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Help Drew Ford Save His Business

$5,450 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 132 people in 7 months
Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Drew Ford, and I publish comic books and graphic novels under an imprint I own called It's Alive!  Before starting my own business, I worked as an editor at another publisher for several years, where I brought to publication over forty graphic novel reprint collections, earning two Eisner Award nominations along the way.

Last Year, I sent several international wire transfers to a printer outside the USA.  Initially, they told me everything was fine.  But months later, they told me they never received any money.  Obviously, I was in shock!  I immediately contacted my bank, who confirmed that the funds were sent and received by the bank in question.  After taking a closer look, my bank believes the printer has nothing to do with this, and that it is their bank who "lost" my money.  I would replace the word "lost" with "stolen", but that's me.

Anyway, my bank opened an official investigation, but after several months of investigating, has made it clear that I will probably not get my money back.

And then, the story gets worse.  Originally, the printer (who claims not to understand what is happening) decided to hold several of my books hostage, until I pay for them.  Obviously, since I have ALREADY paid for them to be printed, I will NOT be sending any more money to that printer.  But recently, I found out that the artist I was working with over there has been told NOT to send me my digital files until I pay them.  Although he is freelance, that artist makes a big chunck of his living wage from work that printer provides him.  Therefore, stuck between a rock and a hard place, he ultimately decided he couldn't afford to send me my digital files.

Of course, this means I had to start from scratch on several of my books, which I have.  I have hired a new artist (not affiliated with that printer in any way), and he has begun work on reconstructing my graphic novels, so that they will soon be ready for print.  Unfortunately, because I had to reconstruct several of my upcoming books, the money to print them will be difficult to come up with.  I am hoping that folks might be willing to pick up a copy of one of my books (present or upcoming), and help me raise the money to get back on track.  One way or the other I will make it happen, but I could sure use help.  And I have  a lot of upcoming projects that I can't wait to work on, once these handful of books are printed and out the door.

Thank you SO much for your time.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

Drew Ford
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IMPORTANT UPDATE

It's been almost three months since my last update. Unfortunately, my bank is no closer to recovering my money from the overseas bank that "lost it" last year. Unfortunately, the printer (who is also overseas) doesn't understand the situation, and simply wants their money. Therefore, since the bank has never given them the money I sent, the printer is not only continuing to hold my books hostage, but has also instructed a freelance artist who did the scanning and clean-up work on two of my projects, to hold the digital files until they receive their money. Obviously I am not sending any more money, and the bank over there isn't giving them the money I already sent, so I have to start two projects from scratch. The artist in question is also overseas, and apparently does a lot of work with that printer, so he can't afford to defy their requests. I understand that he is between a rock and a hard place, and I have told him I do not blame him. But the fact is this new wrinkle is going to cost me several thousand more to fix. Therefore, I have raised the amount of this GoFundMe campaign, in hopes of raising a bit more funds to help me resolve this problem. I have already hired a new artist to scan and clean-up hundreds of pages for my projects, and I will find a way to pay him no matter what. But if you can help out in any way, even just with $5 or $10, I would deeply appreciate it. And just as a reminder, the DOPE graphic novel collection by Trina Robbins is out! FAMILY MAN by Jerome Charyn and Joe Staton is done and heading to the printers, and VOYAGE TO THE DEEP by Sam Glanzman is being worked on as we speak by my new artist! So while things are tough financially, they are progressing. I will continue to move forward with all my publishing plans. Thank you for all your help thus far, and for any further support you can provide. I couldn't do it without your help.

Best,

Drew Ford
Publisher
IT'S ALIVE!
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I am moving ahead with my publishing plans, by launching a new Kickstarter campaign to publish Tanith Lee's THE SILVER METAL LOVER graphic novel adaptation by the legendary Trina Robbins. New cover and afterword by Colleen (A DISTANT SOIL) Doran, and new foreword by Gail (BIRDS OF PREY) Simone. Here is the link for anyone who wants to check it out:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/922494658/tanith-lees-silver-metal-lover-by-trina-robbins

I have decided not to let my recent financial set back stop me from moving forward with my publishing plans. The money coming in from this Go Fund Me has allowed me to get DOPE out to everyone who purchased a copy, allowed me to finish up work on FAMILY MAN, and allow me to get that much closer to finishing up VOYAGE TO THE DEEP! Thank you all SO MUCH.

Lastly, I have one more awesome reward to offer on here. Fan favorite comic book artist Jamal Igle has made a giant pin-up available on here for a donation of $150. The pin-up is 11" x 17", pen and ink on Bristol board. As a little extra plus, I am throwing in a photocopy he gave me of what the pencils looked like before he inked it. The subject of this pin-up is the character Chrometurion! Image attached.
Photocopy of initial pencil sketch
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Here is the second half of rewards donated by David Michelinie! An original page of Claw the Unconquered art by Keith Giffen and Bob Layton (signed by it's author, David Michelinie) for a donation of $190, an original page of Star Hunters by Mike Nasser (Michael Netzer) and Bob Layton (signed by it's author, David Michelinie) for a donation of $180, and one-of-a-kind 1978 color proof of the cover to Jonah Hex #14 with cover art by Rich Buckler & Frank Giacoia for a donation of $80. Any questions let me know. Thanks for your continued support!
Claw the Unconquered
Star Hunters
Jonah Hex
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Great news! Even though someone has already picked up the signed print by from Neil Gaiman, I just received in the mail today (from Neil) 10 posters, which contain artwork by artist David Mack and a New Year's Wish from Neil Gaiman. They are not signed, so I am not asking much. A donation of $35 gets you one of these posters (shipping included inside the US). If you wanna grab one of these from outside the US, send me a message and we can work out the shipping. And even if you don't grab a poster, definitely take a moment to read what Neil has to say in his New Years wish for all of you. Thank you to Neil, and thank you to all of you for your generous support.
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