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110 page graphic novel by Christian Sager & Kelly Williams. Historical fiction/horror about politics, assassination & the arctic.

Update 7/9/12: All hardcovers will include an original sketch by Kelly Williams on the inside of the book!

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

THE CABINET will be a 110 page original graphic novel written by Christian Sager (BORDER CROSSINGS, THINK OF THE CHILDREN) with art by Kelly Williams (RED PLAINS). 

Summary: On a doomed 1901 mission to the arctic Northwest Passage, a “shadow cabinet” of social outcasts opposing America’s government find horror and madness that leads them to the assassination of the President of the United States.

If you prefer comparisons, it’s THE THING by way of MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. See below for sample pages from the book.

Keywords: Historical fiction, assassination, ghost ship, cannibalism, botulism, arctic isolation, cosmic horror, anarchism, sharp shooting, presidential rhetoric, shadow government. 

ABOUT THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN 

The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to pay Kelly Williams for the hard work he’s putting into this comic. Funds will also go toward printing copies of the book and art print rewards for backers. Taxes, fees and shipping costs will also be paid for from these funds. 

ABOUT THE REWARDS AVAILABLE
For your financial contribution there are various rewards to be gained with this campaign. We’d like to use this space to highlight what you can receive. Note that the options to the right allow you to combine these rewards in several ways, but if you don't see the combination you want, read below under "Do You Want Multiple Rewards?" 

  • UNLOCKED! Original art for pages from Sean Gordon Murphy's OUTER ORBIT and OFF ROAD. Get original pages from the artist of HELLBLAZER, AMERICAN VAMPIRE, JOE THE BARBARIAN and the upcoming PUNK ROCK JESUS! Follow the links to see scanned previews of the pages.
  • PDFs of comics: Digital versions of Christian Sager’s previous comics will be made immediately available to anyone who donates over $5.00. Other rewards include a digital version of THE CABINET graphic novel. 
  • Printed books: Some rewards include either a softcover or hardcover printed edition of THE CABINET. All copies will include your name listed within. All hardcovers will include an original sketch by Kelly Williams inside the book!
  • Kelly Williams’ Original Art: 11 x 14 paper, ink with ink washes. Available with either the softcover or hardcover edition of THE CABINET.
  • THE CABINET Prints: Different artists have created artwork based on THE CABINET that are available as limited edition prints solely through this Kickstarter campaign. Included below are low-resolution samples of the prints available to choose from:
Rich Barrett (Nathan Sorry)
Rich Barrett (Nathan Sorry)
Henry Eudy
Henry Eudy
Lauren Pettapiece
Lauren Pettapiece
Eric Orchard (Marrowbones)
Eric Orchard (Marrowbones)
Ben Towle (Oyster War, Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, Midnight Sun)
Ben Towle (Oyster War, Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean, Midnight Sun)
Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves, That Hellbound Train, Guns of Shadow Valley)
Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves, That Hellbound Train, Guns of Shadow Valley)
Kelly Williams
Kelly Williams

Do You Want Multiple Rewards? Kickstarter only allows you to choose a single reward no matter how much you pledge. However, if you wish to purchase multiple rewards (like more than one print) you can do the following (and we promise it’s not as complicated as it appears):

  • Add up all the costs of all the rewards you’d like to purchase. Then manually enter that pledge amount. 
  • Select one of the rewards (If one of the rewards you want has a limited quantity available, please choose that one). 
  • Make your payment. 
  • Contact us directly at christian [dot] sager [at] gmail [dot] com to tell us how much you pledged and what rewards you want and we’ll add your information to our “special” ledger reserved only for the most awesome of backers.

MORE ABOUT THE CABINET 

THE CABINET – Pages Preview 


Character Descriptions: Below are descriptions and concept art for the 8 main characters in THE CABINET.

Millicent Flake (Secretary of Agriculture): A Chicago social worker, familiar with the plight of the destitute. She believes education, thrift and sacrifice will lead to a pious life.
Millicent Flake (Secretary of Agriculture): A Chicago social worker, familiar with the plight of the destitute. She believes education, thrift and sacrifice will lead to a pious life.
Adahy (Secretary of Interior): A Cherokee man against the Dawes Act and the forced removal of Native American tribes.
Adahy (Secretary of Interior): A Cherokee man against the Dawes Act and the forced removal of Native American tribes.
Armstead Salters (Secretary of Navy): A very old sailor who escaped punishment for his years of piracy at the beginning of the 19th century. Now captain of the Scowerer, a sloop the cabinet takes to the Northwest Passage.
Armstead Salters (Secretary of Navy): A very old sailor who escaped punishment for his years of piracy at the beginning of the 19th century. Now captain of the Scowerer, a sloop the cabinet takes to the Northwest Passage.
James Parker (Postmaster General): A former slave who grew up during Southern Reconstruction. Fled Georgia under the threat of lynching. Nicknamed “Big Ben.”
James Parker (Postmaster General): A former slave who grew up during Southern Reconstruction. Fled Georgia under the threat of lynching. Nicknamed “Big Ben.”
Fran McClintock (Attorney General): Nicknamed “Clench” for her stern demeanor. McClintock was a famous vaudevillian sharp shooter until she killed her husband and dog in a drunken accident.
Fran McClintock (Attorney General): Nicknamed “Clench” for her stern demeanor. McClintock was a famous vaudevillian sharp shooter until she killed her husband and dog in a drunken accident.
Fred Nieman (Secretary of War): A Polish laborer sympathetic to anarchism. Disagrees with the American myth that anyone can succeed with hard work.
Fred Nieman (Secretary of War): A Polish laborer sympathetic to anarchism. Disagrees with the American myth that anyone can succeed with hard work.
Silas West (Secretary of Treasury): A genius logician, West believes God is punishing him for his actions as a corrupt businessman. He begins to embrace socialism as a result.
Silas West (Secretary of Treasury): A genius logician, West believes God is punishing him for his actions as a corrupt businessman. He begins to embrace socialism as a result.

  

Kuang Meiyou Ren (Secretary of State): A Chinese immigrant who used to lay track for railroad companies. Now a fortune teller who claims to be the celestial descendent of angels.
Kuang Meiyou Ren (Secretary of State): A Chinese immigrant who used to lay track for railroad companies. Now a fortune teller who claims to be the celestial descendent of angels.

 

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    SUBMARINER REWARD LEVEL: PDF copies of of Christian Sager's previous comics. 3 issues of BORDER CROSSINGS & 1 issue of THINK OF THE CHILDREN. All immediately available with this campaign's first update! These PDFs are included with every reward level.

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    INVESTIGATOR REWARD LEVEL: Your choice of 1 of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET. See images under "About the Rewards Available" for different options.

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    INTREPID REWARD LEVEL: A PDF copy of THE CABINET with your name listed inside.

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    RESOLUTE REWARD LEVEL: A softcover print copy of THE CABINET with your name listed inside.

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    SCOWERER REWARD LEVEL: A PDF copy of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS your choice of 1 of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET. See images under "About the Rewards Available" for different options.

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    SHARPSHOOTER REWARD LEVEL: A softcover print copy of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS your choice of 1 of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET. See images under "About the Rewards Available" for different options.

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    BIG BEN REWARD LEVEL: A hardcover print edition of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. Perfect for libraries looking to develop their graphic novel collection!

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    ASSASSIN REWARD LEVEL: A softcover print copy of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS an original art piece by THE CABINET artist Kelly Williams on 11 x 14 paper, ink with ink washes.

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    CELESTIAL REWARD LEVEL: A hardcover print edition of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS an original art piece by THE CABINET artist Kelly Williams on 11 x 14 paper, ink with ink washes.

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    TERROR REWARD LEVEL: A softcover print copy of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS All of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET.

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    OUTER ORBIT REWARD LEVEL: The original art for page 1 of Sean Gordon Murphy's OUTER ORBIT #4. See a scan here: http://bit.ly/N8ypGy

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    OFF ROAD REWARD LEVEL: The original page for page 15 of Sean Gordon Murphy's OFF ROAD. See a scan here: http://bit.ly/RbpNQq

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    EREBUS, THE PLACE OF DARKNESS REWARD LEVEL: A hardcover print edition of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS All of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET.

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    SWORD OF DAMOCLES REWARD LEVEL: A softcover print copy of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS All of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET. PLUS an original art piece by THE CABINET artist Kelly Williams on 11 x 14 watercolor paper, ink with ink washes.

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    COCYTUS, FROZEN PRISON OF THE TREACHEROUS REWARD LEVEL: A hardcover print edition of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS all of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET. PLUS an original art piece by THE CABINET artist Kelly Williams on 11 x 14 watercolor paper, ink with ink washes.

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    MASTER OF 2 WORLDS REWARD LEVEL: A hardcover print edition of THE CABINET with your name listed inside. PLUS all of the limited edition prints based on THE CABINET. PLUS an original art piece by THE CABINET artist Kelly Williams on 11 x 14 watercolor paper, ink with ink washes. PLUS, one original page of Kelly Williams' art for THE CABINET.

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    DAVE WACHTER ORIGINAL ART: Own the original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the HMS Resolute done by artist Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves, That Hellbound Train, Guns of Shadow Valley) for our print series.

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