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Issue 1 of NINA & ARIEL - a post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale, and first creator-owned project by fan favorite artist ED BENES!
1,159 backers pledged $35,003 to help bring this project to life.

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We are proud to present Nina and Ariel - the first creator-owned project by fan-favorite artist ED BENES!  After over 25 years in the comics industry, highlighted by his work on Birds of Prey, Superman, Batgirl, and Justice League of America, Ed is now ready to launch a passion project over 14 years in the making!

First conceived back in 2004 during his work on Birds of Prey, NINA AND ARIEL is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi series inspired by Ed's love of Heavy Metal Magazine and similar European comics of the time, and also the work of Frank Frazetta (Fire & Ice, etc).  For years, Nina & Ariel has had to take a back seat to Ed's regular professional deadlines - and now, Ed has finally dedicated himself to giving these characters the attention that they deserve!

The very first pinup!
The very first pinup!

This is the first of what we hope will be MANY future issues of Nina & Ariel.  All of the work is done:  The book has been scripted, drawn, lettered, and colored.  Now all we need is to send it off to the printer!  The Kickstarter campaign is going to help us cover all print costs, and will also allow us to pay the creators, and to get issue 2 into production as soon as possible!  With your help, this will only be the beginning for Nina & Ariel!

An interior page from issue 1
An interior page from issue 1

 MEET THE CREATORS!

ED BENES (writer, artist) has been a premier artist in the comics industry for over 25 years.  Ed's professional work includes:  Justice League of America, Superman, Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Teen Titans, Deathstroke, Red Lanterns, Iron Man, Thundercats, Gen13...the list goes on and on!  NINA & ARIEL is Ed's very first creator-owned project!

 DINEI RIBEIRO (colorist) - has done extensive work for DC Comics, most recently on New Challengers, Deathstroke, Teen Titans, and Green Lanterns.  He has also worked on several projects for Dynamite, in addition to creator-owned projects

 JORGE VIEIRA (letters) - has worked on several creator-owned project, in addition to his role as manager of the Ed Benes Studio

Issue 1 of NINA & ARIEL is normal comic books size (roughly 7 3/8" x 10 3/4"), and features 27 story pages (+ potential stretch goal bonus features!).  

**Please note:  NINA & ARIEL contains nudity, extreme violence, and explicit language that is aimed at an adult audience and may not be suitable for children!**

Now that we have that covered - on to the rewards!  In addition to posters, t-shirts, and original artwork, we also have many exciting limited edition variant covers available that are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign and will not be printed again:

 And...without further ado, here is a complete rundown of the REWARDS that we have available for you...

**UPDATED 7/31/18 - NEW REWARDS ADDED!! Scroll to bottom for more details!!**

 **7/31/18 - NEW REWARDS ADDED!! **

OK - for starters, we originally planned to hold back 20 copies of each cover for ourselves, and for friends and family, etc.  But then, the full cover sets sold so fast that...well, we're going to go ahead and make our final 20 cover sets available here instead!  And..even better - we were also able to dig up a few remaining copies of the ashcan we created as an advance preview for promotional purposes.  This ashcan was distributed to industry insiders at C2E2 2017, and has never been publicly available before now!  The ashcan includes the first 8 pages of art from issue 1, with Ed's inks next to Dinei's final colors for comparison (art only - no letters).  There is also a letter from Ed explaining the history of the project, and a few early pinups and such.  We added a handful of new Reward options with different combinations and such, and also added a few CGC Signature Series tiers as well!  Hope you find something you like!

And...Here are our STRETCH GOALS!!!

$17,000 - two collectible trading cards featuring cover art from Main Cover and Wrap Cover!  Roughly limited to number of backers who are receiving tangible goods (rounded to nearest 100).

$20,000 - collectible bookmark featuring art from issue 1, roughly limited to number of backers who are receiving tangible goods (rounded to nearest 100).

$24,000 - four additional pages of content!  This could consist of "behind the scenes" footage, interviews, unpublished sketches, and such

$27,000 - two more collectible trading cards featuring cover art from Color Ashcan and Vintage (Color) Covers! Roughly limited to number of backers who are receiving tangible goods (rounded to nearest 100).

$30,000 - Nina and Ariel sticker featuring art as it appears on the t-shirt

$35,000 - FOUR MORE PAGES!  Even more bonus features and behind-the-scenes goodies!

$40,000 - two more collectible trading cards featuring cover art from B/W Wrap Cover and Vintage (B/W) Covers! Roughly limited to number of backers who are receiving tangible goods (rounded to nearest 100).

$50,000 - SIGNED COPIES FOR EVERYONE!  Ed will sign every single MAIN COVER copy that is sold here on Kickstarter!  WOW!!  Hand Cramps!!

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    We don't need no stinking copies!

    Nina and Ariel #1 PDF (digital delivery only)

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    Artist Edition PDF

    By special request - Nina and Ariel #1 Artist Edition PDF (digital delivery only)

    Contents are exactly the same as the regular PDF, with one exception: Interior pages will be the original black and white line art (no color).

    Both PDFs will include a cover gallery, and all bonus features, etc - only the interior pages are different.

    This can also be purchased as an "add-on" - just increase your pledge at any reward level by $4, and include a note with your questionnaire once the campaign ends

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    The Main Objective

    Cover A (Main cover, limited to 1000 copies)
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    PDF Extravaganza

    Receive both versions of the issue 1 PDF (Color and B/W)

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    Wrap It Up!

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    + PDF

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    A Blank Canvas

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
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    Deluxe Virgin Wraparound COLOR

    A Deluxe version of issue 1, featuring:

    * Virgin wraparound cover featuring the full color poster art (which was then cropped for use as the Main Cover)
    * Full color presentation of issue 1
    * 8-page bonus cover gallery collecting the cover artwork for covers B, D, E, F, and both ashcans
    * All 8 pages of extra content (regardless of whether or not all stretch goals are met)
    * This edition is TIME LIMITED! This means that the print run will be dictated by the number of orders received during the final 8 days of this KS campaign...and then will not be offered again!
    +PDF

    PLEASE NOTE: This Edition is also available as an ADD-ON! Just add $20 to your previous pledge if you would like to add this to your order.

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    Deluxe Virgin Wrap B/W ARTIST EDITION

    A Deluxe version of issue 1, featuring:

    * Virgin wraparound cover featuring the full b/w poster art (a full color cropped version of which was used as the Main Cover)
    * B/W Artist Edition presentation of issue 1 (all b/w interiors)
    * 8-page bonus cover gallery collecting the cover artwork for covers B, D, E, F, and both ashcans
    * All 8 pages of extra content (regardless of whether or not all stretch goals are met)
    * This edition is TIME LIMITED! This means that the print run will be dictated by the number of orders received during the final 8 days of this KS campaign...and then will not be offered again!
    +PDF

    PLEASE NOTE: This Edition is also available as an ADD-ON! Just add $20 to your previous pledge if you would like to add this to your order.

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    Wear It Out!

    Cover A (Main cover, limited to 1000)
    + t-shirt

    **PLEASE NOTE: While the t-shirt is only specifically offered at this tier, you can also choose to purchase the t-shirt as an add-on to any other tier for an additional over-pledge of $18. **

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    Hang It Up!

    Cover A (Main Cover, Limited to 1000)
    Poster Set (Signed and Numbered! Only 50 sets printed)

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    Artist Edition!

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
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    2017 C2E2 Nina and Ariel Ashcan (Color)

    Nina and Ariel's first appearance in print!
    16-page preview ashcan featuring inks and colors sans letters for the first 8 pages of issue 1 - distributed as an advance preview for promotional use - only 125 copies printed, many of which probably did not survive the weekend. Also includes main cover of issue 1, plus PDF

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    Retailer Option!

    10 copies of Cover A (Main Cover, Limited to 1000)
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    Deluxe Virgin Wrap Covers (PAIR)

    Here you get BOTH Deluxe Virgin Wrap Color AND Deluxe Virgin Wrap B/W Artist Editions!
    +PDF

    PLEASE NOTE: This Edition is also available as an ADD-ON! Just add $36 to your previous pledge if you would like to add this to your order.

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    Where It All Began (Vintage Color)

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
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    Hang It Up (Version 2.0)

    Set of (3) 11x17 art prints featuring the cover art for Vintage Colour, Vintage B/W, and the color Ashcan cover
    (1) copy of Cover A
    +PDF

    *Each art print is a signed and numbered limited edition of 50

    PLEASE NOTE: This reward is also available as an ADD-ON. If you would like to add this to an existing order, please CONTACT US (send a direct message) and we can take care of this for you. We just need you to let us know first so we can keep an accurate count on remaining quantity available. Thanks!

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    Where It All REALLY Began (Vintage B/W)

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
    Cover F (B/W Vintage Cover + B/W Interiors - Limited to 100)
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    Where It All REALLY Began (LAST CHANCE)

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
    Cover F (B/W Vintage Cover + B/W Interiors - Limited to 100)
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    2017 C2E2 N&A Ashcan PAIR (Color / B&W)

    Nina and Ariel's first appearance in print!
    16-page preview ashcan featuring inks and colors sans letters for the first 8 pages of issue 1 - distributed as an advance preview for promotional use - only 125 copies printed (Color cover), and just for fun, an additional 50 copies printed with B/W cover, many of which probably did not survive the weekend

    Here you receive one copy of each version of the ashcan, and also the main cover of issue 1, plus PDF

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    Ultimate Deluxe Super Set (ALL COVERS)!

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
    Cover F (B/W Vintage Cover + B/W Interiors - Limited to 100)
    Color Ashcan (Limited to 125)
    B/W Ashcan (Limited to 50)
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    CGC Signature Series - Collector Lot!

    CGC Signature Series copies (signed by Ed Benes) of the following covers:
    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
    Cover F (B/W Vintage Cover + B/W Interiors - Limited to 100)

    This includes CGC SS grading + Fast Track, and return shipping from CGC, then to you

    *PLEASE NOTE* We will do what we can to pre-screen nice copies of each book for this Reward. HOWEVER - we cannot guarantee any specific grade. Thank you for your understanding!

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    Silver Sketch Club

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
    Cover F (B/W Vintage Cover + B/W Interiors - Limited to 100)
    PDF
    Plus...
    Silver Logo Ed Benes Sketch Cover w/original single character pencil sketch (your choice of Nina OR Ariel)
    Limited to 15 signed and numbered copies!

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    CGC Signature Series - SUPER-Collector!!

    Same as above CGC Signature Series Collector Lot, PLUS CGC SS copies of both ashcans! WOOT!!

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    Bloody Silver Sketch Club

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
    Cover F (B/W Vintage Cover + B/W Interiors - Limited to 100)
    PDF
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    Bloody Silver Logo Ed Benes Sketch Cover w/original single character sketch w/color (your choice of Nina OR Ariel)
    Limited to 10 signed and numbered copies!

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    GOLD Sketch Club

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover B (Wrap cover, Limited to 300)
    Cover C (Blank sketch cover, Limited to 250)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    Cover E (Vintage Cover - Limited to 150)
    Cover F (B/W Vintage Cover + B/W Interiors - Limited to 100)
    PDF
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    Gold Logo Ed Benes Sketch Cover w/original two character fully finished copic marker sketch
    Limited to 5 signed and numbered copies!

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    Single Character Full Color Commission!

    SIGNED Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
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    Plus...
    11" x 14" full color single character commission of Nina OR Ariel (your choice), executed in pen/inks and copic markers

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    Two Character Full Color Commission!

    SIGNED Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
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    11" x 14" full color commission of both Nina and Ariel, executed in pen/inks and copic markers

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    Original Cover Art (Wrap Cover)!

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    Cover D (B/W Artist Edition - B/W Wrap Cover with B/W Interiors - Limited to 200)
    PDF
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    The original cover artwork to the wraparound cover! Art measures 17" x 22", pen and ink on bristol

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    Original Cover Art (Main Cover)!

    Cover A (Main cover, Limited to 1000)
    PDF
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    The original cover artwork to the main cover! Art measures 17" x 22", pen and ink on bristol

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