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Carbon Grey is a story about humanity creative or destructive side. The book have been a labor of love for almost 10 years.

For those that just recently join us and to all potential backers please click on the UPDATES tab to get access to .pdf files. This will include the first three issues of the comic, "Sisters at War".

And for those that aren't sure, you can check out the first issue and decide for yourself. Click on this link to download issue #1 http://www.mediafire.com/?5r5xmr15b1m50tn

Origin of Carbon Grey

I started this project back in 2002 with a sketch and two sentences. But the best way to describe Carbon Grey is for me to show you a progression of images.

I initially did a pencil drawing of Mathilde around 2002 and was immediately flooded with story ideas. I wanted to tell a story about innocence lost, in a war that would consume the world.

I then fleshed out her design and proceeded with her painting. And it wasn't until I painted Giselle (red haired girl) that the story started to solidify in my head. From then on it was work done between jobs and family, whenever I can find the time. I often stay up till 2 or 3 AM to work on it, but knew that I could not do it alone. I brought in Mike, Khari, Paul and Kinsun to help me finish the book. And last year we put out the first chapter of Carbon Grey from IMAGE Comics.

What's the story about?

Carbon Grey is a story about humanity's creative or destructive side. At the center of it, it's about family, tradition, duty and honors. It's an epic " Diesel Punk" world fill with intrigue, espionage and tragedy.

SummaryThe sisters of the Greys; descendants of Gottfaust – Godlike hero of the nation’s Golden Era.

For over three hundred years their family have protected and counseled the Kaiser, ruler of the Prussian Empire. The sisters are beautiful, wise and deadly; bred for purity and groomed to achieve perfection.

Through generations there have always been three – one for Strength, one for Grace and one for Wisdom.

But this is a different time.

1913. At the beginning of the industrial age a great war is raging. As the myth of glory in battle is cut to ribbons on the frontline of Mitteleuropa twin sisters are born; Mathilde and Giselle. One of these two sisters is the 13th sister – the Carbon Grey, prophesized by Gottfaust to bring about a renaissance, and restore the nation to glory.

Both are flawed; imperfect in different ways. Giselle is disobedient, stubborn; but her faults are hidden. Mathilde does not share the physical perfection of her sisters, something she cannot hide. And an exposed flaw can be exploited.

This war is a diversion, orchestrated by the ruthless Queen, Raisa Vasilyeva. She conspires to manipulate Mathilde, twisting Gottfaust’s prophecy to turn sister against sister, all to gain possession of the Stone, the source of Gottfaust’s Godlike power.

When the Kaiser is murdered Giselle must run, traveling west across the scorched battlefields of Mitteleuropa on a mission to deliver a mysterious letter into the heart of enemy territory. Pursued by the sisters and hunted by the enemy Giselle must discover the prophecy’s true meaning before the Cossack queen harnessed the power of the stone to rewrite history itself.

Why is the production so expensive for a comic book?

Carbon Grey is not like any ordinary comic book, it's structure more like a graphic novel. The story is epic in its scale and we wanted to do justice to it. We hand painted each and every panel on the page, it is a slow and meticulous process, but the end result speak for itself. Here is an example of a page we had to redraw and repaint. The final version in the book looks nothing like the original anymore, but it was necessary to propel the story forward.

Why should I care? and why did this project take so long?

Carbon Grey has been a labor of love for me and my friends. We have been working on and off with this project for almost a decade. It is a dedication born of passion, perseverance and hard work. And the belief that one day we'll complete this journey.

I have been self-funding this project for a while now, unfortunately, I've now ran out of money. The budget for the first arc was 40K and the second arc will be the same. I'm now reaching out to the KickStarter community to help me fund the second story arc. It will be another 3 issue mini-series published by IMAGE Comics.

I need to finish Carbon Grey just as much as I need to breathe. It's hard to explain, the need to be creative can be overwhelming at times. "What my mind sees, my hand cannot create fast enough." Please help me and my friends finish what we have started.

Thank you for your generosity.

Hoang Nguyen

Prizes for your support

Pledge $10 or more: Issue # 1 of Carbon Grey (Volume 2) signed by the creative team. There will be an alternate cover for the first issue (ratio 50/50)

Also included the exclusive Kickstarter "Ashcan" comic.

Pledge $15 or more: Issue # 1 & # 2 of Carbon Grey (Volume 2) signed by the creative team. There will be an alternate covers for these two issues (ratio 50/50) Also included the exclusive Kickstarter "Ashcan" comic.

Pledge $25 or more:Issue # 1, # 2 & # 3 of Carbon Grey (Volume 2) signed by the creative team. There will be an alternate cover for these three issues (ratio 50/50) Also included the exclusive Kickstarter "Ashcan" comic.

Pledge $50 or more: One signed trade paper back of Carbon Grey Volume 1: "Sisters at War" (include everything above)

Pledge $75 or more: One signed 8.5" x 11" print of Carbon Grey trade paper back cover. (include everything above)

Pledge $100 or more: One signed 18" x 24" poster of Giselle. (include everything above)

Pledge $150 or more: Signed copy of the first 3 sold-out issues by the creative team. A 13" x 19" limited Edition print of the Cossack Queen, printed on fine art paper. Plus, a signed issues of Carbon Grey Origins #1 & #2. This also include everything above.

 

Pledge $200 or more:  One 13" x 19" limited edition print of the first Carbon Grey cover and the second chapter cover. Printed on fine art paper, signed and numbered by the creative team. (include everything above)

Pledge $250 or more: One over-sized 11" x 17" Hardback Sketchbook signed by yours truly. Limited to 150 only, also include everything above.

Pledge $500 or more: One 9"x12" Full-color (Hardback) art book of Carbon Grey, along with a signed Original Pencil Sketch inserted inside the book. Every art book will have a different drawing from Carbon Grey. These are studies sketches and layout before we go to final. Limited to 100 only, also include everything above.

Pledge $1000 or more: One 11"x17" Original page from the first Volume. There are less than thirty original pages from Carbon Grey. We have gone digital, meaning we no longer create original art on paper. Now everything is done in the computer (Photoshop) It's more efficient and cost effective, plus less trees are cut down for the sake of making Bristol Board. Limited to 25 only, also include everything above.

Here are the pages for you to choose from, please pick a number that correspond with the page, first come first serve. See details image here: http://carbongrey.blogspot.com/2012/03/original-art-for-kickstarter-project.html

These pages are pencilled only, no inks.

 

http://carbongrey.blogspot.com/2012/03/original-art-for-kickstarter-project.html

Pledge $2500 or more: One gigantic 22"x30" Giclee Limited Edition Print (of 25) Printed on Arches watercolor paper with deckles (torn) edges. Professionally matted and framed. This is the painting of Giselle, painted up like the old "pulp" magazine. This is the last copy that I have hanging on my wall and will never be re-printed again. It's signed and numbered (4 of 25)

Also, we'll draw your portrait and add you into the book as a dignitary. This also included all the prizes above.

Pledge $2500 or more: One gigantic 22"x30" Giclee Limited Edition Print (of 50) Printed on Fine Art paper and professionally matted and framed. This is the painting of Mathilde, painted when she had long hair. I only have a few of this Giclee left and this one also hang on my wall. It's signed and numbered (18 of 50)

Also, we'll draw your Portrait and add you into the book as a dignitary. This also included all the prizes above.

Pledge $5000 or more: Five signed large 24" X 36" framed prints. Decorate your studio, house or workplace with these five pivotal scenes from Carbon Grey. These are large images printed on high quality paper with a 2" black wood frame and glass. We'll also draw your likeness and add you into the book as a dignitary. This also included all the prizes above EXCEPT for the $2,500 pledges.

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    A gigantic 22"x30" Giclee Limited Edition Print (of 50) Printed on Fine Art paper and professionally matted and framed. This is the painting of Mathilde, painted when she had long hair. I only have a few of this Giclee left and this one also hang on my wall. It's signed and numbered (18 of 50) Also, we'll draw your portrait and add you into the book as a dignitary. This also included all the prizes above. Please add $25 extra to your pledge to cover for packaging and shipping cost and $50 for international orders. The frame is very heavy and large.

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