An ex-Pinkerton detective and his spirit photographer partner battle supernatural forces in late 1800's Boston. (6 issue mini-series)
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Boston Metaphysical Society needs your help to finish the last three issues in the mini-series and print all six into a softbound book.
The year is 1895...An evil from a parallel dimension escaped and now roams the city of Boston. The world has developed along the lines of Steampunk technology. Here exists steam driven rudimentary computers and electronics. And dirigibles rule the sky.
But with it comes social and political upheaval as not everyone is comfortable with change. In fact, many people fear it. That fear and the violence that followed caused a psychic rift to puncture the veil of space and time allowing the entity known as "The Shifter" to escape. Feeding on the resentment and fear between the rich and poor, “The Shifter” triggers a rash of murders.
Four of the greatest minds of the time have banded together to try and stop this malevolent entity.
Alexander Graham Bell
Against their better judgment, they look to a man driven by revenge – SAMUEL HUNTER.
For the one mistake The Shifter made was killing Samuel’s wife. An ex-Pinkerton detective, Samuel gathers his unlikely team of…
Caitlin O'Sullivan, Medium and Spirit Photographer
and Granville Woods, Scientist Extraordinaire.
They are the Boston Metaphysical Society.
Their job: Stop The Shifter before Boston tears itself apart.
The Story Behind The Story
BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY began as a TV Pilot which I wrote while I was in the MFA Program in Screenwriting at UCLA. Everyone told me it would make a great comic so I adapted the original story into a six issue mini-series. After that I went looking for an artist. Many months later, I met Emily Hu through a mutual friend and a partnership was born. Her passion for the project matched my own, so I knew the story was in good hands. I launched BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY as a webcomic in May of 2012. The first two chapters are up and the third has just debuted.
However by wading into the deep end of the pool, I discovered a terrible truth – I love writing comics.
So here I am with three chapters done and three more to go. That’s when I realized another terrible truth – making comics is expensive.
My husband and I believe in this project so much that we have spent our own money completing the first three chapters. But our pocket book is not infinite so we need your help to finish the last three chapters in this series.
Besides, I know you want to know the truth about “The Shifter.”
Where the money goes:
Your backing would enable us to complete the final three issues in the series and print all six issues in a soft-bound book (136 pages). To break it down further, your support would be paying for the following: My fabulous artist, Emily Hu, the equally wonderful colorists, Gloria Caeli and Fahriza Kamaputra….And Troy Peteri, my letterer extraordinaire. Your help will also pay for the drawing, inking and coloring of an original cover and additional artwork, plus production costs, printing of the soft-bound book and shipping (which includes mailing envelopes, postage and handling.) By the way, postage will go up after the first of the year so I have to take that into account. And, of course, the Amazon fees (5% off the top, plus credit card fees.)
Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Writer/Creator: A TV and feature film writer, Madeleine holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA where she won numerous awards as well as the Sloan Fellowship which requires integrating science and technology themes into a script. She has also done work-for-hire and developed her scripts with various producers. Madeleine has just completed her first novel, a middle-grade fantasy, and has published a number of short stories and novellas based on the BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY universe which are available on Kindle, Nook and Smashwords. Her short story, THE CLOCKWORK MAN was published in eSteampunk magazine (February 2013) and THE WAY HOME will be published in an A1/Atomeka/Titan Comics anthology in October 2013 along with three special illustrations by Emily Hu. Formerly a nationally ranked epee fencer, she has competed nationally and internationally. She is an avid reader of science fiction, steampunk, fantasy and historical military fiction.
Emily Hu – Artist: Emily is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been drawing ever since she was little and it's been her lifelong dream to make it as a comic book artist. Her main influences are Eduardo Risso, Becky Cloonan, and Ito Junji. She enjoys watching medical documentaries and ran through six in a row on one particularly grueling deadline night. Other hobbies include reading, sleeping, and eating. BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY is her first comic book series.
Gloria Caeli – Colorist: Born in Jakarta, 1988. Studied Visual Communication Design in Bina Nusantara University from 2006 to 2010 and had her first job in Avicom Advertising in November 2010. Gloria very quickly came to the attention of Stellar Labs whom she joined in May 2011. Her most recent projects are BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY and VOODOO. She like anyone else enjoys music, photography, travelling, and reads a lot of genre related books.
Fahriza Kamaputra – Colorist: Born in 1983 and raised in southern Jakarta. Fahriza grew up immersed in comic books and video games which kept his interest even after finishing school and studying Information Technology at college. It was this interest and the inspiration of other great artists in Indonesia that he decided to follow his dreams to do concept art, comics and film work by training himself with the help of friends to become an artist. In 2010 he worked as colorist on a local comic book VIENETTA AND THE STUPID ALIENS which led to his work on the webcomic ROKKI with the studio Stellar Labs.
Troy Peteri – Letterer: Born in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, Troy moved to Los Angeles heeding the call of comic books. That call is as low-paying as it sounds. With each passing year he has loved working in comics more and more, and has enjoyed the taste of Top Ramen and value meals less and less. But on the plus side, he's had his name in many, many comics and trade paperbacks. Which still geeks him out. The more well-known comics include AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, IRON MAN, and roughly 98% of all the comics from Top Cow Productions for the last 6+ years. He also co-wrote (and lettered) a mini-series for Radical Comics called ABATTOIR. He hopes to write more comics in the near future, as soon as they find a way to put more than 24 hours in a day.
Please visit www.bostonmetaphysicalsociety.com and see for yourself what we’ve accomplished.
Recipient of an Honorable Mention at the Geekie Awards (2013)
Nominated for a Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Award (2013)
Nominated for an Airship Award (SteamCon 2012)
SEE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY ABOUT BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY:
"With over <cough, cough> years in the comic business as a writer, editor, artist and a publisher, I’ve worked with many new and established talented writers and artists. Madeleine Holly-Rosing and Emily Hu are the real deal. It’s hard to believe that BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY is their first comic book series. With its spot on writing and elegant illustrations it's got something that crosses over genres and refuses to be pigeon-holed. We'll see more of this dynamic duo. Back this Kickstarter with me and you'll be able to boast you knew them when as well." – Dave Elliott, A1/Atomeka Press
"As a huge fan of steampunk, I was very happy to be introduced to the webcomic BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY. Ms. Holly-Rosing nails the tone with her expert writing and her artist, Ms. Hu, is a wonder. I definitely want to see how this story ends and will be backing this Kickstarter. (As you should too.)" - Bryn Pryor (Writer/Director, Cowboys and Engines)
“Boston Metaphysical took the scientific and engineering greats of the Victorian era and mixed them with ghost hunters. It’s history and mystery blended into a fascinating story that can't be put down!" - Travis Sivart (Host of Sounds of Steam, a Steampunk radio show)
“Good ideas are hard to come by, but it’s rarely the hardest part of making a story work. Details matter, and execution turns a good idea great. Madeleine Holly-Rosing had a good idea: a Steampunk take on a supernatural procedural. But it’s the details that make this book sing. She’s created characters we care about, monsters we want to know more about, and juxtaposed them against real history and real historical figures in such a way that always leaves us wanting more. This is a perfect example of a good idea made great through solid craftsmanship, not just by Madeleine, but by her whole team.” - Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir (Writers – New X-Men: Academy X, The Avalon Chronicles, Amazing Agent Luna)
“The Boston Metaphysical Society promises to be an exciting addition to the Steampunk canon.” AJ Sikes (Doctor Fantastique’s Show of Wonders)
“Boston Metaphysical Society is a healthy dose of steampunk, a little manga, some history, a wee bit of creepy and a lot of fun storytelling. This book is gripping in its uniqueness and execution; a well-oiled machine worth every cent of your backing.” -Dale Wilson, BuyIndieComics.com
“Boston Metaphysical is one of my favorite webcomics not just because I'm a sucker for any comics that feature Harry Houdini in lead roles (though I am) or because I love comics that use ghosts in different ways than most strips do (though I am). No, Boston Metaphysical is one of my favorite webcomics because Madeleine Holly-Rosing creates a wonderful fictional world with bold characters and thoroughly entertaining plots. And because of Houdini and the ghosts. I like ghosts.”-Jason Sacks, Publisher, Comics Bulletin www.comicsbulletin.com
"The Boston Metaphysical Society has more diversity in a story set over 100 years ago in Boston then most modern day stories in New York City do, that alone should let you know this series is different in a great way. If the idea of Tesla, monsters made of magnets, or spirit photographers intrigue you, you should be supporting this series." - Dr. Alexander Bustos, Comic Attack
Our incentives run the gamut from B.E.T.H. bookmarks, to the 136 page soft-bound version of the book to the pdf version which (depending on the package you pick) will include fan art from LUNARBABOON,
Pirate and Ninja, Jules Rivera, Raindog, The Hat and Fat, MIEL and Ron Leary. We also have cover art posters by Emily Hu and A UNIQUE BOSTON METAPHYSICAL LAPEL PIN. This pin will be die cast in antique brass and will be one inch in diameter. (Only available in Bell Package #2 and up.)
Here is INCENTIVE POSTER ART #3 (Only available in Bell Package #1 and up):
We've also got some awesome stretch goals in the hopper such as additional art by Emily Hu and Trading Cards. Stay tuned for more!!!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I have worked incredibly hard on this project and want more than anything to see it become reality, so literally the only risk to you not receiving your pledge reward is if I died and was unable to complete it. If there are any production delays or hiccups with the printer, you'll be the first to know. While the project might be delayed for unforeseen reasons, I will eventually get the books out to everyone.
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The Granville Woods Package: Soft-bound edition of Chapters 1 -6 (Unsigned), plus the pdf version, a bookmark and a thank you at the end of the book.Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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The Caitlin O’Sullivan Package: Soft-bound edition of Chapters 1-6 (signed by writer and artist), a bookmark, the pdf version which includes an additional three (3) extra pdf pages of fan art and a thank you.Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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Boston Metaphysical Society Special Tea Reward. Includes 3 OUNCES OF A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE BLACK TEA BLEND designed exclusively by DONNA OF CLOCKWORK COUTURE for Boston Metaphysical. Also, includes the soft-bound edition of Chapters 1-6 (signed by writer and artist), a bookmark, the pdf version which includes an additional three (3) extra pdf pages of fan art and a thank you. (Clockwork Couture is the exclusive outfitters for Boston Metaphysical Society.)Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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The Samuel Hunter Package:Soft-bound edition of Chapters 1-6 (signed by writer and artist), a thank you, a bookmark, the pdf version which will include the additional three (3) extra pdf pages of fan art in the Caitlin Package AND A BRAND NEW BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SHORT STORY in the pdf version.Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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The "When Using Tesla's Tank is Overkill" Reward. Includes all of the Samuel Hunter Package, PLUS POCKET KNIFE KEY CHAIN which measures 4 1/2 inches total. The pocket knife is just under 2 1/2 inches. Encased in wood and sealed with jewelers grade resin, it is attached to a vintage barrel screw copper plated steel key chain. (Designed by the awesome Dr. Brassy Steampunk.)Estimated delivery:Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
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The Thomas Edison Package: Soft-bound edition of Chapters 1-6 (signed by artist and writer); the pdf version will include a total of five (5) extra pdfpages of fan art (two more pages than the Caitlin and Samuel Packages) and the short story, as well as the bookmark AND the cover poster of Issue #1 (11 x 17).Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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The Alexander Graham Bell Package (Version 1): All of Edison package, plus cover posters (11 x 17) of Issues #1 AND #2; EIGHT (8) extra pdf pages of fan art (three more pages than the Edison package) in the pdf version of which includes fan art by Lunarbaboon and Ninja and Pirate.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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The Alexander Graham Bell Package (Version 2): All of Edison package, plus the cover poster (11 x 17) of Issue #1; EIGHT (8) extra pdf pages of fan art (three more pages than the Edison package) in the pdf version which includes fan art by Lunarbaboon and Ninja and the Pirate. Plus, a UNIQUE BOSTON METAPHYSICAL LAPEL PIN.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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The Harry Houdini Package: All of the Bell package (#1 and #2), plus 10 additional pages of concept art/script pages/notes in the pdf version; plus cover posters (11 x 17) of Issues #1, #2 AND #3, AND TWO (2) Boston Metaphysical Society lapel pins.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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The Nikola Tesla Package: All of the Houdini package, PLUS an exclusive Kickstarter poster on 10 pt. cardstock (8.5 x 11) by Emily Hu.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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The Shifter Package: All of the Tesla package, PLUS a poster (11 x 17) of fan art by Ron Leary signed by the artist and myself.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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The Ultimate B.E.T.H. Package (1): All of The Shifter Package plus a minor character will be named after you or a name of your choosing. (The name must be suitable for the time period and location.)Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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I Just Want Everything Package: The Ultimate B.E.T.H. Package 1 and 2, AND…wait for it…YOU GET KILLED BY THE SHIFTER!!Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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The I Just Want Everything Package, PLUS a three hour marketing consultation for your business or comic either by Skype or by mutual arrangement. (The three hours can be broken up into smaller time units.) Must be used within three months after funding goal has been reached.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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MARKETING AND ADVERTISING PACKAGE. This includes the I Just Want Everything Package, the three hour marketing consultation and a 1/2 page ad in the softbound trade. Ad must be PG rated and all artwork must be supplied by April 2014. Also includes your website link under my FAVORITE LINKS on the Boston Metaphysical Society website and a 160 x 228 pixal ad on my website which will run for three months. (Ad must be PG rated.) Website ad must be supplied within one month after the funding period is over.Estimated delivery:Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
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