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A young genius and his fellow prodigies are kidnapped on their way to a science fair and must use their wits to escape.
A young genius and his fellow prodigies are kidnapped on their way to a science fair and must use their wits to escape.
A young genius and his fellow prodigies are kidnapped on their way to a science fair and must use their wits to escape.
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The Scientists #1: YA adventure of prodigies in peril!

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Scientists Part One: The Prodigies
Scientists Part One: The Prodigies

The story:

Stuart Chin thought he and his fellow prodigies were heading to a national science fair. He never imagined they would awaken to find themselves abandoned in the underground corridors of a strange experimental facility. This ragtag group of misfits must use their wits to overcome dangerous obstacles, carnivorous plants, and a relentless killer robot if they ever hope to escape from "The Scientists".

 Special for this Kickstarter is the Science of Synthwave soundtrack!

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  • 20 original synthwave tracks 
  • Featuring original music from: Matt Vorn, Minemice, Stromfire, DivingInSpace, The Problem of Time, Hus K, Elevate the Sky, Dashcam, Vaughtex, & Vic-20 
  • Synthwave is a style of music influenced by the synthesizer-based movie soundtracks of the 1980s 
  • The perfect tunes to set the mood for The Scientists!
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We're Funded! Now for the Stretch Goals!!

Every backer will have access to a digital copy of this reward! If we manage to convert the entire book, I will offer it as a full 3d color printed book (in place 3d Variant cover option)

Do you love ensemble kid adventure stories, like they made back in the 80s? They were dark, dangerous, and didn’t pull their punches. If you are a fan of Stranger Things, The Goonies, or The Maze Runner, you will love The Scientists!

The Comic:

  • 44 page double-sized comic, painted in black and white acrylic.
  • Cover photographed from a 3d paper diorama.
  • Part one of a four part mini-series that tells a complete story.

FREE SKETCH CARDS FOR BACKERS!

You'll Get a "Thank You" Sketch when you pledge. Want to make a sketch request? Leave it in the comments section!

Geoff Weber is the artist and co-creator of The Scientists. He is also a magician, inventor, game designer, husband, and father of 4 boys. 

Trent Beckett was Geoff's friend and writing partner. He enjoyed DJing "so bad, its good" 80s music and traveling throughout Europe and the Caribbean. He was a quarter-finalist in the ASA Screenwriter's Competition and wrote 8 feature length screenplays, 3 of which, he and Geoff collaborated on. The Scientists was the last project they worked on together. 

What the critics are saying about The Scientists!
What the critics are saying about The Scientists!
Striking a pose with my friend Ho, at the comic convention
Striking a pose with my friend Ho, at the comic convention

I began The Scientists over 10 years ago with my friend Trent Beckett. Everyone who knew him was devastated by his death in 2007, but I’ve found that working on this comic has helped me to maintain a feeling of connection and I promised myself that I would finish it as a way to honor him.

Why Kickstarter?

I've previously helped publish several anthology comics, but now I'm bringing my first large scale project to kickstarter to fund the printing of physical copies and to try and maximize the potential audience I can reach. I’ve already put in years of work into this comic because I really believe this is a great story the whole world needs to see!

If you've read this far, you have probably self-identified as someone who is interested in this type of story. I will only be able to print enough copies to meet the demand, which means this campaign might be the only place you can get it. So lets make this thing happen together!

-- What will the funds be used for?

The book is finished and ready to go so all the funds raised through this campaign will go towards printing, shipping, rewards, and campaign expenses. 

How the funds will be used
How the funds will be used

You want to get a sneak preview? 

I will email you the first 32 pages for free right now!

Thanks for checking out The Scientists. Be sure to join the experiment, and pledge! As soon as this project is fully funded, I will be ready to launch part two! (which is also completely finished!) You guys don’t want to miss what happens next!

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Risks and challenges

With over 140 pages of art complete, I already have more than enough to launch parts one, two, and three, so you can back this project with confidence. I will be placing the printing order immediately after the campaign concludes.

As a ComixLaunch alumni, I have done my homework on what is involved in executing a kickstarter campaign and have access to many kickstarter veterans to help me with any questions I might have. As with any kickstarter, there is always risks... but I will be completely transparent through regular updates and communication if there are any unexpected obstacles.

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    Thank you!

    My sincere and deepest thanks for supporting independent comics! (You will also have access to any special video-streams I do during the campaign, including sketch request sessions and magic performances!)

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    Digital Copy

    You want to read the comic, but you don't want to kill any trees. No problem!

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    Digital Deluxe

    Read the comic, plus get a cool peek at some of the behind the scenes work, with some sketches, scripts and layouts.

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    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
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    Scientist of Tomorrow

    A copy of The Scientists, part one: The Prodigies that you can hold in your hands! Ahh, smell that ink!

    Includes:
    • Physical copy of the comic (44 pgs)
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Bookmark (can be folded into a mini-comic)
    • Your name on the thank you page
    • Free US shipping!
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    All Digital Sensory Experience!

    You want to read the comic on your screen, but you also want to set the mood with a kick-ass synthwave soundtrack!

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    • The Science of Synthwave soundtrack
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Your name on the thank you page
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    The Science of Synthwave!

    Get a dose of synthesizer-driven 80s nostalgia with this rockin' soundtrack of original music created by a group of amazing synthwave artists!

    Includes:
    • The Science of Synthwave soundtrack
    • Physical copy of the comic (44 pgs)
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Bookmark (can be folded into a mini-comic)
    • Your name on the thank you page
    • Free US shipping!
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    Everything but the lab sink!

    You are a dedicated fan! You want the standard and special 3D edition versions of the comic, plus a lot of cool swag to go with it!

    Includes:
    • Special edition 3D variant cover of The Scientists part one
    • 3d glasses
    • Physical copy of the comic (44 pgs)
    • Diorama Kit (based on the cover)
    • The Science of Synthwave soundtrack
    • mini-prints
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Behind the scenes (scripts, sketches, layouts)
    • Bookmark (can be folded into a mini-comic)
    • Your name on the thank you page
    • Free US shipping!
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    OK, fine... have the lab sink too!

    You wanted it all! You got it! Every last piece of Scientisty goodness! (That's a word, trust me; don't look it up)

    Includes:
    • Artist edition comic with original art drawn on to the cover!
    • Special edition 3D variant cover of The Scientists part one
    • 3d glasses
    • Physical copy of the comic (44 pgs)
    • Diorama Kit (based on the cover)
    • Stuart's science project blueprint
    • The Science of Synthwave soundtrack
    • mini-prints
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Behind the scenes (scripts, sketches, layouts)
    • The Scientists buttons
    • Bookmark (can be folded into a mini-comic)
    • Your name on the thank you page
    • Free US shipping!
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    Art Commision

    The original art in that previous reward sounds awesome, but I want to commission a special request!

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    • Original art commission
    • Special edition 3D variant cover of The Scientists part one
    • 3d glasses
    • Physical copy of the comic (44 pgs)
    • Diorama Kit (based on the cover)
    • Stuart's science project blueprint
    • The Science of Synthwave soundtrack
    • mini-prints
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Behind the scenes (scripts, sketches, layouts)
    • The Scientists buttons
    • Bookmark (can be folded into a mini-comic)
    • Your name on the thank you page
    • Free US shipping!
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    3d Lover!

    I will convert a piece of YOUR art (or photograph) into a 3d anaglyph. You will also get an exclusive 3d version of a mini print.

    Includes:
    • I convert your art into 3d
    • 3d glasses
    • Special edition 3D variant cover of The Scientists part one
    • Artist edition comic with original art drawn on to the cover!
    • The Science of Synthwave soundtrack
    • mini-prints
    • 3d mini print
    • Physical copy of the comic (44 pgs)
    • The Scientists buttons
    • Stuart's science project blueprint
    • Diorama Kit (based on the cover)
    • Bookmark (can be folded into a mini-comic)
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Behind the scenes (scripts, sketches, layouts)
    • Your name on the thank you page
    • Free US shipping!
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    Executive Producer

    You will be credited on the title page as "Executive Producer". Includes everything from the Lab Sink + Art Commission + Magic!

    Includes:
    • Executive Producer Credit
    • Magic Performance Web Conference
    • Original art commission
    • Artist edition comic with original art drawn on to the cover!
    • The Science of Synthwave soundtrack
    • Diorama Kit (based on the cover)
    • mini-prints
    • Physical copy of the comic (44 pgs)
    • Special edition 3D variant cover of The Scientists part one
    • 3d glasses
    • The Scientists buttons
    • Stuart's science project blueprint
    • Bookmark (can be folded into a mini-comic)
    • Behind the scenes (scripts, sketches, layouts)
    • digital (PDF) copy of the comic
    • Free US shipping!
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