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The first issue of a 32 page sci-fi comic that explores life away from Earth in a mining colony & a futuristic game called Chaosphere!
The first issue of a 32 page sci-fi comic that explores life away from Earth in a mining colony & a futuristic game called Chaosphere!
The first issue of a 32 page sci-fi comic that explores life away from Earth in a mining colony & a futuristic game called Chaosphere!
200 backers pledged NZ$ 9,114 to help bring this project to life.

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Greg Lambert is an English teacher based in Kumamoto, Japan. He has been 'thinking' about doing this comic for the last 14 years since he came to Japan. His interests are traveling, kick boxing and talking in the third person about himself.

Greg and his kids
Greg and his kids

 Dave Mims is an artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. He has 10 years experience in comic books and illustration. His projects have included 'The Infected', 'Scrimshaw' and 'All Hallows Eve'. He is prone to walks on the beach whilst simultaneously eating Chinese food and listening to 80's love songs.

Dave Mims
Dave Mims
 

Just a note on the rewards, all funds are in New Zealand dollars. On average the PDF of issue #1 should cost around $5 USD. Please check www.xe.com for more information on current currency rates. 

The comic is complete, this Kickstarter is to repay the money that was used to fund it and to help pay for the printing costs. I'm hoping that we exceed the target goal so that the extra funds raised will roll over to issue #2. I'm looking forward to adding a special stretch goal later in this campaign.

As I am originally from New Zealand, I also accept payments in sheep! 2 sheeps will get half a comic (I'm not sure which half). A flock will get you a personalized letter!

The Chaosphere story was inspired from my love of reading American comics from Marvel, DC and Image. As much as I enjoyed them, I couldn't truly relate to the characters geographically or culturally. After a high school friend passed away from cancer, I started to think about my bucket list. Something I have always wanted to do was to make a comic book. With the help of a lot of friends I started working on it and this is how it turned out. 

Arena Scene
Arena Scene

The story is set in the future after Earth's sea levels rose and swallowed islands and nations. A Wyrm was discovered in space and different corporations that had prospered from the rising sea levels offered to help people whose land was about to be lost. The catch was that they were given a time sentence that they needed to complete before being offered the chance to be repatriated back to one of the remaining countries. Those that were fortunate enough to be selected by the different corporations first had to fight in the Koudo wars that had started close to the Wyrm. 

The Wyrm
The Wyrm

We follow the main character, Kurt and his group of Maori and Pacific Island friends as they struggle to make sense out of life after the war. They are on board a mining ship stationed close to the Wyrm where they face the same discrimination as on Earth. There is some respite from daily life in playing Chaosphere. A game that pits two teams against each other in a futuristic battle using medieval weapons. Chaosphere started during the Koudo war and has evolved into the most popular 'sport', with millions of people playing, watching and enjoying the spectacle.

Chaosphere in action
Chaosphere in action

Having grown up in Manurewa, South Auckland I have tried to incorporate characters from Polynesian and Maori backgrounds to help give the comic a more homegrown feel. I'm hoping to share the culture and language of these characters as the story progresses.

There are some cool rewards that will allow you, or someone you nominate to appear in a future issue of the comic. Appearing in a comic has always been a dream of mine, so I am happy to give you the chance too.

Kia Ora and thank you for your time.

Risks and challenges

The first issue of the comic is complete, the main challenge I face with this project is if another earthquake hits my town like the previous two. Barring that, unless something goes wrong in the printing process or shipping to backers, there should be no major problems. Touch wood.

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    You back Bucks and I'll back Berks

    I'm new to the game, so if you scratch my back, then I'llback you back!
    Long live Borat!

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    For the Family

    Have no interest in comics? You are only here because I have harassed you? Then choose this option, Mom!

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    Early Bird. Digital Comic

    To say thank you for being the first into the arena, a PDF of issue #1 and a personal message from me to you.

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    Early Bird. Printed Comic

    A physical copy celebrating your speed off the mark with my scrawl across the cover page. Also included is a personal message along with the PDF of issue #1

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    T-Shirt

    The cover of issue #1 on a T-Shirt

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    Calling all Referees!

    Want to be one of the hated? Despised? Join the referee crew! You will appear in a future issue of the comic (to the best of our ability). Blink and you'll miss it, but if you make a mistake the whole arena will be watching you!

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    Star Player appearance

    Want to appear in a future issue of the comic as a Chaosphere player?
    We will add you to a team (to the best of our ability). We can't promise that you'll win, but you'll be there in the story.

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    New Character

    With more of the story to be told, there are more interesting characters to be added. Wanna be one of them? You will appear in a future issue of the comic (to the best of our ability). But, we can't say if you'll make it to the end of the game...

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    The Tragic End

    You have been marked as a potential murder victim. At some stage you will die, but not before you get some of the limelight! Work the camera while you have the time.

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    The Corporation Package

    As an elite member of the Corporation you are entitled to a Skype call to discuss your character's development and inclusion into the Chaosphere world. Also included is a sneak peek into the story to come.

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