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About this project

Our graphic novel, Project Manhattan, is based on the prequel novella to the feature film Project London, a movie produced in Seattle with the assistance of a worldwide team of volunteers and special effects artists. The film was noteworthy for creating a very large and strong cult following before it had even been completed or released to the general public. What sets this film apart from similar independent projects is the great number of special-effects shots it required (774 in all). The Project London team accomplished this feat using only open-source software, and without the benefit of a multi-million dollar budget, demonstrating what determined and motivated creative people can accomplish when they put their minds to it.

Project Manhattan tells the story of a crippled civilization of alien refugees who are fleeing the destruction of their home planet. They stumble upon our Earth in the year 1943, finding mankind firmly in the midst of World War 2, and irrevocably change the course of human history. With few options available, the aliens are willing to trade the secrets of their advanced technologies in exchange for safe harbor, and a place to permanently settle their people. 

The graphic novel will explore the political and cultural ramifications of the introduction of advanced alien technology into the world of the 1940's.

The original story was written by Caleb Wheeler and is being adapted into comic form by Keenan Reed of Thunder Frog Studios, a Seattle based comic publisher. Below is an exclusive preview of what backers can expect to see when the comic is put into full production.

Chapter 1 Page 1
Chapter 1 Page 1
Chapter 1 Page 2
Chapter 1 Page 2
Chapter 1 Page 3
Chapter 1 Page 3
Chapter 1 Page 4
Chapter 1 Page 4
Chapter 1 Page 5
Chapter 1 Page 5
Chapter 1 Page 6
Chapter 1 Page 6
Pages 7 and 8
Pages 7 and 8

In addition to our standard contributor levels we have some great stretch goals.

$18,000: The basic comic series will be a six chapter story. At this level we will be adding on an extra bonus chapter.

$21,000: At this level we will unlock a second bonus chapter to the story. 

$25,000: All backers at the $300 level and up will be upgraded to Hardback books.

$35,000: All Backers at the $200 level and up will be upgraded to Hardback books.

$50,000: At this level the entire series will be converted into a Motion Comic and all backers at $25 or higher will receive digital downloads of the entire series. Additionally, any backer at the $500 level or higher will have the chance to audition for a voice role in the video.

$60,000: Series Writer Keenan Reed has said that the story he's really excited to tell in comic form is the destruction of the Nalardian home planet, an event that is only touched upon in this series and the original film, Project London. If this Kickstarter really takes off and we hit this level we'll be able to bring back Jazel, Keenan, and Caleb to put together a 4 part mini-series detailing this story. Every $3000 we raise above this level will mean we have the potential to add another chapter to that story and every backer of $10 and above will receive digital downloads of this bonus comic as the issues are completed.

And finally, if we get 150 backers to this project all contributors who donate at least $100 will receive a limited edition Project Manhattan giant robot T-Shirt designed by series artist Jazel Riley. This shirt will be delivered along with the copy of the completed graphic novel.

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Risks and challenges

The delivery date indicated in the Reward Descriptions is an estimate, based on the assumption that we hit our stretch goals and do an 8 chapter story. If we hit the top stretch goals and produce a motion comic and a second graphic novel, those projects most likely will not be delivered until potentially 2016 or 2017; however all backers will receive regular updates on the production of their rewards.

A challenge we faced right out of the gate was choosing the right artist; while many artists can draw the human form well, the ability to draw realistic and awesome looking giant robots is less common. We were fortunate to find an artist with the ability to tackle this challenge in Jazel Riley.

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