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A full-color, ALL-AGES (7+), 110-page graphic novel celebrating adventure, exploration and family. IN SPACE!

3rd UPDATE: PAGES INCREASED (AGAIN!)

Thanks to the contributions and pledge increases, "Earthward" has now reached $38k in funding, which enables us to bring YOU the reader 130 pages of story!

It's been a long, wonderful ride this month, all thanks to everyone, everywhere, being awesome. The funding campaign closes tomorrow morning, 2/17, PST - so if you know anyone who wants to get in on the action at the ground level, spread the word!

All the Best, and Much Love,

Bryan Q. & Marcio

2nd UPDATE: PAGES INCREASED

Thanks to the efforts of backers both new and old, "Earthward" will now have 120 PAGES OF STORY. Thanks to all of you, and please, keep spreading the word! We're only $4k away from meeting our next stretch goal --

STRETCH GOAL #2 - $38,000 = Another ten page increase to 130 pages

-- and we've got 8 days to do it. Backing closes on the morning of 2/17 (PST), so if you know anyone that's been holding out, now's the time to get in on the action.

Much Love,

Bryan Q. & Marcio

UPDATE: STRETCH GOALS!

We're funded! Which is AMAZING! Also? 

NOW WHAT?!?

As of right now, our priority is to increase page count. Though a hardcover release is never outside the realm of possibility, we’d like very much to give your more content, above anything else. And more content doesn’t mean filler/extras. We want to give you more PAGES OF STORY

More of Marcio’s beautiful sequentials. More of our colorist’s (whom we’ll announce very soon) wonderful colors. But how can we get more pages? Currently, we’re at 110.

STRETCH GOAL #1 - $34,000 = A ten page increase to 120 pages.

In simplest terms, if everyone ups his or her pledge by $4 (the coast of a single Latte!), we’ll hit this goal, easy. Added funds help to meet the page rate of our art and lettering team.

STRETCH GOAL #2 - $38,000 = Another ten page increase to 130 pages.

In simplest terms, if everyone ups his or her pledge by $8, we’ll hit this goal. Added funds help to meet the page rate of our art and lettering team.

Not everyone can up their present levels, and we totally understand that -- any amount you can increase will help get more pages into the book that’s going to be delivered to your email/doorstep. Rest assured, every dollar pledged will go towards getting you more bang for your buck.  

And, please – keep spreading the word! New backers are still welcome up until the moment when funding closes on the morning of Sunday, the 17th.

Much Love,

Bryan Q. & Marcio

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WHAT IS "EARTHWARD"?

BRYAN Q. MILLER (author of NYT Bestselling "Batgirl, Vol. 3" & Bestselling Digital First comic, "Smallville: Season 11") & artist MARCIO TAKARA (BOOM! Studios' "The Incredibles" and DC Comics' "Blue Beetle") proudly present a world where:

"ANCIENT EARTH" is a FAIRY TALE.

No human alive... no human for at least the last 500 years, has seen the fabled "Earth" in person. It was taken from us, stolen by "THE HIDDEN" - a deadly race from beyond the galaxy who "moved the stars themselves" to hide our home.

Or so... that's how the story goes...

SIX FRIENDS, against the UNIVERSE.

The I.S.V. MERCURY, an Independent Science Vessel, explores the cosmos, free of both the overbearing SCIENCE COUNCIL and the watchful eyes of the UNITED ARMADA war machine.

Whatever the scientists aboard have been working on, they don't want anyone knowing... not even their children:

Eldest BEN and his hot-tempered sister, ALYSSA; SMACK, the hustler; CODY and TRIN, the learned, proper set of twins; and little DANIELLA, orphaned by a SPACE PIRATE assault, then taken in as one of Mercury's own.

The MERCURY SIX are sent on a standard supply run, but return to find Mercury adrift, and their respective parents missing. The only clue as to what happened - a warning recorded by their trusty TEACHBOT

"DON'T COME LOOKING FOR US."

The quest to piece their family back together will take them to the edge of known space and back, with the Armada, the Council and Space Pirates, all in hot pursuit. The one thing everyone wants, everyone needs, is the SECRET PROJECT the parents of the Mercury Six were working on:

THEIR PARENTS FOUND EARTH!

EARTHWARD: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

FROM BRYAN: Earthward began life as a script for a different medium - a project steeped in and dedicated to the child-centric adventure yarns I grew up on. "Goonies in Space" has and continues to be the easiest way to encapsulate all the feels that went into the writing. But there's more in its DNA than Bran on a space-bicycle - there are nods to and inspiration drawn from all over the Sci-Fi map, from "Last Starfighter", to "Explorers" to [the vastly overlooked] "Titan: A.E."

But as soon as I stumbled across MARCIO TAKARA's work thanks to a Twitter link, I immediately saw everything that could be done as an OGN. Marcio brings a very snazzy - yet warm - Don Bluth animation style to the proceedings, and I couldn't be happier to have him on board. Marcio perfectly captures the heart, danger and adventure of the tale.

The art of Marcio Takara!
The art of Marcio Takara!

FROM MARCIO: In my relatively short comic book career, I've been fortunate enough to be approached out of nowhere by some big names in the industry, like Bryan. Not only did he find me, but he also offered me an amazing opportunity to create an entire new world from scratch.

I could not be happier to part of "Earthward". I love the fact it's a sci-fi adventure; the fact there's a group of fun characters to draw; the fact it's accessible to everyone; the fact it's open for a sequence; the fact it's a long story; the fact there are aliens; the fact there are robots; the fact there are space ships; and the fact I'm drawing the whole thing. I just can't wait to show to the world what we are cooking here.

AT THE END OF THE DAY...

The goal is to create a piece of Graphic fiction that can be enjoyed by both children AND adults, while pandering to neither - a line that is rarely ridden in the current climate. 

That said, while trying to make this as all-ages as possible, there is still some danger and space violence (explosions, blasters, etc.) present that may be uncomfortable for a reader younger than age 7. "Earthward" definitely wanders into the "PG"-range of the media spectrum.

The secondary goal, of course, is to have this be the first in a yearly series of adventures for the Mercury Six. 

Our primary cover, colors by Space Goat's Rainer Petter
Our primary cover, colors by Space Goat's Rainer Petter

None of this is possible without YOU, the reader! Any contribution you make helps our dream become a reality. So, in advance...

THANK YOU!!!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our biggest challenge is the cost of production. Art is already partially funded, but there's still lettering, coloring and design work to be done... not to mention getting physically published once all is said and done.

In the interest of putting as much of your funding as possible into the ACTUAL project, we're straying from excessive swag at the incentive levels - we really want each and every one of you to see the impact your contribution has had as you read the final product.

FAQ

  • Fear not - before funding has concluded, there's a VERY strong chance that a new set of incentives will be "unlocked" for pledging. If you've already pledged, you can always amend your pledge to take advantage of any new incentives that might interest you. I'll make sure that everyone who's already pledged knows what's coming ahead of time.

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