antarctic Press Signed 10 Pack

    With this perk you get ten (10) random Antarctic Press comics (no duplicates) and the Wallpaper, but you also get to choose to get an autographed copy from either Fred Perry, Ben Dunn, Brian Denham, Joe Wight or David Hutchison.

    23 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    Special Indiegogo Print

    Get a special Indiegogo ONLY 11 x 17 print, signed by Fred Perry, Ben Dunn, Brian Denham, Joe Wight and David Hutchison. Oh yeah, you get the Wallpaper also.

    31 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $40USD
    Original Artwork Perk

    This is a perk you can't miss. Get a random piece of Original Artwork from one of our great creators. We only have a limited number so act fast. You also get the Wallpaper if the artwork was not good enough.

    13 claimed
  • $50USD
    Antarctic Press Grab Bag

    Get the special Indiegogo ONLY signed print and thirty (30) random Antarctic Press books (no duplicates) and the Wallpaper.

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    AP Subscription Special

    Not only do you get the special Indiegogo print but you also get a subscription to every comic we publish for 6 months. You will get at least 30 books with this perk so if takes longer than 6 months to reach 30 books, this perk will be extended. Plus you get the Wallpaper.

    7 claimed
  • $100USD
    AP Assistant Editor

    Assistant Editor – Become an Antarctic Press assistant editor for a month. Be involved in the process as you get sent PDF’s of all the Antarctic Press books for an entire month BEFORE they go to press. You can make suggestions (we may actually use them) and if you spot an editorial goof let us know. You’ll even get an editorial credit, a pic and copies of the books for that month.

    5 claimed
  • $175USD
    AP 1 Year Subscription Special

    Not only do you get the special Indiegogo print but you also get a subscription to every comic we publish for 12 months. You will get at least 60 books with this perk so if takes longer than 12 months to reach 60 books, this perk will be extended. Oh yeah, Wallpaper also.

    1 claimed
  • $200USD
    AP Super Subscription Special

    Not only do you get the special Indiegogo print but you also get a subscription to every comic AND tradepaperback we publish for 12 months. You will get at least 60 books with this perk so if takes longer than 12 months to reach 60 books, this perk will be extended. Wallpaper included.

    4 claimed
  • $250USD
    AP Associate Editor for Fred

    Associate Editor – Be one of select associate editors for Fred Perry. Get the perk of an assistant editor…plus since you’re one of the associate editors for Fred you get to be in a one hour editorial meeting with Fred via Group Skype to talk about that issue of Gold Digger. Limited spots are available.

    9 out of 20 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $275USD
    Original Print Perk

    Well we are coming down to the last bit of the campaign, we are now offering the actual original artwork for the Indiegogo campaign. A Jam piece from Fred, Ben, Joe W and David. There are only two pieces available and it will be a first come first served. The first buyer will get the first pick but both pieces are great.

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500USD
    AP Instant Collection

    Either you want an instant collection or you want to punish someone with an instant collection. Get AT LEAST three hundred (300) random Antarctic Press books (no duplicates) with some other perks. Lots of other stuff, you will be happy with this choice.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $1,200USD
    Almost Instant Comic

    Ben Dunn wanted to offer a perk. Some of you out there have an idea you want to see in comic book form and he is offering to draw an 8 page story that you may have. Now it does not include publishing rights (ask me why), also he has the right to refuse any story (like if has a really controversial subject), finally it cannot have super high number panels a page (try to keep it like a normal comic which has 4-6 panels per page). Only one available so first come first served.

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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