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About this project

An Independent Science Fiction Comic

In the future, genetically engineered creations are given consciousness rivaling that of a human being.  Forced to serve humanity and pushed to the breaking point, they pick up arms and rebel. 

This is the story of their rebellion.

In particular, the story focuses on the rebellion's newest recruit: a teddy bear named Borthaniel.  

Borthaniel joins a colorful assortment of characters including an ice weasel, an outlaw orangutan, a raccoon, a gorilla, a lady fox, and another bear.

The other bear is Molasses, who can be found in the introductory first pages.  Without further delay, here are the first 5 pages of Borthaniel #1:

Where your money goes:

Borthaniel issue #1 is currently in production.  I have personally been producing the comic and funding work for both of the artists, Brian Brinlee and Clarissa Filice.  The $3,000 goal is to get a large print run of the first issue going.  Without your help, I won't be able to fund the print run on my own.

The story is based on a rough draft of a novel I wrote when I graduated from UCSC in the beginning of 2005.  Since then, I haven't had the time to dust it off the shelf and give it the time it deserves...until now.  The story is complete, from beginning to end and everything in between.  I expect that the entire series will last between 14 and 15 issues, depending on the final page layouts.

Borthaniel #1 will be 28 full pages (24 + cover) and include no advertising.  You're just getting pure story here folks, all the way until the end.

Any additional funds raised will go towards the following:
Promotion and appearances at comic conventions.
Funding the inking and coloring for Borthaniel issues #2 and beyond.
Paying the artists a better rate.
Increasing print runs based on demand.

I also plan on offering stretch rewards based on how much money is raised and include great rewards for each new level.  The primary goal is to make sure the entire story can be told!  With your support, we can make Borthaniel a reality.

Spread the Word

If you like this comic, please tell your friends and help spread the word as much as possible.

To see additional concept art and find out more about the comic, visit our website @ Borthaniel.com

Follow us on Twitter (@borthaniel) and Facebook for instant updates.

Credits

Story, script, and art direction by Peter Schafer
Art by Brian Brinlee
Colors by Clarissa Filice

Website

Borthaniel.com
facebook.com/borthaniel
Twitter: @borthaniel
contact: schafer@borthaniel.com

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    "Bang for your buck": A Borthaniel postcard sent to your address, access to email updates, and recognition on the Borthaniel website. Everyone who pledges higher will also get these rewards.

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    A physical copy of Borthaniel #1 for those that live locally and will pick up their copy @ Mythic Games in Santa Cruz, CA on launch day. Exact launch date TBD. Shipping not included.

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    A physical copy of Borthaniel #1, shipped anywhere in the United States for free. International backers should choose the Collector's package below.

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    Collector's Package. 2 copies of Borthaniel: 1 normal and 1 signed by the writer. Ships anywhere in the world for free.

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    Bulk order of 10 issues of Borthaniel #1, shipped anywhere within the United States for free. You can give them out to your friends or stock them up for your store. You can request them to be signed by the writer as well. To add more copies, simply add $25 for every 10 copies. For Canada, add $5 for shipping. For other countries, add $10. If you make a pledge of $100 or more buying bulk comics, I'll throw in a promotional poster (see below).

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    In addition to the Collector's package (1 normal copy of the comic + 1 signed by the writer), you'll get an ~11" by 7" copy print of the cover art of Borthaniel #1, signed by Brian Brinlee. Ships anywhere in the world for free.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Poster level. You'll get an exclusive promotional poster featuring all of the main characters of Borthaniel. The poster will be signed by all 3 of us (Writer, Artist, & Colorist). Automatically includes the Collector's package (1 normal copy + 1 signed by the writer). The poster will only be available to Kickstarter backers. Ships anywhere in the world for free.

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Super Collector: You'll get an original sketch of one of the pages of Borthaniel #1, signed by the artist, Brian Brinlee. We only have 12 sketches to give out here, and what we have will be distributed fairly and randomly to each backer at this level. Automatically includes promotional poster and the Collector's package reward (1 normal copy of the comic + 1 signed by the writer). Your name will also be featured on page 2 in the credits.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    You'll be able to submit a concept for a genetically engineered animal creation. I'll have one of our artists draw a concept sketch, and you'll get the sketch as a reward. Includes promotional poster + Collector's package reward (1 normal copy of the comic + 1 signed by the writer). You'll also be listed in the page 2 credits.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Supreme Collector: You'll get a one-of-a-kind item: the original sketch of the cover page of Borthaniel #1, signed by Brian Brinlee. Includes promotional poster, 1 physical copy to read, and 9 additional physical copies of the comic, all signed by the writer. In addition, you'll be listed on the page 2 credits.

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Funding period

- (30 days)