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Agents from an underfunded spy organization fight robots, cops and budget cuts trying to recover a stolen formula for invulnerability.
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Hey folks!

So since you're here I guess the first question you're asking is what exactly is the Season of the S.H.A.R.K. Kickstarter all about?  Well let me tell ya...

**UPDATE #4** We hit our first stretch goal!

**UPDATE #3** Since we managed leap over our initial goal with 15 days still to go (a fact that has totally blown us away and we can't thank you guys enough!), Jeff and I came up with some stretch goals.  To check them out scroll down to the bottom here or check out the update section.  Thanks!

**UPDATE #2** : Special "Thank You" print.

**UPDATE #1** : Check out a preview of the first few pages from issue #1 here: www.seasonoftheshark.com

To thank you all for helping us reach our goal in less then half of the time necessary, the following print will be mailed out to everyone who backed us at a level of $20 or more and are already getting physical rewards. For those of you who have backed digital only reward levels, we'll be sending you out links at the end of the Kickstarter where you can download this print in various sizes that will allow you to use it as cell phone and / or desktop wallpapers.

Kickstarter "Thank You" print!
Kickstarter "Thank You" print!

Don't worry, before we send them off the print will be done up in full colour, and when finished will act as a nice before / after companion piece to the current print we're offering.

Thank you all and stay tuned for some stretch goals!

Season of the S.H.A.R.K. (or just "Sharks" as we tend to call it) is a soon to be self published comic book series created by Jeff Dabu (penciller / inker / co-writer) and myself, Ed Ryzowski (colorist / letterer / co-writer).  We've taken different aspects of various genres of comics, TV, and movies that we've both enjoyed over the years and merged them into one ongoing spy-comedy-action-adventure-mockumentary comic.

The main cast of Season of the S.H.A.R.K.
The main cast of Season of the S.H.A.R.K.

The series centers around, Shelby, Francis, Cooper and "The Chief".  Four members of a secret, yet sadly woefully underfunded, government agency.  So underfunded in fact, that the S.H.A.R.K.'s Chief of Operations has made a deal with a film crew allowing them access to his agents as they attempt to both protect and serve their country, and further their own personal agendas.  Which in the case of this first four issue installment involves recovering a stolen formula for invulnerability (which one of their own team not only discovered, but also inadvertently utilized) so that they can in turn sell it and finally retire from their high-risk / low-pay death defying jobs forever.

Shelby and Francis in action.
Shelby and Francis in action.

If you'd like further information on any of the cast, you can find that (and much more) at our website www.seasonoftheshark.com

The initial story arc, which we've set this Kickstarter up to help us produce, will be told over four 24 page (not including the covers) full-colour comics, with each new issue coming out bi-monthly in digital format. This Kickstarter will essentially allow you to pre-order all four issues or just the first one if you prefer (which is currently scheduled to ship in December), and the money raised here will go into covering the costs of producing the four issue run, revamping our website, and any extra rewards we'll be offering during this campaign.

Sample page from issue #1.
Sample page from issue #1.


As of this moment, the issue release schedule will be as follows:

Issue #1 - December 2014

Issue #2 - February 2015

Issue #3 - April 2015

Issue #4 - June 2015

We're hoping that sooner rather then later we'll be able to start releasing issues monthly instead of bi-monthly, but for the time being this is a release schedule we know we'll be able to achieve without running the risk of any delays.

Speaking of which, one of the key points that I'd like to mention to anyone considering backing this project is that as of this moment, before the Kickstarter is even finished, the first issue is 98% DONE (and by that I mean all but the colours on just four pages)! So while it will of course take some time to get any of the physical rewards out to you, the first issue should be sent out just a few days after the successful completion of this campaign.

S.H.A.R.K. logo
S.H.A.R.K. logo

Even better, due to an insane effort on Jeff's part, both issues #2 and #3 are already penciled and inked, and issue #4 is currently at about 50% done.  Due to this fact, you can be fairly confident that there will be no delays in getting the rest of the issues out to you on time.

As well, Jeff has worked for companies such as IDW, Viper, and Penny Farthing Press, so he is no stranger to professionalism and the importance of meeting deadlines.  For my part I've been working full time as a freelance artist for years now, and continue to act as the colorist on such titles as Gutters, Looking For Group, NPC, Captain Ultimate, and Evil Inc.  So I too know the importance of consistently meeting the expectations of both publishers and readers.

Now, on top of the comics themselves, for those of you who would still like something you can touch and feel, we're also doing our best to offer some additional rewards for backers in a range of various levels. Such as...

 Customized PVC S.H.A.R.K. ID Badges...

S.H.A.R.K. ID badge
S.H.A.R.K. ID badge

A Limited Edition Print...

A Season of the S.H.A.R.K. print exclusive to Kickstarter backers.
A Season of the S.H.A.R.K. print exclusive to Kickstarter backers.

A T-Shirt with the S.H.A.R.K. agency logo...

S.H.A.R.K. T-shirt
S.H.A.R.K. T-shirt

Original art...

Original art pages, both pencils and inks, from issues 1 - 4
Original art pages, both pencils and inks, from issues 1 - 4

Plus sketches, the chance to be drawn into the book as a character, and possibly more.

On a final note, this is a project that Jeff and I have been working towards getting out there for years now.  It's grown to mean a lot to us, and so we're striving to do the best work we can with it, and hopefully that will shine through on each page of every issue.

Thank you very much for your time (and hopefully your support)!

Kickstarter Reward Level Breakdown
Kickstarter Reward Level Breakdown
S.H.A.R.K. stretch goals!
S.H.A.R.K. stretch goals!

Risks and challenges

There are of course risks and challenges with any project like this, but we've done our best to limit them in the case of Season of the S.H.A.R.K.

As I mentioned above, we've already completed all but the colours on four pages of the first issue before even getting this Kickstarter started, and Jeff has also finished penciling and inking issues #2, #3 and most of #4, which has already put us well ahead of schedule.

In regards to the production of the rewards, we've done our best to make sure we're working with only establish companies that have proven track records when it comes to fulfilling their commitments.

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    Pledge CA$ 3 or more About $2

    ISSUE ONE: You'll receive a digital copy of Season of the SHARK #1. As well you will have your name listed in the letters page of the first issue, and recieve a high five from one of us should we ever be lucky enough to meet in person. Fist bumps are also available, as are head nods for those germaphobes out there (though I swear both Jeff and I wash our hands regularly).

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    EARLY BIRD DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: The first 50 people will save on digital copies of issues 1 - 4 of Season of the SHARK. Issue #1 will arrive in your inbox on December, 2014, with each issue arriving bi-monthly thereafter. Also thanks and limited edition early bird high fives.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $7

    ISSUES 1 - 4: You'll get a digital subscription for Season of the SHARK issues 1 - 4. Issue #1 will arrive in your inbox on December, 2014, with each new issue arriving bi-monthly thereafter. Also thanks and high fives.

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $15

    S.H.A.R.K. EMPLOYEE: Along with digital copies of issues 1 - 4, you will be sent your very own S.H.A.R.K.s ID card showing that you are an employee of the agency. Provide us with a photo, your name, and pick from a list of personnel positions (that we'll provide you with) and we'll make it happen. Also thanks and high fives.

    PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    LIMITED PRINT & S.H.A.R.K. ID CARD: Along with digital copies of issues 1 - 4, and your very own S.H.A.R.K.s ID card, you will also receive a LIMITED EDITION full colour 6x9 print. Also thanks and high fives. PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $22

    S.H.A.R.K. SHIRT: Along with digital copies of issues 1 - 4, you will also get a S.H.A.R.K.s agency T-shirt. Also thanks and high fives.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $37

    SKETCH REWARD: With this level you get digital copies of issues 1 - 4, as well an inked sketch of one of the characters of your choice. And of course, thanks and high fives.

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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $56

    DRAW YOU LIKE A FRENCH SHARK: Along with digital copies of issues 1 - 4, backers who choose this level will get to have Jeff draw them as a S.H.A.R.K agent, scientist or another type of agency employee of their choosing (or perhaps one of their enemies). You'll also get a full colour print of the drawing coloured by me. Thanks and high five also included.

    PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $75

    SPECIAL AGENT S.H.A.R.K. PACKAGE: Along with digital copies of issues 1 - 4, you get the S.H.A.R.K.s ID card, a Limited Edition Print, a T-Shirt, and the DRAW YOU LIKE A FRENCH SHARK reward. Also thanks and high fives. PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 125 or more About $94

    ORIGINAL ART PACKAGE: Along with a digital subscription for issues 1 - 4 of Season of the SHARK, you will also receive one page of original interior pencil art signed by Jeff Dabu. And of course you'll get thanks and high fives as well. PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 140 or more About $105

    ORIGINAL ART PACKAGE PLUS!: Along with a digital subscription for issues 1 - 4 of Season of the SHARK, you will also receive one page of original interior pencil art signed by Jeff Dabu, an ID Card, and a Limited Print. And of course you'll get thanks and high fives as well. PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 175 or more About $131

    ORIGINAL PENCILS AND INKS PACKAGE: Along with a digital subscription for issues 1 - 4 of Season of the SHARK, you will also receive one page of original interior pencil art as well as the hand Inked page signed by Jeff Dabu. And of course you'll get thanks and high fives as well. PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 190 or more About $142

    ORIGINAL PENCILS AND INKS PACKAGE PLUS!: Along with a digital subscription for issues 1 - 4 of Season of the SHARK, you will also receive one page of original interior pencil art as well as the hand Inked page signed by Jeff Dabu, an ID Card, and a Limited Print. And of course you'll get thanks and high fives as well. PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $374

    LAB RAT PACKAGE: In issue 4, three lab workers (which Jeff and I have taken to calling the "lab rats") are introduced. While these characters have only a limited roll in that issue, we have bigger plans for them should Season of the SHARK continue into issues 5 - 8 (like we plan / hope). This package allows you to be drawn into the book as one of the "lab rats". You will also receive two specialized Top Level Clearance ID cards with both your picture as well as the drawn version of yourself, a sketch and coloured print of you as the lab rat, the Limited Edition print, a T-Shirt and of course a digital subscription of issues 1 - 4 and thanks and high fives.

    PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015, and issue #4 may not be out till June 2015.

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    Pledge CA$ 750 or more About $561

    SUPER AGENT REWARD: With this reward you'll pretty much get it all, plus bit more. You will receive everything listed in the LAB RAT PACKAGE, as well as have the opportunity to choose the name of your lab rat (we reserve veto power just in case). You will get the ORIGINAL PENCILS AND INKS PACKAGE, along with first pick from any of the finished pages we have available. You will also get four extra T-Shirts, Limited Prints, ID cards and we will send digital copies of issues 1 - 4 to four other people of your choosing. PLEASE NOTE: Issue #1 will be in your inbox in December 2014, however the additional rewards may not arrive till January 2015, and issue #4 may not be out till June 2015.

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