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A digitally painted fantasy story set in ancient Africa, where three neighboring tribes fight for survival.

UPDATE: Added the much requested t-shirt option to a few rewards levels, including the t-shirt only option.

After a description of 'The Call' and its potential, I thought I'd post the entire first issue online so people could see the determination and quality in this project. While being completely developed by me (Hi! I'm Steve Broome),the writing and digital painting are both of the highest professional quality.

While all sorts of people TALK about wanting more diversity, I'm trying to tell a unique, African fantasy story to bring something very new to the world of fiction, a fantasy story of the highest caliber that plays upon real African history, such as the ancient Egyptians' jackal-headed God Anubis. Check out Malik going through the merging ritual below, taken from future events in The Call:

THE PLOT: 'The Call' is something rarely seen, but wide open for exploration: the world of fantasy set in ancient Africa. Three unique, neighboring tribes have developed their own individual types of magic over generations. Yet when a new threat arises, when scarcity and death are thrown into the picture, a battle must be fought to determine who survives. The plainsfolk, the tree dwellers, and the mountain tribe must each select champions to lead the way in this time of uncertainty. Are the young people up to the challenge, and if not, who will survive?   


You can read the first issue online for free in single panel format at:
http://www.coalminds.com/webcomics/thecall.php

FORMAT: Each one of those panels you see will be presented in full resolution for the large-format edition. This is mostly intended for folks with a lot of storage on their tablets or some free space on their hard drive, since we're talking about 1024 x 768 type images and each issue contains 66 of them! Here's an example of a large format image, panel 1 from the first issue.

FUNDS:
Funding here will work towards several things, including getting the graphic novel sold in comic stores and directly through my website. I'd like to send out some promotional mailers to stores nationwide but that will be very time consuming. It will also pay for printing of the rewards and advertising to increase direct sales of the graphic novel from my website.


Thanks for checking out my kickstarter project, I'm very excited to get this story out there and hope this avenue will allow me to reach as wide an avenue as possible. This is my first experience on a site like this, so please ask any questions if I need to clarify anything.

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    Thanks immediately on my blog page located at http://www.coalminds.com/blog along with a link to your twitter or other account (linkedin, deviantart, etc.)

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    DRM-free copy of 'The Call' #1 PDF.

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    DRM-free copy of 'the Call' graphic novel upon completion, PDF of #1 instantly.

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    DRM-free PDF of graphic novel and a print copy of #1.

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    TOP DIGITAL PACKAGE:Same as reward #4, except you get new pages in groups of 5 as they're completed instead of having to wait for the story to be completed for the content. All you have to do is click on a link I'll send you whenever a new version of your file is ready to download. These files will not be available to the general public until the OGN is completed.

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    The Call t-shirt! Malik in rhino outfit, pictures coming soon.

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    Complete digital and print graphic novel, along with 4x6 prints of any five panels from the story. Shipping cost is factored in to all rewards and will be sent priority mail to your location domestically. International rates may require additional charges.

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    RETAILER SPECIAL! This includes 20 copies of The Call #1, shipped to your store. Please message me for more details. Not limited to comic store owners, you may resell this however you want (in small businesses especially where you have free counter space).

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    SKETCH COVER: Reward #5 with bonus of a Sketch cover edition of The Call printed graphic novel featuring any character (one) of your choosing. These will be delivered a month later than the others since they're being hand drawn.

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    Graphic Novel, digital package, and t-shirt.

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    Includes: (1)Digital package (2)Overversized version of graphic novel, allowing the art to be experienced in print on a scale closer to the original working size. (3)Regular version of the OGN in print (4)T-shirt featuring the cover from issue #1 (Malik in rhino helmet).

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    Digital package, plus The Call regular graphic novel in print, plus a "photo album" edition of graphic novel, which offers highlights from the story, printed out and inserted into a large format photo album by hand.

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    ONE OF A KIND: Variant edition of the graphic novel featuring a cover specifically done for you! One of a kind cover that will never be used again, except for online gallery purposes. Imagine the stuff given as comic retailer rewards for high quantity orders, except that in this case there will only be ONE printed. Fully rendered in color. Also includes 2 t-shirts any size. Please allow extra two months for me to create these.

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