I'm Patrick Trahey. I'm the writer of The XII, and I've been working on it for years. I started this project as a script that I wrote living in my mom's apartment. I went through years of searching for the right artist. I Kickstarted and self-published the first issue. I sold it by myself online and at conventions. I teamed up with Alterna Comics to get it into comic shops all over the world. Now I'm going back to Kickstarter to get funding for the graphic novel, compiling issues 1-5 of the series and I need your help.
The XII is a post-apocalyptic thriller published by Alterna Comics. It's the story of Caleb, a father of five trying to keep his family going on failing land. As winter looms, Caleb is forced out onto the Dead Roads in search of greener pastures. Little does he know that a secretive group known as The XII have their eye on him, and if he wants to keep his family safe, he'll have to play by their rules.
Issues 1-4 of the series are available now both online and at your local comic shop, with issue 5 slated for release in late October. This Kickstarter is your chance to pre-order the graphic novel (December 2018), which compiles the first five issues into a trade length graphic novel. If you're a fan of the post-apocalypse - anything from The Road to the Walking Dead - this one's for you.
I hope you'll consider contributing. Thanks for your love and support!
There are three types of rewards you can get for backing this Kickstarter: Comics, a graphic novel, and prints. All the comics and graphic novel will come signed. Here's the breakdown:
Single Issue Comics
All 5 single issues comics of The XII are available through the Kickstarter. Also available is the old-school, self-published version from before I signed with Alterna (now a collector's item, since I am no longer printing these).
This is what you came here for. The graphic novel collects issues 1-5 of The XII. Published by Alterna Comics, this hits shelves December 2018. Pre-order yours and have it sent straight to your home.
Note for the Comic Shops: A special retailer bundle is available through this Kickstarter. Get 3 copies of the graphic novel and 5 copies of each single issue (all signed) for your shop. Up the ante a bit and get the above deal, plus 5 copies of the self-published version of issue one.
I called on friends, peers, and fans to contribute art for this Kickstarter and they delivered. You can get one of your choice, three of your choice, or all six along with the graphic novel and single issues.
Longtime friend, traveling buddy, Chicago native, and prolific artist, Leo Perez contributed to my original Kickstarter so many moons ago. He's back with another one of his bomb signature graffiti style pieces. Check out his work on Instagram at @RealLeoPerez
Graphic illustrator and queen of Rose City, Elizabeth Moore is half of the creative team at the CleverMoore Projekt. You can check her work out at www.clevermoore.com
The mastermind behind the Legendary Sisters of the Laughing Doggebi and collaborator (we may have another project in the works together), Dee is a masterful artist who makes a cameo in issue 4 of The XII (look for the man with an ax!). Check out his webcomic at www.legendarysisters.com
Summoner of doom, bandmate, friend, and prolific comic creator, Jamie Danger has contributed one of his signature terrifying peeks behind the veil of insanity. Check out his work TheSimonCorporation.com
Brandon Ramos is a graphic and staunch fan of the series. After making a call to the Twitterverse for fan art, Brandon responded with a beautiful piece. Brandon, you and all the folks who continually support this series and Alterna are what make this all worthwhile. Check out his work on Instagram at @im_anonhuman
Dani Romero is an artist and the manager of Chimera's Comics in downtown La Grange, IL. Both Dani and Chimera are strong supporters of The XII and Alterna. Comic shops are the lifeblood of the comics industry, so I'm happy to support her and Chimera as much as they have us. You can check out her work at ohhhdis.com
Dan Dougherty is the writer and artist behind Beardo and Touching Evil. He also teaches at the International School of Comics and is an all around great guy. You can check out his work at beardocomics.com
Jacob Halton is an illustrator, designer, a comic creator, and a friend. He's worked with me on numerous projects, and we're currently working on a story with Dee Forrest. You can check out his work at jacobhalton.com
You can also get some swag from The XII. This new reward offers a four buttons, a sticker, and an 11x17 print of the official map of the series.
You, in the Comic
Become a part of history by getting your likeness in a future issue of The XII. We're currently in production of art for issues 6-10 of the series, and you can be a part of it. We'll immortalize you by including in one of these issues. You get the graphic novel, the single issues, and the swag along with it, but most importantly, you get to be in a comic! I'm not even in the damn thing, and I wrote it! This is a Kickstarter exclusive, so if you want it, act now!
Note: Shipping is included for all US orders and varies for orders from Canada and elsewhere.
Risks and challenges
The art is already complete, the issues are already in stores, and the graphic is already heading off to the printers. Risks are minimal here. Consider this a pre-order.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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