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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 4 2013 2:02 AM UTC +00:00

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When we last left the Chimerical Tales Kickstarter, it had just been thrown into the slavering jaws of public scrutiny, armed with nothing but a high concept and an amateur video! Can this serial fiction anthology raise enough money to bring daily adventure fiction to a world it never expected?

Yes!

CHIMERICAL TALES is the fiction magazine I've dreamed about for a decade, first envisioned back in 2005 during a six-month hospitalization. I was brought up with serial fiction... from the comics I read to the stories my father told me at night, always ending with the three most exciting words in the English language... "to be continued."

WHAT IS CHIMERICAL TALES?

In the style of the old pulp serials, Chimerical Tales is a serial fiction anthology designed for the discerning cliffhanger enthusiast.
Let's break that down:

  • Serial: Each story will be a short chapter of a larger work, presented weekly.
  • Fiction: Y'know. Not real. The good stuff! (No offense to biography aficionados and my wife.)
  • Anthology: Each issue of Chimerical Tales will contain five *different* stories, making each week a potpourri of genre and style!
  • Cliffhanger Enthusiast: You! You love waiting to find out how the hero gets out of the latest deathtrap, face-off, or embarassing engagement misunderstanding!

Every weekday, Chimerical Tales will post a new chapter in one of its five serials. Each chapter will be an easily digestible piece of flash fiction--around 750 words, or three pages--just enough to read during a coffee break!

A different serial will run each day of the week, so readers will know exactly when to come back for the next installment: Mythstalker Monday, for instance, or Resume God Thursday.

To lead off each week's serials will be a beautiful full-color cover by a great artist... and man, do we have some great artists lined up! (Peek ahead to see who! We'll be here when you come back.)

Not only will CHIMERICAL TALES run online, but after each week's serials are complete, the cover, stories, and additional editorial content will be compiled together in a PDF magazine, suitable for reading on your tablet or computer of choice! The plan is to sell each of these magazines for a dime... but pledgers above the $25 level will get these magazines emailed to them each week for free!

If you really want to see what to expect from CHIMERICAL TALES, we'll be sending out a free ashcan PDF of the imaginary issue #0 to anyone who pledges $10 or more, so you can sample a copy before this Kickstarter is even finished!

Finally, when a given serial is completed, that serial will become available in a collected ebook as well, so everyone will have their choice of how to read CHIMERICAL TALES!

The plan is for the www.chimericaltales.com site to go online with content on July 1, 2013 and update every weekday for the next fifty-two weeks. This Kickstarter funds that first year, or as I call it, Volume One.

WHO IS THIS GUY ANYWAY?

I'm a forty-two year old writer who's always loved big stories broken down into little parts. In the early 2000s, I wrote the comics DEFIANCE and MYTHSTALKERS for Image Comics and also ran the website CHIMERICAL COMICS, a Previews-style chronicle of an imaginary comics company.

In 2005, I almost died from acute necrotic pancreatitis, which put me in the hospital for most of the year. While there, I developed the seeds of CHIMERICAL TALES, and have been building up to this project ever since then. For a long time recovery, parenting, homeschooling and life kept convincing me that it "wasn't a good time" to start CHIMERICAL TALES, but after several years of building up material and finessing the concept, I had an obvious epiphany: there would NEVER be a good time. So I'm going with the next best thing... now.

STORIES YOU CAN EXPECT

The initial five serials launching with CHIMERICAL TALES #1 will be:

MYTHSTALKERS: Originally published by Image Comics, MYTHSTALKERS tells the story of the Victorian age Society of Cryptozoological Research, five daring men and women who seek out creatures of myth. Unbeknownst to them, however, they are opposed by a time traveler from the 21st century who is determined to beat them to the secret behind the re-emergence of these beasts of legend. The 33-issue series was never finished at Image, but CHIMERICAL TALES will finally tell the full tale!

THE LAST ADVENTURE OF ACE ARCHER, SPACE PIONEER: In the 1930's, America thrilled to the adventures of Ace Archer, Space Pioneer as he explored the universe and fought for freedom throughout the galaxy. Today, Ace Archer is forgotten and space is an empty place of vacuum and dust. What happened to the universe? What happened to Ace Archer? One woman sets out to discover the answers to both, and in doing so, brings about the return of Earth's greatest space hero!

JANE CROW: AS THE CROW LIES: The secret world of witches has long hidden from the mundane world. To keep this secret, the High Coven has infiltrated the FBI's paranormal division with a double agent, the inscrutable Jane Crow, master liar. However, when Jane is assigned to a series of impossible murders, her true loyalties are put to the test. 

RESUME GOD: Carl McCall is an unemployed newlywed graphic designer who needs to spend his days finding a job. Unfortunately, he's just found out that he's the supreme being of a microuniverse on the brink of destruction. Time management was never this exciting!

TESLA GIRLS: TESTING OUT THINGS: Electric powered girly punk science heroines protect Apex City from evil and boredom. A rookie hero scores a team-up, but a night with Emilie, Kate and Marina turns out to be anything but what he expects. Who are the Tesla Girls, really? The first story of the Apex City Cycle, superheroes for the flash fiction age!

And, as each story ends (or, if it never ends, at least stops) new serials will join the CHIMERICAL lineup. In this first year of publication, we're also planning stories with titles like Closing Time! Impermanent Record! Darkness on the Edge of Town! The Ironclad Alibi! Imaginary Suicides! Ragnarok Love Stories! The Champion! Untold Myths of the Lost World!

WHAT ARE YOU FUNDING?

Honestly, fifteen thousand dollars sounds to me like enough money to swim around in, a la Scrooge McDuck. Still, I actually made a spreadsheet for this project, so you know I must be serious. Here's what you'll be funding with your pledges.

COVER ART: I'm no artist, so I'm hiring some. CHIMERICAL TALES covers will offer art from a wide range of artists, both professionals and up-and-comers. Since we love our artists, we need to be sure to pay them. Fifty-two weekly covers is a lot of art, so this makes up about 70% of CT's budget.

SOFTWARE: For this first year, I'll be running CHIMERICAL TALES through WordPress, but I'll need the Pro Bundle upgrade to make it look the way I envision it. I'll also need an initial outlay for professional looking page design graphics. To make the PDF and ebook files, I'll need a decent digital publishing program; I'm looking at Adobe InDesign for this. All of this stuff comes to approximately 10% of the budget.

WRITING: The final twenty percent of CHIMERICAL TALES' budget is the writing rate. My lovely wife, Kay, works full time to support our family as a pastor, and has for many years. Part of my dream for CHIMERICAL TALES is to find a way for me to bring some bacon to the table here and contribute financially. However, for the first year of publication, I'll be emulating the old pulps not only stylistically but fiscally... I'm only going to pay myself a penny a word. Hopefully you'll find at least several of my words worth more than that. The writing for CT will only make up about 20% of the budget.

SO, TELL ME ABOUT THESE AMAZING ARTISTS...

I'm so glad you asked! Who do we have for art so far? Some of my ALL-TIME favorite artists and people!

CLINT LANGLEY! 2000AD artist for SLAINE: BOOKS OF INVASION and ABC WARRIORS: THE VOLGAN WAR among many other awesome looking things. He's no stranger to the serial, being one of the stars of CHIMERICAL TALES inspiration 2000AD.

MIKE GRELL! The creator of THE WARLORD and longtime GREEN ARROW writer/artist, not to mention JON SABLE, FREELANCE... master of some of the most beautiful linework ever seen!

MATT HOWARTH! Creator of THOSE ANNOYING POST BROS., SAVAGE HENRY, KEIF LLAMA, XENOTECH and so much more, he makes music as comics and comics as music. If I were an artist, I'd want to be him.

MARK OAKLEY! The man behind THIEVES & KINGS, STARDROP and JENNY MYSTERIOUS, Mark has a style full of youth and energy and he never writes down to the reader. (Not that that has to do with his art, but I love that about him anyway.)

MARILYN SCOTT-WATERS! The Toymaker herself, author of THE TOYMAKER'S WORKSHOP, THE TOYMAKER'S CHRISTMAS and artist of HAUNTED HISTORIES... she'll be doing a special paper toy cover suitable for printing, cutting out, and constructing! So much fun!

BRIAN MENZE! One of the top videogame artists in the industry, Brian is the visionary who created FALLOUT's Vault Boy. He's also worked on STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC II, NEVERWINTER NIGHTS 2, and is currently working on Kickstarter's biggest project ever, Obsidian Entertainment's PROJECT ETERNITY!

CHRIS BURNHAM! Current artist on Grant Morrison's BATMAN, INC. (you know, that little series that made the New York Post?) as well as OFFICER DOWNE and Coheed & Cambria's AMORY WARS. (Also the artist of my favorite Chimerical Comic, "nowhereacademy" which we pitched to Image back in the day!) He's busy, but promised himself as a "potential" if we make funding!

TOMMY KOVACS! If you didn't love AUTUMN, you must be allergic to brilliant strangeness. The writer of Disney's WONDERLAND and the infamous creator of SKELEBUNNIES (NSFW!) Tommy brings the weird to weird fantasy!

DAN GOODSALL! The creator of Mr. Toast and Friends and their media empire, Dan will be doing a special Mr. Toast cover of one of our serials!

AUSTIN JANKOWSKY! Creator of STANLEY THE SNOWMAN and artist on such series as IRON MAN: THE END, JUDO GIRL and 10TH MUSE/SHI.

And this is only the list of people I have SO FAR!

We'll also be showcasing new, up-and-coming artists... there's nothing more exciting than finding a fresh style and helping expose its creator to the world!

IN CONCLUSION, or, OVER THE CLIFF!

So, I'm sure this sounds good, but unfortunately, CHIMERICAL TALES is hanging, white-knuckled, off the Kickstarter cliff. Will my long-imagined dream of exciting serial adventure be able to escape and deliver two-to-three-fisted action, speculative tales of speculation, embarassing romantic dilemmas and unknown mythologies? Don't you want to have something to read every day? For once, you don't have to wait for someone else to resolve this cliffhanger... it's up to you!

To be continued...

Risks and challenges

As I said earlier, life has a way of making itself difficult. Nobody expects a six-month hospitalization, a forced move across country, or the Spanish Inquisition. We know sometime in the next year that we'll be moving, actually, which is part of why I'm funding early to get a good backlog of writing and art ready before our July 1, 2013 launch date.

I haven't collected together all fifty-two artists yet, but as you can see from the ones I've gotten together in the past two weeks, I'm expecting to have a lot of talent on board... it's just a matter of finding it all! And hey, if you're interested in doing art for CHIMERICAL TALES, just send me a message and we'll talk!

Who knows what unknown waters we're sailing into... but the process is part of the excitement. If I can get Ace Archer out of the Necrochapel of Jeth, I'm confident I can figure out how to make an .epub format document. We're all in this together, and with your help, I know this can happen. Happen and rock.

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