About this project
JUNE 29 UPDATE - NEW ART REWARD
Trained Forensic artist and friend of the project Jeremiah Birnbaum has pledged to create a Kickstarter-exclusive piece SAVAGE EMPIRE based on the themes of the book. His work is strong, detailed and provocative – and he’ll be creating an original piece that all tier backers from the ATTACKED BY A BIG-ASS LIZARD reward group ($25 CDN) and higher will receive. Check out some of his work!
JUNE 23 UPDATE - VARIANT COVER REWARD EXTENDED TO ALL PHYSICAL TIERS!
That's right! Due to popular demand, the Daryl Mandryk cover art variant - previously only available at the DINO HUNTER/$250 CDN tier - will now be included for ALL physical tiers.
That's right! Anyone who pledges at the BET JURASSIC tier and above ($50 CDN) will now receive the amazing art of Daryl Mandryk (https://mandrykart.wordpress.com/) as your cover variant, as our way of saying thank you! Here's a sample of his concept art work from Turok 2:
JUNE 19 UPDATE - FIRST ART GOAL UNLOCKED!
"Pacific Coast Highway" Kickstarter-EXCLUSIVE wallpaper unlocked for ALL BACKERS! Nice work! Let's keep it up.
2 WEEKS TO GO!
JUNE 5 UPDATE - BRAND NEW REWARD FOR ALL BACKERS
New “SAVAGE EMPIRE” artwork by Darkest Dungeon creative director Chris Bourassa!
A dark and terrifying vision of Los Angeles on the brink of Dinosaur Armageddon.
A massive earthquake has shattered the West Coast, tearing a large swathe of California coastline free. At the quake's epicenter, pulsing energy portals appear - random gateways to another world. Through these portals, ancient creatures reclaim their territory, killing indiscriminately and acting as harbingers of an even more malevolent force in the Pacific.
A crack squad led by a high-ranking wetworks operative goes behind the lines to retrieve the technology that holds the key...and control the personnel responsible.
The catch? This team is also the reluctant handler for one Non-State Actor - a man with his own agenda, with a drive and commitment far beyond the means of most.
What happens when conflicting goals collide with the desire to dominate the natural order? What happens when two apex predators clash in the City of Angels?
The Savage world lies exposed. Welcome to the Empire.
In the year 2018, the Big One finally triggers in Southern California. The magnitude of the quake not only kills hundreds of thousands of people, but has actually caused a large portion of the SoCal area to fall and crumble into the Pacific. What little that remains is hanging on to the mainland by a thread, and a massive island has now appeared 30 miles south of San Clemente Islands, in disputed waters between Mexico and the United States.
Martial law is declared and the government immediately begins to lie to its citizens, stating that rescue efforts are underway but keeping a 20 mile buffer area clear between the jagged remnants of coastline and the rest of the country.
Government military agencies have been experimenting with time travel and energy at two hidden facilities in Angeles National Forest and Topanga State Park, accidentally triggering the quake and worse, opening a series of rifts between our time and another.
Dinosaurs - the original apex predators - are now flooding through these massive rifts as they open and close along the broken coastline. The Angeles National Forest team was wiped out completely, and the Topanga Team's last transmission was from Ground Zero of the quake.
Now a crack team of commandos has been sent into the zone to back up an "off the books" asset named REEVES who is unequaled at finding those who can't or don't want to be found. The leader of the wetworks unit, REYKA GRAY, has one job - ensure that REEVES performs his.
After suffering a grievous injury, REEVES comes away with access to a new set of incredible powers. Abilities that put him on a collision course with GRAY, her team and the authorities. A new conflict breaks out against the backdrop of a new natural order...established by ancient beasts hell-bent on reclaiming their territory.
The answers lie on a new island birthed in the Pacific...
The team has a full script and a completed 8 page Prologue Edition, and we're asking for your help to illustrate and colour the full 64 page story. Come and share this epic journey with us!
This comic can only exist with your help - the support of readers like YOU.
This your chance to be part of a brand new story that's never been told!
We hope you'll back this project with the same amount of fun and enthusiasm that we've had in putting it together for you!
SAVAGE EMPIRE is a FULL-COLOR graphic novel written and developed by TIM LEWINSON.
A massive dinosaur fan first and foremost, writing has been a large part of Lewinson's career in interactive entertainment over the last 20 years, and it was a dream come true for him to serve as a Senior Designer on the TUROK reboot from Propaganda Games/Disney Interactive Studios.
Lewinson has a swathe of notable titles from his CV including COMPANY OF HEROES (Online/Gameplay Balance Producer), WORLD GONE SOUR (Executive Producer), the WARHAMMER 40K: DAWN OF WAR series (Gameplay Balance Producer), and MAFIA II (Outsource Studio Creative Director) among many other projects.
JIM ROY JIMENEZ (Pencils/Inks) Jimenez is a wildly talented illustrator with years of experience both locally and internationally on published books K8, THE SWORD AND THE BUTTERFLY, and XO THE FIGHTING SENADOR.
His work on the Prologue Edition of SAVAGE EMPIRE is the first thing all backers will receive for supporting this project. Jimenez has also worked with Disney and Hanna-Barbera as a layout and storyboard artist.
DARYL MANDRYK (Variant Cover) A fellow TUROK veteran, Mandryk has created stellar covers for CONAN THE AVENGER, STAR WARS: KOTOR, MASS EFFECT and TARZAN.
Mandryk has also created concept art and character design for innumerable games such as TRON, SHADOW OF MORDOR, DEF JAM: FIGHT FOR NEW YORK, GUARDIANS OF MIDDLE EARTH, SSX, DEF JAM: VENDETTA, SECRET PONCHOS and many more.
JOE "M.A.S.A.R.O." GIANOGLIO (Character commissions, T-shirt design) is the MVP of the SAVAGE EMPIRE visual reward tiers.
He has been an illustrator, figurative painter and graphic ninja for the past 15 years. From early teenage years of writing graffiti to working at advertising and design firm after university, Joe has managed to leverage his creative vision into a variety of industries with clients including Adidas, Lulu Lemon, & EA. View more of his distinctive renderings at www.RollersStudio.com.
"BLACK SATURDAY" PROLOGUE EDITION. THE TEASER THAT SETS THE STAGE.
THIS IS IT. THE FULL ONE-SHOT. 64 PAGES OF MASSIVE DINOSAUR SURVIVAL ACTION.
- COVER BY JIM ROY JIMENEZ, COLORS BY MICHAEL SUBARDIAGA.
KICKSTARTER-ONLY VARIANT COVER + GICLEE PRINT BY DARYL MANDRYK.
- This original work will only be available during the Kickstarter pledge period. Once this Kickstarter is complete, it's gone forever - no reprints.
LIMITED TIER EDITION T-SHIRTS DESIGNED BY M.A.S.A.R.O
- T-Shirt and Character Illustration designs from Joe "M.A.S.A.R.O." Gianoglio.
- Men's and Women's sizes from S-XL.
"Bitter Triumph" from THE HOSTAGE (Selection: BHFF), by CRISPIN HANDS
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I've been incredibly fortunate to get this far with the help of some great friends, bringing the world of SAVAGE EMPIRE to life - and I want to include you in that group too! We are laser-focused on giving you the best quality rewards we can. Priority 1 is all about getting the book ready and in your hands, along with a heavy emphasis on digital rewards to show our appreciation.
I want you to know that your backing is bringing something awesome to life. MORE than just an idea, it's real entertainment...and it's all thanks to YOU!
Every single one of you who backs this project, regardless of level, will receive regular bi-weekly updates all the way to the project shipping, an invitation to join the #JurassicBrigade email newsletter (if you haven't already signed up already), a CAMPAIGN-ONLY special "SURVIVAL CRISIS" wallpaper in multiple sizes, and eternal gratitude as thanks for stepping up to make something great!
FYI, if you've pledged at a reward level that includes shipping physical goods, you have the ability to BOOST your pledge amount for additional reward items.
- $10 Extra copy of Full Story (Softcover PRINT)
- $20 Extra T-Shirt
Backer/Funding Icons used with kind permission of GLYPHICONS
Dino Icon used with kind permission of Jamil Ramirez
Paintbrush Icon used with kind permission of Stephen JB Thomas
Lock Icon used with kind permission of Alexandra Coscovelnita
Checkmark Icon used with kind permission of Mario Azzi
ThumbsUp Icon used with kind permission of Eugen Belyakoff
Facebook Icon used with kind permission of Niels Gesquiere
All under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0).
Risks and challenges
The Prologue Edition comic is 100% complete and acted as a proof of concept to ensure my ability to execute this project with reliable partners. I've backed several Kickstarter projects myself and know what my own expectations are. I've put my money and time where my mouth is.
The 64 page story script is complete. Pencils, inks and colours are next on deck. Printing partners, wallpapers, T-shirt partners are all sourced and properly budgeted against. Like any project, there are always risks inherent in the work. I've worked hard to minimize these at every junction.
I am packing up and shipping out all of the rewards on my own which has its own set of challenges. That said, I expect minimal delays.
Signal boosting is vital for a project of this size, and we can't do it on our own. That's why you are so important in providing regular boosts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ and other social media platforms. Wherever you are, SAVAGE EMPIRE needs to be as well.
With your help, we can make certain that every dinosaur fan out there, from DINO CRISIS to JURASSIC WORLD, is aware of this project and know how to support it. You'll make all the difference, and for that we thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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