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...MANKIND LEFT FOR THE STARS WITH RECKLESS ABANDON. Follow the galactic adventures of IPC Space Marshal, Captain John Nadir!

Nearly 100 years ago, the world governments suffered the worst economic collapse known to man.  This situation was further compounded by a series of global ecological disasters.  In a desperate move, governments turned to corporations for financial help, thus allowing the largest corporations to gain footholds as governing bodies.  With the advent and harnessing of hyperspace technology, mankind left for the stars with reckless abandon, and the New Golden Age was upon us.

In 2112, the governing corporations are policed by the Intergalactic Peace Corps (IPC).  These are the galactic adventures of Space Marshal, Captain John Nadir.

NZ #1

Captain John Nadir is recalled to Earth for a secret mission briefing. Little does he know that his very life depends on the outcome.

NZ #2

Undertaking a secret mission, John Nadir prepares for his departure from Earth to MOON CITY. Nadir gets more than he bargains for when a simple stop for a layover drink with a spunky Tech Specialist turns into an all-out brawl.

NZ #3

Rogue Star Fighters attack MOON CITY, and Captain John Nadir uses his skills in an attempt to remedy a dire situation.

ALIENS! SPACESHIPS! MOON CITY! OH MY!

Hello, everyone! We'd like to thank our fan-base for the unwavering support shown for the first three issues of NADIR'S ZENITH. Your continued interest and enthusiasm for our comic book is why we've started this Kickstarter project. Everyone loves our story and the only complaint has been, "When will the next issue be out? Hurry it up!" We're an independent comic book producer. That means we produce only as fast as funds are available. Lean months mean longer gaps between issues. We want to remedy the time-lag and with your help, we'll do just that.  We have streamlined the production/printing process during the first three issues and have the procedures down to a science.  We are constantly sold out at our local comic book shops.  We've even been picked up by Comixology.
Our initial goal is to produce NZ #4 & #5 with this project. 

Imagine if you will that 70 years from now, humankind established a colony on the Moon mining for Helium-3.  Welcome to MOON CITY.  Now imagine that Las Vegas, Disney World, Blade Runner, and Thunderdome had a baby...on the Moon.  Thus, THE INFERNO is born!  Unique galactic enigma and informational nexus point of MOON CITY. Where black markets and deathly entertainment are intertwined with tourist attractions and fantastical make-believe.  Decadent playground for the elite rich and mesmerizing wonderland for the commoner.  Where convicts are holovid stars earning reduced sentences or quick deaths in the attempt.  Where anything can be had for the right price, a roll of the dice, or a spin on the wheel...

NZ #4

John Nadir's mission to NEW CALEDONIA is delayed by a rogue attack on MOON CITY.  The investigation of the attack puts Nadir on the trail for information leading to THE INFERNO.  And the price for such information has its costs...including the lives of his friends in THE ARENA!

NZ #5

Coerced by the temptations of THE INFERNO, Nadir, Davies, Nguyen, and Parker compete in THE ARENA during a televised fight to the death against some of the worst dredges of society.

Here's the breakdown of where the money's spent:

              

So that's our Kickstarter project in a nutshell.  Pretty cool, huh?  Want to make it even better?  Keep reading...

We're hoping that you like our story so much that we can make our stretch goals in addition to the initial project goal. What are those you say?  Good question!

Additional Reward Tiers will be added if the Stretch Goals are exceeded.

REWARDS:

We hope you enjoy the items provided in the Reward Tiers.  We'd love to generate more exclusive, Kickstarter-Only content for our backers.  The more revenue produced by this project, the better the benefits will be to our backers.  We appreciate your hard-earned cash and want your experience to be immaculate.

Please keep in mind that these images are mock-up and the final productions will be different.  If anything, they will be even more super-awesome!

WHO WE ARE:

Jackson Compton

Is a novelist, screenwriter, comic book writer, and founder of Enigma Endeavors Productions, LLC. His first fantasy novel, “Night’s End,” was published in 2008 and his second, “The Crucible of Happenstance” in 2011. He co-wrote the screenplay for Felix Matos’s horror movie, “Pumpken,” and had a small role in the film.  He is the creator and writer of the space opera comic book series, “Nadir’s Zenith,” with fellow artist, Jerry Bennett. Future projects include: the sequel to "Crucible," the graphic novel “Flora & Fauna,” and comic book series “Tainted World” and “Wayfarer.”  www.facebook.com/AuthorJacksonCompton and www.facebook.com/NadirsZenith

THE Jerry Bennett

Is a comic book artist at heart, but because of his diverse drawing styles, he's been fortunate enough to illustrate several children's books, draw and/or paint murals, portraits and shirt designs for Marvel, Lucasfilm and many more.  Jerry loves connecting with his fan base at the many conventions he's attended where he sells prints of his work as well.  Just recently, The Stan Lee Foundation reached out to him for exclusive prints and representation.  In his spare time, Jerry is writing and illustrating a middle grade graphic novel about alien cats. www.facebook.com/thejerrybennett

Kyle Chaney

Is from Dallas, TX. He is a former Military Police Officer in the United States Army.  After living the lifestyle of a total badass, he decided to start producing comic books from all angles.  He has produced as a writer, colorist, artist and C.E.O. of a small company named Plan B Comics.  Kyle has been in the comic book industry for just over 5 years.  He has published around 40 titles through his label.  You can find his work (mostly) on indyplanet.com and www.deadzonecomics.com.  He's been tasked with coloring the NZ covers.

Kit Holley

Is an attorney covering just about everything under the sun, including keeping us on the straight and narrow.  She's a lawyer by day, and Cosplayer by night and weekend.  Her dress-up includes such notable characters as: Cat Woman, Bat Girl, Laura Croft, Black Widow, Black Cat, Pris, and Mystique...and more coming every month!  Check out her FB fan page at www.facebook.com/FoxxikittenCosplay

Thank you everyone for your wonderful support. We would like to extend a very special thanks to:

Patrick Hurd

Pastry Chef by day...artist, writer, director, fx artist, editor, podcaster, Disney park historian, costume and prop maker, photographer, and a bunch of other really creative stuff by night!  Patrick made our video.

Brian "Buck" Berlin

Name: Buck "sexual chocolate" Berlin
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 350 lbs
Age: 29 and five sixths
Occupation: Comic store owner/social savant
History: Born a poor black child in Mississippi, Berlin found out upon his 18th birthday he had been adopted.  He then hit the road following whatever path was set out before him.  After battling ferocious monsters and preforming great, heroic deeds, he settled into the life of service to others at his humble comic store.

Buck has been instrumental in building our fanbase.  Without New World Comics as our home port, we would still be at square one.  Thank you, Buck for your continued support.

Megan Randa

Is a versatile composer specializing in music for media.  Her commercial work ranges from original music/sound-design for independent games and apps, to feature-length film scores and television.  Born and raised in Austin, TX, Megan has always had a strong passion toward music which helped lead her to obtain her Master of Music in composition from Oklahoma City University.  Given her love for music, film, and video games, it only made sense to combine them into a real-life dream job.  She has created an incredible score for the NZ Kickstarter video.  To hear more of Megan's work, check out the following: www.meganranda.com and www.soundcloud.com/mranda/sets

Michael Bendure

Despite his penchant for writing songs about lost love, Michael Bendure is actually a pretty happy guy.  Four years ago, he co-founded the SongWriters Association of Norman (SWAN), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping local songwriters improve as writers and performers.  His work with SWAN, as well as other arts organizations in the community, has earned him several honors along the way.  But his greatest honor has been performing original music throughout Oklahoma and the region over the past 15 years.  Whether performing solo or with local bands such as Post Arcadia and Radio Apathy, Michael has played local dives, Norman Music Festivals, arts fundraisers, and even opened for the Texas Playboys.  His soulful songwriting and solo performances have been compared to Jack Johnson, John Denver, and Joni Mitchell.  Michael is an avid sci-fi fan who spends much of his time trying to convert his wife and daughter into Whovians, Trekkies, and Jedi lookalikes.  So far, he is pretty happy with the results.  Michael will be composing and recording original music for Nadir's Zenith soundtrack when the Stretch Goals are reached.  Check out Michael's links for more info: SWAN: normansongwriters.org and www.facebook.com/radioapathy

David Broyles

Is a talented musician whose name is synonymous with the band, Dr. Pants.
Dr. Pants is the brainchild of guitarist/vocalist/composer David Broyles. With a songwriting style that borrowed initially from the Beatles, R.E.M. and They Might Be Giants, David’s first musical ventures took shape in OKC in the early 90′s, when he started releasing self-produced cassettes and playing acoustic shows in local coffeehouses.  After moving to Santa Fe, NM for college in 1993, David established himself in the Santa Fe coffeehouse scene.  After releasing three more self-produced cassettes in college, and returning to OKC in the fall of 1999, David became much more focused on working with a band and thus, Dr. Pants was born.
Dr. Pants is David Broyles, Kenneth Murray, Devin Donaldson and Josh Daffron.  They are the purveyors of a style known as NERD POWER GROOVE ROCK; Weezer and Beck made a baby with Phish, and that baby is Dr. Pants.  These four musicians currently find themselves at the end of THE TRIP; a double album that they released as four separate EPs.  In other words, Dr. Pants have given the world a double album, one side at a time. THE TRIP, SIDE 1: ILLUSION & TRUTH & SIDE 2: BREAKING THE FEEL were brought forth in 2011, SIDE 3: WATCHING THE WORLD END IN 2012 & SIDE 4: THE BOOTY IMPRESSION at the beginning of 2013. A double CD set of the entire project is now available.
FEEZLE DAY, the debut Dr. Pants CD, was unleashed in 2000.  Towards the end of 2001, David put Dr. Pants on hiatus, since all the other original members had departed, but resurrected it in 2004.  Recording of the album GARDENING IN A TORNADO commenced immediately, as well as a return to the stage with new members Kenneth Murray (guitar), Aaron Vasquez (bass) and Dustin Ragland (drums) (Vasquez parted ways with the band in May, 2011, and was replaced by Donaldson, and Ragland stepped down in August of 2012, replaced by Daffron).  Containing 13 songs that (mostly) found Broyles returning to his songwriting roots, the album was finally released in 2006.  At the end of 2007, GARDENING was named one of Music Connection’s top 25 “demo” recordings of the year.  Numerous tracks from the album were also licensed by MTV and featured during broadcasts of “Next” and “Sex…With Mom & Dad.”  Most recently, however, many of the songs from GARDENING have been heard on the pop culture phenomenon known as “Jersey Shore.”  The song “Donuts” was also heard on “CBS Sunday Morning.”  In 2008, Dr. Pants released THE CUSACK-LOGGINS EP.  Then, in 2010, the band became one of the first acts to have their music video shot entirely on the iPhone 4.  Directed by Kyle Roberts, the resulting clip for “Sarsaparilla Girl” has garnered over 58,000 views on YouTube.  And now, in 2011 & 2012, Dr. Pants has given us THE TRIP.  THE TRIP is just that: a musical journey through two complete albums worth of music.  “I set out to write music that told a story, or many stories, and truly reflected all the aspects of a life,” says Broyles.  “Whether real or imaginary, fantastic or mundane, these are stories, emotions and songs that continue to fascinate, entertain and move me.”
David will be composing and recording original music for Nadir's Zenith soundtrack when the Stretch Goals are reached.  For more information and to listen to tracks, check out the links:
www.doctorpants.com/ and www.facebook.com/drpantsmusic

 ...and especially thank you to Alyssa, Stephanie and Utty for allowing us to borrow your likenesses and personalities for three beloved characters.  Thanks again.  You've made this story all the better for being in it.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risk of not completing this project is minimal. Jerry Bennett is great at meeting deadlines. Jackson Compton has scripted the Nadir's Zenith storyline to issue #7. We have worked out any production kinks during the first three issues and have it down to a science now. We've used Ka-blam.com for printing and distribution and have been pleased with their results. Comixology.com usually has the digital version available within 4-6 weeks after submission. The only untested area would be for the trade graphic novel if we meet the stretch goals. We are planning to use China One Imports for a mass printing. Their turnaround time is 6 to 9 months. However, we're confident in their printing service after talking to Jamie Tyndall who uses them for his art books.

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