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NOIR meets SCI-FI in this graphic novel thriller: A cop becomes guardian of a gateway to the beginning and end of the universe.

BREAKING NEWS: FINAL DAY OF SCHWAG INCLUDES ORIGINAL COVER ART AND OTHER UNBELIEVABLE GIVEAWAYS!! SEE UPDATE #22 FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

BREAKING NEWS: UPGRADES AND GRAND POOBAH SCHWAG ADDED FOR DAY TWO! SEE UPDATE #21 FOR DETAILS!!

1. All postcards and postcard sets have been upgraded to 6" x 9" premium gloss!
2. All pinup prints have been upgraded to include foam core mounting!

Everyone at or above the $250 level will automatically be entered to win:
AN ORIGINAL SILVIO DB COMMISSIONED DRAWING OF THEMSELVES...

BREAKING NEWS: THE THREE DAYS OF SCHWAG HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED! SEE UPDATE #19 FOR SCHWAG DAY ONE. FREEBIES THAT YOU GET AS A PLEDGER  -- NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE CAMPAIGN!!

BREAKING NEWS: ADDED INCENTIVE TO THE $100 REWARD LEVEL AND ABOVE!! See update #18 for details.

BREAKING NEWS: ADDED INCENTIVE TO THE $250 REWARD LEVEL!! See update #15 for details.

The Locksmith will be approximately 130 pages, in full color. It is being adapted from my feature screenplay. The idea began as a means to promote the film project, but after receiving so much excitement from the initial pages, I decided to focus on completing the entire graphic novel.

That's where you come in! I've seen some amazing projects on Kickstarter and truly believe in supporting other writers and artists. Creator-owned content is the real deal and it thrives from the support of the audience and other creators. It takes a village, right? 

My collaborator in this journey is Silvio Db -- a published, Eagle Award-winning artist. I'm doing the lettering and, as you'll see below, I -- along with some other amazing artists -- have created a few promotional pinups. We will be starting up again, during this campaign... So stay tuned for more artwork! 

BTW, check out Silvio Db's website -- He's got some amazing work! And if you've had a look at the trailer, a shout out to Kaleo Griffith, who did some great voice work in bringing The Locksmith, to life.

The really cool thing about The Locksmith is that the graphic novel is just the first step in a major transmedia adventure. An animated app, game and of course, the film are all planned for the future. 

But we can't get there without the graphic novel!

Make sure to take a look at the trailer and the art!

There is a room inside an old tenement building in the Bronx. Inside the room is a doorway that leads to another dimension where past, present and future exist simultaneously. 

This gateway must remain protected -- by the Locksmith. The problem:  Santiago, the Locksmith, has died. The power is unleashed. What was once dead, seeks life. And that is just the beginning... And possibly end of the world -- And the universe. 

While investigating the sudden and inexplicable murder of his own brother, Detective Mick Fagan uncovers a strange series of events, all leading back to the Bronx apartment. 

He soon becomes convinced that he too is somehow part of this mystery, and joins forces with Santiago’s family in trying to contain what lurks beyond the doorway. 

A secret organization manages the hundreds of doorways around the world. But this one is different. What was once just the spirit of the undead seeking life, is now a power growing beyond what they have seen before. The room is now at the center of an ever-growing black hole of time, sweeping all that has ever existed, away. 

Fagan now knows that he alone holds the key to the doorway... And that key is something that happened to him as a child: His mother’s suicide. In an amazing journey back through a jungle of pre-history – Fagan is witness to his own death and rebirth within the evolution of the universe. 

He revisits the guilty demon inside, unlocking himself from the past... Saving the universe from certain destruction – And becoming the new Locksmith.

Here are a few pages to whet your appetite. But guess what? You can have a close look at the high resolution images of everything we've completed so far on the project website.

Silvio Db, hard at work
Silvio Db, hard at work

This is where it gets exciting. I've brought on some amazing artists to create pinups for postcard sets and posters. I've even got into the action, myself. Note that the pinup set includes the cover art. As we approach our funding goal and it looks like we might even break through the roof, I'll continue to update everyone with new rewards. 

Aside from the postcards, posters, t-shirts, skeleton keys, etc., there are some pretty cool upper tier rewards available... Signed original artwork! Characters based on your likeness!

Oh... And if you'd like to create your own reward tier with a combination of goodies, let me know and I'll see what we can put together for you!

NOTE: Each reward level includes ALL of the items of every previous reward level PLUS the bonus reward(s) for that particular tier. 

SPECIAL $50 BONUS: Every $50 Pledger will be entered into a drawing to receive a beautifully printed 12 x 18 pinup poster of their choice! There will be only one winner!

PINUPS

Pinup by: Award-winning artist, Breno Girafa. Click to check out his website.

Pinup by: Newel Anderson. Click to check out his website.

Pinup by: Huseyin Ozkan. Click to check out his website.

Pinup by: Me... With some art from the graphic novel by Silvio Db.

Pinup by: Me.

Pinup by: Sergio Acuña Lopez - Click to check out his website.

SWAG

Not everyone wants a T-Shirt... And so I'm creating an add-on bonus for those that do. A T-Shirt of your choice may be added to ANY reward level for $18. XXL sizes please add $20. All pinups and cover art are also available for T-Shirt printing. 

Skeleton keys! Each book will come with a unique skeleton key to make sure that hidden doorway remains locked up tight! 

Thank you Postcards, Prints and t-shirts will be shipped out shortly after the successful campaign ends. Postcard sets, Skeleton keys and key sets will be shipped with the completed graphic novel.

INTERNATIONAL PLEDGERS FROM CANADA/MEXICO: Please add an additional $10 to cover extra shipping costs.

INTERNATIONAL PLEDGERS FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD: Please add an additional $15 to cover extra shipping costs.

INTERNATIONAL UPPER TIER (over $100) PLEDGERS: Please add an additional $20 to cover BOTH the book and rewards extra shipping costs.

We are shooting for the bare bones minimum of $19,000. That will be just enough to pay for the completion of the artwork and soft cover printing. Remember that Kickstarter and Amazon together, take a 9% cut of that, right off the top.

If we are lucky enough to exceed that goal, well... There are some exciting rewards in store! As this campaign progresses, I'll be updating you on new artwork and revealing some additional incentives as we approach that pledge amount... And hopefully, beyond! I would love to be able to print this over-sized and with a hard cover!

Late Breaking... New Pages!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The greatest challenge with The Locksmith is grinding out the remaining artwork in a timely manner that does not sacrifice quality. Silvio Db and myself have been able to complete 4 pages per week... Sometimes more. But we are budgeting our time so that there is no rush -- Just steady progress so that by next November 2013, the book is finished.

FAQ

  • I made a very detailed budget that of course, depending on the reward level of backers, may change slightly (this is estimating that the most popular reward level is $30); but it was how I arrived at our goal. There is no profit, but I do allow for a 5% contingency (I've done many film production budgets and this is an absolute line item that I never do without).

    Artist fees/printing/contingency: $14,500.
    Reward cost and fulfillment (book/reward shipping etc): $2800.
    Kickstarter/Amazon fees: $1700.

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