Complex is an ongoing comic series that tells the story of a dysfunctional small town that holds the key to mankind's survival.
"If we can't hook you in a tweet, it won't be published"
The above quote is actually from an indy-publisher's website.
Complex is a book that is incredibly hard to sell in 140 characters and that makes it incredibly difficult to get published in today's comic book marketplace. We believe there is a market out there for a great book that cannot be broken down to a tweet, a book that both feeds and respects the intelligence of its audience.
We believe that Complex is that book.
Complex is a mystery story in the vein of The Prisoner (and not the new one with Ian Mckellan, the classic with Patrick Mcgoohan) or LOST. Complex is a story about a group of characters trapped in a manufactured community called Towne. From the outside Towne appears to be just a normal suburban village, however with each successive issue we learn that this is simply a veneer. In Towne there are two factions, one a group of scientists working on a secret project that could prevent the extinction of mankind and another that appear to be the guinea pigs for their experiments. Those being experimented on are kept docile and controllable through the use of memory implants and psychotropic drugs. Wives are assigned to "husbands" to watch over and indoctrinate, ultimately to attempt to extract and use them for their ultimate goal.
Oh, and there's a guy who can control electricity.
Complex has been getting incredible reviews so far from a number of popular and respected sites including Ain't It Cool News, Broken Frontier, Ingenre, and Renderwrx. We also have a 5 star rating on iBooks and a number of nice reviews on there as well.
So why are we asking you for money?
Complex is currently published by Impulsive Ideas. Impulsive Ideas is currenlty one-man (me), Michael Malkin. I created Impulsive Ideas in 2011 to publish Complex. I oversee the writing, production, website, promotion and everything else.
However that does not mean that I don’t work with some incredibly friendly, talented and committed freelancers. I have the true honor of working with artist extraordinaire Kay who creates the beautiful images you see every other month and Dekara who adds in the letters so you can see what everyone is saying.
And while I have an incredible amount of energy and passion for this project and have invested copious hours into its creation and promotion, I am a retail manager by day and comic entrepreneur by night. I am currently using my (relatively meager) savings account to fund Complex Your help in funding Complex goes a long way toward having the book continue on long into the future.
Our current Kickstarter is for $5000. That money will go directly to the creation of the next 5 issues of our ongoing series and first trade paperback. Complex is an ongoing series and the first arc will wrap up at the end of our sixth issue. At that point we will collect those issues along with our previously released Prologue (still available for free at http://www.readingcomplex.com) The trade paperback will ultimately clock in at over 200 pages. We have already completed and released 92 pages of original art and story over the past 9 months -- so you can have confidence we will complete the project and you will see a beautiful trade paperback on your doorstep if you contribute.
We have a lot of really cool rewards ranging from digital and print comics to cameo appearances in the book to having the trade dedicated to you.
Thank you for your help -- In a world of simple comics, please support Complex.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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For all pledges of $1 or more you will receive every issue of Complex released so far in digital format. We will send you the entire 64-page prologue and the first two full-length, 22-page issue in PDF, CBZ and ePUB formats.Estimated delivery:
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If you pledge at the $5 level you will get all of the digital comics from the $1 level, as well as a set of three exclusive Complex wallpapers just for Kickstarter backers.Estimated delivery:
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If you pledge $10 you will get all the digital items from the $1 level as well as the print editions Complex #1 and #2 signed by me, Writer / Creator Michael Malkin. Both Complex #1 and #2 are limited to print runs of 1000 for each issue, and some have to go to retail so this reward is limited to 500 total backers.Estimated delivery:
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Your name will be on the credits pages of the trade paperback, thanking you for making Complex possible. We will print as many pages as needed to thank everyone.Estimated delivery:
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A collection of ten 5X7 prints featuring the covers of all the Complex: Prologue covers and the first two full-length issues and two exclusive images only for Kickstarter supporters. Signed & Numbered - Limited to 50.Estimated delivery:
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When we produce Complex we do a color cover for the digital edition and a B/W cover for the print edition. Printing costs are expensive and the B/W cover helps us keep our costs under control. If you pledge at the $25 level you will receive all the digital items from the $1 level and you will also receive an extremely limited print edition of Complex #s 1 & 2 with color covers! We are printing these only as a Kickstarter reward and the $25 pledge level is the only way to get them. Print run of 100.Estimated delivery:
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The first trade paperback of Complex. The first trade will collect the 48-page prologue and the first six issues of the full-length series (Approximately 200 pages) This editon will have an alternate cover and be produced exclusively for Kickstarter backers with a print run limited to 250 copies.Estimated delivery:
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Have a walk-on role in a future issue of Complex. Ever dream of being in a comic book. If you contribute at the $100 level you could be in a future issue of Complex. What will you be? An orderly? A janitor? An executive? The possibilities are (almost) endless!Estimated delivery:
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The inside back cover of the trade paperback is yours. Want to run an ad for your comci series or an additional dedication page. You let us know -- as long as it is appropriate we will put it there.Estimated delivery:
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The dedication page of the trade paperback will be to you. We will put together an entire page that is an ode to you. Featuring prose and poetry by yours truly and all original artwork by Kay -- all celebrating your awesomeness. When people open our trade paperback -- the dedication will be the first thing they see.Estimated delivery:
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