Hello! My name is Justin M. Ryan and I'm the author of TRESPASSER, a four issue mini-series published through Alterna Comics and currently available for sale on Comixology.
TRESPASSER tells the story of Hector and Maria Ramos, a father and daughter who live in peaceful seclusion until their lives are changed by a strange and otherworldly visitor.
I began work on TRESPASSER almost two years ago now. With the help of the creative team of Kristian Rossi and DC Hopkins— and the publishing team at Alterna Comics— what started out as an eighteen page one shot grew into a four issue mini series.
The story ran in a digital format from February of 2016 through to its completion in August. Now we're hoping that, with a little bit of your help, we will be able to collect the series together in one neat little package as a trade paperback.
"There’s something profoundly human about TRESPASSER that makes a tale about something otherworldly seem so grounded in reality; it left me feeling gut punched, and gave me a lot to ponder afterwards." -Kieran Fisher, Bloodbath and Beyond
Hector Ramos returned from the war, and never left home again.
Even as society came crashing down around him, Hector kept his daughter, Maria, safe on their family's dilapidated homestead. The air is toxic and food is scarce, but they manage to eke out a quiet, insular life away from the chaos of a crumbling civilization.
Everything becomes unraveled, however, when they are visited by a strange interloper. Uncertain whether this trespasser is friend or foe, Hector has to decide how high of a price he's willing to pay to keep the world away, and what he's willing to do to keep his daughter safe.
"It’s just a damn sad story about desperation and isolation that takes some serious commitment to tell the way the creators did—it really knocked me off balance." -Matt Carter, Project-Nerd
I began writing TRESPASSER just under two years ago. My goal was to create something tangible to show off after years of brainstorming, planning, designing characters, and generally doing everything but creating an actual comic—a process I feel that most creators are familiar with.
My inspiration for the tale is hard to pin down. I knew I wanted to write something scary, and sad, but not all doom and gloom.
The idea of a human finding a potentially deadly alien trespasser at their mercy was an interesting enough thought to me that I decided to expand on it. I particularly enjoyed writing an 'alien' story that fell well outside of the usual invasion set up.
Originally envisioned as a much shorter, simpler story, the original project was to be an 18 page one shot, black and white. I decided I would seek traditional publication for a short while before, most likely, self publishing.
I started searching for artists shortly after finishing the final draft of the script and soon hooked up with Kristian Rossi (pencils, inks, colors) and DC Hopkins (letters, design). It wasn't long before we had something to start showing off to potential publishers.
Submitting first to Alterna Comics proved a stroke of fortune. Not only did they want to publish TRESPASSER, they wanted more.
I was nearly broke and hadn't ever given a stray thought to what happened after those 18 pages. I decided early on I wouldn't continue the story just to do it, only if there actually was more to TRESPASSER than I originally thought. After a lot of thinking and more than a few discarded attempts at a follow up, I realized there was something there.
We went back to the drawing board, adding to and editing our one shot to create more context to the world and characters, setting the stage for a mini series. At Alterna's suggestion, Kristian added colors at this point as well. The change brought a whole new tone and dimension to the story.
The end result is the product of two years of work, from rough drafts, to rewrites, to revisions, and finally, to an actual story.
In the end, TRESPASSER is and always was about xenophobia, and isolationism. Really though, it's about family. It's about a father and a daughter, and what they mean to each other. It's also about the end of the world and aliens with laser guns.
Mainly it's about how much people suck, and how amazing they are. That much never changed.
The series debuted in February of 2016 on Comixology and completed its run later that year. Now we're hoping that we can collect all four issues plus the free epilogue into a trade paperback.
The starting goal of $4k will do just that— fund the first print run of the TRESPASSER graphic novel. Along the way everyone who helps out will get our eternal gratitude and a handful of awesome rewards (Not to mention a shiny new book to read or display on a bookshelf so people think you read)!
Of course the real fun (and by fun I mean work, obviously) begins after the initial goal is reached. We have stretch goals in place that would allow us to continue producing new comics exploring the universe of TRESPASSER and beyond.
"I can’t stop thinking about it, which is a sure sign that you’re doing comics right." -Steven E. Paugh, Comic Bastards
JUSTIN M RYAN
Justin Ryan is an author from Florida. He began writing at an early age and has experimented with screenplays, novels, and short stories, but keeps finding himself coming back to comic books. TRESPASSER is his debut series.
Born in Rosario (Santa Fe – Argentina) on April 30 1980. Kristian began drawing at the age of 9, mainly dedicated to traditional line drawing, inspired by American comic artists, and Japanese anime and manga artists. His early works were mainly focused around animation, both traditional and digital, where he had the opportunity to work on various projects including several series and two feature films. Eventually, Kristian delved into the world of comics under the guidance of Argentinian comic masters like Marcelo Frusin and Eduardo Risso, who he is currently assisting. Kristian has been working as a comic artist for many years now, in titles like The Temporal, Chambers (Arcana), Kid Chaos, Horro City (Legion), Miss Capi (CB Ediciones) and Trespasser (Alterna). He's also working alongside Eduardo Risso on his lastest work, Moonshine (Image Comics) where he's doing colors. Kristian is also a film and music buff.
DC Hopkins is a freelance comic book letterer and designer, as well as a staff member of Deron Bennett’s AndWorld Design studio. Some of his clients include IDW, Black Mask, Red 5, Lion Forge, Disney, Heavy Metal, and Tor. He’s currently lettering the ongoing DARKWING DUCK series, bringing him back full circle to his childhood.
"Some of the best work in comics that I've come across." -Lee Brandrick, Retrograde Review
Now for the fun part. Here's all the cool stuff you can get for your contributions to TRESPASSER!
TRESPASSER: Signed Graphic Novel
Original Art - ONLY 10 AVAILABLE
Custom Art - A4 IS LIMITED TO 10, A6 AT 20
An A4 or A6 original piece drawn and inked by Kristian Rossi, depicting a character of your choice!
Limited Edition Kickstarter Exclusive Poster - ONLY 25 WILL EVER BE MADE
Stumpy the Bear
'Weird Meat' T-Shirt
Signed 4 Poster Set
'Weird Meat' Tote Bag
**-Image is a mock up and not representative of the final product
Wallpaper and Pin-Up
If we raise $1,000 more than our goal, Kristian Rossi will create a brand new TRESPASSER desktop wallpaper available to every single backer, plus a new TRESPASSER pin up, which will be made available as a digital download to every backer, and an actual printed poster to every backer at the $15 or above reward level receiving a physical reward.
Watch the Skies
At $2,000 above our base goal, the TRESPASSER team will be able to create a brand new 10 page black and white Mini-Comic set in the world of TRESPASSER, and featuring a new protagonist and setting. Watch the Skies will be made available as a digital download to every backer.
How I Got My Scars
If we can raise an additional $4,000 we can create a 30 page black and white One-Shot continuing where TRESPASSER issue 4 left off. Once completed, How I Got My Scars would be made available as a digital download to every backer at the $10+ level once completed.
Finally, the holy grail. If we manage to raise $10,000 not only will I freak the hell out, but we'd be able to fund an entirely new project. Luckily, I have one in mind! Fifty Teeth would be a graphic novel by the TRESPASSER team, running roughly around 40-50 gray scale pages. For helping us reach this level, a digital copy of Fifty Teeth would be made available to all contributors at the physical level or above once completed ($15+)
Risks and challenges
As the book is already completed in its entirety, the only challenges we'll have to overcome will be any possible issues in production or distribution. We are working closely with the Alterna Comics team who has ten years of experience in this field and will be helping us ensure the books are produced in a timely and quality manner.
In the event that stretch goals requiring more work from the creative team are met, we are ready to begin work on the additional material immediately and the team already has a workflow in place which has allowed us to meet deadlines while still maintaining our high standard of quality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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