Friday Blogging Experience: A Cartoon Band Hits the Big Time

by Ken Mueller on June 7, 2013 · 4 comments

book coverThree years ago Stan and Balthazar Ouro threw their instruments in their van and went out on tour. I dunno, maybe they were bored with their normal lives, or maybe they just got tired of living with Mom and Dad. Perhaps they just had a bad case of wanderlust, but along the way they had some pretty crazy adventures and met some rather interesting people (particularly out in Utah, where they decided to depict yours truly as an old and completely crazy person. The nerve!). Over the past three years they’ve also grown by accumulating new members for their band.

And now the adventure is really about to begin.

Much of the same can be said for my friends Jeremy Bentley and Jeff Burkholder, the creators of The Ouro Bros and the Neverending Tour, a weekly webcomic that follows the adventures of Stan and Bal as they tour the U.S. with their band. You might already be familiar with some of Jeff’s other work, as he is the creator of the weekly comic we have here every Sunday: The Social Life of Frank & Linh. The weekly webcomic that they started three years ago is about to move in a different direction, and in order to do that, and celebrate the first three years, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign. The purpose of the campaign, launched Monday, is to compile those first three years in a printed book. I first wrote about their efforts when they were launching the comic, and again on their first anniversary, and then their second anniversary.

Their original target was to raise $1,000. That’s all they needed. And they raised that in about four hours. As of this writing they have raised more than $2,000 and have added some pretty cool “stretch rewards” for contributors in order to keep the pledges coming in. As they reach new levels, new stretch rewards will be revealed.

There’s a lot I could say about this comic, though I have written about it before. I think it’s best to let the guys tell you more about it:

As someone who was there at the genesis of this project three years ago, this is incredibly exciting. Also exciting is that the guys have asked me to contribute by writing the forward for the book. (I’m working on it guys, I promise. You’ll have it soon!)

But enough of that. Check out their Kickstarter campaign, and consider pledging something and being a part of something that I believe has the potential to take off and be really big. Also check out the comic online.

And if you want to know more, my friend Sara Bozich asked the guys 5 questions earlier this week, while Jason Mundok has a great interview with them on his podcast, The Wood Stove House.




@KenMueller When the day comes that I have a little extra money from the book business, I'd like to do something similar. Hit the road with my Nikon and laptop, photographing and writing along the highways and bi-ways of this great land of ours.

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