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Explore worlds of wonder, fantasy, and sci-fi with the DF Crew and talented fresh faces in comics. Six stories for any comic fan.
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The DF Crew is back with the talented fresh artists Sarah Elkins, Joel Ferris, and Shannon Fowler, and editors Erin Meier and Ellery Prime to bring you Capitalism and Other Stories, a 40-page comic anthology about the world in which we live and the worlds in which we dream. All monies raised will go to the art, production, and printing of the anthology. 

Our goal for the Kickstarter campaign is $4,000; however, the actual cost of the anthology is above that, with artistic costs alone being over $5,000. If we reach $4,000, all rewards will be presented.

BACKER BONUSES

First Tier SUCCESS! - $1,000 SKETCHES REVEALED

Also at $1,000, all backers received an eight-page preview of Destiny's Fate #3!

Second Tier SUCCESS! - "DRAGON SLOBBER" POSTER REVEAL! 

GOAL REACHED! 

 ALL REWARDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED, and WE'LL SEND OUT "PUNKING SANTA" TO ALL BACKERS AT PROJECT END!

All first-day backers will receive a poster by “Capitalism” artist Joel Ferris, signed by Ferris and writer Devin L. Michaels! Bonus ends March 5th at 11:00 A.M.!

By Joel Ferris
By Joel Ferris

HOW WE GOT HERE

Capitalism and Other Stories is a serendipitous comic project of passion and pride. My graphic designer friend Joel Ferris approached me in early September to do a short project, so I revamped an old story, “Capitalism,” about a pain-sucking being called a syphon who was raised by a syphon-trafficker and became an assassin. 

Then, in October my writer friend Don Pankievicz asked me if I would get the Destiny’s Fate crew together to raise money for Toys for Tots, and the end result was “Punking Santa,” a short story for It’s Like That Studios’ Twisted Christmas anthology. 

From there, I reconnected with Shannon Fowler, a graphic designing friend, for “Dragon Slobber,” and with the addition of “To Ride a Cloud” and artist Sarah "Neila" Elkins, the anthology took on a life of its own. 

THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE AND THE WORLDS IN WHICH WE DREAM 

"Capitalism" Page One by DLM, Joel Ferris, and Mike Stock
"Capitalism" Page One by DLM, Joel Ferris, and Mike Stock

A syphon who can steal pain from others, assassin Rio St. James hunts down those who traffic his kind for military slavery, including his senator father. With artwork and colors by Joel Ferris, production by Mike Stock, and editing by Ellery Prime, this twelve-page story will make you question the highly-valued economic system. 

"Punking Santa" Page Four by the DF Crew
"Punking Santa" Page Four by the DF Crew

Witch Autumn is getting into the holiday spirit, just not the Christmas spirit. The DF Crew is back! Eight pages of holiday fun with artwork by Mau Vargas, colors by Rodrigo Tobias, and letters and production by Mike Stock 

By DLM, Shannon Fowler, and Mike Stock
By DLM, Shannon Fowler, and Mike Stock

Ren Emberlyn is a border guard who upholds the law on the edge of Skywing Country. Harper Chase is a modern day dragonslayer who exterminates the shape-shifting dragons living illegally in Human Territory. When they work together, they pursue dragons almost as intensely as each other. Seven, intense pages with artwork by Shannon Fowler, letters and productions by Mike Stock, and editing by Erin Meier 

"To Ride a Cloud" Page One by DLM, Sarah Elkins, and Mike Stock
"To Ride a Cloud" Page One by DLM, Sarah Elkins, and Mike Stock

“When you fly, you can always fall,” Shea’s older sister Kel told her, but after Kel’s own tragic fall, Shea has to learn how to live—and fly—again. Six heart-wrenching pages with artwork and colors by Womanthology artist Sarah Elkins, letters and production by Mike Stock, editing by Erin Meier 

By DLM, Mau, Rodrigo, and Mike
By DLM, Mau, Rodrigo, and Mike

An elderly couple doesn’t know the meaning of “ ‘til death do us part.” –Three pages of marriage "bliss" by the DF Crew! 

Kainoa, Edge, and Ravage seek nourishment after a hard battle and find themselves lost in time! – Two/Three pages of time-traveling enjoyment by the DF Crew with guest stars! 

REWARDS APLENTY

Poking around? See anything you liked? We have a wide variety of rewards from which to choose. We have digital copies (PDF), printed copies, posters, original art, even Paul Allor*! (Restrictions apply. See rewards for details.) This is also a great time to pick up Destiny’s Fate #3 since we never ran a Kickstarter for it! The only people who received it were full-series backers from the Round Two Kickstarter.

DF#3 Cover by Mau Vargas and Mike Stock
DF#3 Cover by Mau Vargas and Mike Stock

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I CLICK THE PLEDGE BUTTON?

So you liked and you backed! YOU ARE AWESOME! GLOMP! THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

With your rewards, you’ll also receive: 

* Your name printed in a special edition of Capitalism and Other Stories 

* A special thank you tweet from @DevinLMichaels 

* Behind-the-scene updates as we work toward the goal (BACKER BONUSES)!  Our first backer bonus starts at $1,000!

Every pledge will go to the creation and production of the project and rewards—the artistic, production, and shipping costs—but you will be rewarded with beautifully crafted artwork, an amazing set of stories by professional artists, and a delightful set of extras, showcasing the creative process. 

If we meet the goal (*crosses fingers*), all stories will be completed. Artists will be commissioned to finish their work, and the book will be printed and distributed to backers and retailers. 

ANTHOLOGY CREW 

STORY 

Devin Leigh Michaels is a former DC Comics intern and has been an avid reader of comics for nineteen years. She has been published in America’s Got Stories, You Are Not Alone and Women’s Anthology Volume 3 by GrayHaven Comics, and Twisted Christmas by It’s Like That Studios (comics). She campaigned a successful Kickstarter for her creator-owned comic Destiny’s Fate, and when she’s not geeking out, she copywrites for GOGO Worldwide Vacations, updating the Twitter feed, Facebook, and blog, and edits the company’s publication, On the Go: A Magazine for Travelers. She resides in New Jersey and used to live on green tea fraps before producing comics. Social Media: @DevinLMichaels; FB: Devin Leigh Michaels; devinlmichaels.tumblr.com; and devinlmichaels.com

ART 

Sarah "Neila" Elkins is a freelance artist and writer who has been working in comics since 2008. She started work as an colorist assistant and now pencils, inks and colors. She has worked on Womanthology: Heroic and Womanthology: Space and self-published "Sharkpony and the Glitter Riders" through a online fundraiser. She currently draws the webcomic "Here There Be Monsters," a tie in to "Charby the Vampirate," as well as continues to work as a colorist assistant flatting pages. A workaholic fueled by coffee and rice, Neila often loses track of what day it is and how much time has passed. 

Rodrigo Tobias Eyzaguirre has been a comic book store clerk, a production assistant, and a professional illustrator, the last for ten years. His focus is publicity work doing storyboards, commercial illustrations, and character designs. He also publishes illustrations in Mexican magazines such as Big Bang and Discovery Kids of Editorial Televisa. In 2008 he was the art director and penciller of Angel Caido Cronicas, a comic book miniseries related to the Mexican film Angel Caido before becoming the art director for LHSM Studio, an animation company in Mexico. His own studio, Graphic Leak (www.graphicleak.com.mx), launched last June and offers commercial illustration and animation, including comics. He is also the colorist for Destiny’s Fate

Joel Ferris is an illustrator and graphic artist from the suburbs of Philadelphia. He studied fine art at University of Maine, and his first real art gig was in screenprinting, making separations by hand and stat camera — old school. Joel pent 25 years in graphics, doing the occasional freelance work. He's now a free agent at Bad Pineapple Studios. Social media: @gwgferris; FB: Joel Ferris

Shannon Fowler is a native of Colorado with an unlimited enthusiasm for the arts. Her undergraduate work in 2008 included a Bachelors in the Fine Arts at Colorado State University, with concentrations in Drawing and Graphic Design. Shannon more recently completed her Masters of Business Administration at the University of Colorado in 2013, with emphasis on Marketing and Business Strategy. She currently works in Colorado as a graphic designer for a private company, as well as a freelance artist specializing in the digital arts. Her current comic project, “Breakaway,” is a labor of love and self expression. Social media: emilylorange.tumblr.com; @emilylorange 

Mauricio Vargas-Martinez is a storyboard artist who has worked on several commercials for companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snickers, Milky Way, and Cricket, for the Latin American and American markets. He also has worked for advertising directors in Europe, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, and the United States. He is also the artist for Destiny’s Fate and resides in Mexico. Social Media: @122476 

LETTERS AND PRODUCTION 

Mike Stock has worked as a graphic designer since graduating the Arts University College Bournemouth, but he started lettering in 2011. He currently acts as a Digital Editor for the Dead Roots (http://www.deadroots.co.uk/) anthology and VS Comics (www.vscomics.co.uk). His lettering credits include multiple stories for Dead Roots and VS Comics, as well as Jon Lock's Afterlife Inc. and several short stories for Starburst Magazine. He lives in England and talks with the awesome English accent. Social media: @sheriffstocky; www.michaelstock.co.uk, FB: Michael Stock

EDITS 

Erin Meier is an avid reader and grammar nerd who has been editing for Devin since 2008. After studying chemistry and biology, she pursued a graduate degree in biosecurity and disaster preparedness, showing what happens when you let a five year old watch Bill Nye and MacGyver. When not reading whatever she can get her hands on, Erin works for a state emergency management agency, working with locals to improve community preparedness and resilience. She currently resides in Tennessee. Social Media: @ErinMeier 

Ellery Prime began writing long before the Internet was around to appreciate it, but eventually technology caught up, and her love affair with fandom began. These days, her personal muse and taskmaster, Darth, bullies her into getting the voices out of her mind and onto the computer screen, otherwise she misses turns when she’s driving because she can’t stop telling herself stories in her head. Her philosophy for life and literature is that everything is better with a little bit of edge, a hint of the uncanny, and a dash of humor. She is the creator and writer of Gauntlet, a serial for Chromatic Press. Social Media: @eprimex; eprime.tumblr.com; Gauntlet 

Kainoa from Destiny's Fate by Mau (with Mau's famous battle cry)
Kainoa from Destiny's Fate by Mau (with Mau's famous battle cry)

Risks and challenges

With every group project, there are risk and challenges; however, Capitalism and Other Stories has very few. The creators with whom I work are professionals. Mau is a corporate storyboard artist, and Rodrigo own his own production company. Mike works for VS Comics in Britain. Joel was a graphic designer for a major corporation before going freelance. Shannon graduated from college with a degree in drawing and graphic design, and Sarah is a comic veteran whose work has been in such anthologies as Womanthology and Womanthology: Space.

Furthermore, “Punking Santa,” “And Another Thing, ” and “Dragon Slobber” are completed. “Capitalism” and “Riding the Clouds” have already begun production, and “Ravenous” will once the Kickstarter is complete. With your help, the stories will be finished and the book printed.

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