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Hobo Fires is a 335 page Science Fiction Graphic Novel: in the year 2137 hobos must live like superheroes to survive.
Hobo Fires is a 335 page Science Fiction Graphic Novel: in the year 2137 hobos must live like superheroes to survive.
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The concept for Hobo Fires grew from summers I spent riding freight trains across the continent and from other summers building shanty boats and floating down the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri Rivers. Meeting hobos in railroad jungles, befriended by river rats on those old water ways, sharing food and love with townies, simultaneously devouring books about cosmology, science, social justice, physics, geography, plant identification, and human evolution: I was unknowingly compiling a framework for Hobo Fires.

Poenee.
Poenee.

One backpack, two boots, and the open road. In the near future a young woman named Poenee hits the road and travels the country by hacking rides on robotic freight trains.

HOBO FIRES is a unique adventure, I have never seen anything like this in print. Skillfully written and illustrated. An exploration of love and hate, a contemplation on being together and being alone on the road to understanding. At 335 pages, Hobo Fires is a substantial and captivating read!

As a high tech hobo Poenee soon discovers that getting on a train is the easy part. Poenee steps boldly into the night and deep into the jungles of the hobo hackers, there she meets a travel companion named Raukkus.

Poenee and Raukkus survive encounters with robot police, android agents, android police riots, feral humans, tornadoes, unseen digital foes, and court ordered brain monitoring chips.

As Poenee & Raukkus travel on robotic freights they simultaneously hack the culture of a hyper techno society that exists everywhere and seeks to control everything, including their bodies and desires.

A court ordered chip implanted in the brain of Raukkus threatens their freedom and they quest to have it removed. On the way to the underground surgeon they meet another traveler named Booska and become fast friends.The road offers a sweet summer of adventure.

The trio end up together at a wild music festival in Minneapolis, and after a whole lot of trouble the chip in Raukkus' brain is successfully removed.

Poenee, Rakkaus, and Booska are inspired by life, they form a band and go on tour with their new found freedom: from Minneapolis to points east, Chicago, Chattanooga, Pittsburgh, New York

Sharing the stories of their past, exploring the ways of different people in the wild world of an accelerating future, they find at the end there is nothing but love to pass around the fire.

Line work for the full color poster, the $10 reward!
Line work for the full color poster, the $10 reward!

 Here is a breakdown of how the $6000 to publish Hobo Fires will be spent:

$4900 Quality & ethical printing for 335 page graphic novel with pages printed in B&W with color cardstock covers.

$400 Printing full color posters.

$700 Shipping for books and posters (335 pages = big heavy book!)

All miscellaneous expenses such as Bar Codes and Proofs are included in the $4900 for printing figure.

Risks and challenges

The book is finished and I have the experience to bring it to fruition in the form of a published book no matter what it takes. I have the persistence and patience to find a publisher, but if I hit a brick wall in that direction I know I can make a door, I can do it myself because I've done it before! But this time I won't be doing it myself, because we will be doing it together. D.I.Y. meet D.I.T.! Do It Together!
I have been publishing zines and books for 20 years, striving with each one to raise the bar and make it better than the last one. Hobo Fires will be in print before the pumpkins are ripe, I guarantee it.

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    Scrawl your moniker on the wall to let the world know you were there! All pledges at the $5 or above level will have their name printed on the Original Backers page in the book Hobo Fires!

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    Breakfast! You find a patch of blackberries growing along the road, hmmmmm, blackberries. Receive a full color Hobo Fires poster!

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    The hobo jungle is made outta trees, Puff Puff Pass on the paper! Make a pledge for $20 and receive the 335 page Hobo Fires in the PDF version!

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    Score! You find a data coin on the ground with all the codes for the local transport system. Get the first edition Hobo Fires book, 335 pages of unique adventure!

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    You hacked into a postal rocket! Pledge $30 and receive a signed first edition Hobo Fires delivered to your door anywhere on planet Earth! This one is for our international backers.

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    Lunch! A can of nutritious green algae stew found under some leaves in the jungle. Receive the 335 page signed first edition copy of Hobo Fires!

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    Sanctuary! A kind farmer offers to let you ride in the back of his pick-up to avoid robotic law enforcers working the area. Receive a signed first edition copy of Hobo Fires and the color poster too!

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    Dinner! The kindness of strangers prevails, a home cooked meal and the guest bedroom are yours, take off your boots and relax! Receive 2 signed first edition copies of Hobo Fires!

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    Cherry On Top! A fruit pie cooling on the window sill of a country home attracts your hobo nose, after a few easy chores a delicious slice is yours! Receive 2 signed first edition copies of Hobo Fires plus 2 of the color posters!

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    Riding the Cushions! Let the robot butlers bring you dinner tonight on Mega-Trak inter-continental rail service. Watch the scenery go by in air conditioned comfort while you chat with world travellers. You get 6 signed first editions of Hobo Fires and 6 full color posters!

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    Is that a hot air balloon I see? Yes, and the pilot picks up hitchhikers! Receive 12 signed first editions and 12 color posters!

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    Take a ride on a craft with a crew of friendly extraterrestrials! Wow, the center of the galaxy is wild & awesome! Pledgers receive a big box of 25 books & 25 color posters for you, your family, your friends, and maybe even one for the postal carrier. Also, a personal skill share session of the techniques used to create Hobo Fires.

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