UPDATE 29 July 2013: Well, it's all over! With your help, we made 131 Digital Sales! That translates as €1310 for the Irish Cancer Society. (And we flogged the rest in private sales at fundraiser events, etc...) So, you did it, Rochearounds! You added €1500 to the current €8428.32 total on my brother Paulie's NYC Marathon Fundraising page. (http://www.mycharity.ie/event/paulie_roches_event/). And that's from prints alone; I know lots of you tossed him a few coppers (and then some) along the way too.
Thanks for your patience in me pimping this project across all social media strata, and in waiting for the merch to make it to your homes. (The last batch from this week will be dispatched before Auto-Assembly.) And the messages you sent us...man, why you make my face wet? It's been lovely to have so many stories shared, but heartbreaking that so many of them are similar to ours, and some far, far worse. So, you done a good thing. And with that, on behalf of a Ream of Roches, and Me Oul' Da, 'As The Fella Says', thank you.
: Due to an absolutely unprecedented demand, we are considering upping the print run from 100 to 150. We're very, very close to selling out the initial 100 - hence this late night, panicked solution - BUT...I don't want to mess anyone around who thought they were getting a more limited edition than they now might be. If anyone
has any real concerns about this, please contact me at nickrocheart AT gmail DOT com. Looking at the carefully considered messages and the speed in which this order was filled in under twelve hours, I can't imagine anyone would object to making €500 more for a cancer society, but you're the ones who've parted with their hard-earned cash, so let me know if this concerns you in any way. All prints will still be numbered - now out of 150 instead of 100 - and the Free Print offer still stands to new customers who pay for shipping. But do contact me if you have any concerns, or feel you've been misled in anyway.
And from all us Roches, for your support, encouragement and kind messages, thank you so much.
Would you like to own this limited edition Art Print, and do something
good in the process? Then bear with me while I get a teeny bit personal.
Last year, I lost my Dad, Mick, to Cancer. He was the man who bought me
my first Transformer (Hot Rod, natch), supported me as I mooched around
his house long past the time I should have moved out, and even during
his stay in hospital last year, would flick through my newly-bought pile
of comics, telling me that I was "Much better than these other lads". I
never believed that, but it meant the world that he did.
Since the 'Oul Fella passed away though, my younger brother, Paulie, has
taken up running. Like, out of nowhere. And in that short time he's
gotten quite good at it. He made his goal this November's New York City
Marathon, and ever since he secured his place, has been working
tirelessly to come up with ways to raise sponsorship money for the Irish
This is my way of helping him raise some sponsorship money, so I hope you'll play along at home.
*I've made a limited-to-100 copies run of this A3 (29.7cm x 42cm) full-colour 160gsm print, which I call 'FASTER'
. The print will cost €10
of which every penny will go to the Irish Cancer Society, with
additional costs covering postage and packaging. Each copy will come
signed by myself, and individually numbered. You can purchase it by
clicking through below, and the prices are based on the Irish Postal
) calculated rates. Please indicate if you want
me to dedicate the signature to you, or leave a message of any kind.
*Amongst the options are 'Print For Collection'.
So, for example,
if you're attending Auto-Assembly, or any other convention of which I'm
a guest, you can simply pay now, and I'll hand it over to you in
person. Just indicate that this is what you wish to do in your Paypal
transaction, or via nickrocheart AT gmail DOT com
*All customers who order their print shipped will receive an additional FREE SIGNED ART PRINT
choosing. I have lots of older art prints - some colour, some black and
white - that I will chuck in for free as a thank you. Again, please
indicate if you wish me to dedicate the signature, or leave a message to
*Postage options are Standard (cheaper) and Registered (more expensive, but trackable).
*I'll be making one trip to the post office per week, so please be
patient for delivery, though it should be no more than 20 days from your
*Please contact me at nickrocheart AT gmail DOT com
with any enquiries, or if you wish to order more than one print.
*Once these 100 prints are gone, that's it. No more print runs.
So are you in? If so, we could potentially raise a €1000
Irish Cancer Society. That's kinda cool, right? I'll be pushing some of
Paulie's other fundraising endeavours on Twitter. I can be found at @NickRoche
and Paulie is @paulieroche
Also, if you don't fancy grabbing this limited art print, see if you
can pop a few coins in the boy's hat over at his My Charity sponsorship
page. It's http://www.mycharity.ie/event/paulie_roches_event/
manage to sell these 100 prints, you'll see Paulie's totaliser there
jump by a grand, and it'll be down to you lot.
I wouldn't have de-cloaked and revealed so much personal stuff if it
wasn't in support for The Child's running race, and in aid of a cause
that, unfortunately, has affected everyone in the history of ever. Thank
you all so, so much.