The aim of the campaign is to fund the print run of issues #3 & #4 as singles to complete the first story arc. I decided to avoid going straight to trade as I felt I wanted the backers that have supported us from the #0 issue to have a complete set in the format we have produced to date.
This also provides the perfect jumping on point for new readers as they will be able to buy a complete story told over 5 single issues.
You can download a pdf of our #0 issue for FREE here or by using the link at the top of the page. It's a great taster of the world and story we set out to tell. I hope you'll join us to find out how it ends.
#3 Cover & Preview:
#4 Cover (Sorry can't preview any of it... Spoilers!):
I have once again sourced a set of unique interpretations of the Cognition characters by hugely talented comic artists.
There is work from: Sarah Millman (Heart of Time, NPC Tea, Andy Hanks (aka I Am Zoot), Lukasz Kowalczuk (Slime!, Violent Skate Bulldogs) and Sam Bentley (Cognition),
These pin-ups are always popular, and will feature within the books. Previous backers will note there are only four this time instead of the usual six... But if we get into stretch goals they will feature as art prints too and I'm trying hard to balance the postage implications!
I've always try to produce rewards that will give added value to backers, without the cost of those rewards inflating the target to an extent that the main point of the campaign is lost. That being the print run.
Catch Up Bundles - This is the first chance to buy our complete story all at once told over 5 single issue comics. It's a perfect chance to jump into our world.
Limited Kickstarter Bookplate - A numbered run of 50 bookplates, specific to this Kickstarter Campaign. Each one will be signed by Ken, and signed with a sketch by Sam.
Postcard Set - A set of 6 artcards, 148x105mm, thick stock, coated front for the artwork, with a matte finish on the back.
'BOSS Agent' Patch - Premium square screen printed patch with an overlocked edge and heat seal backer. Featuring a design proclaiming you to be a 'BOSS Special Agent'! Printed in silver.
Cognition Notebook Set - Making a return from a previous campaign, only a few of these left in stock!
Cognition T-Shirt - A blast from the past! We made these tees in our very first campaign and there is VERY LIMITED stock left. If you'd like to pledge at this level get in touch to confirm we have the correct size.
*NOW ONLY Small & Medium AVAILABLE*
Mystery Merch Grab-Bag *Perfect for backers new to the series* - Each Kickstarter campaign has featured guest art for pin-ups and other merchandise. If you are new to our series there is a lot of art you might have missed! These 'Mystery Merch Grab-Bags' feature three 10x8 art prints, three A6 postcards and a sticker. The designs will be randomly selected and you'll be in for a great surprise when it arrives!
The prints/postcards could feature ANY of the following:
Editorial Assessment - Ken will read and provide written overview feedback, on your single issue comic book script or 2 short story scripts. Notes can include plot, pacing, imagery and dialogue. Basically, if you'd like a second pair of eyes to vet your work before making an investment in art this might be for you. This offer is for a single pass review with no further revisions considered.
Ken edits the experimental comic anthology Sliced Quarterly and is an assistant editor for the sci-fi anthology 100% Biodegradable.
“I’ve been lucky enough to receive feedback from Ken on a couple of scripts, and on each occasion his insight into how to improve the flow of the story and into how to distill what I’m trying to say in the story (even when I’m unsure myself) has been invaluable.” - Martin Feekins ('The Mighty Mykflex' and 'Meat' 2000AD Future Shocks)
"Ken has acted as Assistant Editor for 100% Biodegradable for almost two years. His insightful feedback on the submissions sent our way has turned many a potential rejection into an acceptance; he has a gift for salvaging scripts, and putting a new spin on old ideas. And thank goodness for his lettering skills! Without them, I'd have to letter everything with my crayons, and nobody wants that." - David Hailwood (Editor, 100% Biodegradable)
Lettering Services - Ken will letter your comic short story or full issue. This deal along works out to a steep reduction on his regular page rate. You can see samples of his work here - kenreynoldsdesign.deviantart.com/gallery
"I’ve worked with Ken on a number of self-published and published projects, and on each, his lettering and design has added a whole new dimension to the stories. His approach is insightful, professional and honest, which makes him a pleasure to work with.’ - Chris Sides (Markosia, Alterna Comics, Sliced Quarterly, 100% Biodegradable)
You can add additional rewards to your pledge.
*APPLIES TO PHYSICAL REWARD TIERS ONLY*
To add an add-on to your pledge, follow these instructions:
1. Press the ‘Manage Your Pledge’ Button. If you have not pledged yet, it will say ‘Back this Project’.
2. Increase your pledge in the ‘Pledge Amount’ box by the total amount of the items you want to add.
3. Either get in touch and let me know what you intend the extra money to be for and I'll make a note of it, or once the Kickstarter campaign ends you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can clarify your choices.
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal. The main content of the book will be ready to go to print by the end of the campaign. All rewards and Kickstarter exclusives will go into production as soon as the funds are available.
I hope to be able to fulfill all rewards within 4-6 weeks after the completion of a successful campaign. I have geared all the work involved in creating and delivering the rewards towards the skill-set, experience and contacts I have gained through working in the design industry for over 10 years.
If there are any unforeseen problems, I will be transparent and upfront about it, while keeping all backers updated as I solve them.
With the experience gained from my previous six campaigns, I feel totally confident that I’ll be able to deliver on all of the promises set out above.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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