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NOIR meets SCI-FI in the 1st of a 4 issue series: A cop becomes guardian of a gateway to the beginning and end of the universe.

FOR ALL BACKERS: 6K BONUS! Head over to the update page for a backer-only link to a high resolution digital download of a new Locksmith pinup...

6K STRETCH GOAL #3: Digital download package of 12 pieces original artwork by Grace and Silvio Db for backers at $10 and above. Plus all backers at the $45 level and above will be entered into a drawing to receive an original inked page, signed by Silvio Db. That means all backers at the $80 level will be entered into TWO separate drawings to win an original inked page! Backers at $200 and above level automatically get an original page of their choice.

5K STRETCH GOAL #2: Digital download package of 6 pieces of original artwork by Grace and Silvio Db for backers at $10 and above. Plus all backers at the $200 level and above will receive an original inked page, signed by Silvio Db.

4K STRETCH GOAL #1: 14pt extra heavy cover stock and 6"x9" promo card to every backer at the $10 and above level!

THE LOCKSMITH is a 4 issue series -- Each issue will be at least 42 pages.  Issue #1 is completed and ready to go!

My collaborator is Silvio Db -- a published, Eagle Award-winning artist. I have lettered and added some design elements (such as the back cover). Additional colors by artist, Anderson Cabral.

We just need you to make this first issue, a reality, by supporting the printing costs for this standard-sized, full color comic. The high quality paper stock used is far superior to the normal fare: A thick 10 pt. coated cover and thick 105 Lb coated inside paper.

I have self-financed the artwork and plan on kickstarting printing costs, issue by issue. This approach will insure that THE LOCKSMITH will see the light of day and [spoiler alert] potentially expand into another 4 part series [yes... I am already working on a mind-blowing prequel].

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... Be sure and check out the project website for more!

The back cover
The back cover
Silvio Db working on the cover art
Silvio Db working on the cover art

This is where it gets exciting. I've brought on some amazing artists to create pinups. I've even gotten into the action, myself. Note that the pinup set includes the cover art. 

I'm also very excited about this 6 character card set. More character cards will be added, with each subsequent issue.

And for you budding artists, who can beat a printed INKS ONLY first issue? That's a fantastic way to check out Silvio Db's process and maybe even add your own colors and lettering.

There are also some pretty cool upper tier rewards available... Signed original artwork! Characters based on your likeness!

PINUPS

#1 Artist: Silvio Db
#1 Artist: Silvio Db
#2 Artist: Breno Girafa
#2 Artist: Breno Girafa
#3 Artist: Hüseyin Özkan
#3 Artist: Hüseyin Özkan
#4 Artist: Newel Anderson
#4 Artist: Newel Anderson
#5 Artist: Terrance Grace
#5 Artist: Terrance Grace
#6 Artist: Terrance Grace
#6 Artist: Terrance Grace
#7 Artists: Terrance Grace and Silvio Db
#7 Artists: Terrance Grace and Silvio Db

SKELETON KEYS

Every backer at the $25 and above level (excluding the retail reward tier) will receive one of these collectible skeleton keys as part of the character card set!

CHARACTER CARD SET

Six 4" x 4" character cards housed inside a fold out presentation case with additional graphics on the inside and outside. The front of each card features a character sketch by Silvio Db. The back of each card has a character biography and a profile sketch. More character cards will be issued with each subsequent issue.

A mockup of the fold out presentation case that holds the character cards.
A mockup of the fold out presentation case that holds the character cards.
6" x 9" promotional card on 16pt heavy weight card stock goes to every backer at the $10 and above level
6" x 9" promotional card on 16pt heavy weight card stock goes to every backer at the $10 and above level

INKED ONLY LIMITED EDITION ISSUE

All 42 pages of The Locksmith issue #1 INKS ONLY! A kickstarter exclusive.
All 42 pages of The Locksmith issue #1 INKS ONLY! A kickstarter exclusive.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are no risks or challenges since the artwork is completed for the first issue.

Some of you may remember last year's kickstarter campaign for the entire graphic novel. We raised a lot of money - but not quite enough to pay for art and printing costs in one shot. Subsequently, I have divided it up into a 4 issue series and as such, this first issue is ready to go to the printer.

PDF's will be delivered immediately following the successful kickstarter funding. Printing will take approximately 6-8 weeks. I am printing in China so that high quality paper and cover stock can be used within the proposed budget. Some rewards will ship with the printed issue, while others will ship separately. The $3000 funding goal (minus kickstarter and amazon fees) will be used to print 1000 issues as well as, reward fulfillment.

International shipping is high. That's just a fact. I have added this cost accordingly. Domestic shipping is included with each reward tier.

FAQ

  • I will offer upgrades and reward perks at every milestone. The break-even point is actually around $3500 (more or less, depending upon what is the most popular reward level)... And remember 9% off the top goes to Kickstarter and Amazon fees.

    If we are lucky enough to raise a substantial amount more than our goal, then any net profit after all the rewards have been fulfilled, will go towards financing the artwork for issue #2.

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  • I would like to stay within a 4 month release window for each issue, however that needs to be a flexible window as I am self-financing the artwork. If I hit a windfall, then I can narrow those windows and release the issues as fast as Silvio is able.

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  • It doesn't hurt to ask. I'm open to good ideas!

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  • You get all the goodies from the lower reward tiers PLUS whatever is added to the bundle in that particular tier.

    So for example, at the $45 reward level, you get the PDF, printed issue, all 7 digital pinup downloads, 1 printed pinup of your choice, skeleton key, character card set and the inks only issue.

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