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I want to have copies of my latest 168 page full color graphic novel in time for Indiana Comic Con on March 30th
I want to have copies of my latest 168 page full color graphic novel in time for Indiana Comic Con on March 30th
I want to have copies of my latest 168 page full color graphic novel in time for Indiana Comic Con on March 30th
19 backers pledged $819 to help bring this project to life.

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The Brute: Chasing Shadows

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This 168 page full color graphic novel is the most ambitious book I’ve done. The hardest parts are over. I want to have copies printed in time for Indiana Comic Con on March 30th, which is right around the corner! I’ve got a ton of great thank you gifts including original art by Ozzy Longoria! 

Original Pages by Ozzy Longoria
Original Pages by Ozzy Longoria

 

After the events in Temple of Secrets, the Brute travels the globe in search of his lost humanity and discovers a shadowy world of magic which exists alongside us. He encounters strange monsters and becomes a pawn in a war between wizards from another world. 

This is a sequel to Temple of Secrets, but like all my books it can be read on its own. In fact, every chapter in the Brute has its own story arc while still being part of a larger story. For the first time, you’ll also see characters from some of my other stories, like the Gatekeeper, Necromancer and the Husk from the medieval fantasy world in Valora, or the boy from Hell Island, coming together in this modern urban fantasy adventure. 

 STRETCH GOALS

I've added two stretch goal rewards! 

If my campaign raises at least $750, then for everyone who pledged $40 or more, I will hand-sketch an original drawing of the Brute and send it along with their other rewards as an additional thank you.

If my campaign raises $1000 or more, everyone who pledged $40 or more will receive a link to a free download of the Key Seekers audio book this summer, 1 month before it goes on sale to the general public.

Risks and challenges

I'm currently awaiting my proof from the printer. I don't anticipate any problems, but any errors (colors off, incorrect bleed, etc.) will require altering the files and resubmitting, possibly causing delays.

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    The Key Seekers eBook

    Learn how the Necromancer traveled from the medieval fantasy world of Valora to the modern-day world of the Brute in this eBook delivered via email in mobi and Epub formats.

    From the back cover...
    Like many college sophomores, Mike doesn’t have a clear direction in life. When he inherits an old house from a mysterious family friend, he drops out of school to check out his new property. He gets more than he bargained for when he falls through a portal in the attic and lands in a frightening, medieval fantasy land where myth, folklore and reality are one. The only way home lies with the missing Gatekeeper and his Key. Mike’s new companions, Ultor, Elric and Virgil, need the Gatekeeper’s help to save their kingdom from Histerland and its evil High Necromancer. Their quest puts Mike in the middle of an age-old conflict between warring kingdoms and rival wizards. As the Necromancer stalks the Keyseekers across this world of gods and monsters, Mike discovers secrets about his past and the key to his future.

    This book contains material originally published in The Gateworld Chronicles.

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    The Gateworld Chronicles

    In addition to the Key Seekers Ebook, you will receive a copy of my super-rare first attempt at publication from 2001. This novella will never be reprinted in its original form and forms the basis for the Key Seekers Ebook.

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    The Brute: Chasing Shadows

    In addition to the Key Seekers eBook, you will receive the print version of this 168 page full color book with Illustrations by Joel Cotejar, Ozzy Longoria, Cristian Navarro and Gerar Gonzalez.

    From the back cover...

    After the events in Temple of Secrets, Bruce travels the globe in search of his lost humanity. He discovers a shadowy world of magic exists all around us. Bruce battles strange monsters and becomes a pawn in a war between wizards from another world. Michael, The Gatekeeper seen in the book Valora and the Key Seekers novella, tries to draw Bruce into his conflict with the insane Necromancer. While the fate of two worlds hangs in the balance, Bruce must decide what is most important to him and what it means to be human.

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    Temple of Secrets+Brute Combo pack

    In addition to the Key Seekers eBook and the brand new Brute; Chasing Shadows graphic novel, you'll also see where the Brute's story began in the Temple of Secrets.

    Dare to enter... Temple of Secrets.
    Written and created by Matthew Barron Pencils by Joel Cotejar. Something emerges from a collapsed temple in Guatemala and creeps across the U.S. to Indianapolis where a new museum is opening. People are dying, and only reporter Rene Gold seems to have any clue who or what is doing the killing.

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    Valora+Brute+TOS Combo pack

    A $68 value! In addition to the Keyseekers eBook, Temple of Secrets, and brand new Brute graphic novel, you will receive the epic fantasy novel, Valora. Learn more about Michael, the Gate between worlds, the Husk and the Necromancer in this adventure novel.

    From the back cover...
    A feudal superhero in a land where trolls hide under bridges, monsters haunt untamed landscapes, and curses are real...

    Aret’s life is a fairy tale, all the advantages of being a prince with none of the responsibilities. His greatest concern is finding time alone with the servant girl and winning the next fencing competition. High King Hister and his necromancer twist this fairy tale into a nightmare. Aret is torn between duty and hatred, a pawn in the plans of rival kings. A mysterious stranger leads Aret to a magic suit of armor. With this amazing weapon and the help of loyal friends, Aret goes on a quest for revenge, but his obsession endangers everything and everyone he cares about.

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    Everything Brute Combo Pack

    Over 75$ in value! KeySeekers eBook, Brute, Temple of Secrets, Valora, AND my super rare first attempt at publication from 2001, the Gateworld Chronicles.

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    Custom Written Short Story

    In addition to the Brute graphic novel, I will write an original, at least 500 word, story about any subject, genre and character you like. The character can be based on any real or imagined person. This would make a great birthday present. Imagine receiving a story with you as the main character! I'll conduct a short interview with you and email you the story less than two weeks later.

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    Proofreading and Critique

    In addition to a copy of the new Brute graphic novel, I will proofread and critique up to 15 double spaced pages of your work.

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    Original Art by Ozzy Longoria

    One of 4 original inked pages from Ozzy Longoria along with a copy of The Brute Chasing Shadows in which they appear! First come, first serve; the first person to pick this reward will get their first pick of the 4 pages.

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