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Help creator, Art Thibert, introduce Chrono Mechanics to a new audience. This collection is for everyone who likes humor and adventure!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHO I AM

Hi, I'm Art Thibert, and I've been working in the comics industry for over 25 years. While I usually work for Marvel and DC, I also do creator-owned projects from time-to-time.  Chrono Mechanics is one such property that's dear to my heart.  I've been told that each one of the four Mechanics has a little of my personality in them; and I suppose those people are right.  Oot is a businessman, and I run an art studio.  Then there's Caravaggio who's an artist, and . . . hey, I am too!  Zyn is a child philosopher, and I've been known to get into some very childish philosophical discussions upon occasion   And last but not least, is my rocker, Doug.  I can so relate to him because at the very core of my being is a drummer just waiting to hit a stage.

Attention All Chron-ies:

Thanks to all of you - We Made Our Goal!  Yup, we did it!  BUT . . . we're not done yet.  We're still on the clock so here are some stretch goals that are cool, fun . . . and dare I say it ----- AMAZING!!!!

STRETCH GOALS:

$15,000--UNLOCKED--Book Upgraded with Nicer Stock Paper
$18,250--LOCKED--Re-mastered Coloring by Sean Ellery

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

'Potholes in the Cosmic Road' is a hardcover collected trade that will include two original 48-page Chrono Mechanics graphic novels.  There will also be a cover section and a special Employee of the Month page to honor those of you who pledge the designated amounts.  Also, I thought it would be fun for you to have a rarely seen 11-page alternate origin of Doug.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF                                   CHRONO MECHANICS!

You know that time waits for no one and that time is a fickle mistress, but what you may NOT know is that time is also a big machine which was built into the very fabric of the universe.  This machine regulates all time and timelines.  And like any machine, it suffers from the occasional breakdown.  But lucky for mankind, Chrono, Inc. was created to monitor, regulate and repair this machine known as Time.

Chrono, Inc's mission is to keep the past, present and future from going kaflooey (yes, that's a technical term). To this end, Chrono, Inc. employs outstanding individuals from an infinite number of timelines and transforms them into the highly skilled Time Repairmen known as Chrono Mechanics!

These four individuals are Chrono, Inc's crème-de-la-crème, and together they make up Team 9.2 of Sector 7.

They do the hardest work known in Time . . . and no one will ever know.

IT'S NOT JUST AN ADVENTURE, IT'S THEIR JOB!!

CHAPTER 1: BARCODE MAKES THE GRADE

Our Mechanics discover that some work days are harder than others when on their way to a routine job assignment, they flounder into a Chronomite turf war, grieve the loss of a beloved team member and get stuck with a useless, self-absorbed rookie replacement.  Soon Team 9.2 is up the proverbial Time Stream without a paddle as they struggle with merging timelines, hard to find replacement  parts and out-of-control egos.  If our Mechanics can’t get their acts together, Chrono, Inc. will be forced to reboot time to the beginning – yes, the VERY beginning. 

Primordial ooze, here we come!

CHAPTER 2: A SLIP INTO REALITY

Our Mechanics learn that even well deserved vacations must be put on hold when a catastrophic malfunction threatens to leave all realities looking like an abstract painting! 

Doug's Recruitment Day--Alternate Origin of Doug

In a story designed to go with an animation pitch, I put a quick comic together in which Doug appears for the very first time.  In this origin, Doug was not the rocker we all love, but was a lazy slacker that didn’t have too much going on in the gray matter department!  In fact, in this version, Doug’s claim to fame is his penchant for making huge, smelly messes!

I hope you’ll enjoy this very early and very crude version of Doug’s recruitment into Chrono, Inc.

BOOK INFO

INSIDER INFO 

A few pin ups by some of the greats!

Pin ups by (from left to right) Tom Bancroft, Sam Liu, and Fred Hembeck
Pin ups by (from left to right) Tom Bancroft, Sam Liu, and Fred Hembeck

'UNDER CONSTRUCTION' SKETCH SECTION JUST ADDED

Good News! I've decided to put in the sketch section, 'Under Construction,' now rather than wait. It's too cool to pass up! 'Under Construction' is my way of thanking everyone who has supported this project. Without you we would not have gotten this far; so I wanted to give something back to you FREE! Now with every 'Potholes in the Cosmic Road' book there will be an 11-page sketch section. 'Under Construction' is never before seen sketches, doodles, early developmental concepts and even a painting or two! This brings the page count in the book up to 138 awesome pages! Enjoy!

YOUR INCENTIVES

With your support the hilarious tales of Team 9.2 will be brought together for the first time in one deluxe edition trade!  And to show my gratitude to everyone out there who pledges, I want to offer you some really great Chrono Mechanics incentives and exclusive items.

Hey, International Backers, we’ve been looking for ways to make shipping more affordable for you, and now we’ve found a way! Please disregard the shipping rate instructions in the pledge side bar. Use the following shipping rates: Pledges from $15 to $85 pay $10 shipping and pledges $95 and up only pay $15! 

Parting Shot

Because of Kickstarter, I have the chance to introduce Chrono Mechanics to a wider audience than was ever possible before.  And because of YOUR help, Chrono Mechanics has the chance to grow far beyond its original indy comic origins.  Together we will make more people chuckle...or dare I say it...laugh out loud!

We could not do this without your support.  Even if you do not pledge, please tell your friends about all the funny that happens wherever Team 9.2 goes.  We can also be found on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ArtThibert) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Chrono-Mechanics/157585047605724).

So I want to thank you all very much.  This campaign is going to be one very wild ride!!!

  • Video by Jeff Eckleberry
  • Music by Cirque du Soleil
  • Graphics by Trever Scott Cameron

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Although I do not foresee any delays in the compilation, printing, or mailing of the book or any of the incentives, one must be prepared for any eventuality.
Should something unforeseen occur, each and every one of you will be notified and a new ship date will be given. Chrono Mechanics is near and dear to me, and I want it to become the same for you. Rest assured that I will do whatever it takes to put the book and fun incentive items in your hands for your enjoyment as soon as possible.

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