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Set in a future, cyberpunk New Jersey, KSW is an action-comedy full of bad jokes, dumb fight scenes, and complex social criticisms

**$7,000 BONUS GOAL REWARD - FREE PRINTS!**
Hey everyone! WE PASSED $7,000!! So here's what happens if you hit $8,000..

If we make $8,000 then everyone who has pledged $25 or more will get one of two free 14x10 full color print in addition to a t-shirt of their choice and their normal rewards.

Here's what these prints look like!

So here's the deal, if we hit our $8,000 total then everyone who has pledged $25 or more will be able to choose one of these prints and they'll get it FOR FREE.  Now, if you want BOTH prints (or if you want a print whether or not we hit the $8,000 bonus reward) then you can pledge $65, $75, or $200+

Oh boy!

***NEW GOAL + BONUS REWARDS***HEY EVERYBODY! WE DID IT!
Thanks to all my lovely supporters, KSW has reached full funding! But that doesn't mean we can't still have fun!

So here's the deal, if we can reach a new goal of $7000 then I will be sending every supporter who pledges (or has pledged) $25 or more one of two KSW T-shirts FOR FREE!

You can choose from these two awesome designs! 

The Blue Shirt
The Blue Shirt
The Not-Blue Shirt
The Not-Blue Shirt
Blue Shirt Image Close Up
Blue Shirt Image Close Up
Not-Blue Shirt Image
Not-Blue Shirt Image

So tell your friends, tell your neighbors, and tell strangers on the bus to pledge, because I really wanna send cool KSW shirts to all y'all!


What is KSW?

My comic, KSW, is an action comedy set in a ridiculous, near-future New Jersey.  It’s a world plagued by rogue AI’s and outlet malls. It follows Shishkabob - a swordsman for hire - as he attempts to assassinate an experimental and “un-killable” cyborg named Sarah Warren.  Bob and his mercenary team stumble around neo-Jersey as they fail their way toward Sarah Warren. They visit exotic locations like underground video arcades and corporate cafeterias. They battle cyborgs, mutants, and the conventions of traditional narrative.  And not only that, they learn, they grow into themselves, and then Bob gets into fist fights with homeless people. Because KSW uses such a straightforward and simple plot, I have plenty of room to explore themes like consumerism and how to cope with loss through exaggeration and bad jokes - jokes like using product placement for products that don’t exist and by giving even the most exaggerated characters realistic motivations. In that way the story is as much about that plot as it is about the characters, the atmosphere, and Goldeneye for the N64.

I like to think of KSW as a more character driven King City or a more coherent Tank Girl.

Why Comics?

Comics are the perfect medium. They contain the strongest aspects of literature and movies while avoiding the pitfalls of both mediums.  Like film, comics are a sequential, visual medium. They can have all the fast paced excitement of a Michael Bay film or all the visual metaphor of a good movie.  But comics aren't constrained by pacing the same way films are. A movie is a set length - Expendables 2 is two hours long no matter how many people don’t go see it - but a comic is different.  A comic's pacing is influenced as much by the page composition as the reader’s investment. And that investment makes all the difference. You can’t just open a comic book and let the story happen to you. You have to actively read it.  You have to invest in a comic enough to engage with the story and turn its pages. And that investment is what makes traditional literature (and comic books) hit so hard. It makes a story personal, even if it’s just a stupid story about a cowardly, loud-mouthed, assassin swooning over sex bots and the other monotonies of life.

Comics initially grab you because they’re a visual medium and then they keep you because they’re a narrative medium. Comics fall into this sweet spot between passive watching and active reading that sets them apart from their sister mediums and gives them this feel all their own.

Comics are awesome.

Why $4,500?

I started this comic four months ago. At the time, I was hoping to finish a 40 page story by the end of the semester. But when I had finished the 40 pages I realized that I still had so much more of the story to tell. So, it’ll have to be a graphic novel, 100 pages long at least. And now that it’s summer I have the time to finish it. The only problem is that I don't have the money.

If it is successful, Kickstarter will provide me with the resources to fund this whole project - from drawing and cleaning all the pages to printing and marketing the final graphic novel - and it will give me the resources to finish the project quickly, ideally resulting in a finished graphic novel by the end of the year.

Other Goodies

Making the video for this Kickstarter was a lot of fun. It also took a lot of takes. Here's a video of all the "junk" that didn't make it into the main film.

Sad thing is that this video is totally better than the real one.

REWARDS!!

Hey guys, I know I messed up my rewards and they're super confusing so let me list them more clearly here:

$1 - Good karma.

$5 - Shout out on my website.

$10 - Shout out in my book and website.

$15 - Shout out in my book and website AND a digital copy of the comic.

$20 - All of the rewards above this one, AND a signed, copy of KSW.

$25 - All of the rewards above this one, AND a copy of the original 40 page mini-comic.

$40 - All of the rewards above this one, 'cept you get TWO signed copies of KSW instead of one.

$65 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy of KSW, and a framable print.

$75 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, TWO signed copies of KSW, and a framable print.

$95 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy of KSW, and a commissioned piece of art - anything you want.

$105 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, TWO signed copies of KSW, and a commissioned piece of art - anything you want.

$130 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy, AND an exclusive Kickstarter hardcover.

$150 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, a signed copy, AND an original, framable page of KSW. 

$200 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, AND the print, a commissioned piece of art, and the hardcover.

$250 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, AND a walk-in role in the comic.

$300 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, the print, the commissioned piece of art, the hard cover, and the original KSW page.

$500 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, the hardcover, AND a small-medium sized role in the comic.

$1,000 - Shout out in my book and website, digital copy, two signed copies, the hardcover, AND a medium-large sized role in the comic.

$4,500 - Every prize listed on here and dinner with the artist/artist as babysitter/artist as therapist. I will basically come to you and do whatever you want for a day because I love you so much.  Also the book will be dedicated to you.

Hope this helps!!

FAQ

  • I've included a $5 for shipping in each of the rewards, which should cover the cost of shipping rewards in the United States. If you live outside the US then I might require more money to get your books and goodies - but don't worry, I'll include some prints or stickers or something to help offset the cost a little bit.

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    Every dollar helps me out. For real. For a buck you get my thanks and some good thoughts sent your way.

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    For $5 you get my gratitude, the vibes, a shout out on my website.

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    In addition to the gratitude, vibes, you'll get a shout out on my website, AND in the book.

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    I'll be grateful, for sure, and send you good vibes, a thank you note (in the mail) AND a digital copy of KSW upon completion.

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    For $20 you get my sincerest thanks, a digital copy of KSW, AND a signed copy of the completed KSW!!! PLEASE NOTE: The $25 dollar reward below ALSO includes a signed copy of the graphic novel AS WELL as the original 40 page minicomic. I'm just an idiot and forgot to write that in :(

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    You get everything in the above reward AND a signed copy of the original 40-page KSW minicomic.

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    You'll get a a mental and physical thank you (in the form of a website shout out and a MAILED thank you note) - as in the previous rewards. AND a digital copy of KSW AND - wait for it - a signed, physical copy of the graphic novel mailed to you di-rect-ly. Ba-boom.

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    See, I'm an idiot. The $40 dollar reward should actually include all the stuff listed above and TWO signed copies of KSW and a signed copy of the original 40 page minicomic!! Whether you select this $40 reward or the other you will receive TWO copies of KSW in addition to the other prizes listed above. Sorry for the confusion.

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    In addition to all the awesome prizes listed in the above reward you will also receive a framable print of Shishkabob and Sarah Warren - the main characters of KSW - beating each other up in Guile's stage from Street Fighter 2.

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    Hey, you want the good vibes, the thank yous, the digital copy of KSW, the print from the previous page, and TWO signed/physical copies of KSW? Then reward number 10 is for you.

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    First off, I'm going to thank you by mentally sending good thoughts, digitally writing your name in gratitude on my website and sending you a digital copy of KSW, and physically by sending you a thank you note, a signed physical copy of KSW, AND a personalized drawing of someone or something from KSW (or whatever) drawn specifically for you - and I DO take requests :D

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    You like all the stuff from the previous reward, right? Well how would you like all that stuff - the thanks, the digital copy, the REQUEST DRAWING, and TWO signed/physical copies of KSW? Well boom. here you go.

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    As well as the thank yous, the digital and signed, softcover copy of KSW, you will receive a HARDCOVER copy of KSW exclusive to Kickstarter supporters. Cool, huh?

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    Hey! Do you want the thanks, a digital and physical copy of the book, AND an original page (of your choice*) from KSW? Then boom. This reward is for you. *first come first servee

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    Hey, how about some thank yous in the mental/psychic, digital/internet, and physical/postcard forms... AND a digital copy of the comic.. AND TWO physical, signed copies mailed to you. How would you like signed copy of the pilot from reward 5, the print from reward 8, the personalized drawing from reward 9, and the HARDCOVER copy from reward 10 all bundled together all awesomely? You WOULD like that? Well then you should probably say you want reward #15. Okay? Cool.

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    So that'll be the thank yous - physical, mental, and digital - the digital copy of KSW, TWO signed, physical copies of KSW, and - what's that? - a walk-in role in the comic? Have you dreamed of being drawn into the background of a scene at an outlet mall? Do you aspire to get shot in the face in a comic wearing an outfit OF YOUR CHOICE? Well buckle in brotha and send me a photo of yourself because this is the reward for you.

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    Hey you know reward #15 where you get the exclusive hardcover, the two signed softcovers, the custom drawing, and the print? Well did you like all that but also want an original page from KSW? Then select this and your dreams will come true. Pick early, because the original pages are first come first serve.

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    As well as all the fun stuff listed in the above reward, you'll receive a minor role in the comic. Now, when I say 'minor role' I don't mean a walk in role. That's what reward 11 is all about. Reward 12 is all about jokes and presence. You'll be in there, maybe you'll be a hilarious cab driver or an incompetent guard. But either way you'll have lines, you'll make an impression, and in today's world an impression goes a LONG way. Obviously we'll have to have ourselves a little chat to figure out how to fit you in - but that's why it'll be fun. I promise I won't send you inappropriate text message (often).

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    You'll get my thanks, a digital and TWO signed, physical copies of the book, AND you or your friend or character will get a SIZABLE role in KSW. I like to keep the scripting process organic, which means that I keep my outlines sparse and full of opportunities for YOU to show up and shine. I'll write you into the story as more than just a wee-walk in - but rather as a character that actually makes a difference. Think of it like this, with this reward you're not some schmuck working checkout at Bloomingdales. You're not even the floor manager. No, you're the effing REGIONAL MANAGER. You follow me? You will have a major impact on the events of at least one chapter, maybe more. We'll have to have a chat, maybe even a Skype date to iron out the details AND, unlike the $500 reward, I promise to send you as many inappropriate texts as you want.

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    If you're mister (or misses) moneybags over there and you believe in me enough to fund my whole Kickstarter on your own then I love you and I'm forever in your debt. In addition to every reward listed above, you will get my undying gratitude in the form of me flying to your house and babysitting your kids and/or hanging out with you. If you've got pets I'll walk and/or clean up after them AND I will bring you McDonalds (or whatever other fast food you want). You rule. And I am going to dedicate the book to you.

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