Meatspace - noun. A term, originating from cyberpunk fiction and culture, referring to the real (that is, not virtual) world, the world of flesh and blood. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek. The opposite of cyberspace. (urbandictionary.com)
"You need more Meatspace in your diet -- a gonzo near-future fantasia that's as fun as any comic has a right to be." -- Fred Van Lente, Writer - Archer & Armstrong, Action Philosophers, Marvel Zombies 3
"Do like your detective stories wrapped in post cyberpunk sci fi with a dash of fantasy roleplay? If you do, you should be picking up Meatspace. If you don’t, you’re a rat find and there may not be any hope for you. Josh Gorfain gives a fully realized vision of a future where things may be different, but the old evils have never really changed, and Andrew McClean realizes it in a style that is unlike anything you’re probably used to but is perfect for the story. Read Meatspace today." - - Justin Jordan, Writer - The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Team 7, Shadowman
Meatspace is the story of Lance Brighton, veteran of a future war who due to his injuries suffered on the battlefield, became one of the first brain-implanted robots in the world. After mustering out of the army, Lance spent his days indoors and engrossed in the massive multiplayer game that most of the world is playing, DungeonWorld. Lance is forced into the real world, meatspace if you will, when his son, Johnny (a celebrity in his own right and star of a reality show centering on Johnny and other players of DungeonWorld), dies under mysterious circumstances. Aided by the latest member of Johnny’s team, Rebecca, he seeks to find out what happened and bring justice to whomever is responsible.
Last year, I started a Kickstarter campaign for the first issue of this book and after a slight misfire, it finally became successful and got made. It was received well; and now, I am aiming to get the rest of it done.
If you to read the first eight pages of the first issue click here!: http://meatspace.carbonmade.com/projects/4567619#1
In keeping with my first rule of Kickstarter, keeping goals realistic and small, I am only seeking funding for the production, printing, and shipping the second issue. For every $3500 we achieve past our initial goal of $3500, it will fund further issues. All these issues will be released to the backers depending on the level at which they backed at. At the minimum, as a PDF file. Further "Stretch Goals" will also include a sixth issue where I will contract out to other writers and artists to create their stories in the Meatspace universe..a sort of 'paying it forward.' These, of course, will be paid commissions, a rarity in the indie comic world. If, by some miracle, we get past $15,000 in funding, it will go for advertising and I have some interesting ideas which will be revealed if we hit those magical numbers.
You will notice on the right side that there are multiple levels of rewards, including one where I will send you a copy of the first issue as soon as the Kickstarter is successful and completed in case you haven’t read it. Like the last Kickstarter, we will be offering PDF copies of the story along with print versions...both of which will be sent to the supporters as soon as they are completed.
So, thank you for reading this, thank you for donating and please tell everyone you know about this. This is the future of indie publishing!
Last minute note: The mix-tape i refer to in the rewards is actually on Compact Disk! Curse my 80's-centric mind!
Risks and challenges
Honestly speaking, the risks on this project are small. Andrew and I have already completely, published and distributed the first issue as proof of concept. We are both committed in finishing the series.
While the risks are small, they are there. Delays in production might translate to slow delivery time, as Andrew has other commitments that spring up. On the last Kickstarter we had a bit of a shipping hiccup, but lessons are learned from that and I think this one will go a lot better having learned from the last one. Our current printer, ICGeeks, is absolutely stellar and their production and service are tops.
With all that said, having already done the first one gives me a better understanding the process and gauge the time needed to get this done better.
Some of the backer rewards are daunting (especially the ones involving me doing stencil paintings, but I have confidence that I will be able to deliver. I have learned that I am able to do anything once I set my mind to.
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