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On Mars, in the year 2339, the only thing that doesn’t suck is the music. Free Mars: Ashes2Ashes - Revolution on a Red Planet.

Ashes 2 Ashes is a new chapter in the Free Mars saga, an epic tale of punk rock, revolution, and the Red Planet. In this latest episode, Vikki Grimm and the band travel to the biggest shizz hole in the galaxy: Earth. Hoping to rescue the rebel leader, Damien Kessler, from the toxic zealots known as the Remnants, the girls discover that there are still darker forces at work on their homeworld.

Your pledge will insure the continued weekly update of the Free Mars website, as well as the completion and publication of the Free Mars Book 2: Ashes 2 Ashes original graphic novel.

Free Mars Book 1: Riot Girls is a 112 page, 6"x9", squarebound premium edition graphic novel in full color featuring production values well above industry standards. The retail price of this book is $14.99. This book is already printed.

Free Mars Book 2: Ashes 2 Ashes will be a 48 page, 6"x9", squarebound premium edition graphic novel in full color with the same incredible production values as FMBook1.

STRETCH GOALS: As of this writing, we are 103% funded and we want to thank EVERYONE who has joined us so far. We have FIVE additional goals in mind to help us speed up production and, ultimately, get another graphic novel completed in the coming months.

Without further ado, here are ALL FIVE GOALS. Help us hit them all!!!

STRETCH GOAL #1: For helping us reach $8,000, we will be offering EVERYONE AT THE LEVEL 4 ($25) PLEDGE AND UP an ADDITIONAL PRINT! This time of the High Theocrat (see below). Also included will be a CONCERT TICKET BOOKMARK! This bookmark is a recreation of a concert ticket from the Sold Out Olympus City Tour date (see below)! Also included is a DRM FREE PDF of FMBOOK2! Mailed straight to your email box. Finally, we are offering A SET OF THREE 30MM DIAMETER RESIN BASES for everyone whose reward includes the miniatures!

Kickstarter Limited Print #2 - The High Theocrat!
Kickstarter Limited Print #2 - The High Theocrat!
The Concert Ticket Bookmark!
The Concert Ticket Bookmark!
The set of three, 30mm resin bases!
The set of three, 30mm resin bases!

STRETCH GOAL #2: For helping us reach $10,500, we will be INCREASING THE PAGE COUNT OF FMBOOK2 from 48 pages to a WHOPPING 64 PAGES!!! FMBook2 will now include twelve pages of pulp-inspired, prose fiction with generous amounts of spot illustrations! The new stories follow the exploits of Hannah Valerus and feature details of the Free Mars Universe! Plus, 4 more pages of pin-up art never before in print!

16 pages of content added to FMBook2 if we hit Stretch Goal #2!!
16 pages of content added to FMBook2 if we hit Stretch Goal #2!!

STRETCH GOAL #3: For helping us reach $12,500, EVERYONE AT LEVEL 5 ($30) PLEDGE AND UP will receive the 'GOING LIVE' Kickstarter Exclusive Aschan! This ashcan focuses on the production and design work that goes into every page of the Free Mars universe. 'Going Live' features 24 pages of black and white artwork from the sketchbooks and pens of Free Mars artist, Nicolas Giacondino! 24 pages, 4.25"x5.5", saddlestitch, black & white, SWEET.

The 'Going Live' Kickstarter Exclusive Ashcan!
The 'Going Live' Kickstarter Exclusive Ashcan!

STRETCH GOAL #4: For helping us reach $15,500, FMBOOK2 PAGE COUNT will be INCREASED AGAIN! From 64 pages to 72 MASSIVE PAGES OF SWEET, SWEET GOODNESS!!! We're taking the 4 page short story that is exclusive to the print edition of FMBook2 and increasing it to 12 pages!

FMBook2 is now a MASSIVE 72 PAGES if we hit Stretch Goal #4!
FMBook2 is now a MASSIVE 72 PAGES if we hit Stretch Goal #4!

STRETCH GOAL #5: For helping us reach $18,500, EVERYONE AT LEVEL 8 ($45) PLEDGE AND UP will receive a copy of FREE MARS BOOK 3: CYCLOPEAN WIND!! That's right, we're adding ANOTHER 48 page graphic novel to your reward FMBook3: 48 pages, 6"x9", Full Color, Squarebound, AWESOME!

Help us reach Stretch Goal #5 and get Free Mars Book 3: Cyclopean Wind ($45 pledge and up)!
Help us reach Stretch Goal #5 and get Free Mars Book 3: Cyclopean Wind ($45 pledge and up)!

Below are Samples and Rewards for our Projects initial Goal.

FMBook2: Ashes2Ashes Cover Art (so sweet!)
FMBook2: Ashes2Ashes Cover Art (so sweet!)
Kickstarter Limited Edition Print #1 - "Four Queens"
Kickstarter Limited Edition Print #1 - "Four Queens"
Head Sketch Sample - "Vikki" (from video)
Head Sketch Sample - "Vikki" (from video)
More Head Sketch Samples!
More Head Sketch Samples!
Samantha, the first miniature of the set.  Please note that the miniatures are 30mm scale, supplied unassembled and unpainted, and cast in lead-free white metal with a plain plastic base.
Samantha, the first miniature of the set. Please note that the miniatures are 30mm scale, supplied unassembled and unpainted, and cast in lead-free white metal with a plain plastic base.
Riot Girls Concert T-Shirt!
Riot Girls Concert T-Shirt!
Close-up of Back of Concert T-shirt Tour Dates!
Close-up of Back of Concert T-shirt Tour Dates!
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page
FMBook1 Sample Page

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Nic and I have proven that we can do this. We've been publishing weekly updates for over two years. We impressed Ape Entertainment enough that they published our first two years into an original graphic novel, Riot Girls. We are well aware of the challenges inherent in comic publishing, we've been facing and meeting them for a while now.

So, why use Kickstarter for Free Mars? The more we looked at this option, the easier the decision became. Simply, we want to give you- our loyal, beloved readers- as much as we possibly can, the best experience we possibly can. We could keep going as we have, which is fine, but we now have a very real opportunity to do much, much more. Not only can we keep the weekly webcomic updating on time, but we can print a second book. Maybe even a third. We can also do Sisters Grimm concert t-shirts (which look amazing). We can give Chris Borer the go-ahead to sculpt more 30mm miniatures (Samantha is already done). We can do high quality art prints. We can do everything we’ve wanted to do to support Free Mars and expand the universe. A crowd-funding campaign gives us this opportunity, with your help.

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    Level 1 - THANKS: VIP tickets left for you at the window of the next Riot Girls concert in Olympus City.

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    Level 2 - ASHES: Signed Copy of Free Mars: Ashes 2 Ashes(FMBook2). Print edition includes exclusive 4 page print story not available on the web.

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    Level 4 - RIOT & ASHES: Signed Copy of FMBook1 + Signed Copy of FMBook2 + Your name in FMBook2 as thanks.

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    Level 7 - MINIATURE SET: A full 3 piece set of The Sisters Grimm 30mm Scale Miniatures featuring Vikki, Samantha, and Taryn! + All Level 5 Rewards.

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    Level 8 - THE DELUXE: This is it!!! The Full 3 piece 30mm miniature set + The Concert T-shirt + The Kickstarter Exclusive Limited Edition 6x9 Print + Signed copy of FMBook1 + Signed copy of FMBook2 + Your name in FMBook2 as thanks.

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    Level 9 - HEAD SKETCH: Original head sketch of Buyer’s choice on the reverse side of the Kickstarter Limited Edition 6x9 Print + The Full 3 piece 30mm miniature set + The Concert T-shirt + Signed copy of FMBook1 + Signed copy of FMBook2 + Your name in FMBook2 as thanks.

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    Level 13. Painted versions of the three 30mm Sisters Grimm band models. You will receive a hand-painted set of Vikki, Sam, and Vexx. Painted by 10-time Golden Demon winner (and Free Mars creator) Dave Pauwels. You will also receive: The Full 3 piece 30mm miniature set + The Concert T-shirt + The Kickstarter Exclusive Limited Edition 6x9 Print + Signed copy of FMBook1 + Signed copy of FMBook2 + Your name in FMBook2 as thanks.

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