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Hey there! My name is Zack Soto, and I run a webcomics site and micro-publishing set up called Study Group Comics.  SG's been putting out high quality print editions for the last several years and while it's mostly been going just fine, I need to ask you for help in getting the 2014 line together. 

We've got three excellent titles scheduled to come out this spring, and here is a handy way to pre-order all three!

First up is the new issue of the amazing IT WILL ALL HURT by Farel Dalrymple. It's a weird, sad, silly, and sketchy, fantasy adventure strip with magic and science-fiction and some fightin' action.

You may know and love Farel's work from Prophet (Image) or Omega The Unknown (Marvel), but this is his most free form work to date. And the new issue is fantastic. It'll totally knock your socks off. If you haven't seen IWAH #1, these are beautiful print objects. Featuring full color offset printing on toothy newsprint, Golden Age sized (back when comics were BIG and BOLD), and risographed covers - this is a comic book that's not ashamed of what it is!

Check out this great review of the first issue on io9, and this testimonial to Farel's vision by Warren Ellis.

I'm also really excited to put out our very first square-bound graphic novel, a collection of Sam Alden's beautiful and inspiring HAUNTER. This is Sam's first long-form work, painted in lush and colorful ink washes. It's a wordless tale of a young woman trying to survive an ancient evil in an unknown land. The pacing and storytelling in Haunter is completely masterful.

Jeff Smith (Bone) liked it so much that he recently published a short excerpt of the story in the 2013 Best American Comics volume that he edited. About it, he said “Haunter surprised me. It's impossible to start the thing and not keep reading. It really flows.”

The final project is STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE #3D. That's right, the next issue of our comics anthology/comics crit mag has an extensive 3D section! Not only that, but the rest of the book is printed in full color! Not only that, but this issue is 80 pages instead of 64! Whaaat!

Comics and art from Jim Rugg, Sophie Franz, Connor Willumsen, Trevor Alixopulos, Mia Schwartz, Kim Deitch, Chris Cilla, Malachi Ward, Ben Max Urkowitz, Julia Gfrorer, Pete Toms and more. Articles by Sarah Horrocks, Sean Witzke, and more. The 3D section is kicked off by a retrospective look at the career of pioneering 3D prophet Ray Zone, with testimonials from Mary Fleener, Alan Moore, and more. There's also an in-depth piece on the history and philosophy of 3D comics by Jason Little. You know what, there's still more, too (plus cool glasses)!

One more pre-order possibility to help make those two books a reality: Everyone loved this Study Group shirt by Michael Deforge, but not everyone who wanted one was able to get one in time, so I'm going to do ONE LAST PRINTING of the shirt and then retire it forever. Kickstarter-unique colorway on a soft nice shirt. If you want it, didn't get it before, whatever - this is your chance.

JUST WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING TO??
JUST WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING TO??

I know - Twelve thousand dollars is a TON of money, for me at least. And that's just for two of these books! But that's how it works. Let me tell you how the numbers break down:

  • Printing costs: $9000
  • Shipping (guestimation): $1500
  • Kickstarter gets their cut: $1008
  • aaaand: TAXES! (the rest)

If this Kickstarter exceeds its goal, I've got some cool stretch goals that will enable us to put that money directly to the production costs of four more books I hope to put out in the near future.

UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS!

Our first stretch goal is $14000, which will allow us to fund the second issue of François Vigneault's sci-fi series TITAN and add 16 more pages to SGM#3D!

A sociopolitical thriller set on the fringes of the solar system, Titan follows the intertwined stories of Terran productivity expert João da Silva and Titan union representative Phoebe Mackintosh. As tensions mount between the giant, genetically engineered Titan workers and their despised Terran management, João and Phoebe find themselves caught in a dangerous game that threatens to explode at any minute.

Titan #2 will further expand and deepen the series' "multifaceted, fully dimensional universe" (Jason Sacks, The Comics Bulletin), delving further into the lives of the Titans and ratcheting up the stakes. As Justin Giampaoli notes, "There’s no false utopia presented in Vigneault’s future world, merely an aspirational sci-fi narrative that allows us to reflect back on our own social issues through the lens of this re-contextualization process." Readers can expect Titan #2 to complicate and intensify Francois' examination of historical and sociological issues as his first-ever full-length comic continues.

Just like the first issue, Titan #2 will feature two-toned art on pulpy newsprint and fully-painted cover art, evoking classic sci-fi tales through a distinctly contemporary sensibility: "Vigneault’s lines dance between a sort of Herge influenced European classicism, complete with ligne-claire coifs of hair, and the full-bodied beady sweat style of many modern alt cartoonists" (Giampaoli). Rob Clough of High-Low Comics calls Titan "a smooth but still highly personal read" and says "the format, design and every aspect of production make this a beautiful comic to look." This is François' most fully-realized work to date, and we are delighted to be publishing it at Study Group Comics!

You can read all of Titan to date, including the currently updating contents of what will form issue #2 on the Study Group site!

Stretch Goal #2: If we make it to $16,000 Zack Soto's (that's me!) comic The Secret Voice #2 will be pre-funded!

The Secret Voice is my version of an "epic fantasy-adventure comic," though there are elements of metaphysics, art comics, super hero fiction and science fiction to round it out. In The Secret Voice, the warrior-monk Dr. Galapagos races against time to stop a war, save himself, his world and everyone he holds dear. There's action, mysticism, kung fu, trolls, epic battles, and I've built a huge world, which people have only seen a fraction of so far. Still to come are conspiracies, hand-to-hand mayhem, secret societies, doomed romance, betrayal, psychic showdowns, bloody battlefields, and dark forces!

You can read all of The Secret Voice to date, including the currently updating contents of what will form issue #2 on the Study Group site!

Risks and challenges

No risk! These books will be made! All the work is done! I just need to send the files to the printers, and to do that I need a bit of backing up here on the kickstarter.

I've also got a great support team ready to help me ship out orders. Making sure you get your rewards in a timely manner is our #1 priority.

The plan is to have IWAH 2 out for Linework NW in April, and Haunter & SGM #3D out for TCAF in May, so as soon as these books exist, we can start shipping.

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    TITAN #2 - The next issue of François Vigneault's socio-political science fiction saga. Set nearly 200 years in the future, Titan tells the intertwining stories of Terran João da Silva and Titan Phoebe Mackintosh as they find themselves caught in the midst of a simmering conflict. The new issue expands the story in new and surprising ways! 32 duo-tone printed pages with a full color painted cover.

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    IT WILL ALL HURT #2 -
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    SECRET VOICE #2 - The next installment of Zack Soto's epic fantasy comic, filled with action, mysticism, kung fu, trolls, epic battles, conspiracies, hand-to-hand mayhem, secret societies, doomed romance, betrayal, psychic showdowns, bloody battlefields, and dark forces!
    Beautifully printed in full color on high quality bright newsprint in an oversized “Golden Age” format (48 pages at 7.25″ x 10.5″) comic book with two color risographed covers.

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    STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE #3D -
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    Art & comics by Julia Gfrorer, Malachi Ward, Sophie Franz, Trevor Alixopulos, David King, Ben Max Urkowitz, Mia Schwartz, Chris Cilla, Pete Toms, and more!
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    HAUNTER by Sam Alden -
    Our very first graphic novel is a lushly painted, wordless adventure comic by Sam Alden. Done in a masterful and impressionistic watercolor style, Haunter is the story of a hunter who inadvertently wakes up something old and dangerous.

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    IWAH/SG MAG BUNDLE -
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    MICHAEL DEFORGE SHIRT FINAL PRINTING -
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    IWAH/SECRET VOICE MEGA BUNDLE - Issues 1 & 2 of both IWAH and SECRET VOICE! IWAH #1,IWAH #2 & Secret Voice #1 all ship in May, Secret Voice #2 ships in November.

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    IWAH / HAUNTER/ SECRET VOICE BUNDLE -
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    STUDY GROUP MAGAZINE COMBO PACK -
    The brand new Study Group Magazine #3D, plus the earlier, highly acclaimed SG Mag issues #1 & 2!

    Features comics by: Jesse Balmer,
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    Kris Mukai,
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    Zack Soto,
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    IWAH 1/ IWAH 2/ HAUNTER/ TITAN/ SECRET VOICE 2 BUNDLE- A copy of It Will All Hurt #1 & #2 & a copy of Haunter, in May. PLUS you will get TITAN 2 & Secret Voice 2 sent to you in November!

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    IWAH SUPER DUPER SPECIAL EDITION - A copy of It Will All Hurt #2 signed (no sketch) by Farel Dalrymple and a super-limited, super-beautiful signed & numbered silkscreen IWAH print hand-pulled by Dueltone Printing.

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    SECRET VOICE SUPER DUPER SPECIAL EDITION - A copy of The Secret Voice #2 signed (no sketch) by Zack Soto and a super-limited, super-beautiful signed & numbered silkscreen SV print hand-pulled by Dueltone Printing.

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    ALL THE SPRING BOOKS + STRETCH GOAL BOOKS BUNDLE! -
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    ADVENTURE LOVERS BUNDLE -
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    A whole mess of high quality, full color adventure comics! The previously released & Spring Release books all start shipping in May, Secret Voice #2 ships in Nov!

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    RETAILER WHOLESALE BUNDLE #3B - 10 copies of SG MAG #3D at wholesale price. Includes Media Mail shipping in the US. You must have a retail space or web distro to choose this option.

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    ALL THREE BOOKS AND THE SHIRT BUNDLE - A copy of It Will All Hurt #2, Haunter & Study Group Magazine #3D, and the shirt! Also includes the patch!

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    TITAN SUPER COMBO
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    HAUNTER SUPER DUPER SPECIAL EDITION -
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    RETAILER WHOLESALE BUNDLE #2B - 10 copies of Haunter at wholesale price. Includes Media Mail shipping in the US. You must have a retail space or web distro to choose this option.

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    ZACK SOTO RESIN TROLL TOY -
    One of Zack's crazy hand made toys based on the trolls from The Secret Voice. 6.5" tall and almost that wide, with magnet articulated joints. Subject to availability.

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    ALL THE SPRING BOOKS + STRETCH GOAL BOOKS AND THE SHIRT BUNDLE! - IWAH 2/ HAUNTER/ SGM #3D/ PLUS SECRET VOICE 2 & TITAN 2! AND The awesome MICHAEL DEFORGE SHIRT! Spring books and the shirt start shipping in May, SV2 & Titan 2 ship in Nov!

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    RETAILER WHOLESALE BUNDLE #4A - 5 copies each of SG MAG #3D, HAUNTER, & IWAH 2 at wholesale price. Includes Media Mail shipping in the US. You must have a retail space or web distro to choose this option.

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    SECRET VOICE ORIGINAL ART -
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    THE "WHY NOT?" BUNDLE - ALL the books, the shirt, the patch, one resin Ghost Grunt toy AND Zack will paint you a painting (up to 18"x24") of pretty much anything you want to see (within reason), and give you a kiss on the cheek or a polite handshake if you ever meet in person. "Vladimir Putin wrestling Stan Lee on the moon?" SUUURE! WHY NOT?

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    STUDY GROUP SUPER STUDY BUDDY 5 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION -
    You'll get EVERYTHING on the list: all the new books, all the old books, and EVERY BOOK WE MAKE FOR 5 YEARS! Including mini comics, risographed oddities, minis that are bundled with toys, etc. This might pay off big. Or we might get killed in a tussle at the spx chocolate fountain. Who really knows how many books we might end up making?!??!?!??!!? All I know is, we've got a lot of plans for the future.
    This is for the people I like to call "people with money at hand who just wanna help us get a 12th of the way there"

    I like to call this the oddball bundle. Because I'm an oddball that thinks this JUST MIGHT WORK!!!!

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