Power Scourge - Superpowers Gone Wild Graphic Novel!
What happens when a superhuman plague sweeps the planet, thousands of people gaining powers but those powers are all out of control?
The Power Scourge is Coming!
Visionary Comics is back, this time with an epic tale of superpowers gone wild! Power Scourge is a single volume EVENT collection of short stories, by superstar creators, all set on a single day that will change the world forever!
It's an Origin Done as an Epic Crossover
There's nothing quite like finding a brand new series you love, to be in on the ground floor, to see the origins of it all unfold for the first time.
There's also nothing quite like those big, epic crossover events that bring a bunch of awesome characters and creators together in a jam series!
So, we figured, let's do both in one book! (I know right?)
Power Scourge is the gateway into a brand new universe and a brand new creation! Visionary is shifting from just doing work-for-hire and licensed projects - to developing our own fantastic series of comics, graphic novels, books and more, all original properties owned by the studio, and their creators.
But, instead of starting with a single series, or a single character origin, we decided to launch with an epic, earth-shattering EVENT series, all in a single volume! That's just how we roll!
The Day the World Changed Forever
Imagine a world more like the one we live in than the ones we read about, a normal world, where a single event, unleashes a plague of superpowers, triggering thousands of people worldwide in the span of a single day? Even worse, what happens when those powers are out of control? Will it be the dawn of a new golden age? Or the last day of life as we know it?
Power Scourge follows the unfolding events of that single day. From the initiating event, called the 'Starburst,' to the first manifestation as a man bursts into blue flame in Atlanta.
From the appearance of a strange, alien-like superstructure that rises over the skyline of Richmond, VA, to the final, shocking revelation that will change everything.
Along the way, we'll plant seeds and offer glimpses of that broader world we're already developing on multiple fronts. We promise you the kind of thrill ride you won't be able to put down, and when it's done, you'll be begging for more. And lucky you, there will be more coming! You'll get the first glimpses as additional content for this campaign! More on that below.
We figured we'd invite some of our favorite comic creator friends to join in the fun and really make this a major event, and we're pretty pleased with the fine folks who wanted in!
Our star-studded list of creators includes (in alphabetical order):
C. Edward Sellner
Matthew Dow Smith
and more to be announced!
From New York Times best-selling authors, to Eisner Award winning artists, from legends in the industry, to amazing new talent Visionary has recruited - this is a team that can craft an epic event to stand alongside the biggest crossovers in comics' history!
We're doing Power Scourge in two phases.
Phase 1 is the 64-page Core Book - This includes the five key stories central to the overall epic, plus all the bonus features. The core book is what set our funding goal for the campaign, and our minimal goal will cover all expenses with this initial phase. This will be available in digital and print at those respective tiers from the beginning.
But, we really want to unfold this full epic, and add in the other great stories from great creators - pushing this book to its full sized 120-140 page deluxe edition! To do that, we will set up a series of key stretch goals to add teams and tales. Once we get those added in, we will offer a deluxe edition in print for $25, also digital and combo tiers for folks who might want a little of this, and a little of that.
Folks will then have the option to stay in the lower tier, or step up for the bigger package. Those who pledge the higher tiers will get a FREE upgrade of their copy when we reach that goal, so, help us spread the word!
We know we can do this, and we have commitments from the creators to join us, and they will be helping promote the campaign. So, now it's all up to you!
We want this to be the start of something big! We've spent over ten years making awesome comics, novels and custom art for some great clients, but ultimately, we did all that as work-for-hire for folks creating THEIR vision.
Now, we want to work directly for the best bosses in the world - YOU! We want to create our own vision, create something amazing that comics fans will love. And we want to do that in partnership with you, the reader, the supporter, the fan. Kickstarter gives us options to do that in ways the direct market does not, from the community we build during the campaign to the behind-the-scenes stuff during production, to the limited edition collectible with each backer's name you will treasure for a lifetime.
This is just the beginning, and not only will we be crafting some awesome tales, we will be doing something new, something different. This book sets the foundation doing an epic crossover / origin, and gives each of you your chance to be in on the ground floor.That's something we can't do elsewhere.
Read a Comic - or Be Part of One, which do YOU prefer?
So What's In It For Me?
We are really looking to take care of our creators and our supporters, so the bulk of funds invested will be going to pay those creators for their work, and produce the absolute best limited editions of these books for our backers!
We are offering lower 'digital tiers' for those who prefer a smaller investment - where you can get the core stories in various digital formats. Once we expand, we'll be offering digital tiers for the deluxe edition stories as well.
The basic core book print tier will include those stories, in the smaller format 64-page softcover at a lower cover price. Backers will then be able to just stick with that, add on the deluxe digital stories when they debut or upgrade to the deluxe, full-sized print edition to get the full story under one cover.
Exclusive tiers all offer backers unique collectibles or opportunities to be more directly involved in the project, up to and including being one of the characters in the book in a special news magazine segment.
Everyone who backs this project will also be listed on a special Memorial Wall of those lost in the Scourge, and your name will forever become part of the Visionary Universe. (Our condolences in advance...)
We will also be offering other bonus content, such as prints, and digital and print previews of upcoming Visionary projects - we will have a full slate to announce soon, including some great new books by our circle of creators.
PLEASE read each tier carefully before pledging, and if you have any questions, ask during the campaign so we can make sure we're all on the same page and you will get what you are expecting. Also, check our FAQ as we go, and comments posted, as someone else may ask the same thing.
Once we announce the expansion to the Deluxe Edition - make sure to check and see if you want to change your pledge to get a better value. Just remember, once the campaign closes its often very hard to make changes.
How You Can Help
Pledge! Promote! Sign up for whatever level you want. Then go out and Blog, Tweet, Facebook and brag about it to all your friends! Word of mouth is our best PR! If you're impressed with what you see, send out the link while the campaign is running. Add our widget to any sites you have that support that. In general, just help spread the word!
To close, enjoy some more design and initial sketches for the opening story that sets up 'The Event!'
Risks and challenges
We appreciate your trust in supporting this project! Obviously, as with any venture there are risks. But Visionary Comics is a professional, highly respected and well-known Comic Production Studio!
We have a digital library of over 70 books released, have produced a number of projects directly, including the original Deadlands one-shots and the Raven and Cackler series we Kickstarted before. We've also done over a quarter million dollars of contracted production work in the last couple years and supported multiple successful campaigns here. This is our business not our hobby or side project!
Also, as an anthology we have a lot more flexibility, creators have smaller individual commitments as stories will range from 10-12 pages, and each story has a distinct team, with Visionary staff overseeing full production. This gives us more flexibility if creators are unable to meet their deadlines, or other issues pop up.
This format also allows us a much faster turn around time on product delivery, which is important to us!
Delays may still happen as unavoidable circumstances hit, but we will always communicate and follow up, and whenever we mess up, we will not only fix it, but give folks something extra for their patience and understanding. We take care of our investors!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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