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An independent hard science fiction comic following the investigations of Faisal Werner, lead (and only) detective of a resort habitat.
An independent hard science fiction comic following the investigations of Faisal Werner, lead (and only) detective of a resort habitat.
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Sample Pages from Books 1, 2 and 3 of "Jannah Station: A Soft Murder"
Sample Pages from Books 1, 2 and 3 of "Jannah Station: A Soft Murder"

The Jannah Station comic is a drawing-room mystery series set on a space station in a hard science fiction space opera universe.  In addition, there will also be some romance if we meet our first stretch goal. Maybe. 

And the murder takes place in an actual drawing room! (well, more like a study, but no one has ever had a "home office mystery")
And the murder takes place in an actual drawing room! (well, more like a study, but no one has ever had a "home office mystery")

Our first story, "A Soft Murder", has everything - robots questioning their existence, a murder with multiple motives per suspect, a detective fighting with his boss over politics, and bored dilettantes engaged in snide gossip. It is designed to be interesting, fun, and (hopefully) thought-provoking. 

A family, slowly tearing itself apart!
A family, slowly tearing itself apart!

I pulled from my years in education and wrote it for both adults and teens. There are enough references, allusions, tropes, and themes to keep a grad student busy for a year and enough angst to inspire sensitive teens to buy all the black eyeliner at the corner Walgreens.

Literary allusions galore!
Literary allusions galore!

I've been building and writing in this universe for over twenty years, and it is robust yet expandable. Based on human history, macro- and micro-economics, and fairly hard science, I explore not just the realm of the possible, but the realm of the probable. 

Discussions of the nature of personhood!
Discussions of the nature of personhood!

And there is no faster than light travel. Or zombies. Or grim future with only war.

But there are space commie-nazis. They just won't show up anytime soon. Maybe.

Risks and challenges

With any comic book, the creators typically run into roadblocks caused by an unforeseen issue which delays or outright derails the whole project. For example, the author may not be able to finish a script on time (we call that Frank Miller syndrome here), money can run out, or the artist may become disillusioned with the work. Our proposal takes all of these issues into account.

Item 1
The Script - The script for the first story, "A Soft Murder", is finished. The artist, Ms. Elizabeth Kidder, has already gone over it and approved it. The script for the second story, "Academic Suicide", is on pace to be finished before the end of this Kickstarter campaign. In addition, if we get enough funding, the script for the third story, "The Silent Italian", is already ready to go.

Item 2
The Money -
The amount we are asking for, $3400, covers the cost of producing the proposed five remaining issues plus a small amount for unforeseen materials costs and/or proofs. This amount is precisely what the artist has requested. Additional amounts will go towards covering stretch goals, such as more stories (each four issues long), another line of comics set in the same universe, or even some of your suggestions.

Item 3
The Artist - Ms. Kidder has already scheduled time to produce the remaining comics, as well as approved of both content and message of the upcoming works. In addition, as stated above, the $3400 will be sufficient to make certain that the work is finished in a timely way.

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The Timeline - Unlike many other comics, both professional and amateur, we actually meet our deadlines. Each comic takes between three to six weeks to be laid out, drawn, typeset, thrown out, and done all over again and we see no problem in maintaining that schedule into the future.

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FAQ

  • We'll finish out "A Soft Murder" and maybe make it into a colored trade paperback. After that, probably nothing else will happen. Elizabeth will have to go back on the street, doodling for pocket change, and I will probably just keep writing scripts no one will ever read.

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  • They're everywhere. And they are watching you.

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  • If we receive $8000 (or near enough), we'll add in "A Silent Italian", which has already gotten rave reviews.

    For every $4000, we'll add a new series to Jannah Station. If there is enough interest in the long run, we can explore other characters on other habitats.

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  • Because it seems so juvenile. And Elizabeth would have to draw lots of guns. And, while I have a lot of experience getting into fights, I have none with winning them. Also, seriously, I'm not sure I want that market.

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  • At least three on every page, and, although most of them are in dialogue, some are in the art as well. We are thinking about having a contest.

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