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A trade length graphic novel of The XII: The Father from Alterna Comics
A trade length graphic novel of The XII: The Father from Alterna Comics
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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!

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Rewards

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). 

Graphic Novel

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.

Prints

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

Leo Perez - @RealLeoPerezArt
Leo Perez - @RealLeoPerezArt

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

Elizabeth Moore - CleverMoore.com - @EMCleverMoore
Elizabeth Moore - CleverMoore.com - @EMCleverMoore

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

Dee Forrest - LegendarySisters.com - @StudioDoggebi
Dee Forrest - LegendarySisters.com - @StudioDoggebi

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

JSB, Jamie Danger - TheSimonCorporation.com - @The_Simon_Corporation
JSB, Jamie Danger - TheSimonCorporation.com - @The_Simon_Corporation

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 

Brandon Ramos - @im_anonhuman
Brandon Ramos - @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

Dani Romero - ohhhdis.com - @ohhhdis
Dani Romero - ohhhdis.com - @ohhhdis

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

Dan Dougherty - beardocomics.com - @beardocomics
Dan Dougherty - beardocomics.com - @beardocomics

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

Jacob Halton - jacobhalton.com - @JacobHalton
Jacob Halton - jacobhalton.com - @JacobHalton

Swag

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.

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    The Gratitude of The XII

    Our unending gratitude.

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    Alterna Issue 1

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    Self-Published Issue 1

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    Alterna Issue 1 +

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    The Art Lover

    One 11x17 print of your choice (you will receive a questionnaire at the completion of the Kickstarter)

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    Alterna Issues 1-5

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    Sketch Card

    A custom sketch card from Peter Simeti, the creator of Alterna and publisher of The XII. The sketch can be a portrait of any character or person (from The XII or not), up to you. You'll receive a questionnaire at the end of campaign asking what you'd like.

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    Alterna Issues 1-5 +

    Signed copies of all 5 of the single issues, plus a signed copy of the old school self-published version of issue 1.

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    The Graphic Novel

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    Swag

    4 three-inch buttons, 1 sticker, and an 11x17 print of the official map of the series'

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    The Art Collector

    Three 11x17 prints of your choice (you will receive a questionnaire at the completion of the Kickstarter)

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    The Alterna Fan

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    The Series

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    Graphic Novel and Map

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    Graphic Novel and Map +

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    Graphic Novel and Sketch Card

    A copy of the graphic novel and a custom sketch card from Peter Simeti, the creator of Alterna and publisher of The XII. The sketch can be a portrait of any character or person (from The XII or not), up to you. You'll receive a questionnaire at the end of campaign asking what you'd like.

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    The Art Afficionado

    All 11x17 guest artist prints listed in herein. This originally started out as 6 prints, but anyone that we add afterwards is still included in this reward.

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    The Retailer

    The XII: Graphic Novel - 3 copies
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    Novel, Map, Sketch

    The XII: Graphic Novel
    An 11x17 copy of the official map of the series
    A custom sketch card from Peter Simeti

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    Comics and Swag

    The XII: The Graphic Novel
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    The Retailer +

    The XII: Graphic Novel - 3 copies
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    Art and Swag

    1 copy of each of the 11x17 guest art prints
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    Comics and Art

    The XII: The Graphic Novel
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    Everything

    The XII: The Graphic Novel
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    The XII: Issue 1 (Self-Published Version)
    1 copy of each 11x17 guest artist print
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    Your Likeness in a Future Issue!

    Get your likeness included in a future issue of The XII. We're gearing up to create issues 6-10 of the series, and you can appear in one of those issues. Also included in this reward (all comics and graphic novel signed):

    1 Graphic Novel
    5 Single-Issues plus an old-school version of issue 1
    4 three-inch buttons, 1 sticker, and an 11x17 print of the official map from the series

    You'll receive the physical portion of this reward in December along with all other backers, but your likeness in the book will come later, when the next set of issues is released

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