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A comic book prequel to the split-paperback by Anthony Mathenia and Shane Crash. Two pulse-pounding stories with amazing art!
A comic book prequel to the split-paperback by Anthony Mathenia and Shane Crash. Two pulse-pounding stories with amazing art!
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Earlier this year you helped us fund the printing of our split-paperback. Thanks again! However that's only part of our story. We are excited to follow up with a prequel -- in comic book format no less! Will you help us print it as well?

One side of the comic features a story written by Shane with another by Anthony on the flip-side. We've teamed up with some amazing artists to bring these grindhouse inspired stories to life. The comic contains 28 full-color pages with two covers, one for each story.

The Kickstarter goal is to cover the cost of an initial print run of the comic and to fulfill the rewards. Anything above the printing cost goal will go toward paying back expenses already paid to our talented artists out of pocket. 

TABULA RASA : Equanimity in Hell by Shane Crash with art by Joyce Maureira and color by Felipe Gaona

Ryan Pierce has only one more assignment before leaving his job as a government vampire hunter. But the vampires are restless and getting away might not be that easy. 

BUTTERFLY Prelude to Deep Penitentiary 6 by Anthony Mathenia with art by Sergio Tarquini and a cover by Cedric Poulet.

When Theta Butterfly escaped the cult she had no intention of ever returning to her abusers. However, a chance encounter with an old nemesis stirs her sense of revenge and lures her back into hell. 

Digital Edition - All reward tiers come with a digital copy of the comic. It will be available in PDF, CBR, & CBZ formats. As a bonus, the digital edition will come with a behind the scenes look at concept art, script excerpts, page layouts, and more.

Print Edition - All reward tiers $8 and over come with a print edition of the 28 page, standard American sized comic book in full color. It will be signed by the writers at your request. We are also offering a Spanish edition of the comic.

Spanish Edition - Estamos encantados de ofrecer una versión en español de nuestro comic. Será una edición a todo color de 28 páginas, con un guión fascinante y arte increíble. (Esta versión será enviada después de la edición en inglés, ya que se requiere de tiempo adicional para la traducción.)

Tabula Rasa/Deep Penitentiary 6 Split Paperback - The comic continues with two micro-novels in one retro-styled split paperback, 176 pages total. If you don't already have a copy, you'll want to pick one up!

7" Record - This is an extremely limited edition collectible.  It is a handmade, lathe-cut polycarbonate record. One side will feature a spoken word + music track by Shane Crash. The flip-side is Athens Circa '99, a spoken word piece by Anthony Mathenia with his former electro-pop band 6a2.

Larime Taylor "Butterfly" Print - Larime Taylor is going to draw a Kickstarter exclusive print of Theta Butterfly -- with his mouth! Why? Because he is just that bad-ass. Check out a sample of his art below. Larime's the creator of "A Voice In The Dark", a new series from Image/Top Cow. Keep an eye out for it!

Original Sketch from Joyce Maureira or Sergio Tarquini

Own an original sketch from Tabula Rasa artist Joyce Maureira or Butterfly artist Sergio Tarquini. You pick a character (not necessarily from our book) and the artist will provide a one of kind original sketch. Check out these original concept sketches from Joyce (left) and Sergio (right) to give you a taste of what they have to offer! 

T-Shirt - A 100% cotton Red Forest "typewriter" black t-shirt.

Note: Final shirt design may vary slightly.

Add ONLY $10 to your reward tier and take your pick:  

  • Tabula Rasa/Deep Penitentiary 6 (a split-paperback) by Shane Crash/Anthony Mathenia
  • Forest Life (a paperback novel) by Shane Crash
  • Paradise Earth: Day Zero (a paperback novel) by Anthony Mathenia 
  • Stache Shorts #2 - Seven Deadly Sins (a 50 page comic anthology, including a 6 page short by Anthony Mathenia)  

Want more than one? They're yours for an additional $10 each! We'll even sign them at your request.

If we exceed the target goal we have some fabulous bonuses for our backers!

$1,500 Everybody who contributes at least $5 gets a sticker, either Tabula Rasa or Butterfly (your choice) added to their reward. 

$2,000 Everybody who contributes at least $8 gets both stickers added to their reward. 

$2,500 Everybody who contributes at least $15 gets an 11x17 print of the cover of either Tabula Rasa or Butterfly (your choice) added to their reward.  

$3,000 Everybody who contributes at least $20 gets both prints added to their reward. 

$3,500 Everybody who contributes at least $25 gets an upgrade to their print edition as a Kickstarter exclusive containing six extra pages of behind the scenes concept art, thumbnail sketches, uncolored pages, and script excerpts.  

$4,500 We'll make an 8 page mini split-comic and anybody who contributes at least $5, gets a digital copy added to their reward.  

$5,000 We'll self-print the 8 page mini-comic zine-style and anybody who contributes at least $10, gets a copy added to their reward. 

$6,000 The 8 page mini-comic becomes a 12 page mini-comic. Anybody who contributes at least $5 gets a digital copy, or $10, a zine-style, self-printed copy added to their reward. 

$6,500 The 12 page mini-comic becomes a 16 page mini-comic. Anybody who contributes at least $5 gets a digital copy, or $15, a zine-style, self-printed copy added to their reward. 

$7,000 The 16 page mini-comic becomes a 20 page comic. Anybody who contributes at least $5 gets a digital copy, or $15, a zine-style, self-printed copy added to their reward. 

$7,500 The 20 page comic becomes a 24 page comic. Anybody who contributes at least $5 gets a digital copy, or $15, a zine-style, self-printed copy added to their reward. 

$8,000 The 24 page comic becomes a 28 page comic. Anybody who contributes at least $5 gets a digital copy, or $15, a zine-style, self-printed copy added to their reward. 

$8,500 We'll professionally print the 28 page comic as a full-sized, full-color comic and anybody who contributes at least $20 gets a copy added to their reward. 

Shane Crash is the author of the bestselling novel, Forest Life. His writing on social issues has been featured in Sojourners and his travel writing has been featured in Vagobond. He can usually be found drinking in a dimly lit pub behind his keyboard,somewhere in the continental US or surrounding areas, though it would be futile to guess at his current residence, as it will likely have changed numerous times.. www.shanecrash.com

Anthony Mathenia is an American novelist and writer. He is the author of Paradise Earth: Day Zero. His travel writings have appeared on Vagobond and other places. His works deal with personal identity and liberation from oppression. He grew up in a religious cult and sincerely apologizes for waking you up on Saturday mornings in order to recruit you. www.anthonymathenia.com

Felipe Gaona is a Chilean artist. He studied graphic design with a specialization in illustration. His first professional work was for the Legend of the Five Rings card game, where continues to illustrate. His comic works includes Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tale series.He divides his time between working on comics and illustration. www.felipegaona.com

Joyce Maureira is a Chilean comic artist and illustrator. She first worked in video games, but her professional career developed around comics and role playing games. She's participated as an artist in comics for Zenescope Entertainment and as an illustrator for Fantasy Flight Games and Steve Jackson Games, among others. www.joycemaureira.com

Argentine artist, Sergio Tarquini started drawing at the age of sixteen for fanzines. His first professional work was for the South American trading card games Thider Bandits and Inferno. The Italian magazine market introduced his comic illustration, where he continues to work on monthly titles. He is currently collaborating with US writer Anthony Mathenia on Pretty Face, a graphic novel. tarquiniarts.blogspot.com

We sincerely thank you for your generous support of indie creators! 

Risks and challenges

Our first Kickstarter for the paperback book was successful. Despite some minor setbacks that delayed printing a little, the rewards were fulfilled within a couple of months.

Unlike paperback books, comic books are a lot easier to make & print. The comic is being released in cooperation with Stache Publishing, a creator-owned comic collective. This is the third comic book that Anthony has been involved with as part of Stache and we do not anticipate any problems with production or printing.

As for the other rewards, we've printed t-shirts before and do not anticipate a problem with that. We've never done a 7" record and are unsure exactly how long this will take to produce. Because the records are individually hand-made (not pressed) production time can take up to a few months depending on order volume.

With everything we will keep our backers advised of production updates through Kickstarter updates.

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