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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
A Limited Edition Print...
A T-Shirt with the S.H.A.R.K. agency logo...
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)!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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