Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Remnants Trade Paperback project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
$2,143 pledged of $13,200 goal
backers
By Scott McClenaghan
$2,143 pledged of $13,200 goal
backers

About this project

We want to publish an innovative modern horror story about a man who discovers a book; a road map to various strange and magical artifacts; remnants from a forgotten but still relevant age.

It is intended to be an ongoing series, set to complete in approximately fifty issues. This kickstarter is to finance the trade paperback of the first eight issues.

The overall story is done and most of the plots and story arcs are complete, with full scripts written for the first eight books.

The Premise

Nick Dealtry has returned home to confront his demons; both figuratively, and literally. To him was bequeathed an ancient tome filled with anecdotes and histories of powerful, magical relics; remnants of a forgotten age acquired through sorcery, subterfuge or chance. But as Nick is learning to believe in a great many things, chance is not one of them.

Deciphering mere fragments of the text, Nick begins an arduous journey, treading paths both spiritual and magical. He shows a natural aptitude in assimilating the lore but each discovery unearths new questions. Each relic bestows the curse of temptation… or the guilt of abstinence.

Realizing the significance of so many recent finds, and predicting an imminent day of reckoning, Nick has organized a diverse group of friends, mercenaries, archeologists, zealots, terrorists, and like minded philosophers to scour the earth for similar artifacts. His crusade has not gone unnoticed by international government and military agencies, corporate capitalists, extremist cults, and other enemies yet unknown.

Convention Promotional Card - Front
Convention Promotional Card - Front
Convention Promotional Card - Back
Convention Promotional Card - Back

The Inspirations

Where to start...

Maybe the Dark Conspiracy RPG, or H. P. Lovecraft's writing, or Hellblazer, Sandman, or Preacher. Anything Vertigo. Maybe Tarantino's amazing dialogue skills or Garth Ennis' endless supply of over-the-top, borderline ridiculous characters.

But I think it really started in New Orleans for one of the most amazing bachelor parties ever. You walk down an empty street and you see this building, where a building has no possible business being, and you think: Jesus. What if there was a sniper in there... Where the hell would you run? Or you visit the French Quarter after three nights of drunken debauchery and find the most ridiculous knock-off replica of some African staff and you think: What if something was in that? What if it got out? Or you visit one of the state's oldest cathedrals, admiring the stained glass windows while fidgeting with a Catholic rosary and you wonder: What would it look like if something terrible; unspeakable; thrashed it's way through that window into a crowd of armed people hiding out here because they thought it promised them salvation...

St. Michael's Cathedral
St. Michael's Cathedral

The thing was done. Alex and I would not shut up about it and the story really wrote itself.

Neil Gaiman taught me to have an ending before I write the beginning.

Garth Ennis taught me that there is real horror in making the bizzare seem ordinary.

George R. R. Martin taught me that simple characters are a waste of everyone's time, especially the reader's.

Alex taught me to stop working in stereotypes. You should have seen the original Merrick and Dillan. (Strickland was going to be a dude.) Alex summed it up perfectly when he said: Jesus, Scott. They even look like Laurel and Hardy. It was a wake up call.

So what you've got left is a series of complex, over-the-top, bizzare characters encountering the violent, the gratuitous, the unspeakable, in a plot which is, in all due humility, fucking amazing. We have spent the time and the effort to do this right.

We are not wasting your time.

Where We Stand...

We have completed the first few issues and have a contract up through number six with published artist, JM Ringuet with plans to go much farther with him. We plan to complete the first eight issues whether or not we raise a single dime.

But to continue, we need help to absorb costs for the artist and printing fees.

If we are picked up by an Indy publisher, great. But more likely, we'll need the support from enthusiastic fans who crave an original idea with strong direction, complex and interesting characters, and thematic artwork, all done in a strange hybrid of H. P. Lovecraft meets Quentin Tarantino meets Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.

Megacon 2013
Megacon 2013

The Cash...

The money for each issue is broken down as follows:

  • 23 to 25 pages at $160 per penciled, inked, colored, and lettered page = $3680 to $4000
  • 1 or 2 covers per issue at $160 per page = $160 to $320 per issue
  • $3.50 to $3.80 per copy printing costs at ka-blam.com Print On Demand site + shipping costs = $600 to $700 for approximately 200 printed issues (at 24 or 28 pages).
  • $15 to $16 per copy printing costs at ka-blam.com Print On Demand site + shipping costs = $600 for approximately 40 trade paperbacks (comprising the first four issues)
  • $27 to $28 per copy printing costs at ka-blam.com Print On Demand site + shipping costs = $1200 for approximately 40 trade paperbacks (comprising all eight issues)
  • Web hosting fees for remnants-comic.com and other miscellaneous promotional fees = approximately $100 annually.
  • $1200 anticipated fees here at kickstarter.
  • $600 annually to cover convention table fees
  • $300 annually to cover business cards, tee shirts, flyers, promotional cards and other printed supplies.

Total cost approaches around $43,000.

Minus the nearly $30,000 we've already invested in printing costs, artist salary, web hosting fees, convention costs, business cards, tee shirts, etc...

We're looking at about $13,200 to seal the deal. To at least give us a real shot at delivering a trade paperback with all eight issues and several inter-related story arcs which would give publishers and fans a good idea of what the story has in store.

Risks and challenges

The risks, frankly, are that we'll run out of money.

Although we could never replace JM's amazing work on the series, should something unforeseen occur, we've got other options for artists who've expressed interest in drawing for our series.

We use ka-blam printing but there are other, local alternatives should the need arise.

We really just want a chance to present this awesome story to the world.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Get a digital copy of issue #1 of Remnants emailed to the address of your choice. This is a special variant of the currently available #1 with an alternate cover and several extras inside. A digital copy of this comic is included with ANY pledge amount (in addition to any other reward).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Get digital copies of issues #1-4 (including special variant of issue #1) emailed to the address of your choice.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Get issue #1 with a variant cover SIGNED BY THE WRITERS and mailed to your front door. including a 3x5 artwork print (also signed). as well as digital copies of issues #1-4 emailed to the address of your choice.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Get digital copies of issues #1-8 emailed to the address of your choice. Although the series is planned for around 45 to 50 issues, this is the entire kickstarter-sponsored story arc and represents the first complete Remnants project. Also get issue #1 with a variant cover SIGNED BY THE WRITERS and mailed to your front door. including a 3x5 artwork print (also signed).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Get a SIGNED copy of the Remnants trade paperback, comprising issues #1 through #4 with lots of extras (130+ pages).

    Every pledge at $25 and above will include digital copies of all four issues as they are released and a "thank you" card (featuring Remnants artwork) with a personalized (and sincere!) message from the writers.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Everything at $25 PLUS two 5x7 art prints SIGNED BY THE WRITERS, and a script from the issue of your choice SIGNED BY THE WRITERS also mailed to your front door.

    And (if you so desire), Scott and/or Alex will crank call you at the day and time of your choice.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Everything at $35 PLUS a SERIES SUBSCRIPTION to all remaining digital issues of Remnants that we are able to publish (the kickstarter deliverable is a trade paperback of eight issues, but our vision is 45-50 issue series, and yes, high level scripts have already been written!) ALSO GET a trade paperback of the first EIGHT issues of Remnants, SIGNED BY THE WRITERS and mailed to your front door. (This trade replaces the trade of the first four issues).

    And (if you so desire), Scott and/or Alex will play online chess with you (best two out of three) at postcardchess.com!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Everything at $50 PLUS get YOUR NAME PRINTED in the back of the eight issue trade paperback of Remnants as a highly valued and appreciated Remnants Backer! AND... Scott and Alex will also write for you, a personalized haiku on the subject of your choice, sign it, and mail it to your front door!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $89 or more About $89

    Everything at $75 PLUS get PDFs of all Remnants scripts for the first eight issues emailed directly to you, a 5x7 SIGNED PRINT of the Remnants issue/page of your choice mailed to your front door, AND (if you so desire) Scott and Alex will call you at the day and time of your choice to discuss popular misconceptions of the Yoruba Religion and of Voodoo in general.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $105 or more About $105

    Get everything in the $89 package PLUS have YOUR NAME USED for a character of Remnants!

    AND get pdfs of the draft pencils for the first eight issues of Remnants, which will include the issue your name is used in!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Get everything in the $105 package, PLUS we'll use YOUR LIKENESS for a CHARACTER in an upcoming issue of Remnants.

    If you wish, Scott and Alex will also create a Dark Conspiracy character sheet (the game system used to create the story of Remnants) based on your character, to be posted on our website and possibly published as an extra in an upcoming issue of Remnants.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Get everything in the $150 reward, PLUS we'll use YOUR LIKENESS for a character ON THE COVER of an upcoming issue of Remnants.

    If you wish, Scott and Alex will also create a Dark Conspiracy character sheet (the game system used to create the story of Remnants) based on your character, to be posted on our website and DEFINITELY published in the issue of Remnants in which you appear.

    If your likeness does not appear within the first eight issues, you'll also get a complimentary copy of the issue it does appear in, mailed to your front door in addition to everything else.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Get everything in the $200 reward plus, YOU TELL US what happens to your character.

    We'll write a one page script, sign it, mail it to you, and that script will be used to create a full color paneled page. If your ideas work with our story, we'll print that page in an upcoming issue of Remnants and credit you for the idea.

    Either way, you'll get a digital raw file and a 16x20 full color poster featuring your creation!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Get everything in the $350 reward PLUS Scott and Alex will take you and a guest to a sushi restaurant in Tampa Bay, Clearwater or St. Petersburg while we bounce ideas off of you for an upcoming Remnants script OR Alex and Scott will run a four hour (minimum) Dark Conspiracy gaming session (the RPG that the Remnants series was inspired by) for your gaming group via Skype. (We're pretty sure no one in your group will survive).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Get everything in the $500 package, but instead of a local sushi dinner, we'll take you and a guest out to dinner in your hometown, anywhere in America, to discuss Remnants, Dark Conspiracy, your thoughts on previous issues and ideas for upcoming ones as well as the plausibility of ten normal, unarmed men defeating Mike Tyson in mortal combat. At the end of dinner, we'll also leave, in your tender care, the African Staff of Anansi which we obtained from New Orleans while we were writing the story and which was responsible for a good amount of the background.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (52 days)