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A dark, steampunk-mystery comic based on Inspector Gadget, Westward explores the themes of individual achievement and human happiness.

WESTWARD: Achieve or die.

The latest title from Kinetic Press, Westward is a new steampunk mystery comic from writer/illustrator Ken Krekeler, author of Dry Spell and The Colodin Project. The story is told over the course of 10 issues, played against a Victorian/Deco background of corporate espionage and technological revolution.

Westward has received consistently positive media reviews and Kickstarter support; crowd-funding is a great way to make connections and get the word out on independent comic titles like this one. Westward #6  was listed in the September issue of Previews (under Tool Publications) and will be distributed through Diamond in November of 2013 (item code SEP131325). 

The goal of this campaign is to secure funding for printing, shipping and distribution of Westward #6.

Original Trailer (June 2012):

Victor West did not ask to be born into wealth. He did not seek out the titans of industry that surround him, that pressure and push him toward a life of grand production and unending work. Heir to the fortune of Westward Enterprises, Victor has never had to try for anything; he has never had to strive or conquer or build. But things are very different now. 

Ten years ago, Victor West was horribly killed in an accident. In his grief, his father used the company's assets to construct a manifold in Victor's place; a mechanical, autonomous personality that looks and thinks like the original. Today, this new "Victor" possesses powers and abilities... with none of the intelligence to control it.

Westward/Kickstarter documentary (June 2013):

Rewards

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Below are just a few of the incentives for backers of this campaign. A few of them are mix-and-match, and some contain rewards offerred exclusively through that particular tier. Future tiers will be added as the campaign progresses.

Reviews

“Packed with plot and interesting characters... It’s excellent.” -ComicBookResources.com
(Full review)

“The writing and art stay strong throughout.” -AmberUnmasked.com
(Full review)

“Krekeler is a fine writer... It's a very good comic.” -InsidePulse.com
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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Every artist has their weaknesses; mine has always been publicity. Outside of animated trailers, preview pages and comic cons, I've always lacked the salesmanship necessary to communicate my ideas properly in a way that catches the public eye.

With only 30 days to maximize the campaign's potential, I have a number of supplemental opportunities planned, designed to help generate interest in the project. Videos of original artwork as it is produced, interviews with the cast of Westward, frequent Facebook/Twitter updates and an ongoing blog. I am also open to any suggestions, so if you have an idea on how to help Westward succeed, don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me directly.

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    A sincere thanks and gratitude for contributing to the production and success of WESTWARD #6. As a backer, you will receive exclusive access to updates, images and videos throughout the duration of the Kickstarter.

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    DIGITAL PACKAGE: A digital copy of "Westward #6" will be emailed to you upon success of the Kickstarter. You will also receive a digital background for your desktop/laptop/mobile device.

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    DIGITAL COLLECTED PACKAGE: You'll receive a digital copy of "Westward #6" PLUS a “Collected” PDF of EVERY Westward issue, #1-6, allowing new readers to catch up with the storyline. The PDF will also contain additional supplemental material such as concept art, reference photos, and a rare Westward short story: “Provider.” - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    BRASS PACKAGE: You'll receive a copy of Westward #6, signed by artist/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER ALSO INCLUDES: “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    "HELMET LAW" PACKAGE: You will receive a signed copy of "Westward #6." Additionally, you'll receive "Helmet Law," an 8x11 print that is EXCLUSIVE to the $25 tier; backers pledging $25 will be receiving a rare item not offerred in any other tier. The print will come double-sided, featuring a full-color image on one side with the inked lineart on back; signed, bagged and boarded by the artist. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #6 + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    THE FIVE AND SIX PACKAGE: This is a post-launch reward added to the campaign for backers that are looking to catch up on recent issues. Pledge $30 and you'll receive Westward #5 and #6, signed. TIER INCLUDES: “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    VOLUME PACKAGE: Along with Westward #6, you’ll receive a signed printed copy of “Westward: Volume 1.” Over 130 pages, this book collects the first 3 issues of Westward as well as supplemental artwork, script pages and the short story “Provider.” PLUS you'll receive an 8x11 print image of the issue 6 cover, signed, and sealed in a protective sleeve by the artist. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of #6 cover (8 x 11) + Westward #6 issue (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    DRY SPELL PACKAGE: Already read Westward: Volume 1? With this tier, you'll receive "Dry Spell," a full color, 110 page graphic novel, written and illustrated by Ken Krekeler. Released in 2011, Dry Spell is a complete superpowers story set in the present day. You can watch a trailer or learn more at www.dry-spell.com -TIER INCLUDES: Westward #6 (signed) + Signed print of #6 cover (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    SCRIPT BOOK PACKAGE: Along with a signed copy of Westward #6 and cover print, you'll receive a printed script, signed by writer/illustrator Ken Krekeler. TIER INCLUDES: Westward #6 issue (signed) + Scriptbook for Westward #6 + Signed print of #6 cover (8 x 11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK PACKAGE: Receive an ORIGINAL marker sketch of a Westward character, signed, bagged and boarded. This is NOT A PRINT, this is actual ink on actual paper. All prints come signed and sealed by the artist. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (8x11) + Westward #6 issue (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    FULL RUN PACKAGE : You'll get the complete set of Westward issues, including the sold-out Westward #1. This tier offers you the rare chance to own issues #1 - #6 in single issue form, so rare in fact that only one backer slot is available! You'll ALSO get an original ink sketch from the $50 tier included in your package. All books and artwork come signed. TIER INCLUDES: Westward issues #1 - #6 + Original Artwork Sketch + Signed print of issue #6 cover (8x11) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    "MATRIMONIAL" PRINT PACKAGE: You'll receive "Matrimonial," an all-new double-sided print featuring never-before-seen concept work of Aurthur LeRoux. Sized at 11x17, the print comes signed by the artist and sealed in a protective plastic sleeve with black-and-white lineart on reverse side. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (8x11) + Westward #6 issue (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    "SKYLINE" PRINT PACKAGE: Originally a page of black-and-white lineart from the early pages of Westward #1, this print has been remastered and painted to more accurately portray the dark, mechanical world of Westward Enterprises. Sized at 11x17, the print comes signed by the artist and sealed in a protective plastic sleeve with black-and-white lineart on reverse side. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (8x11) + Westward #6 issue (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    "CONCUBINE" PRINT PACKAGE: You'll get "Concubine," a print depicting one of the first image produces for Westward, concepting the manifold Concubine program. Sized at 11x17, the print comes signed by the artist and sealed in a protective plastic sleeve with black-and-white lineart on reverse side. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (8x11) + Westward #6 issue (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    TRIPLE PRINTS PACKAGE: Receive ALL THREE new prints, "Matrimonial," "Skyline" and "Concubine," all signed and sealed by the artist and sized at 11x17. Plus, your print of the Westward #6 cover will be upscaled as well to 11x17. AND! You'll get the original ink sketch offerred in the $50 tier! But that's not all; you'll also receive Westward #4 and #5, giving you every issue in printed form. TIER INCLUDES: Triple prints + Original ink sketch + Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (11x17) + Westward #4, #5, #6 (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    INFRARED GOGGLES PACKAGE: You'll get a beautiful pair of authentic steampunk goggles, hand-crafted by Westward Prop coordinator Josh Hamman of ClotheEye.com. Light limiter disc attached to left lens, dual adjustable magnification lenses, and adjustable red filter lens over right eye. Spring gear detail holds the center magnification lenses in place. Constructed on leather base with metal protruding eye cups and glass lenses. Adjustable elastic strap makes it say on your noggin. (See update section for photos!) TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (11x17) + Westward #4, #5, #6 (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    STEAMPUNK PORTRAIT PACKAGE: This tier allows Westward fans and steampunk fans alike the chance to see themselves drawn in steampunk garb. Working with photos that you provide, the artist of Westward will render your likeness into a black-and-white line art portrait, printed at 11 x 17. Double-sided, with a full-color image on front and black-and-white lineart on reverse side. TIER INCLUDES: Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (11x17) + Westward #4, #5, #6 (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    THE “INTERCOMMUNICATOR” PACKAGE: You'll receive the Intercommunicator device. Ol' ear trumpet just not doing it for you anymore? Hand-crafted by Westward prop coordinator Josh Hamman of ClothedEye.com, this fully-functional steampunk headset is a handy way to keep in contact with all your cronies. Simply place the device in your ear and talk. Copper and brass accents. Bluetooth headset built on a brand new Plantronics M50. Works with most Bluetooth phones including iPhone 5. TIER INCLUDES: Steampunk Portrait (11x17) Print + Triple Prints: “Matrimonial”, “Skyline,” “Concubine” + Westward: Volume 1 (signed) + Signed print of issue #6 cover (11x17) + Westward #4, #5, #6 (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background

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    SILVER PACKAGE: Pledge $500, and you get it all: All the books, all the large-format prints, the script, and a steampunk portrait of you or anyone you choose. All books and prints come signed. TIER INCLUDES: Steampunk portrait print (11x17) + Prints: "Matrimonial," "Skyline," "Concubine" (11x17) + Scriptbook for Westward #6 + Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (11x17) + Westward #4, #5, #6 (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    GOLD PACKAGE: Your steampunk portrait will appear on the inside-back cover flap of Westward #6, featuring your name, likeness and a personal thank you. TIER INCLUDES: Steampunk portrait print (11x17) + Prints: "Matrimonial," "Skyline," "Concubine," (11x17) + Scriptbook for Westward #6 + Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (8x11) + Westward #4, #5, #6 (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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    COMMISSIONED FINE ART PACKAGE: You'll receive an actual painting by Ken Krekeler, artist of Westward. This can be a character from Westward, mainstream comic books like Marvel/DC, or even a character of your own creation. You'll be the boss on this one. The art will arrive at your doorstep framed and carefully boxed to protect from damages. TIER INCLUDES: Prints: "Matrimonial," "Skyline," "Concubine," (11x17) + Scriptbook for Westward #6 + Westward: Volume 1 + Signed print of issue #6 cover (8x11) + Westward #4, #5, #6 (signed) + “Collected” Digital PDF (issues #1-6) and background - ($5 shipping charge included)

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