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A new graphic novel, alt-history in diesel punk style about anarchy, villains and an unlikely band of heroes set between World Wars!
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Time is running out!  Even though we reached our goal, you can still donate.  The more we exceed our goal, the more we will have for the other volumes in the series.  Book 2 is already fleshed out, so please continue to give until the Kickstarter campaign is over.  It will help us keep the story line moving forward and will help us keep our two young and extremely talented artists working into the future.

What is The Jekyll Island Chronicles?  It started with an idea -- a few guys who always wanted to do stories, but never had talent to match the dream.  That's old news -- like a dozen old sitcoms.  But then we hit on something different than just wishful thinking, and the story began to become real.

We didn't score any fairy godmothers, no angels showed up to change our lives -- but we did connect with a near magical place where everything we lacked -- mainly talent, professional knowledge and skill -- could be found.

The Savannah College of Art and Design; known around the world simply as SCAD.

This fantastic school houses more art and design talent in just about any field than just about any other place in the known universe.  Best of all, they are as creative in process and education as they are in the topics they cover.  We talked with SCAD leaders about our book, about our dream (and about our abject lack of ability), and they were quick to help.

SCAD actually worked with us to create a master class to produce the first drafts of artwork from the characters to the environment and equipment we envisioned.  They made it a real challenge for their students, allowing only the best in their Sequential Arts department a chance to join the class -- and they made it a course for credit, too!

Working with 10 talented students, we were able to create the world embodied in the Jekyll Island Chronicles.  We also found the two young talents -- Moses Nester and Sarah Miller -- who continue with us today.  You can see more of their work here: partthewaters.tumblr.com and here: sjmillerart.com.

Book one is almost ready.  The story has been written, the artists in place and even a publisher lined up.  All that remains is enough funding to finish the artwork.   

The Jekyll Island Chronicles will be published. There is a signed contract with IDW's Top Shelf, one of the nation's leading graphic novel publishers, but the publisher doesn't assume all the costs.  We have to deliver a finished product -- and that's the biggest single challenge. The great young artists we've got on board are truly dedicated, but not independently wealthy.  They have to pay their bills and earn a living while they spend time on this, their first major project. Funds from this campaign will pay their fees while they finish the last half of the book and help get it into print.

Risks and challenges

The Jekyll Island Chronicles will be published. There is a signed contract -- but we have to finish the artwork for the book! That's the biggest single challenge.

We are confident we can hit the target dates but recognize there's a chance of unforeseen events intervening (such as a short illness of an artist, or a printing error). We'll keep Kickstarters informed frequently along the way, so if anything does come up, you'll never be left in the dark -- and if there are delays, we will let you know what that means and how we are going to correct things in order to deliver. We'd be crazy to assume everything will go perfectly -- but we are going to do our best to see it does!

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    A .pdf of the original graphic novel. We have individually backed a few Kickstarter projects and know rewards are a fun part of the whole process. For $10 you'll get our thanks, but we wanted to make sure you get to see what you've help make real.

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    Both a print and digital version of the book.
    Just in case the batteries run out on your reader, you ought to have it in paper too!

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    Now it starts to get unique. At this level we'll send you a signed and numbered copy of book.

    There's three of us, so this is a great value -- three signatures instead of one! It will be our pleasure, carpal tunnel or not!

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    Here you'll receive a signed book, plus digital book and .pdf of original storyboard art.

    Some of the coolest mementos are those showing how things come together to make the final product. We hope you'll enjoy seeing how the process worked and the work progressed.

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Step up to this level and you'll receive all of the $100 reward offerings plus a custom, full color Jekyll Island Club poster.

    This is truly special. The poster we design for this level and above (feel free to do more) won't be used for anything else -- ever.

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    Count on all of the $250 reward level and also count on having a place in the book with a personal acknowledgement in the book credits.

    This much backing deserves recognition wherever the book is printed - and you'll get it with a special section thanking all kickstarters who rose to the occasion by rising to this level.

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    Pledge US$ 2,500 or more About US$ 2,500

    Here's a top reward like few others. You'll get all the benefits of the $1000 reward level and two night accommodations at the real Jekyll Island Club Hotel (4 of these available). Dates of use to be arranged with the Hotel.

    The book is alt-history, but the island is the real deal. Jekyll was home to the rich and powerful and is a beautiful, historic resort where you'll get to see some of the very rooms and locations where parts of the story take place. It's a reward with memories that will last and last.

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    If you'll join in for $1,000 you'll really be in. In Book Two, that is. We'll give you all the $500 reward level benefits, and your name will appear somewhere in the Book Two story (10 of these available).

    It will be our pleasure to make you a part of our alt-history world (and we promise not to make you a villain unless you ask).

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