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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 15 2018 5:30 PM UTC +00:00

About

OVERVIEW

North Bend is a limited comic series by Ryan Ellsworth, Pablo De Bonis, Paul Little, and Thomas Mauer. Our goal for this Kickstarter is to fund the creation and printing of issues 3 and 4, completing the first arc of the series. 

"Gritty, plausible, and highly entertaining." -- Comics Anonymous

"An intense crime story...the tip of a great, big, storytelling iceberg." -- Monkeys vs. Robots

"An ambitious first issue that exceeds on all accounts." -- Rogue's Portal

"Fantastic...trippy and uber plausible." -- Comic Crusaders

"Spectacular." -- RWAFR

THE STORY

The U.S. is at war--against Russia, and its own people. With the country on the verge of economic collapse and political revolution, the CIA recruits Seattle DEA Agent Brendan Kruge to test an experimental mind control drug on unwitting citizens.

North Bend is inspired by the true events of project MKULTRA - a secret CIA program that took place during the cold war, where experimental drugs and mind control methods were tested on people without their knowledge. 

PREVIOUSLY IN NORTH BEND

After a workplace accident, Sam, a CIA chemist, wanders the streets in a drug-fueled haze, and is conned into giving away his savings. 

Issues #1-2 art by Robert Carey, Dee Cunniffe, and Ellie Wright
Issues #1-2 art by Robert Carey, Dee Cunniffe, and Ellie Wright

Brendan, a Seattle DEA agent, is visited by CIA Officers Braxton Church and Hal Holbrook, who want him to join a secret program to test a mind control drug on unknowing subjects.

Annie will do almost anything to get things back the way they were...before Sam's accident.

Brendan, Braxton, and Hal set up a safehouse in a quiet, suburban neighborhood.

NEXT IN NORTH BEND #3-4

Issue #3 cover by Pablo De Bonis
Issue #3 cover by Pablo De Bonis

In the next issues, Brendan and his wife, Jamie, find themselves on opposite sides as they track down Sam's money. And Brendan begins his first MKULTRA experiments - with unforeseen consequences.

By the way, there will be violence, language, and sexual situations...so this is recommended for mature readers.

Here's a 6 page preview of issue #3. It comes in at 31 pages and issue 4 will be around there as well. So there's plenty more story and we're keeping some of the best stuff a secret!

TEAM 

Ryan Ellsworth - That's me! I'm the writer of North Bend. I also write Thought Experiment, an online crime/sci-fi comic anthology. @RyanEllsworth_

Pablo De Bonis - Pablo is from Rosario, Argentina, and began drawing at the age of 6. He is currently a student of the renowned comic book artist Marcelo Frusin. He has published in some editorials in Argentina, and drew the cover for Skies of Fire: Book 1. pablodebonisart

Paul Little - Paul is a colorist from southern Ontario, Canada. He's contributed to the New York Times bestselling Image Comics series Morning Glories, as well as licensed properties including Sons of Anarchy and Shrek. He lives for Americana and post-punk music, and he'd probably die if he had to go more than a month without seeing a live show. Behance

Thomas Mauer - Thomas has lent his lettering and design talent to numerous critically acclaimed and award-winning projects. Among his recent work are CRUDE, ELSEWHERE, HARDCORE, THE BEAUTY, and THE REALM, as well as DEAD KINGS, LARK'S KILLER, and the World Food Programme's LIVING LEVEL-3 educational comics. @thomasmauer

REWARDS

Previous issues/prints (all covers available as an 8x12" print - issue #4 cover to be revealed):  

Issue #1 cover art - standard by Robert Carey / variant by Tula Lotay
Issue #1 cover art - standard by Robert Carey / variant by Tula Lotay
Issue #2 cover art - standard by Robert Carey / variant by Caspar Wijngaard
Issue #2 cover art - standard by Robert Carey / variant by Caspar Wijngaard
Original art
Original art
Tarot cards by Benjamin Mackey
Tarot cards by Benjamin Mackey

Comics are bagged & boarded, and shipped in sturdy cardboard mailers. Prints are on nice semi-gloss paper, just like you'd hope it would be. Original art will be shipped separately in a poster tube. Rewards will be shipped all together when both issues are complete, because shipping is insanely expensive, especially international.

Risks and challenges

I've now successfully fulfilled two Kickstarters and am feeling pretty good about this one. We're about 70% done with production on issue #3, and writing on #4 is underway. I've already assumed most of the risk for creation of issue 3 since it's nearly complete. And you can be sure issue 4 will be getting made if this is funded!

Delays in production/printing are probably the main risk, but chapter 3 has been moving along quite nicely. So I really think 5 months should be enough to have everything ready to go.

I can usually be relied on to answer any questions/make sure you guys are happy. After all, you guys are the reason we're doing this. We love you guys! We're really grateful for your support and appreciate ya!

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    Get a custom 8.5x11" commission from series artist Pablo De Bonis! Art will be fully inked, black and white on nice paper. Two characters max + simple background.

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