New Stretch Goal!
The Joe Sinnott art print stretch goal is unlocked!
Now, with just a few days left, we've got a new stretch goal. But, because time is so short, I didn't want to make this new one an all-or-nothing deal.
So, for every additional $150 that is pledged, I will add, for every backer, a print of one of Gabriel Rearte's wonderful pencil character sketches of Trust members Thomas Edison, Musidora, William S. Hart, and Amelia Earhart.
Stretch Goal 2: Part 1 - UNLOCKED!!!
Everybody gets the Musidora character sketch print! Scroll down past Musidora to see the next possible reward.
Stretch Goal 2: Part 2
If we reach $4,800 everyone will get this Thomas Edison character sketch print.
The Trust Book One: Silent Scream
A historical fantasy set in the 1920s, featuring The Trust (real-life notables Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Musidora, Amelia Earhart, William S. Hart, and Bull Montana) in conflict with The Kabale (Max Schreck, Werner Krauss, Rudolph Klein-Rogge, Fritz Lang, and an updated version of Maria the robot) over control of The Optimus, a device that could change the world!
- 40-page, full-color, saddle-stitched comic
- 28 pages of story, and 4 pages of editorial material
- Special 8-page section of Kickstarter-exclusive extra material.
- Wraparound cover
Silent Scream is the first tale of The Trust, a group of adventurers led by Thomas Edison. The story takes place in the late 1920s when silent films were at the peak of their creativity and popularity, and Edison’s group is made up of some of the biggest stars of the day.
Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, still revered to this day, top the bill. Lesser-known now, but immensely popular then, cowboy star William S. Hart, French vamp Musidora, and wrestler and movie tough guy Bull Montana round out the cast, with special guest star Amelia Earhart as the pilot of The Dove, the Trust’s lighter-than-air ship.
The plot centers around The Optimus, the latest invention of Edison, the so-called Wizard of Menlo Park. The device can open a portal to Limbo, and retrieve one of the souls found there. Edison can then implant that soul into machinery, to bring it to life. He proceeds to do this with his latest failed experiment, a 9-foot-tall robot intended to eliminate the need for manual labor.
Unfortunately, word of this invention has reached the ears of The Kabale, an ancient, shadowy organization, also connected to the movie industry via the identities of some of its highest-ranking members. The leader of this group of villains is Max Schreck, best known for his starring role in NOSFERATU.
Schreck dispatches Rudolf Klein‑Rogge, a master of disguise known for his roles in the MABUSE films and as Rotwang in METROPOLIS, to wrest the Optimus from Edison’s Trust. The Kabale head has visions of animating a robot army, conveniently supplied by the latest movie project of another member of the group, director Fritz Lang.
Lang is determined to create what he believes will be his masterpiece of German Expressionism, a sequel to METROPOLIS called ROBOT GOD. Central to this new film (and to Schreck’s plans of world domination) is a newly-redesigned version of Maria the robot.
Rounding out the core membership of the Kabale is Werner Krauss who, through nefarious means, is convinced he is actually Dr. Caligari, his most famous role. He in turn, has mesmerized an anonymous victim into playing the part of Cesare, his somnambulist catspaw.
The two groups will come head-to-head over possession of the Optimus, and the fate of the world, not to mention all the best scripts and movie roles, will hang in the balance!
What you get for pledging
Aside from the various extras offered in the many pledge levels on the right, is there any reason to back the Kickstarter, instead of just waiting for some possible release through other channels? Yes! The Kickstarter edition will have an extra eight pages of material that will not be reprinted in any other edition.
Additionally, if we're fortunate enough to meet our goal, the first stretch goal we add will be an additional eight pages of Kickstarter-only extra material!
We're well over halfway done with the comic, and because some, or all, of our names may be unfamiliar to you, we wanted to give you a good look at what's been done on the project so far, so you can really get a sense of what it will be like. So here's a selection of the completed pages (minus the lettering, but even that is done, and just waiting to be layered in for the final version of the pages):
ABOUT THE CREATORS
The Trust Book One: Silent Scream was co-created and co-written by Dennis Webster and Bill Anderson (who is also inking and lettering the project). The pencilling is being done by Gabriel Rearte, and the coloring is by Laurie E. Smith. Here's a little bit more about us:
Dennis Webster is a paranormal investigator with the Ghost Seekers of Central New York. He's the author of the non-fiction books Wicked Adirondacks, Wicked Mohawk Valley, Haunted Utica, Haunted Old Forge and Haunted Mohawk Valley. He's the author of the fiction books Daisy Daring and the Quest for the Loomis Gang Gold and Klock. He's the editor and contributor to the anthologies Adirondack Mysteries volumes 1 and 2. He's written articles for magazines, historical societies, and newspapers. He's walked haunted houses, met ghosts in person and continues to write with his next book Murdered Teacher due in 2017.
Bill Anderson is an inker with a 35 year career in comics. He's worked for Marvel (Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Cosmic Powers, Uncanny Origins) DC (Action Comics, Aquaman, Batman and the Outsiders, Justice League of America) Image (Vanguard) and dozens of smaller publishers like Mirage (TMNT, Turtle Soup) Comico (The Elementals, Starblazers, Robotech) First (Dreadstar) and Claypool (Elvira). More recently, he has been producing comics for a variety of clients in the educational, religious, financial, and health care fields. Now he has turned his attention to developing and co-writing projects with Dennis Webster, and The Trust: Silent Scream will be the first of many coming your way.
Gabriel Rearte is a professional comic book artist from Argentina, working for local publishers like Editorial Columba, and in Europe for Italian publisher Aurea, and others. In the American market he’s provided artwork for publishers such as DC (Wonder Woman), Image (Jinn; Realm of the Claw), Top Cow (Witchblade), Harris (Vampirella; Vampi), Avatar Press (Gravel; Threshold; Species; Lady Death), Moonstone (The Phantom; Lone Wolf), Zenescope (Grimm Fairy Tales), and Space Goat Publishing (Evil Dead 2; Tales of the Ex-Mortis; Eternal Descent: Loki). For Marvel Comics, he has created advertising artwork and model sheets. Besides his activity in comics, he has developed work in storyboards and social games fields.
Laurie E. Smith has been a professional comic book colorist for the last 21 years. She lives in Winnipeg with her husband, fellow artist George Freeman. Although commercial art is her profession, she also enjoys writing fiction (from short stories to novels) and narrating audio books, and has produced her own comedy album (“Welcome to the Departure Lounge”). She possesses a B.A. (Hons) in English from the University of Winnipeg and has taught courses in comic colour at various technical colleges in the province. In 1996 she was nominated for an Eisner Award for her work on "The X-Files" comic series from Topps.
Work In Progress
Here is a look at Gabriel's pencils for the remainder of the comic:
Risks and challenges
Because so much of the work on the comic is already done, the risk of not completing this project is minimal. Gabriel has completed work on the remainder of the issue, and Bill and Laurie both have multi-decade careers based on completing projects in a timely manner. Additionally, Bill will be inking, and Laurie will be coloring, throughout the course of the Kickstarter campaign, further shortening the wait.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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