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In a world ravaged by an unknown male-specific virus, mankind's last hope lies in a genetically enhanced soldier.
In a world ravaged by an unknown male-specific virus, mankind's last hope lies in a genetically enhanced soldier.
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UTF is an independent comic book that started to take shape about a year ago. After months of drafts, scripting, and conceptual art changes, it was launched as a webcomic in March 30th, 2014. Right now, issue #1 is 100% completed, fully drawn, inked, colored, lettered, and ready for print! Backing us will help us to keep on making more and more pages and update our content more frequently!

UTF is set in a post-apocalyptic world. It's a gritty blast of sex, horror, sci-fi, and dabbles in various sub-themes like evolution, spirituality, and transhumanism. A comic that strays away from the traditional viral story by accentuating a premeditated reason behind the virus, as opposed to leaving the origin of the outbreak as a common question mark. The pathogen also presents a rather unique trait: it only infects males!

To a degree, Under the Flesh is like a Grindhouse mashup of Captain America, Y: The Last Man, and The Walking Dead.

It’s been two months since Desolation Day, when an unknown male-specific virus ravaged the world, degenerating men into savage cannibals called “fleshers.”

Ruben Lobos, is a short-tempered, genetically enhanced soldier, who’s clueless about his abilities since the pathogen struck at the same time of his experiment. He’s interestingly surrounded by a diverse cast of strong female characters in a dying world where women outlast men.

His group survives inside the walls of an abandoned college library, building a false sense of security that's about to crumble. Exploring his transhuman abilities comes at the price of protecting others, including the love of his life, Dinah. Is there any time for an insanely jealous girlfriend as the world collapses? Ruben needs to start making sense of things quick before the lives of those closest to him fall victim to the cannibal havoc ravaging the world.

INDY comics: What is it and what does your help do for an unknown creator like me?

Under The Flesh is a 100% creator-owned independent comic. We don't receive any financial help from advertising or publishers. It's an unconditional labor of love, blood, sweat, and tears. My dream is to share this work of passion with all of you. Truth is, I have very limited financial resources to keep UTF going at its current level of quality and consistency.

That´s why right now, you guys have the power to help this project continue to grow. We have the chance to work together and create a great comic book outside the margins of a market dominated by big companies. We can do this together!

Only ten years ago, it was almost impossible for small independent creators like me to self-publish and get their work out to the public. Although today it is still an extremely difficult task, Kickstarter opens up new financing channels that have turned the gloomy tortuous path of self-publishing into a creative and hopeful crowd-publishing reality! Thanks to Kickstarter & your support, skies are the limit!

With your help Under The Flesh IS possible!

All I can do is guarantee you more of my blood, sweat, and tears, layered beneath future high-quality comic book pages of Under The Flesh. With that:

70% of the pledge funds will be budgeted towards the art J.L. is creating for the project. This allows a talented artist to receive a respectable rate for providing professional grade quality art. 

20% of the pledge funds will be budgeted towards covering reward expenses (production printing, and shipping costs).

10% of the pledge funds will cover Kickstarter and Amazon fees.

With our goal of 3.5k, we are taking things one small step at a time. If our Kickstarter campaign is a success, the funds will be enough to self-publish UNDER THE FLESH #1, cover the rewards, and finance the artwork of UNDER THE FLESH #2!

Gilbert Deltres - Comic book writer with a highly percolative imagination since childhood. Loves writing comics. His creator-owned project Under The Flesh is his first foray into the comic world as he looks to garner credibility in the craft.

J.L. Giles - Comic book artist extraordinaire. Been drawing exquisitely since childhood. Loves drawing comics. Has work published by IDW, Zenescope, and Hasbro, but has had most fun co-creating Under The Flesh. You can check more of his artwork on his BLOG

Risks and challenges

Under The Flesh is a two-man operation and JL & I are laboring rigorously to bring this survival horror comic book to print. We're determined as ever to keep this comic going. Under The Flesh #1 is fully completed and production on issue #2 has just begun. We need your help to bring issue #1 to print and fund issue #2!

Any additional revenue generated will be used to create more UTF pages! We kept our goals realistically reasonable. Simply put: we're dealing with an almost zero risk factor. Under The Flesh # 1 is already complete! If our goal is met, you'll have physical copy in hand and on time! Walk the ravaged road with us at Under The Flesh!

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    We´ll send you a thank you note, and your name will be immortalized on our acknowledgements page of UNDER THE FLESH #1

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    DIGITAL REWARD: You get the PDF of Under The Flesh #1 and our ESCAPE COMICS PREVIEWS PDF, which features a glimpse into my other 100% creator-owned projects, courtesy of Escape Comics, delivered to your e-mailbox for your personal viewing pleasure. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgments page!

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    PRINT REWARD: Get all above plus TWO print copies of the 22 pages of Under The Flesh #1 (standard edition cover and Kickstarter limited edition with VARIANT cover).

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    CREATOR´S REWARD: Get all above plus a digital copy of UNDER THE FLESH #1 CREATOR'S CUT (B&W Edition), with an exclusive VARIANT cover! This is a Kickstarter exclusive! It features the entire first issue in black and white, never before seen art, concept art, panel layouts, outtakes, step by step art process samples, and more! You´ll also receive an original 80's inspired RETRO PRINT featuring Under The Flesh characters. Both physical copies of Under The Flesh #1 will be signed by the creators!

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    POSTCARD PINUPS: Receive four original pinup postcard prints illustrated by guest artists, Dwayne Biddix (Freelance Comic Artist), Steven Perkins (Credence), Daniel Bradford (King, Zombies vs Robots: Z-Boys in the Robot Graveyard), and Nicolas Selma (Tomb Raider, S.H.O.O.T First). Also receive everything at $25 pledge!

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    SKETCH REWARD: You get all above, and in addition you'll also receive an original HEAD SKETCH of your favorite UTF character (or any other comic book character you like) hand drawn and inked by the series artist J.L. Giles!

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    CORPSE LIKENESS REWARD: How's this for immersion?! Necrophiles need apply to have your likeness as a grossly mutilated corpse which will be featured in Under The Flesh #2! You'll get an original signed print too in addition to the 80's Retro print! (Also receive everything at $25 Pledge level!)

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    AD SPACE REWARD: Looking for AD space?! Wanna showcase your business?! No worries, we gotcha covered! YOUR BUSINESS will be featured as a desolate/abandoned storefront, or advertised on a junked/trashed auto, or as a worn poster in Under The Flesh #2. (You also get everything at $25 Pledge level!)

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    FLESHER LIKENESS REWARD: Bloodthirsty immersion! Your likeness as (or aid in the design of) a flesher to be featured in Under The Flesh #2!! Don't forget, this is extremely limited! Only 4 pledges locks up this exclusive reward! (Also receive everything at $25 Pledge level.)

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    BODY SKETCH REWARD: An original full body sketch of your favorite UNDER THE FLESH character or any other mainstream character (superheroes, etc) hand drawn by series artist J.L. Giles! (Also receive everything at $25 Pledge level.)

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    FLESHER DOUBLE SIZED SKETCH CARD REWARD: You get a handpainted acrylic zombie inspired painting on high quality acid-free thick Canson paper! 4 x 6 inches (10.5 x 15 cm). The content of the art will be decided by the artist. If you don´t like it, send the whole package to us and we will refund

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    MEDIUM FLESHER PAINTING REWARD: You´ll get a zombie genre inspired acrylic painting on high quality acid-free thick Canson paper, by JL Giles. 11.7 x 16.5 inches (A4 , 29.7 x 42 cm). You´ll also get everything at $25 pledge level. The content of the art will be decided by the artist.

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    DESIGN-A-SURVIVOR REWARD: Help us flesh out a survivor who will appear in UTF #2. We'll need a physical description of the character, a name, wardrobe, weapon of choice, and character history. THIS IS EXTREMELY LIMITED! (Also receive everything at $25 pledge, plus additional signed physical copy of UTF #1, with personalized message.) By pledging, you understand that all rights of the created character will remain property of G. Deltres, J.L. Giles, Under The Flesh, and Escape Comics.

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    RECURRING CHARACTER REWARD: You become a character in the UNDER THE FLESH universe whose fate rests in our hands! This is EXTREMELY LIMITED! (Also receive everything at $25 pledge, plus an additional signed physical copy of Under The Flesh (3 total) with a personalized message).

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    LARGE FLESHER PAINTING REWARD: You´ll get a zombie genre inspired acrylic painting on high quality acid-free thick Canson paper, by JL Giles. 11.7 x 16.5 inches (A3, 29.7 x 42 cm). You´ll also get everything at $25 pledge level. The content of the art will be decided by the artist.

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