Why You Need Mark Rudolph's Closing Doors:
Mark Rudolph’s Closing Doors is the story of struggling record store owner Elvin Cherry who is torn between the necessities of living in a stark urban landscape where mom and pop stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past and his love of the store that is not only his life’s work but also the hub of a small eccentric community.
Our communities have changed so much in the 21stcentury that many people no longer remember the thrill of digging through dusty crates and high-piled boxes for hidden gold. We rely more on yelp reviews for guidance than a learned shop owner behind a counter and showcase shop for the best deals instead of indulging in the age old tradition of haggling. Closing Doors is a love story for everyone who laments the loss of the record store down the block that started your obsession with Stax Records, the newsstand stand on the corner that sold you your first copy of Punk Magazine or local comic shop that showed you that there was more to there was more to funny books than DC vs. Marvel.
Nix Comics, with its mission to create comics that appeal as much to record and music fans as comic fans, is proud to add Closing Doors to its roster of books. Mark Rudolph is a truly singular talent and this story strikes all the right chords.
"Mark Rudolph's haunting CLOSING DOORS is a lament for much more than the record store. It's also a eulogy for the locally owned book store, the
corner drug store, the comic book shop, the corner grocers, and every
other small shop that once dotted the streets of our cities and small
towns. These were the businesses that made the places we lived distinct,
and our own.
Rudolph fills his engaging tale with loving detail and the familiar
characters that those of us, who spent more time in such places than we
should have, knew all too well. This is no mere nostalgia trip. CLOSING
DOORS is about the American Dream, when someone with an idea and a work ethic could scrape together a little cash, open a store and make a life.
CLOSING DOORS shows the death of that dream, as the bigboxes and the all-consuming internet sweep over the nation like barcoded Four Horsemen.
Do we even understand what we've lost? Rudolph does."
What Nix Comics Needs to make it happen & what you get:
All funds raised through this crowd funding campaign go directly to printing a limited run of 500 copies of Closing Doors (a 74 page B&W graphic novel), shipping costs and royalties for Mark Rudolph for this print run. (That's right! Nix artists always get paid! Up front!)
For a $15 Pledge you'll get a a copy of Closing Doors shipped to your door! (Please add $10 for overseas shipping)
For a $35 Pledge you'll receive a subscription to the complete Nix Comics 2013 slate of Comics: Closing Doors, Nix Comics Quarterly #5 and Nix Mini Comix #1 and #2 plus Nix Western Comics #2 (June 2013), Nix Comics for Kids #2 (July 2013) and Nix comics Quarterly #6 (September 2013)... Plus any bonus titles released before December 2013!
(Please add $30 for overseas shipping… It’s a lot of books!)
For a $60 Pledge you'll get every comic Nix has to offer: A complete set of Nix Comics To Date! Closing Doors, Nix Comics Quarterly #1-5, Nix Western Comics #1-2 (Including the deluxe Record and comic combo!), Nix Comics for Kids #1-2, Nix Mini Comix #1-2 plus any bonus titles!
(Please add $40 for overseas shipping… Again, it’s a lot of books!)
ABOUT MARK RUDOLPH
Mark Rudolph is a Detroit cartoonist who works within the framework of heavy metal and caricature. Bringing a sense of humor to a genre of music widely known for it's seriousness, his work combines elements of 60s comics, album cover paintings and political cartoon to magazines, album covers and comics. Drawing from the rich history of comics illustration, his work shrugs off the stereotypical stylings of heavy metal imagery and focuses on the musicians themselves rather than fantasy or gore aesthetics associated with the genre. The grotesqueness is conveyed in the exaggerated human form rather than subject matter of the lyrics and album covers.
Growing up in the 80s, he learned the analog forbearers of digital coloring, art reproduction and printing, which has influenced his digital work to still possess imperfections and the look as if a hand has touched the art. Nearly all of his illustration process is still analog. Ink on paper with minimal digital postproduction. Having a tactile finished piece that relies only on a few simple tools rather than a computer, electricity and software is deeply satisfying in its simplicity for him. Simplicity is what Rudolph is striving toward.
He's been working in the extreme music underground since the early 90s where he published fanzines, created album covers and co-hosted a podcast about heavy metal. Combining his love of music and art, Rudolph has recently published Satan is Alive: A tribute to Mercyful Fate which includes prose, comics and illustration by a group of renowned artists and cartoonists. He is currently working on the graphic novel I, Barbarian, the Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever comic series and monthly illustrations for Decibel and Metal hammer magazine.
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