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A graphic novel adapting Connell’s “Most Dangerous Game” into a sci-fi graphic novel. Hunt or be hunted!

About this project

Wielding only a knife, Rainsford, a big game hunter, is running for his life. He'd begun this hunting trip with high hopes of slaying a dangerous animal. Little did he know, that there is no more dangerous animal than a prey that can think and improvise. Little did he know, that he would be that very prey.

Short Summary

My name is James Mascia, I am an English teacher at a high school in Maryland who is passionate about writing novels and comics for children and teens. I like coming up with new ways to interest young people in reading.  

We are working on a project called "The Most Dangerous Game". Some of you may be familiar with that title as it is the name of a short story penned by Richard Connell in 1924. The story is about a man who gets stranded on an island with a hunter who had grown bored hunting animals and therefore turned to a more challenging prey: human beings. When we are fully funded, we will be creating a version of this story with a science fiction twist to it, in which our main character, Rainsford, will crash on a planet run by a crazed alien who also hunts humans.  

The graphic-novel will be told in the style of a sci-fi thriller, in which the characters are pitted against each other in a fight for survival. It is my hope that by creating this, it will interest young people in some of classic tales.

Your pledge will help get this graphic novel into the hands of students, and will help grow an interest in reading classic stories. With that in mind, what we plan on including inside this book is a teacher's guide, complete with comprehension questions, essay topics and lessons that can be utilized in the classroom. 

Character Concept Art - Zaroff
Character Concept Art - Zaroff

What We Need & What You Get

By pledging to this project, you will help in the creation and production of "The Most Dangerous Game." It will be used to pay the artists (So far, Satine Zillah, Michael Dolce) for their work on the pages and cover as well as the printing and distribution of the books themselves. The books, when completed should be approximately 100 pages in length. 

For contributing to the project, we have chosen some excellent rewards for you. Get yours today!

For a pledge of $2

A full-color wallpaper designed in the style of our cover image as well as my eternal gratitude.

For a pledge of $5

"The Most Dangerous Game" as a DRM Free ebook PDF.

For a pledge of $10

"The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Poe Murders" in DRM free PDFs.

For a pledge of $15 

"The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes" as DRM Free ebook PDFs, as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book.

For a pledge of $15

A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book.

For a pledge of $25

A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes".


For a pledge of $30

A copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as a copy of "The Poe Murders" signed by the creator as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book.

For a pledge of $35

A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Added to this will be a set of four (4) exclusive postcards, featuring the characters from "The Most Dangerous Game".

For a pledge of $40

A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Added to this will be an original artwork commission of any superhero you want, drawn by our artists, Satine Zillah or Michael Dolce.

For a pledge of $45

Print copies of all three of my graphic novels - "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book.

For a pledge of $50

A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Also a limited edition print featuring the original character designs for "The Most Dangerous Game"

For a pledge of $70

Print copies of all three of my graphic novels - "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. You will also get the exclusive print of the character designs. Plus an original sketch of any character you want by the artist of Hack/Slash and Batman Eternal, Tim Seeley.


For a pledge of $75

A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". And you, or someone you know, will be drawn into the comic book.

For a pledge of $90

A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Also get an original sketch by Marvel/DC artist, and New Mutants co-creator, Bob McLeod!

Sketch by Bob McLeod
Sketch by Bob McLeod

For a pledge of $100

Print copies of all three of my graphic novels - "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". And you, or someone you know, will be drawn into the comic book.

For a pledge of $150

Everything from the $100 pledge. Plus you will also get the DRM Free PDFs of all three graphic novels. Plus you will also be listed on the title page as a Producer of the graphic novel.

For a pledge of $200

You will get the all 3 of the graphic novels in print and PDF. You will be listed as a Producer of the Graphic Novel. And you will get the original cover art of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Mike Dolce (see below).

For a pledge of $350

You will get the all 3 of the graphic novels in print and PDF. You will be listed as a Producer of the Graphic Novel. And you will get the original art for one of the pages from "The Most Dangerous Game" by Satine Zillah (see below).
Character Concept Art - Ivok
Character Concept Art - Ivok

 

The Impact  

Each and every dollar pledged will make a huge difference in getting this graphic-novel produced. My YA series, High School Heroes has been greatly reviewed and has sold very well. Here are some things that people have said about it.

"From the very first word until the last, Mr. Mascia had me enthralled within the world of teenage angst, super powers, evil villains, and trying to find oneself." - Danielle , Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

"High School Heroes is definitely a cute, easy read that appeals to the comic-book side to everyone." - GloriousBooks.com

"Surprisingly Fantastic!" - ReadingTeen

"Mr. Mascia has a great writing style and story telling ability. I was immediately interested, and my attention was held throughout the entire story." - Glata Grindstaff

The Poe Murders sells out at virtually every comic-con I have attended in the last year and has brought the works of Edgar Allan Poe to many students who had never read him before. This graphic-novel will get just as much intricate attention as my other projects to make it the best it can possible be, but that can only be done with funding.  

Other Ways You Can Help  

If you are unable to contribute, please at the very least "Like" the page, and share on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Getting the word out there is half the battle and every time you help share is a great step toward getting that needed contribution. Thanks all!

Rainsford Character Concept Art

Whitney Character Concept Art
Whitney Character Concept Art

Here is just a brief overview of how the pledged funds will be used. 

Cover Art by Michael Dolce
Cover Art by Michael Dolce
First page by Satine Zillah
First page by Satine Zillah
Second Page by Satine Zillah
Second Page by Satine Zillah
Page three by Satine Zillah
Page three by Satine Zillah

STRETCH GOALS

As of right now, the finished book will be 100 pages. My first stretch goal will be for $2,750. If we hit this goal (which we are only about $100 away from at this time) then I will add an additional 10 pages to the book.  

If we make it to $3,000. I will add an additional 25 pages to the book.  

To help get us there, I am offering a T-shirt to anyone who increases their pledge by $20. The T-shirt will have our logo and catchphrase on it, as well as original art (not yet produced).

 Thanks to everyone who's gotten us here. Let's make this project even bigger!

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    A full-color wallpaper designed in the style of our cover image as well as my eternal gratitude.

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    "The Most Dangerous Game" as a DRM Free ebook PDF.

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    "The Most Dangerous Game" and "The Poe Murders" in DRM free PDFs.

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    A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book.

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    "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes" as DRM Free ebook PDFs, as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book.

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    A copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as a copy of "The Poe Murders" signed by the creator as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book..

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    1 backer

    A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Added to this will be a set of four (4) exclusive postcards, featuring the characters from "The Most Dangerous Game".

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    A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Added to this will be an original artwork commission of any superhero you want, drawn by our artist, Satine Zillah or Michael Dolce.

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    3 backers

    Print copies of all three of my graphic novels - "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book..

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    4 backers

    A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Also a limited edition print featuring the original character designs for "The Most Dangerous Game"

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Print copies of all three of my graphic novels - "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. You will also get the exclusive print of the character designs. Plus an original sketch of any character you want by our cover artist Michael Dolce.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    2 backers All gone!

    Print copies of all three of my graphic novels - "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. You will also get the exclusive print of the character designs. Plus an original sketch of any character you want by the artist of Hack/Slash and Batman Eternal, Tim Seeley.

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    A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". And you, or someone you know, will be drawn into the comic book.

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    A print copy of "The Most Dangerous Game" as well as your name listed on the acknowledgments page in the back of the book. Also the DRM Free PDFs of "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes". Also get an original sketch by Marvel/DC artist, and New Mutants co-creator, Bob McLeod!

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    Print copies of all three of my graphic novels - "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Poe Murders" and "High School Heroes".And you, or someone you know, will be drawn into the comic book.

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    Everything from the $100 pledge. Plus you will also get the DRM Free PDFs of all three graphic novels. Plus you will also be listed on the title page as a Producer of the graphic novel.

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    You will get the all 3 of the graphic novels in print and PDF. You will be listed as a Producer of the Graphic Novel. And you will get the original cover art of "The Most Dangerous Game" by Mike Dolce.

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    You will get the all 3 of the graphic novels in print and PDF. You will be listed as a Producer of the Graphic Novel. And you will get the original art for one of the pages from "The Most Dangerous Game" by Satine Zillah.

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