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The comic book shop on the final frontier explores new ground, plus a commissioned Comicverse page by the legendary Fred Hembeck!
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Comicverse #3: A Date, Two Dragons, and Fred Hembeck is designed to raise funds to keep our new series, The Comicverse, a sci-fi rom-com about a comic book shop on the final frontier, running and moving forward.

The Comicverse #3 is an exciting step for us in our development of the series. The main story, "Earth", is our longest piece to date, and it features several firsts: the first date between main characters Rei and Aki, the first time Ying has ever met another dragon besides himself, shedding some light on the role of dragons in the Comicverse universe, the first view of the Comicverse space station's ecological ring, which has some interesting and humorous features, our first-ever wordless story in a short piece called "Air", which shows what happens when the air is sucked out of the Comicverse into space---a very dangerous situation!---and our first guest appearance by a known comics creator.

Since The Comicverse is a celebration of all things comic book-related, we'd like to get people in the comic book industry involved , people who celebrate comics the way we do. That's why we asked Fred Hembeck to do a commission page for us featuring the Comicverse characters.

We also wanted to use this opportunity support Fred by letting folks know that he still does commissions regularly, and has some very reasonably priced drawings of comic book characters for sale on eBay. His website is http://www.hembeck.com/

This Kickstarter campaign will cover the cost of paying for Fred's commission, as well as the printing of the new issue and a new 2-color version of our very popular Desire Is Overrated print, which is closely related to The Comicverse.

Any funds remaining will go towards the promotion of the book, convention expenses, and so forth. We're so grateful to all who supported The Comicverse in our first Kickstarter; we look forward to making new friends who will help us keep this series going and growing!

Risks and challenges

The Comicverse #3 is another step along the way to putting together a book collection of Comicverse stories that we would someday like to bring to a national, if not worldwide, audience. We would ultimately like to see this collection distributed in comic book shops and bookstores everywhere. At this point, we're building a grass roots movement and are trying to see if we can gather a following that's large enough that we can say to distributors, hey, look at all these people who are interested in our comic. At this point, our following is in the hundreds, but we are VERY excited by the response we've received so far!

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    A sheet of 4 Comicverse mini-stickers.

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    A digital copy of your choice of the following:

    -The Comicverse #1
    -The Comicverse #2
    -The Comicverse #3

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    The Awakening Comics 2011 Philly Zine Fest Special Edition. An art 'zine of unique and experimental imagery.

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    A set of 9 brand-new Comicverse trading cards. See update #4 for a preview.

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    Your choice of either a Comicverse button or fridge magnet.

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    A copy of The Comicverse #1 -OR- The Comicverse #2 -OR- The Comiverse #3.

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    A copy of the newsprint tabloid Secret Prison #3, featuring the first appearance of Desire Is Overrated.

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    A 3.5" X 4" piece of original art by Steve Peters, featuring any comic book or sci-fi character of your choice, to be used in a future issue of The Comicverse!

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    David Branstetter's Straw Man #10, featuring an all-new 2-page Sparky jam with a number of indy cartoonists. Pledge $20 or more for this reward to also receive a Straw Man sketch from David Branstetter.

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    Tails of Sparky #2.5---a 48-page comic made up of two 24-hour comics combined into a semi-autobiographical, magical realist saga.

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    A sketch of Cerebus or a godlike Sergio Aragones that will be used in Steve Peters' Sketch Card Comic (or both---it's your call!). You can find a link to the Sketch Card Comic so far in Update #3.

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    A copy of Tails of Sparky #3, numbered and signed by Steve Peters.

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    Your choice of any two of the following:

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    Media Boomtown's Pure Imagination: The Secrets of Ideas and Inspiration DVD. Interviews with a variety of artists, creators, and writers designed to help empower kids and put the creative process in reach. Interviews with Kyle Baker, Jimmy Gownley, Joe Staton, Harold Buchholz, plus a short clip of Steve Peters talking about Sparky!

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    All three issues of The Comicverse.

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    A brand-new 2-color version of Bianca and Steve's Desire Is Overrated print.

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    A 5.5 X 12" strip of original art from The Comicverse #3.

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    A 5.5 X 12" strip of original art with an action sequence from The Comicverse #2!

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    The Awakening Comics catch-up package:

    All the comics Steve has published in the last year and a half but hasn't gotten around to promoting, including The Awakening Comics 2011 Philly Zine Fest Special Edition, Straw Man #10, The Comicverse #2, Tails of Sparky #2.5, Tails of Sparky #3, and the 2013 Comicverse FCBD giveaway.

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    A 7.25 X 12" strip of original art from The Comicverse #3.

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    An 8.5 X 12" strip of original art from The Comicverse #3.

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    An original sketch by Steve Peters featuring the Comicverse gang as Marvel or DC characters on blank variant sketch covers of Marvel or DC comics.

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