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An archaeologist struggling to save our future, a time traveller working to fix our past.
An archaeologist struggling to save our future, a time traveller working to fix our past.
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The Theory: A Twisted Sci-Fi Series

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Years in the making, from the writers of Stan Lee's Lucky Man graphic novel, The Theory - A Twisted Sci-Fi is finally ready!

Cover A for The Theory
Cover A for The Theory

Spinning off from the cult hit Twisted Dark comes The Theory. Click on the link to read some stories!

The first volume is finished and ready to go! If you like Black Mirror, The Twilight Zone or stories that make you think - this is the comic for you.  

What is it about?

Like Twisted Dark, The Theory is an interconnected series of short stories with twist endings. There are three main plot lines throughout the story which slowly come together as the series progresses.  

From 'Obsession': Written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Obsession': Written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura

Humans have achieved the seemingly impossible – faster than light travel.

Despite discovering hundreds and hundreds of planets that once contained intelligent life, not a single planet has been found where that life still remains. All these planets have one thing in common - the civilizations have been wiped out, either by accident or by design.     

Linda is an Astroarchaeologist and her job is to find these dead civilizations and learn from them, so humans avoid the same fate.  

Linda in the story 'Battlesuit': written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
Linda in the story 'Battlesuit': written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura

As Linda discovers what happened to all the civilisations, she sees parallels for our own future but is nonetheless filled with hope for the past.

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Jemm-r is a time traveller, part of a group whose mission is to reduce human suffering.

Jemm-r in the story 'A Night Lionel Could Never Forget': Written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Atula Siriwardane, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
Jemm-r in the story 'A Night Lionel Could Never Forget': Written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Atula Siriwardane, colours by Liezl Buenaventura

Common belief is that any small changes in history would adhere to the Chaos theory, with massive differences down the line.  

The actual mathematics behind it show this is not the case. Incredibly a few hundred years later, almost no difference appears in the timelines. With this knowledge, Jemm-r’s team's mission is to travel in time and do minimal alterations to reduce human suffering throughout history. It is a truly noble profession.  

Or is it?

The third plotline involves…well, that would be a spoiler and we’re simply not giving it away at this point. You’ll have to read it to find it out!  :)

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The Theory is written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by a rotating team of awesome artists, coloured by the brilliant Liezl Buenaventura and lettered by Justin Birch. The whole first volume is finished and ready to print. 

We just need the funds to print and distribute it. Please do have a read of the story over on Webtoons or on our website.

Rewards

There are a bunch of great reward tiers including T-shirts, the book and even your own bespoke story and art. All rewards above the 'digital level' also include an electronic copy of the book. If there is anything else you'd like, just email us and we can do add ons to the kickstarter! We hope you enjoy this series as much as we do. 

T-shirt from The Theory
T-shirt from The Theory

Here is some sample art from the series: 

Double-page spread from 'A night Lionel Could Not Forget': Written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Atula Siriwardane, with colours by Liezl Buenaventura
Double-page spread from 'A night Lionel Could Not Forget': Written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Atula Siriwardane, with colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Pandora': Written by Neil Gibson and Forrest Helvie, illustrated by Jim Terry, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Pandora': Written by Neil Gibson and Forrest Helvie, illustrated by Jim Terry, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Battlesuit': written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Battlesuit': written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Obsession': written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Obsession': written by Neil Gibson and David Court, illustrated by Phil Buckenham, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'No Recidivism': written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Cem Iroz, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'No Recidivism': written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Cem Iroz, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Everyone Deserves a Chance of Happiness': written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Cem Iroz, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Everyone Deserves a Chance of Happiness': written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Cem Iroz, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Everyone Deserves a Chance of Happiness': written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Cem Iroz, colours by Liezl Buenaventura
From 'Everyone Deserves a Chance of Happiness': written by Neil Gibson, illustrated by Cem Iroz, colours by Liezl Buenaventura

“People ask me what my favourite story I have ever written is, my favourite ending or even which project I have enjoyed working on the most. They all have different answers but what I will say is that I think The Theory – A Twisted Sci-Fi is the best thing I have done so far, and I hope people will enjoy it.”                  

  – Neil Gibson

Please do read the free sample stories and see what you think. We'd love to have you as a backer and be part of bringing this series to the world. 

Book Details: Standard US Comic Book size 7" x 10" (17 x 26 cm), it is soft cover unless we reach our stretch goal and it is approximmately 150 pages.

Here is a look at the kickstarter exclusive cover:

Kickstarter exclusive cover!
Kickstarter exclusive cover!

Credits for volume 1

Justin Birch - Letterer (all stories)  

Amrit Birdi - Illustrator: Quarantine  

Phil Buckenham - Illustrator: Obsession, Battlesuit  

Liezl Buenavenura - Colourist (all stories)  

David Court - Co-Writer: Obsession and Battlesuit  

Jake Elphick - Illustrator: Doesn't it Depress You?  

Neil Gibson - Co-Writer: Obsession, Pandora, Battlsuit; Writer: Communication, No Recidivism, Deciding Our Future, A Night Lionel Could Not Forget, Quarantine, Everyone Deserves a Chance of Happiness, Doesn't it Depress You?  

Forrest Helvie - Co-Writer: Pandora  

Cem Iroz - Illustrator: Everyone Deserves a Chance of Happiness, No Recidivism  

Davide Puppo - Illustrator: Deciding Our Future, Communication  

Atula Siriwardane - Illustrator: A Night Lionel Could Not Forget  

Jim Terry - Illustrator: Pandora

Risks and challenges

All stories bar one have been illustrated, and we are just finishing up the colouring and lettering. The remaining story should be finished by the time this campaign ends, meaning we can go straight to print as soon as we have all the backers names for the back of the book!

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    Gibsonian

    Digital wallpapers and a digital high five! Digital wallpapers will come in different specs (for computer, tablet, phone) and feature some of the characters from The Theory. Of course Linda and Jemm-r.

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    TPublican

    A thank you with your name appearing in the back of the book, as well as the digital wallpapers of Linda and Jemm-r!

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    Digital

    Digital copy of the book featuring all 10 stories from the first volume PLUS BONUS content & artwork sent to your e-mail! Plus everything at the TPublican Level. Note: some of the stories will be available online for free, but you are getting more!

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    Battlesuit

    Want everyone to know how awesome you think The Theory is? Why not literally wear it! Plus everything from the Digital level.

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    Get the book - Early bird special!

    For those early birds out there. This is a limited discount on the Communication tier. Get the physical book, plus everything from the Digital level and still get your name in the back of the book as someone who helped make this happen.

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    Communication (Get the book!)

    Want to feel the pages under your fingers and smell that new book smell? This one's for you! Plus everything from the Digital level

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    Two's Company (Two books!)

    Want The Theory but aren't caught up on our other titles? Here's the perfect way to fix that! Just select which in print book you'd like in the survey, and have it signed by Neil Gibson! Plus everything from the Digital level, including getting your name in the back of the book.

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    Pandora (Read, whilst looking fab!)

    Want to rep what you read? With this level, you will receive a physical copy of the graphic novel and a tshirt to wear & prove how devoted you are to the cause! Plus everything from the Digital level.

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    Book & Sketch

    Get the book and your own personalised original pencil sketch by our talented page 0 artist, Verity Glass. Perfect for art lovers!

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    Obsession

    Get the book, a tshirt, AND a personalised pencil sketch done by the talented Verity!

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    A Night YOU Could Never Forget

    Can you think of a name, location, phrase, occupation, and object? Give Neil these 5 things and he’ll make a story in 5 minutes, and email you a recording of him writing and narrating it! Plus everything at the Communication level. Seriously - your own personalised Twisted story from Neil

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    Quarantine

    Are you as blown away by Phil Buckenham’s work as we are? Choose this tier to reserve one of only 9 inked pages from the stories Battlesuit and Obsession. As these are the original pages, selection will be on a first come, first served basis – we will direct message you when you choose this tier to make sure you know what pages are still available to reserve your piece of history! Includes everything at the Communication level.

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    Deciding Your Future

    Neil Gibson will edit one issue (up to 32 pages) of your original comic, plus one skype session to go over it! Be warned, if the story is good, he may ask for more! Plus everything at the Communication level.

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    Big Red Pen

    Full story analysis and feedback session on your graphic novel script (up to 130 pages) including two Skype sessions to go over it. If the story is good, your Kickstarter could be the next we do! Also includes everything on the Communication level

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    Build Your Brand

    Have your company featured in The Theory!

    Want to have your own company represented in the background or talked about in The Theory stories? This level can make that happen. Basically we will feature your company in at least one story if not more and use your logo multiple times. All with your approval of course! This will have to start in vol 2 though because vol 1 art is all done.

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    Everyone Deserves A Chance of Happiness

    Have you ever wanted to be a member of a (now dead) alien civilisation? Or wondered what would happen if one part of your life was changed? Wonder no longer, for Neil and one of our amazing artists will tell you! Choose this tier and have a 2-4 page story written, illustrated, and coloured about what would happen if you were in The Theory. Warning – your safety is not guaranteed! Also includes everything on the Communication level

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    Comic Course

    Interested in making your own comic, but not quite sure how to approach it? Looking at the Big Red Pen level but not quite feeling like you’re ready for that? Choose this tier to get the full set of TPub’s acclaimed Comic Making Course and find out how to take your comic from concept to completion (including up to 5 skype sessions with Neil to go over your comic).

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