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A young officer challenges the empire she helped build and uncovers the shocking truth about Zion’s mysterious Prophet.
A young officer challenges the empire she helped build and uncovers the shocking truth about Zion’s mysterious Prophet.
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nearly finished page depicting life in Zion
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1. About the Comic

The graphic novel Zion is the culmination of a 10-year dream inspired by reading the genre classic Akira. Zion reflects more personally on my lifelong journey trying to make sense of religion, politics and rebellion.

Set in the USA's Rocky Mountains one century after the collapse of the federal government and subsequent fragmentation of states into smaller theocratic regional empires, Zion tells the story of a young officer challenged by faith, loyalty and conviction.

Zion is a cross-border collaboration between Salt Lake City-based writer Gabe Epperson and Ottawa illustrator/artist/rocker Nick O'Gorman. We are trying to bring this story to life and our goal is to complete a full-color 24-page digital first issue. If successful Zion may go on to be a much larger graphic novel, hopefully with printed editions; but for now we're planning on releasing Issue 1 digitally.

page 3, finished black-and-white
page 3, finished black-and-white

2. Progress Update

Nick has completed half of the pages in black-and-white using pencils and ink. We are raising funds to complete the remaining pages and hire a letterer and colorist to finalize a digital version of Issue 1. When complete all panels and pages will look like this:

full color version of panel from Issue 1
full color version of panel from Issue 1

I know! Pretty awesome!

3. Rewards

To realize our goal of completing a digital version of Issue 1 we are offering the following rewards:

All backers will receive a .pdf of Issue 1 (full color) starting at $5 and for $10 backers will also receive a 5"x7" post card of cover art signed by Nick O'Gorman.

Alternative Cover & Postcard Graphic
Alternative Cover & Postcard Graphic

Nick and his girlfriend are skilled screen print artists, and for just $30 backers will also receive a t-shirt with Alternative cover art (above). These will be limited edition t-shirts only available through this Kickstarter campaign.

If t-shirts aren't your thing and you like original artwork at an accessible price ($30 to $50), Nick will reward interested backers by opening his sketch book and selling original one-of-a-kind concept drawings, character sketches and other neat artwork from Issue 1

sketch of statues for Issue 1
sketch of statues for Issue 1

For the more avid art/comics collector, original hand-drawn pages from Issue 1 will be available to a limited number of backers for $100 per page. This is your opportunity to collect one-of-a-kind artwork from a graphic novel before it becomes hugely popular (tongue-in-cheek) and before we can sell artwork for exorbitant amounts of money (of course we will).

Another one-of-a-kind reward is an original painting by Nick (see below) for $200. This is a full-size color painting that he completed for a mural that appears in one of the feature panels of Issue 1.

one-of-a-kind painting by Nick
one-of-a-kind painting by Nick

Finally, for the more refined fan/collector looking for the most exclusive reward or experience, we're offering the following Cadillac incentives: for $250, 4 backers will get to choose from the following items: (2 available) have a portrait appear in a panel of Issue 1 (and keep the original portrait by Nick); (2 available) help design a character in Issue 2 (and receive the original sketches of the character); and for $750 one backer can help select the title of Issue 2.

Also, if anyone's crazy enough, for $1,000 (not including airfare) I will take up to 3 people on a 3 day camping trip from Salt Lake City, Utah to visit some of the beautiful national parks in southern Utah that may or may not appear in future issues of Zion.

4. Stretch Goal: $3,000

If we reach $3,000 we will expand the First Issue to 30 pages! The 24-page current script and sketched pages ends on a cliff hanger, but if we can get to page 30, there will be an even bigger shock waiting! Want to find out what happens? Does one of the main characters die early in the story? Who knows! Find out...if we hit $3,000

Risks and challenges

There are limited risks and challenges associated with our project. The script is written, half of the artwork is completed and we're planning on releasing Issue 1, so we don't expect any delays or issues with printing and shipping hard copies.

Our other rewards have already been designed and created (t-shirt, post card, sketchbook changes and original art).

Nick is a professional artist who has successfully completed multiple comics on-time and under budget. So, we don't anticipate any serious issues. We've kept our funding goal pretty modest, just to cover some basic costs and we're optimistic that we'll hit our goal. We DO NOT have any major overhead costs.

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    Receive a post card of cover art, signed by Nick O'Gorman and .pdf of Issue 1. Nick lives in Canada, so he can send postcard for no cost to Canadian backers.

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    white cotton t-shirt with original cover artwork by Nick O'Gorman. Also includes signed postcard and .pdf of Issue 1. Nick lives in Canada, so he can ship t-shirts in Canada for less money.

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    One-of-a-kind concept art from Nick's sketchbook. Characters and Sets. Also, includes signed postcard and .pdf of Issue 1

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    Signed poster of original cover art by Nick O'Gorman. Also includes postcard and .pdf of Issue 1. Shipping in Canada for less than $10.

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    One-of-a-kind concept art from Nick's sketchbook: murals and sculptures. Also includes signed postcard and .pdf of Issue 1. Nick can ship within Canada for less than the $10.

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    Original inked pages from Issue 1. Also includes postcard and .pdf of Issue 1. Shipping in Canada for less than $10.

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    One-page of original artwork from Issue 1, by Nick O'Gorman. Pencil drawing on paper. Includes postcard and .pdf of Issue 1. Shipping in Canada for less than $10.

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    Large color painting by Nick, which appears as a mural in the First Issue. One of a kind. This is the only painting that will be available as part of this project. Shipping in Canada for around $10. Also includes postcard, poster OR t-shirt and .pdf of Issue 1.

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    Get a full page portrait of you, your child, spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. Your portrait will appear in one panel of Issue 1 as an "extra" and you'll receive the drawing from nick's sketchbook. Also includes postcard, t-shirt or poster and .pdf of Issue 1. Shipping in Canada for less than $10.

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    A portrait of you, your child, spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend will be used as a "sketch" for a new character in Issue 2. You also get to keep the portrait from Nick's sketchbook. Includes postcard and .pdf of Issue 1. Shipping in Canada for several dollars.

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    Help pick the title for Issue 2. Wow! You'll get to read the script for Issue 2 before anyone else, suggest some ideas for a title, and then pick from 3 options selected by the creators. Includes signed postcard, poster OR t-shirt and .pdf of Issue 1.

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    I will take up to 3 individuals on a 3-day tour of Utah's National Parks. Package includes ALL expenses other than airfare/travel to and from Salt Lake City. Does not include hotel costs, but hotels are not necessary, because we will be camping. Included: travel costs within Utah to parks, park entry fees, camping fees and camping supplies, food and coffee. We will go in October 2013 OR April 2014, depending on individual circumstances/preferences of those traveling to Utah. Includes postcard, poster or t-shirt and .pdf of Issue 1.

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