Visions from Punktown: A comic book anthology
Visions from Punktown: A comic book anthology
Visions from Punktown is a comic book anthology series adapting the acclaimed Punktown cyberpunk stories of author Jeffrey Thomas.
Visions from Punktown is a comic book anthology series adapting the acclaimed Punktown cyberpunk stories of author Jeffrey Thomas. Read more
About this project
VISIONS FROM PUNKTOWN will be approximately 132 pages, with eight haunting stories, illustrated by eight amazing artists.
Jeffrey Thomas’ PUNKTOWN stories helped pioneer the melding of cyberpunk, horror, weird fiction, and he continues to entertain readers and inspire writers with new stories and characters. The city of Punktown is like a crazy patchwork quilt sewn together by mad gods, and the shadowy streets are just as much a character as those who walk them.
To represent the diversity of Punktown's myriad alien cultures, we sought out artists whose styles were distinctly different, and whose work already displayed some of the same qualities as Jeffrey’s stories. Those eight artists are:
The phenomenal Rafa Garres will be painting the cover to VISIONS FROM PUNKTOWN! Below is an example of some of Rafa's stunning cover work.
Here are the eights stories, and respective artists, that will appear in this first volume:
- THE REFLECTIONS OF GHOSTS -- Rafa Garres
- THE LIBRARY OF SORROWS -- Hüseyin Özkan
- WILLOW TREE -- Sinclair Klugarsh
- FORGE PARK -- Eric York
- THE PALACE OF NOTHINGNESS -- Frank Walls
- MONSTERS -- Dug Nation
- PRECIOUS METAL -- Stéphane De Caneva
- THE UNBEARABLE BEING OF LIGHT -- Steven Russell Black
For adapting such important and revered work, I wanted to play to each artists’ individual strengths, and give each story a distinctive voice. It was important that these not be cut and paste adaptations. Jeffrey allowed us incredible freedom to alter his work, and was asked for approval on each script. Artist input has been pivotal, and you couldn’t ask for more accommodating collaborators. I look forward to working with all of them again.
Kickstarter is really the only way to go when it comes to comic book anthologies. Fans love ‘em, but publishers are notoriously skittish or clumsy in handling them. Put the control in the hands of the creators and then see what happens. That’s what Kickstarter allows us to do. $36,000 is a high goal, and that still doesn't quite cover everything, but we're prepared for that contingency. (Totals are based on a 1,500 copy print run and units projected to move.)
I believe in paying artists a fair rate and making them storytelling partners. Each artist is working for less than they normally would because they want to be involved in this project. The money just allows them the time to make sure the book is up to our own exacting standards. We are also paying for the printing and the various other expenses that come with self-publishing. It ain’t cheap. But this sets the groundwork for more stuff on the horizon. In the spirit of transparency, this is what it looks like to make VISIONS FROM PUNKTOWN happen:
Neither Jeffrey or myself get paid anything from the initial goal. There may be nothing at all for us, and we’re ok with that. Because money isn’t why we do this.
We have stories to tell. And we need you to read them.
With eight artists, there is a generous amount of original art to offer as rewards for your contributions, among other incentives. Below are some visual references for the rewards, each with their own unique title to make them easy to match up with reward descriptions. Please note: Unless explicitly stated, images are not from the VISIONS FROM PUNKTOWN book since most stories are currently in production. In those instances, we have provided similar art from that reward’s artist so that you have a good idea how amazing your actual reward will look.
- HELLRAISER: This is for the limited release variant cover of Hellraiser: Bestiary #2, as painted by Jason Shawn Alexander.
- EBOOKS -- NEW!
- DIGITAL BUNDLE
- WELCOME TO PUNKTOWN
- GREASE ZOMBIE
- BURNING CORPSE
- MR. SMOKE -- NEW!
- LOVE WITH GUN
- TANK GIRL -- SOLD OUT!
- CHOOM ART -- SOLD OUT!
- TIKKIHOTTO ART -- SOLD OUT!
- FISH MUTANT
- RAMON -- SOLD OUT!
- CYBERSAX -- SOLD OUT!
- SORROWS ART -- NEW!
- SKULL WALL -- NEW!
- WILLOW TREE ART -- SOLD OUT
- MONSTERS PAGE 3
- PUNKTOWN RAFA 1
- PUNKTOWN RAFA 2 -- NEW REWARD!
- PUNKTOWN RAFA 3 -- NEW REWARD!
- ROBESPIERRE -- SOLD OUT
- REFLECTIONS PAGES
- MUDHONEY -- NEW REWARD!
- THE SONICS -- NEW REWARD!
- THE MELVINS -- NEW REWARD
- SINCLAIR COMMISSION -- SOLD OUT!
- MUGWUMP -- NEW!
- FALL OF HADES -- SOLD OUT
- STEAMFISH -- NEW REWARD
- FORGE PARK PAGES
- PUNKTOWN ELITE -- NEW REWARD!
ADD ON REWARDS:
For those of you who would like some of the other rewards add to your pledge.
You can add additional items to your pledge level by simply choosing the item(s) you would like and then following the instructions below to add to your pledge! All add-ons require base pledge to be at the $26 tier and above. Instructions for adding add-ons can be found below.
DIGITAL ADD ONS:
EBOOKS: Jeffrey Thomas' PUNKTOWN novels "Deadstock" and "Blue War" are being made available in the digital format for the first time in a couple of months! Get them both as an add-on! NOTE: There will be new cover art for the digital versions.
- EBOOKS ADD ON: +$5
DIGITAL BUNDLE: Get digital copies of all 8 scripts and Jeffrey Thomas' corresponding stories, as well as Chris' marked up version of the stories. This is a great reward for aspiring comic book writers to get a glimpse into how some of us approach adaptation and comic book scripting. See Rewards above for images.
- DIGITAL BUNDLE ADD ON: +$10
WELCOME TO PUNKTOWN: Each artist is creating an image depicting an element from his story, with corresponding historical text about the city of Punktown on the reverse. This is for the digital images. The physical version is offered below.
- WELCOME TO PUNKTOWN DIGITAL POSTCARDS: +$10
PHYSICAL ADD ONS:
WELCOME TO PUNKTOWN: Each artist is creating an image depicting an element from his story, with corresponding historical text about the city of Punktown on the reverse. See sample above in digital reward add ons.
- WELCOME TO PUNKTOWN POSTCARDS: +$15 US/$20 everywhere else
ADDITIONAL COPIES OF VISIONS FROM PUNKTOWN: For those of you who would like to add an additional copy to your pledge. If you desire more than 2 copies, please see our 3BOOK and 5BOOK reward levels. PLEASE NOTE: We're sorry, but we cannot add this to the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL due to that rewards limited nature.
- ADDITIONAL COPIES: +$25 US/$30 everywhere else
ADD-ON INSTRUCTIONS: To add an add-on to your pledge, follow these steps:
1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' Button. If you have not pledged yet, it will say 'Back this Project'. 2) Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. 3) After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned. DO NOT change the pledge tier unless you are changing your reward to a different one.
PLEASE NOTE: To account for shipping costs, different amounts are required when shipping out of the U.S. Shipping costs have already been added to the total for U.S. In every case, we have done our best to minimize the cost. There is no shipping cost for any digital add ons.
Risks and challenges
We have a group of eight immensely talented artists. Many of them are taking a break from better paying work to collaborate on this project. Everyone has bills to pay, or kids to feed, day jobs go to. All of the artists have a deadline that allows for some flexibility, but there are never any guarantees.
Rest assured, we will keep everyone posted on progress and any potential delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter