About this project
Update 03 14 2016:
I have a small offer to entice some of you to return. If anyone buys a print issue I will sign it for FREE. Any issues, as many as you buy!
Update 02 25 2016: This goes out to those that Pledged on the $95 The Fully Monty Incentive or the $50 Strange #2 Cover C Fun Pak.
There is a signed postcard of Cover C that comes with these Incentives.
These cards are signed by Francisco Menor, Robert Doan and John Daniel Taylor IV. There are only 50 of these cards printed and I have 35 left.
Update 02 24 2016: I have an Add-On that I had forgotten about. The Strange Issue #2, Cover A had 20 Error copies. The issues include spelling mistakes, changes in dialogue and some changes to story details at the end. To make sure they were kept Authentic, I bagged them with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and signed them.
They are limited and I still have some left. If you are interested please contact me.
Update 02 19 2016:
We are running smoothly so far and I want to thank everybody for that! Cover B is available for previewing right now. I have added two new Incentives:
1) $125 - The Strange #03, Cover A Inks by Robert Doan!
2) $150 - The Strange #03, Page 2/3 Inks by Robert Doan!
Update 02 11 2016:
Wow! thanks for a great first 24 hours everybody! I already have a couple of things to add, so lets get right down to business.
1) Everybody that buys a Print copy of The Strange #3 ($7 Backer Incentive and up) will also receive a PDF copy of The Strange Issue #3 as well.
2) I still have a great deal on the Double Cover A Incentive of $10 and the Double Cover A & B for $22.
The Strange #3 is a 28 page full color comic printed on quality comic book paper. Discover more about the world of 2688 and the strange people that live there!
Welcome to the world of 2688! Have you ever wondered how mankind will ever attain Super Powers? In The Strange, I explore just that question along with many others. I have always called The Strange a science fiction story with a hidden super power agenda. I think that the future of Super Powers, and how Mankind will one day obtain them is not through radiation or other pseudo science means, but through science. Hard science. Most of which exist in infancy today! Of course, Mankind needs a goal, and survival is the greatest among them. I also explore our culture and the compulsion to achieve beauty at no cost. The slow transformation woman/men are taking to essentially become more than human! This all leads to one logical conclusion: The Transhumanism! Man slowly becoming machine. And the eventual final change, The Posthuman! Of course, not everyone will embrace (or be able to afford) this new way of life. The human becomes a Sub Human, or normal and the Transhuman, the advanced life form. Evolution has taken a new step!
The Strange is about Beko, a Transhuman child raised by a surrogate father (Fresh) in a hostile future world of 2688! Beko was forced to flee New Paris when he was around 8 years old after the Fuller / Epsilon Group sent crack troops to abducted Beko and his parents. Escaping into the forest, he eventually found himself in the Sea Beds. Mostly by luck, he manages to survive until he runs into the retired Military man named Fresh! Fresh, a Transhuman himself, realizes Beko’s potential. Training Beko’s mind as well as his body, Fresh gives him a Military style training. Unknown to Beko, but not to Fresh, the Fuller / Epsilon Group is still looking for Beko. Beko has a rare form of Transhuman power, a combination of years of Molecular DNA Manipulation. These powers were not engineered in him instead he was born with them. These genetic traits are called The Strange or Strange due to their strange genetic traits.
Ten years pass and Fresh manages to conceal Beko from the Fuller / Epsilon Group. Then, in a pitched battle, Fresh is killed. The details of this are still a mystery to the reader. Beko is forced to flee alone into a world he no longer knows. After his powers go out of control, Beko is discovered by Pretty Boy, a repulsive and ugly man, shunned by most. Pretty Boy is the only witness to Beko’s incredible devastating powers. As time passes, the two become friends. Beko looks beyond the ugly man’s looks and discovers a lonely human being. Pretty Boy on the other hand has other motives!
Beko’s world is gripped in a Mini Ice Age after two devastating Natural Disasters. The oceans are drying up as the Ice Poles glaciers begin to advance. No Man lands are created on the old Sea Beds. These beds are hunted by roaming bands of Cannibal Gangs. Since most animals are gone except rodents and birds and the Sea animals thought to be extinct, food is created synthetically in the cities or forged in the desolate lands around the cities. Sea water is transported to cities via large pipes and processed into drinking water there. The skies are cold grey most days are filled with rain. The sun makes an occasional visit. Plant life overgrows in some areas and struggles to survive in others. What the Earth needs is a Hero! They are going to get one!
ISSUE #1… The story (The Law of Inheritance) introduces the main hero Beko, a 18 year old boy that has been hiding and living in the desert with his adopted father Fresh! Both outcasts, Fresh looked after him. The events in Issue #1 follow directly after the death of Fresh. The story starts with Beko being chased by one of the Cannibal Gangs that roam the dried up Sea Beds.
Here is a preview of Issue #1 to get you started: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.240939452745564.1073741845.146318935540950&type=3
The Strange #2 (The Law of Attraction) is an action packed issue! First meet Useless Girl also known as Cyber Girl! She is taking to the streets, and following Pretty Boy! In turn, Pretty Boy is being hunted by a street gang called The Harvesters. They want his body parts and DNA to sell to the Carnage Carnival, a Black Market for human parts with a bizarre sideshow!
Next see the forces of The Occupation go into action! Orphan! Lady White! Scarborough! Caraway! O’Conner! They invade the Epsilon Fuller Tower in an all out surprise attack! Or is it?
Meanwhile, we learn more about Mr. Epsilon. Who is he? What are his powers? Then we jump back into the past and for the first time meet Beko’s surrogate father Fresh! It is a big issue with a lot of action and story! Get ready!
Here is a preview of Issue #2: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.375809029258605.1073741888.146318935540950&type=3
Also, here is a Video from The Strange #2 about the world of The Strange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVhhtg6J7w4&feature=youtu.be
In this issue, (The Law of Survival) we visit the past of Young Beko and his mentor, Fresh. Fresh is teaching Beko the ways of fighting, but the lessons are not going as well as Fresh would like. Beko Is still a boy, and for the most part civilized. He wrestles with the moral dilemma of having to fight and ultimately, to kill! In this savage world, however, choices can be taken from you!
We learn more about The Occupation and their plans for Beko. At the same time, the reader gets to know our savage hero, Beko a little better.
On the Bad Guy front, we meet Eric Fuller for the first time.
Of course, Pretty Boy will make an appearance. Where is he going and why?
And don’t forget Cyber Girl Aka Useless Girl. What is the dark secret to her powers?
Issue #4 and beyond…
The first run of The Strange, Volume #1, will be six issues long. If we can make it that far, then we can talk Volume #2. For now, we are going to concentrate on the current series and hope you guys stick with us to the end!
The full creative team returns for issue #3:
Written and Created - John Daniel Taylor IV
Pencils – Francisco Menor
Inks – Robert Doan
Colors – Jay Moyano
Letters – Inklight Studios
Cover B artist - Francisco Javier
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Risks and challenges
Hello Old and New fans!
While some of you already know our comic line and products, others are just getting acquainted with the Top Secret Press product line. We are building a steady line of comics with a core of supporters, all of whom I am indebted to for helping me make this possible.
This is my 15th Kickstarter and this comic is a big challenge. I have had to raise my final total, however, but let me explain.
Really to be fully funded, including printing, is around $6000.00 and that is for a 28 page comic with full color art. All the money from the Kickstarter goes to the artists, incentives and shipping. I supply the difference for printing. I like to print in large totals, so that does add up on its own.
I want to note that the final work for The Strange #3 Cover B is on the way for you guys to preview. We should have it all in a few weeks!
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