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Darien Connors is the key in a war between magical alien races. Join him as he discovers his secret legacy and untapped powers.
Darien Connors is the key in a war between magical alien races. Join him as he discovers his secret legacy and untapped powers.
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The Comic

Darien is a gifted 14 year old boy who discovers that he is not human and is part of an ancient war between alien magical races. While he learns of his legacy, destiny and importance to the battle, Darien establishes bonds with new, strange friends and is taught his magical craft of Kishpu.

The first series consists of all of these elements as well as setting up the mythology of the Sarru Kishpu, the world of Eridu and their enemies. We’re introduced to Darien’s three friends – Unura, Tirwa and Anthaar – each aliens with their own powers that become crucial in the end game against their hated enemy, Orasmas Xul Sarrum. We’re introduced to the school – Lambdu Kishpu. We learn of the hierarchy of the royal court and parliament of Eridu. 

While the story starts on Earth, we will be taken to the far reaches of the galaxy, meet new races and discover strange new worlds.

The first StarMage comic run will be released as a six part mini-series but will have the opportunity to grow well beyond as long as you, our defenders of the realm, continue to support us!

The Creators

JC De La Torre (author of Ancient Rising, Nightmares from Eberus, Serial and Continuum Force) teams with artists Ray Dillon (The Last Unicorn, Peter Pan, Game of Thrones, Treadwater) and Franco Cespedes (Asusto, El Hallazgo, Rustlers, Badlands) to deliver an epic creator owned comic series.

The Kickstarter

All funds raised by this kickstarter campaign will go into the production of Issues 1 and 2 of Star Mage as well as fulfilling the rewards. If the funding goes beyond our goal, it will also give us a head start in getting issues 3-6 into print.

The artwork for issue one is completed and print ready, Issue two is currently in production and should be completed by the end of this campaign.

Later in the summer we'll be announcing a publisher that will help us package and distribute our comics. However, these books are 100% creator-owned, there's no publisher's financing. Our Kickstarter goal is enough to bridge the gap and get a copy of the first two issues in the hands of readers this fall!

The exclusive kickstarter versions of the comics are independent of the publisher, will be printed and mailed by us directly to you through our printer.

Stretch Goals!

We made our goal in less than 72 hours, but we're not done yet folks. Here are some stretch goals to strive to!

$2,500 UNLOCKED! - WE DID IT! THANK YOU EVERYONE!

$4,000 UNLOCKED! - Everyone will receive an exclusive pinup of the big four: Darien, Tirwa, Anthaar and Unura, drawn by Franco Cespedes.

$5000 UNLOCKED! - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1 and #2 can also count on Issue #3, signed as well!

$6000 LOCKED - $45 and above will receive a limited edition Big Four t-shirt featuring Darien, Tirwa, Anthaar and Unura

$7000 LOCKED - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1, #2 (and #3) can also expect Issue #4, signed as well!

$8000 LOCKED - Join a backer exclusive google meeting or skype call with creator JC De La Torre to talk about the Star Mage books and his other properties (Ancient Rising, Serial - the vampire series and Continuum Force).

$9000 LOCKED - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1, #2 (#3 and #4) can also expect Issue #5, signed as well!

$10,000 LOCKED - An exclusive 5 page preview of the Ancient Rising comic to all backers.

$11,000 LOCKED - Those of you receiving the printed and signed Issues #1 and #2 will receive all six issues of Star Mage, printed.

$20,000 LOCKED - Backers $75 and up will receive a limited edition kickstarter only hard cover omnibus of all six Darien Connors books.

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Orasmas Pinup
Orasmas Pinup
Darien and his father
Darien and his father
Arylos conjures a spell!
Arylos conjures a spell!
Darien is abducted by a UFO!
Darien is abducted by a UFO!

Risks and challenges

There was a previous Kickstarter for this project that we cancelled. After the campaign got off to a slow start, we elected to re-evaluate the project as a whole and determine what we truly needed to make this thing work. First was adding Franco Cespedes as an artist with the series. Second was determining that the rewards we were offering were inadequate and overly priced.

With Franco's addition we were able to cut costs and set this project for a much more manageable level. We also finished the first book and began production on the second.

Also the guidance of Ray Dillon, who has worked on kickstarter funded projects like Womanthology (with wife Renae), Peter Pan (with wife Renae) and Treadwater has been invaluable. We are confident we'll be delivering a kick ass product to your door (or electronic device).

Other risks: These are creator owned books and as such there are risks in that one of us could have some life altering situation that could delay the project. However, with issue one already in the can and issue two on its way, we're confident that shouldn't be a problem.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About $1.00

    As a thank you to all our defenders of the realm, we'll be providing weekly behind-the-scenes updates. It'll be exclusive sneak peeks at artwork; production stuff like sketches, script snippets, black & white art; audio podcasts by Transmissions From Atlantis; Q&A with readers, and other fun stuff! We want all the backers to feel like they're a part of making this comic happen.

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    House of Sabitu Level.
    The full 22-page first issue of Star Mage in digital PDF.

    Plus your name will have inclusion in the Lambdu Kishpu roll call of students (Our Thank You page).

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    House of Kur Level.
    An exclusive Kickstarter only printed copy of Star Mage #1.

    This is a limited edition issue with a special message from creator JC De La Torre. This version of the comic will never be sold in stores.

    Plus your name will have inclusion in the Lambdu Kishpu roll call of students (Our Thank You page)

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    Early Bird Special. To kick off this Kickstarter, the first 100 readers to pledge $10 or more can receive one signed & numbered (limited to 100) version of the Star Mage #1 comic! Signed by creator JC De La Torre. Plus: one EXCLUSIVE PRINT (6" x 9" cardstock, full-color, and double-sided). Plus your name will have inclusion in the Lambdu Kishpu roll call of students (Our Thank You page)

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    House of Zikia Level. The first two issues of Star Mage in digital PDF. Plus your name will have inclusion in the Lambdu Kishpu roll call of students (Our Thank You page). Plus an exclusive print.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    House of Shuruppak level. Printed Issue #1 and #2 AND an exclusive pin up. Add a digital PDF of the Darien Connors bible. Learn more about Darien, the Sarru Kishpu and the enemies of Eridu. See where it all began with this exclusive inside look written by Star Mage creator JC De La Torre.

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    THREE signed copies of Star Mage #1, plus one Exclusive Print.

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    The Anthaar Level! All six issues of Star Mage in digital PDF and a pdf copy of the Darien Connors bible.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    House of Eanna level. All six issues of Star Mage in digital PDF. Kickstarter exclusive print copies of Issue #1 and Issue #2 signed by JC De La Torre and either Ray Dillon or Franco Cespedes, a printed copy of the Darien Connors bible signed by JC De La Torre, the writing scripts of Issue #1 and Issue #2, an exclusive pin up, plus an MP3 copy of JC De La Torrer's fantasy thriller ($20 value), Ancient Rising - the audio theater version.

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    Exclusive Alternate Cover for issue #1! Available for Kickstarter only, this cover will never be available in stores. Signed by JC De La Torre.

    You also receive a signed print copy of Issue #2 , all six issues of Star Mage in Digital PDF, a printed copy of the Darien Connors bible signed by JC De La Torre, the writing scripts of Issue #1 and Issue #2, an exclusive pin up, plus an MP3 copy of JC De La Torrer's fantasy thriller ($20 value), Ancient Rising - the audio theater version.

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    "TEASER" PRINT-- WITH LETTERING! An 11" x 17" full color print featuring the "teaser" image, including all the lettering/text. This will be signed. It'll be mailed flat in an archival, clear-plastic print holder. Plus one each of signed Star Mage #1 and #2 PRINTED comic and one Exclusive Print.

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    Orasmas T-Shirt! Available in all sizes for men and women, get your evil on with Star Mage's Dark Necromancer Lord. Plus one signed Star Mage #1 comic and one Exclusive Print!

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    Darien T-shirt! Available in all sizes for men and women, sport Darien as he manifests his power for all the world to see. Plus signed Star Mage #1 comic and one Exclusive Print!

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    Both printed issues with exclusive kickstarter only alternate covers, signed by the artist and JC De La Torre, plus a Darien/Orasmas T-Shirt

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    House of Ebabbar level. KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! SIGNED Alternate Covers for Issues #1 and #2. Plus all six issues in digital PDF, signed printed copy of the Darien Connors Bible, your choice of Darien or Orasmas T-shirt, a printed copy of the Darien Connors bible signed by JC De La Torre, the writing scripts of all six issues, four exclusive pin ups and an MP3 copy of JC De La Torrer's fantasy thriller ($20 value), Ancient Rising - the audio theater version.

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    NAME A PLANET! You name a planet in the kingdom of the Sarru Kishpu or the evil Bel Etu. Note: Restrictions do apply, (i.e. no trademarked or copyrighted names can be used - like "Griffyndor" or "Tatooine").The planet will be referenced as the name you choose for as long as JC De La Torre writes for StarMage. Plus one each of signed Star Mage #1 and #2 PRINTED comic and one Exclusive Print.

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    BE IN THE ADVENTURE! You or the likeness of someone of your choosing will be a student or faculty at Lambdu Kishpu in one of the six issues of StarMage. Plus issue one and two in print, all six issues of Star Mage in Digital PDF.

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    DESIGN YOUR OWN ALIEN! You name and help design a race in the kingdom of the Sarru Kishpu or the evil Bel Etu. Note: Restrictions do apply, (i.e. no trademarked or copyrighted names can be used - like "Klingons" or "Jedi").The race will be referenced as the name you choose for as long as JC De La Torre writes for StarMage. Plus issue one and two in print, all six issues of Star Mage in Digital PDF.

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    Join JC and Rita on an episode of Transmissions From Atlantis to talk about StarMage, your own project or whatever Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Horror thought comes to mind. TransmissionsFromAtlantis.com averages 60,000 hits a month. Plus Issue one and two printed and signed, all six issues of Star Mage in Digital PDF

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    In addition to issue #1 and #2 in print, an exclusive 5 page StarMage comic written specifically for YOU. You collaborate with the writer and artist to bring your Darien story to the table.

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    One page - all yours - to put in there what you will. Put your original artwork, send a message to someone you love. Show your twitter or facebook handle in neon lights. Whatever you want! Please be aware that restrictions do apply as this is a book intended for YA readers. There cannot be any profanity, nudity or graphic acts of violence and/or sex.

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    Become a Major Character! Instead of just being in the adventure, your likeness (or someone of your choosing) will be added as a major character to the StarMage saga. You'll have speaking lines and be part of a storyline in one of the six StarMage issues. Plus issue one and two with alt covers printed and signed, all six issues of Star Mage in Digital PDF.

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