**7/31/18 - STRETCH GOALS ADDED! Scroll to bottom of campaign for more details!!**
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!
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!
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!!
Risks and challenges
No risks to mention, in that all work has been completed, and the book is ready to go to print.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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