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A journey set in a dystopian future where the Greek gods of old will awaken and rise again. One man is the key to everything.

Unbound: The Awakening is a comic that brings the Greek gods into the future.  It is written by Kyle Stephens with art by Mariah Wall.  With your help we hope to launch the series in April of 2013.  This will allow us to finish issue 1-3 before the launch.  From there we plan to release the book every other month.  See below for the link to our free preview.

We will also be releasing a special Kickstarter Exclusive cover by Aspen Comics artist Mike Debalfo!  

10/16/12 UPDATE!  We have just brought on another amazing artist!  Taylor Garrity, known for his work on Potential of Nine, has come on to do an exclusive print just for backers!  We will be posting progress of this print as it is made!

Please see samples of their work below!

10/30/12 UPDATE 2!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  We have reached and exceeded our goal!  You all rock!  Listed below is the rewards for our different stretch goals!

11/14/12 UPDATE 3!  I am so proud to announce that Jeff Pina will be doing the $1,800 stretch goal set!  Jeff is known for his comics "Dr. Oblivion's Guide to Teenage Dating" and "imaginitives".  See below for examples of his work and links to his pages!

Stretch Goals:

  • $1600: High quality bookmarks for every physical order.  (REACHED)
  • $1800: Every order over $20 gets a free mini print set of our main characters. (REACHED)
  • $2000: Every order over $30 will receive a iron on patch for "Gaia Corp. Mining". It is a physical replica of the patch Liam wears in Unbound: The Awakening.  (REACHED)
The cover
The cover

The Story

Our story begins in Olympia City. It sits on the site of the fabled Mount Olympus in the former country of Greece.  The year is 2554 and the Earth is dying. Man has drained most of her resources. Turning towards the sky is a pointless cause. Science fiction was wrong, deep space travel is not feasible.  Humanity is forced to dig further underground for resources while scientists struggle to find a sustainable energy source. Society is split down the middle.  People either live in the lap of luxury or in complete poverty. The rich rule the commerce, trade, jobs and resources.

The main character Liam is a struggling D.E.M (Deep Earth Miner) for Gaia Corp.. His job is dangerous and the pay is meager. Six months prior to the beginning of the story Liam lost his only son to illness. A few years before that he lost his wife to the same disease. The treatment is only available to the wealthy due to the cost. Feeling that he has nothing left to lose, Liam volunteers to lead the deepest dig yet.

Nearing the 25 mile (40km) marker Liam breaks into a massive cave. What he doesn't know is that this isn't a standard cave. It is Hades, the Underworld. After exploring a little bit he finds what looks to be a room carved directly into the stone. In the center is two tombs, one is open. As he nears the tombs, the other opens. Inside he finds a now waking Hades, god of the Underworld. The other tomb belonged to the now missing Persephone, wife of Hades.

To download a free preview of "Unbound: The Awakening" please click below. Link to box file: Click Here!

Olympia City (one of the options for the prints)
Olympia City (one of the options for the prints)
Sample of a finished page (Full color)
Sample of a finished page (Full color)
Liam character designs
Liam character designs

GUEST ARTISTS

Samples of Mike Debalfo's work.
Samples of Mike Debalfo's work.

To see more of Mike check out his Facebook fan page and his deviantART page.

Facebook Fanpage

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Samples of Taylor's work
Samples of Taylor's work

To see more of Taylor's work, please visit his deviantART page.

deviantART

Samples of Jeff's work
Samples of Jeff's work

To see more of Jeff check out his website and his deviantART page.

Sideways 8 Studios

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Where does your money go?

Your money goes to the following places.  

*Printing of the books and prints.

*The Kickstarter and Amazon fees.

*Supplies for the paintings and original art.

*Shipping.

Thank you for all of your support!

To learn more about Syndicate Press please check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest challenge we face is finishing the book in a timely manner. Both Mariah and I are attending college full time. Being full time students has taught us some very good time management skills. We are both very dedicated and passionate of our work.

Another challenge we face is making sure that if funded, all money is allocated accordingly. We have spent hours breaking down everything from printing costs to shipping to make sure it is all in order. I am a very organized person and I like to know where every penny is being spent.

The final challenge we face is general order organization. There is a potential that we may get over funded. With that come a lot of orders and confusion. As previously stated though, I am extremely organized. But I do know that mistakes can happen. We have a support team who will be helping to make sure all orders and bundles get to the correct person.

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    This will net you a PDF version of the finished first issue when it launches! It will look amazing on tablets!

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    This gets you the finished first issue, all 24 glorious pages. It will be signed by both Mariah and I.

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    DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! This tier is for all you digital comic lovers! You get both the first issue of "Unbound: The Awakening" and the full "Trapped in Decay" novella emailed to you in PDF form. They will look amazing on your computer screen or tablets!

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    You get a copy of the book AND a hand number print. You get the choice of either the cover art or Olympia city skyline.

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    Not only do you get the book and the print, you ALSO get a copy of "Trapped in Decay". This is a pulp zombie novella, just for you!

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    You get everything thus far except now your sketch card has been bumped up to an 8.5x11 bust! You have a choice as to what the bust is of. You can either have your favorite Greek God (done in our style) or one of the Unbound main characters.

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    This one is for the serious art lovers. You get the book, print, novella and something really special. You will receive a custom 16x20 acrylic painting from Mariah. The content of the painting will be determined by Mariah.

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    Retailer exclusive package #1 * 10 copies of Unbound: The Awakening * 5 copies of the Trapped in Decay novella * 1 Mike Debalfo variant cover. * A special retailer version of the cover that differs from the standard cover. *Your store logo on the sponsors page

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    Retailer exclusive package #2 * 10 copies of Unbound: The Awakening * 5 copies of the Trapped in Decay novella * 1 Mike Debalfo variant cover. * Marketing materials (custom flyers, 11x17 vinyl window poster) * A special retailer version of the cover that differs from the standard cover. *Your store logo on the sponsors page

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    Retailer Exclusive Package #3 Same rewards as previous retailer package but now you get a custom full page ad in EVERY "Unbound: The Awakening" issue 1 printed!

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    Ultimate Unbound Package! This is a special, final week, home stretch package. In this package you get BOTH the regular and Mike DeBalfo Variant covers, both will be signed of course (by Mike as well, unless noted that you do not want the variant signed). The Trapped in Decay novella. ALL the prints, an 11x17 art piece by Mariah, a 16x20 original painting by Mariah, and last but not least... The ORIGINAL ART for the variant cover by Mike. This is a one of a kind, never to remade piece of comic art! On top of all that, you get all the stretch goal rewards and a very special thank you from Mariah and I

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