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Outside, within and around the law, two families spiral out of control in this London crime noir saga (Part 1 of 4)
Outside, within and around the law, two families spiral out of control in this London crime noir saga (Part 1 of 4)
Outside, within and around the law, two families spiral out of control in this London crime noir saga (Part 1 of 4)
301 backers pledged NOK 50,022 to help bring this project to life.

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A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR BACKERS AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO SUPPORTED US! SPIRAL #1 IS COMING, AND WE'VE BEGUN WORKING ON SPIRAL #2. EXPECT US BACK ON KICKSTARTER SOON!

Meanwhile, check in on our updates for the latest, and if you want to stay on top of everything we do, with Spiral and other comics, or even our other creative endeavours, you can sign up to Magnus' newsletter here.

**WIN A SPIRAL T-SHIRT? All you have to do is wear make-up. See update #7**

**NOTE TO NON-AMERICANS: That black market-y currency you see is NOK (Norwegian kroner). kr27000 goal ≈ $3000. The US $ stated in the reward tiers are approximations. (Americans, you should see your own currency appear.)**

Hi and welcome to our underworld and the Spiral Kickstarter campaign, our first heist of 2016! Check out the video and read below to learn what's at stake! We hope you'll join the gang and be part of our shadowy crew to bring Spiral to life!

THIS IS SPIRAL

While rough cop Olivia is denied her father's vigilante mantle, Michael, son of a prominent gang leader, feels it's time to step out of his father's shadow. The world is a small place, and nothing can stop the coming havoc of violence and vigilantism...

  • SPIRAL is a crime noir comic book in four parts, created by Magnus Aspli, Emerson Dimaya and Nic J Shaw.
  • SPIRAL is about street level justice versus the system, about family and legacy, and how easy it is for everything to spiral out of control...
  • SPIRAL is a Nordic noir meets a female Punisher - with a dose of American History X and BBC's The Shadow Line - set in London.

(Preview pages further down)

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Because of you! We have the opportunity to connect directly to you, our  readers and fans. We want to give you the best crime comic possible and with Kickstarter we can do just that.

SPIRAL issue 1 is done and ready for print. 24 hot story pages of unrelenting noir, wrapped in criminally delicious design.

We have paid with blood, sweat and hard-earned cash to finish the production of issue one, but by coming to Kickstarter we hope to use your blood, sweat and hard-earned cash to pay for printing & distributing issue one and financing the production of issue two... for some terrific spoils, of course, as you can see in the rewards.

Then we come back to Kickstarter to do the same with issue 2. If this campaign goes well we can go right into production with issue two, and when we launch that campaign we'll be ready to print and deliver issue 2 quite fast, like we do now with issue one. Then we rinse the blood off our hands and repeat, until all four issues are done and on your table.

To make sure the future of Spiral won't be a bumpy ride straight to jail, it's important we get this first getaway car to work and reach our goal. The ball is in your court, dear reader, so please; check out everything, grab one of those rewards and let your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, crime bosses and world leaders know!

To crunch some numbers for all you bookies out there, the campaign budget looks like this:

REWARDS

1. A DIGITAL COPY OF SPIRAL #1
Will be emailed out as the campaign ends. Download will be available as a PDF, and if anyone has any special file needs, we'll try our best to accommodate.

2. SPIRAL: BEHIND THE PAGE PDF
A "making-of"companion PDF to Spiral #1, with process notes, sketches, character designs, script-to-final-page, scripts and more. Will be emailed out as the campaign ends.

3. SPIRAL #1
The comic itself, 24 unrelenting noir pages, professionally printed (offset). Will be sent to the printers as soon as the campaign ends and shipped to you asap on their arrival.

4. DIGITAL COMICS BUNDLE
Great value! PDFs of SPIRAL #1, SPIRAL: Behind the Page, The Vessel of Terror, Action Johnson, Empire of Blood #1, FUBAR and more. 8+ comics from Magnus Aspli, Emerson Dimaya & Nic J Shaw.

5. SPIRAL PRINT
Exclusive 5"x7" print by the brilliant Marvel artist Mike Perkins (Captain America, Deathlok, Carnage ++). Only available through this Kickstarter campaign. Limited to 100. (Click here to see it larger.)

6. SPIRAL T-SHIRT
Exclusive t-shirt. High quality print and shirt. We'll send out a survey after the campaign asking for your size/type. Only available through this Kickstarter campaign. Limited to 50.

7. CUSTOM PROFILE PICTURE
Emerson draws your face, so you can use it as a custom profile picture for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or wherever you want. On a t-shirt, in your wedding photo. Go nuts! Similar to the b/w headshot seen below. Digital, high resolution. Limited to 4. **UPDATED: Added 2 extra slots!**

8. VIDEO CALL SESSION
2-hour story development session with creator/writer Magnus Aspli via Skype/Hangouts or similar, helping you begin/develop/finish your story/project. Be it a screenplay, TV treatment, comic or anything similar or in between. Limited to 2. (Illustration by Tom Gauld.)

9. YOUR LIKENESS
Immortalize yourself in a world of vigilantes and loud-mouth criminals. Your likeness/face drawn on a speaking character in our subsequent issues (#2 - #4). Limited to 2.

10. ORIGINAL SKETCH
A stunning 9"x12" sketch of Olivia in her vigilante make-up by the glorious Kelly Williams (Eerie, Canaan Cult Revival, Metaphase). Limited to 1.

Fresh off the table, ink still wet...
Fresh off the table, ink still wet...

11. LAWLESS BARONESS/BARON
You're the lawless baroness/baron(!), or executive producer if you prefer, and you’re invited into the whole process behind Spiral and will get cover credit on all subsequent issues and a special mention. You'll also get to decide whether or not a major character dies, plus all rewards (excl. the original artwork). Limited to 1.

Any questions regarding the rewards, don't hesitate asking in the comments or to me directly.

HERE'S WHAT'S INSIDE

 THIS IS US

Magnus Aspli
Writer from Rindal, Norway. Magnus has written comics and screenplays for nearly a decade and is currently working on several comic books, film projects, TV series and a game. He has studied in both Brisbane and London, but currently lives in Trondheim with his wonderful family.

More from Magnus here.
Twitter: @MagnusAspli

Emerson Dimaya
Artist from Mamburao, Philippines. Emerson works with both technical drawing and art and has worked on several comic books, among them Golem and Hoodlum by Alterna Comics. Emerson currently lives in Manila with his lovely wife.

Check out more of Emerson's work here.

Nic J Shaw
Nic is a letterer and designer from Sydney. He's logged time at Image Comics, IDW, Black Mask, Gestalt and Devil's Due. He's currently working with Nick Spencer, Steve Lieber, and Ryan Hill on Image Comics' 'The Fix'.

More on Nic here.
Twitter: @NicJShaw

OUR PARTNER

We're teaming up with the brilliant KrakenPrint, a print and distribution service from Chicago, to bring you Spiral in the best and most efficient way possible!

THE SOCIAL MEDIA SPIRAL

SPIRAL's main website is here, but you can also find us on Facebook!

If you enjoy our campaign and look forward to Spiral, then do join us on social media and help spread the word. A like, comment, share, retweet or reblog mean the world to indie projects like Spiral. Thanks in advance!

Limited test print run we brought to Thought Bubble in Leeds back in 2015.
Limited test print run we brought to Thought Bubble in Leeds back in 2015.

SPECIAL THANKS

For wisdom, insights and help: Tyler James Vogel of ComixLaunch & ComixTribe. Jeremy Melloul of CreatorAtLarge. Mike Perkins. The Small Press Commandos. Dan Hill. Glenn Møane. Howard Chaykin. Christopher Sebela. Pete Rogers. Stian Fossum. Helge Taksdal. Chris Lewis. John Lees. Mark Bertolini. Stephan Franck. Clem Robins. Sebastian Girner. Philip Gelatt Jr. Benjamin Truman. Donny Cates. Michael McDermott. Ed Brisson. The Snowcastle Team ++

HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

For those of you who are new to Kickstarter, a few pointers:

Money from your card/account will be withdrawn only after the campaign ends and only if it's successful. Repeat: If we don't reach our goal, no money will be transferred. It's an all or nothing game. You can change your pledge at any point until the campaign ends. Changed your mind and want to pick a lower reward or a higher reward? Go for it. Any questions, just message me right here on Kickstarter. Click that Contact Me next to my profile picture, and I'll try to respond asap.

Risks and challenges

The comic book is finished so the only hurdles are to get it printed and shipped out to you. We're working with KrakenPrint, a professional printing and distribution service, so everything will run smoothly and efficiently.

Delays in shipping with both printing and distribution of rewards might occur of course, by elements outside of our control. Weather, disasters and worse. Any problems that occur due to this we'll do our best to fix as soon as possible.

The production of future issues rely on the the team, of course. We have many years of experience and have done this several times, so we know what we're capable of. We cannot foresee any illnesses or personal events that might delay production, but if any occur we'll of course be forthcoming and communicative, and find a solution to reach our goal nonetheless.

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    Pledge NOK 8 or more About $1

    ~$1+

    A digital copy (PDF) of SPIRAL #1.

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    Pledge NOK 35 or more About $4

    ~$4+

    SPIRAL: BEHIND THE PAGES PDF
    (a peek behind the curtain on the process, scripts, notes, sketches & more)

    + Regular PDF of SPIRAL #1

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    Pledge NOK 65 or more About $7

    ~$7+

    SPIRAL #1, the physical comic book
    + PDF of SPIRAL #1

    Excl. shipping

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    Pledge NOK 80 or more About $9

    ~$9+

    SPIRAL #1, the physical comic book
    + PDF of SPIRAL #1
    + “SPIRAL: Behind the Pages” PDF

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    Pledge NOK 110 or more About $13

    ~$12+

    DIGITAL BUNDLE
    PDFs of SPIRAL #1, “SPIRAL: Behind the Pages and lots of other comics by Magnus Aspli, Emerson Dimaya & Nic J Shaw; The Vessel of Terror, Empire of Blood, Action Johnson ++
    (8+ comics in all.)

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    Pledge NOK 225 or more About $26

    ~$25+

    Exclusive 5x7” Kickstarter-Only PRINT
    + SPIRAL #1
    + both SPIRAL PDFs

    FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge NOK 440 or more About $50

    ~$50+

    SPIRAL T-SHIRT
    + Exclusive print
    + Spiral #1
    + both SPIRAL PDFs

    FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge NOK 530 or more About $61

    ~$60+

    HEADSHOT
    Emerson draws your face, a custom profile picture to use online on FB, Twitter, Instagram etc. etc.
    + Spiral t-shirt
    + Exclusive print
    + Spiral #1
    + both SPIRAL PDFs

    FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge NOK 880 or more About $101

    ~$100+

    VIDEO CALL SESSION
    2-hour story development session with creator/writer Magnus Aspli, helping you with your story/project
    + Spiral t-shirt
    + Exclusive print
    + Spiral #1
    + both SPIRAL PDFs

    FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge NOK 1,320 or more About $151

    ~$150+

    YOU IN SPIRAL 2, 3 or 4
    Your likeness drawn on a speaking character for one of our subsequent issues
    + Spiral t-shirt
    + Exclusive print
    + Spiral #1
    + both SPIRAL PDFs

    FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge NOK 1,320 or more About $151

    ~$150+

    NEW ORIGINAL ARTWORK
    A sketch of Olivia by the fantastic Kelly Williams! See picture in the campaign text.
    + Spiral t-shirt
    + Exclusive print
    + Spiral #1
    + both SPIRAL PDFs

    FREE SHIPPING!

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    Pledge NOK 8,770 or more About $1,004

    ~$1000+

    LAWLESS BARONESS/BARON
    You're the lady/man(!) and you’re invited into the whole process and will get cover credit on all subsequent issues and a special mention. You'll also get to decide whether a major character dies or not.
    + Original art by Mike Perkins
    + Your likeness as a character
    + Skype session
    + Spiral t-shirt
    + Exclusive print
    + Spiral #1 & all subsequent issues
    + all SPIRAL PDFs & the Digi Bundle

    FREE SHIPPING!

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Funding period

- (30 days)