About this project
The sourcebook has been expanded to 40 pages to include some more information!
UPDATE 01-04-2017I added a video today. I have also added some new Incentives! Check out some of the great Incentives we have to offer while helping to make The Strange Sourcebook #1 a reality!
The Strange Sourcebook is your Full Color 40 page (with a chance for 48 pages) guide to everything from The Strange comic series. Stats, world map, history and a new 14 page story to boot!
Featuring two great covers...
COVER A: Artwork - Francisco Menor and Colors by Jay Moyano.
About Cover B...
This much talked about, often misunderstood cover, features the cybernetic DNA vampire Useless Girl (sometimes called Cybergirl) from The Strange series. In public, she goes by her professional work name of Cybergirl, but in her own twisted mind she refers to herself as useless! Once addicted to Hot Houses, Gene Massaging and the newest nanite beauty aide she now works for the Fuller Epsilon Group as a private Bounty Hunter that tracks down New Meat for the genetic elite. How did she become this way? What trauma caused this once socialite of genetic beauty to become a depressed insane serial killer?
COVER B: Pencils - Dave Acosta, Inks: Juan Albarren (DC Comics) and Colors by Ivan Nunes (DC Comics).
ABOUT THE WORLD OF THE STRANGE
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! Not everyone embraces (or can afford) this new way of life. The human becomes a Sub Human, or normal, and the Transhuman is the advanced life form. Evolution is takening its next step!
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!
FEATURES IN THE SOURCEBOOK
- The 14 page solo story featuring Scarbourough and O'Conner fits between an area in the storyline in Issue #4/5. It explores the underground drug culture of New Paris an a new character is introduced in the story that will play a role later in the series.
- 15 pages of characters stats with extended histories.
- A world map of The Strange.
- A new detailed 4 - 5 page history that encompasses the world history (as hinted to in past videos) as we know it.
THE STRETCH GOAL (or if we reach $3200)
The 8 page (Stretch Goal) story is about the Carnage Carnaval, a place where illegal organs, DNA and parts are sold and violent games of death are played. The Carnage Carnival will appear in The Strange #5. In this story, we will reveal what the story of one of the gladiators that will play an important role in The Strange #5.
Plus... Everybody that buys a physical copy will also receive a PDF of The Strange Sourcebook in advance(after completion).
Here is some Work In Progress on the Stat Sheet pages.
Here are the first two pages from the 14 page story, "An Anger Building!"
-There is a New Villain in the 14 page short story that has become a little more important in the long term mythology of The Strange Universe. I needed a catalyst for some future events and now I have it. His name is Autocrat, an illegal synthetics dealer that is about to be changed forever, and in turn he will change the course of the entire Strange Universe.
Risks and challenges
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 Kickstarter, like my recent Kickstarters, is in the finishing stages. 9 of the 14 pages for the Solo story are penciled. I am still finalizing the Stats but I should have that by the beginning of the New Year. Only a handful of things need to be completed after that, so delivery should be fairly swift (2 - 3 months) for this issue. If we make our Stretch goal, then it might take an additional month.
And remember, I can't do this without your support!
John Daniel Taylor IV
Owner/Editor in Chief
Top Secret Press
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