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A veteran comic book writer and his team of extraordinary sequential artists launch a new and mysterious space adventure!
A veteran comic book writer and his team of extraordinary sequential artists launch a new and mysterious space adventure!
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Empty Space

Your name is Robinson Dark. You don't know where you are or how you got there or what happened to the crew you led into space. All you know is you can't feel a thing--not even fear.

Then it gets weird.

I've described Empty Space as a cross between Star Trek and Lost, but it's really more than that. It's a twisty, turny, sometimes unsettling narrative set against the limitless backdrop of the stars, with the sort of bizarre alien species and against-all-odds derring-do that's always characterized the best space adventure--along with a heaping dollop of the macabre.

This is the kind of tale I've wanted to tell for a long time. In fact, it's a dream project for a guy who fell in love with comics and science fiction at the age of six and never stopped loving them.

It's also a chance for me to give back to you--the readers who've been following me for decades--the best, most intriguing, and most entertaining work I can possibly come up with. If at any time in your immersion in Empty Space you think you know where the story is going...I humbly invite you to think again.

What I'm Proposing 

I mean to produce a 128-page, full-color graphic novel, including 115 scintillating pages of story--and I mean to put it directly in the hands of you, the reader.

In these precarious times of failing book stores and dwindling circulation numbers, we have no choice but to look to a new publishing paradigm. It's up to us--to you and me--to preserve the magic of comic book science fiction, and to do so as often as possible through high-quality projects like Empty Space.

 

Who Are We To Tell Such A Space Story? 

Well, I've told at least a few in my day--enough to fill 76 books (eleven of which made the prestigious NY Times primary bestseller list) and nearly 200 comic books for DC, Marvel and other publishers. My Star Trek work alone weighs in at more than 30 book titles, well over 100 comics, several audio books, a handful of short stories, and a TV episode of Star Trek: Voyager that series star Kate Mulgrew once called one of her favorites.

My pencil-and-inks artist on this project is Caio Cacau, a consummate professional with whom Ive worked for several years on other projects. He brings to Empty Space a verve and a verisimilitude that, I think you'll agree, perfectly captures the intensity of the storyline. (He's also, by the way, a really great guy.)

We'll be talking more about the talented contributors to Empty Space in the weeks to come. For now, suffice it to say that I've gathered some of the best and the most dedicated from around the world. But don't take my word for it. Treat yourself to a look at just one of the pages they've put together for Issue #1... 

Yeah, Empty Space. It rocks.

Where You Come In

For me, Empty Space is a labor of love. If I make nothing on it, so be it. However, my collaborators need to get paid. We'll soon be launching individual issues in electronic format under the aegis of Comixology, which should provide us with some income. But that alone won't be enough. To compensate my team as it deserves, I need to raise funds through a Kickstarter campaign like this one.

In return, you get to own a complete, full-color graphic novel, which includes not only all five issues in the first story arc of Empty Space but also some nifty ancillary material. You also get access to a host of other great... 

...Rewards!

Not only can you obtain Empty Space both as an e-book and as a signed trade paperback, you can also get yourself into the book...either by earning a place on the acknowledgments page, which lets the world know you’re a bonafide patron of the sequential art...or by getting yourself Tuckerized as a character in the graphic novel.

And because you asked for it, I'm including an a la carte menu. This allows you to customize your reward package--to receive all the things you want and none of the things you don't. Just take any existing package from $29 up and add to it the dollar amount associated with any item or items on the following list, most of which are other books I've written. Then send me a message letting me know what additional reward or rewards you've qualified for. (International backers, there will be some additional postage; if you're interested in an add-on, shoot me a message and we'll figure it out.)

As always, I'll autograph every item at no additional expense. That's been my policy since I signed my first autograph more than thirty years ago.

 

A LA CARTE

Star Trek: Generations Comic Adaptation  10. (plus international postage where necessary) 

An 8" x 11" autographed print of the graphic novel's cover 11.

Be listed as a patron on the acknowledgments page 16.

Receive a one-time mention (includes patron listing) 30.

Legends of the DCU #15-17     15. for the three-issue set

Fight The Gods trade paperback 20. each

Aztlan: The Maxtla Colhua Mysteries trade paperback 20. each

I Am The Salamander trade paperback 20. each

Lost Days trade paperback 20. each

The Hammer and The Horn trade paperback 20. each

The Seekers and The Sword trade paperback 20. each

The Fortress and The Fire trade paperback 20. each

Cabal and Other Unlikely Invocations of the Muse trade paperback 20. each 

(Note that each of the above books comes with a DRM-free electronic version as well!) 

Star Trek paperback novels (my choice, but if you have a request please let me know) 10. each

Stretch Goals

When we hit $11,000, every backer from $8 up will receive an e-edition of Tales of The Crimson Keep, a guffaw-a-minute guided tour through a unique fantasy world, conducted by me and the other madmen in indie publishing asylum Crazy 8 Press.

When we hit $12,000, I'll include in every edition of the graphic novel an original prose short story written by me exclusively for this project. In other words, you'll see it published nowhere else.

At $16,000, I'll include in every edition of the graphic novel an eight-page, black and white backup feature created by me and the same team of brilliant artists I've brought together to produce Empty Space. Our plan is to expand this back-up feature into its own original graphic novel in the near future.

At $18,000, our eight-page, black and white backup feature becomes a full-color backup feature.

At $20,000, I'll include in the graphic novel a second original prose short story, also written by me exclusively for this volume.

Further stretch goals--hey, why spoil the mystery?--will be detailed here and in backer updates!

 

 

Risks and challenges

I didn't want to launch a campaign for Empty Space until I was sure we could deliver what we're promising. Now I'm sure. We've already got almost two fully colored issues in the can and we're working on issue #3, so we've got a nice, long lead time. Of course, I or any of my team members could get hit by a meteor the size of a house (again. Yeah, that stung the first time). But failing that, we'll deliver on this campaign as I've delivered on six others (under my own name as well as Museworthy's).

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    At this level you will receive a DRM-free electronic edition of one of my original Crazy 8 Press prose books: either Fight The Gods, Aztlan: The Maxtla Colhua Mysteries, I Am The Salamander, Lost Days, or Cabal and Other Unlikely Invocations of the Muse. You will also receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    At this level, you will receive the full-color graphic novel collecting the entire first five-issue arc of Empty Space, autographed by me, as well as a DRM-free e-pub version of the book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Back in 2001, I contributed a Batmobile-centric story to issue #23 of D.C.'s The Batman Chronicles--one of the more unusual tales of Batman you'll ever see. At this level, I will sign and send you this issue as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, also autographed by me, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of Empty Space suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don't have the rights to an e-version of The Batman Chronicles.) Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Back in 1998, D.C. was putting out special #1,000,000 editions of its titles. I co-wrote the critically acclaimed Flash #1,000,000 with regular Flash writer Mark Waid. At this level, I will sign and send you this issue as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, also autographed by me, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of Empty Space suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don't have the rights to an e-version of The Flash #1,000,000.) Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Six years ago, I worked with my pals Peter David and Bob Greenberger on the bible for the movie After Earth, starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith. Bob and I also wrote the film’s official prequel comic, which was lovingly illustrated by Spanish master comic artist Bennie Lobel. This edition bore a San Diego Comic Con exclusive variant cover and was limited to 1000 copies. At this level, you will receive a copy of this beautifully rendered and colored, limited-edition comic as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the entire first five-issue arc of Empty Space, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of Empty Space suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don’t have the e-rights to the After Earth comic.) Of course, I’ll be happy to autograph both the After Earth comic and the graphic novel. Finally, you’ll receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    The Stars In Their Eyes

    In 1997, I wrote the back-up story in DC's Flash Annual #10 -- a romance-themed issue. At the suggestion of editor Brian Augustyn, my story, Sound and Fury, was a little different: It was, quite possibly, the first gay romance story in a superhero comic. At this level, I will sign and send you this issue as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, also autographed by me, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of Empty Space suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don't have the rights to an e-version of The Flash Annual #10.) Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    At this level, you will receive a full-color 8" by 11" print of the cover of the Empty Space graphic novel as well as the full-color graphic novel itself, which collects the first five-issue arc of the Empty Space comic. I will sign both the print and the graphic novel. I will also send you a DRM-free e-pub version of the book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Ever wonder what a comic script looks like? Well, there are different approaches but mine is "full script"--not too different from what you'd see in a movie script. At this level, I'm offering backers one of 25 limited-edition signed and numbered copies of my script for Empty Space #1, the 23-page story that launches the series. In addition, I will sign and send you the full-color graphic novel collecting the entire first five-issue arc of Empty Space, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of the book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    One of the aspects of the Flash that's always fascinated me--and seldom been spotlighted in the comics--is his career as a police scientist. Easy to forget, I suppose, when you're talking about the fastest man alive that he's also a whiz at forensic investigations. In Legends of the DCU #15-17, I tell a story that requires Barry Allen to be as much super-sleuth as super-hero. At this level, you'll receive all three issues of this series, each one signed by me on the cover, as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, also autographed by me, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don't have access to the e-versions of the Legends of the DCU comics.) Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Star Trek: The Modala Imperative was a groundbreaking set of two four-issue miniseries. For this project, I switched places with Original Series comic scribe Peter David, writing the Original Series issues while Peter wrote the Next Gen mini. Each issue features brilliant cover art by Adam Hughes. At this level, you will receive all four of the Original Series Modala Imperative issues that I wrote, which chronicle the first adventure of Ensign Chekov on the Enterprise, as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don't have access to the e-versions of the comics.) Of course, I'll be happy to sign all four issues of The Modala Imperative as well as the Empty Space graphic novel. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    At this level, backers will receive a DRM-free electronic version of our full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space as well as DRM-free e-versions of eight of my other original prose novels: all three novels in The Vidar Saga trilogy, Fight The Gods, Aztlan: The Maxtla Colhua Mysteries, I Am The Salamander, Lost Days, and Cabal and Other Unlikely Invocations of the Muse.

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    At this level, you will receive a one-time mention as a character, vessel, maneuver, strategy, etc. in Empty Space, as well as a patron listing on the acknowledgments page. You will also receive the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, which I'll be happy to autograph, as well as a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity. (This feature is also available as an add-on. Just increase your existing pledge by $30 and let me know you'd like a one-time mention.)

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    Wrestling Star

    Wrestling fans--whatcha gonna do when I show this reward to you? At this level, you will receive a handsome black, red, and yellow hardcover copy of Hollywood Hulk Hogan, the tell-all book I co-wrote with one of the biggest icons in the history of popular culture. You will also receive the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space as well as a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Of course, I'll be happy to autograph both books. (Unfortunately, I don't have the e-rights to the Hulk Hogan book.) Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity. (This feature is also available as an add-on. Just increase your existing pledge by $37 and let me know you'd like the Hogan book!)

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    Extraterrestrial

    Want to write an original story of your own? Maybe you've already got one in the drawer? At this level I will write a two-page critique of your work--either a comic book script or a short prose piece of 25 pages or less. You'll also receive the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, autographed by me, as well as a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    At this level, backers will be Tuckerized as characters appearing at least once in the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space. (In other words, a character will bear the name of the backer or someone they love.) They will also receive a copy of the graphic novel signed by the writer and a DRM-free electronic version of Empty Space suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, they will receive an e-mail from me thanking them for their generosity.

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    Ad Astra

    In the 1990s, I created a D.C. superhero title called Darkstars about a force of intergalactic lawmen launched by the Controllers as an alternative to the Guardians' Green Lanterns. At this level, you'll receive all 39 issues of Darkstars from 0-38, each one signed by me on the cover, as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, also autographed by me, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don't have access to the e-versions of the comics.) Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Universal

    At this level, backers will receive the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space as well as hard copies of eight of my other original prose books: all three novels in The Vidar Saga trilogy, Fight The Gods, Aztlan: The Maxtla Colhua Mysteries, I Am The Salamander, Lost Days, and Cabal and Other Unlikely Invocations of the Muse. Every book will be signed by me. You will also receive DRM-free e-pub versions of Empty Space and all eight of the other books, each one suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Ever wanted to dedicate a graphic novel to someone you love? Here's your chance. You and the person you wish to honor will each receive the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, signed by me, as well as a DRM-free electronic version of the book. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Starbound

    One of the aspects of my career I'm best known for was my run on D.C.'s Star Trek: The Next Generation in the 1990s, during which I wrote 78 of the title's 80 issues. At this level, you'll receive all 78 of those issues, each one signed by me on the cover, as well as the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, also autographed by me, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. (Sorry, I don't have access to the e-versions of the Trek comics.) Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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    Beyond Time and Space

    Ever want to art-direct your own cover? Here's your chance! My friend and favorite artist, Caio Cacau, will create a one-of-a-kind variant cover for you based on any part of the Empty Space saga and rendered according to your personal specifications. This 8" by 11" treasure will be signed by Caio and shipped to you directly, along with a preliminary sketch of the variant cover also rendered and signed by Caio Cacau. You'll also receive a high-density electronic version of the image for your own personal (not commercial) use. In addition, I will send you the full-color graphic novel collecting the first five-issue arc of Empty Space, autographed by me, not to mention a DRM-free e-pub version of the Empty Space book suitable for viewing on either Kindle or Nook. Finally, you will receive an e-mail from me thanking you for your generosity.

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