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About this project

Kickstarter, for the right people, is really one of the greatest websites to come out of this wonderful tech era we are currently living in. It gives creators like myself a chance to take what we dream and share it with the world. 

Humanity, is a comic book that I conceptualized many years ago, but the crippling fear of creating something that people might not like had kept me from pursuing it, not to mention the cost of making a comic book and making it right. These things certainly are not cheap! The finished Graphic Novel will be a beautiful 80 PAGE HARD COVER that is sure to rock your world!

February of last year i decided to say screw it, and stuck my neck out! I pulled some HUGE favors from dear friends (Alex Ross, Ryan Benjamin, JJ Kirby, Deron Bennett, Paul Morrissey) I finished the entire script, and with said friends help, was able to get a teaser/ashcan out in time for comic con 2012. 

The response I got was better than any I could have hoped for, and the common feed back I got was, WHEN ARE WE GONNA SEE MORE!?

This is where you, Humanity (pun intended) come in. In order to make this book right with the artists I want to use, the colorists I want to use, the letter, designer, and editor I want to use PLUS printing... Well... sadly these things cost money and favors can only go so far!

Humanity is about a choice, it's about taking back your freedom. Let me rewind. If animals had a choice, if animals had a voice, do you think they would allow us to experiment on them? Do you think they would CHOOSE to be "lab rats?" "Lab rats" for things like weapons, cosmetics, chemicals and so much more?HELL NO! Given the choice, Animals would tell us to go fuck ourselves, and to test those things on ourselves.

Humanity, puts people in the place of Animals. What would happen if unbeknownst to us WE were the "lab rats" to a group of beings far superior to us, and what would happen if after tens of thousands of years we found out? H.O.L. answers those questions and so much more. 

I should tell you, I'm not just some guy who wants to make a comic, I live and breath comics!!! From my 3 DC tattoos (yes, that is my universe of choice), to my 1000's of comic books, making Humanity a reality is one of the things I've always wanted to do, and I'm ready to make it so. 

Oh, and incase you are questioning my ability to write, I'm not saying I am the best writer to walk the planet, but I am the award winning writer of the  sci-fi short "White Room: 02B3." Which means maybe I can write... maybe :)

I have kick ass rewards and a heart of gold!!! 

I have a cover by the one and only ALEX ROSS http://www.alexrossart.com/

Alex Ross
Alex Ross
Cover Rough!!!
Cover Rough!!!

And one of my favorite artists ever, Mr. Ryan Benjamin has signed on to draw the book.  http://ryanbnjmn.deviantart.com/ http://www.pancratia.com/

Ryan Benjamin
Ryan Benjamin
A page of Greatness form Humanity!!!
A page of Greatness form Humanity!!!

The Script is written... 

Me! Tory Mell... Eating a Henry's Taco, Burrito!!!
Me! Tory Mell... Eating a Henry's Taco, Burrito!!!
Page from the Script!!!
Page from the Script!!!

Now the fun begins!

Risks and challenges

The most terrifying thing about producing and self publishing your own book is time. Time is the killer of all things comic book. You can plan for the worst, then get crushed by something even greater when it comes to comic books. I have ZERO writing challenges as the script is done and it is rock solid (as I pat myself on the back), the cover is completed as well, so the biggest challenges will come from art schedules, etc. But being blessed enough to know the people I know, and having the incredible friendships that I have, all of which are working on this book, nothing can stop this machine from finishing on time, on point, and with time to spare! I have specifically set a Comic Con 2014 release date for the book just incase my over confidence falls flat on it's tender little face, I will have enough time to dust off and get the machine rolling again to finish ahead of schedule. I have a great support team, an Eisner award winning editor, I know this book will get done, and minds will be blown!

I have worked on producing and making comics for the past 4.5 years while working at Roddenberry Entertainment. And have been involve in the comic book industry for over 20 years. I am well versed in what it takes to make a book, and not just any book, a great book!

Thank you so much for your support!!!

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    This just in!!!! The Five Dollar reward!!! if 5200 of you contribute just $5... You will get a High FIVE from me when you see me and a special Thanks in the Graphic Novel!!!!

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    The Digital Dream!!! For $15, you get a digital download of the greatest comic ever written... or maybe you'll just get a digital copy of, Humanity.

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    For the low low price of $25, You get to Fill that book shelf at home with a printed copy of Humanity.

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    Oh Man!!! Fifty Bucks!!! This will be great! You get... Rewards 1, 2 AND A sweet Autograph from Artist Ryan Benjamin and Me the writer/creator and overall lovable guy!!!!!

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    Let's try and make this a sweet, sweet reward. OK.... You get rewards 1, 2, 3, AND I will email a digital photo of ME because let's be honest, that's worth $100 alone! But it will be an AWESOME Photo!!!!

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    I'm SUPER excited about this NEW reward!!! For $350, if you are an aspiring artist, Eisner-Award winning editor Paul Morrissey, will review your portfolio!!! ps, Paul is editing "Humanity"

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    Here we go!!!! You get.... 1, 2, 3, 4 AND I will personalize your digital photo any way you want!!! You be the director! Be tasteful, be funny, be creative!!!!

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    I'm getting tired of giving all this awesome stuff away!!!! Ok... For a easy $1000... You get Rewards 1,2 ,3 ,4 ,5 AND you will be drawn as one of the Galactic Alliance (Baddies of the Book).

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    This is it people!!! for $5000... just $5000 you get rewards 1,2,3,4,5,6 AND a variation of your name will be used for the character that is drawn of you AND I will have you as a guest on my Pod Cast 5x5 that I host on Geeknation.com with Clare Kramer from Buffy!!!

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    Another NEW REWARD!!!!! This one is incredible! For $5000 you'll get rewards 1, 2, 3 AND an ORIGINAL drawing from artist Ryan Benjamin. There is a link to some of his work so check it out!!!

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