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Comicverse: Behind The Counter  is a new spinoff of The Comicverse, which is a sci-fi rom-com weekly webcomic about a comic book shop on a space station written by Bianca Alu-Marr and drawn by Steve Peters. Comicverse: Behind The Counter is a behind the scenes look at the Comicverse world illustrated by guest artists who all bring their own unique visual interpretations of the characters and settings.

Comicverse co-creator Steve Peters says: "I am enjoying my work on The Comicverse immensely, but I am also a writer. Since I am 100% committed to promoting The Comicverse, yet need to scratch that writery itch, I had the idea of working on a Comicverse spinoff series that I would write and draw, which I started working on in 2012. In the interest of fairness, I suggested to Bianca that she write some stories for other artists to illustrate, which could become a Comicverse spinoff of its own."

Bianca says: "Neil Gaiman says about writing, 'I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.' I felt the same way while writing the stories in this compilation, and being able to collaborate with such talented and diverse artists, whose unique styles enhanced my words. It was pure joy and fun, with not a hint of work. And it helped that I loved to explore the stories on the cutting floor, or behind the scenes in the Comicverse world that may not have had a chance to shine. I hope you feel the same way, and lend your support to Comicverse: Behind the Counter.”

We wanted to support these artists in a tangible way, so Steve paid them for the work out of his own pocket. The funds from this Kickstarter will cover the cost of those commissions as well as the printing of Comicverse: Behind the Counter. So by backing this project, you will be helping us support these artists.

MEET THE ARTISTS!

The first artist is Steve's cousin, Daniel Spontón, an Argentine cartoonist. He draws pictures for a magazine called Genios in a "Where's Waldo"-type style, and Steve had him do an image in that vein for a wraparound cover for his publication, Yes Fanzine #2.

His story for Behind The Counter is drawn in a different style, with lovely pen and ink work. It is a story within a story, in a comic book that Ying the dragon is reading to learn more about his own kind, called "The Dragon's Pearl". Click the image below to read the story in progress at the Comicverse blog:

The next artist is Zinc Comics creator Brian Payne. He illustrated a story for us that he has described as Comicverse's equivalent to the Cantina scene in Star Wars! Click the image to view the entire story at the Comicverse blog.

The third artist appearing in Comicverse: Behind The Counter is Dre Grigoropol, also known as Dretime, who Steve met at Philly Comix Jam four years ago, and their work has appeared together in several publications since then. She asked Bianca to write her a story about romance:

Our final contributor to Comicverse: Behind The Counter is Hans Rickheit, who did this lovely illustration of Ying reading comics:



We are SO happy with and proud of the work these artists did for us. We believed in them, and they came through with flying colors. They stretched and challenged themselves, and we hope their work was inspiring for them to do as it was for us to see it. SUPPORT INDY CREATORS!!!

Visit their web sites:

Daniel Spontón:  http://danielsponton.blogspot.com/
Brian Payne:  http://zinccomics.com/
Dre Grigoropol:  www.dretime.org
Hans Rickheit:  www.chromefetus.com

A SAMPLING OF OUR PLEDGE ITEMS:

The "Rei And Ying's Day Off" Pledge:

We have a number of 5 X 5.5" pieces of art from our story "Rei And Ying's Day Off" available for a $10 pledge. A lucky few will get a 9 X 5.5" image. First come, first serve. When you make your pledge, please email Steve with your top three choices so he can update the rewards page. Click the image below to see more choices:

The "Art from Comicverse: Behind The Counter" pledge:

We have two 9.75″ X 14″ pages drawn by Steve for the new comic available for a $50 pledge. Click the preview picture below to see both pages and check for availability. First come, first serve. When you make your pledge, please email Steve with your pick.

The "Comicverse Strip Art" pledge:

We have 13 11" X 5.5″ strips of art from The Comicverse #2 drawn by Steve for a $35 pledge. Click the preview picture below to see both pages and check for availability. First come, first serve. When you make your pledge, please email Steve with your pick.

Here's the full page of original Fred Hembeck art from The Comicverse #3, featuring Fred as a Lekru (one of the aliens from The Comicverse) talking about Jack Kirby, with Rei and Ying at the bottom, yours for a $300 pledge.

Click the images below to see more of these comix!

Here's the Daniel Spontón jam from The Origin of Sparky:

Here is one of the pages from the Daniel Spontón jam in Sparky In Love:

The wraparound cover Daniel did for Steve's publication, Yes Fanzine #2:

Here are Brian Payne's "Payne's Paper Dolls", which appeared in both Yes Fanzine #1 and #2:

Here's the jam featuring both Dre Grigoropol and Hans Rickheit from Tails of Sparky #1:

Here's the full-color back cover jam with Dre Grigoropol from Tails of Sparky #2:

Here's the new color version of our "Desire Is Overrated" print (in the finished version the purple came out a bit darker than this, closer to black, as you can see in the video that follows):

Here's two of Steve's sketch comic covers done for our previous Kickstarter:

Risks and challenges

We love the Comicverse project with all our hearts and are putting all our resources and all our free time into it. Our ultimate goal is to eventually take it to a mainstream audience and have it widely distributed through Diamond Comics, either through a publisher or by self-publishing it. Kickstarter has been a vital aid in helping us accomplish this. We would not have been able to have come as far as we have without our backers, and your ongoing support is needed and much appreciated.

We would love to be able to continue this spinoff comic and give other artists paid work, but Steve can't go on financing these commissions on his own. Your pledges will allow us to hire more artists whose work we admire and believe in for future editions of Comicverse: Behind The Counter.

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    A rare misprint of The Comicverse #3, signed and numbered by Bianca and Steve. We had to redo the entire run due to a printing error. Our misfortune is your bargain!

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    The Origin of Sparky 32-page comic. Includes loads of jams with indy comix creators, including a 1-page jam with Behind the Counter contributor Daniel Spontón.

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    Sparky In Love 32-page comic. Even more jams with indy comix creators, including a 5-page jam with Behind the Counter contributor Daniel Spontón.

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    Tails of Sparky #1 40-page comic. Yet still more jams with indy comix creators, including 1-panel drawings by Behind the Counter contributors Dre Grigoropol, Daniel Spontón, and Hans Rickheit.

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    Tails of Sparky #2 24-page comic. A partly autobiographical magical realist 24-hour comic, featuring a full-color back cover jam with Behind the Counter contributor Dre Grigoropol.

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    Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1. This is the one you came for! All-new behind the scenes stories of the Comicverse all written by Bianca Alu-Marr, illustrated by Steve Peters, Daniel Spontón, Brian Payne, Dre Grigoropol, and Hans Rickheit.

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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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    The Super-Cheap Introduction To the Comicverse package: The Comicverse Free Comic Book Day preview, all 9 Comicverse trading cards, and a signed and numbered rare misprint copy of The Comicverse #3.

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    The "Rei And Ying's Day Off Pledge": A 5 X 5,5" -OR- 9 X 5.5" piece of art from our Fun A Day Philadelphia Comicverse story, called "Rei And Ying's Day Off". You pick which one you want; first come, first serve. See the "A SAMPLING OF OUR PLEDGE ITEMS" section on the left for a link to what choices are available.

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    Yes Fanzine #1 24-page full color zine. A fanzine devoted to the band Yes, including 2 pages of "Payne's Paper Dolls", by Behind the Counter contributor Brian Payne, featuring paper dolls of singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire.

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    Yes Fanzine #2 32-page full color zine. A fanzine devoted to the band Yes, including a beautiful wraparound cover by Behind the Counter Daniel Spontón, and contributor Brian Payne's "Payne's Paper Dolls", featuring guitarist Steve Howe.

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    The Chrome Fetus package. Two comics with contributions by Hans Rickheit: Comicverse: Behind The Counter and Tails Of Sparky #1.

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    Comicverse Catch-Up Package: Our 2 publications from this year--- The Comicverse #3, and Comicverse: Behind The Counter.

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    Our new signed and numbered color print of "Desire Is Overrated", the highly detailed piece with poetry by Bianca and art by Steve that originally appeared in Secret Prison #3.

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    The Dretime package: Tails of Sparky #1 and #2 and Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1. All three books include work by Dre Grigoropol.

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    The Zinc Comics package. Yes Fanzine #1 and #2, and Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1. All three books include work by Brian Payne.

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    The Daniel Spontón package, including The Origin Of Sparky, Sparky In Love, Yes Fanzine #2, and Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1.

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    The Comicverse package: The Comicverse #1, The Comicverse #2, The Comicverse #3, and Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1.

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    The Awakening Comics catch-up package: All the new comics Steve has published in the last 2 years 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 #3, The Comicverse #3, and Comicverse: Behind The Counter.

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    The "Comicverse Strip Art" pledge. A choice of one out of thirteen of Steve Peters' 11" X 5.5″ original art strips from the Comicverse series. You pick which one you want; first come, first serve. See the "A SAMPLING OF OUR PLEDGE ITEMS" section on the left for a link to what choices are available.

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    The Mucha Smooches package: Tails of Sparky #1 and #2, Comicverse: Behind The Counter, and the new Desire Is Overrated print.

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    A copy of Thor: God of Thunder #001 with a sketch cover drawn by Steve Peters, doing a parody of any Thor comic of your choice, featuring Comicverse characters as the characters from Thor. Steve puts a LOT of time and love into these sketch covers, as you can see in the examples on the left!

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    The "Art from Comicverse: Behind The Counter" pledge. A choice of two of Steve Peters' 9.75″ X 14″ original art pages from the new comic. You pick which one you want; first come, first serve. See the "A SAMPLING OF OUR PLEDGE ITEMS" section on the left for a link to what choices are available.

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    A full page of Comicverse art (signed by Steve Peters if desired). Backers will be given a large range of pages to choose from.

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    An original page of Fred Hembeck art featuring the Comicverse characters, drawn for The Comicverse #3. A truly one-of-a-kind item!

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    A copy of Wolverine #1 with a sketch cover drawn by Steve Peters, doing a parody of any Wolverine or X-Men comic of your choice, featuring Comicverse characters as Wolverine and/or the X-Men. Steve puts a LOT of time and love into these sketch covers, as you can see in the examples on the left!

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    A copy of Iron Man #001 with a sketch cover drawn by Steve Peters, doing a parody of any Iron Man comic of your choice, featuring Comicverse characters as the Iron man character/s. Steve puts a LOT of time and love into these sketch covers, as you can see in the examples on the left!

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    A copy of Avengers #001 with a sketch cover drawn by Steve Peters, doing a parody of any Avengers comic of your choice, featuring Comicverse characters as the Avengers. Steve puts a LOT of time and love into these sketch covers, as you can see in the examples on the left!

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    A copy of Fantastic Four #001 with a sketch cover drawn by Steve Peters, doing a parody of any FF comic of your choice, featuring Comicverse characters as FF characters. Steve puts a LOT of time and love into these sketch covers, as you can see in the examples on the left!

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