About this project
We're creating a multi-issue comic book series for "Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars". Backers will receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Collector's Edition Variant of the 36 page first issue in advance of the general release. The issue will consist of 24 pages of story and 12 pages of extra art and bonus material.This is an adaptation of "Message from Cecile", a Vampire Hunter D short story by series author Hideyuki Kikuchi. This story was only published for a fan event in Japan and will make its English debut in this comic book series published by Stranger Comics.
Message from Mars is told from the point of view of Cecile, one of the human colonists on Mars. We see the ascension of the Nobility in the aftermath of a nuclear war on earth and a part of the beginning of D's journey as a vampire hunter. We're excited to see this story brought to life in the first ever Vampire Hunter D comic book series.
As it has been many years since the last Vampire Hunter D adaptation and with this being the first VHD comic book, we're unsure of how many copies to print. As we don't want to print too few and leave fans out in the cold, we decided that using Kickstarter would allow us to take pre-orders and give us the chance to make some really cool new VHD merchandise, including a life sized model of the Left Hand.
Original short story by luminary author Hideyuki Kikuchi.
Adapting "Message from Mars" is veteran comic writer and screenwriter Brandon Easton.
Inspired by the original production design created by the legendary Yoshitaka Amano.
Visual development was spearheaded by the wonderful Christopher Shy.
The stunning art for “Message from Mars” is being created by the amazing Michael Broussard.
Funds raised by this campaign will be focused toward the design and creation of the books and the rewards. The vast majority of the rewards offered in this campaign will not be available for sale after this Kickstarter. Please see below for more details.
This campaign will run from June 30th, 2016(the start of Anime Expo) and conclude on Aug 8th, 2016(the end of Gen Con.)
All supporters will receive backer only updates so you can join the journey as we create the first ever Vampire Hunter D comic book.
3D Print of the Left Hand: This pose/model of the Left Hand will only be made for this Kickstarter campaign. This model will never be available for sale.
The Kickstarter edition cover variant of Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars issue #1 will not be made available for retail distribution.
D's Blue Pendant is being created for this Kickstarter campaign by Badali Jewelry. For this campaign, they will only be making 100 of these pendants and they will be numbered.
The Pathfinder Roleplaying Guide Supplement might become available from Paizo at a future date.
Reward or stretch goal items may be available as bonus or give away items at conventions and events.
Vampire Hunter D is an amazing story, set in an even more amazing universe. To honor everything that Kikuchi-san has created, we want to make an awesome comic book. As such, we're putting a lot of the budget into the creative development.
The below table is an estimated schedule for completion and delivery of the rewards from the campaign. This is an estimate and the timeline might vary due to circumstances. Please note, those receiving items signed by Kikuchi-san will receive their physical items several weeks after other backers due to the time needed for the items to be taken to Kikuchi-san.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk associated to this project is time. There is a lot of artwork involved in both the book and the merchandise. We're focusing on quality over speed and we think we've given ourselves a reasonable delivery goal, the world can throw unexpected delays at you, like major earthquakes.
Since we have a good bit of work already done and our team for this project has previously created many projects of a similar scale, we think we've done everything humanly possible to ensure the timely completion and delivery of this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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