After 10 years of waiting, the critically acclaimed GUN THEORY returns in its entirety -- uncut, unedited and uncompromised. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 17, 2013.
About this project
(5/11) UPDATE: THE KING IS DEAD; LONG LIVE THE KING
Well, folks...we have good news and we have bad news. We’ll give you the bad news first: This Kickstarter campaign isn’t going to succeed. The reason for this, ultimately, is because the goal amount is too high.
The good news is, we’re going to lower that amount!
Now, this isn’t something that we can actually do with this campaign (it’s not allowed by Kickstarter, and for good reasons) so what we’ll be doing is, once this current campaign expires, launch a new campaign with a much, much lower goal amount. We’re making this announcement here, rather than simply cancelling the current campaign and launching a new one, because we can only contact our backers if our campaign is successful; therefore, this is the only place where we can announce to them—to you—the plans for the next campaign. And if you could mention it on facebook, twitter, etc. that wouldn’t hurt either!
Why and how are we able to reduce our goal amount? Did the price of paper and printing suddenly drop through the floor? Nope. The reason—and this is some more good news—is because we’ve reached an agreement with a certain indy powerhouse publisher that finally, finally “gets” what GUN THEORY is all about. Unfortunately, we can’t yet announce the name of the publisher but please trust us when we tell you that, when it comes to independent, creator-owned comics, they’re one of best—if not “the” best—there is.
Some of you may be wondering why, now that an established publisher is involved, we’re going ahead with a second campaign. The answer, simply put and depressing though it may be, is that the comics publishing landscape has become a bit...well, bleak over the last few years and there isn’t a lot of money lying around to produce new, non-licensed, non-superhero material. The publisher, to their credit, is willing to invest in our work but they, quite frankly, can’t afford to foot the entire bill. In order for GUN THEORY to see print, we’re counting on you to help us come up with the difference. Again, if we can’t raise the remainder of the production budget through this next Kickstarter campaign, there will be no GUN THEORY. Though the next campaign will have a lower goal amount, it’s critical that we at least meet it or, better yet, exceed it. So don’t let us down!
All of the incentives offered in this current campaign, with the exception of the retailer-only options, will carry over into the next campaign. And at the end of the day, won’t it actually be cooler to own—or appear in (!)—an exclusive, backers-only version of a book published around the world by a legendary, independent publisher?
Heh...and won’t it be cooler for the entirety of GUN THEORY to actually see print, at all?
Jon and I would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, everyone who has contributed thus far and we’re hopeful that we can count on you to do so again in the next campaign. So keep an eye out for us, and we’ll do our best to let everyone know when the new campaign goes live!
Daniel Way & Jon Proctor
(4/30) UPDATE: GIVE US YOUR FACE (BOOK)!
We're almost halfway through the campaign but we still have a lot of money to raise--WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THE WORD OUT! Since Facebook is the quickest, easiest way to speak to the most people in the least amount of time and a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words...here! Use this picture!
Please update your Facebook timeline cover with this image. And if someone asks you about it, point 'em in our direction. Thanks!
Oh, and check out this kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1420428366/monstra-zombie-destroyer
Great guy, and a great project!
4/29) UPDATE: INTERVIEWS!
Want to know more about GUN THEORY? Read/listen to these interviews!
(4/22) JUST ADDED: RETAILER INCENTIVES!
Other than the gun in his hand, everything about Harvey was calculated to leave no impression, whatsoever.
If you had noticed him, it wouldn’t have been due to anything memorable; if he’d spoken to you, the conversation would’ve been instantly forgettable. The only people who ever saw Harvey for what he truly was were those who caught a glimpse of him before he killed them. Harvey, for most intents and purposes, didn’t even exist—he was a ghost. And ghosts can’t be killed.
Harvey, though, is no longer a ghost.
GUN THEORY is the story of a hired killer who, by chance, encounters a woman whom he can’t forget...and who can’t forget him. Dragged back into the world of the living, he must now confront the two things he’d previously avoided with machine-like precision: life...and death.
About ten years ago, before our separate careers took off—mine at Marvel, Jon’s with DC and, later, as a magazine illustrator and fine artist—we had created an OGN (“original graphic novel”) titled GUN THEORY. Our intention was to self-publish the work but, to our surprise, we were approached by Marvel with an offer to publish the book through their new creator-owned/mature readers imprint, Epic. We came to an agreement, made the necessary changes to the story (it was to be published monthly, in four parts) and looked forward to a bright future.
Unfortunately, things didn’t work out with Epic and, after only two issues, Jon and I made the decision to cease further publication and take the project back from the publisher. To their credit, Marvel was very gracious during this process.
Our first instinct was to simply publish the remainder of the story independently but, truth be told, the prolonged contract battle with our former publisher had taken a lot out of us and, more importantly, had taken our creative focus off of the book. This is a very personal project for us, and we both realized that our initial instincts had more to do with wanting to put it behind us than with wanting to produce something of which we could be proud. So we decided to take a break from GUN THEORY in order to catch our creative breath. That break ended up lasting ten years.
As you’ll see, though, it was worth the wait.
This will not be a reprint. Though still the same essential story as before, I’ve gone back and re-scripted the entire thing, replacing some of the elements removed from the previous, “serial” version and expanding upon others. In addition, Jon will be providing all new illustrations for the entirety of the book. This, more than any other factor, is why we’ve brought GUN THEORY to Kickstarter—to you.
Illustrating GUN THEORY, which will clock in at approximately 120 pages, is a huge undertaking. Because of the time required to produce not only the quantity but also the quality of the artwork this book requires, Jon will be unable to take on any other paying work. Additionally, the coloring, lettering and printing of a project this size all adds up to a considerable amount of money, particularly since we’re not interested in cutting any corners when it comes to quality. We weren’t willing to compromise ten years ago and we sure as hell aren’t going to start now.
Check back often for updates and thank you, truly, from the bottom of our hearts, for supporting our work.
"MAKING OF" BLOG
Once the project's funded, you'll be able to monitor our progress on GUN THEORY via our blog, www.guntheory.tumblr.com. We'll be updating the site continuously with the most current artwork and behind-the-scenes content.
Risks and challenges
Comic book projects sometimes encounter production delays; it's unfortunate, but it's a fact. We will, however, try our very best to avoid such a thing--we want to see this book published more than anyone. Though we cannot offer a 100% guarantee that we will hit our production deadline, we can point to our long professional track records as an indication of our abilities to deliver as scheduled.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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