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Madman’s Ginchy Glider!

Today I’m going to plug a Kickstarter campaign that has a little over two weeks left, but it’s no-risk because this cool project met its funding goals in a matter of hours.

In fact, do to very generous stretch goals that have already been met, the value of this project has already more than doubled.

This Kickstarter project is for a new version of a rare promotional balsa-wood glider that was made in 1992 to promote Mike Allred‘s Madman comics. It’s from The Drawn Word, who have successfully funded tons of projects over the years (some of which I’ve mentioned here) and who have already given us all kinds of great Madman projects like action figures and trading cards.

This time it’s a balsa-wood glider, and if you donate at a high enough level, (one that requires ten bucks postage), in addition to your gliders, you will get three Madman Duncan Yo-Yos, and four sheets of stickers, plus postcards and other goodies.

The Madman Ginchy Glider has several reward levels, and all but the most basic will include all the stretch goal rewards.

In addition to a set of three gliders, at higher reward levels you can also get a metal trading card, a Madmania fanzine digest, signed certificates, embroidered keychains and a full-color metal tin.

This is a sure bet, since the project is already fully-funded, and it’ll be cool to see if the mystery stretch goals get met.

I’ve been a fan of Mike Allred‘s work since before Madman. I remember reading his debut graphic novel, Dead Air, during an airshift at WVNS FM back in 1989 (pre-Radio Free Charleston).

Even then his storytelling was impeccable, and Madman was his star turn when Frank Einstein became one of the most recognizable independent comic book characters out there. It’s been about a decade since we last got any new Madman stories, but Allred has kept busy with projects for Marvel and DC, and is currently in the midst of X Ray Robot for Dark Horse. Last year saw the release of his book, BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams, a graphic novel memoir of Ziggy Stardust.

If you’re a fan of Madman or Mike Allred’s other work, or if you just like balsa-wood gliders and fun projects, you might want to take a look at this campaign…

1 Comment

  1. Mark Beckner

    Mike Allred is one of my favorite artists! I still have my Madman comic collection, an action figure and deck of Madman playing cards.

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