The first issue of this series starts off at the desk of David S. Proton, professional accountant. Extremely detail oriented. He has shown up on time for his job every day for years on end. Diligent. Ready for the big raise.
... Unfortunately David is laid off shortly after this picture is taken. Now lost, forlorn, worried about how he will make it in the galaxy's desperate economy, David stumbles across an ad for a job opening at the Intergalactic Postal Service. He can get a $30,000 bonus, if he can just make it through his first week.
Oh yeah. And all rookies at the Postal Service have to perform a ride-along.
Davey's first delivery won't happen unless he can keep up with this man:
The Manicorn. A train of pain. Psychotic.
Davey is not in an accounting office anymore. That much is clear to him. But does he have the wits and the drive to survive the most barbaric job in the galaxy?
This is a series full of mayhem, entertaining characters, sexy babes, and many, many, creative death sequences. You'll see lasers. Bear traps. EMP mines. NOT-EMP mines. Cross-bows. Crazy space ships. And an unsavory cast of characters that is constantly at odds.
This is the space rat race. And these men and women love their job.
As creators, we like to say "This is what happens when you imagine the cast of Jackass in a space action movie."
A 42 page double-issue that has been completed, and is now looking to receive fundraising through Kickstarter to get printed. The creators have a history of releasing trade paperbacks independently in the past, and Space Bastards' first trade paperback will get released. What YOU decide, is the speed and type of release Space Bastards gets.
We don't want it to be just digital. We want to put it into comic shops, as a full color monthly series. We are specifically asking for your help to get the first issue printed to help launch this comic. If we surpass our first goal of $5000, then there are several amazing things that happen with the book, including more issues in your hands before 2014.
You read that right. The top two tiers of our rewards include you in the comic.
For $750 we will not only put you in the comic. We will will also put the target of your choice in the comic, and you can have your vengeance immortalized in savage detail.
For $1000 you get to join the ensemble cast. We will Skype with you and learn a bit about you and create a postal worker who will be a cast member of the comic on a regular basis.
Our goals are quite simple:
If we meet $5000, issue 1 will be in your hands before the end of 2013. However, if we meet $10,000, then issue 2 will be completed by the end of 2013. For $15,000 issues 3 and 4 will be completed by 2014. All of these will mean this book will be in your hands before it hits comic book stands.
This is a project that is extremely dear to us. We have worked on it for over 5 years, as a kernel of an idea, that we are pleased to see transformed into the characters animated in the Kickstarter video featured here-- but more importantly, into a new monthly comic book project.
It can get off the ground, and fly into the cosmos, on a wonderfully savage mission... but only with the help of the brave.
Risks and challenges
Work on the first issue of the comic is completed. You can see how good the art is by viewing www.spacebastards.com.
However, printing costs are expensive for color comics. To get our foot in the door with publishing this monthly book, we need to raise $5000 to create this first print run. If not, this will remain a labor of love, and be released eventually as a graphic novel once pennies are saved.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Hello. Roy Sharpton here. I am the postmaster general of the Intergalactic Postal Service, and also the lead project manager on this fundraiser.
That makes me kind of an expert on this subject.
I can safely say, without a doubt, that no. No, we do not have time to fuck around.
Is the premise posted on the Kickstarter site here for the first issue? Are there large story arcs in this? How does that work?
Eric here. A lot of people have written me asking if the stuff written on the main kickstarter page is just the premise of the first issue or really the premise for the whole series. The first issue definitely starts us off with Davey the Accountant as our entrance into the universe.
But this story is thematically about people who find great joy in the most savage, horrifying, dangerous work ever. And yet somehow this sort of thing makes them happier in life. Not miserable. There's something to be said for fighting for your own destiny-- even if that destiny involves getting shot at a lot.
There is a bit of irony in the fact this is a comic created by 3 people who also work other jobs, but find great joy in creating a comic book. I think that's why we get so excited about these stories. There's quite a lot of us in here.
But we've outlined at least 10 issues so far. We've written 4. And there are definite "mega-arcs," which are divided into smaller vignettes. So you'll read chapters with a focus on part of our ensemble cast, which tend to coalesce into a "chapter" which affects a larger part of this universe.
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