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4 new stories, same timeless quality! Historical fantasy...religious horror...a spy parody...and gritty Southwestern crime action!
4 new stories, same timeless quality! Historical fantasy...religious horror...a spy parody...and gritty Southwestern crime action!
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VAST EXPANSE is an anthology of short stories told in sequential art. The first and second issues were successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2015 and 2016. The third issue is now complete and we are ready to print it.

Cover of Vast Expanse #3 by Jeremy Scott Nichols

I'm Jeremy Scott Nichols. I'm a writer and artist whose work has been featured in Negative Burn from Image Comics and other independent comic book publishers. I've started publishing company Township Comics to publish my vision of what comics can be like. VAST EXPANSE #3 is Township's third offering.

VAST EXPANSE #3 is made up of four stories, each of which is five pages long. The issue is complete and ready to print. The only obstacle in the way is the acquisition of funding for the print edition, and that's why I'm here.

Here's a look at what will be in VAST EXPANSE #3:

THE STORIES

First up in VAST EXPANSE #3 is a story of the French Revolution. Gérard Madrigan des Réaux proves to be an especially difficult man to kill when the Jacobins come for him in ALL STATIC HELLS.

ALL STATIC HELLS by Jeremy Scott Nichols with art by Lautaro Capristo and Rosa Devine

The second story in the issue is A PLACE BESIDE THE FATHER. A disobedient teenager faces the wrath of her religious extremist mother, who has determined the quickest way to her children’s salvation comes from a gun barrel.

A PLACE BESIDE THE FATHER by Jeremy Scott Nichols with art by Dan Lauer, Amanda Brendel, and Jeremy Scott Nichols

After those two uplifting tales, we shift gears a bit with SUPPLY CLOSET X. Bowser and Casey are two working stiffs who slowly come to an ominous revelation about their occupation on their final day of employment.

SUPPLY CLOSET X by Jeremy Scott Nichols with art by Shiloh Penfield

The issue ends with CHEAP TOOLS, in which grizzled skiptracer Striver sets out to catch a bond-jumping crystal methamphetamine dealer in the American Southwest.

CHEAP TOOLS by Jeremy Scott Nichols with art by Patrick Buermeyer and Jeremy Scott Nichols

ORIGINAL ART REWARDS

We're offering several original art rewards with this Kickstarter, featuring 9x12 black and white ink drawings by cover artist Jeremy Scott Nichols:

  • STRIVER from "Cheap Tools"
  • MADRIGAN from "All Static Hells" 
  • BOWSER and CASEY from "Supply Closet X"
  • BETH and HER MOTHER from "A Place Beside the Father"

At the $50 level, you can choose one of the original art rewards while they are available...get them before they are gone!

THE CREATORS

JEREMY SCOTT NICHOLS (writer, cover artist, graytones on A PLACE BESIDE THE FATHER, CHEAP TOOLS) has had stories published in Negative Burn and various independent comics. He is an artist himself, but he enjoys seeing the myriad ways other illustrators interpret his scripts. Often, he finds, collaboration brings out elements in his stories he never knew existed.

AMANDA BRENDEL (preliminary graytones on A PLACE BESIDE THE FATHER) writes science fiction and fantasy, poetry, and essays. She also spends her free time painting and illustrating. She lives in the deep south and is addicted to books.

PATRICK BUERMEYER (pencils and inks, CHEAP TOOLS) studied art at Oregon State University where he first started working with sequential art. He’s published several other shorts: Vice, Eldest, Ride, T&A Investigation and an ongoing series, Crystal’s Odyssey, through WP Comics and has two series coming soon to Kickstarter: I am Mortal and Dream State Radicals. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Patrick now lives in Corvallis, Oregon with his little grumpy dog, Jake.

LAUTARO CAPRISTO (pencils and inks, ALL STATIC HELLS) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the son of a professor of the arts. His career began at an early age as an assistant in a graphic design studio. Now he works as an illustrator, but he is, above all, a cartoonist. His main body of work has been published in Italy. This is his second contribution to Vast Expanse.

ROSA DEVINE (graytones, ALL STATIC HELLS) is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. She has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and educator. She currently divides her time between teaching in London and various collaborative comic ventures, thanks to the wonders of globalism and caffeine. This is her third contribution to Vast Expanse.

DAN LAUER (pencils and inks, A PLACE BESIDE THE FATHER) comes  from an era where pop bottles could be cashed in for comic books. He is making his way into the digital age and can be found at dlcomix.blogspot.com, Twitter @dl5315 and Instagram dlauer68. He is a lifetime Western New Yorker.

SHILOH PENFIELD (artist, SUPPLY CLOSET X) has previous works which include Boy Zero for Caliber Comics, a guest artist spot on Red Knight published by Dead West Comics and multiple independent projects. Located in Brooklyn, her calico cat ‘Maki’ maintains quality control and ensures all pages are delivered on time. This is her second contribution to Vast Expanse.

TECHNICAL SPECS

VAST EXPANSE #3 is a 24-page, black and white, saddle-stitched, standard-sized comic book. It has full-color front and back covers printed on 80 lb. glossy stock. The interiors are printed on 60 lb. high bright paper.

I hope you find it worth funding. Thanks to all who support VAST EXPANSE!

Risks and challenges

I learned a lot from the first two Kickstarters. The setbacks that immediately spring to mind after successful funding could be issues with printing or shipping. I’ve had some comics arrived damaged before, and that can set delivery back by a month or more if they have to be reprinted.

I have a long history of working in the publishing industry, though, so I should be able to right any issues with printing quickly. I am having a test print made during the Kickstarter month to check paper and printer quality issues and to make sure the pages are in order, bleeds are correct, and nothing is blurry, pixellated, or otherwise wrong.

Printing delays are always a possibility, but I intend to start to print process immediately after funding. That should give me enough lead time to ensure the book goes out by the expected date, if not earlier. If, for some reason, my printer went out of business in the meantime, I'd need to find another one. That unlikely scenario would cause a delay but could be remedied quickly.

Shipping is never 100% safe or timely. I've got a lot of experience shipping comics and other collectibles safely to customers—I ran an eBay store for a few years to bring in extra money during college. I will ship out all copies of VAST EXPANSE #3 bagged, boarded, and snug in stiff cardboard mailers. This has worked well for me in the past, and I'm confident that 99% of the outgoing copies will arrive in pristine condition to all customers. And I would make it right for any that didn't.

I can't really think of any other major setbacks that could arise. The book is already done, all copyrights and contracts are secured, artists are paid, and I know exactly what the final product will look like. It's ready to go. It only needs funding to get it printed.

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    Beth and Mother 9x12 ink drawing

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    Original cover art for Vast Expanse #3!

    The original 11x17 black and white inked artwork for the cover of Vast Expanse #3 by Jeremy Scott Nichols. One of a kind!

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