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The story of a boy growing into a hero and in the process becoming a terrible bigoted man, mailed to you in 8 parts.

This is a fundraiser to kickstart the monthly comic Top of the Line by buying some time as I finish the series.

The Comic:

top of the line original
top of the line original

Top of the Line is the story of a kid growing into a hero and, in the process, a terrible bigoted man. More than human but less than a god, he fills the same space as the beasts he hunts, and in a monster fighting saga a monster is a dangerous thing to be.

danielmccloskey.com
danielmccloskey.com

Eight issues. 250 pages. Color inserts and issues. Pinup illustrations by artists like JIM RUGG, Nate McDonough, Kevin Czapiewski, Juan Fernandez, and Steph Neary.

If you're still not sure that this is the right comic for you or the right gift for your wacky uncle, you can read the first four issues online starting HERE!

Segments of Top of the Line have appeared in Andromeda Quarterly, and MEMORY.

THE ARTIST:

Daniel McCloskey is the founder of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers' project, which is based out of his house. Through the Cyberpunk Apocalypse McCloskey has provided a cheap or free place to live and work for 36 comic artists and writers over the last 5 years.

McCloskey is the author of the hybrid novel, A Film About Billy, which was released October of 2012. Besides Top of the Line, McCloskey is involved in collaborative story telling projects with graphic novelist Nate McDonough, fiction writer Tyler McAndrew, and interdisciplinary literary artist Dr. Tameka Cage Conley.

THE REWARDS:

Add $20 to any donation and receive a Top of the Line T-shirt, designed by Nils Skeletonballs! Add $10 to any donation and receive a copy of Dan's hybrid novel, A Film About Billy, or the most recent graphic novel to come from the Cyberpunk Apocalypse, Made Fun, by Nate McDonough!

add another $10 for international (sorry guys)
add another $10 for international (sorry guys)

 OUR KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE 11x17 poster:

Kickstarter exclusive poster!
Kickstarter exclusive poster!

Cards and Stickers:

Card and Sticker Rewards!
Card and Sticker Rewards!

Original art: Click the image to see more examples. Requests for specific pieces as reward will be honored on a first come first serve basis.

Click for more original art
Click for more original art

Limited edition A Film About Billy:

The jacket: This piece is roughly 40x36in. The image below is Photoshopped to give you a sense of the finished product while the framing and mounting is still in process. Click the image below for updated images and process shots.

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Click for more photos

Financial Breakdown:

The biggest expense in comic production is the artist's time. I've dedicated roughly 800 hours of an estimated 1,400 total required hours for me to finish this project. I need your help to buy that time at a going rate of roughly 92 cents per hour (this estimate is based on a project that is funded completely by subscription).

That money will pay me for my time, so can live five more months without getting another job--so that I can buy food, pay for electricity, go to the dentist, and everything else.

Click through to the interactive charts
Click through to the interactive charts

You can find our full financial breakdown by clicking the image above.

I need to finish this comic, because I want to see what it will look like, and that nobody else is going to make this. I hope that with your support we can watch the conclusion of this warped Perseus story together.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Creating and distributing runs of comics via mail is time consuming and tough. I have experience with this through the Cyberpunk Apocalypse zine of the month club, which lasted a year beyond the limit of it's Kickstarter run. I've also been carefully time tracking the issues of Top of the Line I have completed to ensure I can produce the issues in time.

FAQ

  • A few of you have been a little uncertain because there is no option to add the shirt or book. DO NOT WORRY. Simply increase your donation by the appropriate amount above your chosen reward and when the Kickstarter is complete you will receive a questionnaire asking if you wanted a book, shirt, or whathaveyou and if so which one (what size) etc.

    I also added a donation level that is just the shirt at 21 dollars if you prefer!
    Thanks for your support!
    -dan

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    DIGITAL FUNDER: Receives a thank you published on my website, and an email every time a new issue is uploaded for free reading. Thanks for funding the online comics. Read the first four issues now at: danielmccloskey.com/tol1

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    FULL EXPERIENCE: The full eight issue series sent monthly for 7 months, starting with issue 1&2 shipped together Dec 15th

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    THE SUPERFAN: Eight issue series, limited edition digital print, and a hand written postcard from me with a doodle on the back.

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    THE BALLER: Eight issue series, limited edition digital print, a thank you printed in one of the issues, a phone call from me, and a "Certified Baller" card so everyone knows.

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    LAZY CHRISTMAS 4 copies of this eight issue series sent monthly for 7 months, starting with issue 1&2 shipped together Dec 15th (mailed to 4 separate addresses if you want). This is for the backer who wants to get a copy for the whole family.

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    THE HISTORIAN: the historian will receive a private tour of the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus OH by librarian and comics history expert Caitlin McGurk, along with the full eight issue series sent monthly for 7 months, starting with issue 1&2 shipped together Dec 15th. The tour will have to be scheduled with Ms. McGurk in advance. Place Top of the Line in a historical context, and tell me about it.

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    THE BENEFACTOR: Eight issue series, a piece of original artwork from the series, one hand written letter and one phone call over the course of the series, and a limited edition copy of A Film About Billy--see more information about limited edition copy of A Film About Billy below.

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    THE COLLECTOR: Dan's jacket, with prominent "Writer for Hire" back patch embroidered by the artist with dental floss during the year he struggled to begin the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers' project. Daniel McCloskey has worn this jacket since he was 16, going to the Pirate's Cove punk house where he was handed his first zine. He wore it during protests in the early 2000s, he wore it when he played his first shows, and read his first readings. He used it as a pillow on three reading tours, and wore it in bed when he lived without heat. Two weeks ago the jacket was cut from Dan's body by the trauma unit at Allegheny General Hospital. It is mounted with Plexi on scrap wood from the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers' house with notes from the various sketchbooks Daniel has kept over the decade this simple canvas jacket has shaped and been shaped by him. This pledge also comes with one copy of "A Zine About Billy" the $1 zine that describes the process of starting the Cyberpunk Apocalypse, and finishing his first novel.

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