A 120-page graphic novel chronicling a young girl's impossible mission to free a xenophobic alien race from an intergalactic syndicate.
To celebrate the end of our first great week of the project, we're adding& updating rewards across the board.
Update: As we head into the last week of the campaign, we've added another sketch reward - this time from the amazing Phil Hester. Check out some examples of his work below and snatch this reward up before it's gone.
Additionally, if you were thinking of backing the project but haven't, now's the time to do so. We only have a few days left to make this happen. And thanks again to everyone who has already backed us, and to those who have been spreading the word. We wouldn't have made it this far without your help.
Update: We've heard people say they want more Horizon's End stuff. Well, we aim to please. With today's update we've added a bunch of new reward options, including T-Shirt, Onsie, Coaster Set options, a new sketch reward, and 2 massive Horizon's End swag bags. Check out all the new options and help us get the word out!
Update 1: And this is the big one - ALL print copies of the Horizon's End graphic novel are now going to be distributed as Hard Covers instead of Soft Covers! You read that right! If you backed us at any level that included a physical copy of the book, you'll get it as a Hard Cover for no extra cost.
Update 2: We've added a new Digital tier reward which includes a bunch of extra digital goodies for only $5 more than the standard digital reward. Additionally, this upgrade will also be added to all rewards from the $25 level and up and no extra cost!
Update 3: We've added a new limited edition reward that includes a signed copy of the book and BOTH 11x17 prints signed & numbered (previously only available separately) for only $50.
Update 4: Since we're now including the Behind the Scenes digital book in the $15 reward, we had to update our Stretch Goals. With that change, we've now added an Unlockable Short Story Collection as our first goal (see the Stretch Goal section below for details).
Check back often for more updates because we're just getting started!
What is Horizon's End?
Horizon's End is a science fiction epic in the vein of the classic space opera and science fiction adventure series. It's focused on the intergalactic story of a teenage girl caught between the need to avenge her murdered loved ones and the sense of duty instilled in her by those who rescued her from a life of slavery.
Exploring themes of self-discovery, independence, and trust, Horizon’s End is a 120 page, full color, original graphic novel. With your support, it will be the first in a series of stories that depict our heroine's adventures as she balances her personal goals of vengeance with galactic society's need for her to become the hero she never wanted to be. In the end, Horizon’s End is a story about people that just happens to take place in a science fiction setting.
Set in the far reaches of our universe, Horizon's End is a traditional tale of good versus evil with a Sci-Fi twist. We first meet Andara on the remote, backwater planet Usyel, as she and her mentor, Caido, attempt to free the pre-industrialized people from the Black Dominion - an intergalactic syndicate that preys on weak societies that haven't yet reached first-contact with off-world life.
The story quickly takes a tragic turn, though, as Andara finds herself alone on this hostile world, surrounded by a xenophobic race of aliens that simply see her as another invader. Our heroine soon learns that there's more to being a hero than charging in and smashing heads together. And she has to decide whether she can put the needs of an entire planet before her growing urge to simply mete out her revenge and move on.
Andara is, essentially, a rebellious teenager without a safety net. She’s thrown into a situation where she can’t rely on anyone. She has to depend on her wits to survive, while becoming an inspiration to others. And she has to do all this while dealing with her insecurities and, maybe more importantly, attempting to corral those inner demons of revenge. Maturity can’t be taught. It’s something a person learns on their own, when they’re ready. As cliché as it may sound, this is a coming-of-age story wrapped in a nice space opera bow.
Orphaned during the Black Dominion’s invasion of her planet, Andara was rescued and taken in by Caido. She is the embodiment of anyone who’s ever been wronged and left with a near uncontrollable rage. Her true journey, then, lies in learning the repercussions of giving in to that anger and how to pick up the pieces when that fury only leads to more suffering.
Bent on revenge, her arrival on Usyel sets our story in motion, where she finds herself once again abandoned in a hostile environment. This time, though, no one’s coming to rescue her.
As one of the most experienced and battle savvy members of his order, Caido is often tasked with carrying out missions most would view as impossible. Recently that task was training a young girl who was more interested in seeking vengeance for herself rather than justice for the universe. But he took that challenge on willingly, and to his surprise, he quickly found a new sense of purpose as Andara's surrogate father.
Like Andara, Klique learns the difficulties of growing up and the importance of family, all while dealing with the trials life throws at him. Unlike the majority of his native Usylian brothers and sisters, though, Klique is not willing to simply kneel down and obey his Black Dominion masters. And although his dissension has been minor and gone nearly unnoticed by his subjugators, he’s hatching a plan they won’t be able to ignore. But what sort of misery will he unleash when he tries to turn his world’s most precious commodity into its most dangerous weapon?
A commanding officer in the Black Dominion, and one of the field leaders in the Usylian campaign, Prolijo is an accomplished soldier with long term, career aspirations. But will even the Dominion's advanced weapons and technology be enough to face down a pair of super powered invaders? One thing's for sure, Prolijo's not afraid to find out. And he will.
The Creative Team
Created and written by Daron Kappauff & Chris Delloiacono, two accomplished short fiction writers and former comic journalists, Horizon's End is brought to life by comic veterans Darryl Banks, Moose Baumann, Troy Peteri, Stephane Roux & Dave Lanphear. The graphic novel will also feature a Foreward by comic writing legend Ron Marz, as well as a handful of pinups by comic professionals.
Daron Kappauff is an English professor and proposal writer with a BA in Literature and an MFA in writing. He's published both short fiction and poetry and was a finalist in Blank Slate Press' 2012 New Novelist Talent Hunt.
Chris Delloiacono is an elementary school teacher with a BA in Marketing and a specialization in History. He's published a short story, and his first novel is currently being serialized.
The pair also wrote and edited columns and reviews at 411mania.com & Comicsnexus.com for years. They can be contacted on Twitter at @daronk77 & @acegecko respectfully, or at Horizon's End's official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horizons-End/281816161954456?fref=ts
Darryl Banks is best known for his work penciling DC Comic's Green Lantern and for being the co-creator of Green Lantern: Kyle Rayner. Darryl has been working outside of comics for a while now, designing statues and toys. Horizon's End will mark his triumphant return to the comic industry. He can be found at @RealBankster on Twitter.
Moose Baumann has been a staple in the comic industry for the past 20 years. He's colored just about every character in DC's pantheon, including Green Lantern, which he worked on with Darryl. Besides Horizon's End he's currently coloring Bloodhound for Dark Horse and X-O Manowar for Valiant. Check him out on Twitter at @MooseBaumann.
Troy Peteri has lettered more comics than the entire team can count together, including every title from Amazing Spider-Man to Witchblade. He's also writing 77 Hero Plaza, a weekly webcomic for Mark Waid's www.thrillbent.com, launching summer 2013. He can also be found lettering the Internet on Twitter at @troypeteri.
Stephane Roux is probably best known for his work on DC's Zatanna, where he did the majority of the series' covers as well as the interior art for the first few issues. For Horizon's End, Stephane contributed the beautiful cover for the book seen below. His Twitter handle is @stephanerouxart - check him out.
Dave Lanphear is an award winning letterer and cartoonist extraordinaire. He's the co-creator and artist for the Thrillbent series 77 Hero Plaza, with Troy Peteri, and he's Horizon End's Title/Logo and graphic designer. He can be contacted on Twitter at @artmonkeys.
A message from the creative team
Horizon’s End has been a labor of love for Chris and me for a few years now. We spent a lot of time creating the worlds and history of our universe, as well as compelling characters that we hope will resonate with our readers. Unfortunately, we ran into an incredible amount of difficulties in getting a (non-established) art team together to get the book produced. After running into a series of issues for a number of years, we decided to try our hand at putting together a team of industry pros, which is also the reason we brought the project to Kickstarter – creating high quality comic art isn't cheap.
Darryl was the first piece of the puzzle. Chris and I have been fans of Darryl’s work for almost 20 years now. In the early days of the project, we would often talk about how we felt Darryl would be a perfect fit for the book. And even though Darryl hasn't been working in the industry for awhile, we never even considered asking another professional artist to do the project. So seeing Darryl bring our characters to life has been nothing short of a dream come true.
The next piece of the puzzle was finding a colorist who could bring Darryl’s wonderful pencils to vibrant life. And who’s better at that than Darryl’s one time Green Lantern collaborator, Moose Baumann? No one. Period. Our lettering machine, Troy Peteri, followed, based on a recommendation from Ron Marz. And Troy then introduced us to his lettering mentor Dave Lanphear. In addition to Dave creating our fantastic title design, Ron, Troy & Dave have been invaluable in helping us navigate the complexity of producing a comic.
Having Stephane Roux create the cover image for the book was the cherry topping an incredible journey that started on the day Darryl agreed to do the book. I had been acquainted with Stephane for a number of years, but I never thought about asking him to help with the project. But then at C2E2 this year, I was swept up in the momentum we had created, and Stephane and I started discussing the project. That conversation then led to the wonderful image above.
So now that you know how we got to this point, here’s how we’re going to thank you for helping us cross the finish line. Horizon’s End will be a full color, soft cover graphic novel clocking in at 120 pages. (Update: the graphic novel will now be a Hard Cover!) The book will be the equivalent of a 5-issue trade paperback, and it will tell our entire first story. The graphic novel will also include an Introduction by Ron Marz; a Pinup Gallery, consisting of sketches from a variety of professional comic artists; and a section thanking everyone who supported the project. The best part is these extras will be exclusive to the Kickstarter print run of the book (this includes the Hard Cover edition). Limiting these features to this printing is a small token of our appreciation. We want each and every backer to know how much we appreciate you putting your faith in us, and what’s better than exclusives?
Lastly, as this is our first attempt at a Kickstarter - both as a team, as well as for most of us individually, we want you to know we're 100% committed to seeing it through and getting the book into your hands. With that said, we would greatly appreciate any assistance in spreading the word about our campaign via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or good old fashioned word of mouth. Tell everyone you know, even your grandma - hell especially your grandma. She loves science fiction, right? (Definitely let us know if your grandma decides to back us.)
Signing off on behalf of the entire creative team, I simply want to say thank you for checking out our project, and especially for supporting us and helping make this dream a reality.
On the chance that all you awesome backers get us to our initial funding goal, we have a series of stretch goals in place to increase the overall value of the project.
To get us started:
$50,000 Unlocks a new Digital Short Story Collection. When we unlock this stretch goal, everyone at the $10 level or above will get a copy of this book which will feature new stories taking place in the Horizon's End universe. The initial version of the book will feature two stories, each one written by one of the project's writers.
$60,000 Unlocks +10 pages in the graphic novel. That's right, at this goal level we'll bump the total page count of the book up to 130 pages. And of these extra pages, the majority (if not all of them) will be actual story pages. Who doesn't want more comic for their money?
While you should be able to imagine what the finished poster and graphic novel rewards are going to look like based on all the art above (if you can't, you really need to get your imagination checked), the following are examples of what some of the sketch and original art rewards might look like.
The page below, from Darryl's most recent comic work - Green Lantern Retro Active, further exemplifies Darryl's interior pencil work. This should give you an idea of what you might get if you choose one of the original page reward options. (It should also further highlight how amazing the interior pages of Horizon's End will look.)
*Sketch Reward Disclaimer
The language of the sketch rewards indicates that they will all be used as pin-ups in the finished graphic novel. Now, while our goal is to use them all, variables like available space and print-ability of the various sketches may limit us to how many we can actually use. It is our goal, though, to try and get them all in.
Similarly, it should be noted that you are not restricted to the four characters presented in the characters section above for your sketches. Once we're funded we will continue to post updates with new character designs and more art from the book. If you're so inclined you can choose a future character for your sketch.
It's FREE for all rewards sent within the United States!
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge will be getting everything done in time for our estimated delivery date. With a full team of working professionals, who have various projects in and out of the comic industry, coordinating everyone's deadlines will be our biggest hurdle. To combat this, we've tried to give ourselves enough lead time, but like all things in the comic industry, nothing is certain. We will continue updating throughout the process, and we'll let everyone know if we run into any complications.
Financially speaking, we don't really foresee any risks. We've evaluated all of our costs, and our goal amount reflects that. The largest portion of our funding will go to paying our art team so they can continue to produce top notch work and make the art in Horizon's End jump off the page. The next largest part of the funding will go to printing. We already have an established relationship with a professional, industry printing company, and we've budgeted our printing costs based on their estimates. The remainder of the funding will go to shipping costs, Kickstarter fees, and reward creation.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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