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When dark secrets from the past invade your present, how far would you go to bury those demons forever?
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Additional funds will go to two things: First, paying our amazing inker who, believe it or not, until now has been doing this out of the goodness of his heart. Anything beyond that fee will go directly to production costs for Episode 2.

Jennifer Hernandez is a young law student with a past full of loss and heartache trying to make the best of things and move on with her life. When she crosses paths with a stranger afflicted by prophetic visions, she finds that the past has a way of catching up with us—and when it does, it’s out for blood. Thrust into the center of an ancient prophecy and hidden conspiracies, the pair will try to unravel the plans of a mysterious villain while becoming targets themselves.

Jen, our main character and all around great person.
Jen, our main character and all around great person.

Along the way, they will need to assemble a ragtag group of unlikely, prophesized saviors known as The Chosen who will aid in the fight against this threat. They’ll need all the help they can get, for the dead serve the darkness. And just like secrets, they refuse to stay buried.

Garrett, also known as Blockade or...the Prophet.
Garrett, also known as Blockade or...the Prophet.

Into The Darkness (ITD) is envisioned as an ongoing series featuring an ensemble cast, lots of action, tightly woven character development, and a ton of witty banter (for good measure). ITD covers a range of genres (action, superheroes, undead, character drama) and offers something for almost every comic fan. Our end goal is to offer the freedom of storytelling that indie comics offer with AAA level writing and art. In this first issue, we set up our characters, explore a little of their world, and tease the big bad they will need to contend with if they want to survive.

Bloodshed, our resident badass
Bloodshed, our resident badass
Brian, a drifter with more than a few skeletons in his closet
Brian, a drifter with more than a few skeletons in his closet
The Summoned are the footsoldiers of the evil force that lies in wait...they kind of ARE the skeletons in the closet.
The Summoned are the footsoldiers of the evil force that lies in wait...they kind of ARE the skeletons in the closet.

ITD is the culmination of almost 20 years of research, writing, and refinement. The twists and turns of the entire story are already planned...we just need YOUR help to get this train rolling. For the first issue, the script is written, the first 7 pages are completed, and we have a good jump on the artwork for the remaining 13. What we need is funding so we can get the artwork to our colorist and get everything printed. We’ve got a slew of awesome reward levels below and know that we’ve already got an awesome and loyal fan base brewing. We’re extremely excited to finally be putting this out for everyone and know you’ll love these characters as much as we do.

These rules govern the way we approach writing and art developed mostly by observing what annoys us in mainstream comics:

RULE #1: No costumes. That’s right, no costumed heroes. Nobody would wake up with superpowers and say, “You know what? I really need more spandex in my life.” This also forces us to keep our art quality up since characters need to be recognizable by features instead of colorful costumes.

RULE #2: Characters will be portrayed realistically. No biceps the size of a basketball or guns that are bigger than a car that would blow your arms off with the recoil if you tried to shoot it. No stick figure women with giant...assets...cinched up under their necks. The name of the game here is creating a world of grounded, believable heroes.

RULE #3: Superhuman abilities must have a reasonable explanation of how they operate. Yeah, we know this is fiction...we’re not being THAT big of a stick in the mud. We just want things to seem kinda-sorta plausible. The idea is to challenge us to tell better stories instead of relying on tropes and over-the-top Deus Ex Machina explanations for everything.

RULE #4: Dead is Dead. There is no coming back from the beyond. We feel comics rely too much on reversing the end of a character to avoid fan backlash. If we kill a character and you write us hate mail... great. It means we’re doing our jobs right!

 And now for the part you really want...sample pages! Take a look at the first seven pages of Into The Darkness below to see firsthand the kind of quality storytelling that means so much to us.

"ITD is one of the best mash-ups of genres I have seen. Episode 1 thrusts you into a trip through a zombie laden semi-apocalyptic world , (with) Cassandra inspired mythology that tightly packs in the action in a Blade-like fashion just in time to leave you asking what the hell happened and why is there a cat everywhere they go? That artwork is stupendous."
~Mãria Beth, COO of Outrightgeekery.com

"Into The Darkness offers a unique spin on the popular zombie genre. The story blends in paranormal elements that let's the reader know that everything may not be what it seems. The first issue does not hold back. It is filled with action and intrigue that already has me theory-crafting. A good opening chapter is gripping without being too mysterious. Into The Darkness does just that."
~Aaron Burton, Effective Nerd

"This comic starts off like looking at a shotgun and admiring its quality for a few moments, just before it blasts out shrapnel in an explosion of what happens next?!!"
~James Burton, Member of Scattered Comics, Creator of Damage inc., and the award-winning Inheritance horror comic.

"Can't wait for the finished product. Visually very impressive. I haven't read a comic since the early to mid 70's when I was a kid. I actually still have some of those comics in my closet. I liked the horror ones, and that's what this felt like. A nice throwback to the horror comics of when I was a kid."
~Holie Goalie, The Gamehounds Podcast

"Into the Darkness starts with a foreboding prophecy, one that predicts dark times and only a sliver of hope. From here we almost literally burst through the door of the story and hurtle forward at break neck speed. You find yourself turning pages as quickly as possible, trying to escape the incoming horrors until to find yourself in an uncertain future, guided by a man who definitely doesn't have himself together."
~Chuck Pineau, Reviewer for Indie Advocates & Freelance Writer/Editor

These are the hard-working, staunch individuals sacrificing life and limb to bring you a story of daring action and chilling terror. Learn more by clicking any image below.

Mark Zuptich - Creator, Writer, Artist, Letterer

Mark is a former Graphic Designer born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio (where ITD takes place). Somewhere along the way, he ditched the design thing and became a Front End Developer. He's been reading and derawing comics as long as he can remember and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three insane cats. In his spare time, he speaks on behalf of the trees to combat over-production of thneeds and truffula tree deforestation.

Mark showing his activist side...
Mark showing his activist side...

Shaun Barbour - Creative Director, Inker, Social Media Guru

Shaun works his rear off on a daily basis in the healthcare industry. Mark snapped him up for ITD after finding that Shaun not only laid down some damn fine inks, but also looked good in skull facepaint. That's a hard to find twofer, right there.

Shaun enjoys giving life to our realm of darkness and instilling terror into his evil minions. Well, it's really just his family but don't tell him that...he's kind of crazy.

He is the skeleton in his own closet...makes things easier.
He is the skeleton in his own closet...makes things easier.

Chris Hall - Colorist

We really don't know much about Chris...his existence is shrouded in mystery and layer upon layer of obfuscating shadows. Or he just lives so far away that we don't associate with him much outside of work messaging—take your pick.

What we do know is that Chris is the house colorist for Eibon Press and has been working in comics for 12 years as a colorist. He has worked for assorted other prints, including The Wicked RIghteous from Alterna Comics. We also know that his professionalism, dedication, and talent consistently challenge the rest of the team to create the absolute best comic we can.

Seriously...we have no idea what the hell he looks like
Seriously...we have no idea what the hell he looks like

Some reward tiers will receive one (or all) of the posters below, or a t-shirt featuring your choice of one of these hand-painted beauties..BEHOLD!

Risks and challenges

As stated in the video, the comic is well underway. We have already finished 7 pages. This means that upon the completion of this campaign, there isn't much time before we have the physical (or digital) reward in your hand. That's where you come in. Printing costs, distribution, and paying the artists are the main priority for this campaign so that we can provide you with an exciting comic that you will be excited to share. Anything above and beyond will go DIRECTLY towards funding the next issue of Into the Darkness and building an even better reward tier for the future. Our goal is to make AAA quality comics with the passion of an indie fan base!

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    No Obligation Thank You

    This is your opportunity to share some love just by scrounging around the couch cushions. What seems like change to you can "change" the fate of Into The Darkness (see what we did there?). Aside from the feeling of karmic wonder that will well up inside you like a fresh mountain spring, you’ll also receive a thanks in the back of the book upon publication.

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    The "Rhymes with Borax" Tier

    Do you speak for the trees? Mark does (we have proof). Become a backer at this level and you’ll get the eco-friendly, super-sweet digital issue, as well as your name in the dedication section. Not to mention you’ll sleep well knowing you did your part to battle deforestation.

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    Choose this level and you’ll get to put your grubby mitts on the very first ever issue of Into The Darkness. Feel its sleek, colorful pages while inhaling the sweet aroma of fresh ink. Risk life and limb with the possibility of crazy paper cuts and then thumb your nose at the conservationists who only back digital copies. It’s totally worth it.

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    Into The Darkness - Digital Deluxe

    You’ll receive a special, pdf version of our extended copy of Into The Darkness with the additional section “Behind The Darkness” detailing creative processes, sketch galleries, and a “director’s commentary” section. See what went into bringing this book to life and then brag to your friends about how much you know about the industry as an insider.

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    The "Wish You Were Here" Tier

    Get exclusive postcards that you can send to all your friends (or enemies, if that's your thing) to show them the coolest new possession in your repertoire of bad-assery. Also includes a physical copy of the book to NOT send to people. It’s yours, you keep it.

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    Into The Darkness - Deluxe Edition

    You’ll receive a special, extended copy of Into The Darkness with the additional section “Behind The Darkness” detailing creative processes, sketch galleries, and a “director’s commentary” section. See what went into bringing this book to life and then brag to your friends about how much you know about the industry as an insider.

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    The Digital Indie Comic Supporter Pack

    Tired of self-centered campaigns? Want a lot of variety for a great price? Feeling the urge to support some amazing independent comic creators? If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, this is the tier for you! Get a digital copy of Into The Darkness # 1, plus TEN other digital comics in one convenient package! Talk about bang for your buck—that's well over 300 pages! We hope you've got plenty of reading time on your hands...

    - N.E.T.squad - Eric Baumgard
    - 5 Seconds - Stephen Kok
    - Cat & Mouse - Joseph Duis
    - Delilah Blast - Marcel Dupree
    - Lady Phantom - Thomas Allwin
    - Replicator - Robert Arnold
    - Salvagers -Bob Salley
    - Tart- Kevin Joseph
    - Villain - Joshua Metzger
    - Lazarus's Eye - Rob Stanley
    *Bonus digital print for an upcoming comic from the creators at Konkret Comics

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    Retail Level I

    Receive 10 copies of Into The Darkness for the shelves of your highly successful business. I mean, with an owner as cool as you are supporting indie comics we just KNOW that statement’s true.

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    The "I'm so Fashionable" Tier

    You’ll get a Physical copy of the book, plus a cool tee that you can wear to show off how smugly superior you are in your knowledge of a hot indie property. Or you can just keep it in a pocket as a spare for when you turn back from your werewolf form. We don’t judge. You’ll be offered your choice from multiple designs based on the promo posters above or the book’s logo.

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    Sketch Cover

    Receive an exclusive copy of Into The Darkness with hand-drawn artwork by creator Mark Zuptich. Own your one-of-a-kind (highly collectible) issue—just try not to smudge it. And don’t eat or drink around it. Beer stains are hell to get out of a comic. Don’t even get me started on pasta.

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    The Summoned

    Are you tired of drawn-in rewards where you end up a lame cutout character in a crowd scene? Not here— no way, no how. What we’ll do is immortalize you as an undead warrior in a horde of evil so you can show off your darker side to everybody you know. Plus you'll get a snazzy physical copy of the book to show everybody until they're sick of hearing about it. Note, we take no responsibility if you push it too far and your friends beat you up. That's on you.

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    Retail Level II - The Blockade Package

    You're a person with vision! You see what lies just beyond sight when you look at Into The Darkness. You’ll receive 25 copies of the genre-crossing indie awesomeness. Plus, because you’re so cool, we’ll throw in an entire set of promo posters (see above) to go with it. Now you can cover those holes in your walls in style!

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    A Piece of the Prophecy

    Are you an aficionado of the Indie arts? Then this is your tier! Own your very own piece of Into the Darkness when you back at this level. You will receive a physical copy of the book, as well as an original page of artwork used in the production of Into The Darkness! WARNING: pages may or may not have smudges from tears of our undying appreciation for you as a collector of fine art. Such features make every piece unique and add to the beauty of natural wood...or, um, page art. Yeah...

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    The "I Bedazzle with Diamonds" Tier

    Face it. If you are actually considering this tier then we should probably fly out to where you are and sign comics in your front yard! In fact, if you do...one of us will. Upon our arrival you can parade us around and take cool videos of us doing even cooler stuff. Plus, you'll get something from just about every tier. At this point we want to meet you just as much as you want to meet us!
    This offer is limited to backers in the continental United States.

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    • Original Artwork from Into The Darkness #1
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    • Additional "Glimpses Into Darkness" section included in issue #1
    • Into The Darkness T-Shirt
    • 5 Promo Posters featuring characters from Into The Darkness
    • Into The Darkness "Postcard" featuring promo artwork
    • Digital pdf version of Into The Darkness
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