About this project
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 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!
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'll unlock stretch goals that include great collector's items from comics and Deadlands the game, including more original art and 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!
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!
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