AND WE'VE HIT OUR FUNDING TARGET!!!
FIRST STRETCH GOAL- 4000 EUROS
I'm excited to announce our first stretch goal - all physical backers will receive a print from Chris Shehan!
Edit: Due to the immense popularity of Chris' pinup we'll also be sending a high-res digital version to all backers!
I'm a massive fan of Chris' style and have been waiting for an opportunity to collaborate. He's already making a name for himself in comics and I can guarantee that it won't be long before the big two snap him up.
Check out some of Chris' work here - https://www.artstation.com/zhourules.
SECOND STRETCH GOAL- 5000 EUROS
All physical backers will receive a sticker of THE RESURRECTED!
WE'RE BACK! Welcome all to our campaign for the 126 page collected edition of THE RESURRECTED issues #1-5; a Bladerunner-esque story about redemption, the acceptance of our mortality and about how far one Aboriginal-Australian detective would go to save his people from almost certain extinction. Some of you will remember the Kickstarter we launched in March 2018 in order to print issue one of our series. We were blessed to have raised approximately USD 5,000.
We're now even more excited as we inch closer to publishing the trade paperback for our series, which has already been released digitally, and we want to thank all of you who have chosen to support our endeavor, even it that means simply sharing our campaign with your friends and followers.
Trade Paperback Cover by Tula Lotay
THE RESURRECTED is a full-colour mini-series consisting of 126 pages. The creative team hails from across the globe, making this a truly international affair. All five issues are already complete and have been published digitally. The next step is to print and distribute the entire series as a collected edition; which is where you guys come in. With your support, we can take pre-orders for the THE RESURRECTED comic and merchandise and print the trade paperback soon after.
Our goal of €3000 will cover a chunk of the printing, packing and shipping of the trade paperback additional Kickstarter rewards. Also included in this amount are the fees that Kickstarter and Amazon take for using their services.
Who'll dig THE RESURRECTED ?
- Fans of philosophically engaging sci-fi films like Bladerunner;
- Fans of TV shows like Altered Carbon that examine questions related to death and immortality;
- Progressive readers who are interested in stories with a social justice twist and a diverse cast of characters;
- People who are keen to learn more about Australia and its Indigenous-Australians, the traditional owners of the land; and
- Most importantly - fans of backward Australian slang :)
In 2037 the world as we know it has changed dramatically. With all the technological advancements of the age, the most significant came from Drexler Nanotech Corporation (DNC), who created a serum engineered to resurrect the dead. The ethical implications were widespread and the serum was ultimately banned the world over.
Cain Duluth is one of the world’s last surviving Australians after the population was obliterated during a terrorist attack in 2032. Struggling to rebuild his life after his wife and daughter were killed in the attack, Cain works for the newly relocated United Nations on the man-made island of Nova Lucis, just off the east coast of the United States. With his partner, Akimi Ozaki, Cain works for the Special Division for the Resurrected (SDR); whose goal is to pursue and permanently detain ‘Rezzies’ (individuals who have been resurrected using the prohibited serum).
Cain's and Akimi's investigation of the brutal murder of a Rezzy lead them head first into a clash with DNC and its enigmatic CEO, Xander Calypse, as they uncover a plot that will bring Indigenous Australians to almost certain extinction.
If he is to save his people, Cain and his crew will not only have to fight off challenges from DNC and the Nova Lucis military in order to travel back to where it all began - Australia, but he will also have to re-discover his Indigenous roots, while learning to overcome the loss of his family who died in the techno-plague that ravaged his homeland.
Writer/Creator: Christian Carnouche is an Australian working at the United Nations in The Netherlands. He blogs about vintage Star Wars collectibles, collects comics and is working on the final draft of his first novel. Christian has a background in philosophy and criminology; two subjects which he explores in this series.
Penciller/Inker/Covers: Crizam Zamora is a Uruguayan currently living in Moscow and has previously worked on titles such as Vampirella, The Precinct & The Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro.
Colours: Brazilian Salvatore Aiala has worked on series such as Z Nation, James Bond: Felix Leiter and The Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro. Sal also paints toy statues.
Letterer/Designer: Cardinal Rae is an American who has lettered books such as Rose, Crowded, Bingo Love, and Superman: The Coming of the Supermen.Yes, the image below represents her exact likeness..
Editor: Along with writing a number of popular comics, such as the Daredevil 2018 Annual, Charmed, Twelve Devils Dancing and M3, American Erica Schultz is the editor of Bingo Love, Retail and RISE: Comics Against Bullying. Erica also participated in the first DC Comics' Writers' Workshop class taught by Scott Snyder in 2016.
Trade Paperback Cover: In addition to illustrating comics such as Supreme: Blue Rose, All Star Batman, and Bodies, Tula Lotay has drawn covers for DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Valiant and other major publishers. Tula is also the founder of the tremendously successful Thought Bubble comic convention in the UK.
Variant Cover: Ariela Kristantina is a talented Indonesian artist who has worked for publishers such as Marvel, Boom! Studios and Dark Horse Comics. She was the artist on the popular series, InSEXts, for Aftershock Comics.
Bryan Valenza is an Indonesian colourist who has worked for publishers such as Zenescope, Top Cow and Aftershock Comics.
Print Artist: Michael Montenat is an American artist and painter who has worked for IDW, Top Cow, Legendary, Monkeybrain, Spacegoat, Darby Pop, BOOM! and Universal Studios Japan.
THE RESURRECTED delves into dark social-political issues, most significantly those dealing with the colonisation of Australia and the treatment of the Indigenous population; the traditional owners of the land.
One of the story’s objectives is to illustrate how the centuries' old invasion of Australia by England has had destructive and lasting effects on the Indigenous population. In addition, Indigenous-Australians are poorly represented in comics and media as a whole. When they are shown, the characters are often presented in an offensive manner. I'm happy to see some change in this though, more recently with television shows like Cleverman that tackle the stereotypes and lack of representation.
THE RESURRECTED is incredibly personal for Christian Carnouche, the writer of the series. The plight of Australia’s Indigenous population disturbs him, and he has a general feeling of anxiety about the rising wave of xenophobia that is sweeping the world. Although he is not Indigenous himself, he grew up in an area of Sydney with a large Indigenous population and has witnessed the racism and prejudice that many Indigenous experience in a country that people often refer to as a 'paradise.' Working in Europe with the UN, he is shocked at how little awareness of this situation there is among the international community, even among those working in the field of international justice, and hopes that THE RESURRECTED can play a small role in increasing awareness.
Here's a blog article that Christian wrote on this exact subject:
He also discussed similar issues during a podcast appearance:
SKETCH REWARDS BY RENEE RIENTIES
Here are two of Renee's sample sketches, of Cain Duluth and Akimi Ozaki, which will be similar in style and detail to the reward tiers that include sketches of your favourite characters.
Check out this stunning print reward by Michael Montenat that is offered as a reward:
Cain Duluth: Cain is an Aboriginal-Australian detective and one of the world’s last surviving Australians after the population was obliterated during the techno-plague of 2032. Although Cain would do anything to get his family back, he is against the resurrection serum and similar nano-technologies, as they were responsible for the destruction of of his homeland.
Xander Calypse: Xander is the enigmatic CEO of the all-powerful Drexler Nanotech Corporation, the company responsible for creating both the banned resurrection serum and the weaponised nanobots that destroyed Australia. Although DNC has been heavily criticised for its reckless development of certain technologies, it is credited with designing nano-technologies that have eliminated disease, famine and pollution. Xander is intensely driven and has little empathy for others. He would do absolutely anything to achieve his goals, but what does a man who is wealthy beyond belief still desire?
Akimi Ozaki: Akimi is Cain’s Japanese-American partner at the SDR. She's easy-going and laid back, balancing Cain's intensity. She was a detective with the LAPD before transferring to the UN city-state of Nova Lucis not long after the 2032 techno-terrorist attack. Akimi is dedicated to the word of the law and in contrast to her technophobe partner Cain, she has embraced the massive leaps in nanotechnology that have improved her chances of catching crooks. Although Cain’s rigidity often annoys her, Akimi has his back, no matter what.
OTHER KEY PLAYERS
As the series progresses, you'll learn more about these mysterious characters:
If we are lucky enough to exceed our initial target of €3000, we'll have several stretch goal rewards in store for our backers. For now we're keeping them secret :)
Click the link below for a complete list of reviews:
ComicsVerse: "Exceptional characters and creative world building make THE RESURRECTED #1 a philosophical and entertaining introduction to the series."
Cultured Vultures: "And a bait-and-switch where a plot about cyberpunk not-zombies quickly gives way to a meditation on personal identity in the wake of colonialism seems like the kind of shake-up the medium needs."
The Comic Book Yeti : "It's a sprawling, futuristic action comic that would make for a spectacular summer blockbuster film."
Comic Bastards: “Clean, crisp and quiet.”
Graphic Policy: “Ultimately, The Resurrected #1 is a comic that’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a change of pace from the atypical superhero stories.”
Geek Vibes Nation: "As always The Resurrected looks fantastic on the comic page but with such a cinematic feel to the issue I can’t help but imagine how incredible this would look on the big screen."
A Place to Hang Your Cape: "The Resurrected Has All the Hallmarks of Great Sci-Fi Noir."
Fanbase Press: “For readers interested in stories that weave a character’s journey into a murder mystery while addressing complex issues of mortality and technological responsibility, then look no further: The Resurrected is it.”
Impulse Gamer: "This is a story that makes you question the ethics of morality, identity and medical advancements in technology, and I like the clever layering and overlapping of these ideas and notions with the destruction of Aboriginal cultural identity at the heart of this story."
Drunken Pen Writing:“A much needed breath of fresh air in the sci-fi genre.”
World Comic Book Review: “This is a book to follow, and to consider carefully for the questions it raises about where as a global society we are heading.”
Australian Comics Journal: "The Resurrected is one of those gripping, genre-bending pieces that you can’t explain with any grace or succinctness."
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ORDERING ADDITIONAL REWARDS
Once the Kickstarter is finished, all backers will be sent email surveys to confirm what you ordered. YOU MUST FILL OUT THE SURVEY TO GET YOUR REWARDS.
We will also be using 'backerkit,' which will allow you to add rewards to your initial order, even after the Kickstarter campaign has finished. If you do choose to add to your order, postage costs may increase based on the parcel weight.
Thanks and see you all on the other side!
Music for the introduction video: "Devastation and Revenge" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Risks and challenges
The art for the entire series is complete so there will be no delays in this regard.
The most significant obstacle we've identified is the potential cost of international shipping. The creators and our supporters are based all around the world - including the U.S, Australia, Europe and South America.
We will use a fulfilment centre to send out all of the packages in order to cut down postage costs for you guys. I will be personally bagging and boarding the single issue comics before sending them to the distributors. The rewards will be shipped in Amazon type cardboard mailers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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