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The first issue of a comic book series by two high school students featuring authentic women, minority, and LGBT+ characters.
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Five teenagers wake up in a dark room. They've never met before.

Now they must fight their way through life-threatening obstacles in order to escape the vast, labyrinthine facility in which they have found themselves trapped. As their personalities clash and relationships ebb and flow, Eve, Conner, Anna, Jackson, and Cara must overcome their individual weaknesses, face painful memories, and work together in order to save what ultimately becomes most important to them: each other.

Hello! We are Zack Rocklin-Waltch and Tessa Beatrice: two high school juniors looking to make an impact on the comic book world.

Tessa Beatrice - Artist
Tessa Beatrice - Artist

Tessa: “The lack of diversity in the media and in the world of comics bothers me. Hardly any stories have characters who are unpredictable or have traits and weaknesses like those of real people. If they cannot find a hero similar to them in any story, people can feel invalid or excluded. Having a character or hero who suffers from the same prejudices, disabilities, or obstacles can make anyone feel validated, and help people deal with their own problems. Most stories are unrealistic and unfair to those of us who fall outside archetypes, so I strive to include as many different and authentic characters as I can in my stories.”

Zack Rocklin-Waltch - Writer
Zack Rocklin-Waltch - Writer

 Zack: "I have always loved telling stories, and this is by far the best one that I've had the opportunity to tell. The characters have become so close to me and I can say with near certainty that any reader will feel the same way. When Tessa first pitched the idea to me over two years ago, she described it as 'The Breakfast Club, but with action.' That, to me, is still what this project is at its core. It is the story of a group young people who must face their biggest fears and flaws amidst a deadly environment. The world needs to hear their story." 

On the surface Fury’s Forge is about five teens trying to escape from a large and dangerous facility, which becomes a veritable death-trap. There is fighting, action, and lots of running, but the story is about so much more than that. Each one of these kids is haunted by past trauma which defines their actions. They are all imperfect and must work together through their issues and flaws in order to make it out alive. The real story is about these five teenagers learning to trust each other while they grow as individuals.

 

Fury’s Forge is comprised of nine chapters. Seven chapters are finished and ready for print. The last two are written and the art is underway.

This Kickstarter is for printing Chapter One. Once this Kickstarter is successfully completed, we will move on to printing the next chapters.

  •  Chapter One - Placement                                              
  • Chapter Two - Advancements                                           
  • Chapter Three - Glimmers 
  • Chapter Four - Visions                                                      
  • Chapter Five - Falling                                                      
  • Chapter Six - Recoil                                                          
  • Chapter Seven - Isolation                                                 
  • Chapter Eight - Fragments                                                
  • Chapter Nine - Together into the Abyss

Timeline:  

  • May 15 - Kickstarter begins                                      
  • June 13 - Kickstarter ends                                                
  • By June 25 - we order the rewards                                        
  • By September 17 - we receive the printed rewards                      
  • By November 5 - you receive the rewards

This Kickstarter is raising money to print Chapter One of Fury’s Forge. It is 26 pages in full color, and we will be printing in paperback. It will be 6.6” x 9”.

Where does the money go?

  •  42% printing                                                                                      
  • 17% shipping & handling                                                                  
  • 15% rewards                                                                                      
  • 10% Kickstarter fees                                                                          
  • 10% taxes

 

$1.00 or more: Thank You! and a computer wallpaper
$1.00 or more: Thank You! and a computer wallpaper

 

$5.00 or more: A hand written post card expressing our gratitude!
$5.00 or more: A hand written post card expressing our gratitude!

 

$9.00 or more: A printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge
$9.00 or more: A printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge

 

$12.00 or more: A bookmark, a dog-tag, and a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge
$12.00 or more: A bookmark, a dog-tag, and a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge

 

$15.00 or more (limit 15): A bookmark, a dog-tag, and a SIGNED printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge
$15.00 or more (limit 15): A bookmark, a dog-tag, and a SIGNED printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge

 

$18.00 or more: 3 printed copies of Chapter One of Fury's Forge
$18.00 or more: 3 printed copies of Chapter One of Fury's Forge

 

$20.00 or more: A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and a print
$20.00 or more: A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and a print

 

$30.00 or more (limit 10): A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and an original penciled page from Chapter One
$30.00 or more (limit 10): A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and an original penciled page from Chapter One

 

$35.00 or more (limit 5): A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and a feature in a later chapter of Fury's Forge
$35.00 or more (limit 5): A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and a feature in a later chapter of Fury's Forge

 

$40.00 or more (limit 5): A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of chapter one of Fury's Forge, and a commission by the artist
$40.00 or more (limit 5): A bookmark, a dog-tag, a printed copy of chapter one of Fury's Forge, and a commission by the artist

 

$100 or more: 5 printed copies of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and a credit as a producer in Chapter One
$100 or more: 5 printed copies of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, and a credit as a producer in Chapter One

If you miss out on getting a dog-tag, a bookmark, a print, or a printed copy of Chapter One of Fury's Forge, we will be selling them on our website after the Kickstarter is successfully completed.

 

Page 8 of Chapter One
Page 8 of Chapter One

 

Page 9 of Chapter One
Page 9 of Chapter One

 

Page 10 of Chapter One
Page 10 of Chapter One

 

Page 11 of Chapter One
Page 11 of Chapter One

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk with our Kickstarter is that we are both young and have never run a crowdfunding project before. Throughout the whole process of managing this Kickstarter, we will be continuing to learn and adjust. Nevertheless, we feel confident that our perseverance and determination will make up for our unfamiliarity with crowdfunding platforms.
We have given ourselves a time buffer so we have room to make mistakes, should they occur. We have a lot of human resources at our disposal, too, including people who have run successful Kickstarters in the past. Though we may be young, we strongly believe that we can overcome these obstacles and bring Fury's Forge to you!

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    * The commission is 1-2 figures of your choice in full color with no background (props, like a chair, do not count as background)
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