The biggest challenge of doing a creator-made project is getting word out about it--so please help spread the word for us. We need about 80 more backers total to get Gladstone's 1 and 2 to print.
We included the first TPB as a downloadable PDF as well as the first issue from series 2 if you would like to read the book and 'TRY IT ONE FOR SIZE'. That's 200 pages of Gladstone's School for World Conquerors to read if you download the files in the next two days.
Thank you all so much for your encouragement and support and we're well on our way to world conquest!
There are about 20 hours left for our Amazing Joy Buzzards digital issue #1 Kickstarter. We reached the goal and we're very happy. Anything raised over the goal and costs will go towards coloring costs on the second digital issue.
This is an Amazing Joy Buzzards 'lost graphic novel' that I began in 2007 with artist Cristian Gonzales and we're going to be doing quarterly digital issues to complete it with mini-Kickstarters like this one. It's about six issues total.
You can own two beautiful Hardcovers for $25 including shipping if you live in the US and books 1 and 2 are available in PDF format to read for free and 'Try them on for Size'. Matthew Weldon and I are really proud of the printed books and book 2 is like a Young Adult Fantasy Series meets Chris Claremont's X-Men. A lot of fun!!!
HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT'S NEXT!!!
GLADSTONE'S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS BOOK 2: In The Shadow of Shiran with art by Matthew Weldon who is filling in for Armand on art duties. All art is done and the files are ready for the printer.
Interior Pages by Matthew Weldon.
GLADSTONE'S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS BOOK 3: Scorpio Kane with art by Armand Villavert Jr. with colors by Jessie Lam. A 190 page book with a 100 plus page battle in it. Huge epic action!!! Huge epic fun!!! All files are done and it's ready for the printer.
GLADSTONE'S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS DOUBLE SHOT: Featuring Kid Nefarious and the Skull Brothers.
Pages from the Kid Nefarious story written by Ryan Schrodt with art by Matthew Weldon and colors by Rodrigo Aviles. The idea is to do two standalone stories featuring Kid Nefarious and the Skull Brothers. If it's successful we plan to do more and hire new creative teams each time and do something like a Gladstone's Annual each year.
Skull Brothers story written by Erik Martinez and drawn by Marcelo DiChiara. The book is drawn and color pages to come soon.
FENRIR: SPACE DEVIL by myself with art by Armand Villavert. We're both doing the first volume and passing the character and the stories onto new creative teams for future stories. These are black and white pages, and colors to come soon!!!
THIS HAS BEEN YOUR PREVIEW!!! HOPE YOU ENJOYED IT!!! LOT'S OF GLADSTONE'S SCHOOL FOR WORLD CONQUERORS AHEAD IN THE FUTURE!!!
'New Brighton Archeological Society' is graphic novel with an innate child-like sense of adventure, wonder and humor. Smith incorporates fire-breathing dragons, talking slugs, old-style puppet shows, swarthy eye patches, crossbows and dashing sword fights where the bad guy gets tied up as if in an old western movie. There’s no blood and gore in these books, only Matthew Weldon’s sumptuously colored illustrations which transport the reader to fantasy locales.
Book One, The Castle of Galomar, follows Cooper, Benny, Becca, Jossie and a butterscotch-loving goblin named Mitch through the forest and into the bowels of Galomar’s castle. Book Two, 'The Sword of Azure', includes an epic zeppelin dogfight. Fairies, goblins and magic abound. These books are thrilling for young readers and adults alike. Come capture a bit of your own childhood on this wild ride with the 'New Brighton Archeological Society'.
Fantasy-Action-Adventure Novels meets the fun of classic Chris Claremont X-Men comics.
'NEW BRIGHTON ARCHEOLOGICAL SOCIETY BOOKS' 1 & 2 ARE PRINTED AND IN AMAZON INVENTORY FOR SHIPPING
We're being very transparent that these books ARE PRINTED AND SHIPPING THROUGH AMAZON FULFILLMENT
This means after the Kickstarter you should receive your books in about a week if you live in the U.S.A.
What is this Kickstarting? This is a Kickstarter to recoup of printing costs for Hardcover Editions of New Brighton Archeological Society Books 1 & 2.
The money recouped will go towards printing of Hardcover editions for Gladstone's School for World Conquerors. If we make our goal of $4,000 we can print the first book, and if we reach a higher goal we can print Books 1 & 2. (Gladstone's Book 3 is also finished but we'd have to raise a lot to print all 3 at once and better to take smaller steps.)
IN SHORT: The print copies of New Brighton Archeological Society Books 1 & 2 are Kickstarting the printing of Gladstone's School for World Conquerors Book 1 for this Kickstarter as a Hardcover, and if we reach $12,000 we can print Book 2 in advance as well.
THE PRINTED BOOKS:
See what people are saying about "New Brighton Archeological Society"!!!
"NBAS is such a great book - it appeals to a really wide audience. And unlike some comic books targeted at kids, it doesn’t treat kids as fragile or unintelligent. All the main characters in New Brighton Archeological Society are very young, but also very capable." Geek Dad Blog
"It's great for younger comics fans looking for heroes who aren't wearing spandex. He also tosses in enough fantasy elements, including dragons, goblins, a giant frog and a magical slug, to pique the imagination." -Washington Post
"The New Brighton Archeological Society by Mark Andrew Smith and Matthew Weldon is one of the very best all ages graphic novels in years. It proves that there can be an outlet to introduce kids to the world of picture-based story telling without pandering to them or horrifying their innocent sensibilities." Boing Boing
"Mark Andrew Smith and Matthew Weldon have all the ingredients for success in "New Brighton": a spunky group of kids with lots of free time, a wild world ripe for exploration, fantastic creatures culled from various faerie tales, and dangers that manage to be scary without being truly terrifying. It's the sort of book we're quite certain we'd love when we were little, but get a kick out of reading now, too." Rick Marshall of MTV'S SPLASH PAGE
"I want to live in the world Smith writes. He’s also got a fantastic imagination and has created a fun world full of good goblins, evil faeries, man-eating house cats, evil treasure-hunters, sprawling mansions, enchanted estates, horrible monsters, secret rooms, and hidden libraries full of forbidden knowledge. And it’s up to four pre-adolescent kids to navigate their way safely through all of it in order to preserve their families’ legacies." Robot 6 @Comic Book Resources
More gorgeous New Brighton Archeological Society Book 2 Art:
December marked the one year anniversary of Sullivan's Sluggers being wrapped up. Every book was shipped or refunded and every commitment and obligation honored.
International shipping was a disaster with the generous upgraded size of the book coming in at about 3.5 LBS. In most cases the books cost more to ship than people had pledged. Multiply that by about 600 books for international and it led to quite a mammoth problem.
Every time I tried to correct and fix the problem of international shipping people became angry and upset about it, and it could have been fixed and corrected in a month. Instead it took two years of my life and I had to move to Saudi Arabia to work and get enough money to fix the problem. Rich Johnson of Bleeding Cool tanked all recovery efforts and then did article after article to make himself appear to be the hero for fixing a problem that he largely inflamed. My intentions were always good and any fault on my end came from inexperience and being too excited about the size upgrades of the book.
Because of this it took me two years longer and I honored every commitment, not because of threats, bullying, or intimidation, but because it was the right thing to do and always my intention.
Here's to looking forward and I wish you the best for 2016!!!
The above is a teaser Image Matthew Weldon did for me for the sequel I wanted to do called 'Sullivan's Samurai'. In it the ghost of Sullivan comes back to Afro and the remaining members and tells them they must return the sword Afro found in the shop in Malice to its rightful place in a temple in Japan. The players duke it out with Japanese Monsters and Yokai in this one.