About the Series
The XII is a post-apocalyptic series about a secretive group who are rebuilding society in the ruins of Chicago. Though their methods may be ruthless, their Promised Land is a true metropolis amid utter desolation.
But that's just the overview of the series as a whole. On an issue by issue basis, the series is really about ordinary people trying to survive in a world where any decent plot of land is worth killing for.
Book one is the story of Caleb, a father of five trying to keep his family alive despite failing crops. When a group of bandits rob his farm, Caleb is forced out onto the Dead Roads in search of greener pastures. But little does Caleb know that The XII have their eyes set on him.
I need your help to fund a large print run of issue one, which I'm doing with the amazing team at Kraken Print.
This is the beginning of what I hope to be a long-running series. My amazing artist, Luis Suarez, has completed the art for issues one, two, and three. I've written scripts for twenty issues, and I've plotted the entire series. When it's all said and done, I want this series to run for 60 issues.
In order to get this long series off the ground, I need to start with a bang, making issue one (and by extension, book one) a success. The hardest part, production (i.e. scripting, art, lettering, etc.), is done.
This Kickstarter will help me with distribution. By doing a large print run of this issue, I can sell and promote my comics both online and at conventions at a much lower cost. This is pivotal for starting the series off on the right foot, as any profits made selling the book go back into production of future issues.
This is a series that I want people to get invested in for a long time, and I plan to make it happen whether this campaign is successful or not, but with your support I will have a tremendous head-start.
About Sol Comics
Sol Comics is the home of The XII as well as a ton of short stories of various genres, lengths, and styles. I started Sol Comics because I wanted to start a long-running webcomic, but I also wanted to create comic short stories. I had too many ideas for short stories, and as a writer in the world of comics, my biggest advantage is being able to work on multiple projects with a bevy of talented artists. And so, Sol Comics was born so my series and my short stories would have one place to live together, happily and healthily.
The Team Behind The XII
Writer - Patrick Trahey
My name is Patrick Trahey. I'm a Chicago native, and I love routinely plunging my beloved hometown into apocalypses of the cyberpunk, supernatural, and slow-burn varieties. I'm never afraid to dive into a new genre or style, but I always live by the credo of "story first." Regardless of whether the story is an action filled sci-fi romp, a dark slice-of-life drama, or a slapstick crime comedy, I always do my best to put the story above all else.
Artist - Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez, the ever humble artist of this series, is from the Canary Islands in Spain. Luis has worked for years in animation, creating concept art and animation projects, such as the Goya film award nominated film Hiroku: Defenders of GAIA. Having already published some fanzines, he began his jouney into the world of comics alongside writer Victor Conde and screenwriter Josemide Alonso in Segundo Advenmiento.
Letterer - Magnus
Martin A. Perez (AKA MaGnUs) hails from Montevideo, Uruguay, and is a writer, letterer, and radio host/producer. He writes a column about roleplaying games, comics, and sci-fi, but his main focus is writing and lettering comic books, both from his own imprint (GAS comics) and for other projects. He exemplifies the words of his father, "So unconventional, and yet so traditionalist. Longing for more civilized times, yet a passionate futurist."
The funding needed for this campaign will go towards a large print of issue one, as well as covering the costs of running of the Kickstarter. In the event that the campaign exceeds its goals, additional funds will go into production of future issues. Here's the breakdown:
$7,000 - By doubling the amount of the campaign, I will be able to cover the costs of production and printing of issue four. As a writer, my main production cost is paying my artists, and they are professionals so they deserve every penny they get.
$11,000 - With this much funding I will be able to cover production and printing of issues four and five, as well as a large print run of book one (a trade paperback edition compiling issues one through five).
$11,000 and up - Anything higher than $11,000 will go towards the production of short stories, of which there many in the chute.
And please note that if the campaign cracks its stretch goals, I will add a few more rewards!
Shipping Note: Books and art prints will ship separately.
Here you'll find all the info you need regarding what rewards this campaign has to offer.
For pricing and shipping details, see the rewards listings on the right-hand side of the page.
First and foremost, you can your hands on issues one, two, and three of The XII.
Caleb, a father of five trying to keep his family alive despite failing crops. When a group of bandits robs his farm, Caleb is forced out onto the Dead Roads in search of greener pastures.
Forced out onto the Dead Roads, Caleb heads back towards the city, towards the past he left behind. But little does he know that The XII have their eyes on him.
When Eli runs off to warn a group of bandits about an imminent attack, Caleb is faced with his worst nightmare. But with the revelation that The XII are after him, Caleb has no choice but to rush home.
But as always with Sol Comics, there are short stories as well. There are four available in a select package.
When Murphy (if that is his real name) cons a mob boss's wife out of $100,000, he's forced to go on the run with only a bottle of tequila and a stack of fake passports to his name.
Heartbreak can destroy you, as it did to Lewis. But when Lewis's Harlot broke him, he became something more, and he realized that only by breaking the hearts of others could he exact his revenge.
Annette Berringer has dreamed of touching down on a distant planet ever since she was a little girl watching the Colonial Frontier Commission teams land on Harvest colony. When she discovers an anomalous planet she gets more than just the chance to explore, she discovers what she believes is sentient life.
The Shadow Merchants:
The Shadow Merchants were Prince Luciano's destiny. They always were, and always will be. They offer riches untold, magics all-powerful, and beasts long-forgotten. The price for these treasures? Only the prince's destiny.
There's a lot of great art available for backers of this campaign. I have six different prints available, three from local Chicago artists and three from Sol Comics veterans. There are also two special pieces from Luis himself, as well as prints of sequential art directly from the books.
All of the artists who contributed to this campaign are personal friends and great people. You can get prints of their work, or, for one lucky individual, you can get the original version of their work.
Angel is a comic artist, an animator, and an all around great guy. His style lends a bit of comedy to horrific monsters, and a bit of horror to comedic characters.
Leo draws his inspiration from a background in graffiti, which is apparent in his lush, vibrant use of color. He's one half of Cheeselord Comics, and he's well known throughout Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood as "the guy who paints the windows."
Ali is the writer and artist of "The Hastry Pastry," a true lover of pugs, the first person I ever worked with, and a dear friend. Her trademark swirls help her put her own spin on any canvas she touches.
Sol Comics Veterans
Sebastian is a sequential artist whose work has been published by the likes of Arcana, Boom Studios, and Marvel. He's the artist behind Murphy, A Dish Best Served Medium Rare, and Immortality. And on top of all that he also does the art for the webcomic The Demon Archives.
Felix "Firefox" Novara is an Indonesia based artist, a dedicated father, and a contributor to the webcomic Drowtales. He is the artist and letterer of The Shadow Merchants.
Pablo is jack of all trades: part graphic designer, part illustrator, and part sequential artist, but all professional. He is the writer and creator of the 500+ page webcomic Monsterful, and a versatile hand in styles suitable for all ages.
If you missed his bio above, Luis is the one and only artist of The XII. For this campaign, we went a bit ahead in the story give you a sneak peek of The XII's mysterious and enigmatic leader, as well as the official world map of the series.
For lovers of the sequential arts I'm offering limited edition, 11x17 prints of actual pages from the series.
If you'd like to see your likeness appear in The XII, this is your only chance to do it, but fair warning, I plan to kill you (unless you really, really, reeeeally don't want to die). Your face will appear in a future issue on a side character only to be promptly shot, burned, and/or blown off. Enjoy!
A Metropolis Amid Desolation
Meet me (the writer and creator) of this series in person and receive a guided tour of downtown Chicago, featuring an insider's look into the locales that play a role in the series, as well as behind the scenes info on the series. I'll also buy you dinner! And your name will be featured in a super huge way on the thank you page because you're awesome. *(airfare and lodging not included)
Risks and challenges
A large print run of issue one is actually already in the works (the whole point of the Kickstarter campaign being that I recoup the money I've already spent). The print-ready PDF was sent off to Kraken Print, and it's in the works as we speak. However, printing is a fickle beast, and things can go wrong. I've timed this so that the printing should be done around the time the Kickstarter comes to a close, but if something comes up there might be a delay. The longest delay I would expect would be about a month, two at the most.
As for issues two and three, and my short stories, I already have copies ready to go. The challenge that could arise is if I sell more copies than what I have in stock (which is a challenge I hope to face) If this is the case, I will place a reorder to handle the extra sales. The good news is that reorders are much quicker than placing an initial order, so even at most delivery would only be delayed by a few weeks.
Like I said, production is already done on issues one, two, and three, so I'm just managing the orders. Rest assured that I will do everything in my power to get your rewards out as soon as possible.
In the event that I reach my stretch goals and we get into production of issues four and five, that will take longer. Luis is currently working on the art for issue four, and issue five is still a ways off. My estimated date to have issue four ready to ship is October, and issue five I would say should be ready around March of 2016. Life does happen and sometimes things get slowed down, so issues four and five might take a bit longer. And again, please note these are the stretch goals.
Otherwise, there's not a whole lot of challenges involved. All the real legwork is already done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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