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Help us to print our four-part (200+ finished page) shared-world zombie comic anthology, featuring top talent from TV, film and comics!
Help us to print our four-part (200+ finished page) shared-world zombie comic anthology, featuring top talent from TV, film and comics!
339 backers pledged £11,030 to help bring this project to life.

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Dead Roots has FORTY wonderfully unique stories from a diverse range of creators. This lets you see a zombie apocalypse told from multiple points of view.

Head of State – Written by Ned Hartley, art by Gavin Mitchell, letters by Mike Stock.
Head of State – Written by Ned Hartley, art by Gavin Mitchell, letters by Mike Stock.

THE STORY

'I wanted to create a shared world anthology that even though told by multiple creators was still about the characters, so I needed a way to cut through all the potentially page-wasting exposition and create a world where the problem was obvious, that way the creators can get straight into what they do best, and that's telling great stories.

Zombies gave us that way to cut into the crux of storytelling. Although sometimes overused, there's no mistaking what zombies are, they're scary kill or be killed monsters, that more often than not signify the end of the world. 

Instead of focusing on the zombies we focused on the characters and how they would react in the initial hours of the outbreak, avoiding cliched, gun-toting stories, and dealing with real world problems... amplified by zombies.' - Mike Garley

Death Knocks - Written by Gordon Rennie, art by Lee Carter, letters by Mike Stock.
Death Knocks - Written by Gordon Rennie, art by Lee Carter, letters by Mike Stock.
@Zombify – Written by Paul Alexander, art by Martin Simmonds, letters by Mike Stock.
@Zombify – Written by Paul Alexander, art by Martin Simmonds, letters by Mike Stock.
The original two-page Dead Roots story by Mike Garley and Rebecca Morse, which was used to convey the tone of the anthology and world to the other creators.
The original two-page Dead Roots story by Mike Garley and Rebecca Morse, which was used to convey the tone of the anthology and world to the other creators.

THE CREATORS

Dead Roots features a whole host of up and coming creators as well as established creators such as: Paul Alexander (Red Dwarf, My Parents are Aliens, Emmerdale), Eric Canete (Iron Man, Luke Cage, Superboy), Andrew Ellard (Red Dwarf, IT Crowd, Miranda), James Henry (Green Wing, Smack the Pony, Campus), James Moran (Doctor Who, Severance, Cockneys VS Zombies), Jason Arnopp (Doctor Who, Friday The 13th, Stormhouse) and Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd, White Trash, Necronauts). Ensuring that Dead Roots is full of amazing stories throughout.

PLEDGES

WHAT WILL THE FUNDS FROM THE KICKSTARTER BE SPENT ON?

THE LAUNCH PARTY

As a special thank you to our backers we'll be holding a 'launch party' on January the 25th of January 2014 in London, England. This will be an opportunity to get your comic before anyone else, and meet a whole host of creators from Dead Roots in person.

The Launch Party invite guarantees your place (as places will be limited) and also allows you entry an hour before the event is open to the public.

Please note: Although we can't confirm how many, or which creators will be attending, we are expecting a great turn out, and a fantastic night after a day spent signing rewards.

This event will be strictly over 18 only - as it'll be in a bar - and places will be limited. Further details will be available nearer the time. We're hoping that you can join us for a night of fun, socialising and of course... zombies!

The 25th of January is a provisional date. The launch party date will be confirmed a minimum of one month in advance, where our Kickstarter backers will be asked to confirm their attendance. 

Typo - Written by Andrew Ellard, art by Will Tempest, colours by Nathan Ashworth, letters by Mike Stock.
Typo - Written by Andrew Ellard, art by Will Tempest, colours by Nathan Ashworth, letters by Mike Stock.

UPDATES

We'll be doing an update a day for all of October to give people a behind the scenes look at Dead Roots as well as the chance to see what everyone else is saying about the project. Simply press the 'Remind me' button under our video to receive then as soon as they're published. Alternatively select the 'Updates' tab above the video to see the existing posts. 

STRETCH GOALS

These pledges are our way of thanking you for backing Dead Roots - we will continue to add stretch goals once the existing ones are met.

 STRETCH GOAL #1 REACHED - £6,250 - Foil embossing! 

Benefits pledges of £25 and over

We want Dead Roots to look as amazing on the outside, as it does on the inside, so if we reach this target we will add foil embossing - this means that the logo and text on the spine and cover of the hardcover will be in a sophisticated metallic red, set against the black cloth finish, giving the anthology an added touch of quality.

STRETCH GOAL #2 REACHED - £6,500 - Sketches

Benefits pledges of £100 and over

Your copy of Dead Roots will be sketched in by a minimum of three artists at the launch party – we will confirm with you that you want this stretch goal added to your pledge, but you should, because it’s awesome - this is only available with pledges of £100 and up.

STRETCH GOAL #3 REACHED - £6,750 - Nich Angell Pin-up

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

Nich Angell will create a pinup for Dead Roots in his unique style (as seen below), which will appear within the pages of Dead Roots. Nich is an incredibly talented artist and is responsible for Cat and Meringue, Zeta Comics’ 7String, and VS Comics’ Tabby and Trout.

STRETCH GOAL #4 REACHED- £7,000 - Bonus six-page Adam Christopher comic

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

An additional six-page story by acclaimed author Adam Christopher (Empire State, The Age Atomic, The Burning Dark).

STRETCH GOAL #5 REACHED - £7,500 - Andy Bloor Pin-up 

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

Andy Bloor will create a pinup for Dead Roots, which will appear within the pages of Dead Roots. Andy is a fantastic artist and as well as being a consistent presence for award winning Accent UK, is the artist on The Wolfmen, Into the Woods, and Porcelain

STRETCH GOAL #6 REACHED - £8,500 - The Contextualization of the Dead - Essay

Benefits pledges of £25 and over

A four-page exploration of zombies, entitled ‘The Contextualization of the Dead’ by horror aficionado Dr Shaun Kimber (Senior Lecturer in Media Theory at Bournemouth University, author of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, and co-editor of Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media).

STRETCH GOAL #7 REACHED - £9,500 – Dean Beattie pin-up

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

Dean Beattie will produce a pin-up, which will appear within the pages of Dead Roots. Dean is an incredible artist and his unique style will look great in amidst all the other crazy action that will be in Dead Roots. 

STRETCH GOAL #8 REACHED - £10,000 -  DAVID BISHOP

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

An additional six-page story by legendary 2000AD and Judge Dredd editor, and writer of various comics including The Phantom.
An additional six-page story by legendary 2000AD and Judge Dredd editor, and writer of various comics including The Phantom.

STRETCH GOAL #9 REACHED - £10,500 - KEVIN LEHANE

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

An additional three-page story from Kevin Lehane. Kevin is a fantastic writer, best known for writing Grabbers.

STRETCH GOAL #10 - £12,000 - PM BUCHAN

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

Three additional one-page (non-continuity) stories by Starburst comic writer and Times Literary Supplement reviewer, P M Buchan.
Three additional one-page (non-continuity) stories by Starburst comic writer and Times Literary Supplement reviewer, P M Buchan.

STRETCH GOAL #11 - £15,000 - NICH ANGELL

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

Three, three-panel (non-continuity) comic strips illustrated by Nich Angell (Cat and Meringue, Tabby and Trout, 7String).
Three, three-panel (non-continuity) comic strips illustrated by Nich Angell (Cat and Meringue, Tabby and Trout, 7String).

STRETCH GOAL #12 - £17,000 - DEAN BEATTIE

Benefits pledges of £10 and over

An additional three-page story illustrated by Dean Beattie (Random Trials).
An additional three-page story illustrated by Dean Beattie (Random Trials).

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Risks and challenges

With the majority of the book completed we'll have a couple of months to finish all the additional material to get the book printed in time for the signing/launch party in January.

If for any reason there are any holdups then we'll delay the launch party, notifying all our backers at least a month in advance, with a new launch party date.

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    Be a zombie! Have your likeness drawn into the extra Dead Roots story and receive an original signed sketch of your character by Martin Simmonds. The-180 page luxury hardback edition, signed and numbered (2-20), the limited edition signed screen-print by Luke Butland, plus the PDF version of the comic and an invite to the launch party!
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