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About

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!

Watch this awesome video of our Baltimore Comic-Con Panel!

The Cosmic Champion SoulStar plays a critical role in Power Scourge - but its not one you would expect! Art by C. Edward Sellner
The Cosmic Champion SoulStar plays a critical role in Power Scourge - but its not one you would expect! Art by C. Edward Sellner

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?)

The Chronicler - one of the mysterious Everlasting who bears witness to the Power Scourge! Art by C. Edward Sellner
The Chronicler - one of the mysterious Everlasting who bears witness to the Power Scourge! Art by C. Edward Sellner

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

What starts as a typical day in downtown Atlanta, Georgia quickly escalates into something never before imagined! Art by Dani Mendoza, Colors by Tom Long.
What starts as a typical day in downtown Atlanta, Georgia quickly escalates into something never before imagined! Art by Dani Mendoza, Colors by Tom Long.

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.

Patient Zero of the superpower plague - Art by Dani Mendoza, Colors by Tom Long.
Patient Zero of the superpower plague - Art by Dani Mendoza, Colors by Tom Long.

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.

SoulStar by contributing artist Lee Moder.
SoulStar by contributing artist Lee Moder.

The Team

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):
Brian Augustyn
Gary Cohn
Paris Cullins
Steve Ellis
Justin Gray
Jonathan Maberry
Jeff Mariotte
Ron Marz
Dani Mendoza
Lee Moder
Jimmy Palmiotti
Craig Rousseau
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!

An alien superstructure begins taking shape in Richmond, signaling a definitive shift in the crisis. Art by Paris Cullins, Colors by Tom Long.
An alien superstructure begins taking shape in Richmond, signaling a definitive shift in the crisis. Art by Paris Cullins, Colors by Tom Long.

The Details

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!

The Unknown, another of the Everlasting, a being so mysterious others doubt even he knows the truth about himself. Art by Lee Moder.
The Unknown, another of the Everlasting, a being so mysterious others doubt even he knows the truth about himself. Art by Lee Moder.

Why Kickstarter?

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?

Lee Moder turns the Chronicler into even more of a goddess!
Lee Moder turns the Chronicler into even more of a goddess!

 

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...)

The Power Scourge will unleash nightmare horrors and miraculous wonders! - Art by Paris Cullins, Colors by Tom Long.
The Power Scourge will unleash nightmare horrors and miraculous wonders! - Art by Paris Cullins, Colors by Tom Long.

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.

Chronicler studies by Lee Moder
Chronicler studies by Lee Moder

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!

Patient Zero of the superpower plague - Art by Dani Mendoza, Colors by Tom Long.
Patient Zero of the superpower plague - Art by Dani Mendoza, Colors by Tom Long.

Thanks!

To close, enjoy some more design and initial sketches for the opening story that sets up 'The Event!'

Soulstar studies by Lee Moder
Soulstar studies by Lee Moder

 

Unknown studies by Lee Moder
Unknown studies by Lee Moder

 

Soulstar by Lee Moder.
Soulstar by Lee Moder.

 

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!

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    You will get all our Backer Updates, and your name will also be listed on the Memorial Wall in the book, showing you as one of those lost in the Scourge.

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    Power Level Delta

    Thanks for your support! Your pledge at this level will get you the digital and print copy of the Core Book, 64-page softcover, which includes the key stories and bonus features, but NOT the Deluxe Edition stories.

    You will also get a comic-sized full color mini-print of our promotional art, and that as well as your copy of the book will be signed by writer / artist C. Edward Sellner.

    You will get all our Backer Updates, and your name will also be listed on the Memorial Wall in the book, showing you as one of those lost in the Scourge.

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    Power Level Zeta

    Thanks for your support! Your pledge at this level will get you the digital and print copy of the Core Book, 64-page softcover, which includes the key stories and bonus features, but NOT the Deluxe Edition stories.

    You will also get an 11x17 full color print of our promotional art, with both it and your copy of the book signed by writer / artist C. Edward Sellner and an additional 11x17 print of your choice of art from the book.

    You will get all our Backer Updates, and your name will also be listed on the Memorial Wall in the book, showing you as one of those lost in the Scourge.

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    Power Level Theta

    Thanks for your support! Your pledge at this level will get you the digital and print copy of the final full sized book - including a free upgrade to the Deluxe Edition when that stretch goal is reached! Bonus Power Level!

    You will also get an 11x17 full color print of our promotional art, with both it and your copy of the book signed by writer / artist C. Edward Sellner and an additional 11x17 print of your choice of art from the book.

    You will also be able to vote on the details of your demise at the hands of the Power Scourge, which will be incorporated into a special news magazine segment to be included in the book. Your name, and some of the grisly details will be listed in the article. Your name will also be listed on the Memorial Wall in the book, showing you as one of those lost in the Scourge.

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    Power Level Iota

    Thanks for your support! Your pledge at this level will get you the digital and print copy of the final full sized book - including a free upgrade to the Deluxe Edition when that stretch goal is reached! Bonus Power Level!

    You will also get an 11x17 full color print of our promotional art, with both it and your copy of the book signed by writer / artist C. Edward Sellner and an additional 11x17 print of your choice of art from the book.

    You will also be able to choose the specific details of your demise as a Power! Pick a cool demise, send us photo reference for you, and your story will not only be incorporated into the news feature segment, we will include a full page illustration. A full sized, 11x17 version print of the illustration will be included with your order. Your name will also be listed on the Memorial Wall in the book, showing you as one of those lost in the Scourge.

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