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Love action movies? Love comics? Well, then UNCAGED is the comic for you! Think Die Hard in a Zoo mixed with pure awesomeness.
Love action movies? Love comics? Well, then UNCAGED is the comic for you! Think Die Hard in a Zoo mixed with pure awesomeness.
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Benjamin Bailey and Taylor Stauft love action movies. They both have a deep love for Die Hard, Under Siege, Commando and the such. They also love comic books. Benjamin even co-writes a comic book called Captain Ultimate over at Monkeybrain Comics.

This leads us to UNCAGED, a one shot - roughly 40 pages - comic book that could probably best be described as Die Hard in a zoo. We love campy, over-the-top action movies, so why not make our own in comic book form? UNCAGED is a tribute to everything that embodies the action movies of the 80s and 90s. It's a tribute to a genre we adore.

Here's a little taste of the tone of the series. We created a trailer, of sorts, for UNCAGED with some help from our friend Chelsea Meachem. Keep in mind, this isn't the final look of UNCAGED, but rather a proof of concept. Dim the lights, cue some music:

Now, you probably wanna know where your hard-earned dollars are going, and that's understandable. The money raised here will be going directly to the lettering, coloring, printing and  shipping of UNCAGED. Letterer Adam Pruett and colorist Ed Ryzowski - both of whom work with Benjamin on Captain Ultimate - will be contracted for UNCAGED. Artist Jonathan Moore with also be compensated for his cover work. The rest of the money will be used to print UNCAGED, various promotional material and, most importantly, to ship the final printed package to you. 

Benjamin Bailey and Taylor Stauft are taking no payment for their work on UNCAGED. 

UNCAGED Promo Poster
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A super sweet John McClane sketch by Erik Burnham! Check out the $75 reward level!

Stick to towers and airports, McClane! We'll handle the zoo!
Stick to towers and airports, McClane! We'll handle the zoo!

 STRETCH GOAL

If we hit $8,150, we'll be bringing Mr. Joey Esposito on to the project as an editor! 

Risks and challenges

Look, things can go bad. We're not immune to setbacks. Obviously, the biggest setback is delays in scripts and/or art which would set the whole timetable back. The good news is, UNCAGED is already in production, we're working on it right now. The plan is to be fairly ahead of schedule before this Kickstarter even finishes.

If, for some reason, either Taylor or Benjamin is unable to finish their half of the project, a suitable fill-in will be brought in. Benjamin already works within the comic industry, so finding new collaborators should not be a terribly difficult.

Other things, such as death, injury or personal tragedy could derail the project, as well. In such cases, there is not much we can do to put things back on track, mainly because we'd be dead.

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    For a mere 10 American dollars, you will receive a digital copy of UNCAGED. Your contribution helped make this book possible! You're a hero!

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    So, you're the physical type. You want a a hard copy of UNCAGED, we get it. Well, this reward tier is for you. We'll also add your name to a thank you list printed in the back. You'll also receive the rewards #1 and #2.

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    So you're a collector. You like the finer things in life. Well, allow us to introduce you to a super fine Jonathan Moore variant cover of UNCAGED. Your friends will all be jealous.

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    Do you have a comic website or blog and want Benjamin Bailey of IGN Comics fame to write a piece for you? Well, this reward is for you! Ben will write you a 500 to 800 word piece for your website on the subject of comics, movies or whatever. You can, of course, approve the subject matter.

    You'll also receive the variant edition of UNCAGED.

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    Enjoy an editing session with writer/editor Adam P Knave! Adam is an Eisner and Harvey Award winning editor and he's willing to help you with your script in a one on one Skype session!

    PS You'll get a both covers of UNCAGED, too.

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    Writer/Cartoonist Erik Burnham has given us a super sweet John McClane sketch that can be all yours! It'll look great next to your regular and variant copies of UNCAGED.

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    5 lucky folks will have the opportunity to be drawn into UNCAGED, most likely as some mercenary that gets punched in the face by our intrepid hero. You'll also receive a copy of the regular and the variant edition.

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    Super duper UNCAGED pack. You'll get both the regular and the variant edition, plus a commission from artist Taylor Stauft. Anything you want, the dude will draw it.

    Commissions will be on 8x11, black and white.

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    Co-host an episode of Assemble After Dark! You can join Joey Esposito and Ben on the popular podcast! Gotta project you wanna promote? We can talk about it! Show your friends how charming you are!

    You also get a copy of the regular and variant cover of the book.

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    Wanna own a piece of UNCAGED history? With this reward you get an original penciled page by Taylor Stauft! Don't worry, we'll also send you a copy of the regular and variant cover of the book.

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