Secret Origin Of...
I'm Josh Dahl. i write and produce a series of comics called Rapid City. Right now, artist Shawn Langley and I are working on the super villain revenge drama, Rapid City Below Zero.
I have always loved writing comics, but due to a bunch of annoying, distracting, circumstance, I never actually got many written. I spent more time waiting than writing.
Then, one day, I realized that the only way I was ever going to learn how to write a monthly comic book was to write a monthly comic book. So I did that. I committed myself to creating a completed comic script every month.
And I did it. And it worked. And I learned a lot. So much more than I ever had in all those years of trying to coax projects together. The scripts that I was writing became Rapid City. And, before long, those Rapid City scripts became the Rapid City comic book. Specifically, Rapid City: Objects at Rest with artist A. Kaviraj.
Writing very personal, emotional, stories about superheroes was a great experience. But as the script writing process reached its third year, the content grew darker and darker until I found I was writing a completely different story.
This was Rapid City Below Zero.
Inspired largely by my work in Boston's juvenile justice system, Below Zero is a hard look at the hard lives of Rapid City's super villains. Drawn by Shawn Langley, this comic follows Icicle as she pursues Coil, the villain who killed her lover.
And it's really great.
Making issues 1-3 with Shawn, Micah, Kyle, and everyone else who helped us along the way has been incredible fun.
Fun, but expensive.
Having proven ourselves by digging deep to complete, publish, and print three solid issues of Rapid City, we now feel comfortable asking you to make it possible for us to this again... and maybe even again after that... and maybe even further past that.
Funds raised in this campaign will be used to pay the creators for their work on issue 4 and to print copies of that same issue. The posted goal is to cover a modest wage and a 100 issue print run. Funds raised beyond the initial goal will be used to back-pay the creative team for issues 1 -3 and to expand the print runs of each issue. If you want to see the accounting on how that money will be allocated, just ask. As “stretch goals” go that’s pretty boring. So, if we reach past payment for previous issues, we do have some things planned which we hope will be a bit more fun.
We know what we're doing now, and how to get this comic thing done. Any money we raise through this campaign will be used effectively and strategically to make more comics, better comics, and (most importantly) more-better comics.
Thank you, friends, for standing with us and joining us in the adventure of making Rapid City Below Zero.
INDIVIDUAL ISSUES OR MULTIPLES
Individual issue add-ons! For backers at the $20 level or higher. Want more issues than you are already getting? Now you can simply add them on to your current reward package. Log in and find “Manage” button next to your pledge amount. Click on it and then add $10 for each individual comic book you want to add to your reward package. When the campaign successfully concludes, you will be sent a backer survey asking you how many of each issue you want. Because that is a few weeks away (right now) and you have a lot going in your life, you might also want to send a message through Kickstarter indication which issues you want added.
Rapid City: Objects at Rest Collected Edition
This single, 90+ page, edition collects four earlier Rapid City comic books into one complete story. Written by Josh Dahl and drawn by A. Kaviraj, this is the compelling story of a an trying to become a superhero.
To add this book to your reward package, you must already be supporting at $20 or above. Then, simply increase your pledge amount by $20 and note that you want this book when you are filling out your end-of-campaign survey.
Risks and challenges
As with any Kickstarted project, the main risk is that we may not get funded. If that happens, we will lose some of the creative momentum which has carried us through to this point.
And, for as great as we all know this project is, a failure-to-fund might be a pretty strong message that we’re not right about that.
In that case, the time spent launching and managing the campaign becomes time NOT put into Rapid City comics. All of this means less time and less money to produce a comic book that is already produced with no time and no money.
Would that completely sink Rapid City? Probably not. But it might be serious blow to the endeavor as a whole.
Fortunately, the creative team behind this project already has a few books under its collective belt. Actually making the comics will not be a challenge. Well, no more so than it usually is.
Also, most of our reward levels are things that already exist, or small alterations on things that already exist. While that may not be as exciting as completely new exclusives, it will certainly be easier to fulfill.
Still, the prospect completing the number of rewards which would represent a successful funding… is daunting. I know that I am bad at that kind of logistics. There is very little chance that any pledged rewards would simply go unfilled… but I know me… I might take a few weeks to get that done. If I didn’t have any help. Thankfully, I have some friends in the area who have a few successful Kickstarts in the bag. They’ve volunteered to help crack out those fulfillments. So, worst case, it could be frustratingly slow. Best case, I get by with a little help, and you get your mailbox full of cool stuff.
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