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An independent sci-fi comic about finding questions in a world saturated by answers.
An independent sci-fi comic about finding questions in world saturated by answers. Available for purchase February 2016!
An independent sci-fi comic about finding questions in world saturated by answers. Available for purchase February 2016!
126 backers pledged $9,223 to help bring this project to life.

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“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead -- his eyes are closed.” -Albert Einstein

No Wonder #1 is a 22 page, fully-colored, sci-fi comic book about a 16-year-old boy asking questions in a world that has purposely removed curiosity. Written by Jeremy Hauck and illustrated by Ellis Ray III, No Wonder takes a popular social commentary about information consumption, puts it under a microscope, and tells the story of what happens when that's taken to an extreme.

Lost meets The Matrix, with a dash of Firefly in tone.

It's been 16 years since Calvin Tice, visionary and owner of American company Alcidean Technologies Inc., became the most famous inventor in history in just the span of a year. When Tice realized that phones, tablets, and laptops were just a window into the Internet… he built the door: A.T.O.M. (Access To an Omniscient Mankind), a groundbreaking tech that forever entwined the Internet with our lives – connecting us to each other and all the information in the world...

…but at what price?

The United Nations – now populated by tech-obsessed info-junkies raised in a time where instant-gratification and constant online social connection was the status quo – adopted A.T.O.M with open arms. By promoting the project as the ultimate advancement in education, security and intelligence, Tice was able to push global leaders to enforce a civilization-wide mandate, essentially prohibiting existence outside of The Bond. No more crime, no more war, no more of humanity's biggest mistakes born from the unknown.

With such a radical concept, resistance was inevitable from those who were weary of the project. Some saw A.T.O.M. not as a cultural zenith or peak in evolution, but a downfall. More than a decade after the launch, there are still some out there who believe increasing the knowledge of life is decreasing the wonder we had about it…and the only way forward, is to start looking back.

Now, in 2038, 16-year old Turner Lane finds himself unexpectedly disconnected from The Bond and walking around a mysteriously stagnant future. With his newfound sense of curiosity and help from others like him, Turner embarks on a life-altering path through an unnatural world in search of something...wondrous.

Here's a preview of our first issue:

Cover
Cover
Page 1
Page 1
Page 2
Page 2
Page 3
Page 3
Pages 6-7, unlettered
Pages 6-7, unlettered
Early concept art for our young protagonist, Turner Lane.
Early concept art for our young protagonist, Turner Lane.
Early concept art for one of our main characters, Webb.
Early concept art for one of our main characters, Webb.
Early concept art for Calvin Tice, the inventor of A.T.O.M.
Early concept art for Calvin Tice, the inventor of A.T.O.M.
Early concept art for "The Custodians," a group that derived from the wake of A.T.O.M.'s launch.
Early concept art for "The Custodians," a group that derived from the wake of A.T.O.M.'s launch.
Alternate cover art by Ellis Ray III.
Alternate cover art by Ellis Ray III.

The overall goal of this Kickstarter is to help support No Wonder #1, it's completion, and distribution. Outside of paying the art team, our goal's target number of $5,200 includes the printing of our book, how our book (and the rewards that come with it) are shipped, and the wiggle room we might need in the process. There is also an additional Kickstarter fee of 8%-10% that they require from each project, so that isn't something I could shave off from our number.

What I could shave off though was our incentives. It's no mistake that we left off a "Rewards" slice from our pie chart above. I decided early on that our rewards will come out of pocket since they're our incentives to offer you, our readers, for supporting us in this crowd-funding campaign!

$5: "CURIOSITY" - For only $5 (or the price of a cup of coffee for you back home in Seattle), you can have a digital .pdf copy of No Wonder #1 sent right to you.

$7: "ASTONISHMENT" - At this tier, you'll receive a digital DELUXE copy of No Wonder #1. This version includes our variant cover, never-before-seen concept art, original inks, and portions of the script to show how our book was put together.

$10: "ADORATION" - If No Wonder #1's goal is surpassed and we hit our first stretch goal, this tier preorders you a digital DELUXE copy of our first issue, as well as No Wonder #2!

 $15: "WONDER" - Be one of the first to hold a physical copy of No Wonder #1. This tier also includes our digital DELUXE copy of the book and our sticker three-pack.

 $20: "AWE" - Be one of the first to own a limited edition, VARIANT physical copy of No Wonder #1 with Benjamin Sawyer's art on the cover. This tier is limited to only the first 30 interested, so grab them while you can! This tier also includes our sticker three-pack, as well as the digital DELUXE copy of our book.

 $25: "HOPE" - For this tier, we've added a 11x17, matte finish, pin-up poster on quality stock that features our cover art. This package also includes everything in our WONDER tier.

$40: "ADMIRATION" - For this tier, we're swapping out the 11x17 poster for a 16x24, matte finish, pin-up poster of Ben's variant cover art on quality stock. This tier also includes everything in our WONDER tier.

$75: "WHIMSY" - Can't decide between the two posters? We'll ship BOTH to your front door, as well as everything else in our WONDER tier.

$100: "FASCINATION" - With this tier, you can have signed copies of No Wonder #1 and it's variant (personalized upon request), both posters, our sticker three-pack and a digital deluxe copy of our book. There are only five of these available at launch so take them while you can!

$150: "MYSTERY" - With this pack, we'll give you everything we have in our FASCINATION tier, but adding in a flat lid, snap-back replica of Webb's hat!

$300: "MARVEL" - Outside of getting everything in our FASCINATION pack, we're adding a retro, No Wonder-themed tin lunchbox.

$500: "ENIGMA" - Have your likeness drawn into our second issue! Our illustrator, Ellis Ray III, will use a picture of you as reference and draw you straight into our world. This tier also includes everything in our FASCINATION tier.

$1,000: "TRANSCENDENCE" - Have your likeness drawn into No Wonder #2 AND #3! That, and EVERY issue of No Wonder funded through Kickstarter will be included. This tier also contains everything in our FASCINATION tier.

$2,000: "VENERATION" - You will have a MAJOR ROLE in No Wonder's story for issue #2 and #3! Outside of the that, we'll also provide concept art for your character, as well as a giving you a PRODUCER credit on both issues, giving you early access to them before anyone else. Additionally, every funded issue of No Wonder is included! This tier also builds off everything in our FASCINATION tier.

$3,000: "REVERENCE" - Have your likeness recreated in No Wonder on a MAIN CHARACTER for the series (as well as concept art for said character)! This tier also gives you early access to our 2nd and 3rd issue, as well as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on all funded issues, which are included in this package as well. Of course, this tier also includes everything in our FASCINATION tier.

So, quick recap:

Note: If there is a tier your interested in that doesn't ship to your country , please let us know at NoWonderComic@gmail.com or leave us a comment here on Kickstarter with your concern.

No Wonder #1 barely scratches the surface of the mysterious world we've built. This book is the start of a five-issue arc that follows Turner as he explores this world and the wonder within it. All five issues have been outlined, with three of them fully scripted out. All we need now is...well, you.

To finance the production of each issue after No Wonder #1, we're using stretch goals to get us there. 

To save costs on each of those stretch goals, we're choosing to send out sequential issues digitally, with the intention of binding them into a quality trade paperback someday down the line, but for right now, we need to fund them first. 

WE'VE BEEN FUNDED!

Update (11/10/15): I'm thrilled to say No Wonder #1 AND #2 are going to be made! Here's the total we need to hit to make No Wonder #3 possible:

 JEREMY HAUCK - CREATOR/WRITER

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Jeremy now makes his living as a television producer in Burbank, California. Although No Wonder is his first comic book he's written, his passion for the medium will hopefully shine through on his first swing. 

Batter up.

ELLIS RAY III - ILLUSTRATOR

Co-creator of Ellis Ray IV, Ellis is a freelance cartoonist and illustrator from St. Louis Missouri. Outside of the amazing art he's delivering for No Wonder, you can check out more of his work at ellisray3.com.

SEAN CALLAHAN - COLORIST

Sean Callahan is a professional colorist who survives on coffee and pizza. He's been coloring for a few years now but have recently switched career paths and now colors full time. Check out more of his work on his DA page here.

JENNIE ALBANO - EDITOR

Jennie Albano is a television producer who moonlights as a music geek that also has a healthy obsessive love for sci-fi, young adult fiction, karaoke, Miniature Schnauzers, wizards, mutants, insanely high platform shoes and flat penny machines. She lives in Los Angeles where you can usually find her front row at a killer show or on the everlasting hunt for the city's best meal.

TROY MCENEANEY - WEB DESIGNER

Troy is just a dude that Jeremy was lucky enough to have build the comic's main hub, NoWonderComic.com. He currently lives in the San Diego area and works for CBS Interactive.

I've been lucky enough to talk with some comic book news outlets about No Wonder over the last few weeks. Check out what they have to say about it:

Interview with Bounding Into Comics

Interview with The Bronze Review

Interview with The Green Gorcrow

Interview with A Place To Hang Your Cape

Podcast Interview with ComixBrew

Interview with GeekTrench

"Creator-Spotlight" Interview with Hush Comics

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Risks and challenges

The truth? No matter how much I’ve read about making comics or spoken with successful creators in this medium, at the end of the day, this is still my first comic book. However, I know what quality products look like. I believe my team and I are creating something special with No Wonder #1 and you’ll see that if and when our book comes out.

As for the possibility of production delays, I can guarantee that if you pledge $5 or more, you will be reading No Wonder #1 digitally by the end of the year. That is what we’re aiming for and, if we’re funded, I’ll make sure to get us there.

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    REVERENCE - Have your likeness recreated in No Wonder on a MAIN CHARACTER for the series (as well as concept art for said character).

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