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A dark, seductive and ghostly cyberpunk comic created by Jason Shawn Alexander. Ongoing series launches June 2015.
A dark, seductive and ghostly cyberpunk comic created by Jason Shawn Alexander. Ongoing series launches June 2015.
502 backers pledged $34,751 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU, to everyone that helped reach the initial goal! As a thank you, every reward has been upgraded to include a free digital sketchbook! Thank you again! There are also new rewards being offered to help reach the stretch goal of $30,000. That stretch goal will allow for promotional materials and signings, plus production of new and awesome stretch goal rewards! Check them out in the UPDATES!

New EMPTY ZONE T-shirt AND hoodie
New EMPTY ZONE T-shirt AND hoodie
Last 7 days T-shirt
Last 7 days T-shirt
Last 7 days hoodie
Last 7 days hoodie
limited edition 18x24 print reward #12
limited edition 18x24 print reward #12

The Story: Corinne White is waiting. Waiting for the next drink, the next fight, the next job (which typically includes both). Waiting for something to change, waiting to die.

Set in the 58th ward of lower Pittsburgh in 2119, former military spy and only surviving member of her team, Corinne exists merely to exist. Working for an independent contractor, Corinne jumps from job to job as a body guard, private investigator, and data specialist. With billions of microscopic implants in the pores of her skin, military enhancements, years worth of government combat training, and one ugly cybernetic arm (kept for reasons known only to her), there are none better at what she does. But that’s small consolation on the day her past mistakes catch up to her. Through a series of orchestrated events, Corinne is startled to be reunited with the squad she left almost a decade ago. The problem is they're dead….or undead.

EMPTY ZONE is the heart wrenching ghost story of a woman confronted by her complicated past, and forced to choose between redemption or damnation. Set in the future of a visually rich, fragmented world of corrupt privatized governments, amidst everything from street gangs modified with deadly animalistic implants, to reanimated corpses stalking the streets like remote controlled toys, EMPTY ZONE’s world is grimly ethereal and haunting.

The Creator: Eisner nominated Artist/Creator/Writer, Jason Shawn Alexander, has worked on numerous titles including Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Batman, Escapists, Super Man, and Queen and Country. Though primarily painting for gallery exhibitions over the past 5 years, Jason has consistently maintained his presence in comics; most recently collaborating on Batman, Creepy and Hellrasier. Now he’s thrilled to move into the world of creator-owned original series. EMPTY ZONE is something dark and special that can only happen if done independently. That's where Kickstarter comes in...

The Kickstarter: All funds raised will go toward EMPTY ZONE #1 production costs (and to give backers some GREAT rewards). If this campaign is successful, you'll be helping to make the first issue of EMPTY ZONE and the ongoing monthly series. Later in the spring a publisher will be announced that will help package and distribute the comic. But since this book is 100% creator-owned, there's no publisher's financing. The Kickstarter goal is enough to bridge the gap and get a copy of the first issue in the hands of readers next summer! So if you support creator-owned comics, and want to help EMPTY ZONE become a reality, there are some great rewards for you. And remember: you're only charged if we make our funding goal.

EMPTY ZONE
EMPTY ZONE
EMPTY ZONE
EMPTY ZONE
Preliminary t-shirt art 1
Preliminary t-shirt art 1
preliminary t-shirt art 2
preliminary t-shirt art 2
1 of 7 exclusive "tracer" t-shirts
1 of 7 exclusive "tracer" t-shirts
1 of 7 exclusive "tracer" t-shirt designs
1 of 7 exclusive "tracer" t-shirt designs
Original art for the Second Mini-Print
Original art for the Second Mini-Print
BATMAN reward 1
BATMAN reward 1
BATMAN reward 2
BATMAN reward 2
BATMAN reward 3
BATMAN reward 3
BATMAN Reward 4
BATMAN Reward 4
BATMAN Reward 5
BATMAN Reward 5
HELLRAISER Reward 1
HELLRAISER Reward 1
HELLRAISER Reward 2
HELLRAISER Reward 2
HELLRAISER Reward 3
HELLRAISER Reward 3
SUPERMAN Reward 1
SUPERMAN Reward 1
SUPERMAN Reward 2
SUPERMAN Reward 2

Risks and challenges

I've worked in comics for around 20 years. I'm thrilled to be doing my own creator owned book and nothing is getting in the way of that! I also have assistance with providing the rewards purchased. If an emergency were to arise, it might cause a delay. And if so, everyone will be updated on the status of their orders. But I don't anticipate that happening. Really excited!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! To kick off this Kickstarter, the first 100 readers to pledge $10 or more can receive one signed copy of the EMPTY ZONE #1 comic! Signed by Jason Shawn Alexander. Plus: one EXCLUSIVE PRINT (6" x 9" cardstock, full-color)

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    Digital Edition! You'll get a digital copy of the first issue. Plus you get one signed physical copy of EMPTY ZONE #1 and an Exclusive Kickstarter Print.

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    Canadian reward! To adjust for shipping rates for our friends up north, only. Digital Edition! You'll get a digital copy of the first issue. Plus you get one signed physical copy of EMPTY ZONE #1 and an Exclusive Kickstarter Print.

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    The Full Out Digital Reward! You'll get the digital edition of Empty Zone #1 AND a complete behind-the-scenes experience with the "making of" digital book, which will include the full script, the b&w inks, and the colors without lettering. It'll also includes concept and sketch art. This is great for anyone interested in the creative process. Plus you get the digital first issue and get one signed physical copy of EMPTY ZONE #1 and BOTH Exclusive Mini-Prints.

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    Empty Zone turns 20! For those who don't know, I created Empty Zone 19 years ago. Next year with be it's 20th anniversary. For old fans and new this reward includes an "Evolution of Empty Zone" digital book! See the very first rendering of the characters in their first appearance in an anthology in 1995. Follow the stories and art as they evolved through the next two and a half mini-series for being "shelved" and it's new iteration for 2015! Plus a signed #1 and both exclusive mini-prints!

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    The Empty Zone t-shirt! Get it alone or add this pelage to your existing order! Add $10 for shipping if you're JUST getting the shirt.

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    Going a little old school with this one. You get ABE SAPIEN-THE DROWNING collected trade paper back. All five issues collected in one volume, signed by the artist! Plus the digital "Behind the Scenes" book, plus one signed Empty Zone #1 comic and one Exclusive mini Print!

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    EMPTY ZONE T-Shirt! See the design on the left. Plus the digital "Behind the Scenes" book, plus one signed Empty Zone #1 comic and one Exclusive mini Print!

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    THE FINE ART REWARD! LIMITED EDITION COLOR PRINT. A 13x19" full-color print exclusive to this kickstarter only! This will be signed by Jason Shawn Alexander. It'll be mailed flat in an archival, clear-plastic print holder. Also, you get a copy of Jason Shawn Alexander's MOURNERS WALK OVER MAPLE LEAVES fine art catalogue. We'll send you a copy of the oversized catalogue and It'll be signed by Jason. Plus one signed Empty Zone #1 and one Exclusive mini Print!

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    The STRETCH GOAL REWARD! For all of the great support and so we can surpass the goal This reward rocks. You get a 6x9 sketch by Jason Shawn Alexander! Plus a signed Empty Zone #1, the digital copy of #1, both mini-prints, the digital sketchbook, the digital behind the scenes of #1 book (referenced in reward #5)! Original art, digital books, signed #1 and mini-prints! Let do it!

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    LAST 7 DAYS-The t-shirt!!!! I'm offering a brand new T-SHIRT design, shown here as "last 7 days T-shirt". Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1, also, 3 signed mini-prints and the digital sketchbook. As well as the stickers and digital copy of issue 1 AND the digital "behind the scenes" issue. Thank you so much!

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    LAST 7 DAYS-The hoodie!!!! I'm offering a brand new hoodie design, shown here as "last 7 days hoodie". Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1, also, 3 signed mini-prints and the digital sketchbook. As well as the stickers and digital copy of issue 1 AND the digital "behind the scenes" issue. Thank you so much!

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    THE BEST DEAL! A signed copy of Abe Sapien-The Drowning, A 13x19" full-color print exclusive to this kickstarter, signed & numbered by Jason Shawn Alexander. The Empty Zone T-SHIRT. The "evolution of Empty Zone" digital book, Plus one signed Empty Zone #1 comic and one Exclusive mini Print!

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    STRETCH GOAL REWARD #2 The limited edition exclusive print, painted just for this kickstarter! In a limited run of 50, this is a signed 18x24 print. It comes with both of the mini-prints and a signed copy of Empty Zone #1.

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    Original comic art by Jason Shawn Alexander! Included with a signed copy of Empty Zone #1, having gone through the flat files, there are a limited number of original comic art pages that will be picked at random, signed and shipped to you! Pages come from QUEEN AND COUNTRY, GOTHAM CENTRAL, DEAD IRONS, ABE SAPIEN, and BATMAN!!!!

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    Portfolio review! We will set up a time and day where I will be able to review your online portfolio and discuss it over the phone. Max time, 1 hour. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and mini-print!

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    EXCLUSIVE TRACER UNIT REWARD! I'm so excited about this one. Corinne was a member of an elite spy unit called "TRACERS". There were only 7 of them before they were "disbanded". In this reward you will recieve 1 "tracer unit member" t-shirt that has a QR code on it that will scan to your individual member's online private dossier! Important, ONLY 7 SHIRTS WILL BE PRINTED! That's all! AND you'll receive an ORIGINAL SKETCH of your team member that is featured in the dossier along with a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and 2 mini-prints.

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    Appear in EMPTY ZONE! You/your likeness will appear once as a character in the story, and you'll even get a line of dialogue! Get the reward and send a photo! You'll also get a signed copy of Empty Zone #1, the exclusive mini-print, and a signed copy of the issue you appear in!

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    EXCLUSIVE ORIGINAL ART DEAL! The original art for one of the mini-prints! Seen here described as "The second mini-print" it is 18x24 inches, ink and washes on water color paper. I'm making some of the actual work for this series available to collectors and fans with an exclusive kickstarter discount. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter, I'm offering a couple of my favorite pieces of original comic art from past series. These are also discounted $500-$700 just for this kickstarter only. FOR THE FOLLOWING REWARDS, I WILL LIST THE REST OF THE WORKS AVAILABLE. Please read the reward titles and match them with the appropriate artwork. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints. This reward is for BATMAN 3.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints. This reward is for BATMAN 1.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints. This reward is for BATMAN 5.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints.
    This reward is for HELLRAISER 2.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints. This reward is for SUPERMAN 1.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints. This reward is for BATMAN 4.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints.
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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints. This reward is for SUPERMAN 2.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints. This reward is for BATMAN 2.

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    Empty Zone original art! This is the original art for the first mini-print. It will also be featured in the collection once the series is done. It's 18x24 ink and wash on watercolor paper. Labeled on the right as "original first mini-print art". This reward also includes a signed copy of the first issue and both mini-prints.

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    For original art collectors wanting to support my first kickstarter. Plus a signed copy of Empty Zone #1 and both mini-prints.
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    The original painting used to make the limited print is available! Titled to the left as "limited edition 18x24 print reward #12" the painting is 44x30 in. Arches watercolor paper. It's painted in ink, acrylic, watercolor, and pastel.

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