The ENDTIME story begins. The apocalypse is coming, and our only hope for survival is Death himself.
IT'S TIME FOR THE STRETCH GOALS!
Thanks to all my current backers, the initial goal has been reached! So on with the stretch goals...Stretch goal #1 - $4,500 UNLOCKED!
- The Endtime "Event-Ticket" Bookmark
All backers who pledge at the $25+ levels will be receiving in addition to the original incentives a limited edition, numbered "event ticket" bookmark. (I will issue the bookmarks in numerical order beginning with the first eligible backer to this project.)
YES! - Stretch Goal #2 - $5,000 UNLOCKED!
- Endtime Character Collector Cards
All backers who pledge at the $25 level or higher will receive in addition to original rewards one complete set of 6 Endtime character collector cards!
Stretch Goal #3 - $6,000 (currently locked)
- Endtime Tote Bag
At $6,000 all backers who pledged at the $40+ levels will receive in addition to the original incentives a canvas Endtime tote bag.
Stretch Goal #4 - $7,500 (currently locked)
- Limited, Foil-stamped Hardcover Edition
At $7,500 all backers who pledged at the $75+ levels will receive a limited, foil stamped hardcover edition of Endtime: The Arrival in place of one of the paperback editions.
The Endtime story
An ancient prophecy has foretold the world will end. Our destiny is unalterable, but not if Jack Kurgan has his way.
Jack is a stubborn and defiant agent of Death. He’s been delivering souls to the afterlife for nearly a century. It’s his belief that the prophecy’s outcome can be changed. So Jack returns to his original human form with one goal in mind—to prevent the apocalypse.
His goal is to find Sarah Ramsey who, according to the prophecy, is the "tortured soul" responsible for setting in motion the world-ending events. The clock is ticking as Jack, wounded and alone, is forced to elude a mysterious group of men who will stop at nothing to keep him from finding Sarah and stopping the apocalypse.
Jack is getting closer, but time is running out. Sarah has become terminally ill and her death will ensure the end of civilization.
The history of Endtime
Endtime is a story over 10 years in the making. I conceived of the original idea for Endtime in 2001 after seeing Ingmar Berman’s film, The Seventh Seal. In the movie, Death appears to a knight returning from the Crusades and challenges him to a game of chess. The game becomes a symbol for the knight’s struggle with his own bravery and mortality.
Watching this film made me wonder, why does Death always have to be the antagonist? Why can’t Death be the hero? From that question, the Endtime story was born.
The future of Endtime and what I hope to accomplish with this campaign
While the first book is a complete story in itself, the larger story arc for
Endtime will be told in a tetralogy (a series of four books). This first 132-page, full color book, The
Arrival, is completely finished and ready
for printing (and to be read by you, comic fans!) Artwork for The Arrival was completed by Gerry Kissell (IDW's Code Word: Geronimo, IDW's A-Team, IDW and EA's Army of Two, as well as Iron Sky, Tubor and Bayeux)
The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise the money needed to go to print. If luck prevails and this campaign far exceeds its goal, I plan to award extra incentives and increase the number of copies printed in the first run to get this book into the hands of even more comic fans. (Spread the word! Help this campaign succeed!)
How you can help
To ensure the success of this printing project, I’m asking for your support. You can help make this next step a reality by becoming a backer of this project. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated and will help get this portion of the Endtime story into the hands of readers.
What’s in it for you
Your generosity will not go unnoticed. Your support for this project is vital to its success and I will recognize every dollar donated. There are varying levels of support detailed in the column to the right, each with its own incentive. Rewards begin at the $5 level, but any amount is welcomed and appreciated. The more you can give, the richer the rewards, but some are in limited quantities so don’t miss out.
How Kickstarter works
For those unfamiliar, Kickstarter is a unique, Internet-spawned source of seed capital referred to as "crowd funding." Backers interested in a creative concept invest in a project as a community, getting rewards for different levels of investment along with the satisfaction of helping to bring a creative idea to market. Projects are funded all or nothing, so if the minimum goal isn't met you aren't charged and the project isn't funded. Of course, it's my hope that with your help this project will meet (and even exceed) its funding goal.
Since Kickstarter's launch in April 2009, more than 28,000 creative projects
have been successfully funded by people from around the world. Please help make Endtime another Kickstarter success story.
…for your consideration, your generous donation, and for your support of this Endtime printing project.
A note for international backers
All international shipping costs must be added manually. Postcard reward only: add $2; Book/print: add $15. If you have already pledged and forgot shipping, you can edit your pledge amount through your account.
It will be a 132-page, perfect-bound softcover. I do plan to offer a limited edition hardcover as a stretch goal reward should the campaign exceed the goal I've set.
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Your name will appear on the Kickstarter appreciation page at the end of the book!Estimated delivery:
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A loud, booming thank you along with a shout out to you on the Endtime website's appreciation page.Estimated delivery:
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A personalized, signed Endtime promotional postcard along with website shout.Estimated delivery:
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A digital PDF or CBR download of the book before anyone else has a chance to see it along with postcard and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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A print copy of Endtime: The Arrival along with postcard and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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A print copy of Endtime: The Arrival signed by me and the artist, Gerry Kissell, along with postcard and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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TWO signed copies of the book -- one for you and one for your lucky comic-lover friend. Plus postcard and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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Complete set of six limited edition Endtime character collector cards along with two signed copies of the book, the postcard, and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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NEW! Your picture prominently displayed on the Kickstarter acknowledgment page in the back of the book, PLUS TWO signed copies of the book -- one for you and one for your lucky comic-lover friend. Plus postcard and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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A limited edition print of the cover signed by cover artist, Darran Douglas along with two signed copies of the book, the postcard, and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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Always wanted to be in a comic? Have a character from the upcoming Endtime Book 2: The Recruit drawn in your likeness. (Est. publish date: early 2014) You'll also receive two signed copies of book 1, the postcard, and website shout.Estimated delivery:
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Dinner with me along with personal invitation to the book launch party/signing. Let's eat at a swanky restaurant before the signing where we can chat about the rest of the Endtime story, our mutual love for comics, even your own comic project. I'd love to hear about it. (Food is on me, but you must provide your own transportation/accommodations to/in Ann Arbor, MI area.) PLUS a full-color original print of the story's hero, Jack Kurgan, hand-drawn and signed by the series artist, Gerry Kissell.Estimated delivery:
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Dinner with me along with personal invitation to join me at my vendor table at the Cherry Capital Con regional comic convention. Let's eat at a swanky restaurant before the convention where we can chat about the rest of the Endtime story, our mutual love for comics, even your own comic project. I'd love to hear about it. (Food is on me, but you must provide your own transportation/accommodations to/in Traverse City, MI) PLUS a full-color original print of the story's hero, Jack Kurgan, hand-drawn and signed by the series artist, Gerry Kissell.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)