Yeah, we're making this thing! Awesome! You know what that means...stretch goal time!
STRETCH GOAL 1 - $5,500 - UNLOCKED
We hit $5500, so everyone who pledges $5 or more is getting a North Bend: Behind the Scenes PDF! Take a look at the process of creating North Bend, with concept art, the full issue one script with notes & commentary, process art, and more! We've also added a new $5 level for this if you're at the $3 level and want to upgrade.
STRETCH GOAL 2 - $6,500 - UNLOCKED
We're working with Benjamin Mackey to create a set of 5 North Bend character cards! They'll be 2.75 x 4.75", similar to his mind-blowing Twin Peaks tarot cards - check them out here:
Summon arcane spirits or use them as a bookmark! We'll be throwing in random cards with each shipped order ($9 level and up). Here's how it'll work.
Pledge at the $9 or $15 reward level - get 1 card
$20 or $25 - 2 cards
$30 or $35 - 3 cards
$70 and up - all 5 cards!
North Bend is a crime saga set in Washington state. In the not too distant future, a DEA agent and veteran of the War in Russia joins a secret CIA program - where an experimental mind control drug is tested on criminals, small-timers, and other seedy types.
This Kickstarter is to help fund issue #1 (which is 32 pages) of the ten issue series.
In the not too distant future, the US is at war, against Russia and its own people. The country is on the verge of economic collapse and political revolution. Desperate to regain control, the CIA recruits Seattle DEA Agent Brendan Kruge to test an experimental mind control drug on unwitting Americans.
Compelled by his sense of duty to his country, Brendan struggles to keep his life from falling apart as he tries to reconcile his personal beliefs with the security of the nation.
The story is loosely inspired by the true events of MKULTRA - a secret CIA project that took place during the cold war, where experimental drugs (like LSD) and mind control methods were tested on people without their knowledge.
Below we have an eight page preview of North Bend #1. These first few pages are just a small look at what's to come. The story starts out pretty low-key, and starts to build and escalate from these pages. There’s a lot of story in this issue, at 32 pages and 7-8 panels on average per page. Future issues will have a similar page and panel count.
This preview is recommended for mature readers.
As for what happens in the rest of the issue, without spoiling too much: we’ll see what happens to Sam and find out the effects of the drug he and Annie were testing, see an influential American communist party vying for power and protesting the war, and find out how Brendan comes in contact with the CIA.
The script for issue #1 is complete, and issue #2 is in progress. The overall plot for the series is mapped out and will span 10 issues.
These are a few of the characters we meet in our first issue. Many more characters will follow, including cops, criminals, victims, and everything in between.
Ryan Ellsworth - Ryan graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in animation. He loves visual storytelling, from animation, to screenwriting, to comics. He also loves writing about himself in the third person. It's the best. Oh, hey. Yep. This is me. I'm writing this. Right now.
Robert Carey - Rob is an illustrator from Dublin, Ireland and has worked on a variety of projects, including comics published in Lightning Strike anthology, The Life and Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Afterworld.
Dee Cunniffe - Dee is an accomplished colorist and has worked as color assistant to some of the world's top color artists - if you read indie comics, chances are you've read something Dee's had a hand in. Some you may recognize: The Wicked + The Divine, ODY-C, Mayday, and a ton more.
Thomas Mauer - Over the past few years, Thomas has worked as a letterer, designer, art director, and editor for a wide variety of publishers including Dark Horse, Image, Oni Press, and Black Mask. He has been involved in a number of Harvey and Eisner Award nominated and winning titles, and his current lettering credits include Copperhead, Four Eyes, and Hellbent for Image Comics as well as a host of other upcoming titles he can't talk about yet.
Steven Forbes - Steven is an editor/writer with such credits as Fallen Justice, the award nominated The Standard, and Bullet Time under his belt, as well as work published by DC Comics. Steven is also the editor in chief and co-creator of ComixTribe, whose mission statement is Creators Helping Creators Make Better Comics.
We are asking for $4,500 to fund issue #1. Here's how it breaks down:
$2800 - production - illustration, coloring, and lettering for the remaining 24 pages (out of 32 total.)
$1200 - publishing/rewards
$450 - Kickstarter fees
Anything extra over our goal will go towards future issues and coming up with some awesome stretch goals!
After the release of issue #1, aside from working hard on the next issues, we'll be hitting conventions, and hope to build an audience that will allow us to more easily fund the next issues and hopefully get picked up by a publisher.
For our rewards, everything will be shipped in sturdy mailers to minimize damage as much as possible. Posters will be printed on glossy, quality cardstock, and have a white border for sweet framing action! Yeah borders!
Risks and challenges
To show I'm invested in this project, I have self-financed all production so far, with the first 8 pages now complete. I've invested in a professional and awesomely skilled team, which I hope anyone who checks out this project will be able to see.
I've had a blast writing this story and creating the world of North Bend, and would love nothing more than the chance to continue this series.
We plan to have North Bend #1 complete in May, and get it back from the printer and start shipping in June. I have a good amount of experience packing and shipping so I expect rewards to go out quickly and with minimal hiccups.
Although delays come with the Kickstarter territory, our team is dependable and professional and we have tried to be pretty conservative in our release estimates. I will easily be reachable here on Kickstarter or on Twitter, and will keep everyone up to date on any new developments as they happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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