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Guns, robberies, and a touch of the supernatural come together in the second part of The Dark Gun series.
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BACKGROUND INFO

The Dark Gun is a comic book series of short stories that loosely tie together by tracing the history and impact of a mysterious gun created during the late 1800s in the United States. The gun forms a unique and different bond with certain people that come to be in its possession. The stories are fiction, but seek to explore subtle themes of man's relationship with guns throughout a variety of generations.  

In the first issue of The Dark Gun, we saw U.S. cavalry soldier Jon Ambrose on the Western frontier. It was here that he was given the gun that changed his life forever.  

 Throughout the story his mind becomes clouded by the gun's presence and it leads him down a path of no return. And ultimately results in his downfall.

 Before he meets his fate for what he has done, he hides the gun and sends a letter to his young son, Roark, with a map of where to find it.   

THE DARK GUN #2

The next part of the story picks up with the son of Jon Ambrose embarking on a journey to find the gun. 

Cover for The Dark Gun #2
Cover for The Dark Gun #2

After growing up under the torment of orphanage life, along with his friend William, they set off West.  

 After a near death experience, they manage to obtain the gun and make an escape to a train passing by.

 It's here that Roark becomes affected by the gun. Will it lead him towards a similar fate as his father or will he survive long enough to get the new life he always dreamed of?

THE DETAILS

The Dark Gun #2 is a 20 page full color comic book that has recently been completed.

THE GOAL OF THE CAMPAIGN

Since the book is now finished, the goal is to get it printed. The money raised through this campaign will go towards a print run of 250 full color books.

EXTRA FUNDS

This book is a self contained story, however, the original intent was to have it carry on as an anthology. Each additional book in the series would follow a different character and how the same Dark Gun affects them throughout different eras. So any additional money raised would go towards the cost of producing the artwork for part 3 and onward.

CREATIVE TEAM

Matt Durand (Illustration by Earl Womack)
Matt Durand (Illustration by Earl Womack)

Matt Durand

WRITER | LETTERS | PRODUCTION

I’m a glasses wearing, bald guy who loves dogs, beer, comics books, graphic design, movies, his wife and kid. Mix into that a healthy dose of sarcasm and self-deprecating humor and you know pretty much all that encompasses me. I’ve been a professional graphic designer for the past eleven years working in a variety of marketing and advertising agencies. In short, I live and breathe graphic design. It has become part of who I am. I combined that passion with my love for comic books and that is what has led me here today.

Taylan Kurtulus
Taylan Kurtulus

Taylan Kurtulus

ART | COLORS | COVER

Taylan was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1980. He has been working as an editorial cartoonist and comic book artist for places like Vertigo Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Leman magazine, Hortlak magazine, and many more. He currently resides in New York City, where he continues to hone his unique style and incredible ability to turn words into visuals.

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THE FUNDING

INTRO PAGES

The images below are the first three pages to The Dark Gun #2.

The Dark Gun #2 - Page 1
The Dark Gun #2 - Page 1
The Dark Gun #2 - Page 2
The Dark Gun #2 - Page 2
The Dark Gun #2 - Page 3
The Dark Gun #2 - Page 3

And that's the campaign. Thank you for the interest and any support is greatly appreciated.

-MD

Risks and challenges

The risks are few. The book is complete and set up to be sent off for print. The reward materials are also already created and ready to be emailed or shipped out. The rewards were meant to be simple so that the main goal of getting the book printed could take center stage.

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    The Scripts

    The down and dirty. Words without the pictures. Read the scripts for Part 1 and Part 2.

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    Sketches

    A behind the scenes look at the script for Part 1 & 2 with preliminary sketches from series artist, Taylan Kurtulus.

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    The Story Continues

    If you've already read The Dark #1, then get the digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #2 to see how the story continues.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • C: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #2
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    Digital Catch Up

    If you missed out on the first issue, no need to worry, you can catch up with this reward tier.

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    The Story Continues In Print

    Here you get the print version of The Dark Gun #2 so you can see what happens next.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • C: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #2
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    Print Catch Up

    Catch up on the story so far and get the first and second issue in print format.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • D: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
    • F: Print color version of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
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    Poster Add On

    In addition to getting issue 2 of the story, you will also receive a new poster by Taylan Kurtulus.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • C: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #2
    • E: Print color version of The Dark Gun #2
    • G: 11" x 17" Series Poster
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    Catch Up With Poster Add On

    Get both issues of The Dark Gun in print with new series poster by Taylan Kurtulus.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • D: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
    • F: Print color version of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
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    Desktop Add On

    In this tier you get the added bonus of a computer desktop background image with series artwork.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • C: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #2
    • E: Print color version of The Dark Gun #2
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    Complete Package

    Get all the swag from previous tiers and catch up with the story so far.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • D: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
    • F: Print color version of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
    • G: 11" x 17" Series Poster
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    Original Artwork The Story Continues

    Get a original page of artwork from issue 2.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • C: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #2
    • E: Print color version of The Dark Gun #2
    • G: 11" x 17" Series Poster
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    • I: 11" x 17" Original page of artwork from The Dark Gun #2
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    Original Artwork Catch Up

    The whole sha-bang! Both print and digital issues of The Dark Gun #1 & #2 along with series poster and original page of artwork from issue 2.

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    • B: Digital PDF of the script for The Dark Gun #1 & #2 w/sketches
    • D: Digital color PDF of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
    • F: Print color version of The Dark Gun #1 & #2
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