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The definitive story of the Deadlands villain RAVEN, the man behind the Reckoning, who unleashed the ultimate evil!

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Updated as of 9/6/12
Updated as of 9/6/12

Deadlands: Raven

Visionary is thrilled to announce their continuing partnership with Pinnacle Entertainment Group in the creation of ALL NEW original Deadlands comics! Our first four One-Shots, published by Image Comics, were a critical and financial success, and were hailed as the next wave of All-Star Westerns! These tales featured the industry's top talent for Western-Horror-Steampunk such as Jeff Mariotte, Steve Ellis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Ron Marz, Bart Sears, and more! Those books showed the range of the Deadlands world...now we want to dive deep into the history of its major players and events--starting with the tale of Raven himself!

Unleash the Reckoning!

After the success of the Deadlands One-Shots, we at Visionary decided we wanted to tell THE STORY of how Deadlands came to be...and the obvious place to start was with THE STORY of Raven! Raven is the enigmatic figure behind the Reckoning itself, the twisted shaman whose obsession with vengeance might doom the entire world. Think you already know Raven's tragic tale? We can't wait to show you the story you DON'T know!

If You're a Fan of Deadlands...Or Not...

If you're a fan of the game, or if you've never played before, we're carefully crafting this tale to make sure it has plenty of twists and turns, surprises and "Oh holy crap!" moments for you! We at Visionary are all about great stories and we figured if the fans of Deadlands love this world, they would really love to know the whole story behind its beginning!

This story is going to be Deadlands Canon! Matthew Cutter, Brand Manager for Deadlands at Pinnacle is co-writing and Shane Hensley, creator of Deadlands is very involved as a consultant.

Of course, if you've never before played Deadlands and are just discovering this world through Visionary's Deadlands comics, no worries. This is THE jumping on point, where it all began, where it will forever change!

The Team...

We've assembled an ace creative team for this project...
Matthew Cutter is the Brand-Manager for Deadlands and the main man behind its continuing development. C. Edward Sellner is the creator / writer for THE KID, the one-shot that introduced Billy the Kid into the Deadlands universe, and the CCO of Visionary.

The artist for this series is Greg LaRocque, one of the best known talents in the industry whose work in comics literally defined the look for a generation of fans of THE FLASH and LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. Now, he's lending his considerable talent to making Raven the next great comics villain! Just take a look at Greg's work so far!

The Details...

Raven will be published in two full-color formats. Digitally it will be released as a four-issue series, with each issue being released on completion. In print, we will be doing a collected trade edition that collects the WHOLE STORY in one package.

Each issue will be a minimum of 20 pages of story and art, but if we hit our funding goal and start reaching into stretch goals, we'll be adding pages of story to each issue, and making the final collection all the bigger and better! There will also be tons of extra content. We'll be listing details as we roll through the campaign, but for now, suffice it to say there will be plenty of gaming content and additional feature pages as well, including new Raven stuff from Shane Hensley!

So What's in it for Me?

Check out our Rewards for all the different options we've provided for our awesome supporters--from digital copies of the original Deadlands comics to print editions of the collected Raven graphic novel to Deadlands prints, original art, and getting a chance to be IN the Raven series itself! (Yes! You can be KILLED by RAVEN! Check out our Reward Levels for details!)

The Kickstarter editions WILL BE EXCLUSIVES! Each digital edition of the individual issues includes a ton of background information and behind-the-scenes content exclusive to the Kickstarter edition. The printed trade collection will be the same--an exclusive Kickstarter collector's edition with extra content not included anywhere else! Plus, with a very minimal bump, you will get a signed edition with signatures from the whole creative team! These will be one of a kind collector's items especially for those who support this pre-order campaign!

Not only are these editions exclusive to Kickstarter, but you'll get your copies WELL before the book will be available in ANY format to the general market!

And There's More...

As we roll through the campaign we'll unlock great new incentives including FREEBIES exclusively for our supporters, discounts on comics and Deadlands RPG content you won't find anywhere else. If we hit our initial goal, we'llĀ unlock stretch goals that include great collector's items from comics and Deadlands the game, including more original art andĀ once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for fans that go way beyond getting KILLED by Raven!

How You Can Help...

You can help by Kickstarting the book yourself, but we also hope you'll spread the word! Tell your friends and your fellow gamers, and promote the book at your local gaming or comics shop! Tweet, Tumble and Facebook it regularly! Word of mouth is THE BEST PR in the world!

Visionary will also be doing a promotional tour for the campaign! We will be at GenCon August 16-19, and Baltimore Comic-Con September 8-9! We'll be set up so you can commit to the campaign right on site! Everyone making pre-orders at conventions will get a special on-site THANK YOU! We'll also have the Dead Man's Hand trade paperback collecting our first one-shots including all new gaming content, and a new short story from Matthew Cutter, co-writer on Raven! We'll also have Deadlands prints for sale, and will be happy to sign (pretty much) anything you want signed. The entire creative team will be on site at Baltimore, and artist Greg LaRocque will be sketching and taking commissions!

Beyond This...THE SERVITORS!

This isn't the end either! If this campaign goes well, we already have a bigger plan! We've already lined up four issue series for each of the four Servitors!

STONE, GRIMME and HELLSTROMME will follow!

Yes, that's right! Each will get their own four-issue series revealing their back story, each tying together into one mega-epic that is THE STORY of Deadlands!

And if You Want to Check Out what Has Come Before...

Just for checking us out, and reading through, we've got our first FREEBIE giveaway to offer you!

DEADLANDS: THE KID

Get the Origins one-shot for THE KID! C. Edward Sellner and Ale Aragon introduce Billy the Kid into the Deadlands Universe in a tale of werewolves, Shaman Warriors, and twists and turns a'plenty! FREE just for checking us out! (Click the link and you can read it online, or download it.)

If you have questions or other ideas for incentives, please post in our comments section. We'll be monitoring it daily and responding as quickly as we possibly can!

LET'S KICKSTART THE RECKONING!

FAQ

  • Yes! Before the campaign wraps up, we will be rolling out ADD-ONS where folks can simply tack on many of the incentives or rewards we've posted. Our first ADD-ON was the Pinnacle PDF Game books at 10% discount, but we'll be adding other surprises, and both our trades will be possibilities as well.

    The other option is to pledge at the Tier Level you want and tack on the Collector's Pack cost, then message me and let me know you want a Collector's Pack in addition and we'll set aside one for you. If need be we can adjust downward the total number of packs to reflect you getting one.

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  • Just to make sure everyone knows...

    We have 3 bonus levels that are outside the tier system.

    First, at $25 you can get JUST the Raven Trade, or at $40 you can get both trades without anything else added. These levels are for those who just want one or both graphic novels. The DMH Trade is the digest sized collector's edition, and Raven will be full-sized.

    The second is the $40 Collector's Pack, which includes the Tiered Levels ABOVE, so you get all the digital comics, including digital Raven, but NOT the $25 Trade (which is not part of the Tier structure). The Collector's pack is also NOT part of the Tiers below, as they are limited in number. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask by posting a comment. We want to make sure no one misunderstands and ends up feeling misled.

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  • Our Raven trade will be at minimum a full comic sized book with well over 120 pages. As we hit stretch goals we will be expanding the book in size, expanding to a hardcover and adding story and supplement pages including some great surprises. And the upgrades will come at no extra cost as a thank you to our wonderful supporters!

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    Tier One: AMIGO: You'll get our hearty thanks and be listed as one of our supporters on our site. You'll also get a fantastic Desktop / Screensaver featuring art from the Raven Graphic Novel!

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    Tier 2 HOMBRE: Get listed on the site, the Desktop / Screensaver and also get digital PDF copies of our first four Deadlands one-shots featuring some of comics' all-star western-horror talent! (For more details, check out our handy checklist on the main page!)

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    Tier 3 WARRIOR: This is it! At this level get all the above, plus digital PDF copies of the four issues of RAVEN as each is released! You'll get a limited edition version with extra goodies as a supporter! (Books will release on completion with all four issues out by March 2013)

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    JUST GIVE ME THE TRADE: One of our special bonus levels! Already have the previous books? Think digital comics are the work of the devil? Well, you can select this reward and just get the finished Raven trade, in print! Yep, cut to the chase!

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    COLLECTOR'S PACK: EXCLUSIVE TO THIS REWARD! Get the Tier Rewards above, including the Desktop, the digital one-shots and digital copies of Raven, plus a complete set of the original Deadlands one-shots in print as individual comics, including a jam sketch cover collector's edition of Death Was Silent! (Five books total) At least one of the five books will be signed by creators from the comics! A real collector's pack! NOTE: This reward is EXCLUSIVE to this level! When they're gone...they're gone! International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. Comics will be mailed in October 2012, but you'll still have to wait to get Raven in digital.

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    JUST GIVE ME THE TRADES: This BONUS level is for those folks who just want both the Dead Man's Hand Trade and the Raven Trade in PRINT! Get both books, pure and simple! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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    Tier 4 RAVENITE: Get everything from the tiered levels above, and... the print edition of the Raven Graphic Novel collecting all four issues with tons of bonus content! This one you can hold in your hands! The collected edition is expected to be released by March, 2013. This will also be a Kickstarter exclusive! A limited edition with extra content, sent well before the book is released into the direct market. NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trade will ship in March 2013. Also, the extra support here gets all the additional content, if you JUST WANT THE TRADE check that bonus reward.

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    Tier 5 GAMBLER: At this level get everything from the tier levels above, plus your Raven Graphic Novel will be a limited SIGNED edition with all three creator's signatures! On top of that we'll throw in a copy of our Dead Man's Hand limited edition trade collecting our first four one-shots with extra gaming content, and a new short story by Matthew Cutter, co-writer on Raven! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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    Tier 6 LAST SON: You get all the digital packs, the signed Raven trade, the Dead Man's Hand trade and a complete set of Deadlands prints, 11x17 frame-able prints featuring the cover art from the various books, including all five one-shots and the Raven graphic novel, seven prints total! On top of that, we'll also list you on a special top Supporter's page in the Raven graphic novel itself at the NOVICE level! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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    BONUS LEVEL: Get everything from the Last Son level, plus we'll send you a total of five signed copies of the Raven trade! Gift shopping done! Plus, you'll get listed in the book on our Supporters page at the SEASONED level! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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    Tier 7 JUST DEAD: Get everything from the Last Son level, all the digital packs, both trades (including one signed Raven copy) and... GET KILLED BY RAVEN! Yes, send us your likeness or a description of your character, and get drawn into the Raven series as one of the many victims of the Servitor of War! (These will be minimal shots, and not a featured role.) Plus, we'll list you on our Supporter's Page in the Raven book at the VETERAN level. BONUS EXCLUSIVE TO THIS TIER: Get a piece of original art from the Deadlands RPG game! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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    Tier 8 BRAVE: Get everything from the Just Dead Level, including the full digital pack, the two trades, including the signed Raven trade, the prints, get killed in the series and... your Deadlands character done in a full color print by one of our Visionary artists! Plus, we'll list you on our Supporter's Page in the book at the HEROIC level! BONUS EXCLUSIVE TO THIS TIER: Your DEATH upgraded to a 'featured death' with a full color print of the page where you die and a full color print of your character in all their glory! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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    Tier 9 LEGEND: Get everything from the Brave level, the digital packs, the two trades, including the signed Raven trade, the prints, get killed, your character print, and... an exclusive, original page of art from the actual Raven graphic novel (interior pages only from a select group of pages to be posted, with first bid, first pick)! You'll also get listed on our Supporter's page in the book at the LEGENDARY level! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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    Tier 10 RECKONER: Get EVERYTHING, all the digital, both trades, including the signed Raven, the prints, killed, character print, a page of interior art from the book, AND you will get the one-of-a-kind, original art for the cover of Raven, the defining shot of the Servitor of War! You'll also be listed on the Supporter's page at the LEGENDARY level! NOTE: International supporters, please add $20 for shipping. The Trades will ship in March 2013.

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