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A self published comic book anthology that enables creators both new and established an opportunity to have their work published.
A self published comic book anthology that enables creators both new and established an opportunity to have their work published.
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Critical Praise for The Gathering:
Wired.com: "....The fourteen black-and-white stories in this collection are very short, only two pages long. They’re loosely centered on the idea of hope...The styles of the stories vary widely and so do the concepts, from very realistic settings to superheroes but the compliment each other despite such diverse work...Emboldened by the success of their first volume, they’re already putting together more and are open to submissions for those, in case you have any ambitions similar to the impulse that created this comic in the first place.

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...It's a safe bet you'll find something that strikes a chord with you on some emotional or intellectual level. 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): "First, there's no trash in the book. So no worries. And there are LOTS of gems. 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."

Weekly Comic Book Review: "Anthologies can be tough to review, because you’re essentially judging the whole by the sum of its disconnected parts. It’d be one thing if these parts all hit pretty much the same level of quality, but more than likely they’ll swing wildly between the extremes of great to terrible, and everywhere in between. 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..."

About The Gathering

The Gathering is an ongoing self published anthology that allows for writers and artists new to the comic book field an opportunity to have their work published. Each issue of The Gathering focuses on a specific theme. The first issue was 'Hope', the second 'Despair', the third 'Heroes' and the latest volume is 'Horror'. Future themes include 'Romance', 'Myth', 'Science Fiction' and 'Western. Professional comic creators such as Gail Simone (Secret Six, Batgirl), Sterling Gates (Supergirl, Hawk and Dove) and Glenn Greenberg (Spectacular Spider-Man) have also lent their time and talent to short stories.

Over 100 different creators have contributed or are in the process of contributing stories for The Gathering and we're hoping to continue publishing (and offer more opportunites) well beyond 2011. The successful financing of this project will allow us to experiment with different formats in the future including continuing story arcs and self contained issues as well as offering many more up and coming creators an opportunity to have their work featured in future editions

If we reach our goal, the money received will go to help offset printing costs to publish the book more frequently, the creation of promotional materials as well as covering fees for attending trade shows and comic conventions.

Thank you for taking a look at our project. Please visit www.grayhavencomics.com to learn more about The Gathering and check out or four ongoing web comics: KID ROBO, DEcomPRESSIONism, DARING SPECULATIVE FICTION and AOI SAYONARA

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    A copy of issues 3 (Heroes) and 4 (Horror) and your name in print in our 'Thank You' section in Volume 7 (Myth).

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    A copy of all four issues of The Gathering (Hope, Despair, Heroes and Horror), your name in print in our 'Thank You' section of issue 7 and a free sketch from one of our artists.

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    A copy of all four issues of The Gathering (Hope, Despair, Heroes and Horror), your name in print in our 'Thank You' section of issue 7, a free sketch from one of our artists, and you will be written into a future issue of one of our web comics.

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    A copy of all four issues of The Gathering (Hope, Despair, Heroes and Horror), your name in print in our 'Thank You' section of issue 7, a free sketch from one of our artists, you'll be written into one of our webcomics and be written into a future issue of The Gathering (Sci Fi or Western) and your name will be entered into a contest to write (or draw or both) a 5 page story in a future volume of The Gathering.

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    A copy of all four issues of The Gathering (Hope, Despair, Heroes and Horror), your name in print in our 'Thank You' section of issue 7, a free sketch from one of our artists, you'lll be written into a future webcomic and issue of The Gathering (Sci Fi or Western) and you will also be guaranteed a 5 pager in another volume of your choice.

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    A copy of all four issues of The Gathering (Hope, Despair, Heroes and Horror), your name in print in our 'Thank You' section of issue 7, a free sketch from one of our artists, you'lll be written into a future webcomic and issue of The Gathering (Sci Fi or Western) , you will also be guaranteed a 5 pager in another volume of your choice and your name will be entered in a contest to write (or draw or both) a future 26 part webcomic.

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    Gail Simone, writer of Secret Six, Birds of Prey, Batgirl and Firestorm will review your comic book script or finished comic book. Single issues only, no 50 issue ongoings, sorry. Characters must be original creators. Scripts using DC, Marvel or any licensed characters will be ineligible. Have your script or comic reviewed by one of the best in the business. Limited to 5 pledgers.
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    Writer/Editor Fabian Nicieza ( X-Men, Cable and Deadpool, Thunderbolts, Nightwing, Red Robin, Legion Lost ) will review your comic book script or finished comic book. Single issues only, no 50 issue ongoings, sorry. Scripts/stories should be standard comic size 22-36 pages max) Characters must be original creators. Scripts using DC, Marvel or any licensed characters will be ineligible. Have your script or comic reviewed by one of the most versatile creators in the business. Limited to 5 pledgers. All previously tiered awards still in effect.

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    Saving one of the best rewards for last. Glenn Greenberg, former Marvel Comics editor and writer of such titles as Spectacular Spider-Man and The Rampaging Hulk, as well as a freelance writer for Back Issue Magazine and current writer/editor for Scholastic Inc., is offering his years of experience in multiple fields for the lucky pledgers to this reward. Comic fans can choose to submit a completed comic or comic script for review. (Submit only standard-length work--22 pages of story. No graphic novels, please.) Original characters only, no licensed characters may be used. Aspiring writers who aren't aspiring comic-book creators can choose to submit a story pitch for review by a professional editor--12 pages or less. All qualified pledgers will have their material reviewed between September 2011 and February 2012. A great reward for prose and comic writers alike!

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    Have a script, art samples or a completed comic book (standard sized, no graphic novels, please) that you want critiqued by a professional comics company? Ross Richie and the editors of BOOM Studios will review your work if you choose this reward. If you haven't been able to go to a Comic Convention or work your way through a professional submission process this is the perfect opportunity to have your script/art or finished comic critiqued by one of the industry leaders. Original characters only, no licensed characters please.

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    A copy of the first four issues of The Gathering, a thank you in a future issue and a full page B&W ad of your choice in 3 consecutive issues of the book. Advertise your website, promote your webcomics, sell your old comics/collectibles, propose to your significant other, etc.

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