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The comic is set in a hectic solar system war between the Guardians and the corrupted forces of RAGE and is illustrated in a traditional 1940's style with a gritty 1980's sci-fi flair. Issue #1 follows the lone fighter pilot, Maxwell Machinay, 7 years after he was branded a renegade over a mistake he made that cost him his squad. Little does he know of the mysteries that lie ahead when a routine mission takes an unexpected turn...
Since the initial test run in August 2014 the comic has been doing the comic convention circuit around England with great success. Inspired by the enthusiasm of its readers I continued the print production whilst funding the creation of Issue #2 through my university's start-up scheme.
With the second issue in the bag the comic is now at the stage where it really deserves to grow into a long running series that fans can become a part of. Which is why I have taken to Kickstarter to announce the creation of Issue #3. With your support, I can continue the story of the Renegade Pilot and bring this series into the light of the online world.
I wanted to make our funding goal as reasonable and achievable as we could this time, thankfully I still have pre-printed stock of Issue #1 and limited edition prints of Issue #2 which is a cost that we no longer need to factor in the reward production. However, with Issue #3 being the primary goal of our funding this time, we have to make sure we can gain the funds to cover the new book and subsequent printed rewards and extras. Here's an estimated breakdown of where the funding will be used:
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is the potential for delays and possible loss of items during the final postal stage. We will try our best to track most of the rewards (especially for those overseas) to reduce this risk.
For those who backed to receive the 3D printed model we'd like to point out that we currently only have the resources to print the models in PLA plastic, which is a biodegradable thermoplastic made from cornstarch and has a melting point of around 220°C. Although it may not be as tough as ABS it is still a pretty durable plastic and we will be shipping the models fully assembled in the most protective packaging we can provide to keep them safe in transit. We also ask that these display models be kept out of reach of young children due to some of the design's pointed features.
The biggest challenge is of course, having Issue #3 produced and printed in time for the rewards delivery. My average turnaround on the past two issues has to been to produce a comic from script to printed product in under 3 months. The script for Issue #3 is already complete and I plan to finish the illustration process over the course of June by working to my "one page a day" routine so I can have everything printed and ready for shipping the following month.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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