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...
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
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).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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