The COMPLETE series of alternative, sci-fi and horror comics by writer / creator Justin Zimmerman, featuring lead artist Mike Lawrence.
(100% achieved. At $10,000, color! See below...)
The Other Worlds Skinny!
What do you get when you mix an insanely diverse batch of original short scripts by a single writer with an array of comic's best independent artists? OTHER WORLDS, that's what!
My name is Justin Zimmerman, and I've been working on OTHER WORLDS since 2009. I paid the artists for every page...over $10,000 in total has been personally devoted to the project over the past 4 years. I wrote the scripts, hand-picked the talent, sent the work-for-hire contracts, delivered the checks and lettered most of the pages. Why? Because I love comics, I wanted to become a better writer and I had stories to tell...
Stories about the last library, run by robots, infiltrated by two trespassing children. Stories about monsters in the basement and spaceships in the sky. Stories that mixed American Gothic mystery with classic comic book fight scenes and stories that mixed dream imagery with industrial despair. Stories that moved in wildly different directions - anything but expected - and spun both incredibly positive and terribly negative, sometimes in the space of a scant several pages. Stories about families and friendship and love and loss, stories about life and death and war and remembrance. Lots and lots of stories. 6 issues worth!
And folks...they're finished!
Just look who I came back with! Mike Lawrence penciled, inked, used charcoal, painted and pretty much defined the professional aesthetic of the book single-handedly through multiple stories and several covers. He's currently drawing an original graphic novel that should be in stores throughout the country in 2014 for AMP. Grace Allison followed her OTHER WORLDS gig with amazing work for IDW and Monkeybrain. Tym Godek, whose work Scott McCloud enjoys, is currently churning out cool comics for international magazines like C'est Bon. And I even got to work with Russ Brown again, who drew the entirety of my original comic series The Killing Jar!
These are just SOME of the many incredible talents I worked with on OTHER WORLDS over the 6 issues, and I can't wait to show 'em to you!
The stories are finished. The art is in hand. The production work is wrapped. I have several goals for this Kickstarter campaign, but they're simple. With your help, my first goal is to print the complete OTHER WORLDS in one massive tome. To wit: all six issues, every story, every extra, every behind-the-scenes image I can find. And because the art is so diverse - pencil, ink, digital ink, inkwash, charcoal, watercolor, color pencil, spray paint, etc. - it's important that the final product reflects the excellence that went into the making of the art. To that end, I will print locally on the highest quality paper with one of three presses I've worked with before. Anyone who knows anything about printing knows that going local can cost as much as 50% more than national or international printing, but sustainability and quality are what's paramount. I am pledging to create an incredible book for you to enjoy for years to come. That's why I'm here.
I do have stretch goals, but they apply only to the printing of the book. At $5,000, I can create an amazing locally-printed B+W masterpiece. At $10,000, I can add a variety of full-color tip-ins throughout the book's interior. At $15,000, I can add a beautiful wrap-around dust-jacket. At $20,000 I can split the book into two separate volumes, each with their own distinctive cover, and each packaged together by a special sleeve. And at $30,000, we're talking hard cover! At each stretch goal I will also include a new, signed lobby card and / or button design for you to enjoy as well.
To Sum It Up...
Thanks for supporting independent comics. I'll see you out there.
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Folks, I've delivered several Kickstarter books on time and on budget, including the original Other Worlds TPB that collected the first 3 issues. I've printed my books locally every time and have a great relationship with multiple local printers. I am communicative throughout the process and take my responsibility to my backers 100% seriously. I see no issues with delivering OTHER WORLDS in a timely and professional manner.
So, I've signed with A WAVE BLUE WORLD to release Other Worlds on ComiXology...in WINTER of 2013 at the EARLIEST. All of my focus is on the exclusive print version on the book...making the Kickstarter exclusive print run the best it can be, period. So...someday, hopefully. But, if I'm going to be honest with you, I'd rather you read the work on the printed page if possible. It's just so much cooler, especially with all the big Other Worlds art!
Right now I have 6 issues - 120 pages or so - of story content. But I have multiple in-process pages (character designs, pencils, script excerpts), color tip-ins, and even a bonus story that I would like to include in the book. This will all be dependent on how much money I raise. Still, it will be a hefty TPB...no matter what level I achieve, I'll be printing on the best paper and the highest quality cover stock, which makes for a beautiful presentation.
My pal Jarrod Whittington, an incredible indie talent. Check out his work here: http://jarrodwhittington.com/index.htm
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HOLDING THE LINE. Somewhere, somehow, an evil alien attack will be thwarted by a rag-tag band of small, sentient, microbe scientists. Why? Because you pledged 5 bucks to Other Worlds. Also, your name will be immortalized in the back of Other Worlds. AND, you'll get all project updates. And who DOESN'T love updates? But seriously, get the book instead. It's going to be awesome.Estimated delivery:
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BRINGING HOME THE ROBOT BACON. Your very own copy of Other Worlds, signed by Justin. You'll be thanked in the back of the book to boot. You'll also get a cool Other Worlds button!Estimated delivery:Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
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TWO RODE TOGETHER. Your very own copies of BOTH Justin's independent comic collections, Other Worlds and The Killing Jar. Both signed by Justin, both with accompanying buttons. You'll also be thanked in the back of Other Worlds.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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RUSTLE THE RUSSELL. You love Other Worlds. You love Russell Brown's work in Other Worlds. You love The Killing Jar. You love Russell Brown's work in The Killing Jar. Well, here's your change to get signed copies of both Other Worlds and The Killing Jar, thanks in the back of Other Worlds, accompanying buttons AND I'll hand-pick TWO pieces of ORIGINAL ART from The Killing Jar to send to you.Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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PANELS, PANELS EVERYWHERE! Want your very own page of Other Worlds interior art? Here it is, first come, first serve. And, your very own copy of Other Worlds, signed by Justin. You'll be thanked in the back of the book to boot. You'll also get a cool Other Worlds button! Check out the possibilities here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.594545737228839.151244.188757024474381&type=1&l=b524cfe12fEstimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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SINGLE AND LOVING IT. Want your very own SPLASH PAGE of Other Worlds interior art? Here it is, first come, first serve. And, your very own copy of Other Worlds, signed by Justin. You'll be thanked in the back of the book to boot. You'll also get a cool Other Worlds button! Check out the possibilities here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.594544083895671.151243.188757024474381&type=1&l=5fcf76b005Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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DOUBLE TROUBLE. Want your very own DOUBLE-PAGE SPREAD of Other Worlds interior art? Here it is, first come, first serve. And, your very own copy of Other Worlds, signed by Justin. You'll be thanked in the back of the book to boot. You'll also get a cool Other Worlds button! Check out the possibilities here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.594535543896525.151240.188757024474381&type=1&l=aaf89e8fd4Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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COVER ME. Want your very own Other Worlds COVER? Here they are, first come, first serve. One's by Russ, the other is by Mike. And, your very own copy of Other Worlds, signed by Justin. You'll be thanked in the back of the book to boot. You'll also get a cool Other Worlds button! Check out the possibilities here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.603102429706503.152546.188757024474381&type=1&l=1c0832cdf0Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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EXCLUSIVITY. This is the original watercolor painting from the exclusive Comics Forge Other Worlds alternate cover by Mike. Professionally framed and matted under UV protected glass. And, your very own copy of Other Worlds, signed by Justin. You'll be thanked in the back of the book to boot. You'll also get a cool Other Worlds button! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.603103179706428.152547.188757024474381&type=1&l=f0e33c8307Estimated delivery:Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
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DONE IN ONE. You get a splash or a double-page spread from EVERY story and EVERY artist in the graphic novel, plus the TPB cover by Mike, plus some extra secret bonus pages! You'll also get Justin's notebook with many early versions of the Other Worlds stories handwritten inside. You'll receive a prolific thanks in the back of the book, 10 Justin singed copies of Other Worlds and the accompanying buttons. Check out the art here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.594539953896084.151242.188757024474381&type=1&l=b02d4e9485Estimated delivery:
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