About the project
Hello! I am Mark Stefanowicz, the creator of Waterdogs. We are ready to make the print version of Waterdogs: Quest For Darkness the trade paperback, the latest in our self-published series of graphic novels. The book will be printed as a trade paperback; this will include 3 issues plus three 8 page short stories, We have all of the pencils, inks and three quarters of the TPB back colored. Having most of the work done reduces the risk of being late and keep the fund raising low. The Kickstarter community has made it so much more fun! Waterdogs is a limited comic book series by Mark Stefanowicz, Jack Purcell, Derek Laufman, Jamil Justice, and Lithium Pro. This Kickstarter's goal is to raise funds for the TPB. Any additional funds will go directly to bonus materials and the production of issue #0 a back story for the leader of the Waterdogs Gunn and his life long enemy Blood.
New Reward and it's Free!
Pledge the Colonel $45 or more and you get this new print for free. 11x14 Pinky edition...With the pledge you get the signed trade paperback book, PDF, Ashcan, Postcard, 11x17 print, and a digital version of the soundtrack to the book.
New Reward November 26th
$75.00 pledge You get a Waterdogs Pint Glass, signed trade paperback book, PDF, Ashcan, Postcard, 11x17 print, and a digital version of the soundtrack to the book.
New Reward November 22nd
Get one of your favorite Superheros drawn and inked by Jack (Batman, Batgirl, Green Arrow, JLA and more) Purcell and the book.
For EVERYONE who has contributed $25 or more.
This is for the past pledges and future pledges!!! You will receive the first printing of Waterdogs issue #1 that was published in 2002! Also in the book are the first sketches of George R.R. Martin's The Hedge Knight comic book.
New Rewards! Get your Waterdogs T-Shirts
What is the story about?
An Ancient Prophecy That Could End Civilization As We Know It... An Evil Faction That Wants The Power to Rule The World… The Clock Is Running Down…Just When There Appears To Be No Hope, Out Of The Darkness Comes…
Eons ago, evil had manifested itself in material form, The Lord of Darkness. The Lord of Darkness, deemed too powerful to be tamed by anyone, was destroyed. His body was smashed and cast away. Five pieces were scattered and hidden throughout the world. Though lost forever he resided in a state of slumber. The earth herself has held his evil powers in check. Unfortunately, like all evil, he could not be contained nor silenced forever. It has called out to many over the years. All have heeded his call, and none have been successful.
Misguided power and greed has taken many forms over the centuries. The latest to seek the ultimate power of Darkness is the Spider Faction. Backed by mysterious Partners, The Spider Faction is lead across the globe by Commander Adrianna and her second in command, Blood, to seek out, collect and rebuild this evil. With his power, they will hold all humanity at their will and rule the world. Seems simple enough, right? All is lost… the Earth and all who dwell upon it are doomed, so why not just give up now?
WAIT! All is not lost! We all have a champion! Make that five champions! And those champions take form as the Waterdogs: Angel, Madeline, Mia, Rose and Samantha. Five women trained in various deadly arts. And don’t be fooled…their wits and words are just as sharp and deadly as their weapons. They have been brought together by Gunn, a former government agent to help take on the evils of the world. This isn’t the first time they’ve gone head to head with the Spider Faction, and they doubt it will be the last. Together they search for the five pieces in order to place them in safe hands and away from those that would misuse them. Their battles take them over many continents, land, sea and air. Can their combined powers defeat the evil Spider Faction? Will they collect all the pieces before time runs out?
Well, you’ll just have to back this project to find out!
Waterdogs was formed by a government organization fighting the terrorist group The S.P.I.D.E.R Faction, a deadly group wanting nothing more than to rule the world and destroy the Waterdogs. This is our first campaign and we like to start things off small and let you, the fans and backers determine the path. It will be a soft cover TPB containing 3 issues worth of stories, 3 mini stories, pinups and interviews with the creators. Our goal is $5500 to print the book and get it out to you the fans. When we hit that goal, stretch goals will be splashing out of the water! This books have been worked on for a couple of years now and there was a lot of work that went into it. This will be the beginning that you dear friends help pave the way for the Waterdogs franchise. For more content and a look into the Waterdogs go to www.thewaterdogs.com
Why yes it is. This is very exciting! and it will be a new adventure for us together, for the fans and creators of the Waterdogs. We ask for your help, and as with every campaign, you have the power to make this book finally come to life and we can go on this journey together.
How can you help?
You can back Waterdogs at any level that fits you. And share it everywhere. I believe that a Kickstarter only grows and reaches others because of you the fans. There is no other marketing than word-of-mouth. We are in a new era of book making that allows stories to be created without publishers. We feel there no other way to publish this than side by side with our friends and fans.
Please look through the pledge levels below and enjoy the examples of the art from Waterdogs: Quest for Darkness
Choice of covers/pinups (Original artwork is in black and white)
Pages to choose from when you get Rewards 6, 7, 8, and 9 (please send a note as to which pages you want, original artwork is in black and white)
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts here at Waterdogs headquarters, and as a special thanks everyone will get their name in the book! We can not wait to share this TPB with all of you,
-Mark Stefanowicz and the Waterdogs team
About the creators
Mark Stefanowicz – Creator/Writer/Art - Mark Stefanowicz biggest project he has worked on is Disney's Epic Mickey where he was the Studio Art Director. Another award winning project he worked on was Philip Straub's Utherworlds. He has also worked for comic book companies like Marvel, Image, Acetylene Comics, and Game of Thrones. Mark was also a Director on multi-award winning games such as Madden Foot Ball, NCAA, NFL Street.
Jack Purcell – Inks/Story - Jack Purcell graduated with a bachelors degree in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art in 1996. He began his work both penciling and inking in various independent jobs with a variety of companies, in addition to freelance illustration for companies like Best Buy, New Jersey Fireworks and Digi magazine. Jack has taught workshops in comic book creation for the last 20+ years in schools, libraries and museums and feels very old when he says that out loud. He eventually focused on inking and has worked on various independent titles, Heavy Metal magazine, Disney and a variety of titles for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Titles include Gotham Underground, Teen Titans, Green Arrow, Detective Comics, Batman, Guardians Of the Galaxy, Batgirl and Deathstroke. Jack recently published the creator owned TPB, Malice and Mistletoe. He happily lives in western Massachusetts with his son, daughter, and WWE championship belt.
Derek Laufman – Pencils/Story - Derek is the co-founder of Halfbot, an independent game studio located here in London, Ontario for the smash hits The Blocks Cometh and Super Crate Box iOS. Derek has also worked on World of Warcraft: Pearls of Pandaria, The Adventures of Superman and Batman Black & White.
Jamil Justice – Colors/Story - Jamil has been in the creative world for 20 years now working on comic book titles for Acetylene Comics, Waterdogs and more. Jamil is also a Creative Director for NBC.
Lithium Pro - Letters Bill Tortolini owner of Lithium Pro, an accomplished art director and graphic designer, began designing and lettering in the comic book industry more than a decade ago. He has worked with many of comics’ top creators and publishers including Marvel, IDW, Image, Disney, MTV, and Del Rey. Current and past projects include: Stephen King’s Talisman, Army of Darkenss, Random Acts of Violence, George R.R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight, Magician: Riftwar, Battlestar Galactica, The Wheel of Time, The Dresden Files, Transformers, Star Trek, G.I. Joe, Archie Comics, True Blood, Shock Rockets, Tattered Man, and many others. Bill is an avid Bruins, Patriots (#freetombrady), and Red Sox fan . Bill lives in Massachusetts, with his wife, three children, and his sometimes loyal dog, Oliver.
Added to all $25.00 or more rewards
Risks and challenges
Our main risk is the possibility of manufacturing delays, but we have gone through the due diligence in making sure this happens on time. The book is 80% complete, but sometimes things happen that aren't under our control a patch proof has to go back to the factory for multiple revisions.
We are very experienced artists and directors, publishing games, comics, toys, commercials, and multimedia for over 20 years, so we know how to mitigate risks.
Fulfillment of a project like this always has its challenges, but we are committed to getting the rewards out to our supporters.
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