WE DID IT!
Thank you, everyone! We've guaranteed funding for the project but this is only the beginning. There is no limit to what we can raise before the end of the campaign in two weeks so we're adding some stretch goals and special rewards to go along with it.
All of our backers are getting the Titanium Star badge/button designed by Sam Tung that features the image of the high tech futuristic badge characters will be wearing in the upcoming series.
$3000 STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!
All backers who pledge $25 or more get a sketch of the character of their choice from one of our Phase Two Artists (George Amaru, Nick Francis, Devin Taylor, or Sam Tung) in addition to the reward you already pledged to
4000- All backers of $5 or more will get the limited edition ChrisGiarrusso variant cover to the KID ROBO one shot.
5000- All backers of $25 or more get The Men of GrayHaven Calendar. Make next year even more special by having a calendar featuring the men of GrayHaven editorial (and a few extra guests). This extra humiliating reward will NOT be available anywhere else, will NOT be sold at Cons or our site. Only backers will be able to enjoy this piece of history. As icing on the cake for NYCC goers, if we reach this goal editor and Shadowline Comics PR guru Marc Lombardi will attend the con in a Kilt the entire time
WHO WE ARE
For nearly three years The Gathering anthology has afforded nearly 200 comic creators the opportunity to have their work published for the first time. GrayHaven Comics has been dedicatd to giving aspiring creators their big break and through fourteen issues (so far) of The Gathering anthology, we've have done just that. Along with newcomers to publishing, The Gathering has also featured the works of pros like Sterling Gates (Supergirl, Captain Victory), John Jackson Miller (Star Wars), Mike Lapinski (Feeding Ground), Brent Peeples (Last of the Greats), Gail Simone (Batgirl, Secret Six) and Len Wallace (Love Buzz) with many more to come.
Now we begin Phase Two. GrayHaven Comics will be aggressively expanding their publishing line. New One Shots, Mini Series and Ongoings will begin to roll out over the next few months through New York Comic Con and into 2013.
Works will include print collections/continuations of popular webcomics (KID ROBO and FURTHER ADVENTURES OF AN ANNUATED ADVENTURER), One Shots by Glenn Matchett and Cassandra James (SPARKS, a hard driven detective story), Doug Hahner and Donal DeLay (MY GEEK FAMILY, a heartwarming slice of life tale) and Travis Holyfield and Edward Whatley (DOBERMAN, a YR Silver Age style superhero story)
Then there are the self contained mini series written by Erica Heflin (MOTHER AND SON, OF WOLF AND WOMAN, CHRONOGRAPHER)
A mini series by Jason Hissong, John Coker and Devin Taylor (TOMORROW, a sci fi superheroic epic)
An adaptation of a novel by Elena Andrews and George Amaru (RUN LIKE HELL a YA Thriller)
An ongoing by Andrew Goletz and Nick Francis (11:59 a post apocalyptic horror series..Think Lord of the Flies meets Walking Dead)
And a series of mini series by novelist and comic creator Victor Gischler with Gathering artist Sam Tung (TITANIUM STAR a Sci Fi Western).
With more of GrayHaven's newcomers becoming seasoned vets and more pro talent looking at GHC as a viable alternative for their publishing needs, 2013 is just the beginning.
WHY WE NEED THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
This Kickstarter is intended to help fund the production of all of the initial Phase Two projects. The talents assembled for these books have proven themselves to be ready for the next challenge and a successful Kickstart project will help ensure that all these projects see the light of day and have a chance in an increasingly competitive market.
INTERVIEWS WITH GRAYHAVEN EDITORS/CREATORS:
At this link you can find links to all of the major interviews we've done with various comic book sites over the past few weeks in leading up to Phase Two. Learn about the various creators who've worked with us and what our/their goals are for the future.
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR GRAYHAVEN COMICS:
Wired.com: "....The styles of the stories vary widely and so do the concepts, from very realistic settings to superheroes but they compliment each other despite such diverse work..."
Aint it Cool News: "...Though the only tying theme of this anthology book is a love for the comics medium, this book does have a lot going for it...There's a strong independent voice coming from this one. Here's hoping there's enough support for more issues of THE GATHERING."
Gail Simone (Writer of Secret Six and Birds of Prey): "There's real potential throughout the book and I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of these people end up doing a lot more comics. I hope they do....LOTS of these pieces would not be out of line in a pro book amongst veteran creators."
Girl Read Comics: "The second Gathering Horror issue is great. I was going to start with something descriptive or flowery, but I thought simple was best. The book is great..."
The Rotting Zombie: "...There is just so much variety and so much skill at using only a few pages to create something truly memorable..."
Team Hellions: "...As with every anthology some tales are better than others but not a single one is bad. Only good to great within these pages...I can't wait to read the next themes in future volumes to see what these creators do with other concepts. The thought of such great potential keeps me up nights in anticipation."
Weekly Comic Book Review: "Anthologies can be tough to review...Ultimately, the question you may have to ask is: do the best pieces make up for the worst. Thankfully, you don’t have to ask this question today (or at least, I don’t), as the newest volume of The Gathering delivers an overall solid effort from all its contributions..."
Horror Talk: "They upped the ante for the second (Horror) volume, which includes some impressive talent and up-and-coming creators. 4/5 stars"
Yes, this is the end of the speech. I know I can ramble on at times but it's just because I am so proud and excited by both what we've managed to accomplish in such a short time and what we have coming up. I've been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented and nicest people in comics and have been able to help so many realize their own goal of getting their work published. This is the next big step in an ongoing effort to make ourselves one of the most helpful, diverse and talented comic companies around. And we couldn't do any of it without you. Thank you for your continued support, your pledges, sharing the link to this Kickstart and for reading out comics.
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