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The crew of the salvage spaceship Cattywompus find themselves at the epicenter of humankind's first interplanetary civil war.
The crew of the salvage spaceship Cattywompus find themselves at the epicenter of humankind's first interplanetary civil war.
The crew of the salvage spaceship Cattywompus find themselves at the epicenter of humankind's first interplanetary civil war.
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"Hard science fiction - that is, the kind of science fiction that gets into the nuts and bolts of science, discovery, and exploration - is underrepresented in movies and television. Venus Rises is therefore refreshing in its attention to the spacecraft and other technical details." ~ Frontier Channel

UPDATE: We hit our goal! A BIG thank you to all our backers! Here's our first stretch goal...

Earth was quarantined fifty years ago. Since then, long-running political and cultural clashes between Mars and Venus have intensified. Talk of revolution permeates the ether. Humanity is on the threshold of interplanetary war!

The hardworking crew of the salvage ship Cattywompus are relatively low status, yet they find themselves at the epicenter of a rapidly escalating civil war.

Strap on your seat belts! Venus Rises is about to take off! Lets do this together! Join the revolution by making a contribution.

THE BACKSTORY

VR was originally a web series, produced back in 2007. Relying heavily on physical sets, rather than green screen, it quickly became too costly to maintain. Production was shut down after just 3 episodes.

I wouldn't give up. I sought out other, more cost effective, avenues to tell my story... eventually deciding with comic books. This new medium allows me to ignore the budgetary restraints I had with the web show... giving me the freedom to finally match my imagination.

In 2014, I adapted my remaining shooting scripts into a 2-parter comic book. This not only gave my web show a proper ending, but also served to set up the next series.

VR's next chapter starts roughly 2 years after the events seen in the web show... midst the civil war between Venus and Mars... with all new characters, new exotic locales (in-depth looks at the Martian and Venusian colonies), and an all new 'hero' spaceship designed from stem to stern.

Issue #1 will be 32 action-packed pages in glorious color.

Venus Rises... the little engine that could... is poised to become 2016's next big sci-fi franchise!

The inspiration for Venus Rises came from a fondness for history combined with speculation of how the world would end. No matter how sophisticated we believe we have become as a people, and no matter how many Golden Ages of discovery we achieve, corruption, decadence, and complacency often cause the seeds of unrest to be sown between the haves and the have-nots. I wanted to create a science factual series containing those historical and speculative elements, leading to a conflict between two factions of people on very different sides of the social hierarchy. ~ J. G. Birdsall

THE TEAM

Spaceships in the VR universe (namely the ones traveling long distances) are equipped with some type of rotating section to generate gravity. In this latest WIP pic.. artist Thomas Garbaini works on detailing Cattywompus' rotating ring.

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CONCEPT ART

Side-by-side comparison - Mars/Venus Colony Exteriors
Side-by-side comparison - Mars/Venus Colony Exteriors
Side-by-side comparison - Mars/Venus Colony Interiors
Side-by-side comparison - Mars/Venus Colony Interiors

PAGE PREVIEW

Sample finished page from Issue #1
Sample finished page from Issue #1
Sample finished page from Issue #1
Sample finished page from Issue #1

REWARD DESCRIPTIONS

Posters: These are early concept paintings from artist Thomas Garbaini. They showcase the new crew and spaceship in Issue #1. They're available as high-res downloads or 17"x11" prints.

Poster 1
Poster 1
Poster 2
Poster 2

Mug: Front side has the Cattywompus logo, the back side has the Venus Rises website.

Behind-The-Scenes Script Book: Kickstarter Exclusive! Contains Thomas Garbaini's pencil drawings along side J. G. Birdsall's original script. Also with writer's commentary. Available as PDF download or print copy.

Series One DVD: Format: Color, NTSC -- Language: English -- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) -- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 -- Number of discs: 1 -- Rated: NR (Not Rated) -- Run Time: 56 minutes.

"Crossroads" Episode One: Private Sam Reegan and Sergeant Nathan Griggs discover an unidentified spacecraft breaking Earth's quarantine. Sam tracks the craft to Earth and finds himself in hot pursuit of a masked bio-terrorist. After apprehending the suspect, Sam becomes unwittingly entangled in a web of lies with Earth at its epicenter.

"Freefall" Episode Two: Marooned in Earth's orbit without enough fuel to get home, Sam Reegan and Dr. Kylara Marinn are picked up by the mining hauler Ikarus. It's soon discovered the deaf pilot Aeriana Onaar and engineer Demille Onaar have ulterior motives. Sam abets the pair to save Kylara's life only to find himself irrevocably imbedded with the Venusian resistance.

"Resist" Episode Three: Two worlds are poised on the verge of civil war. Opposing factions find themselves in the same boat as a massive solar flare is hurled their way.

Threshold, Parts 1 & 2: The stunning conclusion to Venus Rises: Series One. Available as PDF download or print copies.

Private Sam Reegan must make a choice. Either follow orders and squelch the Venusian resistance… or take up arms against Martian hypocrisy.

Official Companion: Language: English -- Pages: 112 -- Interior Ink: Black & White -- Dimensions: (inches) 6 wide x 9 tall. Available as PDF download or print copy.

Here, at last, is the authorized guide to the hit web show! Venus Rises: The Official Companion is an in-depth look at Series One, packed with behind-the-scenes interviews, many previously unpublished pictures, and a comprehensive episode guide. Featuring a Foreword by the show’s creator J. G. Birdsall, plus contributions from the production team.

Original Soundtrack: Kickstarter Exclusive! 39 minutes, 28 tracks. Available as MP3 downloads or a physical CD.

Reward Tier Breakdown

Even if you can't contribute financially, you can still help us by spreading the word, help people find Venus Rises and get updates about the comic book. It will be greatly appreciated!

You can share and like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and/or connect on Instagram for regular photo updates.

Facebook: facebook.com/venusrisestv

Twitter: twitter.com/venusrisestv

Instagram: instagram.com/venusrisestv/

Risks and challenges

The artwork for Issue #1 is nearing completion. We're aiming to have the comic and all rewards in your hand by May 2016. This date may change due to unforeseen, real life day-to-day job, happenstances. We will keep you updated throughout all stages of development and any setbacks will be communicated to our backers.

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    CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION:
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