WE'VE RACED OUR WAY THROUGH FOUR STRETCH GOALS ALREADY! AND MORE REWARDS ARE JUST AHEAD! HERE'S WHERE WE STAND:
SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS. But first, THE BASICS:
Creating an ALL-NEW 102+ PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL about 23rd century bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair, "TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS".
Hi, I'm Ron Randall, and is my third Kickstarter to bring an all-new TREKKER story to print.
TREKKER is my dream project. I began telling Mercy's story in the pages of Dark Horse comics. Now I've turned to Kickstarter to publish the rest of her adventures. Everything I love about great comics, great science fiction, and great storytelling finds its way into the pages of each Trekker story. Readers who like Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Blade Runner are going to find a lot to love in the pages of TREKKER.
"TREKKER...is a genuine badass...A female character that is sexy but not sexualized, that is tough but not without flaws and doubts, and that is dangerous but not without compassion... More Trekker, please."-- Gail Simone
“I love TREKKER--and have for a long time. What Ron's built with this series is a genuine accomplishment in this field.”--Mark Waid
Like the previous books, TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS works as an excellent introduction to Mercy St. Clair and to her violent, eventful world as well as a thrilling new ride for long-time readers. And, like the previous two Kickstarters, the story and art for this book are already done. Except for a handful of special extra pages, all I need now are the funds to print the book and get it into your hands.
In TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS, Mercy reluctantly leaves the arms of her beloved Molly to sign up for her most explosive, high-stakes journey yet as she travels into the farthest, darkest reaches of the galaxy. There she is thrust into ground zero of a raging war zone. Will she survive to continue her quest for answers in her past that will determine not only her own future, but the course of her entire world? In TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS the stakes, and the body count, rise higher than ever.
We hit an earlier campaign goal when we hit 400 Backers, so every backer has already gained these three wallpaper designs in both tablet and phone-ready formats to every backer's rewards. Make your device a 23rd century-ready machine!
First, a few special notes to bear in mind:
•Every backer at all physical rewards levels will receive the special, Kickstarter-exclusive, signed watercolor print "BATTLEFIELD MERCY", PLUS the PDF DOWNLOAD of the new book BATTLEFIELDS. Both of these will be added automatically to your other rewards!
•JUST ADDED! The original watercolor painting, "The Girl Back Home" added as a special, unique reward level! This is the painting that I made our watercolor print from. How about an afternoon picnic with Mercy and Molly? $350 TAKE FIVE WITH MERCY AND MOLLY includes the 16" X 12" painting, the book with signature and sketch, both prints, and the PDF. That's a lot of Battlefield Bounty for your Bucks! Only one! First come, first served!
MY-- that didn't stay here long! Reward already taken.
•Rare RITES OF PASSAGE: I have only ten copies of the out-of-print RITES OF PASSAGE book available for this campaign. This was the last Trekker book that I put out through Dark Horse Comics. And once these ten are gone, I'll have no more to part with. That cupboard will be bare. These are included only in the "Deluxe Catch-up Bundle", which is thus limited to TEN ONLY. These will go very fast!
As I suspected, those ten DELUXE Catch-up bundles disappeared fast. BUT-- I do have the "regular" catch-up bundle in it's place-- everything except that gone RITES OF PASSAGE volume can be had for a mere $55! See, there's always a silver lining.
•Retailers! I love seeing TREKKER on bookshelves. So you'll see a special Retailer's Reward Level included here so your store can be a vital part of the Mercy Campaign!
•I offer one ADD-ON reward, the complete DIGITAL BUNDLE of ALL of Mercy's stories to date. Close to 600 pages of every Trekker story leading up to BATTLEFIELDS, including several extra touches- like special stories and alternate covers--that I added exclusively to this bonus, catch-up pack.
All of this earlier material (leading up to CHAPELTOWN and THE DARKSTAR ZEPHYR) is currently out-of-print! So you will not find a quicker, more convenient and affordable way to get every Mercy story and be up to speed and battle-ready! To add this, simply hit the MANAGE MY PLEDGE button, add $50 to your pledge amount, and send me a note via the Kickstarter message feature.
If you have any questions about other rewards you'd like to add to your pledge, just message me through Kickstarter. If I can make it happen, I will!
NOW, THE FULL LIST OF REWARDS:
A TREAT FOR 100 RE-TWEETS:
We did it! We succeeded in getting THIS TWEET re-tweeted 100 times before our campaign ends! So, every backer will get a special, digital Inktober sketchbook I have compiled of portrait sketches from several of my favorite TV shows (plus a few from my favorite comic book)! Spreading the word and finding more backers is how I get to achieve my primary Mission Objective: #MoreTrekkerMoreOften! So, NO NEED TO STOP RETWEETING YET! THANK YOU for your signal boosts!
We are marching through a large array of extra features to be added to our campaign, all designed to make TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS as cool a book and as fun a campaign as possible. (Note: Digital backers will get the digital version of each of these, except for the Cover Spot Varnish.) Here's where we stand:
Our first stretch goal lets me add a full supply of Behind the Scenes Extra features- everything from snap shots of the process steps I use to create some of the key pages in the book to initial character designs, to some finished character portraits. Enough extras to make you feel like you were there at every step of bringing BATTLEFIELDS to life!
Our second stretch goal added a classy, distinctive spot varnish over Mercy's figure to the cover. If you have either of the two earlier books, you already know how cool this makes the book look and feel. If you don't have those earlier books yet, I can promise you'll agree that this enhancement will make TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS hold its place on your bookshelf with even more pride!
Stretch Goal 3 gained us inside front and back cover art, to give BATTLEFIELDS an even more distinctive and classy look! I've always loved this extra enhancement on GN's, and I'm thrilled to bring it to our new book!
And, we've just unlocked a Kickstarter-first for TREKKER: A FULL-SIZE poster urging you to join the the Trekker cause! This will come folded, and with a worn, tattered look to give it a real "Battlefield" feel. (Note: This is an initial design, and may be revised and refined before printing.)
For our fifth Stretch Goal reward, let's add a little protection to our book, to keep it safe when the action gets heavy! I'll design a custom wrap-around dust jacket exclusively for our book! Another Trekker Kickstarter first, to celebrate the growing success of these campaigns!
Next, a set of four memorable images from the BATTLEFIELDS story, printed as a Kickstarter-exclusive postcard set!
AND THAT'S STILL NOT ALL. I have even more cool, exciting stretch goals waiting in the wings to be deployed as we hit these. So dig in, take aim, and fire at will to knock our way through these targets!
SHIPPING: FULFILLMENT BY BLACKBOX!
Once this campaign ends, I'm committed to getting TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS into your hands in as timely a fashion as possible, and to have you be just as delighted with the service as you will be with the book.
And because of that I’m thrilled to be working again with Blackbox, a fulfillment company from the kind folks behind Cards Against Humanity! These classy and delightful professionals will assure us the best, most dependable, and timely fulfillment process possible!
Having worked with Blackbox on my previous two campaigns, I know the level of excellence they deliver can’t be beat. They offer great follow-through at every aspect of the work. And in the few cases where something goes wrong with a shipment, Blackbox works immediately to address it.
That’s professionalism. And it comes with a cost. The shipping fees that I’ve set for each reward level are based on the charges I get from Blackbox. This rate generally, though not always, cover their fees to me. I aimed at a fair balance of the costs. The rates you’ll see at most reward levels are:
$40 Rest of the world
NOTE: International charges are particularly tricky. I intentionally set one, "International Introductory Shipping Rate" for international backers who order just the basic single copy of BATTLEFIELDS at the TOUR OF DUTY LEVEL. Honestly, at this rate I am losing money for these backers. But if that's what it takes to get the new book into your hands, I'll take that hit.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Creating a book like TREKKER: BATTELFIELDS isn't cheap. I've had to factor in the costs of printing, shipping, manufacturing rewards, Kickstarter fees, fulfillment services (yep--that great, reliable service from Blackbox comes at a cost)...etc. And while I'd also love to eventually get paid for the weeks, nay, months that I've labored on this book, I'm not asking for that in the campaign's goal. But I am paying for some invaluable expert aid to assure that TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS is as good as I can possibly make it. Beyond those good Blackbox folks, our campaign in enriched by savvy editorial guidance from the Alissa Salah (Sleepless), splendid cover coloring by Jeremy Colwell (Batman/Ninja Turtles), and interior coloring assistance by Caitlin Like (Maiden in the Machine). I'm also once again taking on printing consultant and a production ace Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein to make sure we get all the bugs out before we deploy. I need to recoup those out-of-pocket expenses to help me keep my own lights on while I draw away tirelessly and lovingly on the TREKKER tales that will, when we succeed here, follow close on the heels of BATTLEFIELDS!
Risks and challenges
Risks? Extremely low. If you followed either of my earlier campaigns, you know that all of the rewards were sent out by the expected delivery date, less than five months after the campaign's conclusion. As with those previous campaigns, all main work on TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS is done. Finished. Ready for print. The only thing remaining are two short, back-up features which by their nature can't be completed until after the campaign closes— and some design work on the book itself. The heavy lifting is behind me. The amount of time I need to finish this book is minimal. It will be at the printer as soon as humanly possible after the Kickstarter ends. That will be my top priority. And once again, I'm blessed to be working with Blackbox to fulfill the campaign, so we have real pros in our corner!
Challenges? Well, there's always the chance that unforeseen obstacles could slow me down, despite the homework I've done and the experience I've gained by running two successful and relatively smooth campaigns. I've seen it happen to other Kickstarters— things completely beyond their control can cause stumbles and delays. I've done everything I can to limit those possibilities, and all I can say is: If I hit an unexpected roadblock, I will let you know quickly and truthfully.
I want TREKKER: BATTLEFIELDS in your hands as soon as humanly possible. I want it to be a high quality product that we can ALL be proud of. And I want it to be a story that makes you want to read more about Mercy St. Clair. Because I have more stories to tell, and this is the best approach I can think of to keep making #MoreTrekkerMoreOften.
That's probably my biggest challenge. But it's the sort of challenge I love.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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