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Everyone's favorite comic shop in space is destroyed by aliens! Will Ying the dragon and his friends escape this dire predicament?
Everyone's favorite comic shop in space is destroyed by aliens! Will Ying the dragon and his friends escape this dire predicament?
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STRETCH GOAL!

While our campaign has been funded, we still have some stretch goals we'd like to reach to help keep The Comicverse going! We're grateful to our backers for getting us to our first two stretch goals, which will allow us to buy some printer ink cartridges and rapidograph pens. For stretch goal #3, we'd like to be able to get a new office chair. Bianca and Steve both have back issues, and Steve only has some rickety chairs. Steve mostly draws sitting on his couch, as his chairs make his butt hurt when he sits at his desk for too long. And Bianca would much appreciate a comfortable chair to sit at when she comes over for Comicverse writing sessions!

Written by Bianca Alu-Marr and drawn by Steve Peters, The Comicverse is a sci-fi romantic comedy about a comic book shop on a space station. It is run by a young man named Rei and a teenage dragon called Ying, whom Rei rescued from an asteroid and has no memory of his past. They both have a crush on Aki, a pilot who sometimes visits the shop. In our previous issue, Rei went on a date with Aki behind Ying's back, but Ying eventually found out and was heartbroken.

Our latest installment, The Comicverse #4, is our most ambitious so far. It features a story called "Cargo Hold", which is 64 pages long, by far the longest piece we have written for the series. In it, the space station is attacked and destroyed by marauding aliens! The residents of the station manage to get out in escape pods and find themselves adrift in space.

Eventually, they are picked up in a military peacekeeping ship and placed in their cargo hold, hence the title of the story. Ying and the others make the best of a scary situation, trying to bring comfort and lightheartedness to the other refugees.

The main idea for the plot was suggested by Steve; it was inspired by issue #51 of the legendary independent comic Cerebus, and its story which was called "Exodus". By the time Dave Sim published that issue, he had been saying for quite a while that some of the characters in Cerebus were so easy to write for that he could throw them in a closet and the story would "write itself". When he finally drew that issue, he put the characters together in the cargo hold of a trading ship.

The Comicverse #4 is a tour de force because Steve's idea was not just to throw a few characters together in a tight space, but ALL of the characters from the space station who have appeared in the series so far, and see how they bounce off of and react to each other.

Bianca says: "This gave me so much creative freedom as a writer, and the story flowed and transformed on its own, within the framework of Steve's plot ideas. My writing tends to have no boundaries, and the creativity is flowing everywhere. On my own, I don't always end up finishing my stories because of this. However, with Steve's clear vision and ability to help me with endings, we make a great team. "Cargo Hold" is one of the best examples of that dynamic.

"I love to see how all of the main and secondary characters are growing and becoming more layered and complex as time goes on. It's their personalities that inform what they say and do, which allows me to help them sound natural and dynamic! I was also so excited to have them in a huge ship flying around in true sci-fi-style peril. It is our longest story to date, and I'm so happy to have this be our fourth issue!"

This time around, we're asking for a small amount, just enough to cover our printing bill, which will be higher than usual due to the high page count. Don't give up on us if the goal has been reached, though, as we'll be adding some stretch goals to cover supplies and other things we need!

REWARDS:

Our Ying stuffies (made by EvetteMakesThings.com) proved so popular (the two we offered were the first rewards taken, and sold almost instantly!) that Evette has offered to make two more for this campaign, which will be available in March. Here's a look:

 A popular reward in previous Comicverse Kickstarters was Steve's comic book sketch covers in which he'd recreate classic comic book covers using the Comicverse characters. Since he's only done Marvel covers in the past, this time he's offering DC sketch covers. Here's some sketch cover images from the past:

Risks and challenges

Steve has been working a day job for 25 years and has used that income to finance his comic book projects with the ultimate goal of making a living from his art. Though he has enjoyed some small successes and has had several comics distributed through Diamond Comics, that ultimate success has proven elusive. In 2011, the company for which he works his day job filed for bankruptcy. It was eventually sold and remains in business, but is in bad shape. It has been very stingy with the hours it gives its workers, and Steve is barely making enough money to scrape by. He is supplementing his income by selling things on eBay and taking commissions when he can get them, but these things take time away from The Comicverse. He may eventually be forced to take a second job, which would slow or even halt his comics production.

Steve and Bianca love the Comicverse project with all their hearts and are putting all our resources and all their free time into it. Their 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, and needed more now than ever.

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    CARGO HOLD PDF: A pdf file of the new issue, The Comicverse #4. Your name in the credits.

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    COMICVERSE SINGLE ISSUE PDFs: Your choice of any issue of the Comicverse in pdf form: #1, #2, #3, #4, or Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1. Your name in the credits of issue #4.

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    COMICVERSE TRADING CARDS SERIES 1 and 2: 18 trading cards featuring the Comicverse characters. Your name in the credits of issue #4.

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    ONE COMICVERSE BACK ISSUE: Choose any one of our previous Comicverse comics: #1, #2, #3, or Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1. Your name in the credits of issue #4.

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    CARGO HOLD COMIC BOOK: The brand new issue, The Comicverse #4. Your name in the credits.

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    EVERWINDS SET: Everwinds #1, Everwinds: 'Shrooms (reprints #2 and #3), Everwinds #4, Runner's Paradox. Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    AWAKENING MASTERPIECES SET: Awakening Masterpieces #1 (A 48-page full color Micronauts comic Steve drew when he was a child) and #2 (A collection of sketch cards drawn by Steve featuring various superheroes and Micronauts). Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    COMICVERSE ART: A small piece of art that appeared or will appear in a past or future Comicverse publication. A pdf of The Comicverse #4, and your name in the credits of the new issue.

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    COMICVERSE ENTIRE SERIES PDFs: Every Comicverse to date in pdf form: #1, #2, #3, #4, AND Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1. Your name in the credits of issue #4.

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    DESIRE IS OVERRATED PRINT: Bianca and Steve's popular print in a color version, signed, numbered and limited to 100 copies. Your name in the credits of issue #4.

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    PROG ROCK CD SET: Steve Peters' two CDs of original music, Paradox and Chemistry. Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    YES FANZINE SET: Issues #1 and #2 of Steve's fanzine dedicated to the band YES. Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    DAVE SIM SET: Every comic book Steve has published with a Dave Sim contribution: Awakening Comics #1 and #2, Everwinds: 'Shrooms, The Origin of Sparky, and Tails of Sparky #1. Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    SPARKY STUFFIE: A 4-inch tall articulated stuffie of Steve's character Sparky lovingly handmade by Evette makes Things. A pdf of The Comicverse #4, and your name in the credits of the new issue.

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    SPARKY STUFFIE: A 4-inch tall articulated stuffie of Steve's character Sparky lovingly handmade by Evette Makes Things (our firsst batch sold out, so Evette has agreed to make more!). A pdf of The Comicverse #4, and your name in the credits of the new issue.

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    THE COMICVERSE SET: Every Comicverse comic book to date: #1, #2, #3, #4, AND Comicverse: Behind The Counter #1. Your name in the credits of issue #4.

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    AWAKENING COMICS SET: Award-winning series Awakening Comics #0, #1, #2, #3, #4, and Awakening Comics 1999 #1. Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    SPARKY SET: Award-winning Chemistry, The Origin of Sparky, Sparky In Love, Tails of Sparky #1, #2.5, and #3. Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    YING STUFFIE: As seen in our Kickstarter video and on the Comicverse Facebook page, this unique stuffie is lovingly handmade by Evette Makes Things. Your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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    COMICVERSE ART: A full page of art that appeared or will appear in a past or future Comicverse publication. The new The Comicverse #4 comic book, and your name in the credits of the new issue.

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    Action Comics #18 New 52 sketch cover comic with a custom parody recreation of any classic Action Comics or any Superman cover featuring Comicverse characters in place of the DC characters.

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    Green Lantern #13 New 52 sketch cover comic with a custom parody recreation of any GL or any classic GL/Green Arrow cover featuring Comicverse characters in place of the DC characters.

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    Wonder Woman #19 New 52 sketch cover comic with a custom parody recreation of any classic Wonder Woman cover featuring Comicverse characters in place of the DC characters.

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    Swamp Thing #14 New 52 sketch cover comic with a custom parody recreation of any classic Swamp Thing cover featuring Comicverse characters in place of the DC characters.

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    YING STUFFIE: As seen in our Kickstarter video and on the Comicverse Facebook page, this unique stuffie is lovingly handmade by Evette Makes Things. A pdf of the new issue and your name in the credits of The Comicverse #4.

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