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The Treadwater (TRDWTR) Operatives
The Treadwater (TRDWTR) Operatives

Ranked as one of the top 5 Graphic Novels you need to back!                    -Top100GraphicNovels.com

In a not so distant future, as global society is catapulted into civil unrest, only one force stands able and willing to fight for stability and peace - Treadwater.

NEW YORK, New York, April 21, 2013 --Originally written and developed as a screenplay, Darkrose Studios is adapting the ideas behind Treadwater into a graphic novel that is rapidly growing a following.

In a pre-apocalyptic tale, as the world is forced to deal with the effects of an unstable global economy, the Euro finally collapses. The world nose dives into chaos. Mass rioting, looting, and outright civil disobedience erupts. While many nations begin to focus on protecting and securing their respective borders, others feel that the only way to deter attacks is with a preemptive gesture of strength. As Germany forms its aggressive stance behind a true military German patriot, General Kirklau, it becomes more than evident that the balance of global powers is all but obsolete. Governments and worldwide organizations have their hands tied, as one wrong move by any of them could launch an all-out world war. Treadwater is the only organization taking a proactive stance to keep the world afloat, while others helplessly do just that – tread water.

Treadwater, referenced by the acronym TRDWTR (Technological Research and Development Working Toward a Resolution), is the product of a brilliant medical researcher named Allen Downs. Downs has hand-picked each member of the TRDWTR team by bartering something uniquely important to them in exchange for working as one of his super operatives. While General Kirklau and Germany are perceived to be the biggest threat by the rest of the world, another, much bigger THREAT grows stronger – the Children of Chaos. TRDWTR knows that it’s only a matter of time before the world sees true destruction and devastation at their hands.

THREAT: General Kirklau, the Children of Chaos - If you're curious about the other silhouettes, see PRIVILEGED INFORMATION REWARD on the right side of this page
THREAT: General Kirklau, the Children of Chaos - If you're curious about the other silhouettes, see PRIVILEGED INFORMATION REWARD on the right side of this page

This Graphic Novel WILL BE one of the most beautifully detailed and mentally (and emotionally) stimulating graphic novels of it's time.  Period.

The screenplay itself is 127 pages, but as we convert it to a Graphic Novel, it has NOT been a 1:1 ratio. Meaning, the Graphic Novel will likely be closer to 230+ pages. While we have already begun work on the Graphic Novel pages, it will take some time before the book is finished and ready for print. But at least we got a head start! You can read the first 20+ pages for FREE on the TRDWTR website! ;)  

Treadwater the Graphic Novel Vol.1 hand painted by Paul Limgenco
Treadwater the Graphic Novel Vol.1 hand painted by Paul Limgenco

SNEAK PEAK..... (Page art by the amazing RAY DILLON).  Visit trdwtr.com to read the first 28 pages absolutely FREE!!!

If you want to learn about Treadwater the cool way, I'd strongly recommend visiting our ridiculously cool Treadwater website. Here you can learn about the Operatives, and their spec techs (special technologies), as well as taking a tour of their top secret facility in Greenland. 

On the "Facility" tab, just click on a specific room on the schematic (as seen below), and the background image will change to the respective room. We wanted to create a world you could submerge yourself into....so please, submerge :)

The Control Room
The Control Room
The Hangar
The Hangar

As you can see, Treadwater is far more than just a Graphic Novel. It is a franchise. Now that we've eclipsed the $10,000 minimum funding goal, we can turn our attention to bigger things....

Stretch Goal #1: First Issue Motion Comic Webisode

If we can eclipse a total of $15,000, we can turn the first 20+ pages (the first issue equivalent) into a Motion Comic (Animated Film) - with voice actors, sound effects, and music. This Video Webisode will not only be thoroughly enjoyable for our fans, but will also give us something really great to use as part of our pitch - increasing our chances of turning Treadwater into a Video Game or Motion Picture!

Stretch Goals #2-8: Operative Origin Motion Comic Webisode

Each operative has a very unique and complex backstory and we are just itching to share each of their stories with you in this webisode format!

If we can eclipse $20,000 we will be able to make a motion comic webisode for one of the seven operatives. This webisode will be a spinoff prequel of how the character became a member of Treadwater. 

Don't you want to know how Kiyoshi got his spinal prosthesis, and how he came be a Treadwater Operative?
Don't you want to know how Kiyoshi got his spinal prosthesis, and how he came be a Treadwater Operative?

For every $5,000 we raise passed $20,000, we will be able to make an additional Operative Origin Webisode. We will let you (our fans) vote on which operative's origin we do first.  

And, the coolest part is that we will be able to work on these videos simultaneously as Ray continues to paint the graphic novel. This will NOT affect the release date of the book, rather will allow us to bring you more AWESOME content for FREE while you wait for the book! :)

The Creators: Owen and Morgan Rosenblum
The Creators: Owen and Morgan Rosenblum

Never used Kickstarter before?  It's easy!  

Kickstarter is unlike regular online ordering experiences in that you are not buying an item for precise arrival, you are joining us in our personal adventure to complete this project. You'll be with us for both the victories as well as the bumps and difficulties, all culminating in receiving the final product which we have all given so much to achieve. Kickstarter is more about supporting ideas, people, and projects than it is to receive an item right away. Just so you're aware of everything before you join us on this mission :)

  • Step 1. Create a Kickstarter account, and determine payment method
  • Step 2. Decide which Reward you'd like, taking special note of release dates and any shipping estimates.
  • Step 3. Wait and see what happens! If our campaign is successful by the end of countdown, then your card will be charged and your reward is secured. If our campaign is unsuccessful, then your card will NOT be charged.
  • Step 4. (optional ;) ) If you would really like to see this project succeed, then the most helpful thing you could do is help spread the word! Tweets, facebook posts, blog posts, whatever you want to do to help, we would eternally appreciate it!

On the right side of this page is a list of REWARDS that you can pick from. Remember, you aren't donating money, you are purchasing something. So peruse the rewards and pick your favorite! But be careful, some of them are limited supply, so don't wait too long, or they might be sold out when you come back!

Rewards helper:

  • $1 - Minimum to become an official backer (Digital TW Poster)
  • $5 - Get's your name in the book, you can choose to have your name under the good guys section or the bad guys
  • $20 - Digital copy of the book
  • $30 - The original movie script
  • $35 - Soft cover edition of the book
  • $55 - Hard cover collector's edition with extra 30+ pages of bonus content
  • $250 - Gets you painted into the novel as a background character
  • $500 - Gets you painted as an Operative
  • $5,000 - Gets you painted as main character in the book
  • $10,000 - Co-Producer Credit

Digital Rewards

$1 REWARD: PROACTIVES Treadwater Poster
$1 REWARD: PROACTIVES Treadwater Poster
The Seven - Art by JON LAM
The Seven - Art by JON LAM
MGS Style - JON LAM
MGS Style - JON LAM
Repulsar Gun - Limited Edition Variant 1/3 art by JON LAM
Repulsar Gun - Limited Edition Variant 1/3 art by JON LAM
Sylvie and Kostya - Limited Edition Variant 2/3 JON LAM
Sylvie and Kostya - Limited Edition Variant 2/3 JON LAM
Kirklau's Fury - Limited Edition Variant 3/3 JON LAM
Kirklau's Fury - Limited Edition Variant 3/3 JON LAM
All Clear - Limited Edition Iconic Scene 1/3 art by DAVID SU
All Clear - Limited Edition Iconic Scene 1/3 art by DAVID SU
The Wraith - Limited Edition Iconic Scene 2/3 DAVID SU
The Wraith - Limited Edition Iconic Scene 2/3 DAVID SU
Heatscreen - Limited Edition Iconic Scene 3/3 DAVID SU
Heatscreen - Limited Edition Iconic Scene 3/3 DAVID SU

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

You'll notice the title of this Kickstarter campaign says "Treadwater 2.0", that is because this is the second time we are running this campaign. Having never done Kickstarter before, we set a funding goal that was a bit overzealous the first time around, thus making it hard to reach our minimum funding goal. We even chipped in our own personal funds to bridge the gap, but Kickstarter said that it was against their policies, so we had to take it down and start from scratch.

Not to worry, we have learned from that experience and Treadwater 2.0 has a very focused and KS approved plan with realistic funding goals! :)

- Morgan

Ray Dillon, the Artist providing the sequential illustrations for the Graphic Novel is contracted to produce 6 finished pages every two weeks. This book will be somewhere in the vicinity of 200-260 pages. The reason I cannot give you an exact page number is because we are converting a script into a graphic novel, and so far the conversion has NOT been a 1:1 ratio.

If we stay on plan, the book should be finished and go into print by around December 2014. The hope is that we will finish it a lot sooner than that, but realistically we're looking at about December 2014 before you get the book into your hands. I asked Ray to put the highest level of detail into the artwork, which is why the pages will take so long to complete. I chose to have a better quality of artwork and have the book take a little longer to complete, rather than sacrificing quality simply to get the book finished sooner. I think you'll be very happy with the end result :)

Other risks... Ray could always break his hand or get sick, which would slow the process. Let's knock on wood though.

This will be my first Graphic Novel, so I can see how one might view that as a risk. But, at this point in the process, we are so far along already, that there are truly very few risks that remain.

I spent a lot of time researching and speaking with people about how to do this the right way, and both of the people that have the biggest hands in this project have done this sort of thing before. Ray is an award winning and best selling artist, and Don has four of his scripts currently being turned into movies (three are in post production!)

Hopefully you can see that I have done my homework and know how to execute this project successfully.

My biggest challenge is remaining patient. I want to hold this book in my hand now! But I understand the process, and now my number one responsibility is making sure that I get the word out about Treadwater and developing a following! This way, we can make volumes 2 and 3 (remember I wrote it as a trilogy)! So by the time Vol 1 is out, we will already be well underway for Vol 2.

If this Treadwater Kickstarter campaign is successful, I will likely do another Kickstarter campaign for a Game-of-Thrones-esque story I am currently writing (with Don). #GemstoneKnights

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    PROACTIVES: You believe in the cause. In addition to our sincere gratitude and appreciation, you will gain access to Kickstarter Exclusive previews and updates, as well as a Hi Res Digital Poster of the Treadwater Operatives in the Snow! :)

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    HONORARY OPERATIVE: You choose to do what is right and necessary while others stand idly by. This makes you an Honorary Treadwater Operative and will have a special place on the "THANK YOU" page under "Honorary Operatives"

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    CHILDREN OF CHAOS: You do not choose to help those who cannot protect themselves. Instead, you side with those who would foment unrest. This makes you one of The Children of Chaos and will have a special place on the "Thank You" page under "Children of Chaos"

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    SPECIAL CONSULTANT: You are a third party consultant to Treadwater, having access to the secret organization when their services are needed most. For your help in the cause, you will be recognized on the "THANK YOU" page as a "Special Consultant" and you're name will be in GOLD LETTERING. receive one limited edition Digital Treadwater Poster of your choice. (or pick any image from this page and we'll send you the high res version!)

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    THE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: If you just can't wait for the Graphic Novel to be finished and want to read the script now, I will send you the original Script written by myself (Morgan Rosenblum) and Don Macnab Stark.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION: You will receive a copy of the Hard Cover Treadwater Vol 1. Collector's Edition featuring the operatives' backstories and original concept art. These limited edition books will be hand signed by the artist RAY DILLON! Retail price $69.95

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    PRIVILEGED INFORMATION: You are already a hardcore Treadwater fan. You will receive legitimate confidential Intel on all of things TRDWTR. Including the in-depth backstories (Origins) for the Operatives, Threats, and even a peak into Treadwater Vol.2. You will also receive the CODE to unlock all of the Threats on the TRDWTR website. And of course a copy of Treadwater Graphic Novel Vol.1 Collector's Edition and The Original Screenplay. *Deliverable for CODE and Screenplay is May 2013

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    WHOLE PACKAGE: (signed) Physical and Digital PDF versions of Volume 1 Collector's Edition and Alternate Cover Art Digital Poster, as well as a place on the THANK YOU page under SPECIAL CONSULTANT.

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    OPERATIVE ZERO: You are the next Treadwater Operative. I will have one of my amazing artists do a colored concept of you as a Treadwater Operative! You can even send references of what type of outfit/armor you want! You will receive a digital copy of the image so that you can print it and put it on your wall! Plus a copy of Treadwater Vol 1 Collector's Edition. ***This reward will require a photo. We can get you the custom artwork this May, but the book won't be ready until next September (2014).

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    OPERATIVE BOUNTY: Not only will one of my amazing artists paint you as a Treadwater Operative, but you can have an entire page dedicated to you in the Graphic Novel showcasing that painting of you! You can even tell me what kind of special technology you would like to have, and the artist will incorporate it into the painting! Plus a signed copy of Treadwater Vol 1 Collector's Edition. ***This reward will require a photo and release of likeness form signed. We can get you the custom artwork this July, but the book won't be ready until next December (2014).

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    FEATURED ROLE: We will paint you (or your significant other, or your children) as one of the characters (not an operative, but a character with a speaking role) to be featured in Treadwater Vol 1.

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    CO-PRODUCER CREDIT: You're name will forever be attached to Treadwater as one of the Original Co Producers on both The Graphic Novel (Vol.1) and Animated Film. Your name (and picture, if you choose) will be featured on the inside of the cover of the book, as well as on our TRDWTR Website (indefinitely). *We can put your name on our website right away, but you'll have to wait for the book to be printed to see your name on the inside cover. :)

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