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By Joe Ramirez
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About this project

My biggest interest and influence has always been Fantasy and ever since seeing the Star Wars Special Editions in theatres, I have wanted to make a story of my own. I developed an idea that would combine all of the things that I loved while growing up. This idea is the comic series titled Samsara. The first book in the series is called Perish and will consist of four 28 page issues. I would like to get the first issue printed and in people's hands with the your help. See the full first issue here:

http://www.joedramportfolio.com/#/comicart/

The core concept of my comic sees superheroes placed in a medieval setting. Superheroes are called Champions and will delve into the mythological aspect of superpowered peoples in this setting. Some would view them as demons or heretics while others would view them as larger than life figures. Perish will cover the early parts of this story and give background to characters in the later stories of Samsara.

Perish - Page 10 w/text
Perish - Page 10 w/text

Most Marvel and DC comics have superheroes in the present day (often mainly in New York for some reason) and I wanted to change up the setting. I have quite a bit of story that I want to explore with this premise and with the characters I have created. Knights with powers would be very highly regarded and most would relish this as a sort of infamy, creating larger than life personas like the Shimmering Soldier or the Lunar Guardian.

Shimmering Soldier
Shimmering Soldier

But the story of Samsara is very character driven and to get to that portion I need characters that the audience can care about. This is why Perish is where I started. It was actually a backstory in the middle of Samsara but if I went this route, it would have taken quite a while to get to. So I made Perish it's own story with important character development of it's own.

Perish follows an initially nameless man throughout the early part of his life and how he becomes the man that will be very prominent throughout the remainder of the series.

Perish Sketch
Perish Sketch

I suppose it wouldn't do any harm giving away a more detailed synopsis about the actual story but I will try to avoid anything that would hinder the enjoyment of the narrative. This first issue sets the scene and tone of this character's story. The man is a Faun Elf living in a village with an eastern aesthetic but his journey will take him to various other locations similar to a an Arabian and Medieval European design. By the end the reader will understand him and learn his name which is not really a secret but more of a journey unto itself.

Character sketch
Character sketch

It will describe how he meets the Empress of Gules and what becomes of their relationship and how it affects the world around them in a very drastic way later on.

Empress of Gules
Empress of Gules

The theme of the Samsara series is: How people deal with death. I found that real world beliefs of death all lead to a singular idea of hope so the story is not necessarily all doom and gloom. Thoughts of better places or reincarnation led me to the title of Samsara which is borrowed from the Sanskrit word for “wander” and has connotations with cycles of change.

Empress Anahita
Empress Anahita

After two of my grandparents died, I had the realization that no matter what would happen afterwards, I would never see them again. It seemed that they were truly gone. If I did see them again how would they recognize me? Would I even remember what they looked like? Death is something that everyone goes through in some form and this is something that my comic book would deal with.

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Perish - Page 14 w/text

Rewards

$3 dollars will get you a signed copy of the book. $10 will get an additional poster with one of the below images. $30 gets everything!

Posters
Posters

I truly hope to work on this for a quite awhile as I love superheroes and fantasy and this is something that has been gestating for a long time. This is my first step into a larger world and I appreciate your interest and possible contribution. If you would like to check out the first issue in it's entirety read it Here.

Thank you
Thank you

 

Risks and challenges

I have worked extensively for the past 5 months really putting everything together for this first issue. I have written all of the dialog and story and illustrated every image from pencil to ink to colors. I want to be able to finish the next three issues by the end of next year and have the whole book of Perish done by the end of 2017. The next issue will not take as long as this one considering the obstacles that I have worked to streamline since starting this first issue.

I intend to get this issue published in some capacity and is what this Kickstarter is all about. I want the issue to be the start of a full book that will be available by the end of 2017. It will be around 96-112 pages and will consist of the four issues of Perish collected into a full volume. Without the funding for this issue though, it will make it much easier to finish the full project as well as find funding in the future for the full volume of Perish.

I do not intent to use Kickstarter for the remaining 3 issues as of now. I hoped to have the first issue be something of a proof of concept to allow me to print 500 issues and sell them, allowing for me to fund the remaining 3 issues which I have already started.

Your contribution will greatly help get the full volume out in stores and I would do everything I can to ensure that if you have funded this project, you would also receive a full volume when finished. I am currently on track to finish the volume by November 2017.

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