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A science fiction short story set in the ruins of one of humanity's first extrasolar colonies.
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Moving Bodies is the new comic book and voice comic by Chance Wyatt, author and illustrator of last year's successful Kickstarter project, the graphic novel, census.

Moving Bodies is a complete science fiction short story told in the space of a 31-page, full color comic book. It is an attempt to imagine some possible ways in which we might live and die if humanity becomes an interstellar species.  

 

Moving Bodies is not an adventure story that uses outer space as a colorful backdrop. Nor is it a fact-filled tour through pretend space governments and spaceship engine technologies. The goal of Moving Bodies is to give you the feeling that you’re getting a scientifically honest glimpse into a future that may one day exist. 

 

The Council Letters

Moving Bodies begins with a series of illustrated emails. These will be released every Friday for the duration of the campaign. If you back the project at any level, you’ll be notified as each installment is posted.

 

The Rewards

The Moving Bodies digital wallpapers come in vertical and horizontal orientations and are priced to move!   

In addition to a printed comic book, Moving Bodies can be experienced as a panel-by-panel PDF (which is nice for small screens) as well as what I call a "voice comic," which is like a short movie in which the book is read to you as the panels are shown full screen and without word balloons ( which is nice for experiencing the story with others.) And you'll get these digital rewards just as soon as the campaign successfully concludes in October.

The print edition of Moving Bodies is a full color, offset printed book of standard American comic dimensions (6.625 x 10.25" and 32 pages) on 100lb paper and will be mailed to you once it's all done being printed (likely in December!)

The signed and numbered, 8.5x11" Moving Bodies print is available exclusively via the Kickstarter campaign. The large 4x6" Magnet will remind you of your trip to Cambria every time you get some ice cream. The transparent 5" window cling will identify you as a member of the prestigious Starship Ouroboros Exterior Service. (They're a pretty exclusive bunch.) And finally the sticker is just a sticker, but it's a nice one.

You can also choose to order a copy of last year's successful Kickstarter project, my graphic novel, census, in case you missed it. Your hardcover copy of census will be signed and will include a sticker, and a bookmark. EXCITING NOTE: All Moving Bodies reward packages that include the above signed exclusive print will now be getting a SECOND, SURPRISE MYSTERY PRINT for free! This bonus signed and numbered 8.5x11" print is being included to celebrate my work being featuring on the website Bleeding Cool.

The most fancy and expensive reward I'm offering with Moving Bodies is an original 8.5x11" pencil & ink drawing of one of the characters from the book.

Where will all my precious money go?

I need the money for printing. Moving Bodies is completely finished, but right now it’s just on my computer. I did all the work myself and I have a full time job so there’s nobody to pay on the artsy side of things. But in order to get the high quality color offset printing I think the book deserves, the printing company requires that you order a lot of books at once. The quote I received from the printer was for $2300. On top of that I’ll still need to pay for things like stickers, magnets, postage and whatnot. But I figure if there’s at least $750 worth of interest in Moving Bodies from non-me humans, I can throw in the rest of the money myself.

About the Artist

My name is Chance Wyatt Oberlander, I'm from New York City, but I now live in Saint Paul Minnesota. I've been writing and illustrating my own work for 15 years now. I currently have four books available that a person could read if they were so inclined: A Bright Day on the Dark Side of the Moon (about an otter that lives on the moon), EAT ZONE (a love story set in the world's last fast food restaurant), Katie and the Flowers (which is about a katydid who wants everybody to stop eating each other) and census (about a sad guy who drinks too much and lives in a moon.) All of my work is illustrated and is inspired by science.

If you'd like to take a look/listen to more about me and my work, here are links to a few podcasts and articles:

Panels & Pizza (podcast interview - episode #65)

Connections Radio (radio station interview - September 24th episode)

Bleeding Cool (article on website)

Audio Pollution (podcast interview - episode #117)

Minnesota Daily (newspaper article)

Counter Culture Comic Podcast (Moving Bodies review - episode #79)

The Fugue (Blog Interview)

The Cool Sh*t Podcast (Podcast Interview)

Risks and challenges

Nothing can stop Moving Bodies! I mean, I could get hit by a bus or something, but the book is all written and illustrated, the voice comic has been recorded, I'm using the same reliable printing company I worked with on my last book, "census" and all the rewards are ready to go! I just need to know how many books to order!

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    You'll get both the desktop and the smartphone Moving Bodies digital wallpapers and you will also be notified throughout the campaign as each installment of the free, illustrated story, "Moving Bodies - The Council Letters" is released.

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