About this project
It's time for STRETCH GOALS!
The first one:
Full colouring work from KrisRix!
Full colouring work from KrisRix! At $4,800 the colouring will go from flats to more detailed work. That’s just 250$ above what we were looking for.
The second stretch goal:
Spoof Mini Prints Added!
At $5,000 every physical backer will get mini prints of not only the “Star Heist” image, but also the forth coming “Heist Spotting” image based on the classic text poster of Trainspotting.
The third stretch goal.
Chapter 2 in Full Colour!
When we reach $5,500 not only will you get issue 1 as a fully coloured PDF, but a chapter 2 "Moving Up" PDF will be included in everyone's package. Every backer will get a digital version of chapter 2 to enjoy when you finished reading chapter 1.
The fourth stretch goal:
If we hit $8000 that will mean Matt and Jay will have enough funds to help push Conceptual Heist from a Monday and Thursday schedule to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule, meaning Book 1 will be complete in a year or so.
Welcome to The Jazzpunk World of Conceptual Heist!
We are looking to produce a full colour print edition of our first chapter for our readers. We have spent many hours and days over the past two years working on this series as a webcomic, and it is now time to bring the fruits of our labour to print.
Are you ready to Join the heist? (#jointheheist)
What do you expect from a Science Fiction, Jazzpunk, Art Heist comic?
Well, were you aware that art theft is one of the most lucrative areas of criminal pursuit? It is also generally considered to be non to minimally violent in most cases. And it is estimated that only 5-10% of all thefts are recovered, meaning it's big money with less risk than other forms of crime.
And how do you feel about mixing that with some Science-fiction? Based in the year 2090, our protagonist Jemma Heiss walks among the elite society of the 1%, a group she has never had any compassion or love for, and stealing their art for her own financial gain is her way to get back at them.
With a 1920’s style, the look this world has we have called Jazzpunk, flapper girls with computer contact lenses, and dapper men with cyborg arms, creating a new style and look for our comic that we haven't seen anywhere else.
Created by Matt Gagnon and Jay D’Ici while working together in the video game industry, we felt there was nothing like Jemma’s world out there for readers: a science fiction heist story using the aesthetics of the jazz age.
Since launching in April 2015 we have been producing strips twice a week for close to two years, and while the comic is free to read on-line, we want to take the next step and bring the first chapter to print, in full colour, and without interruptions. We are here to help fund the coloring and printing of Conceptual Heist #1. This will be our one and only single issue, a special collectable item for you, our fans.
Chapter one sees the story kick off with a high action teaser sequence as you’d expect from any action adventure while also laying the ground work for what is to come. It functions as both a stand-alone story and the lead into to a larger world where an art thief is beginning to fight against the upper echelons of society
What Are We Offering You?
Well first off this will be a fully coloured 32 page comic, 26 pages of comic and 6 pages of extra back matter which will include pinups, background information, fan photos, and fan art, and possibly even a letters page.
We're also offering prints of our covers for Chapters 1, 2 & 3. This will be the first place where you'll be able to get a print of our Chapter 3 Starry Night cover as well as special Kickstarter exclusive rewards like Page 1 and Page 11 as 11x17 inch prints.
We also have the exclusive t-shirt "Star Heist" parodying the original Star Wars Poster.
Where is the money going?
Printing and shipping books is not cheap, we are getting an offset print run of 1000 copies. Shipping the books from over seas and then again out to our supporters will be where the majority of funds will be focused.
We will also be hiring a professional colourist, KrisRix of atelierMUSE, for this project to make sure you are getting the highest quality project possible, Black and white with spot colouring is how it the comic has been presented to date, but we have always wanted to be in full colour.
Conceptual Heist has been running with regular updates since April 2015. using the "Scatterlands style" proposed by Warren Ellis to begin the series evolved into a more of a strip form instead of relying on single full panels fairly quickly. The comic is currently in it's third chapter of a planned 5 chapter story arc.
Who are we?
The creative team of Conceptual Heist is made up of:
Jay D'Ici, writer and co-creator, he has worked in film and video games, but his first love is comics. His first comic series "The Unfinding of Erasmus Civitatum" was a love letter to the stories and creators of 2000AD and Metal Hurlant. With Conceptual Heist he is paying tribute to the heist films he loves, while trying to mix some new styles and genres together.
Matt G. Gagnon, is the artist and other co-creator, trained in 3d art and illustration he decided while attempting to find work in the game industry that comics were his true calling. After launching his first webcomic series Yonaoshi, he decided to work with Jay to see what it was like to have a collaborator and has never looked back. (Mostly because he doesn't have the time to look back.) He has studied comic illustration and storyboarding for film in both Los Angeles and Montreal.
Kris Rix, is the latest addition to the team as colourist. A member of the atelierMUSE studio studying under Simon Gannon, Kris has several comics and doujinshi projects available through their website.
So what next?
Well we would love it if you became a backer. We are here to make great comics, and we will keep doing that win lose or draw, but the completion of this project will see us get one step closer to bringing you the best comics we possibly can.
Will you #jointheheist?
Risks and challenges
Issue 1 is written and drawn so completing that is not a problem. Our colourist has shown us samples and has a proven production track record.
For us the primary risk is that we have never published a comic before, or run a Kickstarter. We have done our research and have budgeted in the possibility of a misjudgement, or drastic change in pricing of different aspects of the campaign. We also have several friends who have run kickstarter campaigns who have been advising us and are willing to help out behind the scenes. We are determined to make sure you will have a copy of Issue 1 of CONCEPTUAL HEIST in your hands by this summer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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