You can visit the following link to read the main story:
…and here’s its companion:
In case you currently don’t have the time to read them both, here’s the abridged version:
In the near future, a giant monster appears and rampages until it is killed by the U.S. military. Turns out however, its remains are infectious and mutates any animal or human that unwittingly ingests it. The mutations that result are called Atroximalmorph, or atroximals. The infection spreads across the world, nearly wiping out all of humanity until being thwarted by powerful solar storms, known as Helios’s Scourge. This saves what is left of humankind, but also knocks us into a dark age lasting over 320 years. It finally ends when the Gvidi, descendants of scientists and clairvoyants from protected, isolated colonies, introduce advanced technology to the world. As humanity is in the midst of recovering, the atroximals suddenly swarm the world with vengeance. Many civilizations across the globe band together and strike back against the atroximals, beating the monsters into a stalemate. After the world war, different civilizations work towards separate goals. Some work to abandon the Earth for the stars, some work to reclaim the planet and wipe out the mutant threat, while others squabble over power and territory; however, one scientist has come up with a plan to possibly change their future for the better…
There are five different periods within the universe’s narrative: Atroximali Conquest, Atroximali Dark Age, Age of Light, Atroximal Human World War, and Postwar Period. This particular story takes place during the Atroximali Conquest, which occurs during the tumultuous near future.
Lost Flight 1313 is about the survivors of an airline crash, caused by flying mutants trying to get to the aircraft’s chewy goodness. One man in particular survives the event by boarding an inflatable raft. After a few weeks, he reaches an island and quickly realizes that he is, for better or for worse, not alone. What happens in this comic book, is what only 37 pages of B movie style, action-horror (sprinkled with a little dark humor,) can only tell.
To make a quality comic book, it needs quality talent. That is why I am hiring Tim Pfalzgraf to do the art. I feel his sense of style is quite relevant to the story’s overall atmosphere. You can check his previous works in the link below:
(UPDATED: May 11, 2015)
As custom for any Kickstarter campaign, pledges will receive certain rewards for their generosity. Some rewards will always be available, but there are others that will only be available for a limited time while supplies last. The reward of printed copies, for example, are going to be limited because there will only be enough funding for that amount. (Publishing and distributing printed comic books is very expensive.) Meanwhile, the issues in a PDF format will always be available. Both printed and PDF versions will be reward options for eligible pledges, before they are publicly available for purchase at the official store on
http://aofthea.com/store-2/ (still under construction).
1.) $1 or more:
THANK YOU; NAME ON SPECIAL THANKS COMIC PAGE
An autographed thank you by Fidel S. Arbolaez, AND your name will be placed on the Special Thanks page in this issue.
2.) $5 or more:
CHOOSE YOUR SKETCH OF CHOICE
Choose which one of the initial concept sketches you want a copy of; PLUS Reward #1.
3.) $10 or more:
PDF ISSUE; BOTH INITIAL SKETCHES; PDF ILLUSTRATED POEM
PDF issue of comic book, both of the initial concept sketches, AND one of the artist's earlier works, "No Time", a short illustrated poem about a man abducted by aliens (Will be sent to you soon after funding succeeds and ends); PLUS Reward #1.
4.) $15 or more:
Printed issue of comic book; PLUS everything in Reward #3. (Limited)
5.) $17 or more:
PREVIEW PDFs; MORE CONCEPT SKETCHES
Feel that the PDF issue is the only version of the story you need, but still want something extra? For each fully funded issue of the other 4 comic books (5 if the first main stretch goal is reached,) you will receive the first 5 pages of the issue in PDF format, AND as this story develops further, you will receive more concept sketches as each character is developed; PLUS everything in Reward #3.
6.) $22 or more:
WRITER ATTEMPTS TO DRAW YOU; PRINT ISSUE
Mr. Arbolaez will be so grateful that if you email a photo of yourself to him, he will sketch you. Since he is a far better writer than artist (especially when drawing on a computer,) you will experience firsthand exactly why he is hiring others to illustrate for him, AND you receive a printed issue; PLUS everything in Reward #5. (Limited)
7.) $30 or more:
YOU AS A CHARACTER (COLLECTIVE STRETCH GOAL)
If the $30,000 collective stretch goal is reached before this or the other 4 campaigns end, if you email a photo of yourself to Mr. Arbolaez, it will be used as a character in the bonus comic that you will receive a copy of (Your name will be placed on the Special Thanks page in this issue as well); PLUS everything in Reward #6. (Limited)
8.) $200 or more:
NAME ON SPECIAL THANKS COMIC PAGE IN ALL 5 ISSUES; PRINT AND PDF VERSION OF ALL 5 ISSUES; AUTOGRAPHED PRINT COVERS OF ALL 5 ISSUES (ALL 6 IF COLLECTIVE STRETCH GOAL REACHED)
Since you really want to increase the chances of all 5 (or 6) issues to be fully funded, you will receive each issue, AND your name on each Special Thanks page, AND each of the covers autographed by the writer and its artist; PLUS the writer sketches you, concept sketches, poem, and thank you. (FREE shipping and handling for print format) (Limited)
Here’s a chart to summarize:
These are all what I call collective stretch goals. Collective stretch goals are the total accumulation of extra money from successful campaigns, all directly connected to one another in an overall project. As with ordinary stretch goals, when these receive full funding, there will be no need to host another crowdfunding campaign in the future for them, or at least the required amount will be greatly reduce if another campaign is necessary. In this case however, they are split into 2 different types: Mini and Main.
Mini (Primary) collective stretch goals ensure the likelihood that any of the other directly connected Kickstarter campaigns will be developed. Just because a campaign does not do as well as another, it doesn’t mean nobody is interested; it may mean something else, like that those particular rewards aren’t exactly what the pledge wanted. If one Kickstarter not only succeeds, but also accumulates extra money, it can be utilized a few possible ways:
• If gained before the launch of the next directly connected Kickstarter, the minimum goal can be reduced by the added extra funds – OR if there is enough to fully fund the other, then it may not even have to be launched in the first place.
• If there is a directly connected Kickstarter that fails, then the extra funds will be used to either fully or partially fund that failed one. (If the extra amount is equal that of the failed one’s accumulated amount, then pledges will still receive their rewards, though likely at a later time.) Mini collective goals also don’t necessarily have to be reached in order. If one is ready for funding before others, then it will go up before the others, thus receiving the extra funds first. Except for the first, the following are the current mini collective stretch goals (and their individual amounts):
$2835 minimum goal
Lost Flight 1313
$4,935 ($2,100 individual cost)
Ortega’s Final Case:
Henry Ortega of the FBI leads a raid on a mysterious organization of assassins.
30 Pages, Illustrated by Anita Zaramella
$7,875 ($2,940 individual cost)
The Heretic’s Diary:
A military chaplain documents his experiences during society’s collapse.
39 Pages, Illustrated by Dave Mims
$14,175 ($6,300 individual cost)
Survivors of a quarantined city are holding out in an apartment.
29 Pages, Illustrated by Adam Wayne
$ 22,575 ($8,400 individual cost)
A Night of Survival:
A group of civilians and a group of terrorists hunting them, are both subjected to a horrifying incident.
40 Pages, Illustrated by Jorge A. Castilla
Main collective stretch goals are the total extra moneys from all fully funded Kickstarter campaigns. If no Kickstarter fails and they still have extra funds left over, then they will go towards projects which are much larger than the originally intended campaigns.
Bonus PDF comic: The Cycle
A nightmarish glimpse into how the infection is able to spread.
Print version of The Cycle
Story collection #2
5 stories set during the desperate and rugged Atroximali Dark Age.
Story collection #3
5 stories set during the revolutionary Age of Light.
Story collection #4
5 stories set during the deadly Atroximal Human World War.
Story collection #5
5 stories set during the Postwar Period.
The Age of the Atroximals: Canonical Anthology, Volume 1
(Likely not the actual title.)
Survival horror game based off the Age of the Atroximals series.
Animated film based off the Age of the Atroximals series.
To represent all of the collective stretch goals reached, the map below of early warning system range and coverage will be our success tracker. The more funds acquired, the more places will receive coverage for an early warning system, which will alert populations when the first atroximals are spotted.
The graph bellow explains the entire budget:
Risks and challenges
The main challenge, as with any other crowdfunding campaign of course, is to raise the required amount of money and spread word about this project. Another challenge is to finish producing this comic book within a reasonable time. At most, the goal is for this story to be finished within the 6th month from the end of its successful campaign. At most, printed copies will likely be available for distribution and sale by the end of the month after completion. I’ll let all backers know when their corresponding rewards are ready.
As for risks, for one such instance, would be Kickstarter’s failure to raise funds for all 5 stories. (Part of the reason why the 6th story has been limited to a main collective stretch goal.) If this happens, I will still try and fulfill the pledges’ rewards by both, using profits from any sales from successfully funded comic books, and launching a Patreon account. (Since Patreon handles projects in piecemeal amounts, the rewards will take much longer to be delivered if at all successful.)
Other risks, such as sudden project abandonment by anybody involved in its development, or an unforeseen delay in printing or shipping, I will notify all backers about their corresponding rewards and attempt to rectify the problem the best I can. If it is not something I can salvage so easily, like the failure of Patreon, some sort of reparations will be due to the wronged pledges. (E.g. money back.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (36 days)