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About this project

Welcome to the Kickstarter for the first two issues of "Avalon's Destruction".  

The video was very intriguing.  Can you tell me more about the story?

Um, hello mysterious voice that suddenly started speaking in bold letters.

The story starts off with the protagonist of the series, Corporal Carson Alexander in a bit of a tough spot.

He's alone, stranded in some sort of wreckage in the middle of the desert.  The comic then moves on as he starts suffering hallucinations and having flashbacks, recalling earlier memories of military training and meeting future friends and enemies.

Looks interesting, but you mentioned a larger universe.  Tell me some more about that.

Yes I did mysterious voice, yes I did.  I did mention that in this story Earth has been destroyed and humanity has found a new home on Avalon.  But there are other planets in this story that humanity colonized and terraformed to be suitable for human life each one with its own customs and culture.  Below is a little taste of what's planned.  The rest will be revealed in later updates.

One of these planets is Quan. This is an interesting planet because humanity's terraforming efforts were extremely successful, resulting in a pleasant climate year round and allowing the humans who settled there to live extremely comfortably.  Now it has been turned into a resort planet for the wealthy and privileged.  The planet is dominated by the vast estates of bankers, politicians, and captains of industry and the extreme wealth of it's inhabitants is unmatched.  When Quan's wealthy leave the planet they travel in one of these.

This is a Quan Pleasure Yacht.  This massive ship (for one person at least) allows its owner to travel the stars in impeccable luxury as they conduct their business and indulge in their...less than savory...appetites.

Sounds Awesome, now what's that about the artist?

Sure thing mysterious voice!  As I said before the artist's name is James Beihl.  He's a professional freelance artist and he's good, really good (as if you couldn't tell from the trailer).  Here's a picture of him.

and a link to his Deviant Art page if you're interested.

http://jabeihl.deviantart.com/

We also have a lady signed on doing the lettering for the comic.  Yes, its a small job, but it's important enough for me to mention her.  Her name is Anita Zaramella and here she is.

Whoa, whoa, whoa!  You have 2 other people working on this comic and you're asking for $9,500?  That seems a bit steep.

A valid point mysterious voice a valid point.  I decided on this sum for the Kickstarter project because I believe that it is just the right amount to do the following

  • Ensure that the artists who have worked so hard on this project get a fair and decent page rate and can be well compensated for any concept art they may produce.
  • Cover the cost of printing issues and concept art for the good people who donate.
  • Pay Kickstarter and Amazon for their work in managing this project.
  • Cover art
  • Marketing and spreading the word about the comic.

I should make a note about the last one.  We want this to be an ongoing series and in order to do that we need support and people getting interested in this comic.  We wanted to aim high with the campaign because coming back after a successful campaign and asking for more money shows a lack of planning and professionalism.

Ok, that works.  I've got to admit, that music for the trailer was great!  Did you write it?

Sadly, the music is not mine and there needs to be some credit where credit is due.  The music you heard for the trailer is from two different composers who were awesome enough to let us use their music free of charge.  

The first quiet song in the first half of the trailer:

Clean Soul by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

The second, much louder, song in the second half of the trailer:

Wrath of the Machines by Boris Mihajlovic (Used with permission.  The song was actually edited down to fit the needs of the trailer.  If you like it you can find it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mvPcbpfF5s)

Cool, now that that's out of the way you mentioned stretch goals, what are they?

Good questions mysterious voice.  There are only two stretch goals but they are good ones.

First, if we reach $16,000 in funding there will be merchandise.  T shirts, hats, lanyards, stickers.  Anything we can think of that doesn't break the bank we will create.

Second, if we reach $20,000 I have plans on developing a card game based around the setting and characters.  It will be awesome and glorious.

Anything else we should be aware of?

Yes, if you have the time check these guys out.  They're doing some really good stuff. http://kickingitforward.org/

That sounds amazing.  Can you rap this up?  I have to go and donate my life's savings towards your project!

Easy there mysterious voice.  I'll let you think that over while I wrap this up.

"Avalon's Destruction" is a deep, complex, very human story set in an epic and dangerous sci fi universe.  Over the course of what I hope will become an ongoing project the characters that have been created will learn, love, fight, and adapt to increasingly hostile situations and events. How will these characters change?  Will Carson make it out of the seemingly unforgiving desert alive?  What sort of wondrous technology and scientific advancement has humanity created in this distant future?  Is the human race destined to repeat the endless cycle of violence and rebuilding despite the chance to start over?

Donate today to find out!

Risks and challenges

If we hit our target funding there will be no problem completing what the campaign set out to do: publish the first two issues. The challenge and risk comes after the first two issues are published and sent. As I have stated before this setting and these characters deserve to be part of an ongoing comic book series. Now we may find a publisher willing to help continue the story, we may find success through independent means (that would be awesome), or we may fall flat on our face and run out of money and be unable to publish any more issues. If we are unable to create any more issues of the comic we will move forward with a series of short stories and online books, which will ensure that all backers will get their rewards. With that said I promise that anyone who donates will be kept well aware of the comic's progress and we will move heaven and earth to make sure everyone gets their proper reward.

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    A pdf copy of issues 1 and 2. This is the complete prologue which will give you all the background information and character introduction you'll need.

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    A physical copy of issues 1 and 2 PLUS a physical copy of your choice of concept art. Also, you will be given access to the INSIDER'S PACKAGE. If you so choose you will be given special access to comment and critique on the future of the story, characters, and events and we will listen.

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    WORLD BUILDER: ENLISTEE

    You will help design your own character to live in the Avalon Universe. This character will fulfill some small role, something like a background soldier, civilian, or sailor and will be included in a future story.

    Note: all WORLD BUILDER packages include insider information into the comic, free copies of the prologue, and two pieces of concept art.

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    Insider knowledge of the comic and access to the WORLD BUILDER: SUPPORT CLASS

    You will become a direct participant in the story surrounding the main characters. Help test weapons, transport supplies, shape policy, your actions will matter.

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    WORLD BUILDER: SARGENT CLASS

    Here is where you get to become a major supporting character within the main story line. Become anything from a small time gangster to a devoted religious leader. Your character will give advice and offer assistance that the main protagonists will listen to, or disregard, at their peril.

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    WORLD BUILDER: CAPTAIN CLASS

    Along with insider knowledge and free issues of the prologue backers at this level will be able to help write their very own short story (no more than 3-5 pages) separate from the main story line. You will help create a glimpse into a larger world that cannot possibly be fully appreciated from a single viewpoint.

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    WORLD BUILDER: VETERAN CLASS

    While the story is mainly told from the viewpoint of a few people the universe of Avalon is just too big for any one person to see it all and that's where you come in. Backers at this level will receive their own stand alone story tying into the main plot. You get to help drive the story forward and have a major impact on what happens.

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    WORLD BUILDER: DEITY CLASS

    For helping fund a huge chunk of the project we will send you on the ultimate ego trip. Within the universe of this story there are many religions and cults all vying for the soul of humanity each believing in their own deity. The select few backers who donate at this level will become one of these figureheads. Characters in the story will worship you and owe their very existence to you which, if you really think about it, is true.

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