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Year of the Goat Issue #7
The Indie Comic Sensation Year of the Goat is back for Issue #7. We are asking for $2,250 in funding support to complete this project, of which $1,750 will go the Art, Colors, Wording & Production and $500 to cover the print run cost, rewards and mailing.
Here are the two covers for issue #7...
If we reach $3,500 in funding, every backer who pledges $25 or more will recieve, in addition to the other stretch goals, an 8.5x11 print pinup of the MegaWatt Cosplay photo artwork featured in the cosplay cover, signed by Tom Spellman.
If we reach $3,000 in funding, every backer who pledges $25 or more will receive an special PDF Sneak Peek of my upcoming Comic Book Series Children of Nirvana, including character bios and the first pages of the story. If you like Year of the Goat, you will love the new story!
If we reach $2,500 in funding, every backer who pledges $25 or more will receive an additional copy of the comic with the Kickstarter only Cosplay Cover featuring the extremely amazing MegaWatt Cosplay. She recently did a photo shoot dressed as Year of the Goat character, Blue Bell. Check it out...
New to Year of the Goat? No problem…let's catch you up on what you've missed…
The Goatpocalypse has Begun! Across the United States, black birds swoop down and whisper into goats ears, transforming them into blood thirsty killing machines. Everyone's favorite farm animals suddenly have the ability to walk upright, speak our language…AND KILL!!! Issue 1 ends with the image of a mysterious figure walking down a desert road into Town of San Pueblo.
The goat attacks move to a worldwide level, targeting humans throughout Russia, France, India, China and the United Kingdom. We see a pack of goats gunned down by a shop keeper, only to rise from the ground moments later, unscathed…these monsters are indestructible! The mysterious stranger finds his way into Old Jack's End of the Road Saloon and Gas Station where he is greeted at gun point by the blind owner and his granddaughter. They allow the stranger to rest for a bit, kick up his boots and enjoy a drink.
To say things escalate quickly is an understatement! The goats erratic guerrilla combat turns organized as they act more and more as if they are human themselves. Establishing their headquarters in a large cellular hub, the goats initiate a planned attack of uploading a radio-frequency virus, turning every cell phone on the planet into an explosive. The media is tricked into broadcasting a report that worldwide communication will be cut shortly, suggesting remaining survivors to take a moment to call their loved ones and say their goodbyes. Then the virus is activated ending most of the human race. The stranger reveals he is headed to the Church of San Pueblo. As he makes his way, we senses Blue Bell's phone about to explode and saves her life. Old Jack is not so lucky. Seconds before the old blind man passes, the stranger returns his eyesight, allowing him to see his granddaughter one last time. After a touching moment, Blue Bell can't decide what puzzles her more...how did the Stranger give Old Jack his eyesight, or why the Stranger is wearing medical wrist band that reads:
New Mexico Psychiatric Center Name: John Doe.
A Flashback reveals the Stranger's years leading up current events...a patient in New Mexico Psychiatric Center. We meet Joe, a security guard who can speak to the dead in his dreams. His wife, who passed in an accident, demands Joe to release "John Doe" from his cell. He does and during their escape, he witnesses the Stranger kill three goats. Instead of resurrecting, they burn to dust. John Doe heads to San Pueblo, after demanding Joe head back into to town and await further instructions.
With a revenge fueled vendetta, Blue Bell escorts the Stranger to the building that was once the Church of San Pueblo, which is now far from holy and overrun with demonic goats. After a bloody battle, Blue Bell and the Stranger search for a way into the basement. The search brings Blue Bell face to face with a remaining goat which they tie up. The Stranger finds his sword, which he left hidden a long time ago. In a conversation with the prisoner goat, Blue Bell learns he remembers his former life as a human. With power held in his sword, the Stranger releases the evil held within the goat and assigns him with a task...become the Blue Bell's bodyguard. She is not happy.
Furious with the Stranger for assigning "King the Goat" as her bodyguard and protector, Blue Bell runs off. Her escape is cut short as she is attacked by an evil goat. She is saved by King who follows her into the desert on motorcycle. Though she was saved, she doesn't not take it very well. Joe, from Issue 4, makes his return. The Stranger contacts him in a dream and asked that he makes his way to San Pueblo, after picking up a few things. The Stranger introduces himself to the villagers of San Pueblo. During his speech, he is attacked by a man named Bradley. The Stranger cuts off Bradleys arm moments before Blue Bell and King make back into town. Witnessing the mutilation, Blue Bell raises her gun on the Stranger.
Trade Paperback Volume 1 (Issues #1-5)
The rewards we are offering can be split into two categories; digital and print. If your bookcase is overflowing with graphic novels or your hoard of white comic boxes are causing a fire hazard, then you should back the digital reward. Or if you're like me and agree that comic books are like boobs, great to look at on screen but much better to hold in your hands (stolen from Mr. Stan Lee), then back a physical print reward.
The Stranger Action Figure
Introducing the first figure in the Year of the Goat action figure series! Crafted by the extremely talented crew at DS Customs, this 3.75" fully articulated figure is packaged on a full color card and bubble which can be opened and closed. The Stranger also includes his long rifle weapon.
About Year of the Goat
Year of the Goat is not for everybody and may not be for you. First off, if you do not like extremely foul language, over the top disgusting murders, questionable sexual situations (which include human an/or Goats), you should probably shut down this page now.
Still here? Cool! As the Goats rise up and begin their battle against mankind, I want you feel like you did when you first watched Planet of the Apes or read George Orwells Animal Farm. When you see the nasty bloody goat vs humans battles, I want you to feel like you did when you first opened a walking dead hardcover. And as you navigate the dream sequences and the off behavior and decisions of our hero, the Stranger, I want you feel like you at the end of season one of lost when the light turned on in the hatch. When you read a year of the Goat, I want you to say...well, hot Damn! I've never read anything like that before!
The Creative Team
Tom Spellman-Writer and Creator
If you are new to Year of the Goat, I want you to jump into the Goatpocalypse with both feet. You might feel a bit lost if you start with Issue #7 so be sure to back a reward level that gets you the volume 1 Trade Paperback which includes issues 1-5.
And if you have helped us create previous issues by backing a precious Kickstarter, I want you back issue and add it to your collection. If you enjoyed issues 1-6, tell your friends, tell you family, tell your pets, splash it on Facebook, twitter, Instagram or whatever else you use and, as a member of the goatpocalype, spread the word!
I read a lot of both main stream and indie comics there is nothing remotely close to Year of the Goat. And I love self publishing it....pushing the envelope further and further wtiheach issue. I have full control of the story and I have no one so say...um, you probably shouldn't have that repulsive scene in print. Each issue is nastier than the next...I have a warped sense of humor and I needed to get these thoughts out of my head and into the world.
Rafael Chrestani-Lead Artist
Being the main artist for Year of the Goat is a very cool experience for me. I enjoy working on a story that is so well written, full of "Plot twists" and has a violent yet humorous tone. As I draw each issue, I become more invested in the story and am always curious to know what happens next!
Drawing Year of the Goat is important because it provides me an opportunity to grow as an artist. Tom allows me the flexibility to experiment and try new things and even change the art style from one issue to the next based on new ideas I have, such as hatches, greytones, etc. No matter how I draw an issue, I always have the intention of adding as much value I can. I am very proud to be part of this project.
People should read Year of the Goat because it is not just a meaningless slasher story about Goats revolting against humanity. It's stuffed with mystery, dreams, life and it makes the reader wonder exactly what is actually taking place. As the story moves forward, new situations take place and new characters appear that make me question exactly what this story is about. It's a story full of mystery, action, violence, and politically incorrectness...Tom consistently pushes the envelope in his writing, which I love!
John Rudwall-Red Tones, Cover Colors and Production
I enjoy working in Year of the Goat because it's fun! Tom keeps us on our toes, never knowing when some hillbilly is going to get killed by a goat after a little goat lovin', or a kid getting his hand cut off, while the balloon he was holding, carries his hand into the sky. It's just a crazy ass story with more curves than a Kardashian and a lot of fun to work on.
The work I do is important to me because I want to show my kids that you can do anything in this world that you want too. With a little hard work and a great group of supporters, anything is possible. Year of the Goat is a perfect example of that. When Tom first brought this to me, I was shocked but honored to be given the opportunity. I don't want to let him down.
People should read Year of the Goat because it's not your typical "end of the world" story. Tom has done an amazing job making something, out of seemingly nothing. If you like The Walking Dead and think that they cannot come up with anything more messed up than that....Then Year of the Goat is for you, because Tom has made something that is 10 times more messed up, and it's amazing!
I just want to add that I am not only working on the Colors, Wording and Construction of YOG, I am also a fan. Tom sends me 5-10 pages at a time and I purposely don't look ahead until I am ready to work on the page. Yes, I know what happens before you all do, but I don't get a glimpse into the future of the story. Thus, making it so I see the story unfold just as everyone else. In closing, it has been a honor working with Tom and Rafael. I have learned so much and am extremely grateful for their friendship.
And Last but Definitely Not Least!
We are in the process of locating comic book stores that would like to carry this comic. If you are a kick-ass comic book store owner that supports indie comics, please send us a message and we will get the comic in your store! And, not to get too sappy but without backers like you, many indie comics just wouldn't get made. So on behalf of all indie comic creators… THANK YOU!!!
Risks and challenges
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