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A neo noir sci-fi graphic novel that follows the Detective in post second great depression America, 2039 A.D.
A neo noir sci-fi graphic novel that follows the Detective in post second great depression America, 2039 A.D.
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By next year the top 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99% combined*. What happens if this trend continues?

Bleed 2039 is a neo-noir sci-fi crime story which takes place in the not so distant future in Amsterdam, a small town in upstate NY. After the second great American depression of 2029 the few wealthy that remain build walls around cities and common people cannot enter without a pass called an “Exeat.” New York City becomes a well-guarded gated community for the rich.

Bleed 2039 Hardcover 100 page Graphic Novel
Bleed 2039 Hardcover 100 page Graphic Novel

A cigarette prohibition adds fuel to a new gangster era in the “Burgs” outside the city walls, where people dance to Neo-Jazz or "Nazz" bands in illegal “Haze bars” and develop their own fashion and way of life without high technology.

The Detective, tasked by the local Mayor with bringing a vicious assailant to justice, finds himself in the middle of a war of the cigarette black market.

With Bleed we have created a world which is reminiscent of the movies that depicted the first depression/prohibition era in America, but far more fast paced and multi cultural. The story has twists and turns, starting out as a straight forward murder mystery, but evolving into something so much more.

*Credit Suisse / Oxfam

Bleed 2039 Volume 1 contains 4 comic books.  Issue #1 is complete and premiered at the last NY Comic Con!  See an interview with Writer/Creator Alan James Edward and the artist Abdul Rashid here.

The reaction of the fans at Comic Con was very exciting and we are here on Kickstarter to reach out and raise money to complete, publish, print and market the 3 remaining comic books which will complete the first volume of the Bleed Series!

The series is written in the style of early American Noir pulp fiction, but has a contemporary spirit of action and humor you might find on the big screen today.  

Designed with the fans in mind; Bleed 2039 is quick paced and thoroughly entertaining while dealing with important issues of our times today. We are very excited to complete the first 4 book volume of this series. Your support is greatly appreciated! 

About Us

Alan James Edwards - Writer / Creator

Alan James Edwards has wide-ranging experience in both traditional and digital media as an award winning filmmaker, comedian, writer, producer, creative director and digital media technology entrepreneur. Influenced by the action movie genre of today and the noir literature of the 1920’s, and 30’s, Alan has developed a new action noir franchise for the 21st century.

Abdul Rashid - Artist / CEO / Founder AHR Visions

A native of Flint, MI, Abdul Rashid is a graphic illustrator, creator, and developer of intellectual properties that focus in the genres of sci-fi, action-adventure and horror and who's work  is featured in the MARVEL comics distributed NEW-GEN series. Mr. Rashid is striving to develop stories and concepts that contribute to a wider and broader expansion of the imaginative universe in the industry, with more diverse “iconic-level” characters that represent the multi-cultural society.

Josh Powe - Executive Producer

Josh Powe has over 15 years of experience in media, entertainment, publishing, and technology as both an entrepreneur and as an angel investor. Josh has earned a reputation for bringing creative projects to life, both directly, and indirectly as an advisor to visionary entrepreneurs. Josh currently serves as co-founder and CEO of LinkIt!, an early stage EdTech venture, and has been a fan of Bleed 2039 since Alan first described the concept.

The Rewards

We are very excited about the rewards that are being offered for this Kickstarter campaign.

  • Digital Edition of Bleed 2039 Issue #1 

Issue #1 is already complete and premiered and NY Comic Con 2014. The digital file is unlocked and suitable for reading on any mobile or desktop device including iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle.

  • Signed Printed Edition of Bleed 2039 Issue #1 

Issue #1 printed edition signed by both Writer/Creator Alan James Edwards and artist Abdul Rashid.


  • Digital Edition of Complete Bleed 2039 4 Book Volume 

    A digital addition of the complete Bleed 2039 4 book volume. The digital file is unlocked and suitable for reading on any mobile or desktop device including iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle.

  • Signed Hardcover Edition of Bleed 2039 4 Book Volume 

    A printed hardcover edition of the complete 100 page Bleed 2039 4 book volume signed by both Writer/Creator Alan James Edwards and artist Abdul Rashid.
  • Signed NY Comic Con Signed Promotional Posters

    Promotional posters featured during the NY Comic Con premier of Bleed 2039 issue#1 signed by both Writer/Creator Alan James Edwards and Artist Abdul Rashid.

    • Signed and numbered gallery ready stretched canvas giclee prints.

    Bleed 2039 select artist gallery ready giclee prints on stretched canvas. Suitable for any art collection and a valuable collectible. Giclee prints are numbered and logged to retain their value, and come in Sizes 24X14, 34X22 and 40X40 . Select from 12 image options. 

    40 X 40 Giclee Print on Stretched Canvas
    40 X 40 Giclee Print on Stretched Canvas
    40 X 40 Giclee Print on Stretched Canvas
    40 X 40 Giclee Print on Stretched Canvas
    34 X 22 Giclee Print on Streched Canvas
    34 X 22 Giclee Print on Streched Canvas
    •  Have your likeness drawn by artist Abdul Rashid 

    Have you or a friend/relative's likeness drawn by Abdul Rashid in Bleed 2039 style and included in the finished graphic novel. Also receive a signed and numbered gallery ready stretched canvas giclee print of the image as it appears in the graphic novel.

  • Final Weekend Bonus Rewards Added!

We have gotten a lot of really great feedback on the pencils we have been showing in the Kickstarter updates so Abdul, Josh and I have decided to produce one hundred 8" X11" prints of two selected pencils (pictured below) on high quality paper stock. We are only going to print one hundred of each. They will be numbered and signed by the artist and creator. These prints will be suitable for framing with a special thanks written on the back.

Only one hundred of each will ever be printed!

These additional two signed and numbered prints will be automatically added to all rewards pledged at $25 or more.

The Detective Concept Pencil
The Detective Concept Pencil
Illegal Cigarette "Smokeasy" Concept Pencil
Illegal Cigarette "Smokeasy" Concept Pencil

Considering all that is going on in our world today, the time for Bleed 2039 is now. If you want to be part of this project and help get it out into the world with us, just select one of the rewards on our Kickstarter page and let’s make a graphic novel together!

Thank you,

We really appreciate it.

Risks and challenges

The first book is already completed and work on the next three is in progress, so the risks are minimal. Once we reach our goal, we'll arrange for lettering, final illustrations and printing, including the gallery quality collectable stretched canvas signed and numbered giclee prints. And we will get them out to you!

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    Signed printed copy of Bleed 2039 issue #1 plus 1 signed Promotional Poster. Posters were displayed at 2014 NY Comic Con. Select from 4 different Bleed Characters.

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    Signed 1st edition print of complete 100 page graphic novel and a signed printed copy of issue #1, digital versions of both plus all 4 signed promotional posters.

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    VIP Supporter Package. Have your likeness drawn by artist Abdul Rashid and added to the graphic novel. Receive a signed and numbered gallery ready stretched 40X40 canvas giclee print of the image as it appears in the graphic novel. Signed print of issue #1 and signed 1st edition print of complete 100 page graphic novel. Special thanks in graphic novel.

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    VIP Supporter Package. Have your likeness drawn by artist Abdul Rashid and added to the graphic novel. Receive a signed and numbered gallery ready stretched 40X40 canvas giclee print of the image as it appeared in the graphic novel. Also receive 3 additional signed and numbered gallery ready stretched canvass giclee prints. Size 24X14, 34X22 and 40X40. Select from 12 image options. 2 signed prints of issue #1 and 2 signed 1st edition prints of the complete 100 page graphic novel. Special thanks in graphic novel. Two 3 day passes to the Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles, October 30 to November 1, 2015. Witness the Bleed 2039 Volume 1 release and hang with the creators with VIP treatment!

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