'Autobiographical Conversations' Comic Book by Ryan Claytor

A 96-page comic book about autobiographical theory and how it relates to the medium of comics, by Ryan Claytor and Harry Polkinhorn.
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Ryan Claytor
Comic
Lansing, Michigan
United States
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Autobiographical Conversations Comic Book

My name is Ryan Claytor and I write and illustrate a series of autobiographical comics titled, And Then One Day.  With your help, I’d like to publish my most recent story arc, Autobiographical Conversations, as a 96-page collected edition.

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Autobiographical Conversations centers on a discussion between Harry Polkinhorn (a professor of English who teaches classes on the personal essay) and me (at the time, a graduate student studying Comics and Fine Art) about autobiography, comics, and the intersection of the two. 

I have spent several years researching, developing, and illustrating this project and I’m eager to share it with you in its final collected edition, as I envisioned it from the start.  My hope is that the comics medium will provide a more visual approach to understanding autobiographical theory and framing the subject matter in the context of a conversation will allow the reader to feel more engaged, almost as though they were part of that conversation unfolding. 

What is Needed

The $3,000 goal will allow me to have 1,000 copies of this project professionally offset-printed in a single volume.  While the original mini-comics had print-runs between 100-300 copies per issue, this larger quantity will give me the opportunity to reach a broader audience through national distribution. 

$3,000 for 1,000 copies

Additions to the collected edition of Autobiographical Conversations:

  • Black-and-white pages have been remastered and will be printed in duotone color;
  • Paper upgrades for both interior and cover stocks;
  • Cover design will feature French folds and foil stamping;
  • New pages featuring supplemental material and behind-the-scenes process information about the creation of this project.

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Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you’re not able to make a monetary donation, that’s okay!  I can use some help to spread the word about this new project.  You might consider:

  • Using the Indiegogo share tools;
  • Posting about this project on your website/blog;
  • Tweet/Tumble/Facespacing this website’s URL on your social media outlets;
  • Telling a real, live, person about it when you interact with them in the analog world!
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    Limited-edition, signed and numbered, 4x6” print available exclusively to fundraiser supporters in thanks for your donation.

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    The New Book

    The new book, Autobiographical Conversations, will be sent to you autographed with a personalized sketch. You tell me who to make it out to and I send it! Plus, you will receive the limited-edition, signed and numbered, 4x6” print available exclusively to fund raiser supporters.

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    Have you seen the big (18x24”), beautiful (full-color, offset-printed) posters that I illustrated for the Michigan State University Comics Forum? (If not: http://www.elephanteater.com/8920) Would you like to own all three? Well, this is the pledge for you. Along with all three Ryan Claytor Illustrated MSU Comics Forum posters, you will also receive a copy of Autobiographical Conversations autographed with a personalized sketch, and the limited-edition, signed and numbered 4x6” fund-raiser print.

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    This perk gives you EVERY SINGLE ONE of my books (12 in all), including all of my sold-out mini-comics that you can't find anywhere (unless you bought them years ago or you raid my closet). This perk allows ONE lucky person to do the latter. Will it be you? Incentive includes Autobiographical Conversations autographed (with personalized sketch) as well as the limited-edition, signed and numbered, 4x6” print available exclusively to fund raiser supporters.

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    Own the original artwork from my illustrated MSU Comics Forum posters. I will personally custom-matte the original art along with the corresponding color poster and send it to you in an oversized flat envelope. Please specify 2009 or 2010 poster (2011 has been claimed). Along with this one-of-a-kind piece of art, you will also receive a copy of Autobiographical Conversations autographed with a personalized sketch, and the limited-edition, signed and numbered, 4x6” fund raiser print.

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    ...when you can just read THE ORIGINAL ART PAGES!??! With a $1000 pledge, you can own 25 pages of original art from ANY of my books. (Your choice of available pages, of course.) Grab all the remaining pages from one book, or mix and match pages from different issues. And hey, along with the 25 original art pages, I'll throw in a copy of Autobiographical Conversations autographed with a personalized sketch, as well as the limited-edition, signed and numbered, 4x6” fundraiser print.

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    I will fly anywhere (within the United States and Canada) and deliver an artist lecture at your university, college, high school, museum, or gallery. Lecture time is approximately 1 hour plus time for Q and A following the lecture. Cost of flight, room, and board is INCLUDED in the price of this winning bid. When I step off the plane, I will also hand you an Elephant Eater Comics package including EVERY SINGLE BOOK I’VE EVER PRODUCED!!!

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