Great news folks, we have completed artwork on StarMage #1! So we are now updating this Kickstarter to cover printing costs of issue #1 and the production/printing for StarMage #2.
Please note, because some rewards already have backers, I am unable to update them but if you select a reward that mentions a digital or print copy of StarMage #1, you will ALSO receive StarMage #2.
Check the backer updates for new artwork for StarMage #1!
Sorry for any confusion.
What is this Kickstarter For?
This Kickstarter is to finance the production of the 22 page print issue of StarMage #2 as well as printing costs for both StarMage #1 and #2.
Why Do We Need Kickstarter?
To get professional quality art work from an awesome artist it is a significant investment.
This kickstarter is to fund the production and make provisions to release StarMage#1 and #2 in print.
No matter what, we will find some way to make Darien live, this kickstarter would go a long way in to helping us get this project off the ground and into your hands as quickly as Ray can draw!
Who is Making This Issue?
JC De La Torre is the creator and writer for StarMage. This is his first comic series, but plans to turn his previous written works into the sequential art form and continue their stories through that medium.
De La Torre has written two well reviewed novels, Ancient Rising and Rise of the Ancients – Annuna, as well as Nightmares from Eberus – A Speculative Fiction collection. He has also released to e-book the novellas for Continuum Force and the Serial Vampire series.
He is co-host of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror podcast Transmissions From Atlantis.
Ray Dillon is the illustrator of StarMage #1. He’s an artist and writer in comics, film, video games, trading cards and anything else he can get into. He's married to the beautiful and talented Renae De Liz, also a professional artist. http://www.renaedeliz.com/.
Ray's credits include contributions to KickStarter funded works of Renae's like Peter Pan, Womanthology and the recently funded Treadwater. He has also worked with HBO on Game of Thrones' comics and contributed to NY Times best selling graphic novel The Last Unicorn.
ARTIST: Comics, Film, Games, Cards, Kid’s Books, Novel Covers. CLIENTS: StarMage, Game of Thrones, Borderlands 2: Origins (2k Games, IDW), Ridley Scott’s “Prophets of Science Fiction” & “Meteorite Men” on The Science Channel, Magnolia Pictures, R.L. Stine, Cemetery Dance, Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, Dark Horse, Archie, Science Channel, Warner Bros., Topps, Upperdeck, New Line, Scary Bits Films UK.
The series centers around Darien, a gifted 14 year old boy that discovers that he is not human and 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 learns his magical craft of Kishpu.
Issue #1 is Darien's Origin Story
This issue shows us the power that Darien wields...
The enemies he will face...
The Forbidden Love...
And the losses he must endure...
StarMage is Magic...
Fused with Sci-Fi...
But mostly...it's fun!
Issue #2 is a continuation of that story and an introduction to the magical world of the Sarru Kishpu.
What's In it for You?
Awesome rewards! We have 19 reward ranges for you (and one I hope no one picks) so you have plenty of goodies to choose from. This includes my Darien Connors Bible which if all goes according to plan and StarMage takes over the world, could be used as currency in the New World Order.
Fulfillment could be delayed by the usual...personal sickness, family illness, psychotic episode, killer clowns, blind bus drivers, wormhole swallowing the Earth, alien invasion, an invitation by the Doctor to join him in the TARDIS and the Rapture (I'll still be here, but you might not).
But fear not, even if we fly off in the TARDIS, we will make a trip back to get you your reward!
We were close to completion on Issue #1. The intention was always to take the funds generated from this kickstarter to pay for the completion and printing of issue one and then whatever was left over "pay it forward" for issue #2.
With our last bit, we were able to finish Issue #1, guaranteeing it will be released in some shape or form. Now the focus is solely on getting the funds to print that issue and get Issue #2 completed.
Originally this kickstarter was for Issue #1 of the comic. However, since we were able to complete issue #1 without the need for kickstarter fund (with the exception of printing costs), we're re-focusing this campaign on issue two. If you are at a backer level that gives you a digital or print copy of Issue #1 - you will ALSO get Issue #2.
We would change that description to make it more clear but after a backer has asked for a reward, you are not allowed to change the description. It is a protection for the backer so the person running the project can't change the reward levels to nothing after a backer has contributed.
Digital Download of Star Mage, plus digital art, and your name will appear in one of the "New Enrollees to Lambdu Kishpu" lists of supporters to appear in issue two through six under "To Be Sorted". You're a student heading to the Hogwarts of the StarMage world!
Print copy of Star Mage #1, plus nd your name will appear in one of the "New Enrollees to Lambdu Kishpu" lists of supporters to appear in issue two through six under "To Be Sorted". You're a student heading to the Hogwarts of the StarMage world!
All of the $20 level plus a digital copy of the Darien Connors Bible - written by the creator of StarMage - JC De La Torre. The Bible gives you more insight to the characters, the history of the Sarru Kishpu and more!
Also, a digital copy of the working script from Issue #1.
Plus a personalized letter inviting you to become a student at Lambdu Kishpu and your name will be associated in the "New Enrollees to Lambdu Kishpu" with the shield of Ebbabar (for men) or Eanna (for ladies) - the most powerful magical houses of the school or another house of your choice (visit StarMageComic.com for options).
All of the $50 range, plus all six issues of StarMage's first series run in print, a personalized sketch from the StarMage Art team and an mp3 of the audio theater version of JC's book Ancient Rising ($20 value).
All of the $100 range PLUS name your own 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.
All of the $100 range PLUS 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.
All of the $100 range, plus 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.
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.
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. Also $50 range!
All of $150 plus a 5 page one shot issue bonus - collector's item - personalized for you. Your story, your characters (or characters from the series) set in the StarMage universe. Plus all six issues of StarMage's first series run in print
$150 range Plus JC De La Torre must go to a major con dressed as the female character, Klingon, Wookie or any other character of your choice in fandom. Deliverability of this reward is subject to dress size. :-)