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About this project

In 1976 …a secret war raged on Pluto.

In 2006…Pluto’s planet status was revoked.

One by one…those who know the truth are being silenced

But one man remembers everything.

30 years later… Cale Beckett must return to the...

Forgotten Planet is a 4 issue Science Fiction limited series , created by Pete Rogers and Giancarlo Caracuzzo. It follows Cale Beckett, a legendary former mercenary, as he seeks to unravel his past on the frozen planeoid.

You may remember that we ran a previous campaign for the complete Graphic Novel and raised over £4000 which was not quite enough to produce the full book. 

However we don't want to leave all of our supporters without the chance to enjoy this great story and so this campaign is designed to kickstart the series and fund the first issue. 

For this we need a much lower amount so you can still be part of this adventure and help make it all happen.

Issue #1 cover art by Giancarlo
Issue #1 cover art by Giancarlo

 Meet The Creators

Pete Rogers
 Pete is an award-winning British writer, who came to comics via a series of screenwriting courses at Raindance in London. In 2007 he co-founded Orang Utan Comics, publishing anthology title Eleventh Hour, featuring his own short stories, alongside the work of other rising talent. Within a year the book had been nominated for an Eagle award. In 2011 his first graphic novel The Interactives was released, to critical acclaim, with art by Luciano Vecchio (Beware the Batman). Earlier this year the first title from his new imprint Dapper Chimp Press was released, ‘Chris Smith and the Nazi Zombies from Hell’ which he served as editor on.

"With his ferocious instinct for shifting perspectives, and a sniper’s eye for finding that which is relevant amidst that which is fantastical, Rogers’s recent work confirms his place as a leading light in the next wave of British comics talent. I’ll be looking forward to Forgotten Planet with huge anticipation." - SI SPURRIER

Giancarlo Caracuzzo

 Giancarlo has worked for most of the major European and American comics publishers, since his first work was published in 1982 in his native Italy. His bold, energetic artwork has been seen in the likes of Jonah HexGorilla ManIron ManSpider-Man and Random Acts of Violence. His work gives this project a unique style and voice, and we are very proud to have such a respected professional on board.

"Giancarlo is one of those classic talents largely lost to this modern world, building new worlds fully realized with weight and depth as if they'd always existed." -  IVAN BRANDON

“Giancarlo is a master storyteller and one of the freshest talents coming out of Europe at the moment. There is a reason I have worked with him over and over.” -  JIMMY PALMIOTTI

In addition to the main creative team artwork is also being provided by star guest creators Mike Collins, Chris Wildgoose and Azim Akberali. There work will feature both in the comics and on some of our reward items.

Here's the stunning artwork for the Pin Up by Chris Wildgoose:

A massive thanks to Chris for creating this great Poster for our book
A massive thanks to Chris for creating this great Poster for our book

A Little About Our Story

On Pluto Cale Beckett is infamous. He’s the poster boy used to instil fear into the Plutonian race. But Cale Beckett is living in denial. Beckett spends a solitary existence on a Tanzanian game reserve, with just his dog for company. He can remember the things he did on Pluto in the 70s and he’s been trying to forget about it ever since.

Cale Beckett by Azim Akberali
Cale Beckett by Azim Akberali

 When Pluto is downgraded to a planetoid, its new classification 134340 appears all over the media. This reignites the wiped memories of all the mercenaries who used to police the planet, and they are killed before they can talk. But Cale is different, he never forgot what happened, and killing him won’t be so easy. When mercenaries are sent to kill him, on the same day that Pluto’s planet status is revoked, he knows something is wrong. And he knows his two oldest friends are dead. The only way to unearth the truth, means a trip back into his past and a return to Pluto, the Forgotten Planet.

Sample page of Art from Giancarlo
Sample page of Art from Giancarlo

"Forgotten Planet is definitely a labour of love for me, it’s a story I’ve been working on for some time and something I’ve completely thrown myself into. When the original artist, and my regular collaborator, Azim Akberali had health problems and wasn't able to continue with the book I shelved it for years. He was so keen for me to still push forward with the project that I eventually relented. Having the opportunity to see the world Cale Beckett inhabits come to life, courtesy of another world class artist like Giancarlo, is a dream come true.” PETE ROGERS 

 How will my money be spent? 

 We are offering you some fantastic exclusive rewards to raise £3,500 that will help to make this book happen. £70 a page will be paid to Giancarlo as an advance to allow him to work on the book. Giancarlo is giving this project the dedication of a true professional and for that we salute him! The rest of the funds will go towards the production of the issue and delivery of your rewards. Other publishing costs are being covered by British Indy Publishers Scar Comics. 

More great interiors from Giancarlo
More great interiors from Giancarlo

 Bonus Extras: If we manage to go over our target we're planning to add some extra bonus features for our supporters. We'll unveil more about these as the campaign progresses.

Risks and challenges

All of the creators involved are fully committed to this project. We all have solid track records and a passion for this story. Pete has almost completed the 100 page script for the entire series and Scar Comics have already paid for the preview pages to be produced. We now just want to get this great comic into your eager hands!

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    The Earthling Reward - A 24 page PDF download of issue #1.

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    The Plutonion Reward - As well as the download and the signed comics you get a set of 4 exclusive deluxe art cards featuring characters from the story by interior artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo.

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    The Invader's Reward - This is a special reward given in partnership with ICE, Britain's Coolest Comic Convention. The Event happens on August 2nd 2014 and for this pledge you get a early bird pass to the Expo included as well as everything from the Plutonian Reward. We are able to bring you this reward as Scar Comics are sponsors of the event and will be exhibiting. This reward is strictly limited.

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    The Wildgoose Reward - Everything from the Plutonian reward plus a superb giant A2 poster of the beautiful Pin Up art kindly donated by Rising Star Comics Artist Chris Wildgoose (Porcelain). This is a limited reward.

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    The Legend Reward - Everything from the the Plutonian Reward plus a Giant A2 limited edition print of the superb Pin Up Art by Comics Legend Mike Collins.This is the only time this poster will ever be available as a print!

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    The Double Barrel Reward - Not one but two copies of the Comic. Plus the second copy is a special limited edition version with an alternative cover by Chris Wildgoose. You also get the art cards, the PDF and a special named dedication printed inside the limited edition. This Limited edition is also included in all pledges above £75 as a special bonus!

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    The Writer's Reward - This one is just for those aspiring writers out there. Everything from the Plutonian reward plus a very special extra - You get a one on one online tutorial with our writer Peter Rogers with tips on writing comic scripts and how to submit your work to publishers.

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    The Area 51 Reward - Everything from the Plutonian Reward plus a groovy Forgotten Planet T-Shirt featuring the cover artwork and logo. Again this is a very limited.

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    The Gallery Reward - This is a special limited edition reward for all you lovers of painted art out there... You get a large A3 Canvas Print of the Painted issue #2 Cover art from Azim Akberali along with a signed copy of the comic and the PDF

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    The J Rod Reward - You get the signed comic, the PDF and you also get a unique signed and dedicated sketch from our acclaimed artist Giancarlo Caracuzzo. These are strictly limited!

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    The Visitor's Award - Would you like Peter Rogers to appear at your shop to sign copies of the comic?
    With this special reward for retailers you get 10 copies of the comics a copy of the Limited Edition Variant, an exclusive promo poster, and a special appearance from our writer Peter Rogers. He'll be happy to sign copies at your shop and he'll bring some cool surprise extra goodies with him too.

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    The Bumper Reward - This one's got it all...you get all the goodies from all the other rewards. That includes the sketch from Giancarlo, the T-Shirt, the Canvass Print, the Giant Poster along with two copies of the comic and the art cards. That way you get a reading copy and a collectors copy.

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    The Never Forgotten Reward - This reward is reserved for that special Kickstarter supporter who wants to go down in interplanetary history. You get everything from all the previous rewards including the sketch, the canvas print, the art cards, the T-Shirt and of course the signed comic plus you get to be featured in the first issue with a special Cameo Appearance and a named credit as a character model. You also get an extra 5 signed copies of the comics to give away to your friends so that they can bask in your glory as a famous comic character.

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    The Sponsor's Reward - Do you want to have your comic shop or book featured in the comic? Well with this special limited reward you get everything from the Bumper reward plus a full page advert in the comics including the design if you require it.
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