A comic book miniseries about the Rapture - with all the thievery, chaos, sex, & explosives that make life worth living. Get #1 for $2!
People have shouted it on street corners.
Maybe you were warned in Sunday School.
But it’s true. THE END IS NEAR. And Bram & Ben are ready to milk it for all it’s worth!
Radio and televangelists have warned us all about The Rapture. At the beginning of the final war between Heaven & Hell, all of the ‘good’ people will get sucked up into Heaven body & soul. – And as a result, the only people still on Earth will be the flawed and charmingly immoral characters that make for great entertainment!
In the moment that millions of people disappear in flashes of light, Bram Carlson – a gleefully Bacchanalian hipster – gets Raptured in a clerical error. Now he and his tightly-wound life-long friend, Ben, have all the inside knowledge about the epic days ahead. They waste no time to use the Apocalypse for their own benefit.
Tackling a major modern mythology from a uniquely fresh, outsider’s angle – The Life & End Times of Bram & Ben dives into the prophesized Apocalypse that has held American’s imagination repeatedly – from The Book of Revelation to Stephen King’s The Stand. Our approach is playfully irreverent and imaginative – not an attempt to just shock and offend. (Think Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens) The Rapture has become a part of our American mythos – but no one has really showed us how much fun it can be. Until now.
WHAT YOUR $$$ GOES TOWARD
The long story short is, it takes much, much longer to illustrate a comic than it does to write one. In particular, Remus (our artist) puts an INCREDIBLE amount of time and skill into his work. He has agreed to do this 120+ page project in a timely manner -- but he needs to be able to pay for things like rent and food while he does it. (And we are taking him away from illustration and design jobs that would pay MUCH better than what we can offer him - but he is truly passionate about this project.) Jim & James are taking NO MONEY WHATSOEVER for their writing or expenses on this project. We just really, and truly want to get this unique comic out into the world.
In the end, Jim & James will still be paying some of Remus' basic overhead - as well as costs for lettering, printing, and all the other business of actually finishing a comic. (Unless you guys go crazy and donate, like, $9,000.) But your help is essential to ensure that we can actually afford to execute this at a level of quality the comics industry simply demands.
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Aug 4, 2011 - Sep 18, 2011 (45 days)
Pledge $2 or more
GET A HIGH-RES PDF OF ISSUE #1 immediately upon its completion! Plus, access to the supporter-exclusive web material.
Pledge $5 or more
FUN PACK & THANK YOU! - In addition to the PDF of ISSUE #1 (email), we'll mail you assorted goodies - a SIGNED "Life & End Times" ART POSTCARD, some cheeky CUSTOM STICKERS we're working on, and a little thank-you note! Plus, access to behind-the-scenes site - where WE WILL THANK YOU BY NAME!
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A LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED COPY OF ISSUE #1! Plus, we'll thank you BY NAME on our web site! AND supporter-exclusive site access. (Note, the comics will take a few weeks extra for print turn-around and re-mailing to you.)
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THREE SIGNED COPIES of "The Life & End Times of Bram & Ben" #1! Share with Friends! Excited about this project? Want to spread the love to people who don't track down comics but would get a kick out this? This is IT! - PLUS some extra fun goodies! Also, we will THANK YOU by name online, and IN ISSUE #1!
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A unique, HAND-DRAWN SKETCH by our fantastic artist, Remus Brezeanu! PLUS, we send you a SIGNED FIRST ISSUE of Life & End Times AND we will include a SIGNED MARVEL COMIC FROM JAMES!! All this, as well as access to the behind-the-scenes site, some other little goodies, and we will THANK YOU online and IN ISSUE #1!
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JAMES & JIM AT YOUR DISPOSAL! This IS NOT prostitution, but rather the next best thing. The writers will avail themselves to you for TWO HOURS! Want to learn how to write for comics? James will teach you! Have a script you want notes on? We'll read it and give notes! AND a quotable blurb for your final project! We'll guest on your podcast! - Anything that can be done via phone, Skype, email, etc (and is legal) - we'll do it! PLUS, get a signed #1 of the comic, site access, AND we'll thank you as a 'PATRON SAINT' - including not only your name, but the web address of whatever you wish to promote on our website AND in the comic! (Your business/blog/project/twitter account...)
Pledge $100 or more
Since we can't mouth-kiss you from here - you'll get A FULL-SIZE (8"x11") HAND-DRAWN SKETCH from Remus, THREE SIGNED COPIES OF #1, a SIGNED HARDCOVER of one of James' Marvel Comics projects, extra assorted goodies, site access, AND we'll thank you online and in the issue as a PATRON SAINT - including your name and the web address of whatever (legal) site you want to promote! (That's better than our kissing, anyway.)
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BE AN EXTRA IN THE COMIC! You (or a loved one of your choosing) will be IMMORTAL as we DRAW YOU INTO A SCENE in our comic! PLUS - you'll get a personal SKETCH from Remus of your 'character', as well as THREE signed copies of the book to show off to friends! In addition, you'll get site access and listing as a PATRON SAINT online and in the comic, linking to whatever you want to promote!
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BE A CHARACTER IN THE COMIC! You (or a loved one of your choosing) will be immortalized and FAMOUS when we use YOUR NAME & LIKENESS as a supporting character in the comic! You'll have lines of dialogue, and be identified by name (and we promise not to humiliate you)! PLUS you'll get a hand-drawn SKETCH from Remus of your character, as well as FIVE signed copies of the comic to show off! An of course, you'll get the behind-the-scenes site access and listing as a PATRON SAINT online and in the comic, linking to whatever you want to promote!
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FOR COMIC SHOP-OWNERS*: James will coordinate to appear and do a LIVE COMIC SIGNING EVENT - as well as bring along around $200 WORTH OF HIS BOOKS & COMICS (cover price) - for YOU to KEEP & SELL. In addition, we will PLACE ADS & LINKS for your store on our site and IN THE COMIC! (Ad must be supplied by you.) James is currently writing the Marvel Comics series GENERATION HOPE, but has other projects rolling out this fall and winter including Astonishing X-Men! --- *Note: due to travel costs, this Reward can only be offered in areas James will be traveling - Greater Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Portland OR, Cleveland OH, or NYC.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011